All posts by Alfonso Espina

Alfonso Espina is a Toronto-based freelance writer and graduate of the Journalism program at Ryerson University. He has written for The Huffington Post, Tribute Magazine, Next Projection, Pop Wrapped, MuchMusic, Flicks And The City, and Screen Invasion.

Jack O'Connell Third Unbroken Trailer
Universal has unveiled a new trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s “Unbroken,” starring rising English actor Jack O’Connell as the late U.S. Olympian-turned-WWII hero Louis Zamperini. Based on the 2010 New York Times bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, “Unbroken” recounts the phenomenal life story of Zamperini, a troubled child who grew up to become a renowned Olympic runner. But his most triumphant achievements were the events following the aftermath of a plane crash in which he proved the unbreakable power of the human spirit. Alongside Russell Allen Phillips (Domhnall Gleeson) and Francis McNamaraRead More
Jack O'Connell 71
Before he brings Louie Zamperini’s life story to the big-screen in “Unbroken”, “Starred Up’s” Jack O’Connell will be on a quest to find haven from war in Yann Demange‘s “’71.” The film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival back in February, is set during 1971 in Northern Ireland, a time in which conflict between the Protestants and Catholics stirred up a civil war. O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a young English soldier who is abandoned by his unit in the midst a riot on the streets, putting him in anRead More
Kristen Stewart Camp X-Ray
A new clip from the Kristen Stewart-led “Camp X-Ray” has been unveiled, giving us a closer look at the bond that forms between a U.S. soldier and a Guantanamo Bay detainee. The Sundance drama, which marks the feature directorial debut for Peter Sattler, centers on Private Amy Cole (Stewart), a Guantanamo Bay guard who, despite being at the opposite end of the war, finds herself connecting with one of the detainees, Ali Amir (Peyman Moaadi). “To see somebody comforted by a human relationship, it’s nice, it’s alleviating, it feels good,”Read More
Miles Teller Whiplash Dinner Clip
“I think being the greatest musician of the twentieth century is anybody’s idea of success,” says Miles Teller, making his lifelong career goal known, in the latest released clip from “Whiplash.” The Damien Chazelle-directed film, which has been garnering critical acclaim since it first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January (where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award), centers on Andrew (Teller), a promising jazz drummer whose ambitions as a first-year student at an elite Manhattan music conservatory are put to the test whenRead More
Alicia Vikander Kit Harington Testament of Youth Poster
The romance between Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington is at the center of the first poster (courtesy of Empire Online) for James Kent‘s Vera Brittain adaptation “Testament of Youth.” Based on the 1933 autobiography by Brittain, the Juliette Towhidi-scripted “Testament of Youth” is set against the backdrop of World War I and follows the early life of the renowned English pacifist (Vikander), who left her studies at Oxford University to enlist as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse in the armed forces — particularly in London, Malta and France — whereRead More
Alicia Vikander Son of a Gun 2
A new clip from the heist thriller “Son of a Gun” has debuted, teasing us with a scene between Brenton Thwaites as a young fugitive and Alicia Vikander as his romantic interest. The feature directorial debut of award-winning short film writer-director Julius Avery (“Jerrycan”), “Son of a Gun” centers on JR (Thwaites), a 19-year-old who is detained for a minor crime and locked up behind bars, where gives up what little freedom he has left to form an alliance with crime boss Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). After assisting Lynch andRead More
Miles Teller Whiplash 2
Just days away from its theatrical release, Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a new clip of writer-director Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash,” giving us a closer look at the relationship dynamic between co-stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. The film, which debuted to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival (It won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award!) back in January, centers on Andrew (Teller), a promising jazz drummer whose ambitions as a first-year Manhattan music conservatory student are met with the challenge of training under the ruthless band instructor,Read More
Kaitlyn Dever Men Women and Children
Kaitlyn Dever‘s online activities are vehemently monitored by her mother, played by Jennifer Garner, as seen in the latest clips from Jason Reitman‘s drama “Men, Women & Children.” Based on the 2011 novel by Chad Kultgen, “Men, Women & Children” centers on the heavy influence of modern technology — particularly the Internet — on the daily lives of a group of teens (Dever, Ansel Elgort, Olivia Crocicchia, Travis Tope, Elena Kampouris, and Timothée Chalamet) and their parents (Garner, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Rosemarie Dewitt). As the latestRead More
Dakota Fanning Effie Gray 2
Metrodome Distribution has unveiled two new clips (via Variety) of Dakota Fanning as “Effie Gray” in the Richard Laxton-directed Victorian drama. Written by Emma Thompson, “Effie Gray” tells the true story of the six-year marriage between Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and his teenage bride, Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray (Fanning), the latter of whom stirred up controversy when she filed an annulment under the grounds of “incurable impotency” in order to marry Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Although the film’s plot makes it sound like Effie isRead More
Iwan Rheon Katelyn Mager Charlotte's Song
DoneFour Productions has unveiled the trailer for Nicholas Humphries‘ “Charlotte’s Song,” giving us our first look at Iwan Rheon (“Misfits”) and Katelyn Mager in this coming-of-age fantasy. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen‘s “The Little Mermaid,” “Charlotte’s Song” is set in 1930s Oklahoma and follows Charlotte (Mager), a girl who, along with her five sisters and widowed father, run a song and dance act. After the untimely death of her mother, Charlotte and her family find themselves in a vulnerable situation. However, help soon arrives in the form of a gangsterRead More