Movie Trailers

Michael Shannon in Young Ones

There wasn’t much hype surrounding Young Ones at Sundance. It was a movie on people’s radar, but after it screened, it didn’t generate much buzz. That’s a shame, because Jake Paltrow‘s second directorial effort is an excellent film. It’s a western with a twist of science-fiction. The sci-fi elements are mostly left in the background, though. Young Ones is a movie that could mostly do without all the futuristic machinery, it’s just an immensely cool cherry on the top. That CGI tech, by the way, is seamlessly rendered into these beautiful desert landscapes. They have a worn down, used quality that suits this old-fashioned story. Young Ones is about a family. At the beginning we see a father, played with charm and warmth by Michael Shannon, protecting his land from thieves. They’re there to steal his water supply. In this future — what year isn’t stated and doesn’t matter — there’s a serious drought going on. The father and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) hope one day to get some of the water that’s left to run through their land. Their journey leans more heavily on drama than genre thrills, but the trailer would lead us to believe otherwise.

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Ben Affleck in GONE GIRL

We already know that David Fincher‘s Gone Girl will be slightly different than author Gillian Flynn‘s original novel — at least, different when it comes to some third act tweaks — but that doesn’t mean that the filmmaker and writer have abandoned all the stuff that made the bestelling tale of a missing wife (Rosamund Pike) and her maybe-guilty husband (Ben Affleck) so good. That would be, in simple terms, really stupid. Most of our looks at the film so far — and there have been plenty, thanks to two juicy trailers — have focused on the film’s basic premise, which sounds like an obvious thing to do, but one that doesn’t exactly reflect the twisting and twisted nature of Flynn’s book. Yes, Amy Elliott Dunne (Pike) is missing, but no, this isn’t a film about a husband (Affleck) who offs his wife and tries to get away with it (and, no, that’s really not a spoiler). The latest trailer for the film finally starts layering on the creepy, weird mystery that starts to seep through in Flynn’s novel somewhere around the hundred page mark, and it just doesn’t let up. Basically, for people who loved the book, this is catnip (and assurance that the final film won’t be too far off the mark from the original). Let’s break it down.

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Sin City 2

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Kink Movie

Out this weekend in New York City, Kink seeks to tell the behind-the-scenes story of Kink.com, a successful fetish website that trades in pornography where people let themselves go by being tied up. If the little hairs are starting to stand up, just wait until you get a load of a trailer filled with super sexy talking heads speaking with dry maturity about orgasmic necessities and liking what they do. Also, there’s going to be a lot of moaning. They really, really like what they do. The film comes from director Christina Voros, who has done a large amount of camera and cinematography work in only a little under a decade. She’s now a go-to DP for James Franco’s projects (As I Lay Dying, Child of God, Maladies), and he’s also a producer on her sexploratory project here. Check out the trailer for yourself, and make sure your office door is closed.

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Miss Meadows Movie

Earlier this week, we presented a list of actors and actresses who have failed miserably in their attempts at a comeback. For his #1, writer Ashe Cantrell named Katie Holmes, whose latest movie is the critical and box office disappointment The Giver. Maybe we spoke too soon, though; or, maybe we should recognize that all the names on that list still have the potential to eventually find their footing again. The former Mrs. Tom Cruise is only in her late ’30s, and nowadays that doesn’t have to mean anything. We can be reminded of that when Holmes co-stars alongside Helen Mirren in next year’s Woman in Gold. Plus, there’s always the chance that a career-resurrector like Quentin Tarantino will find a special role just for her. He could turn her image upside down by turning her into a gun-toting vigilante. Oh, wait, someone else has already beat QT to the punch there. Filmmaker Karen Leigh Hopkins cast the perky actress as the lead in her new movie Miss Meadows, which has all the makings of cult hit if not a mainstream one. Holmes plays the title character, a small town elementary school teacher who moonlights as a killer of murderers and rapists. She’s Disneyishly sweet, even to the point that she talks to computer-animated birds and squirrels, except of course when she’s packing heat. Going by reviews from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the movie may be even weirder than that sounds, but some critics have also sold it as something special. At The […]

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Screen Media Films

It’s only been ten months since a Stephen King film was playing in theaters, but we’re already just two months away from the next. Once upon a time that year-long wait between adaptations would have seemed crazy– back in the ’80s and early ’90s there were frequently two or three of them in the multiplexes simultaneously — but he hasn’t been nearly as ubiquitous onscreen in the 21st century. There have only been nine feature films based on his work since 2000, and pretty much only one of them is worth a damn. His latest stab at the box-office is A Good Marriage, a film written by King from his own short story. The always fantastic Joan Allen plays a woman who discovers her loving husband (Anthony LaPaglia) may just be a serial killer. There’s no shortage of movies about couples, secrets and the possibility that one of them might be a murderer, but the ones that work best (Presumed Innocent, Jagged Edge) succeed in part because of the mystery and suspense as to whether the person is guilty. The first trailer for A Good Marriage seems uninterested in taking that route. Check out the uninspired trailer below and keep reading to see what other films King has in the adaptation pipeline.

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Men Women and Children

Does Jason Reitman hate texting? From the looks of the first trailer for his Men, Women & Children, that definitely seems to be the case. Reitman’s latest is all about the secrets we keep online and that threaten to leak into the real world — which makes it kind of weird that the film’s marketing is encouraging fans to use the Whisper app to share their secrets, because that sure seems like something that’s pushing precisely what the film is against — with everyone constantly staring at their phones and looking shocked. Not a fan of films that use cute graphics to share texts, emails and pix on the big screen? Oh, you’re going to hate this one. Reitman’s film centers on a loosely connected group of students and their families, though it appears that they are all linked by their mutual sadness and disconnection. Put down your phones. Start living your lives. The Internet is bad. You are watching this trailer on the Internet, which is weird, right? Hmm. Watch the first trailer for Men, Women & Children after the break. You can probably do it on your phone.

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The Frame Movie

A few years ago I was astonished by an indie trailer that showed up in my inbox like a doorstep orphan with cool visual effects. The movie was Ink from Jamin Winans, and it turned out to be a rough around the edges, modern fairytale with a fascinating palette (and, yes, cool visual effects). Winans has continued to impress with short films, but even though he had open channels into Hollywood after Ink, he decided to stick with financing projects on his own. Why? To retain final cut. And because he loves working 120-hour weeks. His style sometimes feels like a mainstream adventurer by way of Shane Carruth, but this trailer for his latest film, The Frame, looks like something David Fincher slashed together. Dark, percussive and angry, it shows off microseconds of intriguing shots without giving us the first idea of what the story is. A perfect teaser trailer. Absolutely thrilling and interest-tugging. But I don’t think Winans will even give a clear plot synopsis until after he’s released the movie. Presumably, a full trailer for the film will be just as enigmatic. Check out the trailer for The Frame:

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Johnny Depp in Mortdecai

Is Johnny Depp a movie star anymore? He is certainly famous, but he doesn’t have the box office clout he used to. The actor consistently does well internationally, but in the States, he hasn’t opened a major release in years, at least one that wasn’t already an established brand. Transcendence, The Lone Ranger, The Tourist, Dark Shadows and The Rum Diary all bombed here. Of course, the quality of those titles aren’t up there with his finer films, so that’s a slight hindrance. Maybe all Depp needs is simply a really good movie to win back moviegoers. Reuniting with writer/director David Koepp is a step in the right direction. The two collaborated on 2004’s Secret Window, which is an especially good Stephen King adaptation. It’s also one of the last times Depp pulled off playing an average joe. For some reason he couldn’t do the same in The Tourist and Transcendence. There’s something very off about those performances. Maybe he’s been playing so many larger-than-life characters lately that an everyman no longer comes naturally to him. Whatever the case, Mortdecai may be a return to form for the actor. Depp is once again playing a heightened character, but the difference this time is he looks genuinely funny as the oblivious art dealer Charles Mortdecai, a man in search of a stolen painting connected to a lost bank account full of Nazi gold. If you want to see Depp playing a “bit of a moron,” watch the teaser trailer for the film below.

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The Canal 01

Maybe you recall a time circa 2002 when you watched The Ring and learned that you should never, under any circumstances, watch an unmarked videotape or any sketchy footage that might concern murders or mysterious deaths that have occurred on or near your property. Clearly, the poor, sweet, misguided protagonist from Ivan Kavanagh‘s The Canal never learned this valuable advice. It could have saved him a lot of heartache and misery — and money for therapy. In the first trailer for the film, it’s apparent things aren’t going so well for David (Rupert Evans). He’s having a little trouble sleeping, if you count waking up completely upright in a cold sweat, fresh from a bout of night terrors as a minor problem. This is even before he heads to his job as a film archivist and learns, as one does, from footage unearthed from the turn of the 20th century, that his house was the site of a grisly murder. It all makes sense now, the nightmares, his steady and reliable descent into madness and the spooky ghosts that seem to be hanging out in the dark corners of the house. Why can’t things just be nice for once?

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Atlas Distribution Company

Unless you’re a diehard Libertarian or the ghost of Ayn Rand herself back from the great beyond come to haunt us all in the spookiest of fashions, you probably haven’t spent that much time paying attention to the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy. If you’re suddenly inspired to trek to the theater and explore the role of man’s mind in existence, the third and final installment of the series — which attempts to answer the all-important question of “Who is John Galt?” — has arrived. The first trailer for the aptly titled Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?, directed by James Manera and written by Manera and Harmon Kaslow, promises epic romance, war and all the Ron Paul the silver screen can handle. It’s somewhat of a miracle that the film even exists. After Atlas Shrugged: Part I was a bonafide flop, only managing to bring in lukewarm $4.6 million at the box office, its sequel, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike managed to perform even worse, grossing a meager $3.3 million. In a move that would definitely make Ayn Rand spin in her grave, a kickstarter campaign was started in order to secure funding for this third film. The Kickstarter aimed for a goal of $250,000 and surpassed with with the help of  3,554 backers to the tune of $446,907. Check out the new trailer below.

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The Best of Me

Author Nicholas Sparks knows what he’s doing. The bestselling scribe has penned seventeen novels, ten of which have been turned into films, two of which will arrive in theaters within the next year. Sparks’ films have pulled in nearly half a billion dollars in just domestic box office returns, making a hell of a bankable brand that appeals to all sorts of studios (Sparks’ films have been produced by a variety of movie studios, from Warner Bros. to Relativity to Sony’s Screen Gems label). Sparks know what’s up. The people who make films based on his novel know what’s up. And, if you’ve ever read even one Sparks book or seen one Sparks movie, you also know what’s up, because these productions tend to look pretty damn similar. There are plenty of hallmarks of Sparks’ work, from a Southern setting to imminent death scenes to lots of yelling in the rain, and it appears that the majority of them are on full display in his latest film, The Best of Me. Starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, the autumn offering smacks of Sparks, and its latest trailer proves it. Just how “Nicholas Sparks” is our latest Nicholas Sparks film? Oh, it’s extremely Sparks-y. After the break, let’s all enjoy a second-by-second breakdown of all the most Sparksian elements this new trailer has to offer.

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Two Night Stand duo

Relationships are hard, and they’re even harder when your well-meaning coupled-up friends are pushing you to get back out there again and try to join the world of the loving and living after a particularly harsh breakup. Such is the case with Megan (Analeigh Tipton) whose failed engagement a year prior has her imposing a self-isolation policy that consists of slouching around her apartment in her undies, much to the chagrin of her two roommates (Jessica Szohr and Kid Cudi), and lamenting about her former party and love-filled life. Since she’s “Benjamin Button-ing,” as she calls it, her roommate Faiza (Szohr) suggests that she returns to the swing of things with a good ol’ fashioned one-night stand. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or special, just join a dating site, bang a rando’ and get out of her funk so she can move on with her life. Thusly, Two Night Stand is born. Of course, since this is magical romantic comedy land, the first trailer for the film, which is directed by Max Nichols and written by Mark Hammer, has Megan wake up in the arms of a cutie pie named Alec (Miles Teller) instead of someone from the usual wretched hive of scum and villainy that 20-something women encounter on OKCupid and the like.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

If you’re not here for the apparent “suggestive comments” this first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has to offer, it’s time you check out and move on. Perhaps there’s a third best hotel you can rest your weary bones at. The next film in the improbable (and best and exotic) franchise is on its way, and it’s got a fresh trailer to show it off. This trailer is really more of a teaser, perhaps because, if you’re going to see the film, you don’t need a trailer to sell it to you. You already know you like it. You probably liked the first film (a charming surprise hit that really is just lovely) and are ready for more adventures with your favorite group of crotchety old English blokes and ladies. It certainly does’t offer much in the way of plot, and its role call gag is more indicative of its content. We can tell you, however, that the title isn’t just a silly one, it’s also the name of a possible new hotel in Sonny’s (Dev Patel) expanding hotel empire. Before we watch the trailer, ponder this: how mad would you be if you could only afford to stay in the second best hotel in a chain?

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Left Behind Movie

It’s the end of the world, and Nicolas Cage‘s wife knew it. Unfortunately, he didn’t believe her, so he’s stuck taking the place of a pilot who has suddenly vanished alongside a sizable amount of plane passengers. It’s a pretty inconvenient time for the rapture to happen, but Cage’s character is a pilot so things aren’t all that bad. Left Behind is the story of a bunch of non-Christians who have to endure the worst era in world history because God has closed the lid on his creation experiment with a final harumph. The movie is based on the book series from Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that plays What If with the Book of Revelation, attempting to theorize how we might handle the rise of the Antichrist and the devastation that follows the great exodus of believers. It’s also technically a remake in the wake of a trinity of films starring Kirk Cameron that Jenkins described as “church basement movies.” Unfortunately, the trailer for the new incarnation shows off what still looks like made-for-TV quality:

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Into the Woods

Everybody loves musicals, right? Yes. Let’s go ahead and say that everybody loves musicals. But there is a caveat to this fact I’ve just gone ahead and made up. A musical is only warm and lovable if you explicitly know you’re watching a musical. Say you put on what you think is an ordinary film — let’s go with Blade Runner – and out of nowhere Rutger Hauer belts out an “Attack ships! On fire off the shoulder of Oriiiiiiiiiiiiiiooooooooon!” while a chorus line of Harrison Ford replicants shimmy across the background. That’s sure to put a lot of people off (although for the record, I would pay any sum of money to witness such a thing). Yet Into the Woods has just gone and played that same maneuver: the “singing robot surprise.” The first trailer for Rob Marshall‘s seemingly-ordinary fairy tale film has finally arrived, and it’s stuffed full of all sorts of fantasy teases. A girl in a red hood skips merrily into a wild and extremely unsafe-looking forest. A boy climbs several stories beanstalk without any visible safety gear. Also there’s a witch, a wolf-thing, a Rapunzel and a big mess of Maleficent quick-growing thorns. The only thing missing is the one thing that’s kind of crucial to Into the Woods: vocalized musical tones. Check out this strange, song-free trailer below.

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SpongeBob SquarePants movie

Our dedication to figuring out just what the hell is going on in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water continues unabated. Next up in the case of the “what is going on in this movie?,” it’s the film’s first trailer. Fortunately, two minutes of this is enough to put aside some fears, but we’ve still got more questions than we’re comfortable with when it comes to a film about a beloved animated kitchen sponge. Let’s look at what we have so far: a creepy first look picture (included up top, because we’re sorry) that looked like the nightmarish marriage of an off-brand theme park and a superhero movie from The Asylum. Are those people in those costumes? Is that possible? What is this film going to look like? Why is this the best first look available? Rest assured, it’s not, and the film’s first trailer does assuage some fears when it comes to what the finished product will look like. SpongeBob and his pals will indeed stay animated. But they will be changing during the course of the feature because, as it turns out, even SpongeBob can’t escape the pull of the superhero movie. Take a look:

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Interstellar

Here is a takeaway from this latest trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar: Matthew McConaughey is going to cry a lot in this thing. The star of the upcoming sci-fi space opus already teared it up in the film’s first teaser, and now he looks like he’s back at it. This time, though, it looks like he’s crying in space. Here is another takeaway from this latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: we’re going to space, you guys! This new trailer gives us a much better and wider look at what Nolan’s spacey stuff is going to look like — cold, watery, very cool — alongside McConaughey apparently sobbing at every turn. As it so happens, when you decide to go save the world and leave your family in the process, you get emotional about it. We’re right there with you, big guy. Take a look:

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CJ Entertainment

If you had to list the greatest naval warfare films — specifically ones focused on surface combat as opposed to submarine action — how many of them would be movies released in this century? You’ve got Peter Weir’s Master and Commander in 2001 and then… what? (Sorry, but the Pirates of the Caribbean films are not great, and I’m not currently drunk enough to allow an argument for the inclusion of Battleship.) The challenge grows only slightly easier if we extend the time frame to films released in the last fifty years and remove the “greatest” qualifier. For whatever reason, filmmakers just aren’t making ocean-set tales of war these days. Odds are it’s a cost issue, and that’s a shame as the sub-genre (not to be confused with the sub sub-genre) is one rich with exciting true-life stories and opportunities for incredible action and visuals. Happily, South Korean director Kim Han-min (War of the Arrows) didn’t get the memo on avoiding naval warfare movies. His latest feature, The Admiral: Roaring Currents, recounts one of Korea’s greatest military battles, a 16th century incident that saw Admiral Yi Sun-shin (Choi Min-sik) sink over 300 Japanese ships with only a dozen Korean vessels at his command. Check out the official trailer below.

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Sin City A Dame to Kill For

Score one for equality! Well, kind of. Fresh out of Comic-Con comes a brand new red band trailer for Robert Rodriguez’ and Frank Miller‘s Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (does this call for a “DOTPOTA” style acronym? “FMSCADTKF”? sounds like a bad governmental agency), one that applies just a smidge of the same lascivious behavior normally heaped on the ladies of the franchise to one of its (new) leading men. That’s right, folks, we’ve still got tons of brazen babes bounding around (most of them on a literal stripper walk, because), but now we’ve also got Josh Brolin‘s bare ass to ogle. And, no, we still have zero idea what this film is about, at least going by the trailers alone, which seem to exist just to remind us that some dames are worth…wait for it…killing for. Let’s figure this thing out, okay? Back to Basin City, after the break:

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