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June 29, 2012

Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Eight

Day eight, and my final day of screenings at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and to add to it there was only one screening, Brave. I was going to fit in a screening at the Videotheque in the afternoon but I'm just too knackered after too many early mornings and...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Seven

On the seventh day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival machine just got upset, a problem man has never faced as yet...oh wait, no one is going to get that reference unless you bought the same first single as I did. Let's move on. The seventh day at the EIFF...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Best of the Fest announced

Sunday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival is the day titled "Best of the Fest". It's a simple concept really, the best of the Festival are shown again for one screening only. It says it on the...well...screen. This year there's a lot to go and see and there are a...

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June 27, 2012

Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Six

Day Six and feeling surprisingly good considering a lack of sleep trying to do everything but festival reviews. Today's a three film day starting later this morning rather than hitting a film at nine which means getting up way early and hitting all the commuting traffic and fellow bus users....

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June 26, 2012

Alex Cross trailer, goodbye Freeman hello psycho Fox

The Rob Cohen directed Alex Cross film has arrived and there are two very interesting things that hit you when you watch it, well three if you count the fact that Morgan Freeman has been replaced by Tyler Perry as Alex Cross. The first is that Matthew Fox looks like...

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And If we All Lived Together? trailer sees Fonda in French

Here's a film I'm thinking about seeing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and now looking at the trailer I'm thinking about it even more, the fact that the cast is so good including Géraldine Chaplin, Jane Fonda and Daniel Brühl is the main reason. The film seems a nightmare...

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Robot & Frank trailer looks superb

Oh we do long for some innovative and new ideas in film, so often there's just more of the same with that Hollywood idiom "bigger and more". So it's exciting to see something like Robot & Frank come along and with such a good cast. Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv...

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Epic trailer delivers uncertainty

Epic is a CG (yes it's 3D as well) film from Pixar that didn't really get my full attention until this trailer. Well I say trailer but this is much more a teaser or even a showreel as for almost the entirety we get scenes from the film without any...

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Arbitrage trailer led by Gere

Arbitrage stars Richard Gere doing what Gere does best but more than that he looks like he's in a strong and dramatic thriller and he's also alongside Tim Roth, Susan Sarandon, and quite a few other recognisable names including William Friedkin. The trailer does, once again, tell us a little...

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Easy Money I and II trailers

Easy Money, also known as Snabba Cash, is a Swedish thriller that has been across various European countries and is about to hit a limited release in America, although none is planned as yet for the UK, and with that release a trailer arrives. Funny thing is that in Sweden...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Five

After a few days feeling rotten, a weekend of sport and DIY, then a day back at work it was time to revisit the Film Festival with three films. The first stop of the day was a three hour ten minute foreign drama which had me slightly worried, then a...

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June 25, 2012


Film Five Stars
This was the first film of the festival for me and I expected it to be a tough one, a film about a girl sold into the International sex trade, a phrase that seems far too sanitised and distanced phrase for the actual subject matter and what the film that...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Four

Going with tradition I've gone and missed a day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival due to a damned cold. In no state to visit a screening I was in bed sleeping. Back now for a one film day, mainly because there's a Grand Prix, even if it is the...

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June 22, 2012

Dredd trailer seems familiar

I just saw the trailer for Dredd, the new version of the Judge Dredd story in film from director Pete Travis and writer Alex Garland with Karl Urban as the new Dredd taking over from Sylvester Stallone's not as bad as everyone makes out Judge Dredd. This new trailer makes...

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Taken 2 UK trailer looks surprisingly good

I wondered how cheesy the Taken 2 trailer would be; after all it's just more of the same isn't it? I'd like to say how wrong I was, but I wasn't. Taken 2 does look like just more of the same however you have to admit that more of the...

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Prototype teaser sells idea

Prototype is a prototype trailer for a film called Prototype, like what I did there? Thought not, either did I. The Bandito Brothers are the team who produced Act of Valor and a teaser has appeared online for their latest film, Prototype. It tells the story of a man who...

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Argo International trailer

A new international trailer has arrived for the film Argo, Ben Affleck's next film which tells the story of a CIA rescue attempt of Americans hiding out in Iran by pretending that they are all part of a film crew making a science fiction film. Unbelievable isn't it, but surprisingly...

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Anna Karenina trailer shows Wright back

Joe Wright's last film was the very good Hanna (Filmstalker review) and before that was The Last Soloist, both of which were rather surprising films for him considering he had made a name for himself with Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. More surprising was how good Hanna was and how...

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Monsters University teaser

Should there be a Monster's University film? Well that's a moot point really as the film is getting made and with all the characters and voices that we already know and love as well as some new names too. John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Ken Jeong, John Ratzenberger, Joel...

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Sellebrity trailer is a hard sell

I'm not sure if the Sellebrity trailer really sells the idea of a film about the problems of celebrity and paparazzi well enough for us to go and watch a film, until the closing line that is which manages to make you laugh and reflect scarily on what might really...

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The Watch trailer attacks the block

The Watch is the comedy film renamed from The Neighborhood Watch, which is good at least it means that the international spelling is right. Anyway, I don't think that the title renaming is really the problem, for me it's the fact that it reminds me of Attack the Block something...

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June 21, 2012

Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Three

This was my first full day at the festival, although that was supposed to be Tuesday but I forgot a late afternoon film, and it was also the first full day with pouring rain, and when I say pouring I really mean it was throwing buckets down. Today was planned...

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June 20, 2012


Film Three Stars
This is the remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's film, I should say English language remake because Assad Raja already remade the film in the UK in Hindi, no this version is the English language remake by director Luis Prieto and writer Matthew Read starring Zlatko Buric, who you may know...

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Verhoeven gains funding and writer for Jesus Christ film

Biblical epics are the latest copycat Hollywood films, one studio leaps forward with one and the others leap on the back, however it has to be said that this latest run isn't your typical Hollywood run for the list of names behind the productions suggest not only that they will...

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The Dark Knight Rises new trailer suggests a different story

A new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has appeared, and I'm not talking about the condensed television adverts that deliver more humorous feel to the film, no this is a proper trailer that delivers big scenes, huge expectation, and a lot of weight against Batman and Bruce Wayne. Watching...

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Paul Raymond son's film gains lead

There are two Paul Raymond productions that are being moved towards to a reality, I wrote about one last year which was set to start Steve Coogan in the main role and directed by Michael Winterbottom, but now there's another one that's come to light and its backed by none...

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V/H/S trailer looks damn scary

The teaser and blurb I saw for V/H/S when I was researching the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year drew my attention to the film almost immediately. It had a dark allure that caught me before I really saw anything of it, and now the trailer that has been released...

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The Master has a new, odd trailer

The second trailer for The Master film from writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson has arrived and it is following the style of the first and dropping all the standard conventions of a trailer, in fact it looks more like some early teaser than a finished trailer. It's unusual in...

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2 Days in New York trailer looks good

I never really fancied Julie Delpy's 2 Days in Paris but this trailer for her latest 2 Days in New York has something that catches my interest and it's more than the restrained Chris Rock. Julie Delpy once again writes and directs the film in which she also stars, boy...

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Soldiers of Fortune trailer sees the rich pay for combat

I was quite surprised that this film carried so many recognisable faces but then it does sound like a rather fun idea. The deal is that very rich people can pay to be part of a small revolution and experience war and combat first hand allegedly without any harm coming...

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Hijacked action trailer with Couture, Purcell, Fairbrass and Jones

Hijacked is a film about terrorists taking over a private plane intent on extorting money from the very rich occupant however they didn't bank on him having someone equally as dangerous on board to protect him. While you might recognise many beats from the plot of Hijacked there's a decent...

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June 19, 2012

Killer Joe

Film Four Stars
The press screenings at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off with Killer Joe, and why not considering it's the opening film for the festival and the director and one of the more stunning members of the cast will be attending. There's also another reason why there should be...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Day Two

Thankfully the second day has been much less crazy than the first. Up early, Costa coffee, and in the first screening as it opened. As I sit here waiting for film number two to begin, Evelyn, I'm starting to worry about timings. This needs to start now or the walk...

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Day One

Well the Festival had kicked off for the press already and as I sit and reflect on my first day I'm enjoying a morning coffee to kick start the second. Looking at the Programme this year I did find it rather focussed in specific areas and it's perhaps this year...

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June 17, 2012

Splinter Cell film being considered again?

I say again because the first mention of a Splinter Cell film was made some time ago and the initial attempt sounded as though it was fairly getting some movement going, however it never happened and despite a lot of talk it has remained silent. However a rumour has popped...

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Resident Evil: Retribution 3D trailer released

Oh dear me, this trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution 3D is more attention grabbing for the atypical "throw things at the screen" 3D moments than anything, and for me that's a shame because the trailer is suggesting another strong addition to the Resident Evil franchise. Yes, I know you're going...

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Pitch Perfect trailer - Glee the film

It's here, Glee the film has arrived. Oh no, hold on, it's actually Pitch Perfect, but it smells of Glee all over. The film is about competitive college a cappella singing, i.e. the art of singing a song in a group without any instruments other than the voices of the...

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First Prometheus additional footage release announced

Unsurprisingly Ridley Scott has revealed that there will indeed be a director's cut version of Prometheus, or at least a version with new footage added in. Perhaps this new footage will fill the glaring story, plot and character holes and make the film better than it turned out? Then again,...

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Schrader's The Canyons gaining controversial cast

Paul Schrader's latest film will be The Canyons, a film that comes from the mind of writer Bret Easton Ellis and is already starting to gain some cast members that are surprising to say the least. One seems to be confirmed and while the other is rumoured, it's a very...

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RoboCop remake cast grows

RoboCop is another of MGM's big remakes, or rather reboots, that it is settings its sights high. Although it initially lost Darren Aronofsky as director the announcement that José Padilha was taking the chair was no less exciting, well not for me anyway, and the exciting news for the production...

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Sinister trailer looks...sinister?

I'm wondering if Ethan Hawke is making a little bit of a comeback. In the Edinburgh International Film Festival we're about to see him starring in the film Brake which some are saying is rather good, and then there's this new horror film which, if you watch the trailer looks...

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The Iran Job trailer looks interesting

It's hard to believe that an American would accept a job in Iran just now, much less a basketball player, but in this documentary that's exactly what happened as American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepted a job to play in the country and a camera crew seems to have followed...

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Mad Max: Fury Road is on

Back in March there was a story going round that Mad Max: Fury Road was going to start filming again, this was after the previous production was stopped despite it seeming as though it was well ahead and about to start filming itself. I wasn't convinced it was really happening...

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Woman in Black sequel plot revealed

Woman in Black was surprisingly successful, although to be honest I don't think it should have surprised us all after all it was adapted from the excellent old school horror novel from Susan Hill that was adapted for the 1989 television film by Jane Goldman and direct by James Watkins....

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Django Unchained International trailer is better

A new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained has arrived online and it's actually rather good. I wasn't taken by the last one which reminded me of two things more than anything I saw in the film, one was Quentin Tarantino and the other was Inglorious Basterds. However this new...

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June 12, 2012

The Man Who Loved Women remake

Now I am convinced that there was a second remake of The Man Who Loved Women talked about years ago, in fact we might have talked about it in the Filmstalker Film Club Audiocast which is yet to be released where we reviewed the Blake Edwards remake with Burt Reynolds,...

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World War Z has serious problems with more to come

It's not looking good for the film version of World War Z as recent rumours had word that there were going to be some reshoots, and while they are common on almost all films, this rumour had the reshoots sounding as though they were pretty extensive. Now there's a more...

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Bad Robot to deliver Higgs Boson film

I'm surprised that the whole story of the CERN particle accelerator and the Higgs Boson particle hasn't given rise to more science fiction and horror films, after all there have been so many wild theories and conspiracy stories around the whole thing that we could have seen plenty on film...

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Murray says Ghostbusters III has another shot

The Ghostbusters III saga continues but the good news is that Bill Murray is watching out for the fans of the original film, and perhaps the sequel, as he has revealed he's not signed up to it so far because the script isn't any good, which frankly isn't a surprise...

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Vatican political thriller to bring scandal to screen

Well it isn't quite the Vatican, and it took me a little bit to understand this, but a French film is going to mix fact and fiction in a film that promises a reveal of some of the scandals surrounding the Holy See, described as the Episcopal jurisdiction of the...

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The Prey features strong trailer

There's a French theme to the stories I'm writing today especially with the trailer for Eric Valette's film The Prey or La Proie. The film was originally released in France in April of last year but is due to be seen in Japan this month and the UK in July....

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Unforgivable trailer sets strong thriller

Unforgivable or Impardonnables is a new French thriller from writer and director André Téchiné who has co-written with Mehdi Ben Attia and adapted the film from from Philippe Djian's novel, Dijan wrote the novel that Betty Blue was adapted from. The film has just released a trailer that looks very...

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Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal trailer coming to EIFF

I've dropped this film onto my watch list for the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, and that was just reading the blurb before I even saw a trailer. Now that I have seen one, I'm glad I did for it's looking strong. The film isn't about zombies, let's get...

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June 11, 2012

Filmstalker Film Club Prometheus Special

Well we couldn’t not get together and Prometheus could we now? It’s a huge event film, Ridley Scott returning to science fiction and, perhaps or perhaps not returning to the Alien universe. The trailers looked fantastic and Steven, Mark and I were all hugely excited to see it. Well Mark...

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June 9, 2012

Filmstalker's Films for June 2012

The month was set to start well with Prometheus, it didn't work out so well though did it? Oh the reviews are polarised but the story was poor. Anyway, more of that later and in the review where I do let lose. The rest of the month is good though...

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June 8, 2012

Fukunaga developing double IT films

Cary Fukunaga, the director of Jane Eyre and writer/director of Sin Nombre is the man who is who is going to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King's It, and he's coming on board the project not just to direct but also to co-write, and his arrival sparks another change...

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Cohen's action Isaac Newton film

Seriously that title is what I meant to say. Rob Cohen is indeed developing an action film, and indeed a film franchise, that will bring the scientist Isaac Newton into the fore as an action star. One can only assume that this is following the hoped success of Abraham Lincoln:...

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Meirelles' 360 trailer shows great cast

I'm not sure if the trailer for Fernando Meirelles' 360 has really grabbed me or if it's just the list of names involved. After all there's Meirelles himself who directed City of God and The Constant Gardener, there's Peter Morgan who wrote Frost/Nixon (Filmstalker review) and The Queen, and there's...

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Scalene trailer looks interesting

Scalene is an interesting concept with an equally interesting trailer that could well turn out to be a strong small film. It's the blurb that immediately caught my eye but it is a strong trailer too. It's a thriller that tells a powerful story from three separate viewpoints, the rape...

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June 7, 2012

Flight trailer hails Zemeckis' return

Wow. Although we've heard the track before on trailers and there's a bit of recognition of that, the rest of the trailer for Flight looks spectacular. Sure a lot of that is down to the crash footage which looks unbelievable, but a lot of it is due to the drama...

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Tarantino's Django Unchained trailer

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest reference heavy and cast rich film has arrived, and with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern among the cast it's not as huge as his films have been but there's a strong...

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June 6, 2012


Film Two Stars
I, like so many others, had been extremely excited to hear about the sequel to Alien getting made and was clambering to get all over the information about the production from the word go. However I was trying to make sure that I didn't get any spoilers slipped my way,...

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Justice League to rival Avengers?

Well I have to admit that I really thought that Avengers, The Avengers, Avengers Assemble or whatever you want to call it, wouldn't work on screen. There were too many big characters to build up, pull together and introduce to each other, all before anything really happened. However they did...

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The Angel's Share trailer, whisky comedy

Right now The Angel's Share, the new film from director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty, is playing across the UK and receiving some positive comments. It's a comedy about a group of offenders on community service who discover the true value of malt whisky and consider a crazy plan...

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Antiviral trailer from Cronenberg Jr.

Brandon Cronenberg, son of David Cronenberg, is about to deliver his first feature film called Antiviral. He's written and directed the story that carries an interesting concept behind it and a couple of recognisable names with Caleb Landry Jones leading and Malcolm McDowell and Nicholas Campbell supporting. The trailer is...

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The Expendables 2 new trailer

There's nothing too exciting to be had from the new trailer for The Expendables 2, but I am hugely excited to see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the big screen and this new trailer has some more of him and some of the other stars having a pop at...

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June 1, 2012

The Bourne Legacy new trailer brings in Bourne

Now we see how much The Bourne Legacy is linked to Bourne and the answer is a lot. This isn't a new programme training assassins in the same way as Treadstone did in Bourne after the events of the first films, this is a programme running parallel to Treadstone and...

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New Premium Rush trailer speeds by

I know that as I get older I'm not so fast but I don't think I'm deteriorating as quickly as this. The trailer for Premium Rush is fast, really fast, and add to that the fact that it's edited really sharply and I find myself struggling to keep up, follow...

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Wachowski's Jupiter Rising plot revealed

I have to say that the insider source revealed plot for the secretive Wachowski's Jupiter Rising film is a little bit of a damp squib, in fact if I was on the Wachowski film and I saw this released I'd be rushing to get something out to spice it up...

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The Hunt (Jagten) trailer hits hard

The Hunt (Jagten) visits a subject I last saw tackled with maturity and intelligence in the superb film starring Kevin Bacon, The Woodsman, but here we see The Hunt take a different view, that of an average man's life and reputation destroyed by the hysteria of those around him through...

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The Imposter trailer tells a shocking true story

The Imposter presents a terrifying and shocking story about a child who is missing for more than three years and turns up in a foreign country a very different person from when he first went missing. The authorities, family, everyone believes that he is the missing child returning home, except...

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Vaughn buys next project

I really like Matthew Vaughn, not only is he a good writer and a cracking director but he has his finger on what audiences want, oh and the most important thing while he does make studio films, and make them very well, he's not scared to raise his own funding...

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Les Misérables trailer arrives

Tom Hooper directing Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen in the big screen version of Les Misérables sounded as though it was going to be a powerful and lavish production from the outset and the arrival of the trailer...

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Branded trailer is odd and very intriguing

There's interest growing in the film Branded, previously known as The Mad Cow, from writer/directors Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn which stars Max von Sydow and Ed Stoppard. The interest mainly comes due to the odd and unusual nature of the trailer and the story behind it. It's an unusual...

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Earthbound trailer confuses

The names have drawn me to the trailer for Earthbound, those of two of the stars Rafe Spall and David Morrissey, two great actors, however I'm not convinced by the trailer which makes me think of K-Pax, and a television version of it at that. I'm also not sure which...

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