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March 28, 2013

The Wolverine International trailer arrives

Just after I posted the teaser trailer for The Wolverine the full trailer arrives and it tells an interesting story much along the lines I guessed, Wolverine can be reversed, can become human again, but it's unclear exactly what implications that will have and I have a few ideas myself....

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Kick-Ass 2 International trailer

The Kick-Ass 2 International trailer turns the table of the film and instead of just giving us more footage it looks to Hit Girl and shows some of her story. That's what I like about clever trailers, they don't just repeat themselves with a little new footage here and there,...

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Dead Man Down UK trailer with Farrell, Rapace and Howard

A new UK trailer for Dead Man Down brings all the action, surprisingly I always believed that UK trailers tended to concentrate more on story and characters, not here though. This is all action. There's enough to give you the layout for the Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic...

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In God We Trust trailer plays powerfully

Eleanor Squillari leads us through this trailer for In God We Trust telling the story of how she began to help the FBI investigate her boss for twenty-five years Bernie Madoff, the man who was arrested for his $65 billion fraud scheme. What's interesting is how she never really knew...

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March 27, 2013

The Equalizer to get another new director

The last time I wrote about the film version of The Equalizer we heard that Denzel Washington was still attached to the project and that Rupert Wyatt was the next name on the list to join as director, but that has changed again. Wyatt left a little while ago and...

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Ford says old school return for Star Wars

Harrison Ford has said that it's almost true that he's returning to Star Wars and with that suggested the other stars are returning too, but it's a real hint of a suggestion. He also reveals that there's nothing concrete yet. I haven't entered too much into the wild speculation so...

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World War Z trailer is stunningly good

Right I'm back from my snowboarding holiday and trying to get caught up, which quite frankly is going to take a lot longer than just today but I have to start somewhere, and what cooler place to start than with a new trailer for World War Z? I am one...

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Star Trek Into Darkness trailer goes into darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is starting to turn on the heat on the marketing side and this new trailer is a great example of that. Gone are the glib comments and the fun, and while the effects and action sequences have been increased the story comes right to the fore...

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White House Down trailer promises action

Now don't get confused, this is not Olympus Has Fallen, the White House terrorist attack film starring Gerard Butler from director Antoine Fuqua, this is the Roland Emmerich film starring Channing Tatum. White House Down also has Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Lance Reddick, Jason Clarke and...

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Red Band Pain & Gain trailer looks like fun

The new Pain & Gain trailer - is it & or and? - is a Red Band but really, I don't see much in here that would be causing me concern. Still, if you're American be warned, this is marked as Red Band by the MPAA. The more important thing...

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The Wolverine teaser offers him a reversal

There has already been an unbelievably short teaser for Wolverine but now we're getting a proper length teaser trailer, but still a teaser trailer none the less. Still, it's a good one and does suggest a couple of interesting things. The biggest is that there might be away back for...

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We Sell Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks trailer shows WikiLeaks story

Alex Gibney previously made the superb documentary Taxi to the Dark Side as well as others such as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Freakonomics. Now he's tackling another political and moral hot subject with the story of WikiLeaks in...

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The Place Beyond the Pines trailer surprisingly good

I've seen The Place Beyond the Pines and I have to say that I was disappointed. I liked what it was trying to do and the messages it was showing but I didn't think it managed to pull it off and at times it felt it was letting the ideas...

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Unsettling Compliance trailer

Compliance was a pretty unsettling film from really early on. I have to admit that when I saw it at the Glasgow Film Festival I really wasn't sure that it would work, after all the blurb stretched my belief in the reality of the story a bit too far. However...

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Riddick teaser trailer arrives

Riddick has a teaser trailer, and while that should have fans excited I was rather disappointed as apart from the creature effects it seems like it could have been edited right out of Pitch Black. This is just a teaser though, we should remember that, and what better way to...

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Hummingbird trailer, more Statham

Jason Statham seems to be turning a little more serious in this trailer for the film Hummingbird. There's much less action and one on many fighting sequences, although they are there because you do need them with the Stath, and much more brooding and storyline. This I like. I know...

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Another G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer

I wasn't going to feature another G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer on the site, after all I'm sure we've seen everything by now, but then this new one starts off rather amusingly and does give a slightly different tone to the film. I'm not saying it's totally different and suddenly we're...

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March 20, 2013

Quick announcement before I head off on a long weekend break snowboarding, and hopefully come back alive - the pinkie with a broken bone and big toe that had to be drained of blood through the nail suggests otherwise - is that there's someone joining Filmstalker to help out on...

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Escape from New York still being remade

We had all believed that the attempted remake of John Carpenter's classic film Escape from New York had been killed off, and indeed it had with New Line letting the rights to the project lapse almost over two years ago. We had heard all manner of names associated with Snake...

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Cruise in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?

It would appear that the proposed new version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. didn't quite end with the Steven Soderbergh film which petered out after it lost George Clooney as the lead. Now there's talk of a new production, of a new director and of a new star. The names...

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March 15, 2013

Rebellion (L'Ordre et la Morale) trailer from Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz directed La Haine, The Crimson Rivers, Gothika and Babylon A.D. but he's not been directing anything for some time, until now. While the Rebellion trailer doesn't quite set the story as you would have hoped you do get the idea that this is going to be a powerful...

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Director appointed to Jurassic Park IV

There was some concern when producer Kathleen Kennedy left Jurassic Park IV but then she's off to devote her time on the next iterations of Star Wars and that shouldn't really be seen as a negative for this production. So it is good news to hear that life in Jurassic...

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Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer

Everyone's excited about the new Kick-Ass trailer, Kick-Ass 2. I have to admit that I'm surprised it looks so good and that it has attracted back most of the original cast - Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, well the ones with double barrelled names anyway. I had...

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March 13, 2013

Disconnect trailer, powerful and surprising

It isn't something we think about too much these days, the information we hand out online on social networks, on website profiles and to strangers on the internet whom we've never met face to face just exchanged information with, and depending on how trusting you are is usually a sign...

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Eden trailer, what kind of film is it?

I've watched a number of very powerful smaller films about the foreign sex trade and they've all been very real, very powerful and very frightening. I've been struck by how emotional they were and how involved I became in their stories, both excellent films but tough to watch. So when...

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March 12, 2013

To the Wonder trailer, is this how trailers should be?

You know I've seen a couple of trailers for To the Wonder and I've been thoroughly unimpressed, they've been showing off lovely shots with big name faces and some voiceover that all adds up to telling us very little about the film. I wasn't sold, but then I wonder is...

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In the House (Dans la Maison) trailer, excellent French thriller

I was lucky enough to see In the House (Dans la Maison) just the other week and I loved it, actually I'm not entirely sure if I'm still under embargo for it but how can I get into trouble when it's such a good thriller? It's not a thriller in...

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Winterbottom's The Look of Love trailer

I saw this film at the Glasgow Film Festival this year and I was really keen to see it, not because of the obvious naughtiness but because Paul Raymond was always this iconic figure that was presented with a rather tainted and sleazy image and the story of his life...

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Coppola's The Bling Ring trailer says little

The story sounds interesting, but only when you read the blurb, the trailer looks rather empty otherwise. Sure there are some nice slow motion shots of partying and darkened shots of people doing something somewhere, but there's not really much in it apart from the dramatic eye-catching titles telling us...

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Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, glib comments and action

Another Star Trek Into Darkness trailer has arrived and it gives us more meat on the bones of the previous trailer but then there's still not much meat. This one scales things down a little although not that much, but it does keep that feeling of it being very personal...

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The Croods trailer, will it be any good?

The Croods is the latest DreamWorks film which tells the story of a prehistoric family who head off on an epic journey when the cave they have been living in is destroyed and on the way, well you know what will happen all the old family stuff, the ripping them...

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March 11, 2013

Welcome to the Punch

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Hype is always a worrying thing especially at a Film Festival. Blurbs are forever positive and you have to learn how to read them, and when a film-maker appears at the screening for his film they are always biased no matter what the individual audience member thinks of it. So...

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March 8, 2013

Mendes not returning to Bond, and that's a good thing

Sam Mendes has announced that he's not returning to direct the next Bond film and it seems that most people are unhappy about that. Why not? After all he did direct one of the best new Bond films we've seen. However, I'm rather happy about it and that's even though...

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Tomb Raider 3 game reboot hits film

The new Tomb Raider game has just been released and it reboots the franchise returning to a younger central character that has been restyled and rebuilt both in looks and in story. Just to help along sales a little and get more marketing along with the videogame reboot comes news...

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Fisher not returning to Star Wars

It's all confusion and rumour at the moment with the next Star Wars film, we know that Disney has a number of films up its sleeve and the first will be a continuation of the Star Wars franchise films, but apart from behind the scenes we don't know a great...

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Iron Man 3 trailer, getting too big?

I just watched the new trailer for Iron Man 3 and I have to admit I'm a little underwhelmed. What I did like is the fact that there seems to be a lot of dramatic weight to the film and that there's a worthy opponent for the superhero, however there's...

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Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing trailer

The trailer for Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing does play it up just a little bit too much, but none the less it's a good trailer and indeed a good film. Still, this trailer suggests that it is better than it actually is and I would wonder if some...

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After Earth new trailer shows more story

A new trailer for After Earth has appeared online and one of the big strengths of it is that it has much more story to it than the previous ones we've seen and I'm actually starting to buy into the idea. The film sees Will Smith and Jaden Smith starring...

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The Hangover Part III trailer, so?

I don't know what to say about the trailer for The Hangover Part III, it doesn't seem that different to those that have come before despite the promise that this final instalment was going to be different from the previous two it still looks and feels the same. I guess...

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March 7, 2013

Fire With Fire

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If you've seen the trailer for Fire With Fire you will be like I was, thinking that you've seen a rather large twist in the film that might just spoil it for you, well the bad news is that you have. It's not the major twist of the film but...

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Side Effects

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If you didn't know, Steven Soderbergh is retiring from film-making and that's a great loss. During his career he's challenged traditional studio film-making and made some fantastic films. His recent films include titles like The Girlfriend Experience (Filmstalker review), The Informant!, Contagion, Haywire (Filmstalker review), all great films and definitely...

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March 5, 2013


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Jessica Chastain is riding high from her great role in Zero Dark Thirty and the film's numerous awards mentions, if not nominations or wins, and so starring in a Guillermo del Toro produced film along with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and off a promising trailer you'll be expecting a lot more than...

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March 3, 2013


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Stoker is the first English language and Western made film for director Chan-wook Park a name you will undoubtedly recognise from the fantastic Oldboy (Filmstalker review) and perhaps other films such as JSA: Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan Geumjassi) (Filmstalker review), I'm a...

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March 1, 2013

Watson joins Branagh's live action Cinderella

A little while ago it was revealed that the Disney live-action version of Cinderella had lost its director Mark Romanek and it seemed to be floundering a little. Soon after that there were rumours of a new and much more exciting name discussing the position, and today we hear that...

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New Oblivion trailer offers more

The new theatrical trailer for Oblivion gives us a little more of the story through the voice of the Morgan Freeman character but without giving away too much of the story, a subtle but important point that means this trailer shows us the most so far but doesn't seem to...

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Does Erased trailer offer anything new?

Aaron Eckhart starring, writer of Grace of Monaco and I Am Legend 2 Arash Amel, and director of North Face Philipp Stölzl, sees like a decent mix. Except the idea seems like something we've seen before, we'll know how it all plays out and the only real surprise will be...

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