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Heart-rending Trailer: Secrets In Their Eyes!

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It takes a certain kind of brass to remake an Oscar®-winning film. Secrets In Their Eyes is an American remake of José Campanella’s 2009 film that won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award®.

When a murder victim turns out to be the daughter of a member of an extremely close FBI team, its effects are devastating for all of them. Secrets In Their Eyes features a high-powered cast: Oscar®-nominee Chiwetal Ejiofor, Academy Award®-winner Julia Roberts and Academy Award®-winner Nicole Kidman star. Check out the intense first trailer for Secrets In Their Eyes following the jump.

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Everyone’s a Comedian Clip: The Martian!

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Mark Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney in Ridley Scott’s adaptation of The Martian by Andy Weir. During the Ares Mission to Mars, a storm forces the crew to abort the mission and, believing Watney to be dead, leave without them.

With scant supplies, Watney has to figure out a way to contact mission control and then survive until help can arrive.

The Martian will be in theaters on October 2nd. Meet the crew of the Ares Mission following the jump – then check out the first full-length trailer!

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Jazz & Murder: Starz Sets Premiere Date for Miniseries Event Dancing On The Edge!

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Dancing on the Edge – a miniseries event inspired by accounts of the Duke Ellington Band mingling with English high society during the early 1030s – is set to premiere on Starz following the finale of the network’s The White Queen. The bliss accompanying the Louis Lester Band’s embrace by the British elite vanishes when members of the band become entangled in a murder conspiracy.

Dancing on the Edge’s star-studded cast includes Oscar®-nominee Chiwetal Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jaqueline Bisset and John Goodman. The five-part miniseries premieres on October 19th at 10/9C, following the finale of The White Queen, before moving to its regular timeslot for the remainder of its run. Check out the press release for more details – including a first-look video.

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Redbelt: David Mamet’s Martial Arts Film Stings Like a Butterfly, Floats Like a Bee!

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David Mamet has studied Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for several years and, with Redbelt, he brings this side of his life to silver screen in a story that features his usual briskly vulgar language and crosses, double-crosses and scams – only in the staging of a martial arts movie.

The protagonist, Mike Terry [Chiwetal Ejiofor], is an instructor/studio owner whose business is suffering and really only survives because of the income provided by his wife, Sondra’s [Alice Braga] boutique garment business. When he comes to the aid of a movie star, Chet Frank [Tim Allen], in a bar fight, he winds up getting sucked into a series of cons that result in his finally having to enter a mixed martial arts tournament to save his studio and his wife’s business – and that doesn’t even take into account the messed up lady lawyer and an unfortunate accident…

With Redbelt, Mamet does a better job as director than as writer. Sure, we’ve got the typical Mamet wheels-within-wheels series of scams/cons and double-crosses – and the film plays to the idea of purity of mind in martial arts versus the crass commercialism of professional mixed martial arts. Unfortunately, after giving us some extremely good set-up, Mamet allows the film to fall onto a kind of clichéd physical battle between Terry and the man behind the tournament – with the master of his art in attendance, no less. The film could easily have ended before the final scene, though. That was a bit too much.

Overall, though, Redbelt is better-than-average Mamet [which is better than most writer/directors best]. He gets fine performances from his cast [many of whom, like Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon and David Paymer] are part of his repertory company. He balances the dialogue and action masterfully, and has a knack for making the most of his small budget. Some mixed martial arts fans in the row behind me said “Awesome!” more than once during the movie, so I guess the fight sequences were as good as they seemed. Redbelt is one of Mamet’s lesser works, but it’s certainly worth checking out – even for those who don’t really care about martial arts.

Final Grade: B-