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December 10th, 2016


11:27 am - Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baywatch, Lady Macbeth, The Wall, Fifty Shades Darker
Spider-Man: Homecoming     HD720p 83MB   HD1080p 158MB
First trailer for the second Spider-Man reboot this decade, this time more aimed at the teenage crowd. A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, he returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Bokeem Woodbine and Michael Chernus are also part of the cast. Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car).
If you would like to mark your calendars, the sequel is set for a July 5, 2019 release. A slightly different international trailer: HD720p 25MB   HD1080p 50MB.

Baywatch     HD720p 31MB
First trailer for the big-screen adaptation based on the popular TV series. It follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Rob Huebel, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera and Hannibal Buress are also part of the cast. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are expected to make cameos. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses The King of Kong, Identity Thief).
Boobs and balls at the beach.

Lady Macbeth     HD720p 16MB
Gothic period drama based on a novel by Nikolai Leskov, adapted by theatre director William Oldroyd. Lady Katherine (Florence Pugh), a young misfit in the stifling social atmosphere of Victorian England. Locked in a marriage of convenience to a much older man, marooned on an estate amidst the northern heaths of County Durham, she strains against the social mores of the time. Lectured at by the local priest, tormented by a father-in-law (Christopher Fairbank) who expects her to provide an heir, she paces her constrictive world like a wild animal looking for escape. She soon finds an outlet for her passions in Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), a young groom who is one of her husband's many servants.
Trailer looks intense. Movie was very well received at festivals. Its politics still seem very relevant today.

The Wall     HD720p 42MB
Psychological thriller that follows two soldiers (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena) pinned down by an Iraqi sniper (Laith Nakli), with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship. Interestingly, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. & Mrs. Smith).
Like the intimate set-up, though the war context brings a lot of baggage.

Fifty Shades Darker     HD720p 37MB
Full 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).
Happy Valentine's Day!

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December 8th, 2016


11:14 am - Transformers: The Last Knight, The Circle, Your Name, Planetarium, Fist Fight
Transformers: The Last Knight     HD720p 35MB   HD1080p 69MB
First trailer for the thirteenth film in the series (I don't have all the facts to back it up. I suggest you self-investigate). It is once again directed by Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Pain & Gain, Vanilla Ice: I Love You). It so far says that the plot is unknown. Chances are that will still be the case after the movie comes out next June. Also part of the cast are Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Stanley Tucci, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro.
Always on the lookout for fresh meat, it looks like Bay this time will turn his probing camera on underage Isabela Moner.

The Circle     HD720p 28MB
First trailer for this sci-fi thriller based on a book by Dave Eggers. As she rises through the ranks of the world's largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae (Emma Watson) is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching. John Boyega, Patton Oswalt, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan and Glenne Headly are also part of the cast. Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed, The End of the Tour).
By now probably closer to being documentary than fiction.

Your Name - Kimi no na wa     HD720p 24MB
Trailer for an animated movie from Japan. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never visited. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?
The trailer isn't that convincing, but the movie is the second-biggest-grossing film in Japan (the leader is still Spirited Away) and has gotten very favourable reviews. An article about the movie and director Makoto Shinkai. Dubbed trailer version: YouTube.

Planetarium     HD720p 17MB
The setting is Paris in the 1930s, where two sisters, American spiritualists Laura (Natalie Portman) and Kate Barlow (Lily-Rose Depp), are winding up a world tour. Seemingly adept at communicating with the dead, the women are somewhat less experienced with the business of the living. Nevertheless, their astonishing exhibit of apparently supernatural powers piques the interest of a powerful French film producer, who retains their strange talents for his wildly ambitious new film project. The two are soon swept up in a scheme that, fusing art and the occult, portends a dark shadow soon to be cast over all of Europe.
Movie premiered in Venice where it wasn't particularly well received, many reviews critising its lack of focus. The French trailer: HD720p 22MB.

Fist Fight     HD720p 37MB
Full trailer for this 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.

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December 5th, 2016


11:58 am - The Mummy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Moonlight, The Comedian, Fences
The Mummy     HD720p 38MB   HD1080p 75MB
First trailer for the "spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization". Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
The charms of Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz will be replaced by Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance are also part of the cast. Directed by Alex Kurtzman who so far mostly has writing/producing credits with Roberto Orci for Transformers and Star Trek movies. So in combination with the trailer this shouldn't leave a lot of doubts what to expect.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2     HD720p 40MB   HD1080p 63MB
Second teaser trailer for the sequel featuring Baby Groot. The movie will be set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2 and continue the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Countless cast members return, among them Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Glenn Close. Cast additions are Elizabeth Debicki, Nathan Fillion and Tango & Cash aka Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. Again directed by James Gunn.

Moonlight     HD720p 37MB
Coming-of-age drama that tells the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. The three actors portraying Chiron at various stages are mostly newcomers. Supporting cast includes Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monae. Movie adaptation written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy).
Movie is already in release in the US and is currently winning indie and critics awards and nominations left and right.

The Comedian     HD720p 23MB
Drama about an aging comic icon (Robert De Niro) who has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets the daughter (Leslie Mann) of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences. Edie Falco, Charles Grodin and Billy Crystal are also part of the cast. Directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray, Proof of Life, An Officer and a Gentleman).
This doesn't really work.

Fences     HD720p 37MB
Second trailer for the movie adaptation of the play in which an African American father (Denzel Washington) struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby are also part of the cast. Washington also directed (Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters).
Washington and Davis also starred in the Broadway revival of the play a few years ago. They both won Tony awards for their performances. Festival reviews indicate that it will probably won't be a strong contender for Best Picture, but the two leads are pretty much in the running.

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November 27th, 2016


10:50 am - Silence, Jackie, Brimstone, Always Shine, The Last Face
Silence     HD720p 34MB   HD1080p 68MB
Drama based on a novel of historical fiction by Shusaku Endo. It is set in the 17th century as two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson) and to spread the gospel of Christianity, at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds are also part of the cast. Directed by Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation of Christ).
Very extensive article about Scorsese and the making of the movie. Highly interesting, but it also reveals many parts of the story.

Jackie     HD720p 36MB
Full trailer for the portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). The movie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well. There are conversations of Jackie with her children, her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), one of her aides (Greta Gerwig), journalist White (Billy Crudup), and a Catholic priest (John Hurt).
Won the Best Screenplay Award in Venice and reviews indicate that another Oscar nomination for Portman is likely.

Brimstone     HD720p 14MB
Trailer from the Netherlands for this violent revenge western, an epic of survival set in the searing wilds of the Badlands, the menacing inferno of the old American West. Midwife Liz (Dakota Fanning) has a quiet country life on a farm with her kind-hearted husband and children. One Sunday, a mysterious new reverend (Guy Pearce) gives his inaugural sermon, and Liz fills with terror; her past has come back to haunt her. Following the service, a local woman goes into labour on the church floor. Through no fault of her, the birth goes woefully wrong. When the woman's husband seeks revenge, the reverend comes to the rescue of Liz and her family - though he warns that punishment will soon befall her. Carice van Houten, Kit Harington and Carla Juri are also part of the cast.
Festival reviews indicate that is it indeed rather brutal.

Always Shine     HD720p 11MB
Psychological thriller in which two friends, both actresses (Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald), leave Los Angeles for Big Sur, embarking on a weekend getaway to reconnect. Once alone, however, the two women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments bubble to the surface, causing them to lose grasp not just of the true nature of their relationship, but also of their own identities.
If you enjoyed Queen of Earth, you may like this film too. Now in limited release in the US.

The Last Face     HD720p 16MB
Drama that centres around a love affair between a relief-aid doctor (Javier Bardem) and the director of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron). Set against the devastating backdrop of war-torn Liberia, the two must find a way to keep their relationship alive in extraordinarily difficult conditions battling their mutual passion for the value of life matched by the intensity of their diametrically opposed opinions on how best to solve the conflict that surrounds them. Jared Harris, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jean Reno are also part of the cast. Directed by Sean Penn (Into the Wild, The Pledge, The Crossing Guard).
Holds the unwelcome distinction of being the worst reviewed movie in Cannes in recent memory (reviews use words like preposterous, pretentious, pompous, ponderous, pointless a lot). If you want to see a movie about war in Africa, better look for Beasts of No Nation.

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November 19th, 2016


10:33 am - Beauty and the Beast, Kong: Skull Island, The Zookeeper's Wife, Live By Night, The 13th, Rogue One
Beauty and the Beast     HD720p 31MB   HD1080p 46MB
Full trailer for the live-action re-telling of Disney's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Sonoya Mizuno are also part of the cast. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey, Mr. Holmes).

Kong: Skull Island     HD720p 121MB   HD1080p 194MB
Another 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).
A bit difficult not to root for Kong.

The Zookeeper's Wife     HD720p 22MB
Drama based on true events set during World War II in 1939 Poland. Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, thw two are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. Directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country, The Vintner's Luck).

Live By Night     HD720p 96MB   HD1080p 159MB
Second trailer for this 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.

The 13th     YouTube   Twitter
Trailer from France for the documentary whose title refers to the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States". The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by this doc. With a mixture of archival footage and testimony from an array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Middle of Nowhere).
Doc should be available on Netflix.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story     JP HD720p 19MB
Trailer from Japan with a meaningful amount of new footage 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).

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November 14th, 2016


04:47 pm - Ghost in the Shell, Valerian City of Thousand Planets, Lego Batman Movie, Collateral Beauty, Wilson
Ghost in the Shell     HD720p 32MB   HD1080p 63MB
First trailer for the live-action adaptation of a classic Japanese comic book series that will try to prove that Hollywood can make Scarlett Johansson look like Rinko Kikuchi if they want to. It follows Major (Johansson), a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology. Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Rila Fukushima are also part of the cast. Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman).
Also what apparently will be the opening sequence of the movie: Opening HD720p 36MB.
For comparison, the opening in the classic animated movie of the story: Animated Opening.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets     HD720p 23MB   HD1080p 110MB
First trailer for this sci-fi action adventure directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy, Léon) based on a graphic novel. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), the two embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha's seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time - uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Now unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger. Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer and Mathieu Kassovitz are also part of the cast.
Gives me some Jupiter Ascending feelings.

The Lego Batman Movie     HD720p 111MB   HD1080p 185MB
Another full trailer 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".

Collateral Beauty     HD720p 36MB
Second trailer for this 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).
Still tries very hard to make the tears flow.

Wilson     HD720p 35MB
Redband trailer for this comedy based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World). It's about a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope (Woody Harrelson) who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Judy Greer, Margo Martindale and Cheryl Hines are also part of the cast. Directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins).
Doesn't look very funny.

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November 4th, 2016


11:33 am - Wonder Woman, La La Land, T2: Trainspotting, Office Christmas Party, 100 Streets
Wonder Woman     HD720p 119MB   HD1080p 200MB
Second 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).
Still seven months to go until the release. I fear that at this rate they will have shown the whole movie in the trailers.

La La Land     HD720p 25MB
The full trailer - now with dialogue snippets - 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.
Will, in all likelihood, receive a couple of Oscar nominations.

T2: Trainspotting     HD720p 22MB
UK Trailer for the sequel, once again directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, The Beach). Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Kelly Macdonald and Shirley Henderson will also return.
What can I say, choose life!

Office Christmas Party     HD720p 83MB
Second 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).

100 Streets     HD720p 11MB
UK trailer for this drama that follows the lives of a small cluster of Londoners, all dwelling within a single square mile of the capital. A philandering former rugby star (Idris Elba), spends his nights snorting coke and groping younger women, while his estranged wife (Gemma Arterton) juggles their two kids and her own rebound lover. A crooning cabbie (Charlie Creed-Miles) and his wife (Kierston Wareing) are trying to adopt, until a traffic incident sends their lives into freefall. Meanwhile, a reluctant drug dealer (Franz Drameh) decides to leave street life behind in order to pursue a career in the arts, after being inspired by a retired actor (Ken Stott).

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November 2nd, 2016


11:11 am - Life, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, 20th Century Women, Gifted, Rules Don't Apply
Life     US HD720p 69MB   US HD1080p 130MB    Intl HD720p 23MB
Sci-fi thriller that tells the story of the six-member crew (Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada) of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money, Child 44).
You can choose between the US and the longer international trailer.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage     HD720p 93MB   HD1080p 172MB
Full trailer for the third movie of the franchise. It sees the bald, double chinned, about 50 years old 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 of the cast. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia, I Am Number Four).
If the links don't hold: HD720p 37MB   HD1080p 73MB.

20th Century Women     HD720p 22MB
Full trailer for this comedic drama set in Santa Barbara in 1979, the film follows a determined single mother (Annette Bening) in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. She enlists the help of two younger women in his upbringing - via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in their home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour. Billy Crudup is also part of the cast. Written and directed by Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker).
Still looks nice.

Gifted     HD720p 20MB
Drama about a single man (Chris Evans) raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace). His plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of his formidable mother (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate the two. Octavia Spencer plays their landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man).

Rules Don't Apply     HD720p 28MB
Another trailer for this 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 Beatty (Dick Tracy, Bulworth, Reds).

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October 29th, 2016


11:38 am - Logan, Nocturnal Animals, Frank & Lola, Come and Find Me, The White King
Logan     HD720p 68MB   HD1080p 124MB
First trailer for the third movie focusing on Wolverine, again directed by James Mangold (Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). Set in the future, Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) must cope with the loss of the X-Men when a corporation lead by Nathaniel Essex is bent on destroying the world. With Logan's healing abilities slowly fading away and Xavier's Alzheimer's forcing him to forget Logan must defeat Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen), a female clone of Wolverine. Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle and Elizabeth Rodriguez are also part of the cast.
You can choose between the US and the UK trailer versions, which are ever so slightly different. The UK one contains a more violent scene, confirming that the movie will most likely have an R rating.

Nocturnal Animals     HD720p 21MB
Second trailer for this 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.

Frank & Lola     HD720p 15MB
A "psychosexual noir love story" set in Las Vegas and Paris about an up-and-coming chef, Frank (Michael Shannon), and an aspiring fashion designer, Lola (Imogen Poots), who cross paths at seminal periods in their respective lives. As a mysterious figure (Michael Nyqvist) from Lola's secret past resurfaces in the midst of their affair, Frank begins to question his trust in his own judgment and his loyalties to the woman he loves. Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and Emmanuelle Devos are also part of the cast.
Got pretty good festival reviews.

Come and Find Me     HD720p 16MB
Relationship mystery in which a man (Aaron Paul), after his girlfriend (Annabelle Wallis) goes missing, must track down her whereabouts after he realises she's not who she was pretending to be. Garret Dillahunt is also part of the cast. Written and directed by Zack Whedon, brother of Joss.
Saban Films distributes a lot of garbage, but this might be among the more interesting films.

The White King     HD720p 33MB
UK trailer for this coming-of-age drama set some time in the (dystopian) future, that focuses on a 12-year-old boy whose father is imprisoned by the secret police in the totalitarian state he calls home. He and his mother (Agyness Deyn) must survive a world of savage lies and abuse as they try to find out what exactly has happened to him. Will his grandfather (Jonathan Pryce) – who is considered a hero of the state – be able to break through the veil of propaganda which denies everyone the truth? Or is it truly hopeless to fight with the system? Olivia Williams, Greta Scacchi, Fiona Shaw and Clare-Hope Ashitey are also part of the cast.
Festival reviews are a bit mixed, but the cast may make it worth a look.

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October 20th, 2016


11:43 am - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, A Cure for Wellness, Assassin's Creed, Handmaiden, Into the Inferno
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2     HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 92MB
Early teaser for the sequel which helpfully informs us that there are two types of beings in the universe. The movie will be set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2 and continue the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Countless cast members return, among them Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Glenn Close. Cast additions are Elizabeth Debicki, Nathan Fillion and Tango & Cash aka Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. Again directed by James Gunn.
In case the links above don't hold: HD720p 31MB   HD1080p 82MB.

A Cure for Wellness     HD720p 76MB
Very stylish looking (horror) thriller in which an ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth and Celia Imrie are also part of the cast. Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mexican, Rango).
In case you are wondering, that's Hohenzollern Castle, actually located in the Swabian Alps, not far from, but not quite in Switzerland.

Assassin's Creed     HD720p 90MB   HD1080p 170MB
Full trailer for another movie adaptation of a highly successful video game franchise. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. He discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed are also part of the cast.
Surprisingly, directed by Justin Kurzel who directed Fassbender and Cotillard in the recent adaptation of Macbeth. Alternative links: HD720p 49MB   HD1080p 96MB.

The Handmaiden - Ah-ga-ssi     France HD720p 27MB
The previously posted US trailer for the latest movie directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker, Thirst) was very well made but only one minute long and kept the surprise tightly under wraps that in a two and half hours long movie from Korea there will be Korean dialogue. Limited US release starts this weekend, so here's a trailer from France which has no English subtitles, but still gives a good impression of the movie.
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until the two women discover some unexpected emotions.

Into the Inferno     HD720p 15MB
Trailer for the latest documentary from Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man). This time he teams up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to offer not only an in-depth exploration of volcanoes across the globe but also an examination of the belief systems that human beings have created around the fiery phenomena.
Available on Netflix starting October 28th. Trailer version with English title cards on YouTube.

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October 14th, 2016


11:25 am - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Little Sister, Operator, Dog Eat Dog, Resident Evil, Fantastic Beasts
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story     HD720p 86MB   HD1080p 159MB
Final 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).
Pleased to see that Mikkelsen really is in the movie. If the above links don't hold: HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 92MB.

Little Sister     HD720p 12MB
Comedic drama set in October, 2008. Young nun Colleen (Addison Timlin) is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, "Your brother is home". On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters. Her parents (Ally Sheedy, Peter Hedges) are happy enough to see her, but unease and awkwardness abounds. Her brother (Keith Poulson) is living as a recluse in the guesthouse since returning home from the Iraq war. During her visit, tensions rise and fall with a little help from Halloween, pot cupcakes, and GWAR. Directed by Zach Clark (White Reindeer).
Looks nice. Now in limited release and available on demand.

Operator     HD720p 16MB
Indie relationship drama with comedic elements in which an anxious programmer (Martin Starr) enlists the help of his empathetic wife (Mae Whitman) when given the task to create the perfect call center program. However, their relationship spirals out of control when he begins replacing her with an ideal computerised replica. Nat Faxon, Christine Lahti and Retta are also part of the cast.
The added layer of current technology trends could make this interesting.

Dog Eat Dog     HD720p 81MB
It's not easy to keep track of all of Nic Cage's movies, but here's another collaboration of him with Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Cat People, The Walker). And it's apparently better than most of Cage's recent output. Which arguably sets a very low bar.
It's a darkly comical (and brutal) crime caper in which three ex-cons (Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook) are hired by an eccentric mob boss (Schrader) to kidnap a baby for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the trio find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is literally a matter of life and death.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 93MB
Full trailer for what may or may not 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).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     Feat HD720p 74MB
Four minutes IMAX featurette that contains some new footage. But the reason I'm posting it is because I wanted to mention the bit of news that they are planning to make this into a series of five movies.

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October 12th, 2016


11:55 am - John Wick: Chapter 2, The Great Wall, Underworld: Blood Wars, Power Rangers, Army of One
John Wick: Chapter 2     HD720p 31MB   HD1080p 61MB
First trailer for the sequel in which legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, he travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers. Movie will re-unite Neo with Morpheus. Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane return. New to the cast, besides Laurence Fishburne, are Common and Ruby Rose. Once again directed by Chad Stahelski.
I don't think the makers did overthink it.

The Great Wall     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 92MB
Full trailer for this Chinese-American co-production directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Flower) in which Matt Damon saves China. When a mercenary warrior (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.
The dialogue will be great. I can see a double bill with Keanu Reeves' 47 Ronin.

Underworld: Blood Wars     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 84MB
Full 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.
IMDb trivia page mentions that there might a sixth movie in the works.

Power Rangers     HD720p 44MB
First trailer for the franchise reboot based on the "worldwide phenomenon" that follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers. Among the better known cast members are Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston. Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac).
In case you were unsure which Power Rangers this is based on, it is Saban's Power Rangers. And if I needed further confirmation that I am not the target group, the trailer informs me that I can unlock exclusive filters on the corresponding snapchat account.

Army of One     HD720p 19MB
Trailer for this comedy based on a true story just so know it actually exists. Gary Faulkner (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Russell Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, he travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA - and even God and Osama themselves. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, Denis O'Hare and Matthew Modine are also part of the cast. Directed by Larry Charles (The Dictator, Borat, Brüno)
It looks like it won't have a theatrical release, which seems about right.

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October 6th, 2016


04:52 pm - Jackie, Allied, Sleepless, Get Out, Patriots Day
Jackie     HD720p 33MB
Portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). The movie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well. There are conversations of Jackie with her children, her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), one of her aides (Greta Gerwig), journalist White (Billy Crudup), and a Catholic priest (John Hurt).
Won the Best Screenplay Award in Venice and reviews indicate that another Oscar nomination for Portman is likely.

Allied     HD720p 48MB
Full trailer for this thriller 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).
So, it seems Brad Pitt has decide whether or not to kill his wife.

Sleepless     HD720p 25MB
Action thriller in which an undercover Las Vegas police officer (Jamie Foxx) is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps his teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation (Michelle Monaghan) and bring the kidnappers to justice. Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, David Harbour, Tip 'T.I.' Harris and Scoot McNairy are also part of the cast. Directed by Swiss Baran bo Odar (The Silence, Who Am I).
If you don't want to wait until the movie comes out, try to track down the French movie Sleepless Night on which this is a remake of.

Get Out     HD720p 50MB
Horror thriller in which Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend (Allison Williams) have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating. So she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
The interesting thing is that it is written and directed by Jordan Peele from Key and Peele.

Patriots Day     HD720p 67MB
First patriotic trailer for this dramatic, patriotic thriller about the Boston Marathon bombing. In the aftermath of the attack a Police Sergeant (Mark Wahlberg) joins survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of a Special Agent (Kevin Bacon), a Police Commissioner (John Goodman), a Sergeant (J.K. Simmons) and a nurse (Michelle Monaghan) this chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history. Directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, The Kingdom, Lone Survivor).
They lost me at Peter Berg making a movie called "Patriots Day".

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October 3rd, 2016


11:34 am - Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Paterson, The 13th, The Odyssey, Bad Santa 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales     HD720p 39MB   HD1080p 103MB
First trailer for yet another sequel. Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea ... including him. His only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom return. New to the cast are Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, and, I suspect to even out the former appearance of a Rolling Stone, Paul McCartney. Directed by Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Max Manus, Bandidas).
The Captain isn't in the trailer, presumably still trying to sort out his many personal problems. But he is expected to be back by the movie's release next May.

Paterson     HD720p 30MB
Trailer for the latest drama written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Night on Earth, Only Lovers Left Alive) that quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson (Adam Driver) works as a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey — an ordinary working guy in a run-of-the-mill small city. His life is regulated clockwork: up around 6am, home by 6pm, walk the dog, drop by the local tavern, down a beer, chat with the bartender. His wife is a perfect match. Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is as even-handed and -tempered as her husband. But there's more to these characters' internal lives. Paterson is a poet and Laura a repressed artistic gadfly. Each day before driving the streets, he scrawls a poem in his notebook, and each evening she welcomes him home with a new and quirky surprise.
Was among the best received movies this year in Cannes.

The 13th     HD720p 22MB
Documentary whose title refers to the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States". The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by this doc. With a mixture of archival footage and testimony from an array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Middle of Nowhere).
Doc opened the New York Film Festival last week where it was very well received. It will be available on Netflix starting October 7th.

The Odyssey - L'Odyssée     HD720p 21MB
Biopic from France about the legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. In 1948, Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson), his wife (Audrey Tautou), and his two sons (Pierre Niney, Benjamin Lavernhe), live in paradise, in a beautiful house looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. But Cousteau dreams only adventure. Thanks to his invention, an autonomous diving suit that allows him to breathe underwater, he has discovered a new world. Henceforth, he will explore this world. And he's prepared to sacrifice everything to do so. Directed by Jérôme Salle (Largo Winch, Zulu, Anthony Zimmer).
A bit of an outrage the way Cousteau copies the look of Steve Zissou.

Bad Santa 2     HD720p 41MB
Second filthy 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).

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September 29th, 2016


11:30 am - Blue Jay, Fantastic Beasts, 20th Century Women, Fences, The Salesman
Blue Jay     HD720p 18MB
Very nice looking two-hander in black-and-white in which former high school sweethearts (Sarah Paulson, Mark Duplass who also wrote the script) reconnect after 20 years when they unexpectedly run into each other in their tiny California hometown. They spend the day together, sharing stories and rediscovering old feelings, as well as a big secret from their past.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     HD720p 127MB   HD1080p 197MB
In all likelihood the final 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.
Time period aside, it now looks like all the other special-effects heavy event movies. Like someone at the studio at one point ordered: Make it more like an Avengers movie!

20th Century Women     HD720p 69MB
Comedic drama set in Santa Barbara in 1979, the film follows a determined single mother (Annette Bening) in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. She enlists the help of two younger women in his upbringing - via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in their home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour. Billy Crudup is also part of the cast. Written and directed by Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker).
Looks nice.

Fences     HD720p 37MB
Movie adaptation of the play in which an African American father (Denzel Washington) struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby are also part of the cast. Washington also directed (Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters).
Washington and Davis also starred in the Broadway revival of the play a few years ago. They both won Tony awards for their performances. Judging by the trailer it still very much looks like a play.

The Salesman - Forushande     HD720p 13MB
Trailer for the latest suspenseful relationship movie written and directed by Iranian Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past). Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighbouring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the centre of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple's life.
Movie won the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor this year in Cannes.

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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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