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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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go two-tone, become a mercenary after serving our country, upset the wrong people in Mother Russia, hope for an accident to pay some bills, and get a little weird after a teen mysteriously disappears. Read More »

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 watch a liar, and a thief get her glorious comeuppance, take things to the mat, take a trip to Cuba, deal with some heavy melodrama, and try and escape a bad situation through basketball. Read More »

the looming tower trailer

Get ready for your next must-see series: Hulu just released a new trailer for their tense, star-studded new show The Looming Tower. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright, the series deals with how the FBI and CIA dealt with (and in some cases, failed to deal with) the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the 1990s.

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Dirty Money trailer

Corporate con artists and swindlers have a spotlight turned on them by Netflix’s new documentary series Dirty Money. Documentary filmmaking machine Alex Gibney and others helm six episodes that tackle corporate greed and corruption and the depressing reality that is the modern world as we know it. The exciting Dirty Money trailer awaits you below.

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The Looming Tower first look

The events leading up to 9/11 will soon be dramatized in Hulu’s new miniseries The Looming Tower. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright, the series will follow the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the 1990s, and how a rivalry between the FBI and CIA may have inadvertently contributed to a failure to prevent the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A new The Looming Tower first look offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the show.

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Zero Days Trailer

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney‘s (Taxi to the Dark Side) new movie Zero Days premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and has been playing the film festival tour before it hits theaters this July. The film is about the world of cyberwar. The title is a reference to the concept of a zero day vulnerability, which is a hole in software that can be exploited by hackers. Once the flaw becomes known, the software’s author has zero days in which to plan and advise any mitigation against its exploitation.

We’ve seen many movies about these kind of things, and in today’s technology driven world, its a real threat. Magnolia Pictures has released a new Zero Day trailer, which you can watch after the jump.

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zero days trailer

Alex Gibney is one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers working today. To look at his filmography is to wonder if there’s a bomb in his chest that will go off if he ever stops working. Like any director who works so frequently, you have to take his occasionally misses in stride – not every movie can be as infuriating and fascinating as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room or as horrifying as the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.

The trailer for Zero Days, which is making its debut at the Berlin Film Festival today, looks like classic Gibney: a very specific and very unsettling topic that no one wants to talk about but everyone wants to know about. This documentary about cyber warfare looks like it would have been a science fiction film a decade or two ago and it looks terrifying.

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Cooked Trailer

In today’s fast-paced information age, people are constantly in a hurry, and our attention spans are smaller than ever. While technology has made it easier than ever for us to connect with each other, in a way, more distance has sprouted between not just our interpersonal connections, but our very nature as humans.

Documentarian Alex Gibney (fresh off his stellar Scientology doc Going Clear) thinks that in this world, we’ve lost touch with our primal need to cook and the more meaningful and satisfying way that humans used to prepare food. And that’s where his four-part Netflix documentary series Cooked comes into play, taking a look at the evolution of food and what cooking and the human institution of a meal should still mean to us.

Watch the Cooked trailer after the jump. Read More »

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Trailer

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a new documentary film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side). Produced by CNN films and released by Magnolia Pictures, the film promises to be a “candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life.” Watch the just released Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine trailer embedded after the jump.

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Going Clear trailer

One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It’s the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and it follows men and women who left the controversial religion as they reveal their thoughts on how it works. There’s dirt on John Travolta, Tom Cruise and tons of others. Peter reviewed the film at Sundance and now, ahead of its late March premiere on HBO, a Going Clear trailer is now online. Watch it below. Read More »