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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Based on a true story, Bridge of Spies takes place during the Cold War. The loose synopsis, “Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan finds himself thrust into the middle of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task of negotiating the release of a captured U-2 pilot.”


Disney have unveiled the latest trailer and poster for The Finest Hours. The action thriller is based on the true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.
Set in 1952, a noreaster strikes New England and wreaks havoc on ships in its path. The SS Pendleton is one ship that gets caught in the storm and gets ripped in half, trapping over 30 sailors inside.
Casey Affleck, Chris Pine and Eric Bana all star in the film, working together to survive. Check out the trailer for the film below:

The Finest Hours is out in January 2016



Remember back in 2014 when the makers of Jenny’s Wedding were trying to raise enough money to finish the film and release it (AwardsDaily is proud to have donated to their cause)? They raised almost $100k. It seemed for a time as though the film would never make it off the shelf but lo! Here it is at last, coming on the heels of the historic Supreme Court decision, starring Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel in Jenny’s wedding. Mazel-tov to them for finally getting it out there.

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It was almost a Fincher/Sorkin/Rudin joint with a different actor (Leo, Christian) but now it’s here – Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender as the man who invented then reinvented Apple. Kate Winslet looks to be supporting. Here is a trailer and our first glimpse of Fassbender as Jobs, who enters the Oscar race against the Weinstein Co’s MacBeth. May the best Fassy win.


The international trailer for Snowden has just been released. The film stars Joseph Gordon Levitt playing the former C.I.A employee who leaked classified NSA information.

We don’t get to see any cast members in the teaser trailer, but the music and the tagline alone sets the tone for what’s set to be a tense drama. “One Nation under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all”

Watch the trailer below.

Snowden is released on Christmas Day


In 2009, Argentinian director Juan José Campanella won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for The Secret in Their Eyes, the story of the an investigation of cold case told in flashbacks to the 1970s. The film won several truckloads of awards all around the world, and represents one of the few FLF Oscars winners that qualifies as a genuine mystery thriller. The sort of story Hollywood used to make all the time, so naturally it’s been adapted and packed full of Oscar nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. Because subtitles require reading and I guess it’s assumed that most American moviegoers don’t do that. The Americanized version is directed by Billy Ray who helped write a screenplay that did something to State of Play that drained all the urgency right out of the UK original, but let’s not dwell on that. As director, Billy Ray’s debut film was Shattered Glass, a tight tense little knockout a dozen years ago. In 2013, he was Oscar nominated for his screenplay for Captain Phillips, a tight tense enormous knockout.

A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.

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We might have our Best Actor frontrunner (sight unseen anyway) in Tom Hardy’s double performance in Legend. Hardy is one of those transformative actors who can be barely recognizable. He’s been working his way away from being a heartthrob and towards being a versatile chameleon. Hardy also stars in one of the year’s biggest hits with Fury Road. Here is the trailer for Legend, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for co-writing LA Confidential, and was nominated for his adaptation of Mystic River:

You can see how quickly the Best Actor category is about to fill up.

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In this unprecedented look at Amy Winehouse’s early life and commitment to music, bits and pieces of what made her life a painful one bob to the surface.

Watch the trailer here.

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