How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan has already seen the world end once this year, in the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host. But in How I Live Now, the new drama by The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin MacDonald, the enemy isn’t invading aliens, but bitter humankind.

The Irish actress plays American gal Daisy, who’s sent to stay with distant relatives in the English countryside when World War III breaks out. Though she initially feels out of place, she eventually warms to her cousins and even strikes up a romance with one of them, the handsome Edmond (George MacKay). With Daisy’s aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) stuck in Oslo thanks to the war, the kids enjoy an idyllic freedom for a time.

But as the conflict worsens, soldiers arrive at their remote farm and take the kids away, splitting the boys and girls apart. Daisy struggles to survive and, eventually, reunite with her cousins. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Five years after making his feature debut with the Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story The Orphanage, filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona is back with The Impossible, which deals with an entirely different kind of fear. Instead of tangling with things that go bump in the night, the family at the center of the new film are facing the less fanciful terrors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a couple on winter vacation in Thailand with their three sons when tragedy hits. Torn apart in the chaos, the family struggles to reunite as they help and are helped by strangers along the way. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Thinner and The Langoliers helmer Tom Holland is heading back to the Stephen King well one more time. Holland has signed on to adapt and direct The Ten O’Clock People, a picture based on King’s short story of the same name. The new project marks a return to feature filmmaking for Holland, who took a decade-long hiatus after 1996′s Thinner and has stuck mainly to short films and television ever since. More details after the jump.

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An international English-language trailer has dropped for Studio Ghibli‘s Arrietty, the directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The new spot features the UK voice cast, which includes Saoirse Ronan as Arrietty, Olivia Coleman, Tom Holland, and Mark Strong.

Based on Mary Norton‘s classic children’s series The Borrowers, the film revolves around a 14-year-old girl named Arrietty Clock, who is one of a group of tiny people who secretly reside in the homes of regular-sized people and “borrow” supplies from them as needed. When Arrietty is discovered by a human boy, the two strike up a friendship that has big repercussions for the Clocks’ lives. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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If you’re in L.A. tonight, there is a can’t-miss midnight screening and cast-reunion for Fright Night at the NuArt Theatre. On hand for the event will be the film’s writer/director Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Cloak and Dagger) and stars Chris Surandon (!), William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys and Jonathan Stark. Also joining the festive occasion will be composer Brad Fiedel (Terminator, T2, Let’s Get Harry) and Oscar-winning visual effects artist Randall Cook (LOTR trilogy, The Gate).

There will be a post-screening Q&A, signings and meet-and-greet. Good times for one of the best and smartest horror-comedies (and Rear Window homages) of all time. The original poster is also up there, eh? Tickets are $10.50 for the youngs, $7.50 for the olds and kiddies (bring ‘em, especially if they’re sexually confused and love ’80s jams!). More info here.

Discuss: How old were you when you saw Fright Night? Way back in the day, Jonathan Stark was my favorite actor (this, House II, Project X).

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