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Trailer Watch: Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik is back, once again with Brad Pitt in the leading role. In Killing Them Softly, an adaptation Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, Pitt stars as a mob enforcer charged with tracking down a pair of small-time crooks (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) who’ve robbed a mob card game.

The film premiered at Cannes earlier this year, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or and scored some positive reviews.

Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard and James Gandolfini co-star in the October 19th release.

Trailer Watch: The Day

WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films presents The Day, a post-apocalyptic thriller with a pretty sweet premise (as well as a great B-list cast): a group of survivors stumble upon an abandoned farmhouse that turns out to be a trap.

Director Douglas Aarniokoski has been Robert Rodriguez’s 2nd Unit director for years, but this trailer looks to have much less of Rodriguez’s camp flavor.

The Day stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Michael Eklund (The Divide), Cory Hardrict (Gran Torino, Battle: Los Angeles), Dominic Monaghan (ABC’s “Lost”, Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale). The full official synopsis follows after the break, below.


Trailer Watch: Easy Money (a.k.a. Snabba Cash)

Yeah, the US is late to this party. Easy Money is the American title for the 2010 Swedish thriller Snabba Cash, which finally makes it stateside in July. (Check your art hours theaters for showtimes, ’cause this isn’t going to make it into too many multiplexes. Here’s the synopsis.

Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC’s ‘The Killing’) falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm’s wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he’s lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he’s unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW’s journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.

A smash hit in its home country, the film already has at least one sequel in the can. You can check the trailer for Snabba Cash 2 out over at Twitch; it’s out in Sweden this August. The third film will complete the trilogy sometime next year. If this first one does well enough here, maybe the Weinsteins (or someone else) will bring the sequels over a little faster.

If you can’t stand reading movies, cross your fingers for Warner Brothers to exercise their remake option. It has Zac Efron attached!

Trailer Watch: Ben Affleck’s Argo international trailer

Ben Affleck’s based-on-a-true-story thriller Argo, “the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.” After the one-two punch of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, I’ll go anywhere with Affleck, but this looks exceptional.

The film stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, and many, many more. It hits theaters October 10, 2012 — just close enough to Oscar season to stay fresh in everybody’s mind, but early enough to not get drowned out by Flight, Life of Pi, Skyfall, The Hobbit, Twilight, Django Unchained, This Is 40, and Kathryn Bigelow’s still-untitled Osama Bin Laden movie.

(Thanks to Twitch for the heads up, as well as the embed, obviously.)