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Trailer Talk: ‘The Tree of Life’

— by RACHEL COYNE — I first saw the trailer for “The Tree of Life” when it played in the theater before “Black Swan.” When it was done, I leaned over to my friend and whispered, “I have no idea what that movie is supposed to be about.” After watching the trailer a second time[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Tiny Furniture’

— by RACHEL COYNE — No movie genre does quirky families and general life ennui better than small indie films created on a shoestring budget by little-known artists, so “Tiny Furniture” is definitely on the right track. Written, directed and starring comic writer Lena Dunham, “Tiny [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Nutcracker in 3D’

— by RACHEL COYNE — When I first read there was a movie version of “The Nutcracker” being made in 3D, my initial response was to snipe, like the frustrated theater geek I am, “If you want to see ‘The Nutcracker’ in 3D, why don’t you see it how it’s meant to be seen: At [&he[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Jane Eyre’

— by RACHEL COYNE — It’s no secret that I love a good literary adaptation period drama. So it is with nerd-girl pride that I look forward to the release of the umpteenth incarnation of Charlotte Brontë’s gothic love story, “Jane Eyre.” Much like any of the novels by Jane Austen,[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Zookeeper’ (Teaser Version)

— by RACHEL COYNE — If you count “Doctor Doolittle,” “Stuart Little,” “Cats & Dogs” and “Garfield” among your favorite movies of all time, then you’re in for a treat with “The Zookeeper.” If, however, you don’t have an affinity for talking animal movies and a[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘How Do You Know’

— by RACHEL COYNE — I like Reese Witherspoon. I adore Paul Rudd. I … don’t actively dislike Owen Wilson. Yet I can’t seem to make myself give a flying you-know-what about their newest movie. “How Do You Know” looks to be no different than a hundred other love triangle-themed[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench’

— by RACHEL COYNE — With movie trailers constantly giving away major plot points and, in some cases, the movie in its entirety, it’s usually refreshing to come across a minimalist trailer that reveals next to nothing. But this sort of tactic tends to only work for movies with familiar [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Eichmann’

— by RACHEL COYNE — Based on true events, the historical drama “Eichmann” tells the story of Nazi soldier Adolf Eichmann’s capture and final confession before his execution in Israel. If creating a scale of human evilness were possible, Eichmann would probably land pretty near the [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Hereafter’

— by RACHEL COYNE — I know this statement will likely lead to me being torn apart by various people, but so be it: I find Clint Eastwood as a director to be overrated. Yes, the movies he directs are generally good and they certainly bring in the A-list actors, but I have yet to […[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Nowhere Boy’

— by RACHEL COYNE — I’ve never thought of any of the Beatles as having once been children; I always assumed they just sprang onto Earth as fully-formed musical gods. But “Nowhere Boy” challenges my theory as it presents a dramatic look at the childhood of John Lennon. As far as cel[...]

Three Clips from ‘The American’

— by RACHEL COYNE — I’m guessing the makers of “The American” think that George Clooney will be enough to get people to see the action-thriller, because they’re being pretty tight-lipped on what the movie is actually about. Here’s what my extensive research has uncovered: Georg[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Tamara Drewe’

— by RACHEL COYNE — Ah, the English countryside. It’s so peaceful and serene; the perfect place to get away, relax, and be free of distractions. Until the local ugly duckling-turned sex goddess arrives, of course. In “Tamara Drewe,” a collection of pompous and stodgy artists travel[...]

How Not to Be a Jerk in a Movie Theater

— by RACHEL COYNE — I’ve noticed an alarming trend in my recent trips to the movie theater: Behaving like a total jerk is slowly becoming acceptable behavior. I’ve witnessed audience members talking and texting, bringing babies to the theater, allowing their cell phones to ring, and [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Little Fockers’

— by RACHEL COYNE — Just when you thought you were free from unnecessary movie sequels, they pull you back in! Hey, if the trailer for “Little Fockers” can rip off “The Godfather,” then so can I. I know I saw both “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” at some point in[...]