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This is a really terrific trailer. We’ve seen a few other trailers for Richard Ayoade‘s second film as a director, The Double, and the last one we highlighted made the film’s comic personality pretty apparent. But this new trailer really pushes the combination of comedy and an underlying sense of weird unease.

Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a regular timid guy whose company hires James, a new worker who looks exactly like Simon. The new guy may look just like Simon but he’s everything the shy guy is not: confident, insistent, and charming. That leads to an inevitable conflict, but this trailer suggests it doesn’t play out as you expect it might.  Read More »

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‘22 Jump Street’ Adds ‘Submarine’ Star Craig Roberts

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Craig Roberts broke out playing an awkward outsider in 2010′s Submarine, but the actor himself seems to be pretty popular these days. The young Welsh star has just booked a supporting role in 22 Jump Street, joining Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. More about the film and Roberts’ role in it after the jump.

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The loss of virginity plotline is a staple of teen flicks, as is the wild party setting. On that front, Jon Kasdan‘s The First Time offers nothing new. But since its Sundance premiere, this little coming of age tale has drawn praise for being an uncommonly charming example of the subgenre. Peter called it Can’t Hardly Wait meets John Hughes,” and that’s exactly what it looks like — familiar, perhaps, but sweet and smart enough to become a minor high school classic in its own right.

Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) stars as awkward Dave, who carries a torch for his popular best friend Jane (Victoria Justice, Fun Size). That is, until he meets sarcastic Aubrey (Britt Robertson, The Secret Circle), who in turn is dating a douchebag named Ronny (James Frecheville, Animal Kingdom). Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Lamarcus Tinker (Friday Night Lights) round out the young, up-and-coming cast as Dave’s buddies. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Those who saw and quite liked Submarine now have a new film to look forward to, as Craig Roberts, the star of Richard Ayoade’s film, is also the lead in a romantic crime movie called Comes a Bright Day. Roberts meets and falls for a jewellery sales girl (Imogen Poots) but suffers a turn of difficult events when a couple mean-minded men (Kevin McKidd, Josef Altin) attempt to rob her shop.

Simon Aboud wrote and directed, and this first trailer for the film makes it out to be an interesting little piece of work. I like what we see of the performances, and the design and general tone. Check out the footage below. Read More »

It always happens at this time every year: producers go to the Cannes marketplace with armfuls of potential projects, and we get a flood of casting reports as actors are attached left and right. Some of these will get made, some won’t, and some will get made with an entirely different cast.

One of the big ones today is a boxing drama called The Bleeder, which has Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Christina Hendricks set to appear. Before The Fighter I’d have guessed this might be one that we’d hear about during Cannes and never again, but in the wake of that success it might happen. The Bleeder has Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) directing from a script he wrote with Jerry Stahl, based on ” the true story of former New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen Rocky.” That connection to Rocky might be all this needs to put it over the top. [Variety]

After the break, Dexter‘s next season gets Def, and info on a romantic heist movie.  Read More »

‘Submarine’ Trailer #2 and New Poster

If you’re a regular reader of /Film not only have you heard of Submarine, you’re insanely excited for it. Or at the very least you’re curiously aware and that’s good enough. Directed by Richard Ayoade, Submarine is the tale of awkward teenager Oliver Tate who has a unique world view and very simple goals. How he goes about achieving them, however, are very different from the normal person. It stars Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins as the adults, Craig Roberts as Oliver and Yasmin Paige as the object of his affections, Jordana. Peter loved it at Toronto, David loved it at Sundance and The Weinstein Company will be releasing it on June 3. The new wrinkle in the marketing is that it’s being pushed as “presented by Ben Stiller” who is one of the executive producers. Check out the new trailer after the break. Read More »

‘Submarine’ Trailer

Here’s the trailer for Submarine, the British film that has been killing at festivals since it debuted at TIFF last year. Peter loved it there, and David loved it at Sundance. Check out the trailer — which certainly has some familiar notes from other big indie success stories — and leave your thoughts after the break. Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: Richard Ayoade’s Submarine

Richard Ayoade‘s Submarine is the kind of film I hope to discover at film festivals and share with friends.

Based on the Curtis Brown Prize-winning novel by Joe Dunthorne, this dark indie comedy is about a 15-year-old boy who “must fight save his mother from the advances of a mystic and simultaneously lure his eczema-strafed girlfriend in to his bedroom.” It is a coming of age story which is equal parts Rushmore, Election and Squid and the Whale.

I really hope that Fox Searchlight picks this film up and markets it to the masses, as it deserves to be seen (lets hope that Sony Pictures Classics stays away from this one). Write the title of this film down right now or add it to your netflix queue (if that’s even possible), because you’re gonna wanna see it when it becomes available.

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