Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Official Synopsis: Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his “California bubble life” behind. Armed with his son’s backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800 km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, but soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of “writer’s block.” From the hardship experienced along “The Way” this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again, and discovers the difference between “The life we live and the life we choose”. THE WAY was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Starring: Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt, Tchéky Karyo

Director: Emilio Estevez

Screenplay: Emilio Estevez

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Release Date: October 7, 2011


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Official Synopsis: Tyrannosaur is the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan), a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph’s life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating consequences for both of them.

Genre: Drama

Starring: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Paul Popplewell, Eddie Marsan

Director: Paddy Considine

Screenplay: Paddy Considine

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: October 7, 2011 (UK)


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Official Synopsis: In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth… MELANCHOLIA is a psychological disaster film from director Lars von Trier.

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier.

Director: Lars von Trier ("Antichrist", "Dancer in the Dark")

Screenplay: Lars von Trier

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: November 11, 2011 (US - Limited)


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Official Synopsis: Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

Genre: Drama

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Fernando Cayo, Jan Cornet

Director: Pedro Almodóvar ("Talk to Her", "Volver")

Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar, based on a novel by Thierry Jonquet

Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language

Release Date: October 14, 2011 (US - Limited)


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Official Synopsis: One of the most exciting young talents around, the Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo approaches the hot-button topic of drug violence through the perspective of an unlikely, unwitting heroine: a Tijuana beauty pageant contestant (Stephanie Sigman) who stumbles into the path of ruthless cartel operatives and corrupt officials. Although inspired by a true story, Miss Bala avoids docudrama cliches and tabloid sensationalism, and instead evokes the pervasive climate of fear and confusion that has enveloped daily life in some increasingly lawless pockets of northern Mexico. Using long takes and fluid, precise camera work, Naranjo fashions a highly original thriller: an anguished and harrowing mood piece with an undertow of bleakly absurdist humor and moments of heart-stopping action.

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela, Miguel Couturier, James Russo

Director: Gerardo Naranjo

Screenplay: Gerardo Naranjo, Mauricio Katz

Rated R for language, some brutal violence and sexuality

Release Date: October 14, 2011 (US - Limited)


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Official Synopsis: Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972, was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Starring: No cast information available

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego ("El rey de la montaña", "Nómadas")

Screenplay: Brian Miller, Cory Goodman ("Priest")


Release Date: September 2, 2011


Monday, August 29, 2011

Official Synopsis: "Contagion" follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

Release Date : September 9, 2011 (US)

Read the full article to watch the movie clips.

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Official Synopsis: MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy

Director: Sean Durkin

Screenplay: Sean Durkin

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language

Release Date: 21 October, 2011 (US - Limited)


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Official Synopsis: It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In BLACKTHORN, Cassidy (Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.

Genre: Western, Drama

Starring: Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea, Eduardo Noriega

Director: Mateo Gil (screenwriter for "Vanilla Sky" and "Agora")

Screenplay: Miguel Barros

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Release Date: August 31, 2011 (France)


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Official Synopsis: In a dystopian future America is now Panem, a nation made up of twelve impoverished districts, all ruled by a militant capitol where technology and excess are a way of life. Every year the capitol holds a televised battle royal, where one male and female teenager from the twelve districts must battle to the death for the pleasure of capitol. When a young hunter from District 12 named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) sacrifices herself to save her little sister from the games, she embarks on a brave fight for survival that could change a nation.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Wes Bentley

Director: Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit", "Pleasantville")

Screenplay: Gary Ross, based on a novel by Suzanne Collins

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: 23 March 2012


Official Synopsis: Inspired by true events, Killer Elite is an action adventure spy film following Danny (Jason Statham), one of the world's most skilled special-ops agents. Lured out of self-imposed exile to execute a near-impossible feat of retribution and personal salvation, Danny reassembles his old team of operatives to help rescue his former mentor (Robert DeNiro), and to penetrate the highly feared and respected military unit, the British Special Air Service (SAS). Facing off against a covert group of ex-SAS soldiers known as 'The Feather Men,' who, under their leader Spike (Clive Owen), provide a deadly cloak of security around all SAS members, Danny and his team must take down a rogue cell of solider assassins before their actions result in a global political meltdown. Opens September 23, 2011.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

This post contains all the news, trailers, movie clips, DVD/Blu-Ray releases and many more, that you may have missed in the last seven days, arranged in an accessible manner. Just browse and click the article titles you want to read. Read the full article to check out the weekly summary.

The hurricane wreaked havoc at the box-office too, as profits went down drastically compared to last week. Three new movies opened to bad weather : the weird comedy "Our Idiot Brother", the creepy horror "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and the ass-kicking-hot-lady action flick "Colombiana". Were they able to defy the storm ? Find out by reading on.

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN - November 4, 2011 (Limited)

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn – this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

TEXAS KILLING FIELDS - October 14, 2011 [Updated].

Inspired by the string of real-life unsolved murders in a small Texan town, this tense and haunting thriller follows a local homicide detective (Sam Worthington), and his partner, a transplanted cop from New York City (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his female victims’ mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh dubbed “The Killing Fields.” The killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When a familiar local girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) goes missing the detectives find themselves in a race against time to find their killer before she is murdered.

BULLET TO THE HEAD - April 13, 2012

After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. An action movie directed by Walter Hill ("48 Hrs.", "Red Heat"), starring Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa and Christian Slater. Based on a graphic novel created by Alexis Nolent. Before Walter Hill was brought in, Wayne Kramer ("Running Scared") was the chosen director and Thomas Jane was to star opposite Sylvester Stallone. Kramer and Stallone had arguments regarding the tone of the movie, so Kramer and Jane left and Walter Hill was hired.

PROJECT X - March 2, 2012

3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. The Hangover's Todd Phillips produces this top-secret comedy from writers Matt Drake and Michael Bacall, with helming duties handled by commercial director Nima Nourizadeh. Starring Miles Teller, Alexis Knapp, Thomas Mann, Eddie Hassell and Abigail Klein.


At least that's what Dan Aykroyd said in a recent interview. The pre-production for "Ghostbusters 3" is turning into something of a soap opera, with Aykroyd pushing to make it and Bill Murray constantly displaying his lack of interest for the project. Of course Murray was one of the main attractions of the Ghostbusters franchise, but since the new movie is going to involve a new batch of Ghostbusting recruits, Murray's participation in the project is no longer a requirement. Aykroyd also dropped a few hints about the characters in the sequel. Here's what he had to say about the project :

"Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray, that is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that ‘Ghostbusters’ is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of ‘Ghostbusters 3′ is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood ... My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the cadillac,” he says, “He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs… Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation."

The bigger issue here, other than whether or not they're actually going to make it, is if it's even worth making. They had a great cast for the first two movies and an interesting ensemble of characters. Sometimes the magic can be re-created, but it's a gamble, and if Dan Aykroyd is only doing it to get his name out there now that he's not doing a lot of work in Hollywood these days, I'm not sure they can get it right. I think Bill Murray knows this and that's why he's trying to keep himself out of it. They've been testing the waters with some Ghostbusters videogames recently, which means that they're really interested in reviving the franchise. I suppose we should be thankful it's not a remake, but I'm afraid a tired sequel is not the answer, either.


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Official Synopsis: To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio) is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Julia Roberts) will graduate from college-decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family’s history and relationships come to light.

Genre: Drama

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Julia Roberts, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hayden Panettiere, Emily Watson

Director: Dennis Lee

Screenplay: Dennis Lee, based on a poem by Robert Frost

Rated R for language and some sexual content

Release Date: October 14, 2011


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Official Synopsis: Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a very successful silent movie star. The arrival of talking pictures will mark the end of his career. Peppy Miller, a young woman extra, becomes a major movie star.

Genre: Drama

Starring: Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: November 23, 2011 (US)


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Because I am aware that Hollywood has reached some kind of creative bankruptcy, I am no longer surprised when I hear news that movies like the 1984 adventure flick "Romancing the Stone" and the 1990 sci-fi thriller "Flatliners" are about to be remade. It seems like the 80's are very endearing to producers right now, considering we also have a "Dirty Dancing" update in the crosshairs and the "Footloose" remake coming this October, among others. "Romancing the Stone" and "Flatliners" did not gross obscene amounts of money during their release in theaters, but they are pretty popular. Let's take a look at each movie individually.

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Official Synopsis: When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.

Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer

Director: Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca")

Screenplay: Andrew Niccol ("The Truman Show")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: October 28, 2011


I wasn't expecting this. I was even blind and deaf by choice to rumors that there will indeed be a fifth Rambo movie and that it will probably be a prequel of sorts and it will pit Stallone's iconic character against some kind of Predator-like creature created by the government. I chose to ignore the rumor simply because it was ridiculous. But, time has passed and I was right to ignore it ... until now. Rumors are slowly beginning to resemble facts as one of the writers of the "Conan the Barbarian" reboot, Sean Hood, has gone public and said the following :

"I recently finished a first draft of Rambo: Last Stand (Rambo 5) for Millennium films, based on a story idea by Sylvester Stallone. Hopefully, Mr. Stallone will eventually have the time and the inclination to do another Rambo...I met with Mr Stallone twice last year…He gave me a book, an older screenplay, and about twenty pages he’d written himself to use as inspiration for the last chapter of the Rambo saga…It’s more in line with the small-town thriller of First Blood."

This obviously means that the creature feature is out the window and we'll probably get to see something similar to the original movie. This is as close as they're going to get to a remake, I suppose. If it is indeed a sequel, considering the age of the character, it will be kind of weird if Stallone passes on the role. Rambo is defined by Stallone and I doubt the studios will risk tanking at the box-office with a new actor. If it had been a prequel, changing actors would have been justified, but for a sequel, to a movie that was supposed to be the final chapter, no less, it's just not a good idea. But I can understand why Stallone might not be too excited. I mean, he wrote and directed "John Rambo" with the clear intention to end the franchise. He even gave the character a poetic sort of return home at the end. But, I guess with Hollywood, the fight's never over. 


Official Synopsis: The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s “The Lost Generation,” Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenault (Heard) and her fiancée Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.

Genre: Drama, Adventure

Starring: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins

Director: Bruce Robinson ("Jennifer Eight")

Screenplay: Bruce Robinson ("Return to Paradise"), based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson.

Rated R

Release Date: October 28, 2011 (US)


Friday, August 26, 2011

Official Synopsis : While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion's period interiors, Alex's young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally's investigation are the voices-rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there's just one problem: no one believes her.

Official Synopsis : In the action film Colombiana, Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents' deaths

Genre: Action

Official Synopsis : Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned's family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn't such an idiot after all.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Official Synopsis: Blackwood Manor has new tenants. While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion’s period interiors, Alex’s young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison)–neglected by her real mother and brushed aside by the careerist father–can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally’s investigation are the voices–rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number: the homunculi. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there’s just one problem: no one believes her. Will she make them understand in time, or will they become another chapter in the centuries-long horror story of Blackwood Manor?

Genre: Horror

Starring: Bailee Madison, Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce

Director: Troy Nixey

Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth", "Hellboy"), Matthew Robbins (*Bateries not Included", "The Sugarland Express"), based on a teleplay by Nigel McKeand

Rated R for violence and terror

Release Date: August 26, 2011 (US)


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Official Synopsis: Anna Faris is Ally Darling, who after reading a magazine article that leads her to believe she's going to be forever alone, begins a wild search for the best "ex" of her life.

"What's Your Number ?" also stars Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, Martin Freeman, Mike Vogel, Andy Samberg and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Mike Mylod ("Entourage", "Shameless", "Ali G Indahouse". Opens on September 30th, 2011.

To watch the clips, read the full article.

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Official Synopsis: A sexy summer weekend turns into a blood-soaked nightmare for a group of college students trapped on an island surrounded by voracious underwater predators in Shark Night 3D, a terrifying thrill ride from director David Ellis (The Final Destination, Snakes On a Plane), featuring a red-hot young cast including Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie, Last House on the Left), Dustin Milligan (“90210,” Slither), Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider Man) and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny).

Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast.

But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.

"Shark Night 3D" opens on September 2nd. Here are the seven movie clips :

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Official Synopsis: Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds

Director: Thomas Alfredson (the swedish "Let the Right One In")

Screenplay: Peter Straughan ("The Men Who Stare at Goats"), Bridget O'Connor, based on a novel by John le Carré.

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: November 18, 2011 (US)