This tingle I feel from Louder than Bombs is overshadowed somewhat by the bummer of realizing the 50-second teaser is better than almost every movie at the All-American multiplex right now. So imagine the gloom-clouded thrill I get from these 5 minutes of clips.

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

Directed by Joachim Trier. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan. Cinematographer Jakob Ihre also shot Trier’s haunting character study Oslo, August 31st. Louder than Bombs is the 3rd collaboration between the director and co-writer Eskil Vogt.

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A film featuring female characters in all the lead roles, About Ray tells the story of a transgendered teen going through transition. Naomi Watts as her mother, Susan Sarandon as her grandmother. Directed by Gaby Dellal.

We saw the images and we roughly know the plot. Here is the trailer for a film that looks straight out of the 1970s — in Ken Russell territory. Will it be well received or universally panned? We will wait and see but one thing we can know for sure is that writer/director/star Angelina Jolie does not shy away from scenes of hitting and slapping and slapping and hitting… hat tip to Rope of Silicon. Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 10.21.03 AM

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Roland Emmerich’s passion project Stonewall finally arrives after years of struggle. Jeremy Irvine leads a fantastic cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jonny Beauchamp (Penny Dreadful), Ron Perlman, Joey King, Matt Craven, and Caleb Landry Jones.

STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.

Several collaborators contribute to the evocative atmosphere, notably Vincent Gingras-Liberali’s production design, and German cinematographer Markus Förderer who first got my attention in 2011 with his shimmering work on Hell. Trailer’s mood music: “Pardon My Reflection” by Motion, and “Hard Time” by Seinabo Sky. Stonewall opens September 25.

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His accent is spot on. Johnny Depp could go toe to toe with his Gilbert Grape/Basketball Diaries co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor. You can’t really win an Oscar if you’re too good looking. The best looking actors have to ugly themselves up in order to get taken seriously by the Academy for some reason. Admittedly, making Johnny Depp not pretty is no easy feat but he is a chameleon and seems to have transformed himself to unrecognizable yet again. Director Scott Cooper is better with directing than he is with writing and this comes from a script by Mark Mallouk and Jez butterworth (Get on Up, Fair Game).

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Indiewire’s Ryan Lattanzio reports that Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation could be headed to the Oscar race now that is has gotten a theatrical release date. They are doing the HBO dance of giving the pic a theatrical release alongside its streaming World Premiere:

Netflix is partnering with indie film distributor Bleecker Street and exhibitor Landmark to release the film day-and-date on Friday, October 16, 2015 in 19 markets. Clearly, awards are in view and theatrical is needed to achieve that. The film has already booked a Venice competition premiere, followed by a Canadian premiere in Toronto. Which means we should expect “Beasts” to pop up in the secret Telluride lineup.

It’s a clever way to change up the game, much the way Netflix did with House of Cards’ first season. The idea was to de-stigmatize Netflix’s original content programming, which it aced without breaking a sweat. Now, in order to satisfy the bizarre shifting landscape of television looming large over much of the feature film market (that’s where the audiences are now) Netflix is once again bridging the gap and de-stigmatizing their brand and the idea of VOD as a kind of legit platform for Oscar consideration.

In other words, this is as close as anyone has yet come to making the Oscars consider “television” or VOD in the feature film world. HBO does the same every year with its documentaries. They drive up their own profits by giving the film its needed theatrical release to qualify for awards. That helps publicize it by the time it hits HBO airwaves. Now, Netflix will do the same and you can imagine the publicity potential for the film if it gets anywhere near the Kodak.

To change the game they need a big name. They had Fincher for House of Cards and now they have Cary Fukunaga whose name is gold right now amid critics and voters. This would then open doors to other companies – theoretically Amazon or even HBO (who could have done that with Soderbergh’s Candelabra for instance).

As Lattanzio notes, “Earlier this year, AMC, Regal, Carmike and Cinemark dug their heels, stating they would not show the film without a 90-day window between its theatrical and streaming premieres.


Oh man, I can’t wait for this film. It gave me chills up and down my spine watching the trailer. It also appears as though someone is really using Brie Larson to full capacity finally. She’s mostly been cast so far in supporting parts that waste what this girl can really do. She is so talented, so willing to go there emotionally and in every other way. Take a look at Room, which is likely headed to Telluride and will probably put Larson in the league with the other (short list) of women for this year’s Best Actress race:



There are two films involving the Boston Globe this year. Black Mass, about Whitey Bulger and Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. If you split Martin Scorsese into two films you have would each of these stories. Here is Spotlight’s trailer.


Directed by Sam Mendes. Screenplay by John Logan. Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema. Original Music by Thomas Newman. Edited by Lee Smith. Production Design by Dennis Gassner. Credit where credit is due. Looks like a knockout.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6, 2015.


No “invisible”(?) edits here. As Paddy Mullholland says at ScreenOnScreen, Victoria is “a 140-minute action film literally shot in one take. No wonder it won an award at Berlin for its cinematography” (by Sturla Brandth Grøvlen). Not only that, at the Berlinale in February, director Sebastian Schipper took home the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas and the Reader Jury Prize. Victoria was then nominated for 7 German Film Awards and just last month won 6 of them: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Score and Best Cinematography. “A runaway party girl is asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying turns into a bank robbery.” Naturally. Non-stop single-take thrills ensue.


The official trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has arrived. Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence leads a revolution against the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

In the trailer, Snow says, “My dear Ms. Everdeen, make no mistake, the game is coming to its end.”

The stakes are high and there will be blood. Watch the trailer below:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released on Nov. 20.


Julianne Moore and Ellen Page continue their fascinating involvement with gay-themed movies and gay filmmakers in Freeheld, opening October 2.

New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.


We saw an extended look at this new Pixar film in Cannes with an event hosted by John Lasseter. Needless to say it looks more than up to Pixar’s standards with breakthrough animation and a touching story about a lost boy. In the clips we saw the water looked so real it could have been live action. For Oscar Pixar will go up against Pixar with Inside Out.

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Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant opens December 25th. Leonardo DiCaprio gets another shot at the big prize. The Revenant is “partially based” on Michael Punke’s 2003 novel and is the story of fur trapper and hunter Hugh Glass, a man who survived a grizzly bear attack, was left for dead, who then crawled his way back to survival. In the hands of Inarritu, there is likely more to it than just an extreme tale of survival.

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We are a bit late in posting this trailer. I did not see anything about it anywhere but here it is. The costumes are to die for and who would not want to spend time with Kate Winslet wearing these clothes? I could take a bath in this movie, even if it’s terrible.

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David O. Russell finally casts Jennifer Lawrence in the lead. Here it is, our one most promising Best Picture contender starring a woman.


Warner Bros. revealed the new trailer for the forthcoming Suicide Squad film after it leaked at this year’s Comic-Con. In true Comic-Con tradition, the trailer was filmed and leaked online, and naturally the quality was bad, but was enough to send everyone online into a frenzy.

Following the leak, Warner Bros. released the trailer with the following statement:
“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”
– Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

Watch the HQ trailer below and get your first glimpse of Jared Leto as The Joker.


You should say nice things about this trailer because it looks like somebody spent a lot of money on it. One thing for sure, anyone who was nervous that Wonder Woman might threaten to step up and steal some thunder from the boymen will be relieved to see that she appears here in 4 shots amounting to less than 5 seconds. I’m only kidding. You guys! It’s Batman and Superman! Versus each other!


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They’re talking practical effects on the film to make it look less green screen and more old timey Star Wars.
They’re building the hype for this thing up pretty high. Will this top the year’s box office? Will it top Jurassic World which is headed for the number three spot behind Titanic?

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John Cowley’s Brooklyn, the hit of Sundance, released its first trailer. Saoirse Ronan has to choose between two men and two countries.

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