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May 24th, 2015

11:16 am - Black Mass, Dope, Glass Chin, Cooties, The Wolfpack
Black Mass     HD720p 78MB   HD1080p 130MB
Another trailer for this crime drama set in 1970s South Boston, in which FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. It tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. Impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, David Harbour, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott and Peter Sarsgaard. Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
Looks like it's also a (dark) comedy. And very stylish.

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

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

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

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

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May 22nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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May 20th, 2015

11:24 am - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Love At First Fight, We Are Your Friends, Eden, Minions
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials     HD720p 36MB
First trailer for the second movie of the trilogy. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Patricia Clarkson return. Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Giancarlo Esposito and Nathalie Emmanuel are new to the cast. Wes Ball once again directs.
I know it sounds like faint praise, but I found the first movie more interesting than similar recent franchises.

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

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

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

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

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May 14th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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May 8th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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May 2nd, 2015

10:36 am - Legend, Irrational Man, Ted 2, Strangerland, The Last Witch Hunter
Legend     HD720p 30MB
Teaser from the UK for this crime drama that tells the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie (Tom Hardy) and Ron Kray (Tom Hardy). It is taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins. Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton and Chazz Palminteri are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (42, A Knight's Tale, Payback).
Using some Spandau Ballet music in the trailer would've been amusing. Well, a little.

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

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

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

The Last Witch Hunter     HD720p 25MB
Teaser for this action-adventure set in New York City which hides many secrets. But the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us. Condemned to a life of immortality, the last witch hunter (Vin Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and a new reign by the most horrifying and powerful witches in history, including the Queen Witch who will stop at nothing to reclaim her throne. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine are also part of the cast. Directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies).
Will probably feature not as good acting as when he plays a tree.

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April 25th, 2015

11:32 am - Black Mass, The Visit, When Marnie Was There, Mr. Holmes, The Emperor's New Clothes
Black Mass     HD720p 107MB   HD1080p 172MB
First trailer for this crime drama set in 1970s South Boston, in which FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. It tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. Impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, David Harbour, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll and Pater Sarsgaard. Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
That's the same Bulger that Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed was sort of based on. You can also watch an interesting documentary about Bulger.

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

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

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

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

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April 21st, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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April 18th, 2015

11:52 am - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Learning to Drive, Tale of Tales, Dope, Closer to the Moon
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice     HD720p 43MB   HD1080p 84MB
First teaser for the attempted merger of the Superman and a rebooted Batman franchise, directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300, Sucker Punch), to be in theatres next March. It is said that the movie follows up on the events of Man of Steel. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane reprise their roles. Newly cast are Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. If there's enough running time there might also be appearances by Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and possibly Ezra Miller and Jena Malone.
Edit: Official encodes: HD720p 90MB   HD1080p 155MB.

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

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

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

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

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April 17th, 2015

09:03 am - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Love & Mercy, Results, Manglehorn, Dirty Weekend
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens     HD720p 64MB   HD1080p 124MB
Second teaser for the franchise reboot, to be in theatres next Christmas. It is said to be set 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi". Among the new cast members are John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. From previous instalments Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will return. Directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III).
Alternative encodes in case the links above don't hold: HD720p 32MB   HD1080p 63MB.

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

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

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

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

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April 14th, 2015

11:15 am - Ant-Man, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Terminator Genisys, Survivor, Just Before I Go
Ant-Man     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 142MB
Full trailer for another comic book adaptation from Disney/Marvel. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the two must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Also part of the cast are Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Jordi Mollà, Martin Donovan, Wood Harris, Hayley Atwell and John Slattery. Directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up, Bring It On) screenplay credits now apparently go to Rudd and Adam McKay (The Other Guys, Anchorman, Step Brothers).
Another interesting test of the Marvel brand. It feels to me as if we are a step closer to super-hero comic book adaptations saturation. But maybe that's just wishful thinking.

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

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

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

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

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April 4th, 2015

11:45 am - Mad Max: Fury Road, The Gift, Masterminds, The 33, Cheatin'
Mad Max: Fury Road     HD720p 125MB   HD1080p 210MB
There's naturally the question if it was necessary to release another full trailer, after the first two already left such a big impression. But here's another remarkable one with a lot of additional footage from the reboot of the popular franchise. Set in post-apocalyptic world in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Nicholas Hoult, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are also part of the cast. Directed by George Miller (Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Babe: Pig in the City).

The Gift     HD720p 26MB
Psychological thriller about a young married couple (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall) whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from his high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. He doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As she learns the unsettling truth about what happened between the two, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? Directorial debut of Edgerton who also wrote the script (Felony, The Rover, The Square).
It's nice that the trailer doesn't seem to reveal too much.

Masterminds     HD720p 35MB
Action comedy based, of course, on true events in which David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure. He is a simple man stuck in a monotonous life. Every day he drives an armored car, transporting millions with no escape in sight. The only bit of excitement is his crush (Kristen Wiig), who lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals (Owen Wilson among them) and a faulted heist plan, he manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million ... only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this group of double-crossers and is set up to take the fall. Jason Sudeikis is also part of the cast. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos).

The 33     HD720p 32MB
Drama based on the mining accident in 2010 in Chile in which 33 miners were trapped underground for 69 days after the collapse of a gold and copper mine. Cast members include Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne and Cote de Pablo.

Cheatin'     HD720p 32MB
US trailer for the latest animated movie written and directed by Bill Plympton, now in limited release in the US. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming "other" woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden "soul machine", Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny.
Seeing animation in this distinctive style will always remind me of the days when MTV showed music videos, as well as a lot of fascinating, short animated clips.

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March 28th, 2015

10:59 am - Spectre, Spooks: The Greater Good, The Last Time You Had Fun, Southpaw, Maggie
Spectre     HD720p 33MB   HD1080p 47MB
Gloomy First teaser for the highly anticipated new Bond movie, to be in theatres this fall. A cryptic message from Bond's (Daniel Craig) past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear also return, Jesper Christensen makes an appearance. New to the cast are the silhouette of Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Stephanie Sigman. Sam Mendes once again directs (American Beauty, Skyfall, Revolutionary Road).
Does a very good job at teasing. Let's hope the delay of the production start was used to write a good script, and not just to figure out more ways to place obsolete Sony products. Side note, the trivia page on IMDb already listed the ridiculous amount of 129 items before the trailer release.

Spooks: The Greater Good     HD720p 29MB
Action thriller based on the long-running TV show from the UK. When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, the legendary Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no-one's surprised when he disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames. With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) is brought back from Moscow to uncover the truth they feared – Harry's still alive. He's gone rogue, and needs Will's help. Jennifer Ehle, Lara Pulver, Tuppence Middleton and David Harewood are also part of the cast. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (some episodes of "Spooks", Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).
Never seen it, but I always thought I might like that series.

The Last Time You Had Fun     HD720p 21MB
Indie, comedic relationship drama. When Clark and Will (Kyle Bornheimer, Demetri Martin) meet Alison and Ida (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Eliza Coupe) in a wine bar, the foursome set out for an all-night adventure to have the most fun that four, bickering, barely married, pre-middle-aged, decidedly dysfunctional adults are capable of having. Charlyne Yi and Jimmi Simpson are also part of the cast.
Looks quite funny. Set for a video-on-demand release on various platforms next month.

Southpaw     HD720p 47MB
Boxing drama in which Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called "Southpaw", consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting, one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, he is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife (Rachel McAdams) dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, his fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick (Forest Whitaker) agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent are also part of the cast. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, Training Day, The Equalizer).
Nothing kills any possibly existing goodwill towards a movie quicker than the appearance of 50 Cent.

Maggie     HD720p 43MB
Post-apocalyptic thriller drama that tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. The epidemic threatens humanity, but Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) becomes infected. As Maggie's condition worsens and the authorities seek to eradicate those with the virus, Wade is pushed to the limits in an effort to protect her. Joely Richardson is also part of the cast.
I don't really care about the movie, and it's too early to tell, but there's a chance this will actually have a decent acting performance by Schwarzenegger. Giving him very little to say in the trailer (and possibly the whole movie) probably helps.

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March 25th, 2015

11:07 am - Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Slow West, Entourage, Paper Towns, Transporter Refueled, Shaun Shee
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation     HD720p 158MB   HD1080p 160MB
Action-packed full trailer for the fifth movie in the franchise. This time Ethan (Tom Cruise) and team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. New to the cast are Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Simon McBurney. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Way of the Gun).
Looks very promising, even if you hate Tom Cruise. And that they talk about the IMF and the anti-IMF certainly amuses me.

Slow West     HD720p 100MB
Off-beat western with humorous elements about a lovelorn 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who travels to the American West at the close of the nineteenth century to track down his former lover. Confronted with the harsh realities of the frontier, he falls in with a rough and mysterious traveler (Michael Fassbender), who soon discovers that the focus of his affection has a price on her head. Together, the two navigate a vast, untamed wilderness while attempting to stay one step ahead of a bloodthirsty posse and colorful bounty hunter (Ben Mendelsohn).
Looks very interesting on a number of levels.

Entourage     HD720p 118MB
Full trailer for the big-screen version of the TV series. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys (Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon) are back ... and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood. Also part of the cast are Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Constance Zimmer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey and Emily Ratajkowski. Directed by series creator Doug Ellin.
I suspect one of the main attractions of the movie will be spotting all the cameos.

Paper Towns     HD720p 25MB
Coming-of-age story centering on Quentin (Nat Wolff) and his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Cara Delevingne), who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, she suddenly disappears - leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads him and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Directed by Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank), based on another book from John Green (The Fault in Our Stars).

The Transporter Refueled     HD720p 52MB
Trailer for the franchise reboot in which Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is still the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. Directed Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions).
I guess for some reason Luc Besson wants to find out what was more important, the cars or Jason Statham.

Shaun the Sheep Movie     HD720p 149MB   YouTube
Twelve minutes long look behind-the scenes of the making of the movie.

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March 21st, 2015

10:14 am - Man Up, Pixels, Infinitely Polar Bear, Big Game, 5 Flights Up
Man Up     HD720p 29MB
Romantic comedy from the UK about Nancy (Lake Bell) who is a delightfully unconventional 30-something singleton, who has lots to offer but hasn't met the right guy. Recently heartbroken Jack (Simon Pegg), has embraced the brave new world of online dating and stumbles into Nancy at a station mistaking her for his blind date. No one is more surprised than Nancy when she decides to play along with the charade and go on the date with him. After a night of pretending to be someone she's not, Nancy decided to Man Up and be her painfully honest self. Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, Olivia Williams and Ken Stott are also part of the cast.
Measured against recent rom-com offerings this doesn't look too bad.

Pixels     HD720p 43MB
First trailer for this action comedy directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Michelle Monaghan, Jane Krakowski and Brian Cox are also part of the cast.
You can watch and download the original short this is based on here. I wonder how many people enjoyed that short and thought, gosh, that would make for a great movie to be directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James.

Infinitely Polar Bear     US HD720p 25MB    AUS HD720p 24MB
Drama with comedic elements about Cam (Mark Ruffalo), a manic-depressive mess of a father who, when his wife (Zoe Saldana) goes away to business school, attempts to take full responsibility of their two young and spirited daughters. Following a breakdown that left him unemployable and despite his track record of not fulfilling expectations, Cam is determined to overcome his disease and prove to his family that he can be the man they need him to be.
This looks nice. You can choose between trailer variations from the US and Australia with the US one putting emphasis on the lighter parts, and the Australian one including more dramatic scenes.

Big Game     US HD720p 45MB    UK HD720p 26MB
US and UK trailer versions for this action adventure set in the rugged Finnish countryside, where timid thirteen-year-old Oskari (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending twenty-four hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. As he wanders the vast forest, the night is ripped apart by a deafening crash. Following a trail of broken trees and burning debris, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the battered and bruised President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). With a team of terrorists hot on the president's trail, the life of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a teenage woodsman. Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Mehmet Kurtulus are also part of the cast. Directed by Finn Jalmari Helander who a few years made the similar in tone Christmas movie Rare Exports that also starred Tommila.
Still looks as much over-the-top as it should.

5 Flights Up - Ruth & Alex     HD720p 23MB
Comedic drama in which a long-time married couple (Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton) over one crazy weekend discover that finding a new apartment is not about winding down but starting a new adventure. Cynthia Nixon is also part of the cast. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, Firewall, The Special Relationship).
I'm not yet in the target group.

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March 12th, 2015

11:32 am - San Andreas, Inside Out, The Lady in the Van, Mr. Holmes, The Face of an Angel, Blade Runner
San Andreas     HD720p 122MB   HD1080p 200MB
Full trailer for this Hollywood disaster movie in which, after the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Will Yun Lee, Colton Haynes and Kylie Minogue are also part of the cast. Directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore).
Oh my, look at all those special effects.

Inside Out     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 141MB
Another full trailer for this upcoming non-sequel Pixar movie, this time revealing a bit or more of the actual story which takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Written and directed by Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.).

The Lady in the Van     HD720p 27MB
UK Trailer for this comedic drama that tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and the singular Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Also part of the cast are Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper and James Corden. Directed by Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, The Madness of King George, The Crucible).
This is based on a play written by Alan Bennett himself, he also wrote the screenplay. Smith has played the role on stage, directed by Hytner.

Mr. Holmes     HD720p 24MB
Teaser for this crime drama set in England in 1947. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), now 93 years old, lives in his Sussex country house. When he goes to the cinema and sees a film about himself, he mostly shakes his head. For much of what he is purported to have done in the heroic stories has simply been made up. Long since retired, he steers clear of people and dedicates himself chiefly to bee-keeping. The only people he suffers to be around him are housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney) and her small son Roger, whom Holmes is initiating into the secrets of apiculture. But sometimes his thoughts are beset by old cases. What really went on with the mysterious Ann Kelmot (Hattie Morahan), whom he shadowed at her husband's behest? Directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters).
Looks like a welcome change of pace compared to the recent incarnation of the character.

The Face of an Angel     HD720p 18MB
UK trailer for this drama directed by Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Code 46, A Mighty Heart) which is said to be inspired by the killing of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy. Thomas Lang (Daniel Brühl) is a film director who is offered the chance to adapt a book by American journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale), which recounts the controversial trial of American student Jessica Fuller for the murder of her flatmate Elizabeth Pryce. To help with his research, Simone takes Thomas to Siena, where he is disturbed by the media frenzy that has developed around the case. Cara Delevingne is also part of the cast.
Winterbottom's movies usually are at least worth a look. But festival reviews indicate that here he has difficulties to tell an interesting story.

Blade Runner     HD720p 17MB
If you happen to be in the UK in April you'll get the chance to see The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford at a movie theatre. To avoid causing severe emotional stress, please refrain from mentioning that there is talk of making a sequel.

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March 10th, 2015

11:47 am - Tomorrowland, Dark Places, The Forger, Apartment Troubles, No Escape
Tomorrowland     HD720p 51MB   HD1080p 136MB
Full trailer for this effects-heavy mystery adventure directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille). Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland". What they must do there changes the world - and them - forever. Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw and Keegan Michael-Key are also part of the cast. You will either be delighted to hear or roll your eyes about the fact that Damon Lindelof co-wrote the story. And it is sort of related to a segment of the Disney theme parks.

Dark Places     HD720p 22MB
Trailer from France for another big screen adaptation of a novel from Gillian Flynn. It's a thriller about the sole survivor (Charlize Theron) of a home invasion who famously witnessed the death of her mother and sisters, she lives with the knowledge that her testimony as a 7-year-old sentenced her brother (Corey Stoll) to life in prison for the horrific crime. When a group of true-crime enthusiasts find her twenty-five years later and convince her to re-examine the events of the night, new memories and old suspects suddenly flood back into her life. Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Drea de Matteo and Tye Sheridan are also part of the cast.
Certainly not on the level as (Gone Girl), but it looks interesting.

The Forger     HD720p 48MB
Crime drama in which the world's best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist - he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan) and together they plan the heist of their lives. Jennifer Ehle, Abigail Spencer and Tye Sheridan are also part of the cast.
According to reviews Travolta gives a good performance here. But to be honest, I'm unable to look at his face.

Apartment Troubles     HD720p 25MB
Comedic buddy drama that tells the story of two codependent roommates (Jess Weixer, Jennifer Prediger who also co-wrote and directed) who are definitely going to make it; they're just not sure how. When they get evicted from their shoebox apartment in Manhattan - conceptual art just doesn't cover the rent - they boldly take off to L.A. for the promise of sunshine. As one door slams shut, another opens - a tarot card reading later, the duo decide to take their performance art sensibilities to the mainstream by auditioning for a reality TV talent show. Megan Mullally, Jeffrey Tambor and Will Forte are also part of the cast.
An earlier title was "Trouble Dolls" which seems quite fitting.

No Escape     HD720p 47MB
Intense thriller that centres on an American businessman (Owen Wilson) as he and his family (Lake Bell) settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Pierce Brosnan is also part of the cast. Directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil, As Above So Below).
Sometimes you watch trailers for movies that you wouldn't believe they exist if you hadn't just watched a trailer for them. This is one of those instances.

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March 5th, 2015

11:54 am - Self/less, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Alex of Venice, Dior and I, Three Hearts
Self/less     HD720p 51MB
Sci-fi thriller in which an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Derek Luke, Victor Garber and Natalie Martinez are also part of the cast. Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Immortals, The Cell).
It has my attention. Maybe not undivided, but still my attention.

Avengers: Age of Ultron     HD720p 24MB    YouTube
Another trailer for the upcoming sequel, once again written and directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity, Much Ado About Nothing). When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance (of noes!). As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. All the main cast members return, there will also be two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and we meet an old friend in a new form (Paul Bettany).
Edit: HD720p 46MB   HD1080p 123MB.

Alex of Venice     HD720p 20MB
Quiet drama with comedic elements in which a workaholic environmental attorney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Chris Messina, also his directorial debut) suddenly leaves the family. Dealing with an aging father (Don Johnson) who still aspires to succeed as an actor, an eccentric sister (Katie Nehra) and an extremely shy son, she is bombarded with everything from the mundane to hilariously catastrophic events without a shoulder to lean on. Realizing she will thrive with or without her husband, she discovers her hidden vulnerability as well as her inner strength as she fights to keep her family intact in the midst of the most demanding and important case of her career. Derek Luke is also part of the cast.
This looks nice.

Dior and I     US HD720p 67MB    UK HD720p 28MB
Interesting looking documentary (if you care about the subject) that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand's new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior.
You can choose between US and UK trailer versions, the UK is the better one.

Three Hearts - 3 coeurs     HD720p 20MB
Relationship drama from France. One night in a French provincial city, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. They wander through the streets until morning, talking about everything except themselves, in rare, almost choreographed, harmony. Marc takes the first train back, and sets a date with Sylvie in Paris, a few days later. They know nothing about each other, but this is much more than a game. Sylvie keeps the date. Misfortune befalls Marc, and he cannot. He searches for her and ends up finding someone else: Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni). He does not know that she is Sylvie's sister. Marc and Sylvie meet again. Their unparalleled harmony still exists ... but it is too late. Mastroianni's mom, Catherine Deneuve, is also part of the cast. Directed by Benoît Jacquot (Farewell My Queen, Sade).
Reviews have been all over the place.

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February 21st, 2015

11:53 am - Far from the Madding Crowd, Kill Me Three Times, Salt of the Earth, These Final Hours, Water Diviner
Far from the Madding Crowd     HD720p 49MB
Full trailer for another adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy. It tells the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, The Celebration, It's All About Love).

Kill Me Three Times     HD720p 51MB
Redband trailer for this dark, comedic thriller in which a mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. There's also a dental surgeon (Sullivan Stapleton) with gambling debts and a conniving spouse (Teresa Palmer), a hunky gas jockey (Luke Hemsworth (they are the Baldwin's, aren't they)) looking to skip town with his secret lover, a corrupt cop (Bryan Brown) and a motel proprietor (Callan Mulvey) who's become excessively proprietary over his wife.

The Salt of the Earth     HD720p 24MB
US trailer for the Oscar nominated documentary about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. During the last forty years, Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvations and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes: a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Co-directed by Wim Wenders and Salgado's son Juliano.
It probably won't win an Oscar, but it got a French César last night. An article about the doc.

These Final Hours     US HD720p 20MB    AUS HD720p 28MB
Apocalyptic drama from Australia about a troubled young man on a mission. He's desperate to join his girlfriend at the "party to end all parties" and numb any feelings as the world comes to an end in the next twelve hours. On his journey, however, he is greeted by a lawless and chaotic city, facing a cataclysmic event that will end life on the planet, and he discovers that getting to where he needs to be will not be easy. Along the way, he saves the life of a girl, frantically searching for her father. Out of options, he invites her to join him. Together they discover how they would truly like to spend their last moments on Earth in this world gone mad.
I wasn't entirely sold after the short US trailer, but the longer Australian one leaves a better impression, and reviews indicate that it is a low budget end-of-the-world movie worth watching.

The Water Diviner     HD720p 112MB
US trailer version for the directorial debut of Russell Crowe. It's an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, he embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. Jai Courtney and Isabel Lucas are also part of the cast.

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February 18th, 2015

11:35 am - Crimson Peak, Wild Tales, Hot Pursuit, Last Knights, Cinderella
Crimson Peak     HD720p 61MB   HD1080p 111MB
First teaser trailer for this gothic horror movie directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy). In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) is torn between love for her childhood friend (Tom Hiddleston) and the temptation of a mysterious outsider (Charlie Hunnam). Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds ... and remembers. Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman, Doug Jones and Jim Beaver are also part of the cast.
Looks promising, but, I'm sorry Mr. del Toro, no matter the cast, this isn't my kind of movie.

Wild Tales - Relatos salvajes     HD720p 72MB
Dark comedy from Argentina consisting of six short stories which is one of the nominees for best foreign-language film. Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters in the shorts cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.
The description is very apt. Watching the movie will make you feel better, at least for a while. Two articles about the movie. Also, a shorter music-only trailer from France: HD720p 22MB.

Hot Pursuit     HD720p 118MB
Action comedy about an uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. John Carroll Lynch and Jim Gaffigan are also part of the cast. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip, The Proposal, 27 Dresses).
Pretty much every joke tells you that this was written by men.

Last Knights     HD720p 44MB
"Epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance" about a fallen warrior (Clive Owen) who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler (Aksel Hennie) to avenge his dishonored master (Morgan Freeman). Cliff Curtis, Peyman Moaadi, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Ayelet Zurer are also part of the cast. Directed by Japanese Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon).
Well, let's say epic in a TV show kind of way.

Cinderella     HD720p 45MB   HD1080p 118MB
Another trailer for this live-action re-telling inspired by the classic fairy tale. Young Ella's (Lily James) merchant father (Ben Chaplin) remarries following the death of her mother (Hayley Atwell). Eager to support her loving father, she welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters (Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when her father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella. One day she meets a dashing stranger (Richard Madden) in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, she finally feels she has met a kindred soul. Helena Bonham-Carter, Stellan Skarsgård and Derek Jacobi are also part of the cast. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing, Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).
Premiered out-of-competition in Berlin and was rather well received by critics.

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