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Weekly Trailer Report: ‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Life of Pi’ and More

The trailers this week are a fantastical and humorous bunch, with plenty of action and documentary thrown in as well.

A few of this week’s best and biggest seem to defy categorization, but are stunning none-the-less, including “Cloud Atlas,” “Life of Pi,” “Wrong,” “Branded” and “The Canyons.” Explore the erotic and realistic side of life with “About Cherry,” “Chasing Mavericks” and “A Royal Affair.” Take a walk into the darker side of life with “Middle of Nowhere,” “Freelancers,” and “Chained.” Thankfully, there’s still room for the lighter side, with “The Oranges,” “Bachelorette” and “Battle of the Year,” while honest documentaries such as “You’ve Been Trumped” and “Side by Side” pull no punches.

Enjoy this collection of trailers, hand-picked just for you.

“Cloud Atlas”

From the minds that brought you “The Matrix” (the Wachowski siblings) comes this enormous genre-and-time-spanning epic adventure piece. The trailer is a whopping six minutes long and doesn’t really explain the premise of the movie, which has to do with the idea that the smallest actions have consequences far beyond the reaches of our imagination. Beautiful and fascinating.

 

“Life of Pi”

A magical journey that celebrates the strength of the human spirit, this film is based on the beloved book by Yann Martel and revolves around one boy’s attempt to survive a shipwreck, alongside a tiger and various other animal friends. Directed by Ang Lee and starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire.

 

“Chasing Mavericks”

This drama finds one young man ready to take on the biggest wave in the world, with the help of an experienced instructor, played by Gerard Butler. With only three months left to train and ride the huge wave, both will undergo the journey of a lifetime as they learn to rely on one another.

 

“About Cherry”

This sexy erotic thriller is about one young woman’s dark descent into the world of lies and pornography. Starring James Franco, Heather Graham and Dev Patel.

“Middle of Nowhere”

This strong thriller won awards and hearts at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. One woman is caught between her incarcerated husband and her wide-open future in this gritty, realistic thriller. Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo and Lorraine Toussaint.

“Freelancers”

The son of a long-dead NYPD officer gets in with his father’s old cronies, though he discovers the work they do may not be exactly by the book. Starring 50 Cent, Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker and Dana Delany.

“Chained”

A psychological horror thriller, in every sense of the word, “Chained” follows a young boy who is kidnapped by a serial killer and held captive for years. Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Eamon Farren and Julia Ormond.

“Samsara”

Filled with breathtaking visuals and shot entirely on stunning 70mm film, “Samsara” is a feast for the eyes. Documentary in nature, this beautiful film introduces us to worlds and splendor of the Himalayas, the American Southwest, European cathedrals and other sites.

“Bachelorette”

This raunchy romp through the world of bridesmaids parties and wedding preparations finds three friends forced into the wedding of another, where they do their accidental best to ruin everything. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and more.

“Battle of the Year”

This dance movie takes a decidedly hip-hop stance, as a crew of American dancers prepares for dance championships held overseas. Will the team be able to put aside their differences and win big for America? Starring Chris Brown and Josh Holloway.

“Side by Side”

This documentary, produced by Keanu Reeves, explores the changing world of film formats and features dozens of interviews with directors about the changing nature of film, 3-D technology and more. Featuring David Lynch, David Fincher, Lena Dunham, Danny Boyle, James Cameron and plenty of other actors, directors and cinematographers.

“Wrong”

Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, this bizarre drama centers around a man who simply wants to find his missing dog. If only it were that easy! Meeting obstacles along the way, the man resorts to the power of the mind to contact his missing pet. Directed by the man who brought you “Rubber,” this surrealist film stars Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor and Alexis Dziena.

“Jack and Diane”

Two young girls meet in New York City and begin a relationship despite opposition from their parents and society. While things may look straightforward, there’s a supernatural element to be found in this thriller. Starring Juno Temple and Riley Keough.

“You’ve Been Trumped”

This documentary recounts the struggle of Scottish landowners against one of the world’s richest men, Donald Trump. When Trump decides he wants to build a golf resort on their land, the people are bullied and brutalized in their efforts to prevent him from doing so.

“A Royal Affair”

A royal physician makes the ultimate mistake and falls in love with the queen, setting off a chain of events that could destroy the very fabric of their nation. This foreign period drama combines the heady worlds of eroticism and politics. Starring Mads Mikkelsen.

“The Oranges”

Two families that have always been inseparable have to re-adjust when it turns out the dad is dating the daughter of the other, in this hilarious comedic look at the complications of modern life. Starring Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Adam Brody and Alia Shawkat.

“Branded”

A bizarre look at a dark future where corporations and brands have taken over, and one man’s attempt to uncover the truth about the world around him. Starring Leelee Sobieski, Max von Sydow and Jeffrey Tambor. This one looks bizarre!

“The Canyons”

Not much can be gathered from this teaser trailer for the latest from writer Bret Easton Ellis, but the official description has to do with youth, sexuality and partying in Los Angeles. Starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.

“Man of Steel”

A brand new, grittier take on the “Superman” legend, and, though not much can be gathered from this teaser trailer, the cape’s still there, Superman can still fly and we can’t wait to see this movie!


Categories: Trailers

Tags: A Royal Affair, About Cherry, Bachelorette, Battle of the Year, Branded, Chained, Chasing Mavericks, Cloud Atlas, Freelancers, Jack and Diane, Life of pi, Man of Steel, Middle of Nowhere, Side by Side, The Canyons, The Oranges, Wrong, You've Been Trumped

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