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LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*

There was a time when Rob Reiner was, hands-down, one of the five best directors working in Hollywood.  From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Reiner helmed some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, including The Princess Bride, Stand by Me, The American President, and A Few Good Men.  Then he disappeared from the ranks of Hollywood’s top directors.  LBJ looks like he’s back on his game, and it also looks like a perfect role for one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors: Woody Harrelson.  You need a LOT of personality to begin to be able to capture who Lyndon Johnson was.  He was a complex, contrary, outrageous lion of a man.  The film looks to focus on his finest hour, which was the continuation of the work begun by Kennedy on the Civil Rights Bill after JFK was assassinated.  Even with Johnson’s swing (and few have ever walked through Congress with more), shoving that bill through was a monumental achievement.  That Harrelson, who is coming off his best comedic role since Cheers in last year’s Edge of Seventeen, and the psychotic Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes, to slip into the skin of this giant of a man, shows his astounding range.  I’m really rooting for this when it opens November 3, 2017. Continue reading LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*

Trailer Time: The Promise Trailer#1 (2016) *Bale & Isaac Take on the Armenian Holocaust*

*Official Synopsis below

It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), its once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.

Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.

When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men even as Michael hangs on to a promise from his past. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive — even as monumental events envelop their lives.

The Promise, Christian Bale