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August 30th, 2015

11:10 am - Kill Your Friends, Ashby, Hell and Back, Big Stone Gap, The Witch
Kill Your Friends     HD720p 10MB
Summer blockbuster season ending and the fall season not yet really starting makes it difficult to put together an entry.
Redband teaser from the UK for this very dark, comedic drama that follows a young record company A&R (whihch I think stands for artists and repertoire) man in 1997 London as he plots to survive the shark tank that is the music industry, staying ahead of rivals and colleagues while maintaining both his job and his sanity. Steven (Nicholas Hoult) is not particularly skilled as a finder of new talent, nor does he harbour any scruples. But he does understand, perhaps better than the rest, that nothing replaces a ruthless Machiavellian will, which he hones while pretending to be a nice, friendly team player. James Corden, Rosanna Arquette, Craig Roberts, Moritz Bleibtreu and Ed Skrein are also part of the cast.
Performances by James McAvoy in Filth, and Christian Bale in American Psycho come to mind.

Ashby     HD720p 89MB
Comedic coming-of-age drama about an awkward guy (Nat Wolff) who moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it's odd. When Ed gets an assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he introduces himself to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) and the two embark on an unlikely, immediate friendship.
If you can endure looking at Rourke's face, it's maybe not so bad.

Hell and Back     HD720p 30MB
Redband trailer for this animated comedy about three guys (T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson, Rob Riggle) who are best friends since birth. When they jokingly take a blood oath and break it, one of them is dragged to Hell to be sacrificed. The guys must risk everything to save their friend from a slew of misfit demons, Greek legends and the Devil (Bob Odenkirk) himself. Further voices are provided by Mila Kunis, Susan Sarandon, Danny McBride, Jennifer Coolidge and Michael Peña.
Looks a bit more like TV than cinematic movie. And the people behind it so far have mainly done TV shows.

Big Stone Gap     HD720p 25MB
Romantic, comedic drama set in 1978 that tells the story of the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) who lives a simple life with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that her best friend and the high school band director (John Benjamin Hickey), will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. She waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap decides that happiness is for other people - that is, until a long-buried family secret throws her quiet life spectacularly off-course. Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia and Jenna Efman are also part of the cast.
I prefer it when things are a little more fast-paced. I have a feeling someone will be able to say something about the accents.

The Witch     HD720p 47MB
Supernatural horror movie set in New England circa 1630 that follows a farmer who gets cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote farm on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Soon after, strange and unsettling things begin to happen - the animals turn malevolent, the crops fail, and one child disappears while another seemingly becomes possessed. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to blame teenage daughter Thomasin.
Was highly praised for its atmospheric setting in Sundance where it won the Directing Award. But you obviously still have to be a fan of the genre to enjoy it.

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August 20th, 2015

11:44 am - Victor Frankenstein, Carol, The Martian, Ride Along 2, The Keeping Room
Victor Frankenstein     US HD720p 26MB    UK HD720p 32MB
Different trailer versions targeted at US and the UK audiences for this "dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale". Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott are also part of the cast. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push, "Sherlock").
When it starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law it was called Sherlock Holmes.

Carol     HD720p 14MB
Teaser from the UK for this romantic drama based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith directed by Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, I'm Not There, Velvet Goldmine). In New York in the early 1950s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a failing marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. When Carol's involvement with Therese comes to light, her husband (Kyle Chandler) retaliates by challenging her competence as a mother. The two women take refuge on the road, leaving their respective lives behind. Sarah Paulson is also part of the cast.
Movie was very well received in Cannes where Mara won the Best Actress award.

The Martian     HD720p 56MB   HD1080p 111MB
Another full trailer for the latest sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus) based on the book by Andy Weir. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates (Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie) concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover are also part of the cast.
Please decide for yourself how much footage you want to watch beforehand.

Ride Along 2     HD720p 51MB
Trailer for the action comedy sequel. As his wedding day approaches, Ben (Kevin Hart) heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. Also part of the cast are Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill and Sherri Shepherd. Again directed by Tim Story (the better received Fantastic Four movie, Think Like a Man, Barbershop).
I guess you either love it or hate it.

The Keeping Room     HD720p 16MB
Western drama set towards the end of the Civil War, in which Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Kyle Soller) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, she races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister (Hailee Steinfeld) and their female slave (Muna Otaru). When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants.
According to festival reviews not an entirely successful effort, but nevertheless worth a look.

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August 15th, 2015

11:49 am - Burnt, Life, Mistress America, Fort Tilden, We Come as Friends
Burnt     HD720p 15MB
Drama about a chef (Bradley Cooper) who had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need the best of the best on his side. Also part of the cast are Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men, August: Osage County).
I'm not enough of a foodie to be able to relate to the kind of artificial drama shown in the trailer.

Life     US HD720p 16MB    FR HD720p 23MB
Biographical drama set in 1955, when the ambitious Hollywood photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and the then still unknown James Dean (Dane DeHaan) meet at one of Nicholas Ray's parties. Stock recognises in the young actor, who has just completed filming East of Eden, an extraordinary talent and hopes to further his own career via a series of portraits for "Life" magazine. Newcomer Dean is stressed by studio boss Jack Warner's (Ben Kingsley) demands for him to get on the PR bandwagon for Elia Kazan's film and goes into hiding in the country. Stock accompanies the camera-shy star to his native ranch in Indiana where he has his roots. Once back in New York, Stock captures the world famous image which keeps the legend alive to this day. Joel Edgerton is also part of the cast. Interestingly, the movie is directed by erstwhile photographer Anton Corbijn (The American, Control, A Most Wanted Man).
You can choose between trailer versions from the US and France.

Mistress America     HD720p 15MB
Another amusing trailer for this indie comedy about a lonely college freshman (Lola Kirke) in New York, who is having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Directed by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha, While We're Young).
Now in limited release in the US.

Fort Tilden     HD720p 18MB
Indie comedy about two young women in the midst of their respective quarter-life crises. Allie procrastinates preparing for her forthcoming ill-advised stint in the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to fund her vague artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun their already-meager responsibilities for the day when they insinuate themselves into the planned Fort Tilden afternoon of a pair of cute guys they met at a party. As the two young women board their bicycles and embark on a wildly complicated trek to the beach, they quickly realise that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they're going nor how they plan to get there.
Hard to say if you'll find the two funny or obnoxious, but reviews are surprisingly good. Now in limited release in the US.

We Come as Friends     HD720p 38MB
More essay than traditional documentary by Hubert Sauper who made the similar themed, Oscar nominated doc Darwin's Nightmare. It's a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” pathology re-emerges - that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground.
Now in limited release in the US. Also, an article about the movie and its director.

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August 13th, 2015

11:25 am - The Hateful Eight, Trumbo, About Ray, Dad's Army, Sleeping With Other People
The Hateful Eight     HD720p 44MB   HD1080p 86MB
First trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds). It is again a western, this time set after the end of the Civil War. A stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard they seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover. When they arrive, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob (Demian Bichir), who takes care of Minnie's in the owner's absence; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
I wish he had changed the genre, but I'll take it.

Trumbo     HD720p 48MB
Biopic about the successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) which comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. It tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Also part of the cast are Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Alan Tudyk, Michael Stuhlbarg and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, The Campaign).
It's Hollywood related and it has a high-profile cast. I guess that means it will win the Oscar.

About Ray     HD720p 22MB
Multi-generational family drama with some lighter elements that follows Ray (Elle Fanning), a New York City teenager struggling with gender identity and Ray's harried single mother Maggie (Naomi Watts) as they track down Ray's biological father (Tate Donovan) to sign the paperwork approving Ray's transition. Meanwhile, Maggie's mother (Susan Sarandon), a quick witted music manager who shares her brownstone with her lesbian partner (Linda Emond), is having a hard time wrapping her head around Ray's life altering decision, and Maggie's inability to move out of the house in which she grew up. directed by Gaby Dellal (On a Clear Day).
Together with the upcoming The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne, this may become the year of transgender movie characters in mainstream movies.

Dad's Army     HD720p 13MB
Teaser from the UK for this big screen version of the sitcom from the 1960s and 70s. It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard (among them Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays) is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There's a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted. Directed by Oliver Parker (St. Trinian's, Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest).

Sleeping With Other People     HD720p 18MB
In case there were any doubts that this one will feature some dirty language, the redband trailer version for this romantic comedy that asks the question if two serial cheaters can get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done. Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne and Amanda Peet are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Leslye Headland (Bachelorette).
Festival reviews say that, unlike many other r-rated comedies, it actually also tells a story in an enjoyable way.

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August 8th, 2015

11:41 am - By the Sea, People Places Things, Solace, Goodnight Mommy, The Last Witch Hunter, The Martian
By the Sea     HD720p 41MB
Teaser for this relationship drama that follows an American writer named (Brad Pitt) and his wife (Angelina Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds (Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud) and village locals (Niels Arestrup, Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. Also written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt (Unbroken, In the Land of Blood and Honey).
Let's hope this won't collapse under the weight of its own earnestness.

People Places Things     HD720p 32MB
Low-key comedic drama about a graphic novelist and professor (Jemaine Clement) in NYC. At his adorable twin girls' fifth birthday party, his life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children and longtime girlfriend (Stephanie Allynne) with their friend (Michael Chernus). One year later, he's still alone and trying to put his life back together. He finds unexpected challenges when one of his talented students (Jessica Williams) tries to set him up with her accomplished mother (Regina Hall).
Looks nice.

Solace     HD720p 16MB
Trailer from France for this thriller that tells the story of a veteran FBI detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his younger ambitious partner (Abbie Cornish) who enlist the help of the reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders. When Clancy's exceptional intuitive powers, which come in the form of vivid and disturbing visions, put him on the trail of the killer (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realises his gift of second sight is little match against the extraordinary powers of this elusive murderer on a mission.
Movie was apparently already filmed two years ago. And a US release will have to wait a while longer since rights owner Relativity Media has recently filed for bankruptcy protection. Another, longer trailer.

Goodnight Mommy - Ich seh, Ich seh     HD720p 18MB
From a genre I ignore most of the time, but many reviews describe it as kind of an arthouse horror movie with touches of Michael Haneke. Which is also fitting since the movie is from Austria too.
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine-year-old twin brothers await their mother's return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying struggle with fatal consequences.

The Last Witch Hunter     HD720p 45MB
Full trailer for this action-adventure set in New York City which hides many secrets. But the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us. Condemned to a life of immortality, the last witch hunter (Vin Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and a new reign by the most horrifying and powerful witches in history, including the Queen Witch who will stop at nothing to reclaim her throne. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine are also part of the cast. Directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies).
I'm sorry, but I'm unable to keep a straight face seeing Diesel "act".

The Martian     HD720p 53MB
Another three minute promo for the upcoming sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott based on the book by Andy Weir that will star Matt Damon. In it NASA offers a declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars, in which Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) raises an interesting question.

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August 5th, 2015

11:53 am - Deadpool, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Stonewall, 6 Years, The 33
Deadpool     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 104MB
Redband trailer for the comicbook adaptation based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero. It tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Also part of the cast are Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein and Brianna Hildebrand.
There's also a greenband version that might be interesting for comparison to see how they change jokes and cut parts of the trailer differently to hide the blood: Greenband HD720p 51MB.
Edit: The two minute test footage that surfaced about a year ago: HD360p 11MB.
Edit 2: The announcement by Deadpool of the trailer: HD720p 6MB.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi     HD720p 39MB
Action movie based on the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Cast members include James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens and Max Martini. Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon). Who, if not Bay, is capable of delivering the advertised "true account" of the story?
So far Krasinski's wife stars in the much more interesting action movies.

Stonewall     HD720p 47MB
Drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent's home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As he and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. Also part of the cast are Joey King, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Caleb Landry Jones, Ron Perlman and Matt Craven. Interestingly, it's directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow).
Only a few years ago there has been a documentary about the events.

6 Years     HD720p 12MB
Relationship drama about a young couple in their early 20s who have known each other since childhood. Now their 6-year romantic relationship is put to the test when Dan (Ben Rosenfield) receives an attractive job offer from the record label with whom he interns, and he must choose between a move forward and a future with Mel (Taissa Farmiga). Growth and temptation happen - but will their relationship remain part of their future?
Looks nice.

The 33     HD720p 125MB
US trailer for this very emotional drama based on the mining accident in 2010 in Chile in which 33 miners were trapped underground after the collapse of a gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. Cast members include Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, James Brolin and Cote de Pablo.

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August 2nd, 2015

11:12 am - Spotlight, Black Mass, The Night Before, Some Kind of Beautiful, Entertainment, Zoolander 2
Spotlight     HD720p 47MB
Thriller that tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Impressive cast list includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Directed by Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent, Win Win).
The nasty side effects that often come with organised religion.

Black Mass     HD720p 122MB   HD1080p 190MB
Final trailer for this crime drama set in 1970s South Boston that shows that many of the other listed cast members besides Johnny Depp indeed will be in the movie. In it FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. It tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. Cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, David Harbour, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott and Peter Sarsgaard. Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
Movie will premiere next month out of competition in Venice. Full festival line up was released last week.

The Night Before     HD720p 41MB
Redband trailer for this comedy about Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) who have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they're entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Also part of the cast are Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling and Miley Cyrus. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness, Warm Bodies).
If you're interested to see the movie, I'd say chances are pretty good that paying for it will be optional since it is obviously already entirely paid for by Red Bull.

Some Kind of Beautiful     HD720p 27MB
Romantic comedy about a man (Pierce Brosnan) who, by day, is a successful and well-respected English professor. By night, Richard indulges his own romantic fantasies with a steady stream of beautiful undergraduates. But he has grown tired of the game and is looking for something more meaningful and lasting. So when Kate (Jessica Alba), Richard's tanned, athletic, 25-year-old American girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant, he is thrilled. He looks forward to having a family of his own, being a father his children could be proud of, not some sex-fueled bobcat. There is only one problem. He's not in love with Kate. Richard is in love with her sister (Salma Hayek). He had been in love with her ever since he first saw her. Directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas, Starter for 10, Extraordinary Measures).
Talk about male wish fulfillment. Movie is also known as How to Make Love Like an Englishman and Lessons in Love.

Entertainment     HD720p 14MB
Kind of bizarre, but still interesting and darkly funny looking drama about a broken, aging comedian (Gregg Turkington) who tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. Also part of the cast are John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Lotte Verbeek and Tye Sheridan.

Zoolander 2     HD720p 20MB
Without any real footage from the movie, but still amusing teaser for the upcoming sequel.
Edit: Link should work again.

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July 28th, 2015

11:49 am - Mississippi Grind, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Queen of Earth, Zipper, The Transporter Refueled
Mississippi Grind     HD720 23MB
Road movie drama with comedic elements about Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) who is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis (Ryan Reynolds). Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together. As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip's highs and lows unveil the duo's true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them. Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigert are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Sugar).
Looks pretty good.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials     HD720p 46MB
Second trailer for the second movie of the trilogy. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Patricia Clarkson return. Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Giancarlo Esposito and Nathalie Emmanuel are new to the cast. Wes Ball once again directs.

Queen of Earth     HD720p 24MB
Unsettling, but at the same time also kind of amusing trailer for this thriller drama about a woman (Elisabeth Moss) careening towards emotional collapse after a one-two punch of heartbreaking events. Seeking peace and solitude, she heads to the secluded lakehouse of her best friend (Katherine Waterston). But their quiet country retreat becomes a journey into steadily mounting hysteria as past and present collide and the love-hate relationship between the two women threatens to tear them apart. Patrick Fugit plays the next door neighbour. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip).
Moss and Waterston receive a lot pf praise in festival reviews.

Zipper     HD720p 16MB
Political thriller about a charismatic federal prosecutor and devoted family man whose political star is on the rise, Sam Ellis (Patrick Wilson) appears to be en route to higher office. But what he thinks will be a "onetime thing" with a high-class escort service swiftly escalates into a reckless sexual compulsion. Facing ever-intensifying scrutiny as he is groomed for a U.S. Senate seat, he wrestles with the addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family, and career. Lena Headey, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Ray Winstone and Richard Dreyfuss are also part of the cast.
For those who don't have time for a whole season of "House of Cards". Of just want a break from reality TV star Donald Trump's rise in the polls.

The Transporter Refueled     HD720p 46MB
Full trailer from the UK for the franchise reboot in which Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is still the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. Ray Stevenson, Anatole Taubman and Noémie Lenoir are also part of the cast. Directed Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions).

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July 25th, 2015

11:13 am - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Experimenter, Freeheld, One and Two, Pressure
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 93MB
Second trailer for the forth and last movie of the trilogy in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends (Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Josh Hutcherson) - she goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. Like the previous two movies, once again directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend).

Experimenter     HD720p 15MB
Biographical drama set at Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they're delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects don't stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann's trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people's tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) stands by him through it all. John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Dennis Hyasbert, Anton Yelchin and Taryn Manning are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet, Cymbeline, Nadja).
Looks very interesting.

Freeheld     HD720p 25MB
Biographical drama that tells the love story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in their defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality. Directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist).
Based on the Best Documentary Short Oscar winner from 2007 by Cynthia Wade. Bringing tissues to the screenings should be helpful.

One and Two     HD720p 18MB
Mystical drama about two siblings (Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet) who live cut off from society in a remote farmhouse, their insular world bounded by an enormous wall. But when their mother (Elizabeth Reaser) falls gravely ill the pair begins exploring their extraordinary, potentially dangerous supernatural abilities, a mystery arises: is their father (Grant Bowler) trying to keep the world out, or to keep his children in?
Got a lot of favourable festival reviews, many of them pointing out that - in case you were worried - this has nothing to do with M. Night Shyamalan and is more like a low-key X-Men origin story.

Pressure     HD720p 35MB
UK trailer for this thriller drama in which four deep sea divers (Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Alan McKenna, Joe Cole) become trapped in their saturation bell at the bottom of the ocean off the Kenyan coast. After their boat sinks during a storm, the survivors must figure out how to reach the surface before they run out of air.
Usually I'm interested in movies taking place in one setting but available reviews indicate that despite the presence of Huston and Goode this one is a bit tedious.

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July 22nd, 2015

11:37 am - Spectre, The Good Dinosaur, Before We Go, Unexpected, 7 Chinese Brothers
Spectre     HD720 48MB   HD1080p 93MB
Full trailer for the highly anticipated new Bond movie. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. He seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear return. New to the cast are Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Stephanie Sigman. Sam Mendes once again directs (American Beauty, Skyfall, Revolutionary Road).

The Good Dinosaur     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 129MB
Full trailer for the next animated movie from Pixar, to be in theatres at Thanksgiving. It asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? It will take us on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (Lucas Neff) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, he learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. More voices will be provided by Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand and Bill Hader.

Before We Go    HD720p 45MB
Walking and talking movie that follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Flustered and fearful after a brush with a mugger, Brooke (Alice Eve) races through Manhattan's Grand Central Station (I think they mean Grand Central Terminal), desperate to catch the night's last Boston-bound train. She fails to make it in time, and inadvertently succeeds in catching the eye of Nick (Chris Evans), a busker, who is immediately enthralled. Their chance encounter leads to an intimate odyssey through nocturnal New York, and as Brooke's initial wariness gives way, she and Nick prove keenly attuned to one another's personal struggles. Also the directorial debut of Evans.
Title indicates that they are aware there are similar movies. Though I fear any direct comparisons will be unfavourable.

Unexpected     HD720p 25MB
Drama with comedic elements about a dedicated and passionate teacher (Cobie Smulders) at an inner-city Chicago high school. Just as she is coming to terms with her school closing, she faces some life-changing and unexpected news: she is pregnant. After breaking the news to her live-in boyfriend (Anders Holm) and her opinionated mother (Elizabeth McGovern), she learns that one of her most promising students (Gail Bean) has landed in a similar but very different situation. As the women navigate their ambitions for the future, the two forge an unlikely friendship that will challenge their perspectives and leave a lasting impact on one another. Directed by Kris Swanberg, married to Joe.
According to reviews, far from perfect, but it is a nice movie about the topic, told from the female perspective.

7 Chinese Brothers    HD720p 19MB
Slacker comedy about Larry (Jason Schwartzman) an inebriated sad sack who rides a tide of booze onto the shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. The only bright spot is probably his boss, Lupe. Will Larry keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for his French bulldog, laze about with his friend Major, and do his cantankerous grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) proud? Written and directed by Bob Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me).
How funny you will find this will probably strongly depend on how much you like Schwartzman. I tend to prefer him in smaller doses.

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July 18th, 2015

11:25 am - The Revenant, Joy, Digging for Fire, Sisters, A Hard Day
The Revenant     HD720p 46MB
Trailer for the latest movie directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman, 21 Grams). Inspired by true events it tells the story of one man's epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, he endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, he must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas and Paul Anderson are also part of the cast. Cinematography by two-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Birdman, The New World), aiming for a hat-trick.
Probably best seen wearing an Oculus Rift headset. That aside, Oscar season has officially begun. And it looks like we'll again meet many of the usual suspects.

Joy     HD720p 36MB
First trailer for the latest movie directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, American Hustle). It tells the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl (Jennifer Lawrence) who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Also part of the cast are Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Elisabeth Röhm.
I guess there will be another trailer later that will give us a better feeling what kind of movie this will be.

Digging for Fire     HD720p 22MB
Comedic drama in which the discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband (Jake Johnson) and wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. She decides to drop their toddler off with her mother for a much-needed night out on the town. Sans-wife, he invites his buddies over, and a "boys-will-be-boys" scenario ensues, full of drinking, awkward joint-passing, and perhaps getting a bit too close to a girl who isn't the mother of his child. Also part of the cast are Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Mike Birbiglia, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Sam Elliott and Judith Light. Directed by Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, Hannah Takes the Stairs), co-written by Swanberg and Johnson.
While I suspect that many will only have something like short cameos, the cast list is still kind of insane. I guess they all just met to hang out together at a barbecue and did a movie in the process. Looks like fun.

Sisters     HD720p 30MB
R-rated comedy about two disconnected sisters (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents (Dianne Wiest, James Brolin) sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan and John Cena are also part of the cast. Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect).
I guess Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Dumb & Dumber and The Hangover got mentioned a lot during the sales pitch for this one.

A Hard Day - Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da     HD720p 15MB
Action thriller from South Korea about a homicide detective who is having a hard day: in less than 24 hours, he receives a divorce notice from his wife, his mother passes away, and along with his coworkers, he becomes the focus of a police investigation over alleged embezzlement. Making things worse, on his way to his mother's funeral, he commits a fatal hit and run and then, desperately hides a corpse in his deceased mother's coffin.
If you're into movies like that, this is a fun watch. Now in limited release in the US.

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July 14th, 2015

11:47 am - Suicide Squad, The Dressmaker, Ten Thousand Saints, Brooklyn, The Runner
Suicide Squad     HD720p 145MB   HD1080p 206MB
Full trailer from Comic-Con for another DC Comic adaptation to be in theatres August 2016. It's about a secret government agency run by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), named A.R.G.U.S that recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for shorter prison sentences. Among them Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Slipknot (Adam Beach) and The Joker (Jared Leto). Ben Affleck's Batman will also make an appearance. Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury, Harsh Times).
Sequels, spin-offs, re-boots. The possibilities are endless.

The Dressmaker     HD720p 23MB
Trailer from Australia for this bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Kerry Fox and Sarah Snook are also part of the cast. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (How to Make an American Quilt, Proof, A Thousand Acres).
Wrong Hemsworth.

Ten Thousand Saints     HD720p 91MB
Coming-of-age drama about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City - Jude (Asa Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Emile Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld) - who break away from their messed-up parents (Ethan Hawke, Emily Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval - against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous Tompkins Square Park riots it is a nostalgia trip to a bygone era of New York City. Written and directed by wife and husband team Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (Extra Man American Splendor, Girl Most Likely).
Was well received in Sundance.

Brooklyn     HD720p 30MB
Romantic drama that tells the moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, she departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps her into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent are also part of the cast. Directed by John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission, Closed Circuit) from a screenplay written by Nick Hornby based on the novel from Colm Tóibín.
Also well received in Sundance. Though you probably will need more tissues for this one.

The Runner     HD720p 39MB
Thriller set in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, about an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician (Nicolas Cage) who finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit. Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda are also part of the cast.
Trailer posting strictly meant as a warning, and as a regular check if Cage has solved his tax trouble (looks like a resounding No!). It also raises the question if what they did to his hair counts as a special effect?

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July 12th, 2015

10:43 am - Batman v Superman, Star Wars - Episode VII, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Suicide Theory, Miss You Already
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice     HD720p 162MB   HD1080p 277MB
Extended trailer from Comic-Con for the attempted merger of the Superman and a rebooted Batman franchise, directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300, Sucker Punch), to be in theatres next March. It is said that the movie follows up on the events of Man of Steel. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane reprise their roles. Newly cast are Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Holly Hunter as a US senator and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Many of them can be seen in the trailer.
To quote that other franchise character, why so serious?

Star Wars - Episode VII - The Force Awakens     HD1080p 83MB    YouTube
Three and a half minute, behind the scenes look from Comic-Con at the franchise reboot. It is said to be set 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi". Among the new cast members are John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. From previous instalments Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will return. Directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III).
Edit: Offical encodes HD720p 79MB   HD1080p 212MB.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.     HD720p 99MB   HD1080p 193MB
A not really necessary five minute extended trailer from Comic-Con for the action comedy based on the TV series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, it centers on CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter (Elizabeth Debicki) of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant are also part of the cast. Directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch., Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla).
As usual, please decide for yourself how much you want to get spoiled beforehand.

The Suicide Theory     HD720p 13MB
Dark, twisted thriller from Australia about a suicidal man who hires a demented killer to assist him in suicide, but for some reason, miraculously survives each attempt on his life.
It's probably best not to oversell it, but it got some pretty good reviews and should be worth a look. Now in limited release in the US and available on demand.

Miss You Already     HD720p 24MB
UK trailer for this upbeat drama about two women who are friends since childhood. Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) can't remember a time they didn’t share everything - secrets, clothes, even boyfriends, their differences are the glue that binds them together. That is until Milly is hit with the life changing news that she has breast cancer and needs Jess’s support more than ever. As Jess tries to balance her own life as well as being there for Milly it is only a matter of time before the pressure on their bond takes its toll. Paddy Considine, Dominic Cooper, Jacqueline Bisset and Frances de la Tour are also part of the cast. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood, Thirteen).
Given the story I suspect that the trailer makes it look a little too upbeat.

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July 9th, 2015

11:55 am - Goosebumps, The Finest Hours, Queen of the Desert, Jenny's Wedding, Hitman: Agent 47
Goosebumps     US HD720p 30MB    UK HD720p 31MB
Trailers from the US and UK for this bigscreen adaptation based on the young adult horror anthology book series. Upset about moving from a big city to a small town with his mom (Amy Ryan), Zach (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets his new neighbour Hannah (Odeya Rush). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange. He is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorise the town, it's suddenly up to them to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Directed by Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale).

The Finest Hours     HD720p 54MB
Disney produced action-thriller based on the events of February 18, 1952, when a massive nor'easter struck New England, wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including an oil tanker, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, the first assistant engineer (Casey Affleck) soon realises it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire them to work together to ride out the storm. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men led by a Coast Guard Captain (Chris Pine). Holliday Grainger and Ben Foster are also part of the cast. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Fright Night, Mr. Woodcock).
Since it is a Disney movie, it is all very heroic. But, surprisingly, after some release date shuffling, only heroic enough for a January release in the US.

Queen of the Desert     Tlr1 HD720p 35MB    Tlr2 HD640p 17MB
Two trailers from Europe for this biographical drama that tells the story of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. As an educated young woman, for whom no suitable husband can be found in England, she journeys to Tehran. After a tragic love affair with a diplomat and inveterate gambler (James Franco) Henry Cadogan, she decides to give up on her private life and discover the region as an explorer. Before the backdrop of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire she learns languages, translates literature, meets with Muslim dignitaries in Cairo, Basra and Baghdad and earns their trust through her pluck and respect. Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson are also part of the cast, the latter playing T.E. Lawrence, the one of Arabia. Written and directed by Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, The Bad Lieutenant, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
Pleased to see that Herzog was able to work with such a high-profile cast. But I fear that Franco and Pattison are out of their depth.

Jenny's Wedding     HD720p 13MB
Romantic drama in which a woman (Katherine Heigl) is getting married. But how will her straight-laced family (Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond) react when they find out that the woman they thought was their daughter's roommate (Alexis Bledel) is actually her fiancée? As the old-fashioned Farrells attempt to come to terms with the prospect of a surprise daughter-in-law, they face a difficult choice: either adapt with the times or risk being left behind. Grace Gummer is also part of the cast.
I think I would like it better if Bledel were a bit more lively.

Hitman: Agent 47     HD720p 61MB
Another long, full trailer that probably reveals too much for this video game action movie tie-in franchise reboot that centres on an elite assassin (Rupert Friend) who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann and Hannah Ware are also part of the cast.

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July 2nd, 2015

11:57 am - Steve Jobs, London Has Fallen, 13 Minutes, Hotel Transylvania 2, Ant-Man
Steve Jobs     HD720p 48MB
Full trailer for another biographical movie based on some of the events in the life of Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), the pioneering founder of Apple. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Kate Winslet stars as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Also part of the cast are Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, The Beach), from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.
Pretty good trailer. Amusingly, it may make Mark Zuckerberg look more likeable. Also, an earlier teaser: HD720p 8MB.

London Has Fallen     HD720p 20MB
Short teaser for the sequel that begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley, not seen in the teaser, not listed in the end credits) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Forster are also part of the cast.
Set for release in the US next January.

13 Minutes - Elser     HD720p 25MB
UK trailer for this historical drama from Germany that tells the incredible true story of the man who nearly changed the world - Georg Elser (Christian Friedel), a carpenter who attempted to carry out a bomb plot against Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich, 1939. The film follows his fascinating confession, of not only how a seemingly non-political man came to this point, but also delving into his personal relationships and how they were affected by his beliefs, especially with the love of his life, Elsa (Katharina Schüttler). Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Five Minutes of Heaven, The Experiment).
I should mention that, as can be glimpsed in the trailer, the movie includes some harsh interrogation and torture scenes.

Hotel Transylvania 2     HD720p 32MB
Full trailer for the animated sequel. Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula's (Adam Sandler) rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad (Mel Brooks) is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. All main voice cast members return.
I wasn't aware that the first one was such a commercial success that it made a sequel necessary (by Hollywood logic).

Ant-Man     HD720p 38MB
I thought I'm done with trailers for this upcoming Disney/Marvel movie, but here's another trailer from Japan with a lot of new footage that shows the movie from a much different angle.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the two must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Also part of the cast are Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Jordi Mollà, Martin Donovan, Wood Harris, Hayley Atwell and John Slattery. Directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up, Bring It On).

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July 1st, 2015

11:50 am - Secret in Their Eyes, Creed, Samba, 45 Years, Daddy's Home
Secret in Their Eyes     HD720p 51MB
Thriller about a tight-knit team of FBI investigators (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts), that along with their District Attorney supervisor (Nicole Kidman), is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, they finally uncover a new lead that they are certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul. Directed by Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass).
This is kind of a remake of the 2010 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner from Argentina. But I'm not sure how much this movie will really have in common with the Argentinian movie.

Creed     HD720p 131MB
Sports drama that re-unites Michael B. Jordan with Ryan Coogler, the director of Fruitvale Station. Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there's no denying that boxing is in his blood, so he heads to Philadelphia, the site of Creed's legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, he tracks Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo - the fierce rival who became his closest friend.
Another franchise that refuses to die. But at least the choices of director and lead actor gives it an interesting direction.

Samba     HD720p 31MB
US trailer for this romantic, comedic, social drama, 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.
The mixture of social drama and lighter moments is a bit difficult at first. It takes a while to adjust. But there are a lot of very nice scenes between Sy and Gainsbourg. If you can deal with the mixed tone, it's overall still a very nice watch.

45 Years     HD720p 33MB
UK trailer for this intimate drama about a woman (Charlotte Rampling) who is is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration, however, a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay), containing news that reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories. Though she continues to prepare for the anniversary, she becomes increasingly concerned by his preoccupation with the letter and the ensuing revelations about his past. By the time the party comes round, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Rampling and Courtenay shared the Best Actor Award this year in Berlin where the movie was very well received.

Daddy's Home     HD720p 48MB
Family comedy to be in theatres at Christmas that follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's (Linda Cardellini) two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Co-directed by Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2, That's My Boy).
Wahlberg increasingly loses my goodwill.

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June 27th, 2015

11:26 am - Sleeping With Other People, Legend, Masterminds, A Borrowed Identity, Runoff
Sleeping With Other People     HD720p 26MB
R-rated romantic comedy that asks the question if two serial cheaters can get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done. Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne and Amanda Peet are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Leslye Headland (Bachelorette).
Festival reviews say that, unlike many other r-rated comedies, it actually also tells a story in an enjoyable way.

Legend     HD720p 47MB
Full trailer for this crime drama that tells the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie (Tom Hardy) and Ron Kray (Tom Hardy). It is taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins. Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton and Chazz Palminteri are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (42, A Knight's Tale, Payback).
I've become less interested in recent years in movies that make organised crime look cool, but this looks pretty good. I wonder if at one point the marketing department thought about using something along the lines "putting the Kray in crazy".

Masterminds     HD720p 38MB
Full trailer for this action comedy based, of course, on true events in which David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure. He is a simple man stuck in a monotonous life. Every day he drives an armored car, transporting millions with no escape in sight. The only bit of excitement is his crush (Kristen Wiig), who lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals (Owen Wilson among them) and a faulted heist plan, he manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million ... only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this group of double-crossers and is set up to take the fall. Jason Sudeikis is also part of the cast. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos).

A Borrowed Identity - Dancing Arabs     Intl 720p 10MB    US YouTube
Drama with comedic elements about identity in which a gifted a Palestinian Israeli boy is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, he develops a friendship with another outsider, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home he shares with his mother. After falling in love with a Jewish girl, he leaves school when their relationship is uncovered, and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Directed by Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree).
Interestingly, the US trailer makes it look like as if this is an almost entirely serious movie, while an earlier international trailer includes a lot more lighter scenes. They also changed the title in the US. Now in limited release in the US.

Runoff     HD720p 19MB
Drama set in heartland Americana. The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, Betty (Joanne Kelly) confronts a terrifying new reality and will go to desperate lengths to save her family when they are threatened with being forced from their land. An old friend, struggling to keep his own farm profitable by any means necessary, offers Betty a way out. She refuses to get involved, but as the pressures mount for her family and they are on the brink of eviction, her husband, Frank, reveals that he is seriously ill. How far will one to go to take care of one's own?
Probably not for everyone, but reviews are good (many mention Winter's Bone as a reference point), and the trailer kind of pulls you in. Now in limited release in the US.

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June 23rd, 2015

11:32 am - Grandma, The Legend of Barney Thomson, Kung Fu Panda 3, Time Out of Mind, Dark Places
Grandma     HD720p 23MB
Comedic drama in which aging poet Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) mourns the death of her longtime partner even as she reels from a recent breakup; yet she must table her misanthropy when her teenage granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) turns up unexpectedly on her doorstep in need of $600 and a ride. What ensues is an urban road-trip in Elle's vintage Dodge to visit old friends and flames, rattling skeletons and digging up secrets all over town as the unlikely duo try to rustle up the cash. Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Nat Wolff, John Cho and Sam Elliott are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Being Flynn, In Good Company).
Festival reviews especially praise Tomlin's performance.

The Legend of Barney Thomson     HD720p 13MB
Dark comedy that tells the tale of a hapless barber (Robert Carlyle) devoid of charm and 'patter' as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. His mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from a bearish Detective Inspector (Ray Winstone) and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each others throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, he fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother (Emma Thompson, two years older than Carlyle). It's also the directorial debut of Carlyle.
Kind of like a Scottish version of Sweeney Todd, without the singing. Which is fine by me. If I can watch it with subtitles.

Kung Fu Panda 3     HD720p 75MB
First trailer for the third movie in the franchise, to be in theatres next ... January. When Po's long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai (J.K. Simmons) begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po (Jack Black) must do the impossible - learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! All the major voices return, Rebel Wilson is a further voice cast addition.

Time Out of Mind     HD720p 18MB
Drama about a desperate man (Richard Gere). With faltering health and nowhere to turn, he finds himself thrust onto New York City's unforgiving streets. After exhausting all other avenues of temporary housing, he seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan's largest intake centre for homeless men. It too proves a harsh and difficult-to-navigate environment, crowded as it is with similarly marginalized souls. But when he befriends a seasoned shelter-dweller he begins to harbour hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). Steve Buscemi and Kyra Sedgwick are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart).
Not an easy watch, but Gere certainly gives a remarkable performance.

Dark Places     HD720p 47MB
The US trailer for another big screen adaptation of a novel from Gillian Flynn. It's a thriller about the sole survivor (Charlize Theron) of a home invasion who famously witnessed the death of her mother and sisters, she lives with the knowledge that her testimony as a 7-year-old sentenced her brother (Corey Stoll) to life in prison for the horrific crime. When a group of true-crime enthusiasts find her twenty-five years later and convince her to re-examine the events of the night, new memories and old suspects suddenly flood back into her life. Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Drea de Matteo and Tye Sheridan are also part of the cast.

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June 19th, 2015

11:44 am - Sicario, The Secret Life of Pets, Boulevard, The Peanuts Movie, Cartel Land, A Deadly Adoption
Sicario     HD720p 86MB
Intense action drama set in the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, in which an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing her to question everything that she believes in order to survive. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy).
Was very well received in Cannes, which is quite unusual for a movie like this. It is certainly the movie for those who have been disappointed by the most recent movies by Michael Mann. Can't wait.

The Secret Life of Pets     HD720p 47MB
Early trailer for another animated movie from Illumination Entertainment, to be in theatres summer 2016. Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's (Louis C.K.) life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners. It will also feature the voices of Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey and Albert Brooks. Co-directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, The Lorax).

Boulevard     HD720p 11MB
Quiet drama that follows a devoted husband and dutiful bank employee who begins to confront his own secrets. What starts as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar street turns into a life-altering decision for the curious Nolan Mack (Robin Williams). For many years, he and his wife (Kathy Baker) have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality. When he meets a troubled young on his drive home, he finds himself breaking from the confines of his old life. Directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting).

The Peanuts Movie     HD720p 76MB
Full trailer for the big-screen debut of the Peanuts that reveals all the other characters. I'm not sure if this summary from the movie's homepage is still valid, but it reads: Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age 4).
It is still trying to convince you that you have been utterly wrong in enjoying these characters without paying a 3D surcharge.

Cartel Land     HD720p 36MB
Documentary with strikingly similar scenes as Sicario. It provides a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley - a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley - Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border.

A Deadly Adoption     HD720p 19MB
Short trailer for the upcoming Lifetime movie, to be broadcast on US TV this Saturday. It is about a successful couple (Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell) who houses and cares for a pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes) with the hopes of adopting her unborn child.

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June 16th, 2015

11:54 am - The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Regression, A Perfect Day, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Lila & Eve
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.     HD720p 117MB   HD1080p 196MB
Since I thought the first one was pretty convincing I'd say it isn't really necessary, but here's a second full trailer for the action comedy based on the TV series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, it centers on CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter (Elizabeth Debicki) of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant are also part of the cast. Directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch., Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla).

Regression     HD720p 20MB
UK trailer for this intense thriller with supernatural elements. Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes, Agora, The Others).
An earlier teaser from France: HD720p 10MB.

A Perfect Day     HD720p 24MB
Farcical drama about a group of aid workers tries to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone somewhere in the Balkans: Sophie (Mélanie Thierry) is a newcomer, she wants to help; Mambrú (Benicio Del Toro), who has seen it all and wants to go home; Katya (Olga Kurylenko) once wanted Mambrú; Damir (Fedja Stukan) wants the war to end, and "B" (Tim Robbins) doesn't know what he wants. Directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Mondays in the Sun, Princesses).
Trailer looks funny, but the movie is apparently a bit of an uneasy mix of the comedic and the more realistic, tragic parts.

The Stanford Prison Experiment     HD720p 15MB
Another tense thriller based on the so-called Stanford prison experiment. It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles - the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment. Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Moises Arias and Olivia Thirlby are also part of the cast.
Previous movies about the experiment include the German movie called ... The Experiment.

Lila & Eve     HD720p 29MB
Revenge thriller that tells the story of Lila (Viola Davis), a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son's murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez), who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son's slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son's killers. The two women soon embark on a violent pursuit of justice, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila's son. Directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline, Mr 3000).
Festival reviews range from pretty good, to only be consumed by playing various drinking games.

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