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September 24th, 2016

11:51 am - Fist Fight, Hidden Figures, My Scientology Movie, Trespass Against Us, The Whole Truth
Fist Fight     HD720p 34MB
Comedy in which on the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague (Ice Cube), who challenges him to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire. Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks and Kumail Nanjiani are also part of the cast.
At least the trailer looks pretty funny. Though I find the habit of putting snippets of the trailer in front of the actual trailer annoying.

Hidden Figures     HD720p 30MB
Second trailer from Australia for the movie that tells the true story of three brilliant African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Kevin Costner are also part of the cast. Directed by Ted Melfi (St. Vincent).
While the general release will only be on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in January, there will be screenings in December to make the movie fulfil the necessary conditions to be eligible for awards.

My Scientology Movie     HD720p 13MB
Another documentary about the Church of Scientology. Inspired by the Church's use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organisation Louis Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Theroux.
If by now you haven't already reached the conclusion that Scientology looks a lot like an absurd, dangerous cult then I'm not sure if another documentary will change your mind. Though maybe using a more playful - but nevertheless still serious - approach may help. If you don't want to wait for the doc, I recommend tracking down Going Clear.

Trespass Against Us     HD720p 27MB
Crime drama with action scenes set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain's richest countryside. Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When Colby learns of Chad's dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into the archaic order that has bound the Cutler family for generations.
Despite its two lead actors it got mostly bad reviews in Toronto.

The Whole Truth     HD720p 26MB
Crime thriller in which defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend (Renée Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike (Gabriel Basso) out of prison. Charged with murdering his father (Jim Belushi), Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man his father really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) tries to dig deeper – and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.
To adjust your expectations, according to IMDb, the movie premiered in March in Japan, in June in Ireland and in August in Mexico and Turkey.

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September 21st, 2016

11:10 am - Passengers, Christine, The Alchemist Cookbook, After Love, Bastards
Passengers     HD720p 98MB   HD1080p 162MB
Sci-fi action adventure about two passengers (Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt) onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As the two try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction ... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up. Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia are also part of the cast. Directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Headhunters).
Looks interesting, though I suspect the trailer reveals far too much.

Christine     HD720p 19MB
Drama that tells the story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Christine (Rebecca Hall), always the smartest person in the room at her local Sarasota, Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine's diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love.
The previously mentioned dramatised version of the life of Florida newscaster Christine Chubbuck.

The Alchemist Cookbook     HD720p 12MB
As the trailer helpfully informs us, a hard to categorise movie, but let's call it a horror comedy. It's about a young outcast (Ty Hickson) who has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he's fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature's secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.
Apparently, there isn't much of a story, but the trailer makes it look very funny. Should be worth a shot for friends of somewhat absurdist movies.

After Love - L'économie du couple     HD720p 13MB
Relationship drama from France in which, after 15 years together, Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) are calling it quits, but until they can resolve the details of their separation agreement - most notably the division of their prize asset, the magazine-photo-worthy apartment they share with their young twin daughters - they're still living together. Marie is the breadwinner in the relationship, but it was her family's wealth, not her salary, that allowed the couple to purchase their stylish apartment. This is a fact that Boris, a contractor currently between jobs, never lets her forget, since it was his renovation work that added significant value to the property. As the two argue over everything the movie reveals the complexities of their relationship and the depth of the cracks in it.

Bastards     HD720p 120MB
R-rated comedy about two brothers (Owen Wilson, Ed Helms) whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know. J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Katt Williams and Ving Rhames are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of the cinematographer of the Hangover movies.
Looks embarrassing.

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September 16th, 2016

11:41 am - Nocturnal Animals, Miss Sloane, Fifty Shades Darker, Moana, The Age of Shadows
Nocturnal Animals     HD720p 19MB
Stylish psychological thriller directed by Tom Ford (A Single Man) that "explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption". Susan (Amy Adams) is a successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner who wants for very little, yet she finds her paradise troubled by the frequent absences of her second husband (Armie Hammer), due to his incessant travelling. She is rattled further when a manuscript arrives on her desk, written by her long-estranged first husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Alone, with her current husband away in New York, Susan opens the manuscript and is propelled into the fictional life of a teacher (also Gyllenhaal) whose drive to his summer house with his family is about to turn into a nightmare. Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Andrea Riseborough and Laura Linney are also part of the cast.
Intriguing, but also a bit complicated. In a good way, according to the many positive festival reviews. Though also a bit violent at times.

Miss Sloane     HD720p 13MB
Teaser for this thriller about a ruthless lobbyist (Jessica Chastain) who is notorious for her unparalleled talent and her desire to win at all costs, even when it puts her own career at risk. It pulls back the curtain on how Capitol Hill games are played and won as she faces off against the most influential powers in D.C. Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston and John Lithgow are also part of the cast. Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
Francis Underwood, meet the competition.

Fifty Shades Darker     HD720p 37MB
First trailer for the second movie based on the books by E.L. James. When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together. Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora and Max Martini also return. New cast additions are Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Tyler Hoechlin. Directed by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Confidence, Perfect Stranger).
I almost had forgotten that this series exists. But it looks like I'm the only one since apparently the trailer just overtook 'The Force Awakens' as the most watched one after the first 24 hours of its release. Happy Valentine's Day!

Moana     HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 138MB
Full trailer for the next movie from Disney Animation. It is about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog).
Lin-Manuel Miranda will apparently contribute to the soundtrack, giving him the chance to complete his awards collection.

The Age of Shadows - Mil-jeong     HD720p 13MB
Spy thriller set at the end of the 1920s during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang ho), a Korean working for the Japanese police, is tasked with exposing the Korean resistance's second-in-command, Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo). To gather intelligence on the group, Lee starts to hang out with Kim, who runs a photography studio as a cover for his underground activities. But after coming in close contact with the rebel fighters, some of whom were once his friends, Lee's mind is clouded by doubts about his dirty work for the occupying forces. His allegiances shift, his employers begin to suspect him, and now he is both hunter and hunted. Directed by Kim Jee-Woon (A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Good the Bad the Weird).
South Korea's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

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September 12th, 2016

12:58 pm - Free Fire, Live by Night, Gold, King of the Belgians, Voyage of Time
Free Fire     UK HD720p 15MB    US HD720p 32MB
Redband trailers for this comedic action thriller set in Boston in 1978 in which a woman (Academy Award Winner Brie Larson) has brokered a gun deal in an abandoned warehouse between IRA men (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and two gun dealers (Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer). The tension is thicker than the Irish brogues. But everything seems to be going smoothly - until shots are fired during the handover and pandemonium ensues. Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor and Babou Ceesay are also part of the cast. Directed by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, High-Rise, Kill List).
Looks like a lot of fun. If you were bored by the two hours in the recent Tarantino movies until the real action began, this one's for you. The two trailers are basically the same, the UK one is shorter which I consider a plus since it reveals less.

Live by Night     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 94MB
Crime drama set in the roaring '20s, when Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and he breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson and Chris Messina are also part of the cast. Also directed by Affleck (Argo, Gone Baby Gone, The Town), and adapted by him from a novel by Dennis Lehane.
Ticks off some of the awards boxes.

Gold     HD720p 47MB
Comedic drama that tells the epic tale of a modern day prospector (Matthew McConaughey) desperate for a lucky break, he teams up with a similarly eager geologist (Edgar Ramírez) and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. You may have guessed it, it is inspired by a true story. Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Kebbell and Corey Stoll are also part of the cast. Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana).
McConaughey in good form. Hearing Styx's "Renegade" is always welcome.

King of the Belgians     HD720p 22MB
Very funny looking mockumentary in which King Nicolas III of Belgium is a lonely soul who has the distinct feeling he's living the wrong life. He embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker, who has been commissioned by the Palace to shoot a documentary intended to polish the monarch's rather dull image. The news breaks that Wallonia, Belgium's southern half, has declared its independence. The King, bursting with purpose, must return home at once to save his kingdom. As they rally to depart, a solar storm strikes the earth causing communications to collapse and airspace to shut down. Which means he has to drive home through the Balkans.

Voyage of Time     Pitt HD720p 13MB    Blanchett HD720p 11MB
Documentary written and directed by Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The New World, The Thin Red Line) which he has been trying to finish for a couple of decades (he seems to have used some footage in The Tree of Life). It's an exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. Humming with the energy of nature itself, the film melds innovative special effects with awe-inspiring footage from around the globe and beyond, in search of what lasts, what endures, over time.
Apparently, there will be a 90 minutes version with a voiceover by Cate Blanchett, and a half as long IMAX version narrated by Brad Pitt. According to festival reviews, the visuals are truly stunning, though being able to watch it without any narration at all wouldn't be a bad thing either.

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September 8th, 2016

01:09 pm - Certain Women, Collateral Beauty, Mascots, Underworld: Blood Wars, Perfect Strangers
Certain Women     HD720p 18MB
Quiet drama based on three short stories that takes look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Laura Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Michelle Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Kristen Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves. James Le Gros and Jared Harris are also part of the cast. Directed by Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy, Night Moves).

Collateral Beauty     HD720p 48MB
Drama about a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith). When he experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way. Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris are also part of the cast. Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs, Marley & Me).
I prefer inspirational movies to be more subtle. Here I have difficulties to even make it to the end of the trailer.

Mascots     HD720p 18MB
After a whole decade, a trailer for a new comedy from Christopher Guest (Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind). This one takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy. Many of Guest's regulars return, among them Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban and Jennifer Coolidge, Chris O'Dowd also makes an appearance.
Movie will be shown in October on Netflix.

Underworld: Blood Wars     HD720p 36MB
Trailer for the fifth movie in the series, it follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. Lara Pulver and Tobias Menzies are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of Anna Foerster, who so far worked as a cinematographer and was responsible for special effects.
Fans will probably be pleased by the return of Beckinsale. For me the first movie is a guilty pleasure, the rest of the movies is mainly a blur. I wonder how many people can keep the various instalments apart. Set for an early January release, so studio expectations are minimal.

Perfect Strangers - Perfetti sconosciuti     HD720p 14MB
Comedic ensemble drama from Italy that poses the question: How well do we really know those close to us? During a dinner party, seven friends decide to play a dangerous game. Each attendee places their cell phone on the table and agrees to make all texts and calls public in an attempt to prove that they have nothing to hide. What at first seems like a playful distraction between friends quickly turns into something much more toxic as the messages begin to reveal how little they may know about the partners and acquaintances surrounding them.
While the set-up is obviously "suicidal", it is a very entertaining movie. It also provides a reminder of the endless potential for profiling and blackmailing for the secret services who collect such information as a living.

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September 1st, 2016

11:41 am - My Blind Brother, A United Kingdom, Miss Stevens, Kate Plays Christine, Lion, Team Thor
My Blind Brother     HD720p 23MB
Comedic drama about a guy named Bill (Nick Kroll) who has always lived in the shadow of his overachieving brother Robbie (Adam Scott), an arrogant athlete and local celebrity who happens to be blind. After years of thanklessly helping Robbie achieve one goal after another, Bill finally catches a break when he finds a connection with the charming Rose (Jenny Slate), who is dealing with her own crisis. But when Rose starts dating Robbie, Bill must decide if he can finally put his own happiness over his brother's and compete for the ultimate prize. Zoe Kazan is also part of the cast.

A United Kingdom     HD720p 17MB
Biopic set in London, 1947. Jazz lovers Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) meet at a Missionary Society dance. The evening is electric, perhaps in part because both know their attraction is fraught. She's an accomplished office worker, and white. He is a charming law student, and black. What he can't tell her at first is that he's also a prince, first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). But despite the obstacles, it's love. When the time comes for Seretse to return home to lead his people's independence movement, he impulsively proposes to Ruth. She accepts, but no one else does - not her family nor his. Neither does South Africa's government, which controls uranium Britain badly needs, and stands on the eve of making apartheid a national policy. Jack Davenport, Tom Felton and Laura Carmichael are also part of the cast. Directed by Amma Asante (Belle).

Miss Stevens     HD720p 13MB
Comedic drama about a young teacher (Lily Rabe), stuck at a crossroads in her personal life, who has to chaperone three of her students (Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal) on a weekend trip to a drama competition. Exploring the fine line between being a grown-up and being a kid, the film is about students becoming teachers and teachers coming to realise that the messiness of youth never really goes away.
Looks charming and low-key. Maybe even a little too low-key.

Kate Plays Christine     HD720p 25MB
Difficult to categorise "non-fiction thriller" that follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares for her next role playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide live on-air in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck's story, uncovering new clues and information, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her subject.
If you want to add another layer, Rebecca Hall plays the newscaster in a movie called Christine, which also premiered in Sundance, where it was equally well received, and that will have a US release next month. Kate Plays Christine is already in limited release in the US.

Lion     HD720p 17MB
Drama based on a true story in which five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham). Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he (Dev Patel) sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Rooney Mara is also part of the cast.
It could be that the Weinsteins may try to push this for awards, but judging just from the trailer I have some doubts that will work. But since nobody has seen it yet, it's hard to tell.

Team Thor     HD720p 35MB
Short, amusing mockumentary, used to promote the upcoming DVD release of Captain America: Civil War, about Thor and what he was doing during the recent pissing contest between Captain America and Iron Man.

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August 25th, 2016

11:35 am - Manchester by the Sea, Zoom, La La Land, Sully, A Quiet Passion
Manchester by the Sea      HD720p 31MB
Drama about a resident handyman (Casey Affleck) for a small apartment complex in a Boston suburb. He spends his days shovelling snow, fixing leaks, and doing his best to ignore the tenants' small talk. When he receives the news that his older brother (Kyle Chandler) has died of a congenital heart condition and that, to his unpleasant surprise, he's been appointed legal guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), he returns to his nearby seaside hometown, a place of both cherished and painful memories. Michelle Williams, Gretchen Mol and Matthew Broderick are also part of the cast. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret).
Was very well received in Sundance and is widely believed to garner a few award nominations later in the year.

Zoom     US HD720p 15MB    FR HD720p 26MB
Challenging looking comedic drama that consists of three seemingly separate but ultimately interlinked storylines about a cartoonist who draws a comic book about a filmmaker, who shoots a film about a novelist, who writes a book about a cartoonist. Emma (Alison Pill) is a comic-book artist who works by day in a factory that makes sex dolls, which is messing with her head. In an attempt to get herself closer to the plastic fantasy image that surrounds her, she makes a rash decision. Then she decides she wants to reverse that choice, but it's too late and too expensive to turn back. Fortunately, Michelle (Mariana Ximenes), the aspiring novelist writing Emma's story, gives her a way out. In turn, Emma controls the story of Edward (Gael García Bernal), the filmmaker at the centre of the comic book she's drawing. Tyler Labine and Jason Priestley are also part of the cast.
You can choose between the US and the French trailer version. The latter one showing scenes from all three stories.

La La Land     HD720p 14MB
After Ryan Gosling it is now Emma Stone's turn to sing in this second teaser trailer for this stylish, musical drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench). Set in modern-day Los Angeles, it tells the story of Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Sonoya Mizuno, Josh Pence and John Legend are also part of the cast.

Sully     HD720p 131MB   HD1080p 210MB
Second trailer for this drama based on the events that took place on January 15, 2009, the day the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney are also part of the cast. Directed by Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, American Sniper, Invictus).
Before you get to the trailer you have to make it through a minute of promo talk.

A Quiet Passion     HD720p 11MB
Biopic that tells the story of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, The House of Mirth).
Festival reviews from Berlin have a very wide range.

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August 17th, 2016

11:41 am - Hidden Figures, Arrival, Allied, War on Everyone, Unless
Hidden Figures     HD720p 58MB
Movie that tells the true story of three brilliant African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Kevin Costner are also part of the cast. Directed by Ted Melfi (St. Vincent).
Will scare the core Trump constituency to death. Only figuratively speaking. Unfortunately.

Arrival     US HD720p 46MB    Intl HD720p 24MB
As scheduled, the full trailer for this intriguing looking sci-fi thriller. When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg. Interestingly, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Sicario, Enemy).
You can choose between the US and a quite different international trailer version.

Allied     HD720p 19MB
Teaser for this war/action/romance/drama that tells the story of an intelligence officer (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Simon McBurney, August Diehl and Matthew Goode are also part of the cast. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight, The Walk), screenplay by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke, Dirty Pretty Things).
Not sure if there is any meaningful chemistry between Pitt and Cotillard.

War on Everyone     HD720p 33MB
Full trailer from the UK for this dark action comedy about two corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña) in the Deep South. The two of them screwing over people, ripping them off, blackmailing criminals, and then they eventually come across a villain (Theo James) who is more dangerous than they are... or is he? Tessa Thompson, Stephanie Sigman, Paul Reiser and Caleb Landry Jones are also part of the cast. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary).
Apparently not as great as McDonagh's first two movies, but still pretty funny.

Unless     HD720p 16MB
Drama based on the novel by Carol Shields about a Toronto writer (Catherine Keener) who struggles with her daughter's (Hannah Gross) decision to drop out of college and runaway ... only to discover her living on the street pan-handling and refusing to speak, with a cardboard sign reading GOODNESS around her neck. Hanna Schygulla and Matt Craven are also part of the cast.

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August 12th, 2016

11:08 am - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Complete Unknown, Sour Grapes, Skiptrace, Finding Altamira
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story     HD720p 85MB   HD1080p 145MB
Full trailer for the spin-off that takes place before the events of Episode IV. It tells the story of rogue band of resistance fighters who unite to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. Cast members include Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters).
I guess it's due to the story, but it looks a bit militaristic. In case the above links don't hold: HD720p 40MB   HD1080p 79MB.

Complete Unknown     HD720p 101MB
Quiet drama with an interesting premise. As Tom (Michael Shannon) celebrates his birthday with a group of close friends, he is startled to see a woman from his distant past at the party. Jenny (Rachel Weisz) - or Alice, as she now calls herself - first denies even knowing Tom, but as the evening progresses, she reveals a shocking secret. After disappearing from his life 20 years earlier, she began to reinvent herself every few years, taking on a new name, a new career and a new life each time. After giving Tom a glimpse of what life could be like if he lets go of the safety and security he has so carefully created, she asks him to make a choice that will change everything.
Kathy Bates, Danny Glover, Michael Chernus and Azita Ghanizada are also part of the cast. Directed by Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace).

Sour Grapes     HD720p 25MB
Highly entertaining looking documentary that plays like a thriller about one of the most impressive wine frauds in modern history. Central to the story is Rudy Kurniawan – part Catch Me If You Can, part Gatsby – and his flagrant hoodwinking of some of the wealthiest connoisseurs on the international wine scene, including billionaire Bill Koch. Known as "a rock star of wine tasting" by elite tasting group Twelve Angry Men, Kurniawan was selling so-called vintages into the millions of dollars until fourth-generation winemaker Laurent Ponsot smelled a rat.
I hope I'll get a chance to see it.

Skiptrace     HD720p 33MB
Action, buddy comedy directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hercules: The Legend Begins). For years, by-the-book Hong Kong detective Benny Chan (Jackie Chan) has tried to avenge his partner's murder at the hands of a drug lord. When Benny learns that a freewheeling American gambler (Johnny Knoxville) has the evidence he needs, he teams with him to get justice. Fan Bingbing, Eric Tsang, Winston Chao and Eve Torres are also part of the cast.
I feel the need to mention that Chan is now 62.

Finding Altamira     HD720p 15MB
Period drama based on true events set in 19th century Spain. An archaeologist (Antonio Banderas) and his daughter investigate a local cave called Altamira and discover ancient paintings of oxen and various examples of human life. His wife (Golshifteh Farahani) doesn't believe in the legitimacy of the drawings until they draw international acclaim from numerous archaeologists from around the globe. The paintings spark outrage against the family because for the first time, archaeological evidence directly contradicts the historical teachings of the Catholic Church, and launch a debate that would ultimately change the world but cost the family everything. Rupert Everett, Pierre Niney, Henry Goodman and Clément Sibony are also part of the cast. Directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Revolution), his first movie after 25 years.
I suspect the movie won't be a big hit among the "Creationists".

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August 10th, 2016

11:36 am - Dunkirk, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Arrival, Bad Santa 2, Snowden
Dunkirk     HD720p 44MB   HD1080p 76MB
Early announcement teaser for the latest movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar, Inception). There isn't yet an official summary, but it is a war movie set during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 during World War II, when allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France were surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle. Cast members include Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, James D'Arcy and Barry Keoghan.
Teaser doesn't reveal much, but, unsurprisingly, it looks like the movie will once again be pretty epic in scale. To be in theatres next July.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter     US HD720p 94MB    Intl HD720p 22MB
From the franchises that refuse to die department, two trailer for what allegedly will be the sixth and final movie of the series based on video games. Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken and Iain Glen are also part of the cast. Again written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator, Pompeii).
You can choose between the US and a slightly more coherent international trailer version.

Arrival     HD720p 10MB
Teaser for this intriguing looking sci-fi thriller. When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg. Interestingly, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Sicario, Enemy).
Full trailer to follow next week.

Bad Santa 2     HD720p 39MB
Redband trailer for the sequel in which, fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up once again with his angry little sidekick (Tony Cox) to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is "the kid" - chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine, who brings out Willie's sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie's horror story of a mother (Kathy Bates). Christina Hendricks and Octavia Spencer are also part of the cast. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Mr. Popper's Penguins).
Since this one probably will just be meaner and more vulgar, why not just again watch the first movie.

Snowden     HD720p 97MB
Second trailer for the thriller directed Oliver Stone (JFK, World Trade Center, Natural Born Killers) about Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. Also part of the cast are Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage.
I still think it is unfortunate that Snowden's personal life will be so much in focus when its the things he revealed that should be discussed. If you're interested in Snowden, and haven't done so already, I still recommend having a look at the Oscar winning documentary Citizenfour. It is history making documented in real-time.

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August 4th, 2016

11:27 am - Up For Love, Masterminds, London Road, Hacksaw Ridge, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, xXx 3
Up For Love - Un homme à la hauteur     HD720p 28MB
Romantic comedy from France, a remake of an Argentinian movie. Diane (Virginie Efira) is brilliant, beautiful, witty, and a formidable lawyer. She's just put an end to a toxic, unhappy marriage and is finally considering the idea of meeting someone new. A series of fateful events lead her to receive a phone call from the mysterious Alexandre (Jean Dujardin), who has found her lost mobile. Courteous, funny, and effortlessly charming, he soon wins Diane over, and before she knows it, she's agreed to a date. But their first meeting is not quite what either of them expected. Directed by Laurent Tirard (Molière, Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia).
The obvious question is of course why not let a shorter person play the lead instead of using digital effects on Dujardin. But it is difficult to resist Dujardin's charme.

Masterminds     HD720p 92MB
A new 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, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are also part of the cast. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos).
If your producing movie studio goes bankrupt, causing the delay of the release for more than a year, it gives you the chance to make a new trailer. And the opportunity to adjust your title cards to mention that it stars not just Wiig, but also has (probably small) roles for two more of the recent Ghostbusters. I wonder if they even re-cut the movie.

London Road     HD720p 30MB
Musical from the UK based on the stage production that documents the events that shook Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and curb-crawling on their street. The film follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events, and is based on interviews conducted with the road's real residents. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score. Cast includes Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy and many members of the original National Theatre stage cast.

Hacksaw Ridge     HD720p 46MB
Patriotic war movie that tells the story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Richard Roxburgh, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Rachel Griffiths and Hugo Weaving are also part of the cast. Directed by Mel Gibson (Apocalypto, The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart).
Difficult to say what I dislike more, Gibson's religious or his "patriotic" movies. Film will premiere out of competition in Venice. The full festival line-up.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years     HD720p 33MB
Documentary focused on The Beatles' touring years, from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg in the early ’60s to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966. It is said to contain some never before seen footage. Directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Rush).
It's all a bit confusing, but at least part of the doc will premiere in the US on Hulu mid-September.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage     HD720p 21MB
For the release of the recent trailer for the sequel the studio made almost a dozen 10 second teasers. Someone put them all together into one clip and I find the result quite amusing.

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July 29th, 2016

11:53 am - The Great Wall, The Accountant, Split, Ithaca, Sausage Party
The Great Wall     HD720p 29MB   HD1080p 47MB
Teaser trailer for this Chinese-American co-production directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Flower). When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe are also part of the cast.
With the growing importance of the Chinese market for Hollywood - in terms of audience as well as financing - Western audiences probably have to get used to such high-profile mash-ups.

The Accountant     HD720p 117MB   HD1080p 195MB
Full trailer for crime thriller. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organisations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, he takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as he uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow are also part of the cast. Directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory, Miracle).
I was already sold by the first trailer.

Split     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 90MB
Horror thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Visit, After Earth) that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Set for a January release.

Ithaca     HD720p 78MB
Family drama that marks the directorial debut of Meg Ryan. When his older brother leaves to fight in the Second World War, fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley (Alex Neustaedter) takes on a job as a bicycle telegraph messenger to provide for his widowed mother (Meg Ryan), his older sister and his younger brother. He delivers messages of love, hope, pain and death to the good people of Ithaca, but soon must grapple with a message that will change him forever. Sam Shepard, Tom Hanks and Hamish Linklater are alo part of the cast.
Festival reviews mostly weren't very kind.

Sausage Party     HD720p 29MB
Another redband trailer for this raunchy animated comedy about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Voices will be provided by Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.
It is kind of funny.

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July 27th, 2016

11:48 am - Office Christmas Party, King Arthur Legend of Sword, Fantastic Beasts, Hands of Stone, Suicide Squad
Office Christmas Party     HD720p 33MB
First trailer for this Hangover-esque Christmas comedy. When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s (T.J. Miller) branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client (Courtney B. Vance) and close a sale that will save their jobs. Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Rob Corddry are also prt of the cast. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory, The Switch).
Among the sillier plot summaries I've ever read, but that doesn't mean it may not be funny.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword     HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 101MB
Another desperate studio attempt to recycle a familiar character. When the child Arthur’s (Charlie Hunnam) father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Eric Bana, Katie McGrath and David Beckham are also part of the cast. Directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch., Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla) who we are assured "brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure". Which I think includes a mandatory topless wrestling scene.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 93MB
Comic-Con trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the book from J.K. Rowling. It opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident ... were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of his fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell are also part of the cast. Directed by Rowling's favourite, David Yates, who was responsible for the last four Harry Potter movies.

Hands of Stone     HD720p 22MB
Another inspirational boxing movie, this time one that follows the life of Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramírez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more). Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin, Rubén Blades, John Turturro, Ana de Armas and Reg E. Cathey are also part of the cast.

Suicide Squad     HD720p 48MB
For the completionists, I'm sure it contains some new footage, another extended trailer for the upcoming comic book adaptation starring Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Margot Robbie.

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July 26th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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July 24th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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July 19th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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July 15th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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July 13th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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July 7th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2nd, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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