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Trailer Tracker: Frankie and Alice, Dead Awake and more

Our featured clip this week is Frankie and Alice which finds a literally divided Halle Berry in the roles of the titular Frankie and Alice, by way of a disorder breaking her mind into one part upstanding member of society and the other a callous racist. Which side will prevail in this internal struggle?

 

New Trailer This Week:

Frankie and Alice
Dead Awake
Every Day
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Frankie and Alice

frankieandalicepicFrankie and Alice is a psychological thriller which finds a woman (Halle Berry) suffering from multiple personality disorder as she struggles to suppress her destructive alter-ego. The trailer tells us by way of made-for-Oscar quotes that Berry gives a great performance although no official reviews are available quite yet. Since winning best actress for Monsters Ball, she has been a reliable presence in mature, critically respected films, more or less putting her Catwoman days to sleep.

The always sinister and interesting Stellan Skarsgard co-stars as Berry’s doctor with Geoffrey Sax (White Noise) directing.  Screenwriter Cheryl Edwards also has some higher profile credits to her name such as Against the Ropes and Save the Last Dance and the mood of the trailer seems to be in line with those efforts. Like the themes promised in the film itself, the trailer is a twisting, purposely confusing peek into what we can expect and more than echoes the clips for the much buzzed Oscar favourite Black Swan. If Frankie and Alice will garner the same critical response remains to be seen.

Dead Awake

Dramas that transcend the afterlife and the land of the living, such as The Invisible or After.Life to name some recent entries, are always interesting endeavours even if they ultimately fail at executing their bold premise. Dead Awake collects a strong cast including Nick Stahl, Amy Smart and Rose McGowan in a story of a funeral director (Stahl) who tries to unravel a decade-old mystery by faking his own death. Apparently heading straight to video after a limited release, it is difficult to see from its trailer alone if it deserves such a treatment. The cast says otherwise, so only time will tell.



Every Day

Though not a stranger to but mostly absent from romantic dramas, Live Schreiber is most definitely a fine actor and a great screen presence to matter the genre. He teams with a notable ensemble cast including Helen Hunt, Carla Cugino and Eddie Izzard in this tale of infidelity, marriage and love. The director is the writer and frequent director of the sultry television series Nip/Tuck, so he certainly has credibility on his side from a perspective of proven chops, but if this can translate to a full length feature film will be his task to fill.



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Though the cast inspires confidence (Russell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins and The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco to name a few), the director I’m sad to say does not (that is of course unless films such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and Muppets From Space inspire rabid love). This tale of a man who, after hitting the Easter Bunny with his car, must then fill the lovable rodent’s role gives us the same tripe in its teaser trailer as the norm, so everyone pray the end result gives us something of worth.



   

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