'No Country for Old Men'

No Country for Old Men, the new movie from the Coen Brothers. And, man, is it bloody! No Country is adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s brutal 2005 novel, and in the first scene of the trailer, Javier Bardem (pictured) takes out an old guy with a cattle gun to the forehead. Bardem’s character is an angel […]

'Walk Hard'

Walk Hard (Dec. 21), a delicious-looking parody of recent musical biopics. Fictional star Dewey Cox (the reliably goofy John C. Reilly) interacts hilariously with some real-life stars (Elvis, the Beatles) played by some well-disguised comedy pros, and with some real-life celebs playing themselves — Eddie Vedder and (WTF?) Patrick Duffy. I wanted to see more […]

'Harold and Kumar 2'

Poor Kal Penn, he keeps getting mistaken for a terrorist. First, there was 24, where — d’oh! — it turned out not to be a mistake, and he really was a terrorist. Then there’s this teaser trailer, below, for Harold and Kumar 2 (due in 2008), in which one-half of our favorite pair of New […]

'Be Kind Rewind'

The Science of Sleep was way underrated. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a masterwork. Michel Gondry’s a brilliant director and a real innovator. His new movie is called Be Kind Rewind (Dec. 21) and stars Jack Black and Mos Def as video store clerks who, after their entire inventory gets demagnetized, recreate their […]

'Lars and the Real Girl'

Lars and the Real Girl (also due Oct. 12), looks to be a comedy with heart that gives Ryan Gosling a My-Name-is-Earl mustache and casts him as a singleton who falls in love with an inflatable doll. Looks kind of sweet, and not too goofy — encouraging signs, since it’s all too easy to imagine […]

'Dan in Real Life'

Dan in Real Life (Oct. 12), the new dramedy from Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Pieces of April). Steve Carell (pictured) plays a single father-of-three-girls who falls for the girlfriend (Juliette Binoche) of his brother (Dane Cook), and the whole thing appears to take place in a family-stuffed, catalog-ready autumn New England dreamscape. (Hopefully, […]

'The Kite Runner'

The Kite Runner (Nov. 2) Okay, so this adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-seller just has to be good, right? I mean, not even Hollywood execs could mess up a book this riveting, right? Relative unknown Khalid Abdalla takes the pivotal role of Amir, while Finding Neverland‘s Marc Forster directs, and while I’m pre-programmed to love […]

'Things We Lost in the Fire'

Things We Lost in the Fire (Oct. 26) Halle Berry needs a good movie like I need my early-morning Diet Coke. Which is to say, desperately. Will this drama about a widow who invites her late hubby’s long-time friend (fellow Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro) to move in with her (and her kids) provide the […]

'National Treasure: Book of Secrets'

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is actually still in production, so it’s not like director Jon Turteltaub was all with the time to help shape this trailer into something less, er, clunky. And the flick’s plot-starting device — the discovery of one of the 18 missing pages from John Wilkes Booth’s diary — is a […]

'Lions for Lambs'

Lions for Lambs (Nov. 9) It doesn’t get much more Oscar-bait-y than Meryl Streep starring in a Robert Redford-directed political drama about the war in Afghanistan and its implications in Washington and the world of academia. So how come the trailer plays so stiff and turgid? Lines like, “What is relevant is the implementation of […]