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The Tender Bar, tick tick...BOOM!, The Humans, Wolf, The Beatles: Get Back

The Tender Bar     HD720p 95MB
Coming-of-age story of J.R. (Tye Sheridan), a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck), is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother (Lily Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) — J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams — with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar. Directed by George Clooney (Good Night and Good Luck, The Midnight Sky, The Monuments Men).
After a theatrical release in December will start streaming on Amazon Prime January 17th.

tick, tick...BOOM!     HD1080p 24MB
Full trailer for this adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent. The film follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. With the clock ticking, he's at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have? Alexandra Shipp, Bradley Whitford, Judith Light and Vanessa Hudgens are also part of the cast. Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.
Will be shown in select theatres and start streaming on Netflix November 19th.

The Humans     HD1080p 16MB
Brigid Blake (Beanie Feldstein) and her boyfriend Richard (Steven Yeun) have just moved into a rundown duplex in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Before they’ve had a chance to settle in, her parents Erik (Richard Jenkins) and Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell), along with Erik’s Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother (June Squibb), arrive from her hometown to celebrate Thanksgiving, as does Brigid’s big sister Aimee (Amy Schumer). As the evening proceeds, long-standing grievances are resurrected and difficult announcements are made. Directed by Stephen Karam, based on his play that won a number of Tonys.
Probably not an easy watch, but according to festival reviews, very much worthy to be seen. Will be shown in US theatres on ... Thanksgiving.

Wolf     HD720p 81MB
Unusual drama about a young man (George MacKay) who believes he's a wolf trapped in a human body, he eats, sleeps, and lives like a wolf – much to the shock of his family. When he’s sent to a clinic, he and his animal-bound peers are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of ‘curative’ therapies. However once he meets the mysterious Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), and as their friendship blossoms into an undeniable infatuation, he is faced with a challenge: will he renounce his true self for love. Paddy Considine is also part of the cast.

The Beatles: Get Back     HD1080p 90MB
Extended trailer for an upcoming Beatles doc directed by Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, The Frighteners). It takes audiences back in time to The Beatles’ intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. The film showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome. Shot in January 1969 and compiled from over 57 hours of unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored.
I wanted to joke that you should probably wait for the extended version. But its form of release has already been changed to a three-part miniseries to be shown on Disney+ starting November 25th.
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Operation Mincemeat, Cyrano, The Souvenir Part II, The Worst Person in the World, Encanto

Operation Mincemeat     HD720p 29MB
Historical war drama set in 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe and plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge – how to protect a massive invasion force from potential massacre. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers (Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen), to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. Kelly MacDonald, Penelope Wilton and Jason Isaacs are also part of the cast. Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Miss Sloane, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
The two Mister Darcy's make for an entertaining odd couple.

Cyrano     HD720p 110MB
Film adaptation of the musical version of the classic tale. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her — and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.). Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina).
Dinklage and Bennett reprise their roles from the stage.

The Souvenir Part II     HD720p 86MB
Continuation of the first film. In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction. Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Harris Dickinson, Charlie Heaton, Joe Alwyn, Jaygann Ayeh and Ariane Labed are also part of the cast. Again written and directed by Joanna Hogg (Archipelago, Exhibition).
Festival reviews are once again very favourable.

The Worst Person in the World - Verdens verste menneske     HD720p 62MB
Short trailer for this modern romantic drama with comedic elements from Norway about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is. Directed by Joachim Trier (Louder than Bombs, Reprise, Thelma).
Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress award this year in Cannes where the movie was very well received.

Encanto     HD720p 83MB
Full trailer for the latest Disney animated movie to be in theatres Thanksgiving. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal - every child except one, Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, she decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family's last hope. Further voices will be provided by Wilmer Valderrama, Diane Guerrero and John Leguizamo. Co-directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush who worked together on Zootopia. Lin-Manuel Miranda contributed some of the songs.
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Licorice Pizza, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Army of Thieves, C'mon C'mon, Stop and Go

Licorice Pizza     HD720p 102MB
Trailer of the latest movie written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Phantom Thread, Inherent Vice). It tells the coming-of-age story of Alana Kane (Alana Haim, one third of the trio) and Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) who are growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie are also part of the cast.
Just judging from the trailer, this does not look particularly interesting.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain     HD720p 49MB
Biographical, comedic drama about the eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow his adventures as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife (Claire Foy). Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Adeel Akhtar and Taika Waititi are also part of the cast, Olivia Colman is the narrator.
Festival reviews are divided if there is too much emphasis on quirks and "cuteness". But that will obviously depend on one's own taste. After a brief theatrical run, will start streaming on Amazon Prime November 5th.

Army of Thieves    HD1080p 34MB
Action comedy that serves as a prequel to the recent Zack Snyder directed Army of the Dead. A mysterious woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) recruits bank teller Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) to help her crew crack three legendary safes across Europe. The names of the safes are Rheingold, Valkyrie and Siegfried. Ja, really. It's also directed by Schweighöfer who is kind of a "superstar" here in Germany.
Will start streaming on Netflix October 29th. An earlier teaser: HD1080p 16MB.

C'mon C'mon     HD720p 21MB
Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future. Gaby Hoffman also stars in the film.
Short trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker). It's a family drama, filmed in black and white, about Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix), an emotionally stunted and softspoken radio journalist who travels the country interviewing a variety of kids about their thoughts concerning their world and their future, and his young nephew (Woody Norman), who forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together. Gaby Hoffmann is also part of the cast.
Was very well received at the Telluride Film Festival.

Stop and Go - Recovery     HD720p 85MB
Indie comedy about two directionless sisters whose big plans for the year come to a screeching halt when they are forced to rescue their grandmother and her beloved dog from a COVID outbreak at her nursing home, before their irresponsible sister can get there first. They embark on a hilarious, cross-country race against time.
Difficult to say if the two will be bearable for a whole (albeit short) movie. But it looks quite funny.
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Spencer, Passing, Finch, Operation Curveball, The Many Saints of Newark

Spencer     HD720p 33MB
The marriage of Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) and Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. The movie is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days. Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall and Sean Harris are also part of the cast. Directed by Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda (Tony Manero), screenplay by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things).
Festival reviews are very favourable, many laud Stewart's performance. But I can't say I particularly care about the topic. An earlier short teaser: HD720p 46MB.

Passing     HD1080p 18MB
Period drama filmed in black and white that marks the directorial debut of Rebecca Hall. It tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family. Alexander Skarsgård and Bill Camp are also part of the cast.
Was very well received at Sundance. After a brief theatrical run will start streaming on Netflix November 10th.

Finch     HD720p 99MB
Sci-fi drama about a man named Finch (Tom Hanks) who embarks on a moving and powerful journey to find a new home for his unlikely family - his beloved dog and a newly created robot (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones) - in a dangerous and ravaged world.
Looks very Tom Hanksy. After a brief theatrical run will start streaming on Apple TV+ November 5th.

Operation Curveball     HD720p 78MB
Satire from Germany that tells the grotesque, at times even surreal, true story of how the Iraq war was started based on nothing but fake intelligence and the involvement of the German secret service.
From what I've read, this is really funny. At least for a German movie. And, well, if you ignore that this is more or less really what happened. Who doesn't remember the day Colin Powell shredded his credibility at the United Nations while the whole world was watching in order to justify another war that Dick Cheney was desperately longing for.
However, it irritates me that in the trailer the whole German part of the dialogue is dubbed into English. Here's the German trailer, unfortunately without subtitles.

The Many Saints of Newark     HD720p 95MB
Second trailer for the prequel to "The Sopranos". Young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities - and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano. Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Vera Farmiga, Billy Magnussen and Ray Liotta are also part of the cast. Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys, and also a few episodes of the TV series).
Will have a theatrical release but will also start streaming on HBO Max starting October 1st.
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Nightmare Alley, West Side Story, Old Henry, Belfast, Lamb

Nightmare Alley     HD720p 26MB
First, short trailer for the latest mystery drama directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Crimson Peak). It's about an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words who hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. The star-studded cast also consists of Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman and David Strathairn

West Side Story     HD720p 95MB
Full trailer for the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City, to be in theatres in December. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Directed by Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One, War of the Worlds, Raiders of the Lost Ark), screenplay by Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Munich, Angels in America).
I first wanted to ask if a movie that won 10 Oscars has ever been remade. But then I remembered that they made another Ben Hur. Not that I want to compare Spielberg with Timur Bekmambetov.

Old Henry     HD720p 101MB
Old-fashioned, minimalistic action Western about a widowed farmer (Tim Blake Nelson) and his son who warily take in a mysterious, injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men (among them Stephen Dorff) claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide whom to trust.
Provides a well-deserved starring role for Tim Blake Nelson. Was well received in Venice.

Belfast     HD720p 78MB
A poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Written and directed, filmed in black and white, by Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing, Thor, Cinderella), based on the memory and experience of his own childhood in Belfast. Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe play the kid's parents, Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds his grandparents.

Lamb     HD1080p 10MB
Short trailer for this mystery horror about a Icelandic couple (Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) who live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their farmland, they decide to keep it. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature.
The dark and atmospheric folktale was awarded the "Prize of Originality" in a festival subsection this year in Cannes. There's also a longer US trailer that already reveals much more: HD720p 89MB.
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The Matrix Resurrections, Red Notice, The Guilty, Last Night in Soho, Kate

The Matrix Resurrections     HD720p 117MB   HD1080p 196MB
First, full trailer for another sequel, currently scheduled for a December 22nd release in theatres and HBO Max. There's no official summary yet. But so far there are lot of blue and red pills, and Keanu seems confused. Possibly because he's unsure if he's Neo or John Wick. Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lambert Wilson return. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II seems to play a version of Morpheus. New to the cast are Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Christina Ricci, and also a few actors from Sense8. Only one of the Wachowski sisters directed, Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer).
The first one blew my mind. I was able to somehow deal with the sequels back then (watching them only once). So far I'm wary when it comes to a resurrection.

Red Notice     HD720p 33MB
First trailer for this action comedy written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball, Skyscraper). An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBI’s top profiler (Dwayne Johnson) and two rival criminals (Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot), there’s no telling what will happen.
Stars three of the biggest movie stars, but the film will start streaming on Netflix November 12th.

The Guilty     HD720p 23MB
Thriller that takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger - but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Southpaw, Training Day).
This is a remake of an equally intense thriller from Denmark. It will start streaming on Netflix starting October 1st. Try to track down the original if you don't want to wait.

Last Night in Soho     HD720p 98MB
Second trailer, now with dialogue, for this genre-hopping, psychological thriller about a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie), passionate in fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer (Anya Taylor-Joy). But 1960s London is not what it appears, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences. Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham and Terence Stamp are also part of the cast. Directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver).
Recent festival reviews were mostly favourable.

Kate     HD720p 38MB
Action movie about Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a perfect specimen of a finely tuned assassin at the height of her game. But when she uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo, she quickly discovers she's been poisoned, a brutally slow execution that gives her less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her killers. Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura and Michiel Huisman are also part of the cast. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman & the Ice Queen).
Early reviews indicate it's best to enjoy watching Mary Elizabeth Winstead being badass and breaking stuff, and not to expect anything original story-wise. Started streaming on Netflix today, September 10th.
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No Time To Die, I'm Your Man, Best Sellers, Scenes from a Marriage, Mayday

No Time To Die     HD720p 107MB   HD1080p 175MB
Final trailer for the next Bond movie, now scheduled for a world-wide at the end of the month, with a running time of 2h 43min. Bond (Daniel Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) armed with dangerous new technology. Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes return. Cast additions are Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective S01, Beasts of No Nation).

I'm Your Man     HD720p 77MB
Playful romance about relationships, love, and what it means to be human in the modern age. In order to obtain funds for her research, Alma (Maren Eggert) is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks she is required to live with Tom (Dan Stevens), a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect life partner for her, tailored to her character and needs.
Watch it and you will hear Stevens speak German very well. The subtitles are a bit ... sanitised. Around the 1:25 mark Alma's actually asking "So, what about your cock?" and then "So that's the cock of my dreams?".
Eggert won the award for Best Acting Performance this year in Berlin.

Best Sellers     HD720p 31MB
Comedic drama in which, in a last-ditch effort to save the boutique publishing house her father has left her, an ambitious young editor (Aubrey Plaza) goes on a book tour with a bitter, booze-addled author (Michael Caine) who put the publishing house on the map decades ago.
Being a fan of Plaza and Caine will probably help.

Scenes from a Marriage     HD1080p 21MB
I tend not to include trailers for TV series, but given the cast, here's one for a five part limited series adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish classic. It re-examines the iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple (Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain). Directed by Israeli Hagai Levi, the original creator of the series "In Treatment".
After screening out of competition this week in Venice, it will start streaming on HBO Max September 12th.

Mayday     HD720p 92MB
Hard to categorise, action fantasy, female-revenge film in which Ana (Grace Van Patten) finds herself transported to a dreamlike and dangerous coastline. Once there, she joins a female army engaged in a never-ending war where the women lure men to their deaths with radio signals, like 20th century sirens. Though Ana finds strength in this exhilarating world, she comes to realize she is not the killer they want her to be. Mia Goth, Soko and Juliette Lewis are also part of the cast.
Festival reviews indicate that the story not quite makes a lot of sense, but it's an interesting attempt at world-building with lots of idea.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home, Eternals, Parallel Mothers, Queenpins, The Colony

Spider-Man: No Way Home     HD720p 111MB   HD1080p 192MB
First, full trailer for the latest sequel of the current re-boot, to be in theatres, maybe, in December. For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man (Tom Holland), our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei also return, so is, as a blast from the past, Alfred Molina as Doc Ock. Again directed by Jon Watts.
My mocking intro aside, it seems to have a more serious story.

Eternals     HD720p 117MB   HD1080p 209MB
Second trailer for the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland, The Rider), to be in theatres in November. It welcomes an exciting new team of Super Heroes. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's oldest enemy, The Deviants. Extensive cast list includes Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Barry Keoghan and Kit Harington.

Parallel Mothers - Madres paralelas     Tsr HD1080p 24MB    Tlr HD1080p 27MB
Teaser and a short trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), that will be the opening film at the Venice Film Festival next week. It's about two women who coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis (Penelope Cruz), middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana (Milena Smit), an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Israel Elejalde, Julieta Serrano and Rossy de Palma are also part of the cast.

Queenpins     HD720p 121MB
Comedy inspired by a true story, about a bored and frustrated suburban homemaker (Kristen Bell) and her best pal (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), a vlogger with dreams, who turn a hobby into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon caper. After firing off a letter to the conglomerate behind a box of cereal gone stale, and receiving an apology along with dozens of freebies, the duo hatch an illegal coupon club scheme that scams millions from mega-corporations and delivers deals to legions of fellow coupon clippers. On the trail to total coupon dominance, a hapless Loss Prevention Officer (Paul Walter Hauser) from the local supermarket chain joins forces with a determined U.S. Postal Inspector (Vince Vaughn) in hot pursuit of these newly-minted "Queenpins" of pink collar crime.

The Colony - Tides     HD720p 103MB
Low-budget sci-fi movie, with some good looking visuals, set in the future, after cataclysmic conditions on Earth forced a mass exodus to a distant planet. Generations later, a manned mission hurtles back to assess living conditions on the desolate, mostly submerged world. The sole survivor of the expedition is attacked by a violent band of scavengers, themselves locked in battle with a far more sinister foe. Now, mankind’s very survival depends on the bravery and ingenuity of the lone astronaut.
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Together, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Annette, Azor, John and the Hole

Together     HD720p 84MB
Comedic drama about a husband and wife (James McAvoy, Sharon Horgan) who are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of the COVID-19 lockdown. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours).
Looks very entertaining, certainly one of the more interesting movies that were made under pandemic restrictions. I wouldn't mind watching it as a play. Viewers with access to the BBC already had the chance to see the movie, it will have a theatrical release in the US at the end of the month.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage     HD720p 172MB
Another trailer for the sequel that sees the return of Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom. Otherwise there's no real official plot summary. Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson and Reid Scott also return, new cast additions are Naomie Harris and Stephen Graham. Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Breathe) takes over directing duty.
The "exclusive" trailer version from Apple has a 90 seconds featurette attached at the end in which Serkis "sells" his movie.

Annette     HD720p 25MB
To fulfil the mandatory quota of films starring Adam Driver, another trailer for the latest movie directed by Leos Carax (Holy Motors, The Lovers on the Bridge). It's a musical set in contemporary Los Angeles and tells the story of Henry, a stand-up comedian (Driver) with a fierce sense of humor and Ann (Marion Cotillard), a singer of international renown. In the spotlight, they are the perfect couple, healthy, happy, and glamourous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives. Simon Helberg is also part of the cast. It's written by brothers Ron and Russell Mael who, for about the last fifty years, performed as Sparks.
Will start streaming in the US on Amazon Prime starting August 20th.
Carax won the prize for Best Director in Cannes, though the reviews were very mixed. So I'm unsure about the movie. But I can very much recommend the highly entertaining documentary about Sparks directed by Edgar Wright.

Azor     HD720p 64MB
Quiet political thriller set in Argentina, the late 1970s. Private banker Yvan arrives from Geneva with his wife Ines to replace a colleague who has mysteriously disappeared in military-ruled Buenos Aires. Moving through the smoke-filled lounges and lush gardens of a society under intense surveillance, he finds himself untangling a sinister web of colonialism, high finance, and a nation's “Dirty War”.
Looks good and was very well received at festivals.

John and the Hole     HD1080p 29MB
Disturbing trailer for this unsettling psychological thriller in which a desperate game of survival unfolds after 13 year old John (Charlie Shotwell) traps his family (Michael C. Hall, Taissa Farmiga, Jennifer Ehle) in a hole in the ground.
Festival reviews were mixed, but it sure has an unusual premise. Now in limited release and available on demand in the US.
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House of Gucci, King Richard, The Card Counter, Rare Beasts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife

House of Gucci     HD720p 84MB
Biographical crime drama - though it looks like it's also a comedy - about the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control. At the centre of the movie is the story of Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), who was tried and convicted of orchestrating the assassination of her ex-husband and former head of the Gucci fashion house Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Camille Cottin, Jack Huston and Jeremy Irons are also part of the cast.
The second trailer for a Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World, American Gangster, Hannibal) movie in the last ten days. He continues to work like clockwork.

King Richard     HD720p 108MB
Biopic that follows the journey of Richard Williams (Will Smith), an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons.
My first reaction was to wonder if there shouldn't be a biopic that focuses on the two sisters, instead one about the father. But I admit that I know nothing about Richard Williams.

The Card Counter     HD720p 94MB
Trailer for the latest guilt-ridden drama written and directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Cat People, First Reformed) in which redemption is the long game. A revenge thriller that tells the story of an ex-military interrogator (Oscar Isaac) turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe are also part of the cast.
Will take part in the official competition in Venice in September. The official festival lineup was released earlier this week.

Rare Beasts     HD720p 82MB
Darkly comedic "anti-romcom" about Mandy (Billie Piper), a nihilistic young writer and mother who, while navigating her dysfunctional family and misogynistic workplace, falls for Pete (Leo Bill), a traditionalist searching for ‘restored’ male identity. David Thewlis and Kerry Fox are also part of the cast, Lily James has a cameo. Piper also wrote the script and directed.
Depressing. But also often very, very funny.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife     HD720p 101MB
A new trailer for the delayed Ghostbusters re-boot. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd are part of the cast. Members of the original movie are expected to make cameo appearances. Directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully), son of Ivan Reitman, director of the first two films.
Still a strong emphasis on kids and the "scary" aspects, and not on humour.