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Following a brief announcement teaser, an even briefer initial trailer for Danny Boyle‘s follow-up to Trainspotting, his 1996 feature about a group of self-destructive heroin users, has landed. This time actually packing new footage, it features the return of Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle.
Recreating some of the original’s most memorable imagery as we hear Iggy Pop‘s “Lust for Life,” it should please those that have been waiting around two decades to see these characters again. With a script by John Hodge and photography from Anthony Dod Mantle, check out the teaser below thanks to The Guardian.
T2 will be released on January 27th, 2017 in the U.K. and on February 3rd in the U.S., where it will be called T2: Trainspotting.
- Jordan Raup
John le Carré incorporates many of the same ingredients in each of his literary recipes: espionage, intrigue, and corruption. How he uses these ingredients and a few others sprinkled in is what makes each of his dishes satisfying. Our Kind Of Traitor might be the author’s least complicated recipe. There are fewer players and even fewer entanglements than some of his recent film adaptations, such as A Most Wanted Man and the acclaimed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. As a result, Our Kind Of Traitor might be the most easily digestible for those looking for a more straight-forward approach to his world of international crime.
Ewan McGregor stars as a poetry teacher who dips his pen into the wrong inkwell. After a vacation in Morocco with his wife turns sour (Naomie Harris), the “professor” ends up going out on the town with a man he meets one night at a restaurant, »
- Michael Haffner
Our Kind Of Traitor doesn’t dazzle, nor does it seduce – Susanna White’s John le Carré adaptation merely explores the predictably familiar world of international spies. While that’s not a glowing endorsement, there’s enough technical know-how to guide audiences through a tense-enough tale of Russian mobs, corrupt officials and dirty money. You’ll never be blown away, yet certain segments do raise an eyebrow or two thanks to Stellan Skarsgård’s lovably Soviet Don personality. Ewan McGregor may play the film’s unlikely lead, but it’s Skarsgård who steals every scene through his larger-than-life, bearish mannerisms. Come for the undercover espionage, stay for a jovial Russian man calling his children assholes.
No, I’m serious.
McGregor stars as Perry Makepeace (eye roll for “descriptive” last name), a poetry teacher who becomes embroiled in a Russian mafia subplot. While visiting Morocco with his prestigious lawyer better half, »
- Matt Donato
If there’s any Danny Boyle movie I’d personally want to see a sequel to, it’d be Sunshine, but the one most audiences have been clamoring for was a follow-up to Trainspotting, his 1996 feature about a group of self-destructive heroin users. With novelist Irvine Welsh having written Porno well over a decade ago — featuring the return of some of the original’s characters — it’s been rumored for a long time, but now we finally have confirmation that production has begun, featuring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle all returning.
“I think they were all worried about doing it for the wrong reasons and the test of that is partly the script, which I think they were all convinced by. You read scripts all the time, especially those guys, and they could see it’s a good script, and also, just the way we talked about it, »
- Jordan Raup
In British television director Susanna White’s Cold-War-rekindled thriller “Our Kind of Traitor,” Ewan McGregor plays a character named Perry Makepeace, whose moniker is only slightly more subtle than those of classic Bond girls Pussy Galore, Plenty O’Toole and Xenia Onatopp. A tweedy college professor roped into brokering the defection of Russia’s “No. 1 money launderer,” Makepeace would appear to be making good on his name, were this not the latest espionage thriller from cynic extraordinaire John le Carré, who might have done better to christen his unwitting protagonist Patsy McGullible.
Makepeace is vacationing with girlfriend Gail Perkins (Naomie Harris) in Marrakesh, when he takes the bait, accepting the invitation of boisterous Russian oligarch Dima (Stellan Skarsgård) to attend the sort of party where revelers dance among the fireworks and high-dollar prostitutes roam the halls on horseback. This is pretty much the lifestyle taxpayers figure Gerard Depardieu left France to enjoy, »
- Peter Debruge
If you relish Ron Howard’s directorial work then you’ll know he’s a fan of telling a real, genuine story and also one that gets deep beneath the surface. With In the Heart of the Sea he takes it to an almost literal level and explores the astonishing stories behind the legend of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. His film is based Nathaniel Phibrick’s nonfiction book ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex’ and it looks candidly, and almost unbelievably, inside the unique story of ordinary men who ultimately created a legend.
Starring Chris Hemsworth as experienced first mate Owen Chase, and Benjamin Walker as the untested Captain Pollard, the film begins by taking us back to 1820 and to Nantucket, New England where the whaling ship Essex has set off to find whale oil to bring back to fuel the city. »
- Dan Bullock
Earlier today, a new full length Trailer dropped for Snowden, the Oliver Stone helmed biopic of a certain notorious whistleblower. This conspiracy/political thriller seems right up Stone’s wheelhouse, with an A-list cast on to help, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role. We’ve only seen little teases for the film so far, along with a delayed release from last year (when the movie apparently wasn’t finished yet) to this year, so it’s pretty much been an X factor. Now, a bit more is known, so some musings can be done. Of course, you can see the Trailer at the end of the piece, but for now, let’s dive in and see what we can potentially make of this one… For those unaware, this is a biopic of Edward Snowden (played here by Gordon-Levitt), who we see go from dedicated work in the military to »
- Joey Magidson
The Scopia Effect, 2014.
Written and Directed by Christopher Butler.
Past life regression therapy unlocks the dark recesses of a young girl’s mind. As time periods collide and incarnations merge through a single entity. Basia (Joanna Ignaczewski) must find a way to fight the darkness before she is consumed completely.
What The Scopia Effect does with style and economy is condense a sprawling narrative, broad canvas and huge undertaking into an arthouse overcoat. Big on atmospherics and precise framing, Chris Butler has created a claustrophobic mood piece. Which is carefully balanced by a number of essential factors.
In Joanna Ignaczewski he has found the singular component upon which his enterprise hinges. Her portrayal of Basia is at once modulated and calculating without foregoing that emotional core. Whether naked in dream sequences or reacting to empty space, Ignaczewski »
- Amie Cranswick
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