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September 30, 2013

Paris Countdown, another excellent European thriller

I saw Paris Countdown (La Jour Attendra) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and loved the stylish thriller that was backed by a powerful and excellently written script. It built edgy and realistic characters and an emotionally engaging relationship between the two leads both of whom performed superbly. I loved...

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Chilling trailer for Foxcatcher, surprise for Carell

There was a trailer for Foxcatcher online just briefly last week but it was removed rather quickly which seems a shame considering how good it looked and how impactful it was. It was chilling to watch, and that's a strong emotion to gather in such a short space of time....

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Blue Caprice trailer looks powerful

There are some trailers that I've been sitting on for a while now and Blue Caprice is definitely one of them. It's based, and so far I don't know how "based" it is, on the true story of the man and boy who carried out a series of murders using...

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Philomena trailer, Dench and Coogan in true story

I'm not sure how to feel about Philomena and whether this might turn into a soppy emotional film or whether it will retain the obvious charm and naive allure of the character that Judi Dench plays, I'm rather hoping for the latter. There are two very big reasons for seeing...

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Black Nativity trailer, great music, great cast

Black Nativity is a Christmas musical with a modern day story which is backed by a cast and a half from Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett to Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige, that's a lot of talent to have on screen, and it's a trailer that has you drawn...

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Tarzan to swing again?

There had been a version of Tarzan in development for some time but it never managed to get off the ground, well that's not true it got hold of some vines and got ready to swing but then the trees were chopped from beneath them and…let me stop the analogy,...

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September 26, 2013

Need for Speed trailer, is there a need?

I'm surprised that there's a trailer on the go for Need for Speed already but here it is, and it looks rather good. There's a feeling of weight and gravitas to it that you may not have expected, indeed it might be overplaying it a little in the dramatic department...

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September 25, 2013

Law and Grant in Dom Hemingway trailer

Jude Law and Richard Grant is an intriguing line-up, two great actors with Law being able to deliver some great characters, but then there's the writer and director of the film Richard Shepard who also wrote and directed The Matador and The Hunting Party. Attention caught yet? Well if not...

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The Motel Life trailer, Dorff, Hirsch and Fanning

Now here's an interesting trailer. The Motel Life seems to be selling one film and sneaks in some unusual scenes that might feel a little out of place to begin with. The other oddity about it is that it stars Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch, and its Dorff that seems...

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September 24, 2013

Under the Skin trailer, Johansson hates Scotland

While a new trailer has arrived for Under the Skin delivering cool imagery, an idea of a story, a big name leading lady and an interesting blurb, Scarlett Johansson has been talking about how bad the filming locations were and how terrifying Scotland can be. Well I would vouch for...

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Scottish film with English writer, Irish star and now Danish director

Scottish history is packed with great stories that could be made into films, we've seen a number already that have been very successful, and another looks to be heading towards our screens with a new film about Mary Queen of Scots. It's one I've mentioned before and been a little...

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September 19, 2013

Competition: Win The Wicker Man: Final Cut, 40th Anniversay, three disc Blu-ray set

Yes it might be a mouthful for you but your Blu-ray player and home system will eat this up, as will you. I have two copies of the recently re-released The Wicker Man: Final Cut to give away, for free! This version of the film is the closest to the...

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Competition: Win The Body (El Cuerpo) on Blu-ray

I've been given three copies of The Body (El Cuerpo) on Blu-ray to give away, a Spanish psychological thriller from the producers behind The Orphanage and Julia's Eyes (Filmstalker review), and the director and co-writer Oriol Paulo who also co-wrote Julia's Eyes. The Body also stars the leading lady from...

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Terminator director hired, plans revealed, comic suggests final film

There are a couple of stories around just now about the new Terminator film, and a couple that do make you think about where the franchise is going from here. There's also the possibility of an end to the entire Terminator franchise, something that has to come at some point...

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Killing Kennedy trailer, Lowe as Kennedy

When I first heard about the idea for the film Killing Kennedy I was intrigued for it looked to be telling a story about the assassination of President Kennedy that we hadn't heard before, and that's carried through to the trailer, so no surprise there. However I was surprised that...

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September 17, 2013

What does Grace of Monaco teaser tease?

There had been some confusion about the film Grace of Monaco especially around the fact that the centre of focus for the story would be the political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle which carried some serious threats for Monaco but also defined its future....

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1 trailer shows the terrible toll of F1

Fans of Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, tend to appreciate the history and the dangerous sport it once was, and while we might long for the good old days of racing none of us want the return to the level of danger it brought. Those who are dismissive of...

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September 10, 2013

The Wicker Man Final Cut trailer

Who would have imagined that a film from 1973 would remain known as, some forty years after its release, the best British horror film ever made? Some might argue the best psychological horror film ever made although I think that's a little bit of a stretch, certainly it's up there...

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National Security (Namyeong-dong 1985) trailer, fantastic film

I watched National Security (Namyeong-dong 1985) at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and was surprised at how good a film it is. Reading the initial blurb for it I thought this might be some political activist tale of morality, it also read as a story that could focus...

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RoboCop trailer gets it right?

Well colour me surprised. I have to admit that in the revelry of the remakes for films I thought that RoboCop was going to be another one destined for a half-hearted, profit focussed remake. That might still be the case but from this trailer I'm beginning to wonder if they...

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September 6, 2013

I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

Film Two Stars
This review is going to be rather difficult to write as the Pedro Almodóvar directed film I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros) is a real mix of emotion for the audience member. While there are moments of the Almodóvar magic with comedy and touching insights it also feels disjointed and...

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Film Two Stars
If I'm going to be honest I only watched this film as it was the first in a line of five films for a day of press screenings, it looked fun and was free. Plus I haven't watched a 3D film in a while so I wondered how far they'd...

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September 3, 2013

Fast and Furious 6

Film Two Stars
After seeing how the franchise had improved with Fast and Furious Five I was rather excited for Fast and Furious 6. It seemed that the series was growing just as was the director Justin Lin. No longer were we just watching an action film filled with cars and sexy women,...

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2 Guns

Film Four Stars
Having watched a couple of trailers for 2 Guns I had the distinct feeling that I'd seen the story already played out, after all this type of film can often have a pretty thin plot and to deliver an action trailer that promises thriller and story we often see a...

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