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Gender-flipping is all the rage in the movie industry these days. From Ghostbusters to the new Doctor Who, characters who have long been presented as straight, usually white, men have been reinvented as women.

For years, people have talked about a gender-flipped James Bond, one of cinema’s oldest — and most definitively male — characters. Already, fans are Photoshopping pictures of Gillian Anderson in the role, or asking Dame Helen Mirren if she’d be willing to don the tuxedo. But would that be the right choice? Not according to Denial actress Rachel Weisz.

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Disobedience Trailer

Rachel McAdams once put aside her love for Ryan Gosling in the sappy romance The Notebook for fear of upsetting her parents. Rachel Weisz also once partook in a secret relationship with Colin Farrell in The Lobster. Now, the two actresses face another forbidden love, but this time the relationship is condemned by the religion they were raised with.

Disobedience follows Rachel Weisz as Ronit, the black sheep of an Orthodox Jewish family living in London. She’s been spending her years in New York as a photographer, in stark contrast to the life she was meant to lead with her family. After her father (a revered rabbi in the community) dies, she returns home only to find her past waiting for her in a way that will stir up controversy in her family all over again. Read More »

The Mercy trailer

Are you ready to set sail with attractive people Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz? Of course you are! Firth and Weisz come together for The Mercy, based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who set out to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping in 1968. Firth plays Crowhurst, and Weisz plays his wife, who joins the prestigious Wives Who Stay At Home While Their Menfolk Do Things Club. The Mercy trailer gives us our first look at this upcoming drama.

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My Cousin Rachel Trailer

I’d be lying if I said I was familiar with the work of Daphne du Maurier, the English author and playwright who wrote the book upon which director Roger Michell‘s new film My Cousin Rachel is based. However, I am familiar with several film adaptations of her work and it’s quite the track record – her novels and stories have been adapted by master filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock (the Best Picture-winning Rebecca, the under-seen Jamaica Inn, and the bonafide horror classic The Birds) and Nicolas Roeg (the endlessly creepy Don’t Look Now). So as you watch the My Cousin Rachel trailer, it’s easy to think “Hey, no pressure, guys.”

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Denial Trailer

Right now you can see Rachel Weisz starring alongside Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a darkly hilarious romance that is truly original and is best seen knowing as little as possible about the story. But later this year, she’ll bring a true story to life in the form of a Holocaust-centric drama. However, this one doesn’t take place in the heart of World War II.

Denial adapts the true story from Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, and as the title of the book indicates, the film follows Rachel Weisz as the author who fought a legal battle against a man (Timothy Spall) who denied that the Holocaust ever happened. It looks like a movie prime for awards contention in good and bad ways.

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The Light Between Oceans trailer

We are going to see a lot of Michael Fassbender in 2016. Fassbender stars in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and we’ll see him later this year in Terrence Malick’s WeightlessAssassin’s Creed, and possibly Trespass Against Us (which is scored by The Chemical Brothers). Another promising title on his schedule is The Light Between Oceans. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance‘s (The Place Beyond the Pines) adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel stars Fassbender, recent Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Rachel Weisz (The Lobster).

Watch The Light Between Oceans trailer below.

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The Lobster review

Note: With The Lobster in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the New York Film Festival.

Audiences have come to expect the bizarre from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out in 2009 with the wonderful and unsettling Dogtooth, and The Lobster definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. It’s set in a dystopia where single people are transformed into animals; the title refers to the animal that Colin Farrell‘s David has chosen to become if he can’t find a mate.

If weird were all The Lobster had going for it, though, it’d be little more than an experimental curiosity. What makes The Lobster must-see viewing is the film’s pitch-black sense of humor, its uncomfortably keen insights into real-life relationships, and even, in spite of everything else, its aching romanticism.  Read More »

The Lobster

After spending the past year lighting up the festival circuit, Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster is finally gearing up for its U.S. theatrical debut. Originally, the plan was for Alchemy to release The Lobster in the states on March 11, but as you may have noticed, that didn’t happen — the distributor ran into some financial troubles, and the release was scrapped. So A24 has swooped in to scoop it up, and now they’ve announced a new U.S. release date for The Lobster and unveiled a new U.S. trailer to go with it.

Colin Farrell leads the blackly comic romance as a man desperate to find love — because in his society, people who stay single too long get turned into animals. And it doesn’t get any less weird from there. Rachel WeiszOlivia ColmanBen WhishawJohn C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw also star. Watch the latest The Lobster trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Light Between Oceans Trailer

After delivering the extremely bleak and poignant dramas The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine, director Derek Cianfrance is back to tug at your heartstrings again, this time with an adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel The Light Between Oceans.

The drama stars Michael Fassbender as a lighthouse keeper, living with his wife (Alicia Vikander) on a remote island in Australia. One day a tiny boat appears near their shore with a baby girl inside of it, leaving them to raise her as their own daughter. But things get complicated when happenstance brings the child’s true mother (Rachel Weisz) into their life. As you can guess, a moral quandary presents itself, and thus begins the drama.

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We’ve got all kinds of romances at the cinema this year. Love is blossoming amid zombie apocalypses and inspiring superpowered vengeance and overcoming Nicholas Sparks-ian brushes with death. But when it comes to sheer weirdness, all of these love stories pale in comparison to Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, which is set in a world where singletons who can’t find a mate within 45 days are turned into an animal of their choosing.

Colin Farrell leads The Lobster as sad-sack David, who’s just been left by his wife. He’s whisked away to an idyllic retreat for single people, all of whom have come with the same goal in mind: find a “well matched” spouse so they don’t have to spend the rest of their lives as a dog, or a horse, or in David’s case, a lobster. And that’s just the starting point for the surreal joy and pain that unfolds. Watch The Lobster U.S. trailer below.  Read More »