New ‘By the Sea’ preview proves Angelina Jolie should cut all her movie trailers

Stylistic and thematic tease for under the radar Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie drama

What a week.  Zola’s stripper tale rocked the internet, ESPN shut down Grantland, the Oscar season was sent into a tizzy with “Steve Jobs'” disappointing wide release and everyone in the world is obsessed with Adele’s “Hello” (even this pundit).   Well, before you descend into a mad weekend of Halloween partying (on the night we turn the clocks back no less) Universal Pictures has a new preview of Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea” to calm your senses.  And, no joke, it was cut by Jolie herself.

According to Deadline, Jolie didn’t like the studio’s first pass and supplied her own edit.  Based on the results (which you can view at the bottom of this post) she might just know what she’s doing.  The movie is obviously an actor’s piece, but it looks stylish, intimate and makes you want to drop everything you’re doing and spend your days lounging away in an intimate Italian Villa with an ocean side view.

We’re not sure if “By the Sea” is a true awards season player, but we’re hoping Jolie surprises.  The drama, which co-stars her husband Brad Pitt and is their first on screen pairing since “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” kickoff AFI Fest 2015 Thursday night and will bring some major starpower to the increasingly influential late fall film festival.

“By the Sea” will open in limited release on Nov. 13.

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