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June 25th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 24th, 2016

07:49 am - Iceland Smites

Match summary of Iceland against Austria.

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June 23rd, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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June 22nd, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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June 16th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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June 4th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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May 28th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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May 25th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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May 23rd, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 19th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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May 13th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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May 11th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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May 5th, 2016

11:07 am - Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Southside with You, Bad Moms, Cell, Me Before You
Hunt for the Wilderpeople     HD720p 48MB
Another very funny looking movie from New Zealand directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs Shark). Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

Southside with You     HD720p 51MB
Romantic walk-and-talk drama loosely based on the life of Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama. One Chicago afternoon in 1989, a Harvard Law summer associate (Parker Sawyers) finagled a tête-à-tête with an attorney (Tika Sumpter) from the prestigious corporate law firm where they both worked. His pretense was a friendly outing to a community organizer meeting. In her eyes, it was most certainly not a date. But as ice cream gives way to a stop at the Art Institute, and the community gathering conveniently becomes a chance for him to lecture brilliantly on activism, it's obvious to her that this cigarette-smoking smooth talker is desperately trying to woo her.
I am/was somewhat sceptical if it's a good idea to associate the story with such a prominent couple. But festival reviews are much better than I would've expected.

Bad Moms     HD720p 36MB
Redband trailer for this comedy in which Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with the PTA Queen (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who wrote The Hangover and directed 21 & Over.
It's nice that there are more women-centric comedies. But this looks even less funny than the usual dude-bro comedy. But maybe I just have the wrong gender.

Cell     HD720p 52MB
Sci-fi horror thriller based on a novel by Stephen King. At the Boston airport, Clay (John Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, he teams with a train driver (Samuel L. Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness. Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach are also part of the cast. Directed by Tod Williams (<i>Paranormal Activity 2</i>, <i>The Door in the Floor</i>).
For the King/Cusack/Jackson completionists.

Me Before You     HD720p 138MB
Second extended trailer for this romantic drama about a young woman (Emilia Clarke) who lives in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge: a job as caregiver and companion to a wealthy young banker (Sam Claflin) who became wheelchair bound in an accident, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis and Vanessa Kirby are also part of the cast.

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May 4th, 2016

11:30 am - Why We're Killing Gunther
Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Action Comedy 'Why We're Killing Gunther'.

The story focuses on a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world's greatest hitman who also happens to be an arrogant show-off, and decide to kill him. Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters as Gunther always appears one step ahead.

I'm somewhat worried that they are on to me. But it also sounds pretty cool.

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April 29th, 2016

11:24 am - Snowden, Tulip Fever, Captain Fantastic, Approaching the Unknown, X-Men: Apocalypse
Snowden     HD720p 35MB
Finally a trailer for the much delayed 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.
It is unfortunate that Snowden's personal life will be so much in focus when its the things he revealed that should be discussed. But it looks like as if the movie at least will also bring back into the spotlight the Big Brother tactics of the NSA. If you're interested in Snowden, and haven't done so already, have a look at the Oscar winning documentary Citizenfour. It is history making documented in real-time.

Tulip Fever     HD720p 22MB
Romantic drama set in 17th-century Amsterdam that follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander aka Lara Croft) who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne are also part of the cast. Directed Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The First Grader). Maybe also of note, screenplay adapted by Tom Stoppard.

Captain Fantastic     HD720p 37MB
Drama with comedic elements set deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, in which, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them. Frank Langella, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn are also part of the cast.
Festival reviews are mixed, but pretty much all agree that Mortensen gives another fine performance.

Approaching the Unknown     HD720p 19MB
Sci-fi drama in which an astronaut (Mark Strong) is on a one-way solo mission, taking humanity's first steps toward colonizing Mars. Although the entire world is watching him, he is completely alone in a dark and distant sea of stars. He rockets bravely through space facing insurmountable odds, but as the journey takes a toll on his life-sustaining systems, he is forced to make impossible choices that threaten his sanity, mission and very existence. Luke Wilson and Sanaa Lathan are also part of the cast.
Not sure what to make of it. It's an indie production, the story was apparently developed during a Sundance workshop. But it never screened at a festival despite its interesting cast. Trailer shows scenes that look similar to ones from a number of recent space movies. But given the usual lead time of a movie, I'm not sure if they are deliberate or accidental. So far I'm at least curious.

X-Men: Apocalypse     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 105MB
The third and final trailer for the latest instalment of the X-Men franchise, once again directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie). Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Many more actors return, new to the cast are Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Probably spoils the only surprise left that so far wasn't yet shown in previous trailers. So, as always, decide for yourself if you want to watch it. Also, a strange, but also amusing, promotional tie-in spot by a real estate broker: HD720p 17MB.

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April 24th, 2016

11:46 am - The Founder, The Infiltrator, Cafe Society, Independence Day: Resurgence, De Palma
The Founder     HD720p 102MB
Drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman, John Caroll Lynch), who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. Laura Dern, B.J. Novak and Linda Cardellini are also part of the cast. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Alamo, Saving Mr. Banks).
I didn't know Kroc was such a ... crook. I thought his main offence was making whole nations obese.

The Infiltrator     HD720p 39MB
Thriller based on a true story in which a federal agent (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman. Teamed with a impulsive and streetwise fellow agent (John Leguizamo) and a rookie agent posing as his fiancé (Diane Kruger), he befriends Escobar's top lieutenant (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, he risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money. Elena Anaya, Amy Ryan, Said Taghmaoui and Jason Isaacs are also part of the cast. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner).

Cafe Society     HD720p 29MB
Trailer from France for the latest romantic, comedic drama written and directed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man). A young man (Jesse Eisenberg) arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Ken Stott are also part of the cast.
Looks more stylish than usual. While being shown out of competition, it will be the opening film next month in Cannes.

Independence Day: Resurgence     HD720p 106MB   HD1080p 181MB
Second trailer for the first sequel to the blockbuster from 1996 which the studio intends to develop into a full franchise. It promises to deliver "global spectacle on an unimaginable scale". We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Will Smith's financial demands were apparently too steep, but many of the original cast members had enough spare time to return. Among them, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox. New to the cast are Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Again directed by Roland Emmerich (White House Down, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow).
The dialogue is toe-curlingly bad. Maybe they should consider offering screenings without dialogue.

De Palma     HD720p 15MB
Lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, by directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow who engage in a personal and candid discussion with Brian De Palma (The Untouchables, Dressed to Kill, Scarface) - based on a week-long interview - , exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field.
That should be very interesting.

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April 21st, 2016

11:42 am - Jason Bourne, The Girl on the Train, No Men Beyond this Point, The Neon Demon, Warcraft
Jason Bourne     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 92MB
Full trailer for the sequel that sees the return of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, Green Zone, Bloody Sunday) to the franchise. There isn't yet an official plot summary. Which is not a bad thing, but it means I can only list some names that are involved. Julia Stiles also returns, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones and Riz Ahmed are new additions to the cast.
Don't know if the links will hold, Apple encodes: HD720p 98MB   HD1080p 170MB.

The Girl on the Train     HD720p 92MB
Mystery thriller based on the novel by Paula Hawkins. Rachel (Emily Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple (Haley Bennett, Luke Evans) who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramírez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon are also part of the cast. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up).
Looks complicated.

No Men Beyond this Point     HD720p 21MB
Very funny looking mockumentary that imagines a world where, since 1953, women have been able to reproduce without men and they are no longer giving birth to male babies. Now, over 60 years later, this movie follows the youngest man still alive – 37 year-old Andrew Myers. Working as a housekeeper for a family of women, Andrew finds himself at the center of a battle to prevent men from going extinct.
Sadly, it won't have a much publicised, nationwide, theatrical release, but will be available on demand at the end of the month.

The Neon Demon     HD720p 15MB
Another trailer from Denmark for the latest movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson, Valhalla Rising) which is said to be a horror thriller. Summary so far reads: When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Keanu Reeves and Desmond Harrington are also part of the cast.
Hope it won't consist of nothing but style.

Warcraft     HD720p 36MB   HD1080p 70MB    TV HD720p 17MB
Second trailer and an extended TV spot for this fantasy action adventure based on the popular video game. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilisation faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonise another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. Cast members include Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell and Ruth Negga. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code).
I'm very curious how this will perform at the box office.

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April 20th, 2016

04:51 pm - The Magnificent Seven, The Birth of a Nation, Equals, Nine Lives, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
The Magnificent Seven     US HD720p 73MB    UK HD720p 30MB
Teaser 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.

The Birth of a Nation     HD720p 21MB
First trailer for this drama set against the antebellum South, the movie follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates and uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley are also part of the cast. It is also written and directed by Parker.
Movie won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award this year in Sundance. Worldwide distribution rights were sold for a record setting $17.5 million at the festival. It is widely expected that the movie will leave its mark during the next awards season.

Equals     Tlr HD720p 22MB    Tsr HD720p 57MB
Full trailer and an earlier (almost) music-only teaser for this romantic drama that takes place in a utopian society where violence and crime have been virtually eradicated - via the genetic elimination of human emotion. People like Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) live calm, uneventful, drone-like lives. The two work alongside each other in a large office, creating informational publications and exchanging the occasional pleasantry. Life is simple, until a rumour starts to circulate: a disease has broken out, one that causes people to manifest emotions. If discovered by the powers that be, the infected are sent away, never to return. Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil and Jacki Weaver are also part of the cast. Directed by Drake Doremus (Breathe In, Like Crazy, Douchebag).
Looks very stylish, Gattaca comes to mind, but things and characters also look a bit bland, in part due to the story.

Nine Lives     HD720p 51MB
Family comedy in which Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. But his workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Her 11th birthday is here, and she wants a cat. Tom hates cats but needs a gift. He finds a mystical pet store where the owner (Christopher Walken), presents him with a tomcat named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to his daughter's party, he has a terrible accident. When he wakes he discovers he is trapped in the body of the cat. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Wild Wild West, RV, Men in Black)..
It's a family movie, so I guess there's no need to complain about how stupid this looks. Better contemplate how Frank Underwood would debate Trump.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 93MB
Second trailer for the sequel of the franchise reboot. Summary says: The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat. That, combined with the fact that Michael Bay still produces, is probably all you need to know. Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner will return. New to the cast are Stephen Amell, who plays Casey Jones, and Laura Linney.

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April 15th, 2016

11:28 am - The Family Fang, The Neon Demon, Our Kind of Traitor, A Monster Calls, Suicide Squad
The Family Fang     HD720p 33MB
Comedic dysfunctional family drama in which adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett) - performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes - suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, the two investigate. Unsure whether it's foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover. Second directorial effort by Bateman (Bad Words).
Looks likable. It was mostly well-received at festivals.

The Neon Demon     HD720p 15MB
Trailer for the latest movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson, Valhalla Rising) which is said to be a horror thriller. Summary so far reads: When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Keanu Reeves and Desmond Harrington are also part of the cast.
Movie will take part in the official competition in Cannes. Its program was released yesterday.

Our Kind of Traitor     HD720p 96MB
US trailer for this thriller based on a novel by John le Carré. While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple (Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris) befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian (Stellan Skarsgård), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When he asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, the two get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and to an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent (Damian Lewis). Jeremy Northam and Mark Gatiss are also part of the cast.

A Monster Calls     Tsr1 HD720p 45MB    Tsr2 HD720p 18MB
Two teasers 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. As can clearly be heard in the teasers, Liam Neeson lends his voice to the monster, Sigourney Weaver plays the maternal grandmother. Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage).

Suicide Squad     HD720p 119MB   HD1080p 199MB
Third full trailer for another DC Comic adaptation. It's about a secret government agency run by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), named A.R.G.U.S that recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for shorter prison sentences. Among them Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Slipknot (Adam Beach) and The Joker (Jared Leto). Ben Affleck's Batman will also make an appearance. Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury, Harsh Times).
Shows pretty much exactly the same as the first two trailers, footage of a bunch of crazy and violent characters set to some familiar music.

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April 13th, 2016

11:06 am - Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Barbershop 3, The Invitation, Alice Through
Doctor Strange    HD720p 37MB   HD1080p 72MB
First trailer for the latest 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).
You've been inceptionised!
Edit: Apple encodes: HD720p 78MB   HD1080p 129MB.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     HD720p 105MB   HD1080p 170MB
First full 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.

Barbershop - The Next Cut     Tlr1 HD720p 104MB    Tlr2 HD720p 113MB
Two trailers for this sequel directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother, Soul Men, The Best Man). It's been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood. Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, JB Smoove, Lamorne Morris, Sean Patrick Thomas, Common and Nicki Minaj are also part of the cast.

The Invitation     HD720p 35MB
Very well-made thriller directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux, Jennifer's Body). The tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green) shows up to his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and new husband's (Michiel Huisman) dinner party. The pair's tragic past haunts an equally spooky present: Amid Eden's suspicious behaviour and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, the movie blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror. Emayatzy Corinealdi, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec are also part of the cast.
Movie is already in limited release n the US and available on demand. Also, an extensive article about Kusama and her struggle with the movie industry.

Alice Through the Looking Glass     HD720p 46MB   HD1080p 91MB
Another trailer for the sequel, this time directed by James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted). Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Anne Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Helena Bonham Carter and Matt Lucas also return, new to the cast are Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Andrew Scott, Toby Jones and Timothy Spall.

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