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July 26th, 2016

09:05 am - Lego Batman Movie, Kong Skull Island, In a Valley of Violence, Command and Control, Edge of Seventee
The Lego Batman Movie     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 122MB
Full trailer from Comic-Con for Lego Batman's (Will Arnett) own big-screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Ralph Fiennes voices Alfred, Michael Cera Robin, Rosario Dawson Batgirl and Mariah Carey Mayor Marion Grange. Directed by Chris McKay who also directed 40 episodes of "Robot Chicken".
Much, much funnier than all the other recent life-action DC Comics movies.

Kong: Skull Island     HD720p 45MB   HD1080p 89MB
Comic-Con trailer for this origin story that transports us to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths. When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Cast members include Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. Interestingly, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer).
If you always thought, gosh, I wish that King Kong movies would look and feel a bit more like the Vietnam War, this one's for you.

In a Valley of Violence     HD720p 15MB
Western homage in which a mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog Abbie (Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey they cut through the center of a large valley, landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a "valley of violence". The once popular mining town is nearly abandoned, and is controlled by a brash group of misfits and nitwits - chief among them the seemingly untouchable Gilly (James Ransone), who is the troublemaking son of the town's unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta). As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton's remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction. Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga and Burn Gorman are also part of the cast.

Command and Control     HD720p 23MB
Documentary about the event that took place at the Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A deadly accident – the result of a falling socket puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – leads Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders to work feverishly to prevent a calamitous explosion. It's also about other recently declassified documents that expose more freak accidents and near-misses. How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? Directed by Robert Kenner (Merchants of Doubt, Food Inc.).
Looks like further evidence that the human species doesn't really have a right to exist. And that it itself will eventually take care of that problem.

The Edge of Seventeen     HD720p 30MB
Four minute redband trailer for this comedic coming-of-age drama. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Kyra Sedgwick plays her well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, Woody Harrelson her History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.
I'm too old for this, but it could be "above average" for the genre.

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July 24th, 2016

11:02 am - Wonder Woman, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Justice League, Doctor Strange, Graduation
Wonder Woman     HD720p 55MB   HD1080p 107MB
Comic-Con trailer for the movie about Wonder Woman's origins, in which a WWI American hero fighter pilot (Chris Pine) crashes near a remote island inhabited by Greek female warriors. He is soon rescued by an Amazonian princess named Diana (Gal Gadot), who later decides to leave her secret sanctuary and return with him to his male-dominated world. Danny Huston, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis and Elena Anaya are also part of the cast. Interestingly directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster).
To be in theatres next June.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage     HD720p 26MB   HD1080p 51MB
First trailer for the third movie of the franchise about "guns, girls and global domination" starring ... Neymar. Well, not really. It sees the return of Vin Diesel as the extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Samuel L. Jackson, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collete and Tony Jaa are also part ot the cast. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia, I Am Number Four).

Justice League     HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 102MB
Comic-Con footage for DC Comics' - pardon my language - clusterfuck of superheroes directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300, Sucker Punch). When global catastrophes strike, sometimes the job is too big for a single hero. The world's greatest superheroes answer the call of the Justice League. Ben Affleck is Batman, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa is Aquaman, Ezra Miller is The Flash, Ray Fisher is Cyborg and I'm sure there will be lots more. To be in theatres November 2017.

Doctor Strange     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 92MB
Comic-Con trailer for another film adaptation based on a Marvel comic book character. Famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) suffers career-ending injuries in a devastating car crash. Seeking help in the furthest reaches of the world, he uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Also part of the cast are Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amy Landecker. Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us from Evil).

Graduation - Bacalaureat    HD720p 13MB
Drama from Romania about a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, who has raised his daughter with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - she has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, she is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now he has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter. Written and directed by Cristian Mungiu (4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days) who won the Best Director Award this year in Cannes.
Festival reviews naturally are very good, the trailer looks pretty intense.

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July 19th, 2016

11:39 am - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Magnificent Seven, Transpecos, A Monster Calls, Five Nights in Maine
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story     HD720p 51MB   HD1080p 100MB
Labelled a "Celebration Featurette", but it contains enough new footage for a full trailer for the spin-off that takes place before the events of Episode IV. It tells the story of rogue band of resistance fighters who unite to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. Cast members include Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters).
Great visuals, could do without the annoying promo interview snippets.

The Magnificent Seven     US HD720p 49MB    UK HD720p 27MB
In time for the Open Carry Republican Convention, full trailer variations from the US and the UK for the "re-imagining" of the "re-imagining" directed by Antoine Fuqua (King Arthur, Olympus Has Fallen, Tears of the Sun). With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-Hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. Haley Bennett, Jason Momoa and Matt Bomer are also part of the cast.

Transpecos     HD720p 15MB
Tense thriller about three border patrol agents who man a check point on a remote highway. Rookie Davis (Johnny Simmons) and seasoned Flores (Gabriel Luna) work with the callous, world-weary Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr). On what feels like another routine stop, the contents of one car will throw their lives out of control. As dark secrets are revealed, each passing hour will bring them closer to a nightmarish conclusion that could cost them their lives, in a world where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.
Seems like to be worth a look.

A Monster Calls     HD720p 106MB
Full trailer for the movie adaptation of the children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. Liam Neeson lends his voice to the monster, Sigourney Weaver plays the maternal grandmother. Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage).
It'll be interesting to see how this much darker (and much less appealing) looking movie will perform compared to the surprising commercial failure (relative to expectations) of the critically well-received The BFG.

Five Nights in Maine     HD720p 14MB
Quiet drama in which, after his wife (Hani Furstenberg) dies in a tragic car accident, a young man (David Oyelowo) is called to Maine by his terminally ill and estranged mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest). Grappling with a lifetime of disagreements, the two find themselves forced to cope with their failings and grief in a quiet journey of empathy, compassion and healing. Rosie Perez and Teyonah Parris are also part of the cast.
The whole movie apparently is as restrained as the trailer, but it may be of interest because of the acting performances of the two leads.

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July 15th, 2016

11:34 am - La La Land, Rules Don't Apply, The Hollars, Other People, War Dogs
La La Land     HD720p 30MB
First, dialogue-free trailer for this stylish, musical drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench). Set in modern-day Los Angeles, it tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Sonoya Mizuno, Josh Pence and John Legend are also part of the cast.
That looks very interesting.

Rules Don't Apply     HD720p 29MB
Romantic comedy set in 1958 Hollywood. A small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin (Lily Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver (Alden Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart (Taissa Farmiga) and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, Haley Bennett and Ed Harris are also part of the cast.
Also written and directed by 79-year old Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy, Bulworth, Reds) who's been trying to make the movie for about forty years. Which I don't find exactly encouraging.

The Hollars     HD720p 20MB
Comedic family drama about a struggling NYC artist (John Krasinski) who is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother's (Margo Martindale) illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, he's immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family (Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley), high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) in New York. Charlie Day, Randall Park and Josh Groban are also part of the cast. It's also directed by Krasinski (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men).
Looks very familiar and endearing. I think we can call it sundancesque.

Other People     HD720p 17MB
Drama with comedic elements about a struggling comedy writer (Jesse Plemons), fresh off from breaking up with his boyfriend (Zach Woods), who moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother (Molly Shannon). Living with his conservative father (Bradley Whitford) and much-younger sisters for the first time in ten years, he feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother's health declines, he frantically tries to extract meaning from this horrible experience and convince everyone (including himself) that he's "doing okay".
Sundance reviews praise the performances of Plemons and Shannon.

War Dogs     HD720p 116MB
Second trailer for this comedy about the American Dream, starting wars and profiting from it. Inspired by a true story, of course, it follows two friends (Jonah Hill, Miles Teller) in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Due Date, Old School).

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July 13th, 2016

11:40 am - Loving, Table 19, Girl Asleep, The Childhood of a Leader, Sing
Loving     HD720p 18MB
Romantic drama that celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll and Michael Shannon are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special).
Hard to believe this happened just 50 years ago. Then again, ... We'll probably hear about the movie during awards season.

Table 19     HD720p 27MB
Comedic drama in which ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man (Wyatt Russell) via text - decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the 'random' table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers (Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, June Squibb, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant), most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone's secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Written by the Duplass Brothers which probably explains why this seems to be a more low-key, quiet affair.

Girl Asleep     HD720p 28MB
Offbeat, coming-of-age comedy/drama from Australia based on a stage play. Days before her 15th birthday, Greta transfers to a new school. As if that isn't bad enough, her parents not only decide to throw her a party, they invite all her new classmates – including new best friend Elliot and the trio of mean girls determined to make her life a misery. Escaping to her bedroom, Greta falls asleep and slips down the rabbit hole into a subconscious forest full of absurd, oddly familiar and terrifying visions.
Looks delightful.

The Childhood of a Leader     US HD720p 21MB    Euro HD720p 12MB
Drama about an American family that settles into the French countryside at the end of the First World War, where the father (Liam Cunningham) is involved in the peace negotiations around the Treaty of Versailles. His wife (Bérénice Bejo) is a devout Christian who struggles with the tantrums of their defiant son, whose willful outbursts begin to demonstrate a monster in the making. Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century, the movie is an ominous portrait of emerging evil. Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin and Yolande Moreau are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of Brady Corbet.
Divided the audience during its premiere in Venice, it is certainly a movie for the more adventurous viewer. Scored by Scott Walker. It is kind of a less subtle version of Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. Interestingly, Corbet also starred in Haneke's US remake of Funny Games. You can choose between the US and European trailer version.

Sing    HD720p 77MB
Four minute extended trailer for this animated musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly and Taron Egerton. Written and directed by Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow).
Movie will only come out in December, not sure why they already release so much footage.

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July 7th, 2016

11:01 am - The Intervention, Equity, Imperium, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Florence Foster Jenkins
The Intervention     HD720p 15MB
Drama with comedic elements in which four couples (Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders) who meet for a weekend away together, attempt to run a "marriage intervention" on one of them. Which naturally goes hilariously wrong as everyone is forced to confront the secrets and fears that seem to be holding them back from finding happiness with each other. Directorial debut of DuVall, who also wrote the script.
Kind of a softer, younger version of The Big Chill. While I find the set-up of an unannounced group therapy session a bit strange, the very likable cast should make it an enjoyable watch.

Equity     HD720p 13MB
Female centred thriller drama set on Wall Street. Denied a promotion, investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) aims to one-up her male counterparts by snagging the IPO for the hottest new social media platform. Her success quickly sours as a scandal threatens the razor-thin divide she maintains between the personal and political. No one can be trusted. Bishop soon faces a daunting attack from an estranged friend-turned-prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) and a challenge in her relationship with her junior partner (Sarah Megan Thomas).
I fear that it will try a little too hard, but festival reviews are positive enough that I will give it a try when I get a chance to do so.

Imperium     HD720p 41MB
Crime thriller in which a young, idealistic FBI agent (Daniel Radcliffe) goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy. Toni Collette, Chris Sullivan, Tracy Letts, Nestor Carbonell, Burn Gorman and Sam Trammell are also part of the cast.
Hard to believe that we are again moving in this direction in many countries of the world, I still prefer watching/reading news reports than watching a movie about the topic.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates     HD720p 35MB
Redband trailer for this comedy in which two hard-partying brothers (Adam Devine, Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
Reviews for this comedy that will be released in the US are surprisingly good, so I feel obliged to belatedly post the trailer.

Florence Foster Jenkins     HD720p 21MB
Much different US trailer version for the biopic about Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer that makes it look much more thoughtful. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, he realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda are also part of the cast. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, The Grifters, Philomena).

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July 2nd, 2016

11:08 am - Sully, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Bleed for This, Why Him?, Star Trek Beyond
Sully     HD720p 91MB
Drama based on the events that took place on January 15, 2009, the day the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney are also part of the cast. Directed by Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, American Sniper, Invictus).
Looks like they are trying to manufacture some additional drama in order to make it a better fit for the traditional Oscar template. And make it also look a bit more like the PG-13 version of Flight.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie     HD720p 38MB
As the title reveals, comedy based on the British TV series. Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more. Jon Hamm, Kate Moss, Julia Sawalha, Rebel Wilson, Dawn French and Celia Imrie are also part of the cast. Plus a few dozen cameos, not unlike in the Zoolander movies.
I guess how much you'll like it depends on how much you liked the TV series. Now in release in the UK.

Bleed for This     HD720p 48MB
Boxing drama based on one of the most unlikely comebacks in sports history. It tells the story of Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza (Miles Teller), a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning 2 world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves him with a severed spine, doctors tell him he may never walk again. With the help of a renowned trainer (Aaron Eckhart), Vinny becomes a legend when he not only walks again, but miraculously returns to the ring to reclaim his title belt only a year after the accident. Katey Sagal and Ciarán Hinds are also part of the cast. Directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime).
I think I prefer Teller bleeding in Whiplash.

Why Him?     HD720p 33MB
Redband trailer for this comedy set over the Christmas holidays. Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family (Megan Mullally) visit his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry and Ned's panic level escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Directed by John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, I Love You, Man).
Neither the trailer, nor the websites that released the trailer (Apple, YouTube) mention the names of the two actresses. Movie will get the Christmas release date that the similarly themed Fockers franchise had. Unsurprisingly, Ben Stiller is also a producer here.

Star Trek Beyond     HD720p 34MB
A third trailer for the third movie of the current movie franchise reboot, that reveals that this movie is apparently just an expensive promo video for a new pop song from Rihanna, just like Gene Roddenberry always intended.
I can also report that Carlo Ancelotti, the new coach of Bayern Munich, will have a small cameo in the film. Which I find very amusing.

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June 29th, 2016

11:00 am - Bridget Jones's Baby, Suburra, Adult Life Skills, Morgan, Eat That Question: Frank Zappa
Bridget Jones's Baby     UK HD720p 28MB    US HD720p 25MB
Full trailer versions from the US and UK for the third movie in the series, again directed by Sharon Maguire who was responsible for the first one. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones's (Renée Zellweger) "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. Then her love life takes a turn and she meets a dashing American (Patrick Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch ... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie also return. Hugh Grant will not. Emma Thompson will make an appearance.

Suburra     HD720p 13MB
Excellent crime thriller from Italy about the interlocking relationship of corrupt politics and organised crime. It takes place over seven days leading up to an ‘Apocalypse’ as a former crime boss is instructed by corrupt Mafia families to use his influence to help turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas. As the countdown to the ‘Apocalypse’ draws to a close, secrets are quickly unravelled as increasingly powerful gangsters become caught in the crossfire.
Fast paced, complex and technically very well made. Highly recommended. Now in limited release in the US. And possibly available in other countries on Netflix. Which is currently also producing a TV series based on the movie.

Adult Life Skills     HD720p 15MB
Comedic drama from the UK, for a change about a woman refusing to grow up. Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is stuck: she's approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors – thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn't show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for. A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum – she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn't put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager.
Will probably again make me think that Whittaker should be more popular.

Morgan     HD720p 25MB
Full trailer for this sci-fi (horror) thriller in which a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent "human," who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger. Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anya Taylor-Joy and Paul Giamatti are also part of the cast.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words     HD720p 19MB
The full title says it all, an intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician Frank Zappa. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th-century musical genius whose worldview reverberates into the present day and beyond.
I remember singing along the lyrics of Bobby Brown as the single topped the local airplay charts for months, having pretty much no clue what I was singing about. Now in limited release in the US.

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June 25th, 2016

11:28 am - Inferno, Mechanic Resurrection, Keeping Up With The Joneses, American Pastoral, Kicks, Fantastic Bea
Inferno     HD720p 48MB
Full trailer, which probably reveals far too much, for the latest movie adaptation of a Dan Brown bestseller, again directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Rush). This time famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster and Sidse Babett Knudsen are also part of the cast.

Mechanic: Resurrection     HD720p 30MB
Sequel of the remake in which Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman (Jessica Alba) force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop's life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. Tommy Lee Jones, Sam Hazeldine and Michelle Yeoh are also part of the cast. Yeoh can briefly be seen in the UK version of the trailer. Hollywood debut of German director Dennis Gansel (The Wave, We Are the Night, Napola).

Keeping Up With The Joneses     HD720p 37MB
An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) - their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors - especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives. Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland, Paul).
Man, Gal Gadot is tall.

American Pastoral     HD720p 44MB
Drama based on a novel by Phillip Roth which marks the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor. It follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Seymour "Swede" Levov (McGregor), a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of his life. When his beloved teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, he dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. Uzo Aduba and David Strathairn are also part of the cast.

Kicks     HD720p 22MB
Coming of age story in which fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex, and picked on by everyone - even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood Flaco. Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow.
Was very well received at the Tribeca Film festival, not at least because of its cinematography and its soundtrack.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     HD720p 103MB
Two minute featurette called "A New Hero" for the upcoming adaptation of the book from J.K. Rowling that has some new footage. I think.

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June 24th, 2016

07:49 am - Iceland Smites

Match summary of Iceland against Austria.

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June 23rd, 2016

11:22 am - Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Fundamentals of Caring, Anthropoid, I Daniel Blake, David Brent
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back     HD720p 48MB
First trailer for the sequel that will see Tom Cruise return to his most challenging role, playing the 6'5" Jack Reacher. Official summary currently says: No synopsis at this time. Imdb says, Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he's now accused of a 16-year-old homicide. Trailer reveals, Cruise will be punching a lot of people in the face. Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger and Aldis Hodge are also part of the cast. Directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Love and Other Drugs).

The Fundamentals of Caring     HD720p 9MB
Comedic drama that follows Ben (Paul Rudd), a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor (Craig Roberts), a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, the two take an impromptu road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local news, including their holy grail: the World's Deepest Pit. Along the way, they pick up a sassy runaway (Selena Gomez) and a mother-to-be who help test the pair’s survival skills outside of their calculated existence as they come to understand the importance of hope and true friendship. Jennifer Ehle is also part of the cast.
I think we can describe this one as likable. As it sometimes happens these days, movie will be released on Netflix starting tomorrow.

Anthropoid     HD720p 47MB
Historical thriller drama that tells the story of "Operation Anthropoid", the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers (Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan) from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever. Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová and Harry Lloyd are also part of the cast. Directed by Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken, Metro Manila).
Oh my, listen to those accents. Apparently, there will be another movie about this operation later this year starring Jack O'Connell, Rosamund Pike, Jason Clarke and Mia Wasikowska.

I, Daniel Blake     HD720p 14MB
UK trailer for the latest social drama from Ken Loach (My Name Is Joe, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ae Fond Kiss...) for which he won his second Palme d'Or this year in Cannes. It's about Daniel Blake who has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother and her two young children. Her only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. The two find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.

David Brent: Life on the Road     HD720p 37MB
Full trailer from the UK for this spin-off from "The Office" TV series. In it a documentary crew catches up with Brent (Ricky Gervais), who is now working as a travelling salesman, as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour with his band, "Foregone Conclusion". It is also written and directed by Gervais, and will apparently also feature songs written and performed by him.
Having never seen "The Office", I get the impression this kind of humour is a bit of an acquired taste.

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June 22nd, 2016

01:09 pm - Miss Peregrine's Home, Birth of a Nation, War on Everyone, American Honey, Girl with All the Gifts
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children     HD720p 48MB
Second trailer for the latest movie directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish). When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake (Asa Butterfield) clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's (Eva Green) Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers ... and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, he discovers that only his own special "peculiarity" can save his new friends. Chris O'Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson are also part of the cast.

The Birth of a Nation     HD720p 51MB
Second trailer for this drama set against the antebellum South, the movie follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates and uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley are also part of the cast. It is also written and directed by Parker.
Still highly likely that we will hear more about the movie during the upcoming awards season.

War on Everyone     HD720p 25MB
Redband teaser from the UK for this dark action comedy about two corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña) in the Deep South. The two of them screwing over people, ripping them off, blackmailing criminals, and then they eventually come across a villain (Theo James) who is more dangerous than they are... or is he? Tessa Thompson, Stephanie Sigman, Paul Reiser and Caleb Landry Jones are also part of the cast. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary).
Apparently not as great as McDonagh's first two movies, but still pretty funny.

American Honey     HD720p 29MB
Atmospheric coming of age movie about Star (Sasha Lane), an adolescent girl from a troubled home, who runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group's lifestyle of hard-partying nights, law-bending days, and young love. Riley Keough is also part of the cast. Written and directed by Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights).
Won the Jury Prize this year in Cannes.

The Girl with All the Gifts     HD720p 28MB
Horror thriller set in the near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close). The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks (Paddy Considine). But one little girl, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton). When the base falls, the four of them escape.
Usually not really my genre, but the cast is more prominent than one would expect.

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June 16th, 2016

11:43 am - Moana, Denial, Pete's Dragon, Morris From America, The Infiltrator
Moana     HD720p 28MB   HD1080p 75MB
First teaser for the next movie from Disney Animation, to be in theatres on Halloween. It is about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog).
Lin-Manuel Miranda will apparently contribute to the soundtrack, giving him the chance to complete his awards collection.

Denial     HD720p 103MB
Drama that recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall) who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also part of the cast are Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott and Mark Gatiss. Directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard, Live from Baghdad, L.A. Story), screenplay adapted by David Hare.
Hard to believe such a trial took place. Though looking at the state of political discourse in our world, it's not really surprising.

Pete's Dragon     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 126MB
Full trailer for the "reimagining of Disney's cherished family film". For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales ... until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Oona Laurence are also part of the cast. Interestingly, directed by David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints).

Morris From America     HD720p 32MB
Coming-of-age comedic drama that centers on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas), a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water, a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, he quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams. Eva Löbau and Carla Juri are also part of the cast. But I think you have to be German to be familiar with them. Written and directed by Chad Hartigan (Luke and Brie Are on a First Date).
Was a crowd-pleaser in Sundance, and it's easy to see why.

The Infiltrator     HD720p 52MB
Second trailer for this thriller based on a true story in which a federal agent (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman. Teamed with a impulsive and streetwise fellow agent (John Leguizamo) and a rookie agent posing as his fiancé (Diane Kruger), he befriends Escobar's top lieutenant (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, he risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money. Elena Anaya, Amy Ryan, Said Taghmaoui and Jason Isaacs are also part of the cast. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner).

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June 4th, 2016

12:34 pm - Don't Think Twice, Sing, Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World, Disorder, Monster Trucks
Don't Think Twice     HD720p 18MB
Comedic drama in which, when a member (Keegan-Michael Key) of a popular New York City improv group gets selected for a hit TV show, the rest of the group (Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, Mike Birbiglia) - all best friends - start to realise that not everyone is going to make it after all. It is also written and directed by Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me).
Looks nice, and was very well received at festivals.

Sing     HD720p 41MB
Full trailer for this animated musical comedy that will feature more than 85 hit songs. Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family's felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. Written and directed by Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow).

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World     HD480p 14MB
Trailer for the latest documentary from Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man). This time he examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet. He conducted original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick. These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
Since I increasingly agree with the notion that the Internet is a manifestation of evil itself, I'm very much looking forward to Herzog trying to make sense of it all.

Disorder - Maryland     FR HD720p 24MB    UK HD720p 24MB
Thriller drama from France in which, following a tour of duty, Special Services soldier Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a wealthy Lebanese businessman and his family. During a lavish party one night, at their luxurious ‘Maryland’ villa, Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is then urgently called away on business he is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Diane Kruger) and their child. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, he battles his own paranoia whilst clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in immediate danger, unleashing a hell-bent determination to protect them at all costs.
Trailer versions from the UK and France to choose from, both of them without dialogue.

Monster Trucks     HD720p 42MB
Family action adventure which "melds cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI". Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into a high school senior (Lucas Till) builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, he may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Jane Levy, Danny Glover and Thomas Lennon are also part of the cast. Directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots, Epic).
Imdb informs me that the release date was moved from May 2015 to December 2015, then to March 2016 and currently stands at January 13th, 2017. Three delays, ending up in mid-January.

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May 28th, 2016

12:31 pm - Finding Dory, Morgan, The Space Between Us, Wiener-Dog, Independence Day: Resurgence
Finding Dory     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 142MB
Full trailer for the upcoming Pixar sequel. It reunites Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) with friends Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Further voices will be provided by Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West and Idris Elba. Co-directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL·E, John Carter) and Angus MacLane (Burn-E).

Morgan     HD720p 16MB
First trailer for this sci-fi thriller (though the trailer looks more like a horror movie) in which a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent "human," who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger. Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anya Taylor-Joy and Paul Giamatti are also part of the cast.

The Space Between Us     HD720p 65MB
Uplifting interplanetary adventure, in which, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut (Janet Montgomery) dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet—never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father and the home planet he's never known, he begins an online friendship with a street—smart girl (Britt Robertson). When he gets a chance to go to Earth, he is eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars. After his explorations begin, scientists (Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino) discover that his organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. He joins the girl on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be and where he belongs in the universe. Directed by Peter Chelsom (Serendipity, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Hannah Montana: The Movie).

Wiener-Dog     HD720p 60MB
Trailer for the latest darkly comedic drama written and directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, Life During Wartime). It's the story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech (Greta Gerwig). She reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving her, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor (Danny DeVito), as well as an embittered elderly woman (Ellen Burstyn) and her needy granddaughter (Zosia Mamet) - all longing for something more. Julie Delpy and Tracy Letts are also part of the cast.
Still not exactly "fun", but looks like one of Solondz' more approachable films.

Independence Day: Resurgence     HD720p 54MB
Extended, almost five minute long trailer for the first sequel to the blockbuster from 1996 which the studio intends to develop into a full franchise. It promises to deliver "global spectacle on an unimaginable scale". We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox return. New to the cast are Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Again directed by Roland Emmerich (White House Down, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow).
The patriotic and militaristic tone of the movie is so deafening that the US Army took notice and decided to use the film as a recruitment tool with a promotional tie-in.

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May 25th, 2016

11:30 am - Star Trek Beyond, Beauty and the Beast, Len and Company, Ghostbusters, The Phenom
Star Trek Beyond     HD720p 45MB   HD1080p 179MB
Much better second trailer, one that doesn't look as much as another Fast & Furious sequel, for the third movie of the current franchise movie reboot. No official summary is available yet. But I still strongly suspect that the crew of the Enterprise will hunt and bring down a villain. The whole crew returns. New cast additions are Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. J.J. Abrams has jumped (space)ship to another franchise reboot, so directorial duty has been taken over by Justin Lin. Simon Pegg has a co-writing credit.

Beauty and the Beast     HD720p 31MB   HD1080p 83MB
Early teaser for the live-action re-telling of Disney's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Sonoya Mizuno are also part of the cast. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey, Mr. Holmes).
They will also use "transformative CG magic". Whoa! To be in theatres next March.

Len and Company     HD720p 19MB
Comedic drama about Len (Rhys Ifans), a punk rocker-turned-in-demand pop producer who, following a very public meltdown, retreats to his country home for some time away from the pressures of the business. His solitude is interrupted, however, when he receives a visit from some surprise guests - his estranged son (Jack Kilmer) and pop star protégé (Juno Temple) - who arrive with complications of their own and who shake the prickly Len out of his stupor. Kathryn Hahn and Keir Gilchrist are also part of the cast.
We have seen versions of this movie before. But I think I won't mind seeing it again starring Ifans.

Ghostbusters     Intl HD720p 24MB    US HD720p 47MB
Another trailer in two variations for the upcoming all-female franchise re-boot, both of them kind of giving the middle-finger to the haters in the first couple of seconds. The Ghostbusters will be played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Charles Dance, Andy Garcia and Elizabeth Perkins are also part of the cast. Cast members of the original movie may have some cameo roles. Directed by Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids, The Heat).
You can say the trailers aren't particularly funny (though I like this ones better), but the amount of orchestrated hatred for this movie is remarkable. I suspect it's the same people who are now out in force, trying in vain, to attack the numerous devastating reviews of the Warcraft movie that are surfacing now. They will probably be very busy in the coming weeks.

The Phenom     HD720p 17MB
Drama about a Major-league rookie pitcher (Johnny Simmons) who has lost his focus. After choking on the mound, he's sent down to the minors and prescribed sessions with an unorthodox sports therapist (Paul Giamatti), who pushes him to uncover the origins of his anxiety. Beneath it all is his fraught relationship with his overbearing ex-con father (Ethan Hawke), whose tough love is the source of both his success and his paralysis. Written and directed by Noah Buschel (The Missing Person, Glass Chin, Sparrows Dance).

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May 23rd, 2016

11:52 am - Personal Shopper, Elle, Toni Erdmann, The Handmaiden, Slack Bay, Julieta, Red Turtle
The film festival in Cannes just ended with the announcement of the winners. Some more trailers for the participating films got released recently which I will post in this entry. For a lot of films there aren't yet trailers available. But if you're interested you can find for pretty much all movies a clip or two, as well as the Q&A press conferences and the photo calls on the festival's home page.

Personal Shopper     HD720p 31MB
Mysterious ghost story about Maureen (Kristen Stewart), mid-20s, who has a job she hates: seeing to the wardrobe of a media celebrity. She couldn't find anything better to pay for her stay in Paris. And wait. Wait for a sign from the spirit of her twin brother, who died a few months earlier. Until then, her life will stay on hold. Movie re-unites Stewart with writer/director Olivier Assayas who directed her in his previous film Clouds of Sils Maria for which Stewart won a César. Also reappearing from Sils Maria are Lars Eidinger and Nora von Waldstätten, Anders Danielsen Lie is also part of the cast.
Movie itself divided the audience, but Stewart got a long standing ovation. The French love her.

Elle     HD720p 34MB
Thriller drama centring on a woman (Isabelle Huppert) who seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes her life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. Laurent Lafitte, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel, Anne Consigny and Charles Berling are also part of the cast. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Black Book, RoboCop).
Even though (or maybe because) it is a very tough subject, the film was very well received.

Toni Erdmann     HD720p 30MB
This is, as one reviewer put it, a very good example of "that reputed oxymoron, a German comedy". Practical joker Winfried (Peter Simonischek) disguises himself as flashy "Toni Erdmann" to get busy Ines’ (Sandra Hüller) attention and change her corporate lifestyle. The father-daughter challenge reaches absurd proportions until Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life. Written and directed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else).
It's unusual that a comedy takes part in the official competition and that it is one of the most well-received titles. It was by many seen as a likely the winner. But unfortunately it received none of the prizes.

The Handmaiden - Ah-ga-ssi     HD720p 17MB
Short, dialogue-free international teaser for the latest movie directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker, Thirst) that reveals that it will be another visual treat. 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
There's also a subtitled teaser from Korea on YouTube that probably gives a better impression of the movie: YouTube Tsr.

Slack Bay - Ma Loute     HD720p 33MB
Farcical comedy set in the summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished on the beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that these mysterious disappearances take place in Slack Bay. There lives a community of fishermen. Among them evolves a curious family, the Brufort, lead by the father "The Eternal", who rules as best as he can on his prankster bunch of sons, especially the impetuous Ma Loute. Towering high above the bay stands the Van Peteghems' mansion. Every summer, this degenerate bourgeois family (Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) stagnates in the villa, not without mingling during their leisure hours with the local people.
This comedy was a lot well-received. But you can see a number of first rate European actors having a lot of fun.

Julieta     HD720p 22MB
Short trailer from France for the latest movie written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), based on three short stories by Alice Munro. It is a drama about a mother's struggle to survive uncertainty. Julieta (Emma Suárez) lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter.
Reviews gave the impression that this is one of Almodóvar's more minor works.

The Red Turtle - La tortue rouge     HD720p 31MB
Taking part in the Un Certain Regard section, an animated, dialogue-free fable which, through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.
Certainly far removed from mainstream animated movies. But it is co-produced by Studio Ghibli and the studio's co-founder Isao Takahata served as an artistic producer.

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May 19th, 2016

11:18 am - Hell or High Water, The BFG, Indignation, Little Men, Liza the Fox-Fairy
Hell or High Water     HD720p 107MB
A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers - Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger - come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. Directed by David Mackenzie (Perfect Sense, Hallam Foe, Young Adam, written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario).
Movie currently competes in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes where it was well received.

The BFG     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 126MB
Another full trailer for this upcoming family movie directed by Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Hook, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) based on a book by Roald Dahl. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming. Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton are also part of the cast.
Movie premiered out-of-competition in Cannes. Where it was hailed as a great, well, Spielberg movie. Rylance apparently gives a remarkable motion-capture performance.

Indignation     HD720p 22MB
Drama set in 1951, in which a young man (Logan Lerman) escapes the perils of the Korean War draft and the obsessive fears of his overbearing kosher-butcher father in New Jersey with his admission to college in Ohio. Upon arriving at the strictly Christian school, the ardent atheist rejects the assumption that he should integrate into the small Jewish population there, eventually butting heads with the exacting Dean (Tracy Letts) over his reluctance to attend chapel and his budding relationship with a beautiful but troubled classmate (Sarah Gadon). As his outrage mounts, he finds himself yearning to shake off his long-held persona of hardworking boy and dutiful son. Ben Rosenfield is also part of the cast.
Based on a novel from Philip Roth this is the directorial debut of James Schamus, the co-founder and longtime president of Focus Features and who worked on pretty much all screenplays for Ang Lee.

Little Men     HD720p 20MB
Family drama about the consequences of gentrification. When 13-year-old Jake's grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. Jake befriends the charismatic Tony, whose single mother Leonor (Paulina García), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake's parents (Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear) ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. Children can't avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship. Alfred Molina is also part of the cast. Directed Ira Sachs whose most recent film was the similarly themed Love Is Strange.
Was extremely well-received in Sundance.

Liza, the Fox-Fairy - Liza, a rókatündér     HD720p 32MB
Quirky, cartoon-colourfully black comedy from Hungary set in 1960s Budapest, in which a lonely live in-nurse, Liza, spends her days cooped up, caring for the Japanese ambassador's wife. Her primary companion is the specter of a Japanese pop singer who cheerily haunts the house, singing his tunes and dancing around in a teal suit. But as Liza, desperate for romance, begins the search for the love of her life, the ghost goes into jealous fits of rage and murders her suitors one by one. With the police on her case, she comes to the conclusion that she is a fox-fairy - a cursed creature from Japanese folklore who unwillingly causes lovers to drop dead. To break the curse, she must discover the selflessness of true love.
Has been doing the rounds at festivals around the world for more than a year, but so far is struggling to secure regular distribution. Which seems like a grave injustice.

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May 13th, 2016

11:40 am - The Accountant, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Assassin's Creed, Into the Forest, The Duel
The Accountant     HD720p 98MB   HD1080p 163MB
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organisations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, he takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as he uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow are also part of the cast. Directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory, Miracle).
That sure looks intriguing.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk     HD720p 85MB
Drama which is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin are also part of the cast. Directed Ang Lee (Life of Pi, The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).
I will never stop being surprised by Lee's choice for his next movie. On a technical note, movie will be in 3D and is filmed at 120 frames per second.

Assassin's Creed     HD720p 36MB   HD1080p 70MB
First trailer for another movie adaptation of a highly successful video game franchise. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. He discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed are also part of the cast.
Surprisingly, directed by Justin Kurzel who directed Fassbender and Cotillard in the recent adaptation of Macbeth.

Into the Forest     HD720p 59MB
Apocalyptic drama in which, when a global blackout suddenly plunges the world into complete chaos, two courageous sisters (Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood) and their loving father (Callum Keith Rennie) must fight to survive. Max Minghella and Michael Eklund are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, When Night Is Falling, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing).
The brief official summary is insofar misleading as this is more an intimate drama and not some kind of special effects action movie.

The Duel     HD720p 15MB
Western in which a Texas Ranger (Liam Hemsworth) investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher (Woody Harrelson). However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger, who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town. Alice Braga, Emory Cohen and William Sadler are also part of the cast.
The cast may make it interesting.

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May 11th, 2016

11:38 am - Inferno, No Stranger Than Love, Queen of Katwe, Yoga Hosers, The Nice Guys
Inferno     US HD720p 51MB    Intl HD720p 23MB
First teaser trailer for the latest movie adaptation of a Dan Brown bestseller, again directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Rush). This time famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster and Sidse Babett Knudsen are also part of the cast.
Two trailer versions to choose from, offering much different footage.

No Stranger Than Love     HD720p 14MB
Fairy tale-like romantic drama. When Lucy (Alison Brie) tells a married Clint (Colin Hanks) that she loves him, he falls into a mysterious hole that suddenly appears in the middle of her living room. As Lucy desperately tries to save Clint, his bookie Rydell (Justin Chatwin) appears, looking to settle Clint's gambling debt. Now Lucy must distract Rydell, the town and Clint's wife from finding out about her affair and the hole, while trying to hold herself together in the process.
Looks cute. Maybe even a little too cute.

Queen of Katwe     HD720p 54MB
Inspiring true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced by a teacher (David Oyelowo) to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family (Lupita Nyong’o) and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair).
Nice to see that Disney still has room for smaller movies between their tentpole blockbusters.

Yoga Hosers     HD720p 22MB
Trailer from Qatar for the latest horror comedy written and directed by the human hockey jersey (Clerks, Dogma, Tusk). It tells the story of BFFs AF Colleen (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen (Harley Quinn Smith). When two older guys invite them to a senior party, the girls are determined to go no matter what—even if that "what" is a terrible, secret evil that threatens to destroy everything decent and polite about Canada. Can Colleen and Colleen save the day and go viral? Will those senior boys prove squad-worthy? And what was that about a convenience store? Justin Long, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Haley Joel Osment, Tyler Posey, Genesis Rodriguez, Jennifer Schwalbach and Johnny Depp are also part of the cast.
At this point it doesn't seem particularly likely that Smith will ever make a funny movie again.

The Nice Guys     Tlr HD720p 136MB    Retro HD720p 104MB
Another full trailer and a 70s style "retro" trailer for this action, buddy comedy in which a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a fighter (Russell Crowe) investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncover a conspiracy. Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Keith David and Margaret Qualley are also part of the cast. Co-written and directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), who also wrote Lethal Weapon.
Please decide for yourself how much footage you want to see beforehand.

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