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Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz slack off in 'Laggies' trailer


Jul 17
// Isabelle Magliari
Being an infantile woman myself, I am always drawn to films starring infantile female protagonists. In Laggies, Keira Knightley plays exactly that. Megan (Knightley) is a 28 year old woman who doesn't want to grow up. After ...
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'Dumbo' is getting a live-action remake for some reason


the reason is money.
Jul 09
// Isabelle Magliari
Is Dumbo big with the kids these days? Did I fall into some sort of Rip Van Winkle-type cryo-sleep and wake up in a world where movies starring CG animals are well done and Dumbo, of all things, desperately warrants a live-ac...
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Bill Murray is a lovable curmudgeon in first trailer for 'St. Vincent'


what a scamp!
Jul 02
// Isabelle Magliari
The first trailer for St. Vincent is everything I want it to be. Bull Murray behaving like a salty misanthrope, Melissa Mccarthy taking on a semi-serious role, Naomi Watts acting as a maternal Russian stripper, and...
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First 'Horrible Bosses 2' trailer looks kind of promising


I sort of laughed a little!
Jul 02
// Isabelle Magliari
Horrible Bosses wasn't the perfect film, but I enjoyed it well enough. After some of us here being less than impressed with the plot for Horrible Bosses 2, I am happy to say that at least the first trailer looks more pr...

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Bruce Willis is a child kidnapper in first trailer for 'The Prince'


He has a very particular set of skills
Jun 26
// Isabelle Magliari
Sometimes, an assassin needs to kidnap a rival assassin's daughter to make a point. I mean, we've all been there, right? Okay, maybe not, but the kidnapping of young girls while they're away from home is definitely a popular...
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First trailer for About Alex, starring Aubrey Plaza


who doesn't love an irreverent millennial?
Jun 23
// Isabelle Magliari
Newcomer Jesse Zwick is making his directorial debut with About Alex, a millennial-focused, Big Chill-type reunion story that actually looks pretty good.  The film follows a group of college friends who reunite post-gra...
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Idris Elba breaks into a nice lady's home in 'No Good Deed' trailer


fun for the whole family!
Jun 16
// Isabelle Magliari
You know the classic story: convict charms woman into letting him into her home, woman is terrorized, convict plays lovingly with woman's daughter while woman screams in fear. It's a tale as old as time! And what happens in ...
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Teaser trailer for The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco


Oh man.
Jun 12
// Isabelle Magliari
James Franco and Seth Rogen are the peanut butter and jelly of the film world; they just work so well together. And their dynamic duo-ness holds up strong in the first teaser for their upcoming and undoubtably hilarious come...
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Trailer for 'Leprechaun: Origins' is spooky hilariousness


Stop stealing this guy's gold!
Jun 12
// Isabelle Magliari
The fact that the entire Leprechaun film series exists (Leprechaun, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood, the list goes on) is one of those amazing things that reassures me the world is secretly as weird as I want...
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Trailer for Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Cowabunga!
Jun 12
// Isabelle Magliari
As a young lady whose favorite childhood toys were a garbage bag full of Ninja Turtles action figures and who arrived at the theater for 2007's TMNT dressed up as Michelangelo, I will pretty much sit through anything th...
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New trailer for 'The Giver' gets it right


And Meryl Streep is still perfect.
Jun 05
// Isabelle Magliari
Despite my initial resistance to a film adaptation, I am now coming around to the idea that The Giver has the potential to be great-- if it's pulled off correctly. And having been less than impressed by the fi...
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Adam Levine squawks out music in second trailer for 'Begin Again'


Ouch.
Jun 03
// Isabelle Magliari
I don't know what's worse: Adam Levine's piercing falsetto screeching indefinitely over footage of hip thirty-somethings reclaiming their lives, or CeeLo Green "free-styling" a godawful rap and then calling it "exceptionally...
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First trailer for Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner


Crack! Espionage! Shoot-outs! Oh my!
May 30
// Isabelle Magliari
Director Michael Cuesta's (Elementary/Dexter) jump from television drama to full-fledged feature film looks to be a successful one in this first trailer for his new political crime thriller Kill the Messenger. Starring ...
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Second 'Annie' trailer, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jaime Foxx


It's a hard knock life for my ears.
May 29
// Isabelle Magliari
Despite Cameron Diaz being consistently grating in her "modern" interpretation of Miss Hannigan, this second Annie trailer is more bearable than the first, and actually makes this remake look like a decent flick. T...
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First trailer for Michel Hazanavicius’ wartime drama 'The Search'


May 22
// Isabelle Magliari
Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius' (The Artist) upcoming wartime drama The Search looks both magnificent and devastating. Taking place in 1999 during the Second Chechen War, The Search follows the intercep...
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First trailer for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'


In which Emma Stone continues being adorable.
May 22
// Isabelle Magliari
Emma Stone causes my icy heart to thaw like no other actress in existence, and her unprecedented charm is on full display in Sony Pictures Classics' first trailer for Woody Allen's upcoming film Magic in the Moonlight. This ...
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First poster for Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell


This ain't 'The Office' anymore.
May 19
// Isabelle Magliari
Bennett Miller's (Moneyball) upcoming film Foxcatcher tells the fascinating true story of Olympic wrestler brothers Dave Shultz (Mark Ruffalo) and Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), and their strange relationship with mentally il...
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New 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' trailer is gorgeous


I hate every ape I see, from chimpan-a to chimpanzee
May 09
// Isabelle Magliari
If you were a fan of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then this new trailer for its upcoming sequel should get you super excited. Watching a film overflowing with CG characters can be jarring, but the work done in...
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New international trailer for 22 Jump Street


the boys are back in town.
May 08
// Isabelle Magliari
The fact that I'm laughing harder at the internet's slew of 22 Jump Street trailers than I ever did at any 21 Jump Street trailers gives me hope that this sequel will be as good, if not better, than the original fi...
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Garrett Hedlund cries a lot in 'Lullaby' trailer


what a sad sack
May 05
// Isabelle Magliari
I didn't know what a Garrett Hedlund was before this trailer, but googling tells me that he's quite the heartthrob and musician. Luckily for women everywhere, Lullaby includes Hedlund being both of those thing...
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Marc Webb on Mary Jane's deleted scene from 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'


May 02
// Isabelle Magliari
Earlier this week, director Marc Webb discussed the decision to completely cut Mary Jane from the much anticipated The Amazing Spider Man 2. In his interview with Movies.com, Webb revealed that it was...
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Woman replaces the dead with dolls in "The Valley of Dolls" documentary


first Furbies, now this
May 01
// Isabelle Magliari
Filmmaker Fritz Schumann visits the mostly abandoned village of Nagoro in his creepily sweet short documentary The Valley of Dolls. Schumann profiles 64-year-old Nagoro resident Ayano Tsukimi, a woman who constructs lar...

Tribeca Review: Mala Mala

Apr 24 // Isabelle Magliari
[embed]217663:41468:0[/embed] Mala MalaDirector: Antonio Santini, Dan SicklesRelease Date: TDBRating: NR Mala Mala spends its 89 minute run profiling nine key members of Puerto Rico's trans and drag communities. It delves lightly into each of their stories while successfully balancing talking head segments with seemingly candid shots of the nine men and women interacting within the communities they live and work. Mala Mala's unflinching, 'fly-on-the-wall' style of portraying its subjects stands as the film's crowing achievement. Whether they're hanging out at The Doll House (a drag club) or picking up clients on the street, Mala Mala allows its cast to speak their minds, for good or bad, and it's incredibly refreshing.  The film begins with Sandy, a transgender woman, telling the camera about the importance of passing for a woman while working the streets. Sandy acknowledges that, although she has had top surgery done, preserving a certain other appendage does have its disadvantages while trying to lure a john, and that the best solution to this problem is to simply be more beautiful than any biological woman. While Sandy talks, the documentary listens. There is no music to dictate our feelings and most of the segment is uncut, allowing us to observe Sandy while she applies her makeup for the night and jokes good-naturedly about venereal diseases. It would be easy to paint this woman's life in a highly sympathetic light, but when Sandy is allowed to speak candidly, there is a sense that she doesn't at all resent the way she lives. Sandy isn't a pitiable person, and Mala Mala is an outlet through which she can become charming and likable through her own merits.  This sense of honesty is present in all of Mala Mala. If the documentary has any agenda at all, it is only to show the immense love and companionship within Puetro Rico's trans and drag worlds. Whether it's  Paxx's, the only male transgender profiled in the film, flirting coyly with his girlfriend or Sandy nuzzling up to her boyfriend, love in this community beams throughout the film. This sense of unity stems from Mala Mala's utmost respect for its subject matter. It reports on the lives of these people in a matter-of-fact way and does not condescend with sappy music or propagandize with its footage. Struggling though life, especially as an underrepresented and often misunderstood subset of society, is both inspiring and soul crushing, but people do not live solely in these extremes and neither does Mala Mala. Additionally, Mala Mala's clever inclusion of RuPaul and her drag competition, RuPaul's Drag Race, makes this film even more relatable and its message further reaching. As a massive fan of RuPaul's Drag Race myself, I was happily surprised to see season 6's very own drag superstar April Carrión amongst the queens at The Doll House where she excitedly talked about appearing on the show. April and her drag sisters are packing suitcases together, and the scene feels overwhelmingly genuine and joyful. The beauty of being alive in a time when a woman like RuPaul can rise to incredible fame is not lost on April, and it's endearing to listen to her marvel at the massive impression RuPaul has left on the world ("She even has a wax figure at the wax museum in New York!").  This is not to say that Mala Mala doesn't have its upsetting moments. RuPaul's mark on the world aside, the transgender community is still highly marginalized. The documentary spends much time with a young woman named Ivana, the transgender spokesperson for the Butterfly Trans Foundation, and her struggle fighting for equal employment for people who are transitioning. Yet even this seemingly impossible effort is met with success by the end of Mala Mala when Bill 238, which prohibits employment discrimination because of gender identity and sexual orientation, passes.  Over all,  Mala Mala exists as a celebration of Puerto Rican drag and trans life. Directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles understand that sometimes showing the triumphs of a marginalized group of people can hold more power than reiterating their struggles alone. The film is powerful because it is not afraid to celebrate something that many still consider taboo. And the best part is, the subjects in this film are comfortable celebrating themselves as well. 
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An emotional, political, and physical transition
Mala Mala is the type of documentary that you feel privileged having watched. The Puerto Rican drag scene and transgender communities are endlessly fascinating, and watching them thrive through Mala Mala's respectfu...

Tribeca Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

Apr 21 // Isabelle Magliari
[embed]217643:41459:0[/embed] Super Duper Alice CooperDirector: Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, Sam DunnRelease Date: April 30, 2014Rating: NR Super Duper Alice Cooper is a bio-documentary focusing on the rise and fall of Alice Cooper: the band and Alice Cooper: the man. From Alice's humble beginnings as an unassuming pastor's son, the film and chronicles each watershed moment of his career from being black booked from venues to becoming a premier rock god by the end of the 1970's. The film starts with the introduction of teenage Alice Cooper, then Vincent Damon Furnier, and his first high school band. Cooper narrates the documentary himself and is both likable and funny, serving as a bright spot throughout a film which unfortunately begins to drag after the first twenty minutes.  The film's plodding place is caused in part by its bizarre visuals, which include concert footage, old photographs, and special effects exclusively. Living legends Iggy Pop and Elton John provide interviews and only their incorporeal voices can be heard as their testimonials are laid over a constantly moving collage of antique photos/film clips/etc. No interviewees' faces are ever shown, Cooper included, and watching nothing but a collage of pictures and video for 86 minutes kills the film's momentum.  And when the film loses steam, the story loses impact. There's a portion of Super Duper Alice Cooper which touches upon Cooper's alcoholism and how it affected his family, health, and musical career. Outside of some well-placed Jekyll and Hyde silent film clips, which cleverly illustrate the break between the Alice Cooper character and the man behind the make up, the film fails to explore the ramifications of his addiction in a meaningful way, instead relying too heavily on goofy-looking effects. To its credit, Super Duper Alice Cooper does try to tell a massive story in a very short amount of time, which is admirably ambitions but ultimately foolhardy. I feel as though the film would have been more successful had it chosen to focus on a single part of Cooper's career, such as his addiction or his first tour as a solo artist. Trying to convey a forty-year story without showing the faces of the people who were personally involves makes this film feel long and, at times, uninteresting. In the end, Super Duper Alice Cooper was informative, and if you're a massive Alice fan then definitely check it out, but I wouldn't rush out to see this film in the theater. Vincent's journey from religious pre-teen to chicken-throwing rock god is a fascinating one, but this documentary feels hollow.
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An ambitious title for a blasé rock doc
As a child, my parents lived and breathed Alice Cooper. My father had a particularly terrifying poster of his made-up, screaming face thumbtacked into the cork-board wall of his office that scared me too much to ever listen t...

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First trailer for 'If I Stay', starring Chloë Moretz


If I staaay, I would only be in your waaaay
Apr 16
// Isabelle Magliari
Author Gayle Forman's 2009 novel If I Stay is getting a film adaptation and everyone's favorite Chloë Moretz is taking on the starring role. Moretz plays Mia Hall, a teenage cello player who must decide between moving a...
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Morgan Freeman chuckles good-naturedly in 'Dolphin Tale 2' trailer


and its tale.
Apr 14
// Isabelle Magliari
That's right! Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr are BACK in Dolphin Tale 2, the long awaited sequel to 2011's beloved Dolphin Tale! ...Yeah, I don't remember Dolphin Tale either, but this trailer looks so saccharinely sweet a...
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New 'Neighbors' red band trailers are hilariously raunchy


starring the lovable Seth Rogen and the effervescent Zac Efron
Apr 09
// Isabelle Magliari
It is an interesting transformation to see Seth Rogen go from playing schluby, sweet, stoney screw-ups to a new father who is worried about neighborhood parties waking his baby. But Rogen plays a good dorky dad, and ...
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Trailer: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn starring Robin Williams


Take a chill pill, man.
Apr 09
// Isabelle Magliari
Robin Williams is cranky! And director Phil Aiden Robinson's (Field of Dreams) made him that way. In Robinson's upcoming film The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Williams plays delightful curmudgeon Henry Altmann, a man whose...
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First trailer for Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' is amazing


Lucy in the sky with a semi-automatic
Apr 02
// Isabelle Magliari
Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element) upcoming action thriller Lucy has it all; Scarlett Johansson kicking serious ass, telekinesis, explosions, designer drugs, superhuman strength, and Scarlett Johansson kicking serious ass. Did...
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Scarlett Johansson looks badass in first 'Lucy' image.


Go, ScarJo, Go!
Apr 01
// Isabelle Magliari
In director Luc Besson's upcoming action thriller Lucy, Scarlett Johansson stars as a drug-mule turned telekinetic kill machine by way of designer drugs, and if that doesn't sound awesome then I don't know what does...
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Trailer for 'Begin Again' Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo


Apr 01
// Isabelle Magliari
John Carney, the critically acclaimed director of the music-movie Once, is at it again with his new song-filled film, Begin Again. Starring Keira Knightely and Mark Ruffalo, Begin Again tells the story of Dan (Ruff...
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Angelina Jolie spreads her wings in new 'Maleficent' trailer


Up in the atmosphere, up where the air is clear
Mar 20
// Isabelle Magliari
The newest trailer for Disney's Maleficent reveals more of the dark fairy's origin story, along with a first glimpse at her massive wings in action. For all the questionable CGI in this trailer, Maleficent taking flight...
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New 'Earth to Echo' trailer features more found-footage aliens


A novel concept
Mar 20
// Isabelle Magliari
In a trailer that channels Super-8, ET, and a little bit of Explorers, Earth to Echo seems like any other kid-friendly romp through extraterrestrial discovery. Throw in a healthy dose of "found-footage" style filmm...
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First trailer for 'The Maze Runner' is intense


Gotta go faster, faster, faster-faster-faster
Mar 18
// Isabelle Magliari
The first trailer for the film adaptation of James Dashner's The Maze Runner has succeeded in making me curious about an upcoming film/ book trilogy that I didn't know existed until a few hours ago. This intense tr...
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Nick Frost's 'Cuban Fury' gets US release date and trailer


Can I get some chips with that salsa?
Mar 13
// Isabelle Magliari
The last time Cuban Fury popped up around these parts, an American release date had not yet been established. Well, prepare for your curiosity to be satisfied, folks! Nick Frost and Rashida Jones' Cuban Fury is on ...
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Angelina Jolie is beautifully spooky in new 'Maleficent' poster


with a killer collar and horn combo
Mar 12
// Isabelle Magliari
A new Maleficent poster hit the web this week featuring The Mistress of All Evil staring intensely into your soul while rocking a ruffled collar and her signature horn turban. Jolie succeeds at embodying Maleficent's spooky b...
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New image of Angelina Jolie and daughter in 'Maleficent'


it's a family affair
Mar 06
// Isabelle Magliari
As previously covered, Angelina Jolie's daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, has been cast to play toddler Princess Aurora in Robert Stromberg's upcoming film Maleficent. The first image of young Vivienne posing with Jolie's M...
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New teaser trailer for 'The Boxtrolls' is cute as heck


They're square, and we don't care
Mar 06
// Isabelle Magliari
The new teaser trailer for Focus Features upcoming film The Boxtrolls dares to be even cuter than the first. In addition to more adorable footage of the trolls, this trailer features new action scenes which show off more of ...
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New trailer for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return


still looking like a Bratz movie sequel
Mar 03
// Isabelle Magliari
Dorothy Gale is back on another kooky Oz adventure in Dan St. Pierre and Will Finn's upcoming 3D CG-animated feature Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. This second trailer features new gags, some fun characters,...
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First song for 'Muppets Most Wanted' is crazy adorable


SO CUTE
Feb 28
// Isabelle Magliari
Every time Kermit the frog dances with a gold hat and cane, my heart grows three sizes. After watching the music video for the first song from Muppets Most Wanted entitled "Sequel Song," my heart nearly burst out of my ...

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