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Watch: U.S. Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Powerful 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Named this summer as one of our Best Films Of 2013...So Far, a Cannes winner for Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) along with an Ecumenical Jury prize for director Asghar Farhadi, it may have been a quiet for the past few months, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally starting to run with "The Past." And this first trailer gives you all you need to know as you add it your must-see list before the end of the year.

Exclusive: Politics & Identity Collide In Trailer For 'American Arab'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 10:03 AM
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It's been over a decade since the events of 9/11, and the reverberations of that day are still being felt in almost every arena of American life from the recent scandals of the NSA, the government's approach to foreign policy and more. But one issue that perhaps hasn't been discussed at the length it deserves is how the landscape has changed for Arab-Americans, but an upcoming documentary is tackling the topic head on.

Watch: Trailer For 'Machete Kills Again...In Space!' Starring Danny Trejo, Lady Gaga & Robot Justin Bieber

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 10:00 PM
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It was already a bit improbable that "Machete Kills" was made at all, and considering that the sequel made about a third of what the original "Machete" did (a measly $14 million worldwide) it's probably a safe bet that the tossed around trilogy capper "Machete Kills Again...In Space!" probably won't happen. But that's what we figured the first time around, so who knows. In any event, if it never comes to pass, this trailer will live on forever.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Hayao Miyazaki's Celebrated Final Film 'The Wind Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 2:09 PM
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Considered a strong contender not only for a nomination but also a possible win — particularly considering it's Hayao Miyazaki's final directorial effort — "The Wind Rises" may have a more difficult hill to climb than easier to swallow fare like Disney's upcoming "Frozen." But considering the animated studio has the best of both worlds by distributing the two movies, they should be happy no matter what happens as both are seen as shoo-ins for nods.

Watch: Jesse Pinkman Can't Forgive In New Trailer For 'Need For Speed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 12:38 PM
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Yes, we know Aaron Paul has a name but let's face it, we still can't forget "Breaking Bad" and neither can most folks considering how much the "alternate ending" to the series was passed around over the weekend. So, for our purposes at the moment, "Need For Speed" stars Jesse Pinkman and once again he's going to be yelling at stuff, have a pretty girl at this side all while trying to outfox a wily criminal.

I See Dead People: Watch The Trailer For Soapy Religious Drama 'Heaven Is Real' Starring Greg Kinnear

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 1:21 PM
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Heaven Is Real
Ever since "The Passion Of The Christ," studios have been chasing the religious dollar and that's probably no more evident than 2014 delivering a pair of blockbuster Bible movies: Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" and Ridley Scott's "Exodus." And while few of the God-fearing movies that have come since 'Passion' have been smash successes (they've mostly been in the vein of minor hits like "Soul Surfer"), that doesn't mean they won't keep trying. So here's "Heaven Is For Real," a movie that puts its whole premise right in the title.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For Friedberg & Seltzer's 'Hangover'/'Bridesmaids'/'Spring Breakers' Rip-Off 'Best Night Ever'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 10:35 AM
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If you wondered who North America's answer to Uwe Boll was, it has to be the duo of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The duo actually broke into the industry pretty respectably as the scribes behind the first "Scary Movie," but have since circled the drain as writer/directors of increasingly half-baked, low-budget efforts like "Meet The Spartans," "Disaster Movie," "Vampires Suck" and more recently, "The Starving Games." Yet, somehow they keep convincing people to give them money to make movies and/or they know who use tax rebates or something because they already have another turd on the way.

Watch: Danny Boyle, David Beckham & More Talk The Red Devils In Trailer For Manchester United Doc 'The Class Of 92'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 1:49 PM
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While phrases like The Red Devils and Old Trafford might not have much meaning for North American audiences, for those overseas, it's the nickname and home of Manchester United. One of the most celebrated, popular, beloved (and hated) soccer teams in the world, their reach has broken beyond the sport thanks to superstars like David Beckham. But a forthcoming documentary is going take things back a couple of decades to when someone like Beckham was just another player on the pitch.

Exclusive: Beautiful Trailer For Documentary 'What Is Cinema?' Featuring David Lynch, Kelly Reichardt, Mike Leigh & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 12:12 PM
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Among the daily noise about casting, box office, special effects, trends, awards and whatever else is dominating the conversation, the reason we go to the movies is often left undiscussed. But this exclusive trailer for the forthcoming documentary "What Is Cinema?" is sure to get you thinking about the moments that make you keep returning to the theater, eager for the lights to go down and the projector to turn on.

Watch: First Trailer For Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah' Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 10:48 AM
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Noah, trailer
"In the Bible the story is only a couple of pages, and the perception we have of it in the West is more as a children’s toy—an old man with a long beard and animals two by two on the boat. And there’s so much more to the story than that…there’s a lot of clues there about what the story means. So it was about trying to create a world where the story of Noah could be truthful and could take place, and make it something that could connect to a modern audience," director Darren Aronofsky told us last year, just two weeks after he had wrapped filming. With the time since spent working on the extensive special effects and whatever issues might be happening behind-the-scenes, reportedly battling the studio over final cut (it's still test screening), it looks like everyone involved is satisfied that all will be resolved as the first trailer has washed ashore.

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