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Ethan Hawke experiences a crisis of faith in the gripping new trailer for A24’s ‘First Reformed’

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Paul Schrader’s gripping new thriller First Reformed has already earned rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike at festivals such as Venice, Toronto, and Telluride this past fall, and now the rest of us can see what all of the buzz is about when A24 releases the film in the U.S. come this May.

Ethan Hawke stars here as Reverend Ernst Toller, a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church somewhere in upstate New York, which is about to celebrate its 250th anniversary. However, when a pregnant woman (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, he begins falling into his own troubled, spiritual past.

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I’m still not sure if I fully understand what exactly is happening in this trailer, especially in this scene, but what I do know is that First Reformed looks captivating as hell. Schrader is a master writer-director, having previously collaborated with Martin Scorsese on films such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and him together with a talent like Hawke leads me to believe that this tale of crisis, faith, and guilt has the potential to be one of the best films of the year.

First Reformed also stars Cedric Kyles, Michael Gaston, Van Hansis, Philip Ettinger, and Victoria Hill, and will hit theaters on May 18.

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‘Boy Erased’ trailer finds an Oscar-bound Lucas Hedges attending gay conversion therapy

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Focus Features has released the first trailer for Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton, based on the memoir of the same name written by Garrard Conley. The film features an impressive ensemble cast which includes Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton.

The story follows Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town who is outed to his parents (Kidman, Crowe) at age 19 and is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

Boy Erased, which is Edgerton’s second feature film as director following the 2015 sleeper hit The Gift, also stars Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, Madelyn Cline, and Britton Sear.

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“I will always thank Garrard for trusting my passion for his life story,” Edgerton said in a statement last year when it was announced that Focus had acquired worldwide distribution rights to Boy Erased. “I can’t think of a better reason to get behind the camera again.”

Focus is set to release Boy Erased in select theaters just in time for the forthcoming awards season on November 2. You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are coming for their Oscars in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ trailer

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are coming for their Oscars in the riveting first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots, the upcoming historical drama from director Josie Rourke, which explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart and her intense rivalry with another young queen.

Based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, the film was written by Beau Willimon and follows Mary (Ronan) as she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, but Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie).

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Determined to rule as much more than just a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and, ultimately, change the course of history forever.

The film marks the feature directorial debut of Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse and the first woman to run a major theater in London. Supporting cast members include Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce.

Focus Features is set to release Mary Queen of Scots in select theaters just in time for the forthcoming awards season on December 7.

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Jack Black, Cate Blanchett fight evil pumpkins in new ‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’ trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Eli Roth’s adaptation of John Bellairs’ beloved children’s classic The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The film was adapted for the screen by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, and Kyle MacLachlan.

The magical adventure tells the story of 10-year-old Lewis (Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black) in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy facade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

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“I can give you the right books, teach you the right spells, but that last one percent, that’s up to you,” Black’s character tells Lewis, revealing that he is indeed a warlock himself and is willing to teach his nephew the ways of magic.

However, when Lewis’ uncle reveals that the home they reside in used to be owned by a very wicked and powerful warlock named Isaac Izard (MacLachlan), it is up to Lewis, his uncle, and Mrs. Zimmerman (Blanchett), the next-door witch, to destroy the clock once and for all before it does something horrible.

The House with a Clock in its Walls also stars Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo and Sunny Suljic, and will be released by Universal just in time for the forthcoming Halloween season on September 21.

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