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Watch the Trailer for The Disappointments Room

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Watch the Trailer for The Disappointments Room

Relativity Media

Watch the Trailer for The Disappointments Room

Halloween is coming a little early this season, as Relativity Media drops the psychological thriller The Disappointments Room into theaters this Friday. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) and written by Wentworth Miller and Caruso, the film follows Dana (Kate Beckinsale), David (Mel Raido), and their young son as they move from New York City to a once-grand Southern mansion looking for a “new beginning.” All is well until Dana discovers a secret room that harbors the house's dark history, which includes hidden gravestones, crumbling, headless statues, and a very creepy-looking dog. Watch the trailer for The Disappointments Room below:

Toronto International Film Festival 2014 The Look of Silence, The Face of an Angel, & Miss Julie

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Toronto International Film Festival 2014: The Look of Silence, The Face of an Angel, & Miss Julie
Toronto International Film Festival 2014: The Look of Silence, The Face of an Angel, & Miss Julie

For all its acuity and innovation, The Act of Killing always risked emphasizing its groundbreaking method—crafting a psychological profile of two Indonesian mass murderers by making them reenact their crimes—at the expense of its most critical message: that the killers profiled in the doc were not only free men, but celebrated heroes in a country still run by people who, shortly after a 1965 military coup, helped murder somewhere between 500,000 and a million Indonesians accused of being communists. With the equally brilliant The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer risks no such misplaced focus.

Poster Lab: Total Recall

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Poster Lab: Total Recall
Poster Lab: Total Recall

If recent sci-fi film ads are any indication, all we are is pixels in the wind. Movies like Total Recall, a remake that's poised to give you déjà vu this August, face the predicament of promoting themes like memory and alternate reality, which aren't exactly the easiest things to visualize. Common solutions have been to break matter apart like low-res jpegs, and let the debris disperse in smoky, techy milieus. The first Total Recall poster follows this path, depicting futuristic hero Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) as if his very identity is being erased in geometric fragments. Why does it look so familiar? Well, you just saw a variation of it—same font and all—during the release of last year's Source Code, whose poster also shattered the hero's existence into flashes and swept them up like confetti. Though not not as clean as the Total Recall one-sheet, the Source Code ad uses the trend as a tool to integrate film stills, filling the pieces with headshots of co-stars Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. More generically, Farrell's gun-toter just disapparates into thin air, which may well point to how this F/X cash cow will be received.