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Teaser Trailer For ‘Macbeth’ Starring Michael Fassbender
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Michael Fassbender in Macbeth

William Shakespeare is, perhaps, the king of written tragedies. Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s darkest and saddest tales, is also arguably one of the greatest tragedies ever told. And the new film version of Shakespeare’s work starring Michael Fassbender in the titular role, looks to be the darkest adaptation ever performed judging by this newly released teaser trailer.

You can read the description and check out the grim trailer below.

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Movie Review: Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)
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Rust and Bone Movie PosterRust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)
Region 2: Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Jacques Audiard
Written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (screenplay)
Based on a story by Craig Davidson
Starring Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
Sony Pictures Classic
Rated R | 120 Minutes
Release Date: Nov 23, 2012 (USA)

I think I remember the /film podcast really talking up Jaques Audiard previous film, A Prophet, and I even remember seeing the trailer numerous times in the theaters, but it never worked out for me to see the movie. It’s one I do want to watch eventually, even more after seeing his newest film, Rust and Bone.

The story revolves a father (Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead) and son (Armond Verdue), who seem to travel from place to place, as they struggle to make ends meet. It seems the mother is out of the picture for the moment, there is mention of her supposedly using the kid to traffic drugs at one point in the movie. They end up at his sister’s place and he seems to find a somewhat steady job working security and bouncing at a club. One night he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard, Dark Knight Rises) as she has gotten in a fight with someone, and he takes her home.

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ IMAX BANE Poster And ‘Journey’ Trailer
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The Dark Knight Rises Bane IMAX Poster

The Dark Knight Rises is just mere days away (eight, to be exact), and if you got the same tingling feeling from listening to the soundtrack as I did, then you are just as excited as I am to see this movie.

But that’s just a taste of the good stuff, what comes next is like the cherry on top. There’s a new IMAX poster and a “Journey” trailer, and you can check both of them out below.

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Bat Analysis: Dissecting ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer
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The Dark Knight Rises

In the past, I’ve combed over any and every Batman-related thing that’s come across my path to try and figure out what the secrets are that lie behind what we see at face value. It’s a little something that I like to call a “Bat-Analysis” and most of those items have had something to do with The Dark Knight Rises. So, it’s without question that I would approach the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises with the same mentality. I read a lot of Batman comics and have immersed myself within the content regarding the character, so how could I not? The only problem is, it’s nearly impossible to do that with this trailer. But nonetheless, I present to you my Bat Analysis of The Dark Knight Rises trailer.

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Movie Review: Contagion
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Contagion

Contagion
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Elliott Gould, Jennifer Ehle, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Chin Han, Griffin Kane, Sanjay Gupta
Release Date: September 9, 2011

Contagion is a movie that showed much promise with its previews and its advertised premise, but in reality it turns into 100 minutes of wasted production opportunities used instead to push stereotypical propaganda at the viewer. With its notable ensemble cast, and a plot device that is not new but has been proven to be popular over the years, the Steven Soderbergh film had huge potential that will do nothing but disappoint the thriller/horror fans expecting an epidemic epic.

I have been quite a big fan of medical thrillers over the years, particularly those that focus on diseases and outbreaks. From stories of crazy Ebola-like viruses to weaponized disease, I’ve been fascinated with the concept both in its reality, and in its use as a plot device in thrillers. I have no rationalization for this attraction: perhaps it was the wonderful conclusion H.G. Wells brought us to in War of the Worlds, or perhaps it is the disease-based plot devices of some of my favorite zombie flicks. Either way, when word came out Soderbergh was taking up the subject; I was thrilled at the prospect.

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Spoiler Talk: Contagion
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Contagion

After quietly filing out of the theater after screening Contagion, one question popped into my head: What marketing genius over at Warner Bros. decided to open a movie in which millions of [fictional] people die on THIS weekend of all the other weekends one could have picked? Though one may never get an answer, if you do choose to see Contagion, it’s the scariest non-horror movie you’ll see all year, and is worth the price of admission just to see so many recognizable actors bite it.

Not even having an Academy Award can prevent you from a gruesome death as the cast boasts four Oscar Winners (Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow), not including Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, The Informant), along with 3 other nominees (Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, and Winter’s Bone’s John Hawkes) all serving the ensemble but never overshadowing the main story. If it weren’t for the mega-wattage stars highlighting which characters you should be paying attention to, the movie almost has a documentary feel, with other than the most obvious concessions that yes, you really are just watching a movie.

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Batman Battles Bane In ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set Images; New Videos Confirm Arkham Breakout?
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Plenty of images from the set of Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy–maker, The Dark Knight Rises, have found their way online as the movie films in Pittsburgh, including some recent shots of Tom Hardy as the feared Bane.

Now comes some more shots of filming, this time of some pretty intense battle sequences, as well as our first peek at Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate (or Talia Al Ghul, as many assume is who’s she’s really playing). The most notable of which is of course the Dark Knight going head–to–head with the aforementioned Bane. But it doesn’t just end with these pictures; some videos from the shoot show that not only are Batman and Bane throwing down, but that there’s a full–on riot going on in the middle of a blizzard. Does this anarchy confirm what fans have been assuming (based on the viral marketing campaign): that the movie involves a catastrophic Arkham Asylum breakout?

Continue on below to see the images and the videos of this insane shoot, and share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Deal: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’
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Inception blu-rayThe digital deal of the day is over at Amazon today is Inception, which is available for rental for only $.99.

This deal is valid only for today, Saturday, January 1, 2011, until midnight PST. Once you activate the rental through Amazon’s Video On Demand service, you’ll have access to the movie for 48 hours. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version, the cost is $9.99.

Also, if you’d like to own a physical copy of the movie, the Blu-ray Combo Pack is on sale for $18.99 while the DVD price has been dropped to $9.99.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Inception are part of Amazon’s “Buy This DVD and Watch it Instantly” program. That means with the purchase of either version, you will be able to watch the movie instantly through Amazon’s Video On Demand (see more details about this below). Basically, it’s like getting a free digital rental while you wait for your physical copy to arrive.

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Blu-ray Review: Inception
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Inception blu-rayInception
Blu-ray Combo Pack | DVD
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Paige, Marion Cotillard, Michael Cain, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe
Warner Bros Home Entertainment
Release date: December 7, 2010

American Beauty had a tagline that instructed us to “look closer.” Apply this instruction to Inception and see what lurks underneath the myriad of descriptions explaining what inception and extraction actually are. Adhering to a more surgical approach to Christopher Nolan’s film we will be granted what truly drives the movie. Looking closer we are no longer misconstrued by the esoteric explanations of dreams, but are firmly grooved along a rail that is undeviating in its approach of getting to the heart of the film: which is the wounded souls of two men who inhabit an unrelenting atmosphere of ceaseless action.

The true meaning of this film isn’t about penetrating through multiple layers of dreams, nor is it about an espionage heist. Inception, as psychologically brilliant as it is, is even more potent when it reveals that it has a heart; a heart so beaten down to a wounded mass that it is thriving to be resuscitated. It is this kind of heart that takes the film past the esoteric and psychological realms of excessive commotion and into the heights of the masses who can empathize with what it is like to have a heart that feels it cannot be mended. Here is Nolan channeling a universal theme of extreme grief. We are swimming in a pool of grief the entire span of the film (the brooding soundtrack is evidence). Hearts want to mend the past, dissipate the regret pervading its existence and get revenge on things eating away at it. Nolan created a character that had intact these same motivations in his hallmark film Memento. That film and Inception reveal men disconcerted with their current way of living, motivated by past events and regrets that have the potential to drive them mad.

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‘Inception’ Coming To Blu-ray & DVD This December
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Inception Blu-rayInception, this summer’s “mind-blowing” blockbuster film, will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand through Warner Home Video on December 7, 2010.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray disc, DVD, and Digital Copy) will contain will over 90 minutes of bonus material featuring writer/director Christopher Nolan and star Leonardo DiCaprio, and have a suggested retail price of $35.99. The widescreen DVD will apparently has “mind-bending featurettes” and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

You can pre-order both formats right now at Amazon and lock in their discounted price: Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.99) or DVD ($20.49).

Warner Bros hasn’t released the full list of bonus content at this time, but their solicitation beckons, “Go inside the dream with extraction mode,” which I’m guessing is some sort of Blu-ray-only feature that allows you to press a button during playback that will give you facts and other details, perhaps in a picture-in-picture format. Maybe, just maybe, some of our unanswered questions regarding the film will be answered with this feature!

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