Trailer Watch: ‘Goosebumps’, ‘The Finest Hours’, ‘Bridge of Spies’ & ‘Southpaw’ 0 44


It’s Trailer Watch time once more, where we collate all the major trailers of the day into one easily digestible dose! Today we present a whole load of new trailers, even more than usual: Goosebumps, The Finest Hours, Bridge of Spies and Southpaw. So let’s get to it, shall we?

First up we have the first trailer for Goosebumps, a live-action adaptation of the popular series of children’s book by R.L. Stine. It features Jack Black in the role of Stine himself, here’s the official plot:

After moving into a small town, a teenage boy named Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. Hannah’s father, R. L. Stine (Black), who writes the Goosebumps stories, keeps all the ghosts and monsters in the series locked up in his books. When Zach unintentionally releases the ghouls and the monsters from the storybooks, Zach, Hannah, and Stine team up in order to put the monsters back where they came from, before it’s too late.

It’s directed by Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) and written by Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer). This one looks like it could be a lot of fun. Watch the new trailer below:

Goosebumps is set for a 3D and 2D release in the UK on February 5th, 2016. The U.S. gets it much sooner on October 16th, 2015.

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Next up we have the first trailer for The Finest Hours, a drama-thriller from Fright Night and Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie. It has an impressive cast including Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Eric Bana and Casey Affleck. Here’s the plot:

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.

Watch the intense first trailer below:

The Finest Hour is released on January 29th, 2016.

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Moving on we have a new trailer for Bridge of Spies, the latest film from Steven Spielberg. Sporting an impressive cast including Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Mark Rylance, it tells the true story of an American lawyer recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.

Watch the pretty lengthy new trailer below:

Bridge of Spies is set for release on November 6th, 2015.

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Last up we have the third trailer for Southpaw, an intense-looking sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a prize-fighting boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling down around him.

It’s directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer) and written by Kurt Sutter (TV’s The Shield and Sons of Anarchy). The film looks amazing but the cast alone is worth the price of admission – alongside Gyllenhaal we have Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Forrest Whitaker and, erm… 50 Cent and Rita Ora.

Check out the new trailer below:

Southpaw takes its cinematic bow on July 24th this year.

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Which of these films are you looking forward to most?

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I’m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features.

I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Competition: Win ‘The Program’ DVD, Poster & Book Prize Pack *CLOSED* 0 95


This competition is now closed – we had over 400 entries, our biggest comp yet! 

The winner is: Paul Stephens 

Runners up: Isabelle Smith, Lyndsey Webster and Joy Turner. Congrats!

This week sees the digital release – and next week the DVD/Blu-ray release – of The Program, the latest film from acclaimed director Stephen Frears (The Queen). It tells the controversial true story of Lance Armstrong, the once-revered seven time Tour de France winner who was outed as a steroids cheat.

Ben Foster gives an amazing performance as Armstrong himself and there’s a great supporting cast including Chris O’Dowd as journalist David Walsh, who uncovered the cyclist’s cheating.

To celebrate the film’s digital and home release we’ve teamed up with Studiocanal and Premier PR to give some great prizes away. The winner will receive a prize pack including the film on DVD, a quad poster and the book Seven Deadly Sins upon which the film is based. Three runners up will win a quad poster each.

the program competition dvd the program competition quad poster

The Program book

To enter the competition simply e-mail with the Subject heading “The Program competition.” Make sure to include your delivery details so we can get the prize out to you should you win.

Now for the technical part:

  • UK residents only
  • Entrants must be 18 or over
  • Winners will be chosen at random
  • The prize is non-transferable
  • Competition ends on February 21st at 11:59pm GMT
  • Prize will be sent from PR/studio

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The Program is available on digital download now and will be release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 15th.

Good luck!

Watch: New Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ 0 124


If you’re at all interested in Star Wars (which if you’re reading this, the chances are pretty high) then you’ve no doubt already watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens. Probably many times.

However, if you happen not to have watched it yet or are only a casual viewer looking to see what all the fuss is about then we’ve got it right here for your viewing pleasure.

We’ve already had trailers and teasers that are basically fan-service but this one, while still not giving much away in terms of plot, is a much more general trailer – it premiered during an American football game last night – looking to get people excited who maybe haven’t already booked their tickets the moment they went on sale yesterday.

Anyway, without further ado check out the new trailer for what is set to be the biggest film of the year:

Also check out the new, very crowded poster:


The Force Awakens features a cast of newcomers to the Star Wars universe including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega (Attack the Block), Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Adam Driver, as well as returning favourites like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It’s directed by the one-and-only J.J. Abrams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in the UK on December 17th and in the US on December 18th. You can book your tickets already!