"Put yourself in my shoes." IFC/Sundance Selects has debuted the official US trailer for the Dardenne Brothers' Two Days, One Night, starring French actress Marion Cotillard (seen in The Immigrant, The Dark Knight Rises). The drama follows Cotillard as a humble worker as she tries to convince her colleagues to vote for her to keep her job, at their own expense. It premiered in Cannes, play at Telluride, TIFF and the New York Film Festival, and will arrive in theaters this December. Even if you're not a Dardennes Brothers fan (yet), this is one of the better films this year. It's only 90 minutes, moves swiftly, and comes loaded with an inspirational punch at the end. Plus it's just good to support the latest Dardenne Bros film while it's out.
"Your prototype time machine, Professor." Yet another unique sci-fi short, this one inspired by American and French classical cinema of the 50's. It's a sci-fi short film involving time travel, but with a French film noir feel, titled 300,000 km/s from director Stéphane Réthoré. It's considerably enjoyable even though it runs 17 minutes, but there's a polished feel to it that makes the scenes move fluidly while still keeping our attention focused on the mystery. It's a good film noir short and I like the sci-fi touch, the watch is beautiful and the practical work on that piece is fantastic. The end is where it really gets good, though I feel as if there should've been a bit more (another scene maybe?) before it cuts to black. Enjoy good short films? Jump in.
We've already gotten a taste of the romantic thriller Paradise Lost with some trailers that surfaced while the film was making the rounds at various film festivals, but now it's poised for release in the United States, and we get an all-new trailer. Josh Hutcherson plays a young surfer who falls in love with a Colombian woman who just happens to be the niece of Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro), one of the most notorious drug kingpins of all-time. But being part of a family in this dangerous business just might prove to be too much for him to handle. This certainly looks interesting, but a January release feels sketchy. Watch below!
The buzz about Adam Sandler's performance in The Cobbler following a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival hasn't been significant, and that's mostly because reviews of the film itself haven't exactly been glowing. Now the first international trailer has arrived and this doesn't feel like it's directed by Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win) at all. It feels like one of the films they forgot to place somewhere in Funny People. That's not to say it looks absolutely terrible, but there's something that just doesn't feel right. This isn't the kind of role we were hoping for from Sandler, but maybe it's good?
We're running out of films that played at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival that are still waiting to hit theaters, and one of the final indies in line is Song One. By the time the film hits theaters in January, it will have been a year since it premiered at the festival in the mountains, so we've been waiting awhile for this one to arrive. Anne Hathaway plays the sister of a musician who ends up in a coma after an accident. In an effort to stimulate his dormant mind with the music he loves, she tracks down his favorite musician (Johnny Flynn) to maybe try to snap him out of it. The trailer looks charming, but not amazing. Watch!
"There's only one path to peace. Your extinction." If you're looking for a little bit more footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, you might want to check out this extended trailer for the Marvel Studios sequel that just surfaced online. It's mostly the same as the teaser trailer that debuted a couple weeks ago, but it features a new opening with more taunting from Ultron just before some of Tony Stark's remote controlled suits crash The Avengers party where they all try to lift Thor's hammer. There's also some new shots of Iron Manflying , and less of that creepy Pinocchio rendition if that makes things better for you. Watch below!
"Remember: a better future is waiting for you." Another short to fire up today, this one is more of a proof-of-concept but better than most of the work that comes across our desks. Titled Phoenix 9, this short film is the debut of German team Amir Reichart (director & editor) and Peer Gopfrich (writer & producer) and it's sort of a funky mix of Tron Legacy meets post-apocalyptic survival thriller. "While post-apocalyptic films are immensely popular, we didn't just want to re-tread familiar territory. That's why we introduced a high-tech twist that takes things in a completely unexpected direction and gives the story larger-than-life scope and drama," explains Gopfrich. It's long (over 20 minutes) but actually quite good, view in full below.
Following some motion posters that showed off the new look of the returning cast members and some new faces in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the first teaser trailer has arrived, and it already looks like it has a bigger budget than the first film. It appears to be a dream sequence where Tris (Shailene Woodley with a nice haircut) sees her Mom amidst the destruction of the world around her. There really aren't any stakes in a tease like this though, because it's clearly a dream, but it's probably a sequence that fans will be excited to be see realized on the big screen. The special effects aren't bad for a fast-tracked sequel either.
"This place is waking up for the first time, and we have no idea what's out there." Though the Night at the Museum franchise is geared towards kids and families, it's written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant, so there's always been a decent amount of comedy for adults to enjoy too. That certainly seems to be the cast in the latest trailer for the final adventure, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. New faces each get a moment to shine from Rebel Wilson as a new museum night guard to Dan Stevens, proving that he can do anything, as he plays an upbeat, heroic Sir Lancelot. And Ben Stiller gets to play two roles this time, adding a caveman into the mix. This honestly looks like some good fun! Watch below!
"The time is upon us when all must choose which side we are on." The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the concluding chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book, just arrived last week. But now the first TV spots shows off a little more footage that wasn't glimpsed in that trailer. We're bound to see some more bits of this epic battle as we get closer to the release in just over a month, and while this certainly looks like a grand end to our adventure, it all feels a little too familiar because of Lord of the Rings. Still, fans are bound to enjoy the end of the series. Watch it!
"People of Earth, do not be alarmed. We wish you no harm. Robots never lie." How is it possible that Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley are starring in a sci-fi flick called Robot Overlords and this is the first we're hearing about it? Well, it's not exactly, since we mentioned it briefly in February of 2013, but simply haven't heard anything about it since then. The film is set in the future and takes place on an Earth conquered by robots from another galaxy, but one young teen (Callan McAuliffe of The Great Gatsby) may hold the key to giving humans the power to fight back and take back the planet. The special effects range from impressive to downright terrible, but the movie as a whole feels like a generic SyFy project.
There's a moment in the second trailer for the art heist comedy Mortdecai where Johnny Depp, as the title character, sighs audibly out of exasperation. That's exactly how I feel when watching this latest tease for the film coming in February of next year. Honestly, I don't know how this movie got made. No, I haven't seen the film yet, so I'm not saying that because I know it's terrible. But I'm saying that because I have no idea who this film appeals to beyond people who will see anything that Johnny Depp appears in on the big screen. Maybe that's enough, but this trailer just looks like another Pink Panther remake to ignore. Watch!
"Show them what it costs to be friends with Katniss Everdeen." We're just under a couple weeks away from the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, the beginning of the end for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the rebellion she sparked against The Capitol. Now a new TV spot has emerged, complete with a menacing threat from President Snow (Donald Sutherland), and a showcase of the big action to come. Plus, it wouldn't be a Hunger Games movie if Katniss didn't scream in peril for her sister Prim, so we get to hear that again too. It's almost time for one of the biggest movies of the fall! Watch now!
"A suspense in line with Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock." With the American Film Market underway in Santa Monica, some deals and projects are coming together, or getting additional announcements. IFC Films recently picked up US distribution rights to this one, an eerie New York-set domestic drama called Hungry Hearts from Italian director Saverio Costanzo (of In Memory of Me, The Solitude of Prime Numbers) starring Adam Driver, last seen in What If and While We're Young, and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, sister of filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. The two won the Best Actor & Actress Awards at the Venice Film Festival this year, where this film first premiered. This is a very odd trailer but it's worth a look.