10 Films You Should See at Raindance 2011

Intriguing, provocative, downright weird - here's what to see at this year's indie festival.

Friends with Benefits

It's stifled by its rom-com roots, but the endearing cast and funny script offer their fair share of perks.

A Lonely Place to Die

Ignore the rocky script and this is a cracking bit of boulder-dash.

Kill List

A brave low-budget entry, Kill List is curious but confused. Yes, the unexplained is scary. But you know what? It can also be really unsatisfying.

Fright Night

Someone needs to bite a chunk out of its runtime, but Fright Night is actually quite alright. And that's mostly fangs to Colin Farrell.

The Skin I Live In

A sexy masterpiece that excites as much as it unsettles. Demented, disturbing and terrifyingly brilliant.

Final Destination 5

All the fun of watching the opening of Casualty for 90 minutes. And then some.

The Guard

Brendan Gleeson deserves an Oscar nomination - for Best Racist, if nothing else.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Honestly? You had me at gorilla vs helicopter.

Mr Popper's Penguins

A proposition for Mr Carrey? P-p-p-p-put down the penguins.

BlogalongaBond: Live and Let Die

Put on your politically incorrect wig, brother, for Live and Let Die's Guide to Being Black in a Bond Film

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Trailer: Restless

Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper
Certificate: TBC
Release Date: Friday 21st October

From Imagine Entertainment comes a powerful and emotional coming of age story, a remarkable film told with honesty and originality that will leave audiences moved. In the film, two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and lasting love.

Directed by Gus Van Sant, one of the most astute observers of people living life on the edge, comes a take on friendship and young love as engaging and true as it is provocative and stirring.

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Trailer: David Fincher's Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Director: David Fincher
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
Certificate: TBC
Release Date: 26th December

David Fincher's new take on the Stieg Larrson Milennium trilogy follows the original three successful Swedish films based on Larsson's novels.

The first in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, tells the story of dogged journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), who is hired to search for a woman who disappeared 40 years ago on a private island residence.

He finds help in the unlikely form of Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young sociopath with a penchant for computer hacking and justice.


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Trailer: Melancholia

Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, John Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland
Certificate: TBC
Release Date: Friday 30th September

A beautiful movie about the end of the world, Melancholia sees Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland).

Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth...

Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier - you can bet Armageddon was never described like that.

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Trailer: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Director: Troy Nixey
Cast: Bailee Madison, Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes
Certificate: TBC
UK Release Date: Friday 7th October

Produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, this old-fashioned horror movie is directed by comic book creator Troy Nixey and based on the classic TV series of the same name.

After moving into her new home with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes), Sally (Bailee Madison) is pursued by ruthless creatures who want to claim her as one of their own...

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During afternoon tea there is a shift in the air, A bone trembling chill that tells you she’s there. There are those who believe that the whole town is cursed, That the house in the marsh is by far the worst. What she wants is unknown but she always comes back, The spectre of darkness, The Woman in Black.


It's OK. You can stop hiding behind your mouse mat now. The scary rhymes have gone away. But in their place is the new trailer for The Woman in Black, and it's chilling stuff.

After The Woman in Black teaser trailer, the new video shows us more of Eel Marsh House and its spooky innards. There are children, dolls, shadows, Daniel Radcliffe... Jane Goldman's script has pretty much got it covered.

There's still not that much in the trailer in the way of plot, but for those not familiar with Susan Hill's novella or the frankly terrifying stage adaptation, lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of the newly dead owner of Eel Marsh House. Cue a tragic backstory, an evil ghost and a brief appearance by Ciaran Hinds.

The Woman in Black is directed by Eden Lake's James Watkins and released in UK cinemas on Friday 10th February 2012. Read on for the full video, or head this way for our James Watkins interview. Then you can get back to hiding behind that mouse mat.

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Well, that's that settled.

The new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy trailer is here, and it's officially brilliant. What with the first Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy trailer and the phenomenal Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy poster/word search, it's scientific fact that anything Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy related improves the world by 27.3%.

Oh, there were no doubt some people on the internet who complained after the last trailer (FOOLS), probably about there not being enough Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hardy to drool over. Well, the new video has both - and even more Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Simon McBurney to boot.

All of that and some of Henry Jackson's score for X-Men: First Class? Optimum are hitting all the right buttons with Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of the John le Carré novel. Particularly the button marked "awesome".

The campaign for Gary Oldman's Oscar starts here. Or, you know, when someone actually starts that campaign. 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is released on Friday 16th September. Read on for the full video, or head this way to see the other Tinker trailer.

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"Harry Potter. The Boy who Lived... come to die."

It's almost impossible to get sick of hearing that same line over and over in each Harry Potter trailer since 2009. But just in case, this time it's accompanied by Voldemort yelling his face off. A lot.

Yes. the final Deathly Hallows Part 2 trailer is here and - just like the last Harry Potter trailer - it's immense. It has dragons, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman's moustache, Voldemort shouting sexy things like "NYAAA!" and "OOOARGHHH!! and it looks spectacular.

This is the shortest Harry Potter film yet at 130 minutes. Judging by the amount CGI on show, 90 minutes of that could be a full-on wizarding battle. With fighting Hogwarts statues and everything. Oh, and for those who hate Quidditch, you get to see the stadium burn to the ground too. Yeah. Screw you, Quidditch.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is out on Friday 15th July. And if you're sad that this is the last trailer (*sob* it's almost the end), then don't worry: there's more Potter video goodness coming your way tomorrow...

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Trailer: Last Night

Director: Massy Tadjedin
Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet
Certificate: 15
Release Date: Friday 3rd June

Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes join forces in this tantalizing and emotionally powerful story of trust, lust and deception. Last Night is a brilliant evocation of all the grey zones of fidelity – how a choice made in a mere instant can be of regrettable and irrevocable consequence.

Michael and Joanna Reed (Sam Worthington and Keira Knightley) seem to have it all. Young, attractive and successful, they’re a married couple who’ve lucked into spiritual and material well-being, sharing a comfortable and seemingly perfect life in their trendy Manhattan apartment.

But when the Reeds attend one of Michael’s work parties, Joanna witnesses a suspicious moment between her husband and his beautiful new co-worker, Laura (Eva Mendes). The incident is fleeting and ambiguous – Joanna can’t be sure what she did or didn’t see – but it sows an insidious seed of doubt that festers at the core of their love...

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After a couple of days of waiting for a non-bootleg copy of Fincher's Dragon Tattoo trailer, I can confirm that it's still awesome.

Ok, the official Dragon Tattoo trailer is a green-band instead of red-band but even without the nipples, it still has everything that made that leaked video so staggering: Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist, Se7en-style dim lighting, some whip-snap editing and THAT cover of Immigrant Song.

And if for some unfathomable reason Trent Reznor and Karen O doing Led Zeppelin doesn't do it for you (it really, really should), then you can still get excited about Rooney Mara's appearance as Lisbeth Salander. And the fact that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is being directed by David freakin' Fincher.

The feel bad movie of Christmas? Yeah, I'll take that.

Read on for the official Girl with the Dragon Tattoo teaser. Swedish bum rape ahoy!

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Trailer: Attack the Block

Director: Joe Cornish
Cast: John Boyega, Nick Frost, Luke Treadaway and Jodie Whitaker
Certificate: 15
Release Date: Friday 13th May

Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It¹s inner city versus outer space.

Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she¹s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She¹s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time, the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. The estate is about to become a battleground. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block¹s, only hope.

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