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Watch: Trailer For Thriller 'The Numbers Station' Starring John Cusack & Malin Akerman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 8:02 AM
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One actor who made our feature Fire Your Agent: 10 Actors Who Need A Change Of Career Direction was John Cusack, and his upcoming "The Numbers Station" pretty much illustrates why he belongs on that list. Yet another generic thriller (once slated to star Ethan Hawke instead), this is the latest in a string of genre efforts by the actor that are as bland as they are interchangeable.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Jack The Giant Slayer' Presents The Most Extreme Fairy Tale Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 1:10 PM
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So, just how in your face is "Jack The Giant Slayer"? The latest trailer for the movie uses none other than the extreme rockin' stylings of Deftones to let you know this ain't your mama's fairy tale movie. Boom!

Watch: First 'Monsters University' Trailer & Preview Reveals New Characters, Plot Details, Footage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 11, 2013 9:38 AM
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Are you ready for more Mike and Sully? A special behind-the-scenes preview and a brand new trailer for Pixar's "Monsters University" offers up a treasure trove of new details – additional plot information, character designs, and footage – that make us inch towards genuine excitement about this monster-filled prequel.

Watch: Clever Trailer For Doc 'Room 237' Pays Homage To The Original 'The Shining' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 2:43 PM
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There are few films in the horror genre -- or even the general history of cinema -- that have continued to spur the kind of obsession, fascination and discussion decades after its release that Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has. Indeed, the last few weeks have seen the script pages for the deleted original ending to the movie come to light, while a camera operator went on record about the helicopter shadows in the now classic opening to the movie. But there's oh so much more revealed in the excellent documentary "Room 237," a fascinating look at "The Shining." A new trailer has dropped, and should drum up more excitement for this one.

Watch: Trailer For Berlin & SXSW Pic 'Maladies' Starring James Franco & Cross-Dressing Catherine Keener

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 1:44 PM
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Yes, it's James Franco Project #A-9087B-X7, but we'll say this about the prolific actor/writer/director/producer -- his choices are never dull. Indeed, "Maladies" is on our list of 5 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2013 Berlin Film Festival, and the cast, which also includes Catherine Keener and David Strathairn, is one that we'd be curious to check out in almost anything. And with subject matter such as schizophrenia and sexuality in the mix, the blend could be potent, but we have to be honest: now that the first trailer is here, we're not sure what to think.

Watch: Trailer For 'Writers' With Logan Lerman, Lily Collins, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly & Kristen Bell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 1:24 PM
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Trying to get noticed amongst hundreds of films is tough, and though it premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, the indie dramedy "Writers" didn't make much of a splash. And while there hasn't been much heard about the film since then, a trailer has wormed its way online, giving a pretty extensive look at the film.

Watch: Trailer For Michel Gondry's Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 7:52 AM
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Michel Gondry is just full of surprises in 2013. He kicked off the New Year with a short film, dropped a fairly gorgeous trailer for his upcoming "Mood Indigo" and one project he told us way back in 2011 would be finished "within two years. Maximum." has been completed. We have to admit, we kind forgot he was working on a doucmentary about famed linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky, but the movie is now complete. Titled "Is The Tall Man Happy?" it's something Gondry has been quietly plugging away on for the last few years, and it was a very involved process.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For 'Laurence Anyways' Is An Elegant, Beautiful Music Video Plus Clip From Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 6:52 PM
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With each week bringing with it at least a half dozen more movies to theaters, and countless more on VOD, not to mention film festivals and more, it's tough for any to resonate and stay above the noise. But last year, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" was one I just couldn't shake. Flawed? Sure. But the emotion within wasn't paralleled by any other movie, and certainly the ambitious scope and brave material made it stand apart. Indeed, it landed on my Best Of 2012 list as it has already opened in Canada, but with the U.S. release on the horizon, a new trailer has arrived. And it's pretty great.

Watch: Trailer For Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Starring Kate Hudson, Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 5:15 PM
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While the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden may have ended a particular chapter in the war on terror, the events of 9/11 still resonate strongly more than a decade later. And for her latest film, director Mira Nair ("Mississippi Masala," "The Namesake") taps into that well with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." And after making the festival scene last year, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has arrived.

Watch: Studio Ghibli's 'From Up On Poppy Hill' Gets English Trailer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 5, 2013 2:12 PM
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There are a number of animated projects getting unveiled in 2013, and two of the most intriguing just got new promotional materials – a trio of teaser posters from Walt Disney Feature Animation's latest princess story "Frozen" and the long-delayed domestic debut of Studio Ghibli's coming-of-age tale "From Up On Poppy Hill." Both have us very, very excited.

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