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Watch: Swedish Trailer For Lasse Hallström's Thriller 'The Hypnotist'

23 July 2012 8:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, here's something we haven't really seen before from Lasse Hallström. The director, who has mostly been coasting on edgeless, forgettable, feel good fare for the past decade or longer ("Dear John," "Salmon Fishing In Yemen," "Hachi: A Dog's Tale," "The Hoax" etc.) has shifted gears considerably, getting behind the camera for the thriller "The Hypnotist," his first Swedish language film in 24 years. Starring Mikael Persbrandt ("In A Better World," "The Hobbit") and Lena Olin ("The Unbearable Lightness Of Being," "Chocolat"), the film is an adaptation of Lars Kepler's novel of the same name. The first in a trilogy -- the books are the second most successful crime series in Sweden following Stieg Larsson's 'Dragon Tattoo' novels -- the story follows Detective Joona Linna, who in this installment, investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Darling Companion? Try dogged by a sense of impending doom

1 February 2012 4:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's the immutable law of the serious dog movie: the canine always carks it in the end. Will Darling Companion be different?

Fans of serious dog movies have endured a lean few years since Marley & Me broke everyone's heart in 2008. Yes, there was Bolt, but that doesn't count because it was a cartoon. Yes, there was Hachi: A Dog's Tale, but that doesn't count because nobody actually paid to see it. And, yes, there was Marley & Me: the Puppy Years, but that doesn't count because you're not an idiot.

But with Darling Companion, the serious dog movie might be about to make a comeback. It's named after a Johnny Cash song. It's directed by the man behind The Bodyguard. It stars a brace of surprisingly big-name actors. Everything about it suggests that you'll spend the entire third act crying and blowing snot up and down your sleeve. But what actually happens in Darling Companion? »

- Stuart Heritage

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