Trailer: Steve Jobs

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This morning, the trailer for Danny Boyle’s sequel to the 2013 instant classic Jobs (starring Ashton Kutcher) hit the web. Apparently, Boyle couldn’t convince Kutcher to reprise his role for the sequel–which adds Steve to the title–so he settled for Michael Fassbender.

And yeah, it looks cool, I suppose. It’s tough to portray such a recognizable public figure, because the Fass doesn’t really look like Jobs, even if he has the speech and mannerisms down. Still, that’s not necessarily important in crafting a good film, if everything else comes together.

The trailer is solid and certainly takes plenty of creative liberties with Jobs’s life, as expected with Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle involved. Steve Jobs drops into theaters on October 9, 2015.

What do you think of the trailer? Chime in below!

Trailer: Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario

In Mexico, Sicario means ‘Hitman.’ In Canada, Denis Villeneuve directing means ‘Must See.’ Emily Blunt being a competent bad-ass, Benicio Del Toro being cool as ice, and Roger Deakins shooting the hell out of the picture. The film plays like a Michael Mann police procedural action version of Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, and you have no idea how hard that hits my sweet spot.

This is my most anticipated movie for the remainder of 2015.

Trailer: Turbo Kid

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Back in January, Kurt posted a short teaser for the SXSW 2015 Audience Award Winner Turbo Kid. He noted then that while it was directed by three mostly unknown Canadian directors–Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell–it’s produced by Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener and also stars Michael Ironside as the deliriously evil villain.

Today, we have the full trailer for your viewing pleasure… and I’m pleased to say that Turbo Kid looks absolutely glorious. Full of action and gore, over-the-top characters and humor, and an insane looks at a bizarrely contemporary dystopian future (or past?), it looks like some sort of twisted love child between Mad Max, Kick-Ass, and an old-school NES game.

The film hits select theaters and VOD on August 28th.

Trailer: The Peanuts Movie

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I was cynical when I first heard about the development of a modern animated incarnation of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Who can blame me? Other classic cartoon characters revisioned for modern audiences have turned out mostly abysmal.

Needless to say, it looks like I was wrong. If the trailer is any indicator, The Peanuts Movie is not going to be Alvin & the Chipmunks or Smurfs.

It’s been 35 years since we’ve seen the Peanuts gang in a feature length film and, while the earlier films do hold up, perhaps it was time to revisit the characters for a new generation of kids. Charles Schulz’s very own sons helped write and produce the film and they even used archival recordings of Bill Melendez (who died in 2008) for the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock.

Yep–I’m sold. The Peanuts Movie hits theaters on November 6, 2015.

RED BAND Trailer: The Overnight

This quite graphic trailer for Patrick Brice’s suburban sex comedy, has a lot of sex and a lot of foul language. With that warning out of the way, you can see Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and Jason Schwartzman behaving badly while their children are barely out of earshot, as a dinner party gets into some seriously weird, quite fast.

The Overnight is produced by the Duplass brothers, of which Mark Duplass was the title character in Brice’s previous underrated gem, Creep.

The film has been playing the festival circuit since Sundance and is getting a limited US release on June 26th.

Trailer: The Program

Stephen Frears, director of The Hit, My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liasons, The Grifters, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, The Queen and so many more quietly great films, seems to get a pretty significant performance out of Ben Foster in his biopic about the myth, hubris and ultimate downfall of American cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Give the trailer a look.

Trailer: The Martian

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I‘m likely in the minority when I admit that I didn’t love Andy Weir’s novel The Martian. I enjoyed the overall arc of the story, but the log entries (narrated first person by the obnoxious protagonist Mark Watney–played in the film by Matt Damon) drove me bonkers.

Despite this, while reading it, I kept thinking how this could be one of the few books that’d work better as a film… and apparently Ridley Scott thought so as well. If you’ve yet to read the novel, many have described it as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. It follows an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to problem-solve a way to survive and the subsequent attempt by his crew to rescue him.

Along with Damon, the film stars Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels. As I predicted, the film does look great. We’ll find out how great when it drops into theaters on November 25, 2015.

Trailer: Bridge of Spies

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Hanks! Spielberg! The Cold War!

After a three year hiatus, Spielberg is back behind the camera, re-teaming with his favorite cinematographer Janusz Kamiński but sans his favorite composer John Williams (albeit in exchange for the still great Thomas Newman). Despite having Joel & Ethan Coen as co-writers on the screenplay, Bridge of Spies seems to be a little more Munich and a little less Catch Me If You Can.

Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, the film is a Cold War thriller about a lawyer (played by Hanks) who is chosen by the American government to represent a Soviet spy in American courts–and, well, you can watch the rest of the trailer to get a better sense of how this affects the lawyer’s life.

Bridge of Spies hits theaters on October 16, 2015.

Trailer: Z For Zachariah

No, this is not the latest ABCs of Death short blown into a feature. It is in fact the latest film from one of the current most underrated indie auteurs, Craig Zobel (Compliance, The Great World of Sound) and starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. Prepare for an end-of-the-world cocktail that appears to be equal parts The Road, and Night of the Living Dead with a love triangle in the middle. Z For Zacharia has been one of my most anticipated movies of the year since its debut at Sundance, and the trailer looks like, in the acting department, it will deliver.

Only one word of advice to all the screenwriters out there: Stop naming character Caleb. Please stop. Thanks.

In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.