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It's the Smiling on the Package: Five Things You May Not Have Seen This Week

By Cindy Davis | Lists | February 24, 2013 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | February 24, 2013 |

Look closely, people; this stuff is so Very Important.

5. Simon Killer Trailer

This next outing by the producers of Martha Marcy May Marlene and directed by Antonio Campos (Afterschool) is a psychological thriller about a spurned lover who jaunts off to France after a relationship gone bad. The slick trailer features an intense Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Funny Games, Thirteen), going off the rails after he falls for a prostitute. Cr-to the eepy. Simon Killer premiered last year at Sundance and will finally be released in 2013.

4. The Cosmonaut Trailer

One of the films on my list: 10 Cool Science Fiction Films, Nicols Alcal’s feature debut premiered its second trailer this week. One of three friends rockets to the moon and disappears; then his transmissions are received. The cosmonaut claims he’s returned to Earth and found it uninhabited. Starring Max Wrottesley, Leon Ockenden and Katrine De Candole, The Cosmonaut premieres in Spain this May.

3. A&E’s “Bates Motel” Trailer

Finally, we get a full trailer for this prequelish take on Psycho killer, Norman Bates. Freddie Highmore looks to be perfectly cast as the teen with more issues than the usual acne and active (raging) hormones. Vera Farmiga stars as his very protective mother. This looks a damn sight better than “The Following.” “Bates Motel” premieres on A&E March 18th.

2. Kon Tiki Trailer

Here’s the first look at Norway’s Academy Award nominated foreign film entry, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Max Manus: Man of War). The film is named for the raft manned by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen) on his journey 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean. With a crew of onlly five men, a fear of water and no swimming ability, legend has it Thor was determined to prove his theory that Polynesia had been settled by South Americans. Kon Tiki also stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Gustaf Skarsgård, and was filmed on the open ocean. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and hopefully, we’ll get to see it later this year.

1. Iron Man 3 Poster




Here’s your first look at the Ben Kingsley as Mandarin poster, released Friday. I can’t think of anyone better to play Iron Man’s archenemy—if you haven’t already seen the preview of his evil antics, have a look (or watch it again, if only for Kingsley’s pronunciation of “terrorist”):

Kingsley is the reason I’m looking forward to this film at all. Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 stars RDJ, Gwynnie-Goop-Gwyn, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Rebeccah Hall and James Badge Dale; it hits theaters May 3, 2013.

Bonus: The Grandmasters International Trailer.

This is more than a week old but so completely gorgeous, you have to see it. Directed by Kar Wai Wong (My Blueberry Nights, In the Mood for Love, Chunking Express), starring Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Cung Le, this is the story of martial arts master and Bruce Lee’s trainer, Ip Man. I can almost guarantee you’ll watch the trailer more than once.

***Don’t forget to come back later tonight for Courtney’s Academy Awards Liveblog!

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is out gathering Oscar snacks.