Movie Trailers

Paramount Pictures

Once again, movie fans who don’t care about football have something to look forward to during the Super Bowl. And movie fans who do care about football get a bonus. Here we will be sharing the new movie trailers and special TV ads and maybe some commercials related to movies that air during the big game this Sunday. Some of them have already popped up online early, or they’ve released teasers for what we’ll be seeing during breaks in the action between Seattle and New England. So, we’re getting things started early, too. Be sure to also come back following Super Bowl XLIX, as we will continue the tradition of rating the best and worst of these spots. 

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Summit Entertainment, LLC

There are many reasons to hope that Child 44 does well. First, this period-set drama involving a serial killer looks really good — a well-acted grown-up movie that reminds me of the brilliant, under-seen Red Riding trilogy (and hardly just because it also features Paddy Considine), only this partially true child-murderer story takes place a few decades earlier and in the Soviet Union. Second, it’d be great to see Tom Hardy get a franchise that isn’t based on a comic book (he recently had to drop Suicide Squad anyway) or seems like it’s based on a comic book (Mad Max: Fury Road might as well be), and Child 44 is adapted from the first novel in a trilogy, so there’s a possibility of at least two sequels. In this one, Hardy plays a disgraced member of the military police investigating the death of a friend’s child, which has been declared an accident. It turns out the boy is the 44th victim of a single pedophile (inspired by the real-life Butcher of Rostov), but that’s a controversial (and in fact illegal) claim for him to make in Stalin’s Russia, where murder is considered a capitalist concept and crime in general “doesn’t happen.” He is joined in his pursuit by his wife (Roomi Napace) and a general (Gary Oldman, reunited with Hardy on their fourth movie together) and encounter a major cover-up along the way.

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Fantastic Four reboot trailer

For a while there, it seemed like maybe the Fantastic Four reboot was as imaginary as Stan Lee wished the Roger Corman version was. But here, at last, with barely more than six months left until its release, is our first teaser. Sorry if you want a lot of footage of the superhero quartet in action and using their powers or even showing off their powers, because this is still only a slight look at what we have to look forward to. Still, what’s here is pretty, um, fantastic. There’s voiceover narration from The Wire and House of Cards actor Reg E. Cathey, who plays Dr. Franklin Storm — father of Johnny and Sue. There are a mere hints at The Thing and Human Torch in transformed mode. Mostly, though, this is interestingly Interstellar-like in the story it’s teasing. If we didn’t know it was a superhero movie, I doubt we’d get that impression at all from this. Also, is it just titled Fantastic Four now, without a “the”? Or, should we be spelling it Fant4stic? 

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Princess Bride

The deep web is fascinating — the idea that there is something subterranean to a utility we all use for far too many hours a day is thrilling, and Alex Winter has traveled into the romantic drama of that world and emerged with a documentary. On the heels of looking at filesharing in Downloaded, Deep Web explores the online marketplace for drugs known as The Silk Road, as well as the man with the Princess Bride-evoking code name that the government believes was behind it. The trailer for the doc is sexy. Heavy music, bold statements, the questioning of reality in a world designed to obscure identity. All of it seems to capture the organic intrigue that the illegal side of the deep web itself contains. What’s under this rock, and what happens when we lift it up?

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Hugh-Grant-in-The-Rewrite

One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for Geoff and Scott to review The Rewrite on the Broken Projector podcast. This upcoming rom-com is about an Oscar-winning screenwriter who is no longer a hotshot and so desperately has to take a job teaching the craft jadedly to college students. The irony is that the screenplay for The Rewrite itself seems awfully bland. The movie comes from Marc Lawrence, who previously wrote such generic non-classics as Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature and wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? The Rewrite is his fourth movie to star Hugh Grant, who plays another unlikable guy who is presumably changed by the love of a woman, a role this time filled by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. At the start of the new trailer for the movie, we see a YouTube clip of Grant in his floppy-haired days winning his Oscar for Best Actor — what was that for, again? Nine Months? The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain? Oh, wait, he didn’t win an Oscar. The clip here, employed as a glimpse at the character winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, is of Grant winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1995. They’ve even kept some of the speech, though it weirdly still seems like a re-dub and doesn’t match his lips (could just be […]

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Clarius Entertainment

The director of such classics as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon is finally making a return after 14 years of absence from features, but after watching the trailer for She’s Funny That Way, I wonder if it’s anything to celebrate. Peter Bogdanovich has been keeping plenty busy over the past decade and a half, doing a little more acting, some hosting duties on TCM, maintaining a blog at Indiewire and helming some TV movies, namely biopics about Natalie Wood and Pete Rose, and a documentary on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But his last true picture show, as far as a theatrical narrative release, was the 2001 historically inspired jazz-age farce The Cat’s Meow.  For his comeback, Bogdanovich has written another wild comedy, this time with ex-wife Louise Stratten, and he’s corralled a very impressive cast, as someone of his background can easily do. Imogen Poots stars as a high-class prostitute-turned-Broadway star who gets a part in a play directed by a former client (Owen Wilson), whose wife (Katherine Hahn) is also in the cast, and she also attracts the affections of the playwright (Will Forte), whose girlfriend is the former escort’s therapist (Jennifer Aniston). There’s also room for Rhys Ifans, Richard Lewis, Michael Shannon, Lucy Punch, Cybill Shepherd, Illeana Douglas, Austin Pendleton, Debi Mazar and Jennifer Esposito plus cameos from Quentin Tarantino, Tatum O’Neal, Graydon Carter, Colleen Camp and Jake Hoffman, I’m assuming as themselves.

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Salma Hayek in Everly

When is a movie about a strong, kick-ass woman not good for girl power? Based on its trailer, maybe when that movie is Everly. This Kill Bill type flick from director Joe Lynch stars Salma Hayek as a mob boss’s ex-girlfriend who must defend herself from an onslaught of assassins he sends her way. I’d heard good things about the insane action out of Fantastic Fest last fall, but this look at the movie doesn’t give me much hope that it’s not just fetishistic material geared towards teenage boys rather than fodder for female empowerment. “My dad wanted a boy,” which Hayek says in response to the shock that she’s so good with guns, is the sort of derogatory line that feeds bad gender stereotypes. But it’s not as bad as the focus on the actress’s cleavage and rear end. This could all just be the concentration of the marketing (not that it’s right either way) and less reflective of the movie as a whole, but I doubt it. I welcome defenders of Everly and/or how it is positive in its promotion of female action heroes who are acceptably sexy in addition to being strong and smart. It’s difficult not to see this trailer through the context of Hayek’s own work in support of women’s equality around the world as well as her controversial claim last fall that she’s not a feminist. The movie seems like it could also be non-feminist without being exploitative, and the equality of Hayek as an action star is certainly […]

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Female Pervert

“No testicle is safe” is my favorite phrase in the long synopsis for Female Pervert, a new feature about to premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. “Like Lena Dunham” is my least favorite. Not because I have anything against Dunham, but her name and her show are mentioned way too much in the promotion of other women filmmakers and other movies and TV series about hip femmillennials, especially those living in the big city. Last year, on the eve of Sundance, Obvious Child was being likened to Girls, sight unseen. And Appropriate Behavior writer-director Desiree Akhavan was heavily compared to Dunham (now Akhavan is actually a cast member on Girls for the new season). There was also Fort Tilden, which debuted at SXSW, easily looked at as a Girls wannabe. For some it can in fact be a positive selling point, but for many others it can be a negative. Female Pervert is the latest from Jiyoung Lee, an up-and-coming Atlanta-based filmmaker who does happen to be female, and the movie does happen to be about a young woman in the city (Jennifer Kim, who also had a small part in Obvious Child), and maybe its focus on sexual perversion has something in common with bits of Girls but it also just looks like an awkward comedy that could very well be its own thing. Does Girls have a scene involving a dildo and a theremin? I don’t think so. Female Pervert seems a lot less real, but not necessarily in a bad way. […]

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Rose Byrne in The Turning

It shouldn’t be difficult to see a movie that’s been made, is available, has received almost unanimous praise and involves popular movie stars, including Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne onscreen and Mia Wasikowska behind the camera.  The Turning probably just feels like it’s taking forever to come out, but even though the first trailer debuted in 2013, it’s merely been taking the long road through the international film festival scene. It hasn’t been sitting on a shelf or anything like that. Now this beautiful-looking Australian production is about to open in the UK and Ireland next month, and a slightly new trailer is online, mostly different in its positive pull quotes — because there’s enough favor for substitutions. What about a US release? Main Street Films are set to distribute the anthology film sometime this year, though it’s surely a difficult venture since the thing is three hours long in its original version. The British and Irish release is cut down to 107 minutes and only features 10 of the 17 short films produced for the initial collection, almost the entire lot being adaptations of stories by Tim Winton (one is an animated take on a T.S. Eliot poem that prefaces Winton’s book). And previously, an Australian cut for TV was brought down to 90 minutes and eight shorts. However, the Main Street Films site lists all 17 titles, and I hope that means that when the movie does make a return to the States (it played the Seattle International Film Festival, complete), it will be the full version.

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Lionsgate

Remember that modern take on William Shakepeare’s “Cymbeline” that we last saw a trailer for in 2013? It made its debut last fall at the Venice International Film Festival and received mostly negative reviews, so of course they’ve changed the name and now have a new trailer ahead of its release in theaters this March. The new title is Anarchy, which is kind of silly because from its inception the adaptation has been likened to (and now can be seen as definitely resembling) the show Sons of Anarchy. Which itself was already heavily inspired by the tragedies of Shakespeare. While the original play involves a romantic tale of Ancient Britain, in which a war is fought against Rome as a result of the titular king’s meddling in his daughter’s love affairs, this new movie version takes place in the present and is set in the world of outlaw bikers. The new trailer comes our way from John Leguizamo‘s personal YouTube channel — yes, John Leguizamo is doing modernized Shakespeare once again, almost 20 years after appearing in Baz Luhrman’s  Romeo + Juliet. Also, this is a return to modernized Shakespeare for Ethan Hawke and writer/director Michael Almereyda, who teamed up in 2000 for that Hamlet where the “To be or not to be” soliloquy is performed in a Blockbuster Video store (hopefully this one has another major scene located at a business that will be nonexistent in 10 years). Joining them are Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, Kevin Corrigan, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo and Dakota […]

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Thanks to the Internet, both short film and the artistry of advertising has been celebrated more than ever. Video sharing is a huge part of our culture now, and sometimes it’s not all silly home movies or scripted sketches that are being passed around. Still, shorts could be more respected within the whole of cinema and commercials shouldn’t be such a large part of what we’re being entertained by. I’ll make an exception on the latter, however, when it’s beneficial to the former. Especially if Martin Scorsese is the one handling them. A few years ago, I recognized a Hitchcock-mimicking ad for Freixenet by Scorsese as one of the best shorts of 2007. Now he’s potentially going to deliver one of the best of 2015 in something called The Audition, which promotes a new casino resort in Macau, China. This time Scorsese has some help to up the prestige and more blur the lines between advertisement and legitimate film release. Robert De Niro, who was once the director’s primary leading man, appearing in eight of his movies, and Leonardo DiCapro, who is the more recent favorite with five collaborations, are appearing together for the first time in a Scorsese project (they appeared together in This Boy’s Life and Marvin’s Room in the ’90s, when DiCaprio was young and neither had a connection to Scorsese). The gimmick is also the joke, as they play themselves in the short, made to compete for the lead in the next Scorsese feature. Brad Pitt is also […]

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Unfriended Movie

Here’s a film that was literally made on a computer. It’s not that big a deal, no more than cheap hand-held camcorders were in 1999, allowing for more and more documentaries to be produced and also for the found footage genre to begin. 15 years later, the concept of desktop cinema has exploded onto the scene with the likes of docs such as Kevin B. Lee’s Transformers: The Premake and now the next level in found footage: a Skype- and computer screen-based horror. Levan Gabriadze‘s Unfriended is the hot example at the moment, though it follows desktop-centric found footage material seen previously in The Den and Paranormal Activity 4. One reason that Unfriended is shining as its own unique thing is that its new trailer, which debuted this week on MTV, is pretty well done. Probably a bit on the spoilery side — I don’t know for sure, just making a guess based on how much plot is laid out — but thrillingly intriguing. Unfriended, which used to be titled Cybernatural, is basically a familiar horror premise where someone has died and a year later they appear to be back in order to murder all who did them in. Specifically for this movie, the dead person is a girl who became so humiliated by video leaked online that she then killed herself live on webcam. The whole movie, then, takes place on the first anniversary of her death, during and within a multi-line Skype call between her friends — and maybe also […]

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Thor vs Tony Stark

Tonight, Marvel premiered a new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron during a college football game, and for all of us non sports watchers it fortunately arrived online at the same time. But after checking out this second spot for the upcoming blockbuster, I almost feel like I caught the roughest game of full-contact scrimmage. The kind where your team is divided up and you go up against your mates. There was Thor grabbing Tony Stark/Iron Man’s throat. There was Hulk bashing Iron Man off the screen. There was Scarlet Witch blasting Iron Man into a wall. Okay, maybe Scarlet Witch isn’t on the same team, but I presume she will be later on. This is the Iron Man gets his butt kicked a lot edition, although we also see Captain America and Thor and Hulk feel some pain, as well. Watch the trailer after the jump and then we can discuss.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters

Couldn’t get enough of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes last night? Actually, didn’t it seem they weren’t on very much at all? Or was that just because they stood back and let Margaret Cho take up all their time with the increasingly unfunny North Korea gag? Either way, you’ll want to make up for the absence of Tina and Amy in your life this morning with the first look teaser for their upcoming comedy Sisters (yes, comedy, for all you worried it’s a remake of the Brian DePalma film). It’s only 20 seconds long, so you’ll soon be in withdrawal again, but a quick hit is worse than nothing at all, right? Sisters pairs the two BFFs as, you guessed it, sisters. Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and scripted by longtime Saturday Night Live writer and 30 Rock producer Paula Pell, the movie begins with the estranged pair reunited when their parents decide to sell their childhood home. In addition to cleaning out their old rooms, being all nostalgic for Xanadu and rekindling their sibling bond, the women throw a huge house party with all their old high school friends. The teaser shows a lot of dancing and baton twirling but not much humor. I guess we’re meant to trust in the names alone and, given the timing, remember their funny and sometimes awkwardly bold Golden Globes monologue and let it ride out through this morning as we watch. 

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Chappie and He-Man

There are a few overlaps of scenes from the first Chappie trailer to the latest, including a bit where the title robot watches and mimics the cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. You’d think this was from the same studio putting together a new Masters of the Universe movie. Oh right, they’re both Sony. Synergy! Interestingly, Sony is also one of the studios behind last year’s RoboCop remake and they own the company that made Short Circuit (but not the rights to its planned remake), and those are two movies that are very much felt in this new feature from Neill Blomkamp. That’s not a complaint, because this looks much better than both of those things. Sure, the line “I am consciousness. I am alive. I am Chappie!” doesn’t have the same ring as the rhyming “Johnny Five is Alive!” but then Short Circuit doesn’t have Die Antwoord. Nor does it have Hugh Jackman with a mullet playing a South African, which is much better than Fisher Stevens with a mullet playing an Indian. In fact, Chappie has its own real Indian, or at least an Englishman of Indian descent, with the main human hero played by Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel. Rounding out the primary cast is Sigourney Weaver, who reminds me of Jodie Foster in Blomkamp’s last movie, Elysium, Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley as the voice and motion-capture performer for the robot and, yes, Ninja (aka Watkin Tudor Jones) and Yo-Landi Vi$$er (aka Yolandi Visser) of the strange and awesome (see them live if […]

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The Voices Movie 2015

What with a new baby, casting news for Deadpool and now a trailer for The Voices, it’s a big week for Ryan Reynolds. At least bigger than he’s had in pop culture for a while. We’ve barely written about the guy since we shared a first look at The Voices back in 2013. We missed the movie when it debuted at Sundance last year, and that’s too bad because it looks like a lot of dark, twisted fun — good enough to put it on our list of most anticipated releases of this year. Reynolds plays a factory worker who talks to his pets, and the dog and cat talk back (both voiced by Reynolds). At least in his mind. And in his mind they tell him to kill his girlfriend (Gemma Arterton), and then her decapitated head starts talking to him, too. Maybe that’s a spoiler, but it’s a huge part of the new trailer and could even be seen in that early promotional image (seen also above), so I guess the filmmakers aren’t concerned about us knowing that much.

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Back To Life Productions, LLC

It’s typically frustrating when acclaimed documentary filmmakers make the leap to fiction. After all, not everyone can mix up the real and make believe as well as Werner Herzog. Even Errol Morris, Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple had trouble making the switch. Plus, we need those great documentarians to make more great documentaries. But, alas, they need to make some money, too. I like David Gelb a lot, and I love his breakthrough, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, so I’m reserving most of my judgment of his upcoming horror film, The Lazarus Effect, until I see it. And even if it’s as bad as it looks, I’ll still be hopeful that the filmmaker made enough cash to deliver another nonfiction gem. The Lazarus Effect, which shouldn’t be itself confused for a doc from a few years ago about HIV and AIDS in Africa, seems to be a mix of Pet Sematary and Luc Besson’s Lucy. The former because it’s about a team of scientists dumb enough to be working on a way to bring dead animals back to life (have they no “Frankenstein” or any of its descendants in their world?) and the latter because when they resurrect their fallen friend (Olivia Wilde) she has increased neural activity and has superpowers stemming from her mind. At least, that’s what I’m getting from the movie’s trailer, which can be seen below. 

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Hits

Back in 2006, David Cross was the first investor in Kickstarter. Almost a decade later, he’s gone to the crowdsourcing service for what is apparently his first project on the site (he also seems to have only just recently backed another project for the first time, too). The comedian and actor and now filmmaker is seeking money for his directorial debut, Hits. The movie premiered a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival and will finally hit theaters next month. While normally a little indie comedy like his would only have a dinky release in New York and Los Angeles followed by digital distribution after a few months, he’s attempting to get a wider presence around the country so his fans all over have a chance to watch it on the big screen. The Kickstarter goal is $100k and that’s to cover for bookings in about 50 markets in a way that allows you and me to choose our price for the ticket. Inspired by past strategies of Radiohead and Louis C.K. in putting out their works, Cross has teamed with BitTorrent for this experiment, and the pay what you wish option will also be available through their BitTorrent Bundle file-sharing site. He says that Hits will also be on iTunes and other traditional platforms but those will be at the normal cost for movie rental and purchase. Of course, there is the matter of Cross depending on the fans to pay now and then also later, but there’s no requirement […]

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Ant-Man-poster-550x814

The first true teaser trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man debuted this evening during the premiere of the same studio’s own Agent Carter TV series. In the days ahead, many of us will be poring over each frame to know exactly what we’re looking at, but for now it’s time to just watch. And listen to Michael Douglas slowly explain to Paul Rudd why he needs to take over the role of a superhero called “the Ant-Man.” Is it too late to change the name, indeed? Just kidding, I like the name and just how faux-serious this movie is sold as right up until that little joke. After that, we can re-watch and appreciate how silly it actually all is (in a good way), especially Ant-Man riding on the back of a flying ant. Watch the Ant-Man teaser after the jump.

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IFC Films

In Andrew Niccol‘s Gattaca, Ethan Hawke plays a guy who just wants to travel into the sky and beyond. Now the filmmaker and actor are reunited for a third outing (Hawke is also in Niccol’s Lord of War) and this time the latter plays a guy who just wants to get back to the sky. In the new movie, titled Good Kill, he’s not going for the beyond, just wishing to return to a physical bomber jet and actual combat. In a way, that seems like beyond compared to what he’s been doing: getting “good kills” via drone with a joystick in the comfort of an air force base many miles away, on American soil. And everyday he finishes up his shift remotely blowing up stuff and people and goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the Vegas suburbs. Anything but a normal mix. The premise is a worthy idea for a movie in these times, especially for how new military operations are changing what a war movie looks like, but it also seems a little simple. Enough that the new international trailer for Good Kill is already sufficiently on point in less than three minutes. There’s even an implication that Hawke’s character needs more physicality of a sexual nature than he’s getting in his domestic life, too. It could still be very interesting, though, given Niccol’s past dealings with sci-fi situations that relate to our current technologies or scientific pursuits. Drone warfare has been going on for a while yet still […]

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