Chuck Liev Schreiber

I’ve seen all of the Rocky movies a handful of times, but I’ve somehow never thought to do any research into writer/star Sylvester Stallone’s inspiration for his underdog boxing story. Sly apparently wrote the script in three and a half days after watching an unknown fighter named Chuck Wepner beat the odds and miraculously go 15 rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali, and now IFC Films is telling Wepner’s story in a new biopic starring Liev Schreiber. Check out the Chuck trailer below.
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Green Band Trailer

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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we revisit Rami Malek’s strange trip, we become a helicopter parent, we go home to get our shine box, get into a little trouble with the law, celebrate Pat Healy for a smidge, and watch the real life Rocky. Read More »

The Good Lie trailer

Just a few hours after the Dear White People trailer landed online, The Good Lie trailer has arrived to give us a perfect example of the kind of film Dear White People is mocking.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the fact-based drama stars Reese Witherspoon as an American woman who opens her heart to three helpless Sudanese refugees (played by Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, and Emmanuel Jal). As she forges an unlikely friendship with these men, she learns some Very Important Life Lessons in the process.

To be totally fair, I haven’t actually seen the movie yet so there’s always a chance this will turn out to be slightly more nuanced than your typical white savior saga. But considering it’s advertised as being “by the executive producer of The Blind Side,” I’m not super optimistic. Watch The Good Lie trailer after the jump.

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The sixty-three films eligible for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars have been culled down to nine movies, and the resulting list is a bit surprising. Not making the cut is The Flowers of War, with Christian Bale, or Miss Bala, the Mexican film that did well at festivals last year.

Meanwhile the Belgian film Bullhead, which got a good reception at Fantastic Fest, did make the list, as did likely favorite to win A Separation, which took home a Golden Globe this past weekend.

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