the serpent trailer

Tahar Rahim is currently a dark-horse awards contender for his performance in The Mauritanian, a legal thriller based on the memoir of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was innocent for the crimes for which he was imprisoned. But in the upcoming Netflix limited series The Serpent, Rahim is playing a real-life con man and serial killer who was guilty of all his crimes, and probably more. Watch The Serpent trailer below.

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The Mauritanian trailer

In Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays a lawyer tasked with defending a man accused of being an enemy of the United States. In The Mauritanian, it’s Jodie Foster‘s turn to do the same thing – but her client is actually innocent. The film tells the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), who was detained at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp for 14 years without being charged. Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars) co-stars as Foster’s character’s assistant, while Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange) is doing another one of his unnerving accents. Check out the latest The Mauritanian trailer below. Read More »

tahar rahim interview

Tahar Rahim, whose soulful and wrenching performance practically carries the true-life Guantanamo drama The Mauritanian, has become an unexpected awards season dark horse this year. He has already earned a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who was detained at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp for 14 years without charge. It’s a dynamite performance that comes more than 10 years after his breakout role, A Prophet, which first turned him into an awards darling and appeared to mark the arrival of a new international star.

But between 2009 and 2018, Rahim practically disappeared from the Hollywood stratosphere, popping up every now and then in blockbusters like 2011’s The Eagle and arthouse dramas like Mary Magdalene, but mostly preferring to work in his home country of France.

“When I worked with Kevin [MacDonald, who directs him in The Mauritanian], on The Eagle, I could barely speak English,” Rahim said in a Zoom interview with /Film. “So it would have been hard to work in America or England before, but also the parts that I got offered are not convincing, and I had to turn them down.”

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the mauritanian trailer

STX Films has debuted the trailer for a true-life courtroom drama with such a star-studded cast that it’s no wonder they squeezed it in just under the wire for awards season. The Mauritanian is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (A Prophet breakout Tahar Rahim) who, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, was held captive and tortured by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 10 years without charge or trial. Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shailene Woodley star, with varying levels of believable accents, as the attorneys who cross swords on the courtroom over Slahi’s case. Watch The Mauritanian trailer below.

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The Eddy trailer

When he was only 32 years old, Damien Chazelle became the youngest person to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director. After winning that prize for La La Land, he directed the Neil Armstrong-centric First Man and then did what most high-profile filmmakers seem to be doing these days: took a trip to the world of streaming. The result is The Eddy, an upcoming Netflix series about Chazelle’s passion/obsession: jazz.

Now a new trailer has arrived, and while the teaser seemed to hint at a series which basked in the inherent romance of musicians playing their hearts out at a Parisian jazz club, this full trailer shows what can happen when flights of fancy come crashing down to reality. Read More »

The Looming tower review

Before The Looming Tower even begins, you know where it’s going to end. Yet that doesn’t make the series any less engrossing, or addictive.

Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book, The Looming Tower is the story of how we ended up here – seemingly trapped in wars with no end in sight. It is the story of the individuals who tried, and failed, to prevent the events that would ultimately lead to 9/11. And it unfolds with all the heart-pounding intensity of a potboiler thriller. The end result is something that may ultimately prove to be the first truly great new TV series of 2018.

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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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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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Last Panthers trailer

Need another show to add to your busy schedule? The Last Panthers might not be a bad addition to your weekly schedule. The six-episode crime series premieres next month in the states, and it stars Samantha Morton (Synecdoche, New York), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), and John Hurt (Only Lovers Left Alive).

Watch The Last Panthers trailer below.

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The Past

Two of the brightest foreign stars of 2011 have joined forces for a new movie in 2013. The Past teams Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director behind the brilliant domestic drama A Separation, with Bérénice Bejo, best known in the U.S. as the sweet-faced ingenue from The Artist. Given that pedigree, it’s not surprising that there’s Oscar buzz surrounding the project already; Iran has submitted The Past as its foreign-language entry in this year’s Oscar race.

At the center of the drama is Marie (Bejo), a French woman who asks her estranged Iranian husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) for a divorce so that she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim). Once Ahmad arrives in Paris, however, secrets about the family come to light. See the new trailer from Sony Classics after the jump.

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