Second Official Trailer for Illumination’s ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ Movie

The Grinch Movie Trailer

"I'm going to steal their Christmas…!" Universal & Illumination have revealed the second official trailer for Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, their new animated take on the classic Christmas story about the lovable green grump the Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch. No other voice cast members have been revealed yet, Cumberbatch is still the only one listed. "The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism." This looks like another cash grab retelling of the classic holiday story, with some of Illumination's usual animated quirks. It looks amusing, but not as good as the original cartoon. ›››

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Scary First Trailer for Computer Horror Sequel ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’

Unfriended: Dark Web Trailer

"That looked way too real…" Universal has released a trailer for horror sequel Unfriended: Dark Web, produced by Blumhouse, the follow-up to the computer screen horror movie Unfriended from 2014. Being marketed as "​the most terrifying horror yet", the film unfolds in real-time on computer screens, following a guy and his friends who discover something nefarious on his new computer. He "discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back." The cast includes Betty Gabriel, Andrew Lees, Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Connor Del Rio, Chelsea Alden, Savira Windyani, and Stephanie Nogueras. I much prefer the computer screen film Searching over this. They try so hard to make it horrific that it all comes across phony. If you're into this kind of horror, check it out. ›››

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Tag Review: A Largely Entertaining Comedy

Every few years there’s a comedy that plays with a convention in a fresh and entertaining way. Buddy movie, bromantic comedy, whatever label you want to slap on it, Tag is very comfortable with what it is and it does what it does well.

There are many things about Tag that remind me of the first time I saw The Hangover and that’s not just because it shares a cast member, Ed Helms. The bonds between friends, the struggle to maintain them and how men deal with changes in their group dynamic and personal circumstances are all themes that are played out in both movies. Additionally, both movies have taken these core elements and presented them in a unique and refreshing way, finding their own voice and just having the courage to go for it.

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Adorable Official Trailer for Guide Dog Documentary ‘Pick of the Litter’

Pick of the Litter Trailer

"The dogs that we're considering are really the best of the best." IFC Films has debuted a new official US trailer for the documentary Pick of the Litter, a film that follows puppies as they grow up and are trained to become Guide Dogs. This premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, which is when we posted the original trailer in January. "Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human." Oh my goodness, as a dog lover I can't wait to see this. This looks like more than just a cute doc, about how hard it is to find the right dog for this tough job. ›››

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New US Trailer for Drama ‘The Children Act’ Starring Emma Thompson

The Children Act

"So you've come to change my mind, My Lady?" A24 has debuted a new official US trailer for a court drama titled The Children Act, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. We posted the UK trailer for this a few weeks ago, now there's a new US trailer for another look. The film's title is a reference to a particular law in England: "When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration." It stars Emma Thompson as an eminent high court judge, who is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. It's a complex dilemma especially for a judge to rule over. The film's cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Jason Watkins, Rosie Cavaliero, and Nikki Amuka-Bird. This looks very dramatic and emotional, certainly worth a watch for Thompson alone. ›››

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