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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 22MB
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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June 13th, 2015

12:35 pm - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Rock the Kasbah, The Program, Zootopia, Jackie & Ryan
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2     HD720p 35MB   HD1080p 70MB
First 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).

Rock the Kasbah     HD720p 39MB
Comedy that tells the story of a rock manager (Bill Murray) with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, he befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl (Leem Lubany) with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Scott Caan are also part of the cast. Directed by Barry Levinson (Bandits, Wag the Dog, Rain Man).
Pleased to see Miss Lubany again.

The Program     HD720p 18MB
UK trailer for this drama that charts the thrilling rise of pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) through the '90s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his fellow American teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European sport of cycling. Winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, he retires as one of the great sporting heroes of our time, and worth millions of dollars. David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd), sports writer, is at first charmed by Lance's charisma and talent. Seven Tours later, and ostracised by the cycling community for speaking out, he believes the world is being sold a lie. A lone voice, it is several years before Lance is exposed. Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace and Dustin Hoffman are also part of the cast. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, The Grifters, Philomena).
As usual, when a story is still fresh and well known, and there's even a good documentary available about the topic, I'm sceptical regarding the necessity of a movie covering the topic. But if it helps to preserve the memory for future generations of what Armstrong has done then so be it. And the trailer looks good and with Frears the story is probably in good hands.

Zootopia     HD720p 34MB   HD1080p 91MB
Early teaser for another animated movie from Disney, to be in theatres next March. The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Has three directors that were involved in the making of Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled.
Teaser so far doesn't show much. But it's funny and since this isn't a sequel it has my attention.

Jackie & Ryan     HD720p 14MB
Low-key, romantical drama set in Ogden, Utah. A travelling musician (Ben Barnes) and a former singer (Katherine Heigl) at a crossroads in her marriage, meet by chance while he is busking on the street. There is a connection, but it's fleeting and they assume they’ll never see each other again. A sudden car accident propels them together in a relationship that may change each others lives forever. Clea DuVall and Sheryl Lee are also part of the cast. Directed by Ami Canaan Mann (Texas Killing Fields).
Not my kind of movie, but it can be noted that Heigl is trying to do something different.

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June 9th, 2015

11:35 am - The Martian, Macbeth, Mistress America, Z for Zachariah, Everest
The Martian     HD720p 59MB   HD1080p 116MB
First trailer for the latest sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus). 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.
Can't say I was too thrilled by Scott's recent movies. But maybe Damon will save him this time. Also, an amusing viral video that kicked off the promo campaign in which Watney introduces the crew and that shows that Norwegian Hennie will play a German astronaut eating German sausage. Ah well, since he is the least well known I'm sure he will face an early death anyway: HD720p 33MB.

Macbeth     HD720p 35MB
UK trailer for the latest adaptation of William Shakespeare's period tragedy that premiered last month in Cannes where in got very favourable reviews. It is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader (Michael Fassbender) brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland. Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth. David Thewlis, Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris and Paddy Considine are also part of the cast.
With the Weinsteins acquiring the US rights, an Oscar campaign seems assured.

Mistress America     HD720p 20MB
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).
Not always the case, but this actually looks like a funny comedy.

Z for Zachariah     HD720p 50MB
Drama set in a post-apocalyptic world in which a young woman (Margot Robbie) survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he's nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger (Chris Pine) enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.
Got mostly good reviews in Sundance.

Everest     US HD720p 49MB    UK HD720p 49MB
Disaster movie inspired by the events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. The movie recreates "the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival." Cast members include Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and John Hawkes. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, Jar City, 2 Guns).
A bit difficult to feel any sympathy for these guys. You can choose between the US and the UK trailer version.

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June 6th, 2015

11:49 am - Bridge of Spies, The Walk, 99 Homes, 10000 KM, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Bridge of Spies     HD720p 97MB
Dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events that tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. It also has Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as a CIA operative; Amy Ryan as James' wife; Sebastian Koch as a East German lawyer; and Alan Alda as a partner at Donovan's law firm. Directed by Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal), the Coen Brothers worked on the script.

The Walk     HD720p 51MB
Full trailer for this movie that tells the true story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan. Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale and Ben Schwartz are also part to of the cast. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight, Contact), still saying no to drugs motion capture.
They even made Gordon-Levitt speak in a fake French accent. So I recommend more than ever the thriller-like, Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire that tells the same story in a more authentic way.

99 Homes     HD720p 46MB
Timely thriller drama about a single father (Andrew Garfield) who is evicted from his home after he has fallen disastrously behind in his mortgage payments because employment opportunities were drying up as a result of the US economy's implosion. His only chance to win it back is to work for Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. It's a deal with the devil that may save his family home, but as he falls deeper into Carver's web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, Man Push Cart, Chop Shop).
Timely indeed, especially since we are currently all getting ready to get fucked again by various "trade" agreements.

10,000 KM     HD720p 20MB
Modern take on a relationship drama from Spain about a couple (Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer) living in Barcelona. They've decided to have a baby, but find their plans dashed when Alex receives an offer for an artistic residency in Los Angeles. Understanding this may be Alex's last chance to re-launch her photography career, the couple decides to put their plans on hold for a year. One year apart, with a continent between them, the two must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.
My apologies to fans of "The Magnetic Fields", but their song used in the trailer almost ruins it for me. But festival reviews indicate that the movie's not so bad and certainly makes better use of today's technology than all Hollywood films combined.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation     HD720p 148MB   HD1080p 157MB
Second full trailer for the fifth movie in the franchise. This time Ethan (Tom Cruise) and team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. New to the cast are Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Simon McBurney. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Way of the Gun).
If you already know that you want to see the movie you may want to consider skipping the trailer to avoid seeing too much footage. Though you will be missing out on some bonus Led Zeppelin.

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June 3rd, 2015

09:03 am - American Ultra, Suffragette, The Good Dinosaur, Cop Car, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Mad Max
American Ultra     HD720p 48MB
Redband trailer for this action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, he is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, he is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins and Tony Hale are also part of the cast.
A bit unlikely that the whole movie will be like that, but that is one very funny trailer.

Suffragette     HD720p 26MB
Historical drama inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote. It centres on Maud (Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realise that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realising that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women (Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Meryl Streep, Romola Garai) from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized - risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognised and respected. Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw are also part of the cast.
Reasonably sure this trailer has become available early on the AOL site by accident, so please don't be surprised if it disappears. Also reasonably sure we'll hear more about the movie during awards season.

The Good Dinosaur     HD720p 27MB   HD1080p 71MB
Short teaser that doesn't yet reveal much 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.
Thrilled to learn that there will be two original Pixar movies in a row before the sequels will take over again.

Cop Car     HD720p 40MB
Classic exploitation thriller in which a pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don't understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.
Festival reviews indicate that it is a good genre movie.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl     HD720p 21MB
UK trailer for this comedic drama that won a number of prizes in Sundance about an awkward, self-deprecating high school student (Thomas Mann) determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible. Avoiding social interactions like the plague, he spends most of his time remaking wacky versions of classic movies with his only friend. His well-meaning mother (Connie Britton) intervenes, forcing him to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who's been diagnosed with leukemia. Against his better judgment, he concedes. Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Jon Bernthal are also part of the cast.

Mad Max: Fury Road     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 111MB
Considering that the colour palette of the movie is one of its main attractions, it comes a bit of a surprise that maybe a black-and-white version of the movie will be included in the BluRay release. Here's a b/w version of one of the trailers.

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May 29th, 2015

11:39 am - Point Break, Pawn Sacrifice, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The End of the Tour, A Walk in the Woods
Point Break     HD720p 121MB   HD1080p 202MB
Remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller in which a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes. Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Delroy Lindo and James LeGros are also part of the cast.
Looks like one of those Red Bull commercials disguised as sports docs. I'm a little surprised this so far is set for a Christmas release in the US.

Pawn Sacrifice     HD720p 48MB
Drama that tells the story of American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) who squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) during the height of the Cold War in the summer of '72 in Reykjavik. The Soviet Chess School had long held a monopoly on the game, and Spassky was considered invincible - but if anyone was a contender, it was the phenomenon Fischer. He became the world's youngest chess grandmaster at fifteen; at twenty he won the US Championship. He lived only for chess, but his mastery would become overshadowed by his eccentricities and controversial outbursts. Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe and Robin Weigert are also part of the cast. Directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Love and Other Drugs).
Probably very entertaining, but the trailer looks a bit flashy. If you want to see a more factual account, try to find the very good documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl     HD720p 14MB
Comedic drama based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner that recounts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley), a San Francisco teenager growing up in the counterculture haze of the 1970s. Lonely and artistic, she chronicles her trials through expressive drawings and painfully honest missives confided to a tape recorder. One fateful evening alone with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård), Minnie is confronted with her burgeoning sexuality.
Looks nice and got very good reviews in Sundance and Berlin.

The End of the Tour     HD720p 47MB
Quiet drama that tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties - but it's never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).
Was mostly well received at festivals. But it seems difficult to bring across its appeal in the trailer.

A Walk in the Woods     HD720p 43MB
Comedic drama in which a celebrated travel writer (Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Emma Thompson), challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer. Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal are also part of the cast. Directed by Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You, Big Miracle, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
Intended to make you feel good.

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May 24th, 2015

11:16 am - Black Mass, Dope, Glass Chin, Cooties, The Wolfpack
Black Mass     HD720p 78MB   HD1080p 130MB
Another trailer for this crime drama set in 1970s South Boston, in which 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. Impressive 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).
Looks like it's also a (dark) comedy. And very stylish.

Dope     HD720p 34MB
Redband trailer for this comedic coming-of-age drama about Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things '90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, his crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin. Among the better known cast members are Zoë Kravitz, Tony Revolori and Kimberly Elise.
Very groovy.

Glass Chin     HD720p 15MB
Interesting looking indie noir. Boxer Bud Gordon (Corey Stoll) once had it all - a nice apartment, fame, public love and admiration. But after going down in the fifth round, he bowed out of the limelight. Now residing in a fixer-upper apartment in New Jersey with his girlfriend (Marin Ireland), he longs for his former Manhattan glory. In an effort to get back in the game, he makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur (Billy Crudup). But quick schemes rarely bring easy pay-offs and as the consequences of his business negotiations unfold, Bud has to make a choice between his integrity and his ambitions. Yul Vazquez, Michael Chernus and Katherine Waterston are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Noah Buschel (The Missing Person, Sparrows Dance).

Cooties     HD720p 42MB
Horror comedy in which a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies. So a group of misfit teachers (Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Nasim Pedrad among them) must band together to escape the playground carnage.
Movie already premiered in Sundance last year, so the distributor wasn't exactly rushing a release. So you may want to adjust your expectations. But it might still be of interest to teachers. And parents. Or people who don't like kids.

The Wolfpack     HD720p 25MB
Documentary about the six Angulo brothers who have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed The Wolfpack, they're all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home. All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes.
Doc created a lot of interest at festival screenings and was largely well received, probably also because of the movie angle. I don't really like docs that have kind of a "freak show" element and for me it so far raises mainly questions about the brothers' parents and how the doc was able to take place.

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May 22nd, 2015

11:29 am - Vacation, The Farewell Party, Knock Knock, Batkid Begins, Pan
Vacation     HD720p 124MB
Redband trailer for the attempted reboot of the "National Lampoon's vacation" franchise. Following in his father's footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America's "favorite family fun park," Walley World. Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Charlie Day, Michael Peña, Nick Kroll, Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall are also part of the cast, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will have guest appearances.
Looks all rather crude.

The Farewell Party - Mita Tova     HD720p 20MB
Compassionate but still rather dark comedic drama from Israel that tells the story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumours of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma.
We'll all get there eventually one way or another. Now in limited release in the US.

Knock Knock     HD720p 22MB
Remake of a 1970s horror thriller about a pair of femme fatales who wreak havoc on the life of a happily married man. Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, He doesn't even mind spending Father's Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there's a knock on the door. The two young women standing on his doorstep are where Evan's dream takes a nightmarish turn. Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. The bad news is, it's directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, Hostel 2). Though according to festival reviews it's not so bad if you like this kind of movie.
On a technical level, the sound in the trailer is badly mixed, you may want to turn down your sound before watching it.

Batkid Begins     HD720p 122MB
The world's a shitty place, so for a change, here's a documentary about the awesome events that took place in late 2013. The Make A Wish Foundation in San Francisco tried to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from Leukemia. It is his dream to become Batkid and save Gotham City. The film documents what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral.
Bring tissues. Julia Roberts is working on a feature film version of the story.

Pan     HD720p 124MB
Another trailer for this family movie that is "offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie". The action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny - to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Amanda Seyfried as Mary. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Hanna).
Delayed until October because it is probably just too awesome to be a summer blockbuster.

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May 20th, 2015

11:24 am - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Love At First Fight, We Are Your Friends, Eden, Minions
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials     HD720p 36MB
First 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.
I know it sounds like faint praise, but I found the first movie more interesting than similar recent franchises.

Love At First Fight - Les combattants     HD720p 25MB
Pleasantly weird looking comedic, romantic drama from France about a guy (Kevin Azaïs), facing an uncertain future and a dearth of choices in a small French coastal town, meets and falls for the apocalyptic-minded Madeleine (Adèle Haenel), who joins an army boot camp to learn military and survival skills to prepare for the upcoming environmental collapse. Intrigued and excited by her wild ideas, he signs up for the boot camp himself. They soon realize that the boot camp is harder than they’d imagined, but the experience nonetheless cements them together as the couple continue to explore their young love.
The two lead actors won Césars for Best Actress and Most Promising Actor for their performances.

We Are Your Friends     HD720p 145MB
Romantic drama set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski).
Ah, the beautiful people.

Eden     US HD720p 79MB    Intl HD720p 26MB
Coincidentally, there's a French movie that takes a more realistic approach towards the emergence of the electronic dance movement. It follows a teenager in the underground dance music scene of early-nineties Paris. Raves dominate, but he's drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago's garage house scene. He and a friend form a DJ duo called - with unfathomable layers of irony - Cheers. Two of their friends form a group with a similarly odd name: Daft Punk. These young artists plunge into the life, building their following one set at a time, dropping out of daytime society to form a community based on the high of the ceaseless beats and bass. Greta Gerwig, Golshifteh Farahani, Laura Smet and Arsinée Khanjian are among the better known names who have short appearances.
You can choose between the US and an international trailer version.

Minions     HD720p 64MB
Another full trailer for the Despicable Me spin-off. Ever since the dawn of time, the Minions have lived to serve the most despicable of masters. From T. Rex to Napoleon, the easily distracted tribe has helped the biggest and the baddest of villains. Now, join protective leader Kevin (voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin), teenage rebel Stuart (also voiced by Pierre Coffin) and lovable little Bob (voiced by you know who) on a global road trip where they’ll earn a shot to work for a new boss - the world's first female super-villain Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock) - and try to save all of Minionkind ... from annihilation. Further voices will be provided by Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney and Steve Coogan.
I was originally unsure if I could bear a whole movie with the Minions. But it looks just too funny.

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May 14th, 2015

11:44 am - Crimson Peak, The Tribe, The Intern, Straight Outta Compton, Jem and the Hologram
Crimson Peak     US HD720p 35MB    UK 720p 44MB
Full trailer for this gothic horror movie directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy). In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) is torn between love for her childhood friend (Tom Hiddleston) and the temptation of a mysterious outsider (Charlie Hunnam). Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds ... and remembers. Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman, Doug Jones and Jim Beaver are also part of the cast.
You can choose between the US and the UK trailer variations version.

The Tribe - Plemya     US HD720p 63MB    Intl HD720p 18MB
Interesting and unusual, albeit also violent, crime drama from Ukraine. It is utilising no spoken dialogue nor subtitles, it unfolds through non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors. Sergey arrives in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. He realises immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang's leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, his newfound clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery and prostitution. At first assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate - and one of the gang's escorts - triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events.
You can choose between the US and an international trailer variation.

The Intern     HD720p 120MB
Comedic drama about a 70-year-old widower (Robert De Niro) who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Nat Wolff are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want) which means you can picture the trailer without even watching it.
Two former Oscar winners!

Straight Outta Compton     HD720p 48MB
Full trailer for this drama set in the mid-1980s, when the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., the movie tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job).
Still looks very timely.

Jem and the Holograms     HD720p 48MB
Teenage movie produced by Hasbro. "As a small-town girl (Aubrey Peeples) catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. The four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice." Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald are also part of the cast. Directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D).
The discrepancy between the uniqueness hinted at in the official summary and the lack thereof in this carefully calibrated mainstream product is remarkable.

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May 8th, 2015

10:53 am - Youth, Ricki and the Flash, Magic Mike XXL, Absolutely Anything, The D Train
Youth     HD720p 25MB
Trailer from France for the latest movie written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Il divo, This Must Be the Place) that will take part in the official competition in Cannes later this month. It is a stylish drama with comedic elements about two old friends who are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred (Michael Caine), a composer and conductor, now retired, has no intention of returning to the musical career he has long abandoned, while Mick (Harvey Keitel), a director, still working, is rushing to finish the script for his last film. The two friends know that their time is running out and decide to face their future together. But unlike them, nobody seems to care about the passing time. Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano are also part of the cast.
Looks a bit like an English language sequel to Servillo's Oscar winner The Great Beauty. Though you won't necessarily get that impression from watching the trailer above. But have a look at the much different in tone trailer from Italy (also if you want to hear how Caine, Weisz and Keitel sound when dubbed into Italian): 720p 21MB.
An earlier teaser provides the strongest visual connection to The Great Beauty: HD720p 8MB.

Ricki and the Flash     HD720p 48MB
Musical drama with comedic elements about a guitar heroine (Meryl Streep) who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield plays a band member who's in love with her; and Kevin Kline portrays her long-suffering ex-husband. Sebastian Stan and Audra McDonald are also part of the cast. Directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married ), written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer's Body, Young Adult).
Never underestimate Streep, but looks a bit of a difficult sell. And since it is necessary to point it out these days, surprisingly, this is not based on a DC Comics character.

Magic Mike XXL     HD720p 106MB   HD1080p 166MB
Full trailer for the sequel, picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, we now find the remaining Kings of Tampa (among them, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello) likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. New cast additions are Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Elizabeth Banks. Steven Soderbergh doesn't return as director but he still found time to be director of photography and edit the movie. Instead it's directed by Gregory Jacobs, first assistant director of many of Soderbergh's movies.
Oh my. I feel so objectified.

Absolutely Anything     HD720p 25MB
Comedy that follows a disillusioned school teacher (Simon Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle), watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) to help him along the way. Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard, Rob Riggle and Joanna Lumely are also part of the cast. Also directed by Terry Jones (Life of Brian, Erik the Viking).
Sadly, the presence of the Monty Pythons and other British comedians is misleading, the humour seems mostly to be on the level of poop and dick jokes.

The D Train     HD720p 43MB
Comedy about a guy (Jack Black) who has never been the cool guy. That's about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who's now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission he travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit him. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.
I don't really know what to make of this. But it's apparently not that bad. And the story has an interesting twist.

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May 2nd, 2015

10:36 am - Legend, Irrational Man, Ted 2, Strangerland, The Last Witch Hunter
Legend     HD720p 30MB
Teaser from the UK 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).
Using some Spandau Ballet music in the trailer would've been amusing. Well, a little.

Irrational Man     HD720p 39MB
Trailer for the latest comedic drama written and directed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, Magic in the Moonlight, Scoop). It follows a depressed and disturbed philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who has just about reached the end of his rope. When he and one of his students (Emma Stone) come across a secret mystery challenge that rejuvenates his mind and senses as well as giving him a reason to live again. Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are also part of the cast.
It's getting increasingly difficult to keep Allen's movies apart. Movie will premiere Out of Competition at the end of the month in Cannes.

Ted 2     HD720p 55MB
Redband trailer for the sequel in which Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law. Mark Wahlberg will return, Amanda Seyfried plays lawyer Samantha Leslie Jackson. There will also be appearances by Morgan Freeman, Sam J. Jones and Liam Neeson. Again directed and co-written by Seth MacFarlane.
For better or worse, the humour is exactly as you do expect.

Strangerland     HD720p 15MB
Thriller drama from Australia, set in the desert town of Nathgari, in which the Parker family is thrown into crisis when Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) discover that their two teenage kids have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits the town. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search led by a local cop (Hugo Weaving). With temperatures rising, and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, the two find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the uncertainty of their children's fate.
Was well received in Sundance.

The Last Witch Hunter     HD720p 25MB
Teaser 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).
Will probably feature not as good acting as when he plays a tree.

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April 25th, 2015

11:32 am - Black Mass, The Visit, When Marnie Was There, Mr. Holmes, The Emperor's New Clothes
Black Mass     HD720p 107MB   HD1080p 172MB
First trailer for this crime drama set in 1970s South Boston, in which 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. Impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, David Harbour, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll and Pater Sarsgaard. Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
That's the same Bulger that Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed was sort of based on. You can also watch an interesting documentary about Bulger.

The Visit     HD720p 47MB
First trailer for the latest movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Happening, After Earth). He returns to his roots with the terrifying story (but also with comedic elements) of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.
It is co-produced by Shyamalan and some of the people who financed a lot of the cheap horror franchises in recent years, including the Paranormal Activity series, and this looks exactly like a combination of those two influences.

When Marnie Was There - Omoide no Mânî     HD720p 15MB
Animated movie from Japan in which, sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she's outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong—and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her "ordinary face". She never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend. The US version will feature the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly and Raini Rodriguez. While it is produced by Studio Ghibli, it is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who previously made The Secret World of Arrietty.
Also, a longer trailer from Japan where you can turn on subtitles.

Mr. Holmes     HD720p 22MB
Full trailer from the UK for this crime drama set in England in 1947. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), now 93 years old, lives in his Sussex country house. When he goes to the cinema and sees a film about himself, he mostly shakes his head. For much of what he is purported to have done in the heroic stories has simply been made up. Long since retired, he steers clear of people and dedicates himself chiefly to bee-keeping. The only people he suffers to be around him are housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney) and her small son Roger, whom Holmes is initiating into the secrets of apiculture. But sometimes his thoughts are beset by old cases. What really went on with the mysterious Ann Kelmot (Hattie Morahan), whom he shadowed at her husband's behest? Directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters).
Looks like a welcome change of pace compared to the recent incarnation of the character.

The Emperor's New Clothes     HD720p 38MB
Polemical documentary starring Russell Brand about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face. Starting with the genesis of today’s economic policies, with the arrival of Milton Friedman’s school of thought in Reagan’s leadership and Thatcher’s UK, the film explores how these policies have come to dominate the western world. The rich have got richer; where a CEO of a major British company used to earn 10 times the average wage of his workers, now they earn 200 times. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, Code 46, In This World).
Not sure if Brand is the right person to do this, but I'm highly sympathetic to the cause, so I wanted to share the trailer. Now in release in the UK.

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April 21st, 2015

05:19 pm - Fantastic Four, The Overnight, The Little Prince, Jurassic World, Aloft
Fantastic Four     HD720p 51MB   HD1080p 100MB
Second trailer for the "contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team" that seems to be targeted at the "young adult" portion of moviegoers. It centres on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Miles Teller plays Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara plays Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan plays Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Jamie Bell Ben Grimm/The Thing. Also part of the cast are Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).
Maybe the first Fantastic Four movie wasn't that bad. Did I say that out loud?

The Overnight     HD720p 19MB
Relationship comedy in which Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, have recently moved to Los Angeles's Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman, his wife played by Judith Godrèche) at the neighbourhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at his home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family "playdate" becomes increasingly more revealing as the couples begin to open up.
This looks like a lot of fun.

The Little Prince     HD720p 27MB
Animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic novel. It's about The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who's being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbour, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). He introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It's here that The Little Girl's magical and emotional journey into her own imagination begins. More voices will be provided by Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais and Albert Brooks. Directed by Mark Osborne Kung Fu Panda.
Movie will premiere Out of Competition next month in Cannes.

Jurassic World     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 94MB
Second full trailer for the reboot of the popular franchise that takes place twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park. Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. As far as I can tell, no one except for BD Wong of the original cast returns, instead there will be Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer and Vincent D'Onofrio. For easier international marketing, Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy are also part of the cast. Directed, surprisingly, by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed).

Aloft     HD650p 22MB
Spiritual drama about the mother (Jennifer Connelly) of a young boy named Ivan who desperately seeks treatment to cure her youngest son, who has a terminal illness. Ivan, often scolded for not supporting his brother, retreats to falconry. When she follows a healing guru, the Architect, and Ivan's falcon destroys his restorative tent of twigs, she discovers that she also has the healing touch. Encouraged by the Architect, she starts treating other people's children, ultimately leading to a devastating consequence. Flashing forward, Ivan (Cillian Murphy) has his own family and continues to raise falcons. When a French documentary filmmaker (Mélanie Laurent) comes to him with information about his mother's now ample following, Ivan decides to accompany the woman on a trek to the Arctic Circle to reunite with his mother.
As much as I like some of the actors, this isn't my kind of story.

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April 18th, 2015

11:52 am - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Learning to Drive, Tale of Tales, Dope, Closer to the Moon
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice     HD720p 43MB   HD1080p 84MB
First teaser 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 and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. If there's enough running time there might also be appearances by Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and possibly Ezra Miller and Jena Malone.
Edit: Official encodes: HD720p 90MB   HD1080p 155MB.

Learning to Drive     HD720p 26MB
Comedic drama about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's roadblocks. Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband (Jake Weber) has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she's never learned to drive. When she hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humour, and love in starting life anew. Directed by Isabel Coixet (Elegy, The Secret Life of Words, My Life Without Me).
Looks very "feel-good". Which doesn't have to be bad thing.

Tale of Tales - Il racconto dei racconti     HD720p 32MB
Trailer from France for a free interpretation of some of the tales collected in the 17th century by Italian Giambattista Basiley that provided the basis for many of the later fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. It is a fantastic journey through the baroque era, narrating the stories of three different kingdoms and their respective sovereigns. From the bitter quest of a jealous Queen (Salma Hayek) who forfeits the life of her husband (John C. Reilly), to the two mysterious sisters yearning for youth in order to provoke the passion of a King (Vincent Cassel), to a King obsessed with a giant Flea (Toby Jones) leading to heartbreak for his young daughter, these stories weave the beautiful with the grotesque. Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorra, Reality).
Movie will take part in the official competition next month in Cannes. The full line-up has been released this week.

Dope     HD720p 49MB
Comedic coming-of-age drama about Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things '90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, his crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin. Among the better known cast members are Zoë Kravitz, Tony Revolori and Kimberly Elise.
Movie was very well received in Sundance, though I can't say I really feel it from the trailer. Also, an earlier, groovy teaser: HD720p 13MB.

Closer to the Moon     HD720p 22MB
Comedic drama that tells the rather strange, but apparently true story of a group of high-ranking Jewish members (Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Christian McKay) of the Communist Party and former WWII resistance fighters, who, in 1959, staged what would be an impressive coup: they robbed Romania's National Bank, making it look like a film shoot. But that was only the beginning: once arrested and prosecuted, they were forced to reenact their parts in the heist for a propaganda movie.
Farmiga and Strong are always enjoyable, but I'm not sure if all the elements will come together here. Now in limited release in the US on various platform.

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April 17th, 2015

09:03 am - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Love & Mercy, Results, Manglehorn, Dirty Weekend
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens     HD720p 64MB   HD1080p 124MB
Second teaser for the franchise reboot, to be in theatres next Christmas. 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).
Alternative encodes in case the links above don't hold: HD720p 32MB   HD1080p 63MB.

Love & Mercy     HD720p 51MB
Drama about singer-songwriter Brian Wilson. Few musical acts are as widely beloved as the Beach Boys. Under the visionary leadership of Brian Wilson (Paul Dano, John Cusack), the California surf combo redefined the sound of American popular music in the 1960s. But their joyful harmonies and ingenious arrangements concealed Wilson's private struggle with addiction and mental illness, and by the early seventies he had descended into drug-fuelled isolation. The movie is an intimate rendering of his mercurial genius, illustrating both his musical mastery and the psychological pain it disguised. Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti are also part of the cast.
Was very well received at festivals.

Results     HD720p 20MB
Comedic relationship drama in which recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.
Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess), another director who once got labelled as "Mumblecore" and who is now able to make films with a more prominent cast with interesting results.

Manglehorn     HD720p 20MB
Trailer from France for this quiet drama about a reclusive small town locksmith (Al Pacino) who has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son (Chris Messina), taking misplaced pride in a former protégé (Harmony Korine) gone astray, and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted woman (Holly Hunter) from the local bank. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between remaining consumed by the past and embracing the present. Directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express).
Looks like Green, just as with Nicolas Cage in Joe, was able to quiet down Pacino considerably.

Dirty Weekend     HD720p 15MB
Trailer for the latest relationship drama written and directed by Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, In the Company of Men, Possession). During a layover in Albuquerque, work colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. Anxious and irritable, Les is drawn back into the city by past experiences he can’t forget (even if he doesn't really remember the particulars of his previous drunken adventure). Natalie, refusing to leave his side, follows along as her own secrets are slowly revealed, leaving her feeling both vulnerable and unbound.

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April 14th, 2015

11:15 am - Ant-Man, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Terminator Genisys, Survivor, Just Before I Go
Ant-Man     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 142MB
Full trailer for another comic book adaptation from Disney/Marvel. 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) screenplay credits now apparently go to Rudd and Adam McKay (The Other Guys, Anchorman, Step Brothers).
Another interesting test of the Marvel brand. It feels to me as if we are a step closer to super-hero comic book adaptations saturation. But maybe that's just wishful thinking.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl     HD720p 21MB
Very funny looking drama, especially considering its story, about an awkward, self-deprecating high school student (Thomas Mann) determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible. Avoiding social interactions like the plague, he spends most of his time remaking wacky versions of classic movies with his only friend. His well-meaning mother (Connie Britton) intervenes, forcing him to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who's been diagnosed with leukemia. Against his better judgment, he concedes. Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Jon Bernthal are also part of the cast.
Won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award this year in Sundance, and it's easy to see why.

Terminator Genisys     HD720p 35MB   HD1080p 157MB
Another full trailer for the reboot/relaunch/remake/whatever of this action franchise. The year is 2029. John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when Tech-Com spies reveal a new plot by Skynet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever. On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back through time to save his mother's (Emilia Clarke) life and ensure his own existence. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons are also part of the cast. Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World).
I still wonder if they will distribute maps at the box office.

Survivor     HD720p 40MB
Action thriller about a State Department employee (Milla Jovovich) newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. After being mysteriously framed for a terrorist bombing she must evade government capture and death by a ruthless assassin (Pierce Brosnan) in order to stop the real perpetrators' much deadlier plan. Dylan McDermott, Angela Basset, James D'Arcy and Robert Forster are also part of the cast. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, The Raven).
With a little luck, it will be entertaining.

Just Before I Go     HD720p 17MB
Dark comedy about a down-on-his-luck everyman (Seann Willian Scott) who has decided that what life has to offer isn't much. He gets motivated for the first (and the last) time to do himself in, but not before tying up a few loose ends back in his hometown. Enter a zany cast of characters (among them Olivia Thirlby, Garret Dillahunt, Rob Riggle, Kate Walsh, Missi Pyle) who quickly and inadvertently help him discover that he's not the only one who lives in a world that is not all sunshine and lollipops. Directed by Courteney Cox.

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