After a very unrevealing first teaser, we finally got a better look at Buried director Rodrigo CortésRed Lights when the full-length international trailer hit last week. Unfortunately, with all the dialogue dubbed over in Spanish and nary a subtitle in sight, it was difficult to get a sense of what was actually going on. Now an English-language version of the same trailer has just gone up, and while the film is still shrouded in plenty of mystery — it is a thriller, after all — the new video does a much better job of setting up the premise for the non-Spanish-speakers among us.

Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy star as psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant Tom Buckley, respectively, who study and debunk parascience and paranormal activity. They find their biggest challenge yet when a world-famous psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) returns to the limelight after decades in retirement. Elizabeth Olsen and Toby Jones also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The Best of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

For ten days each January, in the snowy town of Park City, Utah, the year in independent cinema is set. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival was true to that promise and provided attendees with a slew of films that are sure to be not only among the year’s best, but in the hunt for awards come Oscar time next year.

Along with Peter Sciretta, I was once again deep in the trenches of Park City –  battling bus schedules, lack of sleep, snow, slush and more – to see as many movies as possible to try and get an idea of what the rest of 2012 holds. And it’s looking good.

We all know that the next few months hold an unprecedented offering of big budget blockbusters but companies like Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC, Magnolia and more all bolstered their upcoming release schedules by purchasing some of the best films of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The official awards have been handed out, but what were our favorites?

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Two years ago Rodrigo Cortés brought the one-man thriller Buried to Sundance, and this year he returned with Red Lights, a film in which follows “psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?”

Today, despite tepid reviews, Millennium Entertainment signed a deal to distribute Red Lights in the US. While there isn’t yet a new domestic trailer to supplement the teaser we saw a couple months back, there is an international trailer to show off the film a bit.

This Spanish trailer won’t tell you too much about the film, because it is dubbed in Spanish with no subtitles, but if you want to get a general idea of what the film looks like this should do the trick. Read More »

Rodrigo Cortés made a name for himself with a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Buried, based on Chris Sparling’s black list script about a man buried alive who has to figure a way out of his coffin before his air supply is used up. The film starred Ryan Reynolds, and was critically praised for it’s direction, a tough task considering the 95-minute film takes place completely inside a casket.

Cortés returns to Sundance two years later with the $15 million thriller Red Lights, which he also wrote. The story follows Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?

This is a 21st century Ghostbusters. What if Venkman, Stantz and Spengler never got fired from their parapsychology professor jobs? What if they took their research seriously and mounted a serious fight against the world of paranormal scams (a la skeptics James Randi and Penn Jillette), busting “ghosts” through scientific research. Or you might even be ale to think of it as a Ghostbusters spin-off — what if Dana Barrett (Weaver’s character in GB) left the company of the Ghostbusters and became a skeptic?
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Although director Rodrigo Cortes isn’t a household name just yet, last year’s gripping, suspenseful Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, marked him as a talent to watch. So we’ve been curious about his new project, Red Lights, ever since it was first announced last year. Our anticipation only heightened as we watched Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and indie darling Elizabeth Olsen join the cast, one by one.

We got our first glimpse of the film back in the spring, when a not terribly exciting photo was released showing De Niro standing on a stage, all in black. Now we’ve got a a brand-new teaser, which offers a very slightly better look at the movie.

Written and directed by Cortes, the story revolves around a psychologist (Weaver) and her assistant (Olsen). Their research leads them to try and debunk a famous psychic (De Niro), who’s making a comeback after decades away from the limelight. Murphy plays Olsen’s love interest. Sadly, Weaver, Olsen, and Murphy are nowhere to be seen in the trailer — it’s just De Niro by himself, acting all mysterious-like. Watch the video after the jump.

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Multiple choice question: is this photo of Robert De Niro as he does black and white Twin Peaks cosplay, or a still from his new film Red Lights? Sadly (for those who want to see him dress up as the Little Man From Another Place) it is the latter. The film is from Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) and also stars Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen, who made huge waves in Sundance for her roles in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.

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One of the films getting the best notes so far at Sundance 2011 is the drama/thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. It’s the breakout feature for actress Elizabeth Olsen (yes, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) who has now been cast in her next picture. She’ll appear opposite Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes. Read More »

Cillian Murphy

One of the many riches coming out of the American Film Market today is the promo art for Red Lights, the next film from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes. The art isn’t particularly great, but it has useful info: Cillian Murphy is in the film alongside Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro. More important, he might have a significant role, based on the placement of his name on the poster. Read More »

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