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September 19th, 2014

11:42 am - Listen Up Philip, Men, Women & Children, Effie Gray, Days and Nights, Low Down
Listen Up Philip     HD720p 19MB
Comedic drama that describes itself as being a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When his idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject - himself. Krysten Ritter and Jess Weixler are also part of the cast.
Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson come to mind. Was very well received earlier this year in Sundance. Also, an earlier teaser: HD720p 18MB.

Men, Women & Children     HD720p 47MB
Full trailer for the latest movie directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult). I tells the the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. Large ensemble cast consisting of Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Dennis Haysbert, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler.
Reviews after its premiere in Toronto were rather mixed. You can rename the file as a .mp4.

Effie Gray     HD720p 13MB
Historical drama that explores the scandalous true story of the troubled relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and Effie (Dakota Fanning), his teenage bride. After marrying at the tender age of 19, Effie quickly realises her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. Yearning for affection, she soon falls for the charms of the artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Desperate to be freed from John, she embarks on a life-changing journey to become one of the first women in history to seek a divorce from her husband, making her an everlasting figure in feminist history. Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Julie Walters, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox and Derek Jacobi are also part of the cast.
Thompson also wrote the screenplay.

Days and Nights     HD720p 21MB
Drama inspired by Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centres around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter (Christian Camargo, who also directed) to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno) and the estate's custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) - the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation.

Low Down     HD720p 50MB
Biographical drama told through the wise eyes of his young daughter, Amy (Elle Fanning), the movie chronicles the torrid, true life of bebop jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes). It focuses on the years 1974 to 1976, when Amy had few resources other than the love of her aging grandmother (Glenn Close) and a ragtag bunch of Hollywood outcasts and eccentrics that were her friends. While Joe struggles to find gigs, maintain his heroin addiction, and stay out of jail, Amy grows up quickly in a single-room occupancy hotel on the fringes of Hollywood. Lena Headey, Flea, Caleb Landry Jones, Taryn Manning and Burn Gorman are also part of the cast.
Unsurprisingly, looks like a bit of a downer.

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September 16th, 2014

11:37 am - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Playing It Cool, Serena, Cymbeline, The Homesman
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1     HD720p 29MB   HD1080p 64MB
Full trailer for the third movie of the "worldwide phenomenon" "The Hunger Games". We find Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, she spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. Like the second movie, again directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend).

Playing It Cool     HD720p 21MB
Romantic comedy about a young man (Chris Evans) disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman (Michelle Monaghan) at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she's engaged to a guy (Ioan Gruffudd) who doesn't like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends (Luke Wilson, Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza), he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart.
"Formulaic" comes to mind. But with a cast like this, including a reunion of Captain America and the Falcon, it is worth a look.

Serena     HD720p 43MB
UK trailer for this drama set in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper), love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George's hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pembertons' passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning. Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans, David Dencik and Sean Harris are also part of the cast.
Interestingly, this is directed by Susanne Bier (After The Wedding, In a Better World, Brothers).

Cymbeline     HD720p 31MB
Crime drama in which King Cymbeline (Ed Harris), leader of the Briton Motorcycle Club, clashes with the corrupt Roman Police while his radiant but disobedient daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson) fends off assaults on her honuor and her life. Cymbeline’s wife (Milla Jovovich) and her son (Anton Yelchin) aspire to take over the king’s empire, and Imogen's marriage to Posthumus (Penn Badgley) is undermined by sinister interference from Iachimo (Ethan Hawke), a malevolent stranger. Shakespeare’s timeless themes are love and betrayal, revenge and forgiveness, death and renewal. John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo and Vondie Curtis-Hall are also part of the cast.
Another contemporary adaptation of a William Shakespeare play, this time by Michael Almereyda who did something similar with Hamlet that also starred Hawke. Though this one wasn't as well received at festivals.

The Homesman     HD720p 56MB
US trailer version for another western directed by Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Sunset Limited). Set in 1855, three women who lost their reason are driven from their village, and assigned to Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), a strong and independent pioneer from Nebraska. On their way to Iowa, where the women can find refuge, she crosses paths with a vagabond bumpkin (Jones) she saves him from imminent death. They decide to join forces to face together the harshness and dangers that plague the vast expanses of the Frontier. Also part of the cast are Meryl Streep, James Spader, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, David Dencik, Hailee Steinfeld, Miranda Otto and William Fichtner.

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September 13th, 2014

11:54 am - In Order of Disappearance, John Wick, Gemma Bovery, Bird People, A Most Wanted Man
In Order of Disappearance - Kraftidioten     HD720p 30MB
Very dark, comedic thriller from Norway. Introverted and hard-working snow plow driver Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) has just been named Citizen of The Year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, he soon uncovers evidence of the young man's murder - a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals (Bruno Ganz putting in an appearance as a mafia boss). Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiralling ever higher and higher.
That looks like fun. Now in limited release in the UK.

John Wick     HD720p 46MB
Action movie about an ex-hitman (Keanu Reeves) who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him (spoiler: his dog and his car). Adrianne Palicki, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo, Willem Dafoe and Jason Isaacs are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of stunt coordinator by Chad Stahelski who also was Neo's stunt double.
That looks pleasantly silly.

Gemma Bovery     HD720p 14MB
Comedic drama from France about Martin (Fabrice Luchini), a former Parisian bourgeois-bohemian, who has now become (mainly of his own volition) a baker in a Normandy village. All that remains of his youthful ambitions are a powerful imagination and a vivid passion for great literature, in particular that of Gustave Flaubert. We imagine his emotional state when a young English couple (Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng), with strangely familiar names, take up residence in a small neighboring farm. Not only are the newcomers called Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior seems to be inspired by Flaubert's heroes. For the creator slumbering within Martin, the opportunity to shape - apart from his daily bread - the destinies of flesh and blood characters is too good to miss. Directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Nathalie..., The Girl from Monaco).
Again based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe).

Bird People     HD720p 15MB
US trailer version for romantic drama set in the Paris airport zone, where two strangers are trying to make sense out of their lives: an American engineer (Josh Charles) under great professional and emotional pressure who decides to radically change the course of his existence, and a young hotel chambermaid (Anaïs Demoustier) who goes through a life-altering supernatural experience. Radha Mitchell, Roschdy Zem and Mathieu Amalric are also part of the cast. Directed by Pascale Ferran (Lady Chatterley).
Now in limited release in the US.

A Most Wanted Man     HD720p 29MB
UK trailer for this political thriller that follows a German spy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as he tracks down Issa, a suspicious Chechen-Russian immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) on the run in Hamburg. Pressured by his German and American colleagues to capture and interrogate his suspect as a Muslim terrorist, he instead asks for more time to carefully track Issa's movements and his relationship with his German immigration lawyer (Rachel McAdams). Also part of the cast are Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl and Nina Hoss. Directed by Anton Corbijn (The American, Control), based on a novel by John le Carré, which itself was inspired by the life of Murat Kurnaz, a man who was abducted by the US government and tortured in Guantanamo. You know, the usual.
Now in limited release in the UK.

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September 8th, 2014

11:51 am - The Humbling, Escobar: Paradise Lost, Trash, You're Not You, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting
The Humbling     HD720p 30MB
Once a universally acclaimed thespian, the now-sexagenarian Simon (Al Pacino) has fallen from grace - literally. After swan-diving into the orchestra pit in the middle of a performance, he slides into an intense depression, and quite possibly dementia, leading to a spell in a psychiatric facility. Upon his release he retreats to the woods to live a quiet life until the daughter (Greta Gerwig) of his closest friend shows up at his house. The relationship takes unusual turns as people from their past surface and chaos ensues. Nina Arianda, Dylan Baker, Dianne Wiest and Charles Grodin are also part of the cast. Directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, Wag the Dog).
They have been rare in recent years, but looks like one of the more interesting movies with Pacino.

Escobar: Paradise Lost     HD720p 27MB
Trailer from France for this thriller based on a true story that unfolds during the final years of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's reign. It is told from the perspective of Nick (Josh Hutcherson), an innocent surfer from Canada who, together with his brother (Brady Corbet), sets up a modest surfing retreat near Medellin, where he meets the woman of his dreams, who is busy campaigning for her politician uncle. That uncle turns out to be Pablo (Benicio del Toro), who invites Nick to a party at his "cottage," a sprawling, Xanadu-like jungle fortress. When he hears of the trouble Nick and Dylan are having with some local thugs, Pablo vows to "take care of it."
I really don't know about Hutcherson, but del Toro is hard to resist.

Trash     HD720p 30MB
Thriller drama about two trash-picking boys from Rio's slums who find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump. Little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet's return, the boys realise that what they've found must be important. Teaming up with a friend, the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet. Along the way, the boys will have to figure out friend from foe, as they piece together the story of the wallet's owner (Wagner Moura) and realise they can't trust the police. But a pair of American missionaries (Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara) working in their favela might just have the power to knock on the right doors. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Billy Elliot, The Hours), Richard Curtis worked on the screenplay.
Hard not to think of it as a Latin American set sequel to Slumdog Millionaire.

You're Not You     HD720p 33MB
Feel-good drama that tells the story of Kate (Hilary Swank), an accomplished woman in her 30s whose perfectly-ordered life is suddenly upended when she is diagnosed with the devastating and incurable disease ALS. Kate and her husband (Josh Duhamel) must find a full time caregiver to help, and so they meet college student Bec (Emmy Rossum), who has impulsively answered their ad despite her complete lack of experience. Bec is chaos in motion - unable to commit to school, her relationships or her plans for the future. But Kate sees something special in Bec and hires her. Directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe).
If you want to know what a version of the French movie The Intouchables looks like if it were made by Hollywood.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence - En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron     HD720p 8MB
The (pleasant) surprise winner of this year's Golden Lion in Venice directed by Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor, You, the Living), the third move in his trilogy about being a human being (it always takes him seven years to finance and make the next movie). It's a comedic drama, the official summary reads: Like modern times’ Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. A trip that shows us the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humour and tragedy that is in us, life's grandeur as well as frailty of humanity.
But that obviously tells you not very much. If you haven't seen any of his previous movies, it's probably best to do yourself a favour and at least watch the trailer in order to get a feeling for Andersson's movies. He's probably best known for his award-winning commercials, made in similar style as his movies, which I think he is mainly making to finance his movies.

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September 5th, 2014

11:49 am - Rosewater, Horrible Bosses 2, Wetlands, God Help the Girl, Pasolini
Rosewater     HD720p 46MB
Political drama based on real events. It follows the Tehran-born Bahari (Gael García Bernal), a journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, he returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi's supporters protested Ahmadinejad's victory declaration hours before the polls closed, he endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself as "Rosewater" (Kim Bodnia), who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. The noteworthy thing is that this marks the directorial debut of popular TV show host Jon Stewart.
It's a small production, and festival reviews this week were mostly favourable. Though I do have to point out that, while both also get favourably mentioned in the reviews, the two leads are played by a Mexican and a Dane.

Horrible Bosses 2     HD480p 45MB   HD720p 115MB
Full trailer for the sequel. Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company. Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx also return.

Wetlands - Feuchtgebiete     HD720p 33MB
Coming-of-age tale from Germany about divorce, first love and anal fissures. Eighteen year-old Helen (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend. When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents and forms an unlikely bond with her male nurse.
Big screen adaptation of a book by Charlotte Roche that was an unexpected, international bestseller a few years ago. It was the most popular book in Germany in 2008, a pretty remarkable fact given its topic. While the movie is certainly not for everyone (it covers all bodily fluids that exist), it marks a welcome departure from the way Hollywood portrays growing up and sexuality. Now in limited release in the US.

God Help the Girl     HD480p 25MB   HD720p 91MB
Light, musical, coming-of-age drama from the UK. Eve (Emily Browning) is a catastrophe - low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass (Hannah Murray) and fastidious James (Olly Alexander), and together they decide there's only one thing to do: form a pop group. Written, directed and with original songs by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian.
The term twee comes to mind. Now in limited release on various platforms in the US.

Pasolini     HD720p 29MB
Trailer from France for a dreamlike biopic directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, New Rose Hotel, The Addiction) that offers a kaleidoscopic view of the last day of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life in 1975. Pasolini (Willem Dafoe) is the symbol of an art that's fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, his films are persecuted by the censors, many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later on with his dearest friends, and finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city.
Mainly for fans of Ferrara, Pasolini, Dafoe or a combination thereof.

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August 30th, 2014

11:54 am - Samba, The Rewrite, White Bird in a Blizzard, A Second Chance, Seventh Son, Shaun the Sheep
Samba     HD720p 29MB
Romantic, comedic, social drama (if there's such a thing) which is the new movie directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the French duo that was responsible for the huge European success The Intouchables. It's about a recent migrant to France (Omar Sy). Washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel is hardly his European dream, but it gets worse when a bureaucratic slip-up lands him in detention. There he meets an immigration worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) new to the job and unused to the hard realities of life on France's bottom rung. When he is released but slapped with an order to leave France, she begins to let her professional role bleed into her personal life. Tahar Rahim is also part of the cast.
A lot of familiar elements but I can understand that especially Gainsbourg wanted a break from getting tortured by Lars von Trier. And it's probably much more charming than a probable US remake.

The Rewrite     HD1080p 47MB    YouTube
UK trailer for this comedy about a screenwriter (Hugh Grant) who, once upon a time, was on top of the world – a Golden Globe Award and a hit movie to his name, a beautiful wife and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wit and charm. But that was fifteen years ago: now, he's divorced, broke, approaching fifty and hasn't written a hit film in years. Luckily, his agent has a job for him – a university in the quiet town of Binghamton is looking for someone to teach a course in screenwriting, and with an empty wallet as his motivation, he can't say no. Hoping to give minimal attention to his duties and focus on writing a new script, his attitude slowly begins to turn when he meets a single mum (Marisa Tomei) working two jobs to earn her degree. Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliott and Bella Heathcote are also part of the cast. Movie re-unites Grant with director Marc Lawrence (Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice, Did You Hear About the Morgans?).
As much as I'm delighted by the thought of a rom-com starring Grant and Tomei, I fear it will mainly make me long for Grant's older movies.

White Bird in a Blizzard     US HD720p 78MB   F HD720p 16MB
Coming of age drama directed by Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Smiley Face). Kat (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as she is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father (Christopher Meloni) for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett and Thomas Jane are also part of the cast.
You can choose between the US and French trailer version.

A Second Chance - En chance til     HD720p 18MB
Morally complex drama from Denmark directed by Susanne Bier (After The Wedding, In a Better World, Brothers), written by her regular collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples, The Green Butchers).
Detectives and best friends Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Simon (Ulrich Thomsen) lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife (Maria Bonnevie) and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club. But all that changes when the two of them are called out to a domestic dispute between a junkie couple (Nikolaj Lie Kaas, May Andersen), caught in a vicious cycle of violence and drugs. It all looks very routine – until Andreas finds the couple's infant son, crying in a closet. As Andreas slowly loses his grip on justice, it suddenly becomes up to the unruly Simon to restore the balance between right and wrong.

Seventh Son     HD720p 42MB
A new trailer for this much delayed fantasy action adventure, this time strongly promoting the fact that it is financed by hedge-funds. That should sell a few extra tickets.
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), the last of the Falcon Knights, had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), many years ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, she is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. Also part of the cast are Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue and Djimon Hounsou.

Shaun the Sheep     HD720p 15MB
Second teaser for the big screen debut of Shaun the Sheep. When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

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August 27th, 2014

11:48 am - Son of a Gun, '71, Rudderless, Far from Men, Outcast
Son of a Gun     HD720p 22MB
Heist thriller from Australia that tells the story of a young man who is drawn into the lawless world of a notorious criminal. While locked up for a minor offence, 19-yr-old JR (Brenton Thwaites) becomes apprentice to the enigmatic Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor), a calculating crime boss with connections both inside and out. After helping him and his crew orchestrate a daring prison escape, JR is invited to join in on their next job – a high stakes heist that promises to deliver millions. But as they plan the heist, JR begins to suspect he is being played and soon finds himself on a collision course with his mentor in a very dangerous game. Alicia Vikander and Nash Edgerton are also part of the cast.
No more Mr. Niceguy for McGregor.

'71     HD720p 24MB
Political thriller set in 1971, when the conflict in Northern Ireland is escalating towards civil war. Young English recruit Gary (Jack O'Connell) is called into action in Belfast. The situation in the city is confusing and challenging – even for experienced military commanders. The town is divided into ‘loyal’ Protestant and ‘hostile’ Catholic areas. Both parties have paramilitary units; in addition, radical street gangs and undercover agents from all sides are trying to assert their interests on their own initiative. During a patrol, the soldiers become embroiled in a scuffle and one of them loses their weapon. Gary and a fellow soldier follow the thief who disappears into the crowd.
Given the movie's setting I was a bit sceptical at first but the Berlin festival reviews are uniformly positive.

Rudderless     HD720p 27MB
Drama with some comedic elements and lots of music that marks the directorial debut of William H. Macy. A former high-profile advertising executive (Billy Crudup) whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When he discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When a young musician (Anton Yelchin) in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives. Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne are also part of the cast.

Far from Men - Loin des hommes     HD720p 24MB
Gritty tale of survival adapted from a short story by Albert Camus. The year is 1954, the Algerian War is beginning, and village schoolteacher Daru (Viggo Mortensen), who formerly served with the French army, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he's a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by ethnic Algerians and their French colonizers alike. When he is ordered to escort a dissident named Mohamed (Reda Kateb) to a regional police garrison, he's prompted to question where his loyalties truly lie. That inquiry becomes all the more pointed as rebels and soldiers begin to clash, forcing Daru and his captive to form a tenuous alliance as they flee through the treacherous, wintry Atlas mountains.
Movie takes part in the official competition in Venice.

Outcast     HD720p 37MB
Let's see if Nicolas Cage has become any less desperate with his movie project choices. In ancient China, Princess Lian (Yifei Liu) and her younger brother, Zhao, flee for their lives when their father, the Emperor, is murdered by his ambitious eldest son Shing. Pursued by Shing's soldiers, the royal runaways hire battle weary Briton (Cage) who's wandered east to escape memories of the Crusades, and an unlikely romance blooms between the refined Han princess and the rough English man of war. Hayden Christensen is also part of the cast.
Nope, he hasn't.

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August 22nd, 2014

12:32 pm - Men, Women & Children, Automata, Nightcrawler, Kelly & Cal, A Good Marriage
Men, Women & Children     HD720p 125MB
First trailer for the latest movie directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult). I tells the the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. Large ensemble cast consisting of Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Dennis Haysbert, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler.
Trailer is dialogue-free, so at this point it's hard to tell what kind of movie this will be.

Automata     HD720p 53MB
Sci-fi thriller set fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android. The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. As a ROC insurance agent (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the androids. Melanie Griffith, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster are also part of the cast.
While I have learned not to expect too much from such independent productions, it nevertheless looks quite original.

Nightcrawler     HD720p 54MB
Full trailer for this thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. It's about a driven young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, he muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by a veteran (Rene Russo) of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
Gyllenhaal still looks terrifying. Though I guess this looks closer to a documentary when you live in the US than in Europe

Kelly & Cal     HD720p 16MB
Feel-good drama with comedic elements about a punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly (Juliette Lewis), who is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn't yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal (Jonny Weston) is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life.
Festival reviews praise the chemistry between the two leads.

A Good Marriage     HD720p 66MB
Dark thriller based on a short story from Stephen King. When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage. Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang are also part of the cast.

Guardians of the Galaxy     HD720p 8MB
To make everyone feel a little better, 40 seconds of dancing Baby Groot.

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August 13th, 2014

11:47 am - Mortdecai, Two Night Stand, Reclaim, Camp X-Ray, Penguins of Madagascar
Mortdecai     HD720p 46MB
First teaser for this comedic action adventure based on the books by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Bettany and Aubrey Plaza are also part of the cast. Directed by David Koepp (Secret Window, Premium Rush, Ghost Town).
Great cast, and I wouldn't mind if Depp made again something truly worth watching. Though it so far looks like as if he plays a variation of the Inspector Clouseau character.

Two Night Stand     HD720p 23MB
A no-strings-attached, online hook-up turns into a morning-after disaster for twenty-something New Yorkers Megan (Analeigh Tipton) and Alec (Miles Teller). When a paralyzing blizzard hits the city trapping them in Alec's cramped Brooklyn apartment, they are forced to get to know each other far beyond the confines of a typical one-night stand. Jessica Szohr and Scott Mescudi/Kid Cudi are also part of the cast.
Could be okay.

Reclaim     HD720p 33MB
Thriller in which a young couple (Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre), after their newly adopted daughter goes missing in a small town, will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind her disappearance and the dangerous secret behind the adoption agency (John Cusack, Jacki Weaver) they trusted. Risking their own lives, they will discover just what being a parent means and how far they will go to get their child back. Luis Guzmán is also part of the cast.
Doesn't really clear up why Cusack chose not to appear in the Hot Tub sequel.

Camp X-Ray     HD720p 17MB
Drama about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (Peyman Moaadi, known from the Oscar winning A Separation). A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.

Penguins of Madagascar     HD720p 100MB   HD1080p 177MB
Second trailer for the Madagascar spin-off. Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from taking over the world.

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August 9th, 2014

12:54 pm - Theory of Everything, Stonehearst Asylum, Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Birdman, Left Behind
The Theory of Everything     HD720p 94MB
Biographical drama that tells the story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Once a healthy, active young man, he received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, he embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. David Thewlis, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and Simon McBurney are also part of the cast. Directed James Marsh (Shadow Dancer, Man on Wire).
It is a story that makes you pause.

Stonehearst Asylum - Eliza Graves     HD720p 51MB
Horror thriller inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe. It's about a new doctor (Jim Sturgess) who comes to apprentice at a mental institution and meets a beautiful patient (Kate Beckinsale) that he falls in love with amidst a set of circumstances which may be more complicated and dangerous than they seem. Also part of the cast are Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis and Jason Flemyng. Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian, The Call).
I fear not as good as the cast may indicate, unfortunately.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel     HD720p 46MB
Trailer for the sequel in which Sonny (Dev Patel) wants to open a second hotel and also plans to marry. The first one has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. Again directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt, Mrs Brown).
If you liked the first one, you'll probably like this one too.

Birdman     HD720p 54MB
Full "international" trailer for the upcoming dark comedy directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores perros, 21 Grams) that will take part in the official competition next month in Venice. It tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also part of the great cast are Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Still looks very pleasantly weird. Will take part in the official competition in Venice.

Left Behind     HD720p 50MB
Just to keep track of Nicolas Cage's ... career, the trailer for this bible-inspired action thriller. In it he plays a man who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, he is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.
The sad irony is that, given the recent success of faith-based movies, this might become Cage's most successful movie in recent years.</i>

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August 1st, 2014

11:32 am - Into the Woods, Interstellar, Night at the Museum 3, The SpongeBob Movie 2, The Maze Runner
Into the Woods     HD720p 38MB   HD1080p 101MB
First teaser trailer for this Disney production coming out at Christmas, based on the "humorous and heartfelt" Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim. It follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Cast members include Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine).
If quantity is an indicator for success then this surely will be an enormous blockbuster.

Interstellar     HD720p 112MB   HD1080p 158MB
Another full trailer for the new movie from Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige, Inception). Summary so far tells us that it will chronicle the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Cast members include Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo and Topher Grace.
Trailer reveals a bit more what's going on (especially that apparently McConaughey will cry a lot). Please decide for yourself how much footage you want to see beforehand.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb     HD720p 90MB
First trailer for another instalment of the franchise. Official summary is about as generic as it gets: Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled instalment ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite (Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais) and new characters (Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Dan Stevens) while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. As the two previous ones, directed by Shawn Levy (The Internship, Real Steel, Cheaper by the Dozen).

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water     HD720p 42MB
First trailer from the UK for the second movie about the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate. This time SpongeBob and his friends goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate (Antonio Banderas).
It's in 3D and has superheroes, naturally.

The Maze Runner     HD720p 54MB
Full trailer for the big screen adaptation of yet another young-adult book trilogy set in yet another post-apocalyptic world. When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can he hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Patricia Clarkson are also part of the cast.

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July 30th, 2014

11:40 am - The Longest Week, Predestination, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Cut, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The Longest Week     HD480p 25MB   HD720p 86MB
Romantic, comedic drama about the over-educated, under-employed heir (Jason Bateman) to the Valmont Hotel fortune who, at the age of forty, has to ease into adulthood when he's cut off from his allowance following his parents' abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend (Billy Crudup), and returns the favour by immediately falling for his girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). As he attempts to woo Beatrice while keeping both their relationship and his bank balance secret, his friend tries to set him up with Jocelyn (Jenny Slate).
Looks funnier than many movies about males in their twenties refusing to grow up.

Predestination     US HD480p 20MB   Aus HD480p 14MB
Indie sci-fi thriller based on a short story by Robert A. Heinlein. It chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. Movie re-unites Hawke with the Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers).
Looks pleasantly confusing. You can choose between the US and the Australian trailer version.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2     HD720p 69MB
Extended redband trailer for the sequel. This time around, Lou (Rob Corddry), who has become the "father of the Internet", finds himself in a whole heap of trouble, and the rest of the gang (Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott) must fire up the hot tub to get back to the past, but accidentally get sent to the future. Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs are also part of the cast. Again directed by Steve Pink.
Interestingly, despite the fact that he hasn't been overly picky with his roles in recent years, John Cusack doesn't reprise his role. At least by name, his character is now played by Adam Scott.

The Cut     HD1080p 48MB
Trailer for the latest drama written and directed by German-Turkish director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven, Head-On, Soul Kitchen). Mardin, Turkey. 1915: One night, Turkish Gendarmerie drive all Armenian men together. A young blacksmith (Tahar Rahim) also gets separated from his family. After he manages to survive the horror of the genocide, years later, he receives news that his twin daughters are also still alive. Obsessed by the thought to find them again, he follows their steps. They lead him from the deserts of Mesopotamia, over Havana ,to the barren, lonely prairies of North Dakota. On his odyssey, he meets many different people, angelic and benevolent characters, but also the devil in human form.
Movie will take part in the official competition next month in Venice.

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For     HD720p 68MB
Extended redband trailer that was shown at Comic-Con for the prequel/sequel that once again weaves together some of Frank Miller's classic stories with new tales about the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Many characters from the first movie return, some of them have been recast. Among the new additions are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Lady Gaga and Jamie Chung. Again directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
Musical choice in the trailer doesn't really seem to fit. And don't you dare to forget that all of this is Frank Miller's!

For those who are interested, I've edited the previous entry with working links and truly hi-def versions of the Mad Max and The Hobbit trailer.

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July 28th, 2014

09:33 pm - Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Tusk, Horns
Mad Max: Fury Road     HD720p 127MB   HD1080p 194MB
They took their time, but here's finally a first, action-packed trailer for the reboot of another popular franchise to be in theatres next May. Set in post-apocalyptic world in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Nicholas Hoult, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are also part of the cast.
Directed by George Miller (Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Babe: Pig in the City), director of the first three movies, who, after making a couple of family-friendly movies, apparently wanted to return to his roots.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies     HD720p 86MB   HD1080p 143MB   YouTube
First, sombre trailer for the final Hobbit movie that brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
Surprised they didn't split the final part into two movies, as it is so popular these days. Oh, wait ...
Edit: Downloads should work again.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1     HD720p 20MB
Short, but effective teaser with about 40 seconds of footage for the first half of the third movie of the franchise. We find Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, she spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. Like the second movie, again directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend).
A bit painful to see Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Tusk     HD720p 23MB
Horror thriller with comedic elements that follows a young journalist (Justin Long) on a mission. In the backwoods of Canada he finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez are also part of the cast. Directed and co-written by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Red State).
Not based on a Fleetwood Mac album.

Horns     HD720p 60MB
Full trailer for this supernatural horror thriller with dark comedic elements based on a novel by Joe Hill and directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D). Blamed for the brutal murder of his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple), a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head. Suddenly, people start being strangely honest with him, confessing their darkest desires and most hidden secrets. As everyone is compelled to confess to him, he struggles to understand his newfound power and how he might be able to use it to find the real killer. Max Minghella, Kelli Garner and Heather Graham are also part of the cast.

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July 26th, 2014

10:26 am - Fifty Shades of Grey, My Mistress, Whiplash, The November Man, Miss Julie, Dear White People
Fifty Shades of Grey     HD720p 48MB
First trailer for the "hotly anticipated" (well, maybe) film adaptation of the bestselling book series by E.L. James. It follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Also part of the cast are Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Callum Keith Rennie. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy).
Finally, fanfiction made it to Hollywood. To be released on Valentine's Day, of course.

My Mistress     HD720p 14MB
To even things out a bit, a short trailer for an Australian production that's also an erotic relationship drama. In this case an infatuation between the vulnerable teenage romantic Charlie (Harrison Gilbertson) and S&M mistress Maggie (Emmanuelle Béart) soon becomes something more dangerous.

Whiplash     HD720p 45MB
Intense drama that follows a first-year college student (Miles Teller) as he begins his quest to become the core drummer of the top jazz orchestra in the country. Under the direction of a prestigious but borderline abusive instructor (J.K. Simmons), he would do anything to become a famous musician. His commitment is put to the ultimate test when the unrelenting and eccentric band professor all but drives him to madness. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench).
Was very well received in Sundance where the movie won the Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award. The two lead performances also repeatedly get very favourably mentioned.

The November Man     HD480p 18MB   HD720p 81MB
Full trailer for this action thriller about a a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent code named 'The November Man' (Pierce Brosnan), who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When he is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé (Luke Bracey). Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit, No Way Out).
Maybe takes itself a little too seriously.

Miss Julie     FR HD720p 26MB    NO 360p 14MB
Drama based on the classic play by August Strindberg, directed by Liv Ullmann. Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter (Jessica Chastain) of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet (Colin Farrell) to seduce her, despite the fact he already has a fiancée, a servant named Christine (Samantha Morton).
You can choose between trailer versions from France and from Scandinavia.

Dear White People     HD720p 51MB
Full trailer for this satire about being a black face in a very white place. It follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
Still looks pretty funny.

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July 24th, 2014

11:26 am - The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Space Station 76, Get On Up, The Calling
The Imitation Game     US HD720p 51MB    UK HD720p 27MB
Thriller that tells the story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). It portrays the nail-biting race against time by him and his brilliant team (Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong) of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School during the darkest days of World War II. A motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers. The film spans the key periods of Turing's life, from his unhappy teenage years at boarding school and the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical 'Bombe', to the tragedy of his post-war decline, following his conviction for a now outdated criminal offence. Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance are also part of the cast. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters).
That looks promising. You can choose between a full trailer from the US and a slightly shorter one from the UK. Both are good.

Nightcrawler     HD720p 16MB
Short, intense trailer for this thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. It's about a driven young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, he muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by a veteran (Rene Russo) of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
Gyllenhaal sure can look terrifying.

Space Station 76     HD720p 26MB
Amusing looking retro, sci-fi movie, a comedic drama about a group of people (Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Kali Rocha, Jerry O'Connell) - and several robots - living on a space station in a 1970's-version of the future. When a new Assistant Captain (Liv Tyler) arrives, she inadvertently ignites tensions among the crew, prompting them to confront their darkest secrets. Barely contained lust, jealousy, and anger all bubble to the surface, becoming just as dangerous as the asteroid that's heading right for them.
Imagine Anchorman meets parts of 2001. Interestingly, it is apparently based on a play.

Get On Up     HD720p 37MB
UK trailer for this biographical movie based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, it will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown (Chadwick Boseman), taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Also part of the cast are Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).
I just remembered that I've seen Maceo Parker live. Twice.

The Calling     HD480p 19MB   HD720p 83MB
Thriller in which a police detective (Susan Sarandon) hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling. Topher Grace, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn and Donald Sutherland are also part of the cast.
Gruesome is also the beginning of the trailer.

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July 19th, 2014

10:48 am - Laggies, My Old Lady, The One I Love, Horns, Big Hero 6
Laggies     HD720p 51MB
Comedic, romantic drama about 28-year-old Megan (Keira Knightley), content to remain in a permanent adolescence, who clings to her job as a sign flipper for her father's (Jeff Garlin) accounting company as her high school friends get married and advance their careers. When her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber) proposes unexpectedly, she panics and forgoes attending a professional-development retreat to hide, at least temporarily, at the home of her new 16-year-old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her attractive, single dad (Sam Rockwell). Ellie Kemper is also part of the cast. Directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister's Sister, Touchy Feely, Humpday).
For a change, the female lead refuses to grow up.

My Old Lady     HD720p 22MB
Comedic drama about a down-and-out New Yorker (Kevin Kline) who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. Once there, however, he discovers a refined old woman (Maggie Smith) living in the apartment with her daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas). He quickly learns that the apartment is a "viager" - an ancient French system for buying and selling apartments - and that he will not actually get possession of the apartment until the old woman dies. So he's working with a Parisian real-estate dealer (Dominique Pinon), to sell his contract for the apartment.

The One I Love     HD720p 18MB
Romantic, comedic drama about a couple (Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass) on the brink of separation. At the urging of their therapist (Ted Danson), they escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what's left of their relationship. What starts off as a relaxing and tranquil retreat soon spirals into a dizzyingly bizarre experience that forces the couple to reflect upon the complexities of their troubled partnership.
Editing and choice of music of the trailer makes it, probably deliberately so, kind of hard to gauge what to expect. But I'm still very curious to find out what's going on here.

Horns     HD720p 13MB
Short teaser for this supernatural horror thriller with dark comedic elements based on a novel by Joe Hill and directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D). Blamed for the brutal murder of his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple), a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head. Suddenly, people start being strangely honest with him, confessing their darkest desires and most hidden secrets. As everyone is compelled to confess to him, he struggles to understand his newfound power and how he might be able to use it to find the real killer. Max Minghella, Kelli Garner and Heather Graham are also part of the cast.

Big Hero 6     HD720p 50MB   HD1080p 130MB
First full trailer for this animated action adventure comedy from Disney inspired by the Marvel comics. It's about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion - a robot named Baymax - Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

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July 14th, 2014

08:26 am - Congratulations
World Champions 2014


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July 12th, 2014

11:49 am - Unbroken, Wild, Jimi: All is By My Side, Land Ho!, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Guardians of the Galaxy
Unbroken     HD720p 49MB
Full trailer for the second directorial effort of Angelina Jolie. It's an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen (Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock), survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The Coen Brothers are listed to have re-worked the screenplay. But since this looks about as far away from a Coen Brothers movie as you can imagine, the third writer credited, Richard LaGravenese, who was responsible for inspirational tearjerkers like P.S. I Love You and and Freedom Writers, seems to be the main influence.
About as inspirational and Oscar-baity as is gets.

Wild     HD720p 75MB
Inspirational drama based on a true story. With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, she hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria, C.R.A.Z.Y.), screenplay by Nick Hornby based on Strayed's own memoir.
Inspirational and Oscar-baity, see above.

Jimi: All is By My Side     HD720p 35MB
Biopic about the early days of Jimi Hendrix. In 1966, James Hendrix (André Benjamin) - stage name Jimmy James - is still an unknown backup guitarist playing in New York's Cheetah club. Hip, stylish Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) happens to catch a set he's playing and is mesmerized by his talent. She also happens to be girlfriend to the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. Listening to the strides being made by mid-sixties British musicians, Jimmy is convinced that London is the gateway to success in America. But once there, he finds himself caught between Linda's protective grasp and the charms of a new admirer, Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell). Written and directed by John Ridley who recently won the Oscar for the adapted screenplay of 12 Years a Slave.
Production apparently had to deal with the fact that it wasn't allowed to use Hendrix's original music (because his estate wanted to have a say in the screenplay), and there has been some controversy regarding the accuracy of the portrayed violence. But Benjamin's performance is certainly uncanny.

Land Ho!     HD720p 19MB
Charming, bittersweet comedy about a pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law who sets off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picturesque adventures, from trendy Reykjavík to the rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.
I wasn't at first entirely sold by the trailer, but reviews are pretty much entirely positive, so I'd like to give it a try. Now in limited release in the US. Also, an article about the movie.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1     HD720p 13MB
A second promo for the next instalment of the Hunger Games franchise involving the address by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) of the people of Panem.

Guardians of the Galaxy     HD720p 51MB
If you would like to see some more footage before the actual release, here's another trailer. There's also been news that most of the music that can be heard in the trailers will end up in the movie, and you can now pre-order Peter Quill's Awesome Mix Vol. 1 if you like.

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July 9th, 2014

11:36 am - Exodus: Gods and Kings, Gone Girl, The Zero Theorem, Love Rosie, The Wedding Ringer
Exodus: Gods and Kings     HD480p 12MB   HD720p 57MB   HD1080p 105MB
First, short trailer for the latest epic from Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, 1492: Conquest of Paradise), this time giving us his version of the story of Moses (Christian Bale), the defiant leader as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn will also try their best to look as Middle Eastern as possible; there will also be Ben Kingsley, Indira Varma, Golshifteh Farahani and Hiam Abbass.
"State-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion" will be used. You've been "warned".

Gone Girl     HD720p 49MB
Convincing full trailer for this crime thriller based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Zodiac, The Social Network) that unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, his portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did he kill his wife? Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Tyler Perry, Sela Ward, Scoot McNairy and Missi Pyle are also part of the cast.

The Zero Theorem     US HD720p 80MB    FR HD720p 29MB
Good trailer versions from the US and France for the latest futuristic movie from Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Twelve Monkeys). It's about an eccentric and reclusive computer genius (Christoph Waltz), living in isolation, who is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the complete lack of one - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by visits from people he doesn't fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), his unpredictable supervisor Job (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he's able to understand his own reason for being.

Love, Rosie     HD720p 24MB
Romantic, comedic drama which is the bigscreen adaptation of a novel by Cecelia Ahern. Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. One awkward turn at 18, one missed opportunity...and life sends them hurling in different directions. But somehow, across time, space and different continents, the tie that binds them cannot be undone - despite unwanted pregnancies, disastrous love affairs, marriage, infidelity and divorce. Will they find their way back to one another, or will it be too late?
Looks nice by genre standards.

The Wedding Ringer     HD720p 51MB
Comedy in which a man (Kevin Hart) provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug (Josh Gad) a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Mimi Rogers and Olivia Thirlby are also part of the cast.

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July 5th, 2014

11:51 am - Before I Go To Sleep, Horrible Bosses 2, Mood Indigo, Into the Storm, United Passions
Before I Go To Sleep     HD720p 45MB
Psychological thriller based a novel by S.J. Watson about a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day remembering nothing - the result of a traumatic accident in her past - until one day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. Also part of the cast are Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff.
Looks intriguing, I just hope it will have a somewhat plausible story.

Horrible Bosses 2     HD720p 41MB
First teaser trailer for the sequel. Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company. Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx also return.
New cast additions Waltz and Pine can't yet be seen, but I assume they'll play the roles I've assigned them.

Mood Indigo - L'écume des jours     HD480p 18MB   HD720p 29MB
US/UK trailer version for the latest movie from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine, The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind) made in his typical whimsical style. It's a magical love story based on the novel by Boris Vian. Colin (Romain Duris) is a rich young man, idealistic and creative who lives in a nice apartment with a mischievous little mouse. He wants, above all, to meet his great love. He envies his friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), a poor engineer who lives with Alise (Aïssa Maïga). Alise is also the niece of a brilliant chef (Omar Sy). They all want Colin to find someone and at a big party he meets Chloe (Audrey Tautou). It is love at first sight and the two marry. But during their honeymoon, she falls ill. A doctor diagnoses the presence of a water lily in her right lung.
Visual ideas for three movies, but keep in mind that the story gets rather downbeat in the final third.

Into the Storm     HD480p 50MB   HD720p 125MB
Disaster movie that looks mainly like an exercise to demonstrate how computing power has advanced in the last two decades since Twisters came out. In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Among the better known names are Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.

United Passions     HD720p 26MB
In the rather unlikely case you don't already feel nothing but disdain for Sepp Blatter's FIFA, let me inform you that they financed a movie that tells the story of the organisation. It stars Gérard Depardieu as Jules Rimet, Sam Neill as Joao Havelange and Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter. None of them can use the "I was young and needed the money" excuse.
I'm amused that the trailer makes it in part look like a mafia movie.

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