Stoker Trailer

Updates From Sundance Film Festival And The London Critics' Circle Awards Plus Trailers For, Stoker, Emperor And Red 2

As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.

Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.

But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.

Emporer Trailer

Another Oscar-nominee for Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones debuted a trailer for his next film this week. Emperor is a World War II drama about the American military's investigation into the role of the Japanese emperor during the war. It looks like an unusually personal political thriller.

Helen Mirren reteams with her Hitchcock costar Anthony Hopkins for RED 2, another comical action romp about "retired, extremely dangerous" ex-spies. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Catherine Zeta-Jones co-star. The film doesn't open until this summer, but a new trailer makes it look like a lot of fun.

Safe Haven

Meanwhile, teen girls everywhere are swooning at the thought of a new Nicholas Sparks movie, and Safe Haven stars the dreamy Josh Duhamel as the perfect man, a single dad in an idyllic seaside North Carolina town who comes to the rescue of battered wife Julianne Hough. The trailer will make them even more excited, although everyone else will be a little worried.

Speaking of Safe Haven, the film had its world premiere this week in Toronto, where stars Duhamel and Hough signed autographs and posed for photos for adoring, overexcited fans along the red carpet. The film opens in on Valentine's Day in the US and on March 1st in the UK.

Rich Cline