In Deadfall, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde are a brother/sister team who heist a casino and then get stuck near the snowy US/Canada border as they try to make their escape. Bana goes his own way as Wilde leverages the interest of a small-town ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) who is en route to a holiday feast with his family (Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek).

That cast is probably enough to raise a little interest in the movie, but the first trailer for Deadfall makes it look like a tense little thriller. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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