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Archive for June, 2012


Trailer Watch: Easy Money (a.k.a. Snabba Cash)

Yeah, the US is late to this party. Easy Money is the American title for the 2010 Swedish thriller Snabba Cash, which finally makes it stateside in July. (Check your art hours theaters for showtimes, ’cause this isn’t going to make it into too many multiplexes. Here’s the synopsis.

Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC’s ‘The Killing’) falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm’s wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he’s lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he’s unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW’s journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.

A smash hit in its home country, the film already has at least one sequel in the can. You can check the trailer for Snabba Cash 2 out over at Twitch; it’s out in Sweden this August. The third film will complete the trilogy sometime next year. If this first one does well enough here, maybe the Weinsteins (or someone else) will bring the sequels over a little faster.

If you can’t stand reading movies, cross your fingers for Warner Brothers to exercise their remake option. It has Zac Efron attached!

Trailer Watch: Ben Affleck’s Argo international trailer

Ben Affleck’s based-on-a-true-story thriller Argo, “the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.” After the one-two punch of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, I’ll go anywhere with Affleck, but this looks exceptional.

The film stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, and many, many more. It hits theaters October 10, 2012 — just close enough to Oscar season to stay fresh in everybody’s mind, but early enough to not get drowned out by Flight, Life of Pi, Skyfall, The Hobbit, Twilight, Django Unchained, This Is 40, and Kathryn Bigelow’s still-untitled Osama Bin Laden movie.

(Thanks to Twitch for the heads up, as well as the embed, obviously.)

Trailer Watch: Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in Celeste & Jesse Forever

Via iTunes comes the trailer for a film I hadn’t heard of until today, Celeste & Jesse Forever. Here’s the synopsis:

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do — she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go. The film is a humorous and honest examination of a broken heart and the long, hard road it takes to heal it.

Shot and acted with far more seriousness (and craft) than I expect from the stars, Celeste & Jesse Forever already looks like a smart, bittersweet examination of relationships — and yet no less funny for it. (It probably has a happy ending anyway, but I won’t complain about that if it’s well-earned.)

The film hits theaters in the States on August 3rd.

Trailer Watch: FOUR (sort of) teaser trailers for Monsters University

A teaser trailer for the prequel to Pixar’s Monsters Inc., Monsters University, has found its way to the internet in four very slightly different versions. (The only difference is a one-liner early on — you’ll know which one after you watch the first one. I watched all of them all the way through so you don’t have to. They are all very funny, though!)

The whole film, which was directed by Pixar story artist Dan Scanlon, hits theaters on June 21, 2013.