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Here’s the most likely explanation for that shot of Dark Rey in the new ‘Rise of Skywalker’ footage

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Among the many things Disney teased at their D23 Expo this past weekend was a special look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and it had a lot of people talking — particularly because of one very surprising shot near the end of the featurette, which is almost definitely meant to mislead more than anything else.

After flashing through a bunch of footage from previous Star Wars movies, we get just a few glimpses at some new Rise of Skywalker footage, including an especially pretty badass-looking scene in which Rey and Kylo get into a lightsaber battle atop what appears to be the wreckage of the Death Star II.

But that’s not the scene that has everybody talking. The scene that does everybody talking is the one where we see Rey dressed in a dark-hooded robe while wielding a double red lightsaber — similar to the one used by Darth Maul — while ominously staring at something (or someone?) just out of frame.

In this very spoiler-sensitive era that we live in where people will complain about even the mildest spoilers or even things really aren’t spoilers at all in trailers, I can almost guarantee that Rey does not go to the Dark Side in Rise of Skywalker, however, because a huge twist like that is not something Disney would just suddenly reveal outside of the movie itself.

I don’t know about you, but I’m putting my money on that shot of Dark Rey being some sort of vision or dream or something along those lines. But who knows! I certainly haven’t seen Rise of Skywalker yet so my assumption about all of this could be totally wrong. I suppose we’ll find out for ourselves when Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer

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Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.

Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.

Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”

At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!

Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.

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Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free

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Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.

Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz

Opens: Friday, October 4

Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material

Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

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An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness

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One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”

That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.

Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.

I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.

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