Forget the Dwarves! It’s SNOW WHITE vs. SNOW WHITE

As happens often enough in Hollywoodland, one studio gets a whiff of what another is making, and then greenlights their own. Well they are going at this battle furiously, as both released their trailers this week. In one corner, Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen “Bella” Stewart, Charlize “Monster” Theron and...

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Trailer: The Hunger Games

I am quite amazed that after seeing Kinji Fukasaku’s wonderfully violent satire Battle Royale more or less banned/undistributed in Canada and the US, we are getting a huge glossy franchise that involves teens killing teens for sport. With Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and the host of other interesting school shooting films, I guess the...

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Trailer Cutting 101: Haywire

With Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion being one of the best films of the year, many may have forgotten that Mr. Threaten-to-retire-but-remain-prolific has another film in the works. This one has Lem “The Limey” Dobbs on screenwriting duty and MMA fighter as the star, but I’m not going to talk about that. The below trailer is a master class...

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Trailer: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Movern Callar) takes the ‘school shooting’ movie (now a subgenre, there are a lot of ‘em) and exaggerates emotion, dumps in dozens of foreboding signs and signifiers. The film is directed to play like a full blown horror film. Quite simply: We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the best films of the year....

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Trailer: The Innkeepers

  Albeit a bit spoilerish if you ask me, and totally misleading to boot. Nevertheless, Ti West’s excellent ghost story – a mixture of scares and laughs that somehow manages to do something new with the horror comedy while feeling like a bit of classic spook cinema – now has a trailer. This means it is one step closer to being released by...

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Trailer: The Lorax

  I shouldn’t be as offended by how grossly ill advised this trailer hints for the latest is Dr. Seuss film adaptation. I did quite like what Blue Sky Animation did with Horton Hears A Who, although they are not doing this one it is nevertheless is hard to tell from the animated look. It seems that Seuss and CGI are a pretty natural fit. Things look...

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Trailer for Herzog’s ‘Into the Abyss’ might drop some jaws.

Perhaps it is my background in sociology that has me so interested. Perhaps it is my unhealthy obsession with Werner Herzog. Or maybe, just maybe, this is going to be one astonishing film documenting those involved in every aspect of a death penalty sentence – in an approach as far away from Dateline ABC as can be. The film is Into the Abyss and it has...

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The latest Mission: Impossible sequel has a new trailer.

I have always been very fond of the first Brian De Palma directed Mission: Impossible movie. As a 12 year old, I wore that VHS tape out. Hell, embarrassingly, I even asked my barber at the time if she could give me an Ethan Hunt haircut. Then the sequels were released – and while I appreciated what they tried to accomplish, neither sequel captured the...

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Trailer: Hugo (Cabret)

  With its very high profile cast, and Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D terrain, the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, first shortened to Hugo Cabret, now apparently just Hugo (maybe by release time, this Thanksgiving, it will simply be called “H”) is as much an interest to cinephiles as it may be to family audiences....

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Trailer: The Secret World of Arrietty

  Disney released the first trailer for the North American dub of Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of The Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty. While the American voice cast (Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler) is not as high profile as the UK one (Saorise Ronan, Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, and Mark Strong), this new trailer gives...

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