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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 27MB
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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April 11th, 2016

07:23 pm - Day 8: La Défense
The sky on the last day was very cloudy. But since the train home only departed early afternoon, I still wanted to make good use of the morning and took the Metro to La Défense, the business district a few kilometres to the west of the centre of Paris.
Naturally, the entry will mainly be about skyscrapers. Here we have the Tour T1, also known as Tour GDF Suez, the French electric utility company.

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April 8th, 2016

11:53 am - Rogue One, The BFG, David Brent, Blood Father, The Daughter
Rogue One - A Star Wars Story     HD720p 63MB   HD1080p 109MB
This will probably become an annual event for the next decade or two, a first teaser trailer for a movie taking place at some place and some time in the Star Wars universe. A decidedly female universe. This one is a spin-off that takes place before Episode IV. It's about a 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).
If the downloadable links to the Apple encodes don't hold, the Disney files: HD720p 36MB   HD1080p 96MB.

The BFG     HD720p 51MB   HD1080p 136MB
First full(er) 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.

David Brent: Life on the Road     HD720p 27MB
UK teaser 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.
The "joke" in the teaser really seems to never end.

Blood Father     HD720p 17MB
Trailer from Australia for this French produced action thriller about a 18-year-old (Erin Moriarty) who goes on the run After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash. Now she has only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad (Mel Gibson) who's been a drunk, a drug addict, a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing. Elisabeth Röhm, William H. Macy, Diego Luna, Thomas Mann and Michael Parks are also part of the cast. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet (Assault on Precinct 13, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1).

The Daughter     HD720p 13MB
Another trailer from Canada for this family drama from Australia loosely based on Henrik Ibsen's "The Wild Duck". In the last days of a dying logging town Christian (Paul Schneider) returns to his family home after a fifteen-year absence for his father Henry's (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to the much younger Anna (Anna Torv). While home, he reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry's timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver's wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter (Odessa Young) and father (Sam Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver's family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

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April 5th, 2016

11:27 am - Swiss Army Man, The Lego Batman Movie, War Dogs, Special Correspondents, Last Days in the Desert
Swiss Army Man     HD720p 27MB
Absurdist, comedic drama in which a young man named Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. The two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) of his dreams.
Looks very original and inventive. And will surely always be remembered as the film in which Radcliffe plays an all-purpose, farting corpse.

The Lego Batman Movie     HD720p 85MB
A second funny teaser for the animated spin-off to be in theatres next February. In this one Batman (Will Arnett) gets into an argument with Alfred (Ralph Fiennes).

War Dogs     HD720p 106MB
Comedy inspired by a true story, of course, that follows two friends (Jonah Hill, Miles Teller) in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Directed by Todd Phillips ( The Hangover, Due Date, Old School).
Well, let's see if this attempt to make a Hollywood comedy about the wars in the Middle East will become a financial success.

Special Correspondents     HD720p 23MB
Comedy about a struggling New York based radio journalist (Eric Bana) whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. Ricky Gervais, Vera Farmiga, America Ferrera, Kelly Macdonald, Benjamin Bratt and Kevin Pollak are also part of the cast. It is also written and directed by Ricky Gervais.
Movie will be available on Netflix at the end of April.

Last Days in the Desert    HD720p 75MB
Drama that follows Jesus (Ewan McGregor) in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil (also played by McGregor) over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts. Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer and Tye Sheridan are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Rodrigo García (Albert Nobbs, Nine Lives, Passengers). Cinematography by hat-trick Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki.
Religious background notwithstanding, it may be worth a look.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2     Feat HD720p 38MB
Three minutes of Chris Pratt goofing around on the set of the sequel.

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March 26th, 2016

11:09 am - Paris 2015 Day 7: Place de la Concorde and Tuileries
Au Printemps, which means spring, one of Paris' grand magasin, big department store. I don't think it's on the same scale as London's Harrods, but it is still quite impressive. What it has in common with Harrods is that both houses are owned by Qatar. I fear one day they will even buy a Football World Cup.

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March 25th, 2016

11:02 am - Lego Batman Movie, Love & Friendship, Bridget Jones's Baby, Deepwater Horizon, Huntsman Winter's War
The Lego Batman Movie     HD720p 87MB
Early teaser for this animated spin-off to be in theatres next February. In the irreverent spirit of fun of the "The LEGO Movie", the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure: “The LEGO® Batman Movie.” But 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. Further voices will be provided by Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.
Looks like so much more fun than that other movie released in theatres around the world this weekend.

Love & Friendship     HD720p 19MB
Witty costume drama based on the novella "Lady Susan" from Jane Austen. Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, the movie focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica - and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations. Stephen Fry makes an appearance. Written and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Damsels in Distress, The Last Days of Disco).

Bridget Jones's Baby     HD720p 43MB
First trailer for the third movie in the series, again directed by Sharon Maguire who was responsible for the first one. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones's (Renée Zellweger) "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. Then her love life takes a turn and she meets a dashing American (Patrick Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch ... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie also return. Hugh Grant will not. Emma Thompson will make an appearance.
I already deny the existence of a second movie, and I fear this one will meet the same fate.

Deepwater Horizon     HD720p 42MB
Action drama inspired by the events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The film chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. Cast members include Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Ethan Suplee. Directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, The Kingdom, Lone Survivor).
Berg directing is reason enough to pass.

The Huntsman Winter's War     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 94MB
Third trailer for this action-adventure prequel that reveals how the fates of The Huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Long before the evil Queen was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya's ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen - including Eric and warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) - only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan who so far has been responsible for visual effects. Which tells us where again the emphasis will be.

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March 23rd, 2016

11:03 am - The Nice Guys, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Legend of Tarzan, Genius, The Sea of Trees
The Nice Guys     HD720p 115MB
Second 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.
Interestingly, trailer consists of pretty much entirely new footage.

X-Men: Apocalypse     HD720p 43MB   HD1080p 84MB
Second 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.

The Legend of Tarzan     HD720p 110MB   HD1080p 186MB
Second trailer for another movie based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent are also part of the cast. Directed by David Yates who spent the last decade making Harry Potter movies.

Genius     HD720p 15MB
Drama set in New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins (Colin Firth), literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce). When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) falls into his hands, Perkins is convinced he has discovered a literary genius. Together the two men set out to work on a version for publication and a seemingly endless struggle over every single phrase ensues. During this process, Perkins the gentle family man and Wolfe the eccentric author become close – a relationship eyed with suspicion by their wives (Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney).
Apparently, not as good as it should be considering its cast. But it sure gives them an opportunity to practise accents.

The Sea of Trees     HD720p 23MB
Trailer from France for this drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Restless). It's love and loss that leads a man (Matthew McConaughey), across the world to Japan’s Aokigahara, a mysterious dense forest known as The Sea of Trees lapping the foothills of Japan’s Mount Fuji – a place where people go to contemplate life and death. He enters the depths of the forest and loses himself beyond the guiding ribbons threaded through the trees by many before him. Having found the perfect place to die, he encounters a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who also appears to have lost his way. Unable to leave him behind, he invests all of his remaining energy into saving Takumi and returning him to safety. Naomi Watts is also part of the cast.
Despite the people involved, reviews from Cannes have been almost universally bad. The trailer also makes it look like as if the movies is centred on McConaughey and Watts.

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March 19th, 2016

10:11 am - Paris 2015 Day 7: Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur
The last full day in Paris began with a visit of Montmartre, the hill on the northern side of the city. To get there we took the Metro and exited at the Abbesses station. You can leave the station by climbing a spiral staircase. Which, as a very pleasant surprise, turned out to be newly renovated. Not long ago the the walls looked like this.

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March 17th, 2016

10:59 am - Ben-Hur, Now You See Me 2, The Lobster, Central Intelligence, Too Late
Ben-Hur     HD720p 48MB
Full trailer for another take on Lew Wallace's novel, the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, he returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbæk, Rodrigo Santoro and Ayelet Zurer are also part of the cast. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so you know where the emphasis of the movie will be.
Call it a hunch. But I have a feeling this one won't have a similar lasting effect as the two previous movies.

Now You See Me 2     HD720p 44MB
Full trailer for the sequel in which The Four Horsemen [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman also return. New to the cast are Jay Chou and Sanaa Lathan. Directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Jem and the Holograms).
What bugs me is when all those alleged magic tricks get overwhelmed by flashy CGI. Also, an earlier teaser: HD720p 22MB.

The Lobster     HD720p 27MB
US trailer for the latest amusing, absurdist movie from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps). It's an unconventional love story set in the very near future, where society demands that we live as couples. Single people are rounded up and sent to a seaside compound - part resort and part minimum-security prison - where they are given a finite number of days to find a match. If they don’t succeed, they will be “altered” and turned into animals. The recently divorced David (Colin Farrell) arrives at The Hotel with his brother, now a dog; in the event of failure, he has chosen to become a lobster because they live so long. When David falls in love, he's up against a new set of rules established by another, rebellious order: for romantics, there's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Ariane Labed and Ashley Jensen are also part of the cast.
Love this satire about society's pressure of getting married and have kids.

Central Intelligence     HD720p 122MB
Second trailer for this action buddy comedy that follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former "big man on campus" (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realises what he's getting into, it's too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count. Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and Danielle Nicolet are also part of the cast. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh).
Johnson is pretty funny.

Too Late     HD720p 17MB
Noir thriller drama in which a private investigator (John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down a missing woman in Los Angeles from his own past, crossing paths with eccentric personalities and lost souls while he works the case. Though he is looking for a lost woman, he's also trying to find himself. Dichen Lachman, Joanna Cassidy, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Vail Bloom and Crystal Reed are also part of the cast.
The plot is fairly standard for the genre, and the movie apparently isn't entirely successful. But the additional appeal is that it is shot on 35mm film in five long scenes, each take about 20 minutes long.

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March 16th, 2016

11:28 am - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Everybody Wants Some, Sausage Party, One More Time, Dem
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children     HD720p 45MB   HD1080p 89MB
First trailer for the latest movie directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish), to be in theatres at the end of September. 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.
A little more down-to-earth X-Men.

Everybody Wants Some!!     HD720p 47MB
Redband trailer for Richard Linklater's anticipated "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused. It is apparently also meant as sort of a continuation of Boyhood since time-wise it said to begin where that movie ended. Summary so far reads: A freshman pitcher (Blake Jenner) showing up at college and meeting his new roommates (Glenn Powell, Wyatt Russell, Tyler Hoechlin) and a girl (Zoey Deutch).
Looks funnier than the regular trailer, and the movie is already again, like Linklater's previous one, getting very favourable festival reviews. Though I'm still lacking a personal connection to that whole US college thing.

Sausage Party     HD720p 45MB
Redband trailer for this raunchy animated comedy about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Voices will be provided by Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.
While co-directed by Conrad Vernon (involved in directing Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3), the more important information is that it is based on a story by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (The Interview, This Is the End) which means that how funny you find this probably proportionally depends on how stoned you are when watching it.

One More Time - When I Live My Life Over Again     HD720p 17MB
Family drama with comedic and musical elements about an aspiring rock star (Amber Heard) who is stuck in a rut - relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one-night stands. When she is evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she is forced to move into the Hamptons home of her wealthy and selfish father (Christopher Walken), an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque singer angling for a musical comeback. As the two reunite, she is forced to confront her problems, including troubled relationships with her father and overachieving sister (Kelli Garner), as well as her wobbly career and faltering love life. Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson and Oliver Platt are also part of the cast.

Demolition     HD720p 96MB
Another trailer for this drama about an investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is sleepwalking through a life of easy success when a horrible car crash wakes him with a start. His lovely wife (Heather Lind) is killed. Friends and family gather round to console him, but he seems to feel nothing. Seemingly unfazed by his loss yet preoccupied by his inability to retrieve a candy bar from a hospital vending machine, he takes to writing absurdly protracted - and increasingly confessional - letters of complaint to the Champion Vending Machine Company. Those letters are answered by Karen (Naomi Watts), a mysterious, eccentric Champion employee. Chris Cooper plays his father-in-law. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria, Wild).
Festival reviews were very mixed, but Gyllenhaal gives another interesting performance.

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March 12th, 2016

11:55 am - A Hologram for the King, Kubo and the Two Strings, Adderall Diaries, Ice Age 5, Half Sister Full Lov
A Hologram for the King     HD720p 48MB
US trailer for the upcoming second collaboration of Tom Hanks with Tom Tykwer (The International, Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run), an adaptation of a novel by Dave Eggers. Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury). Sidse Babett Knudsen and Tom Skerritt are also part of the cast.
Also, a non-dubbed version of the recently posted European trailer: HD720p 30MB.

Kubo and the Two Strings     HD720p 48MB
Another nice full trailer for the next stop-motion animated movie from Laika Studios (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls). It's an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

The Adderall Diaries     HD720p 36MB
Thriller drama about a once-successful novelist (James Franco) paralysed by writer's block and an escalating Adderall dependency, who becomes obsessed with a high-profile murder case as a way to escape his personal troubles. His interest leads him to meet a smart, sexy reporter (Amber Heard) who gives him unique access to the case. As their relationship takes off, he is suddenly thrust back into the past when his father (Ed Harris), a cruel and vindictive man, shows up to challenge the veracity of the memoir he is writing. Christian Slater and Cynthia Nixon are also part of the cast.
Festival reviews mostly haven't been too kind.

Ice Age: Collision Course     HD720p 42MB
A full trailer for the upcoming fifth Ice Age movie. The generic summary so far reads: Scrat's epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colourful new characters. New additios to the voice cast will be Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine and Max Greenfield.

Half Sister, Full Love - Et Ta Soeur     HD720p 13MB
Comedic drama from France about a young man (Grégoire Ludig) who is still suffering after his brother's recent death, who accepts his best friend (Géraldine Nakache) invitation to recuperate at her family home in the French countryside, only to find the house already occupied by her heart-broken sister (Virginie Efira).
If that plot summary sounds familiar that's because it is a French remake of Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister that starred Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. And it is apparently not a really successful affair. But I thought I'll include it because of the curiosity value.

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March 11th, 2016

11:10 am - Captain America: Civil War, Florence Foster Jenkins, Popstar: Never Stop, The Meddler, The Trust
Captain America: Civil War     HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 137MB
Second trailer for another Marvel/Disney movie that will mark the beginning of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We will find Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps - one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. A few dozen characters from previous movies will probably return, new cast additions are Daniel Brühl, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland and Martin Freeman. Again directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Welcome to Collinwood, You Me and Dupree).
There won't be a quantity problem, that's for sure.

Florence Foster Jenkins     HD720p 24MB
Full trailer from the UK for the biopic about Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, he realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda are also part of the cast. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, The Grifters, Philomena).

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping     HD720p 43MB
Redband trailer for this parody comedy that goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all. Bill Hader plays his roadie, Sarah Silverman his publicist, Imogen Poots his girlfriend, Joan Cusack his mom. There will also be appearances by Will Arnett, Snoop Dogg, Martin Sheen and many, many more. Directed by Akiva Schaffer (The Watch, Hot Rod), Jorma Taccone (MacGruber).
The music industry certainly is ripe for a parody.

The Meddler     HD720p 17MB
Comedic drama about a widow (Susan Sarandon) who, with a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, she finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others - as well as her own - and find a new purpose in life. J.K. Simmons and Jason Ritter are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).
Sarandon's character has me a bit worried. But according to reviews it's apparently not that bad.

The Trust     HD720p 44MB
Let's have a look at the current state of Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood's careers. Crime thriller about two nobody police officers (Cage, Wood) working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When one of them hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside.

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March 5th, 2016

10:57 am - Paris 2015 Day 6: Jardin du Luxembourg
The outside of the Palais du Luxembourg. Part of it houses the French Senate, the upper house of the Parliament of France. So especially on the side facing the street there were a number of armed guards.

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