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Watch: Goth Jessica Chastain Gets The Creeps In Trailer For 'Mama' Produced By Guillermo Del Toro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 1:28 PM
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So, Jessica Chastain dyeing her dazzing red locks black? Yeah, we're gonna have to get used to that, but it's all part of the goth look she's put together for the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror "Mama." And the first trailer is here to send a tingle up your spine.

Watch: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken & Alan Arkin Do Drugs, Drive Fast Cars In 'Stand Up Guys' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 1:11 PM
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If "The Expendables 2" didn't meet your fill of Old Guys Doing Things, then let us recycle an old joke and introduce you to the Depends-ables (GET IT?). Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin are up to no good in the first trailer for "Stand Up Guys," which once again finds some elderly dudes doing wacky stuff.

Watch: Trailer For Alcoholism Drama 'Smashed' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Aaron Paul

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 11, 2012 1:52 PM
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"Last night I ended up smoking crack." The Sundance drama “Smashed” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul received rave reviews earlier this year, especially from the performances of both lead actors. Our review from Sundance had praise for both thespians: "Winstead's bright, light charm has helped her in a run of films, but here she gets to crack it open to show dark rot underneath. Paul may be best known as "Breaking Bad" co-star Jesse Pinkman, but while Charlie also likes his vices a bit too much, his performance -- loving, gentle, lightly hammered -- is in a very different key than his work there."

Watch: Trailer For The Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln,' Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 4:30 PM
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If either candidate wants to win our votes in November, there's one very simple way to our hearts: amending the constitution to ban the use of trailers for trailers. A recent and insidious invention of Hollywood marketing departments, we can see the appeal from their point of view -- they get all the eyes keen for a first look at footage, but also get to drag out the anticipation and buzz for an extra few days. It's become increasingly commonplace over the last year (to the extent that even a smallish picture like "Looper" does it, and the latest to do so is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of these United States.

Watch: First Trailer For 'A Late Quartet' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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The world of classical music isn't one that's explored often in the movies, but when it is, it can often prove prime awards territory -- think of "Amadeus" or "Shine," which each featured composers and musicians, and which each picked up Oscars (or in the case of the former, several) for their trouble. And that certainly seems to be the hope of Yaron Zilberman's drama "A Late Quartet," which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

Watch: Trailer For TIFF-Bound British Thriller 'Wasteland' With Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon & Matt Lewis

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 2:28 PM
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We must say that we have a certain soft spot for hardboiled British crime thrillers (everything from "The Long Good Friday" to "RockNRolla"), so it's not going to take a lot to sway us to the particular charms of "Wasteland," the debut feature from writer/director Rowan Athale, which is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight. (You guys have your tickets?)

Watch: Stunning New Trailer For Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 12:16 PM
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There are a number of high-profile classic literary adaptations coming out in the next few months, including (but not limited to) Joe Wright's stage-bound "Anna Karenina," Mike Newell's stately "Great Expectations," and "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." We're not sure why people aren't really talking about Arnold's adaptation -- it was one of the absolute highlights of Venice last year for us -- but hopefully after this new trailer (courtesy of Vulture), they will be.

Watch: Trailer For Festival Hit 'Ginger & Rosa' With Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks & Annette Bening

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 10:25 AM
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Among some higher profile competition, one of our editor-in-chief's favorite films from his time in Telluride last weekend turned out to be "Ginger & Rosa," a coming-of-age tale from director Sally Potter ("Orlando"). Probably the most accessible film to date from a filmmaker whose last picture was shot on a cellphone (2009's "Rage"), it's a Bildungsroman set in 1960s Britain with Elle Fanning and newcomer Alice Englert (the daughter of Jane Campion) as two best friends discovering protest, sex and betrayal together. With Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May and Annette Bening among the top-notch supporting cast, it was the best little surprise of the festival, a film that's "lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile."

New, Shorter Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas' Offers A Little More Footage, New Yorker Profile Of The Wachowskis Offers New Insights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 9:23 AM
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Of all the 150 or so world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is getting underway as we speak, the one we're perhaps most curious about is "Cloud Atlas." An epic adaptation from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer of David Mitchell's excellent best-seller, the film spans thousands of years, with six separate storylines featuring an all-star cast of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and more, playing multiple roles of different genders and races in a genre-hopping, independently produced epic.

Watch: Penelope Cruz & Emile Hirsch In First Trailer For 'Twice Born'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 5:20 PM
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Starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch, the Italian-made picture "Twice Born" isn't on everyone's radar just yet, perhaps because it's an internationally produced picture. But that may be about to change, as the film is debuting at the Toronto Film Festival later this week.

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