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"What are we doing here?" A trailer has debuted for an indie coming-of-age romantic drama called First Girl I Love, which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This sweet little flick is about an awkward love triangle that forms when Anne, played by Dylan Gelula, realizes she is in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her high school, played by Brianna Hildebrand. She confesses this to her friend Clifton, played by Mateo Arias, who has a thing for her and he gets jealous and it all starts to get awkward. This is a pretty good film, a bit cheesy at times, but it's another solid cinematic story about young first love.
"I always thought this house was haunted…" Momentum has released a trailer for an indie thriller called Jack Goes Home, from actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who both wrote and directed this film. Rory Culkin stars as a magazine editor, along with Britt Robertson as his fiance, who goes back to his home town after learning that his parents are in a deadly car accident. Things get crazy when he returns. "Jack comes to learn that the idyllic world he has believed in since infancy is in fact a nightmare playground full of lies, deception, violence and murder." The full cast includes Lin Shaye, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Daveigh Chase and Louis Hunter. This trailer gets very creepy and very weird in the second half.
"Who could've done this?" "You did this!" Lionsgate has unleashed another new full-length trailer for the new Blair Witch movie, which is actually a sequel/continuation of the breakout horror movie The Blair Witch Project from 1999. As reported when the movie first premiered at Comic-Con, this sequel was quietly made under the working title of The Woods before it unveiled to fans last month. Director & writer team Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (of The Guest, You're Next) are behind this new film, which stars Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry, James Allen McCune and Callie Hernandez. This new trailer is scary as all hell, and it will make you afraid of going into the woods at night. Stay away from any tunnels.
"What if you do find home and they're not even there, and you just keep searching…?" "I don't have a choice." The Weinstein Company has finally debuted a trailer for the film Lion, from director Garth Davis, a powerful story of finding your home and your family no matter how hard that is. Dev Patel stars as Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian family and raised in Australia after he became separated from his real family at a young age. He decides to go back to India to search for his family and reconnect with them. The cast includes Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman & David Wenham. This actually looks really good! I've heard some solid buzz about this recently and it looks like it might live up to the hype.
"Guys, it's just my mom!" Today's impressive short film worth watching is called Where You Are, a rather peculiar yet fascinating story about a hide-and-seek game gone awry. The story starts when a mother begins playing a harmless game of hide-and-seek with her son James, but suddenly ends traveling through time trying to find him. Sounds odd, but it's good. I love the way this plays out, just flowing from one moment to the next without much time to figure out what's going on (much like life, right?) yet it's obviously intricately planned out. This is the kind of short film that will make you realize there's still great ideas out there. Enjoy.
"No man is free who is not master of himself." Fox & Pathe have debuted the official UK trailer for a film called A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as a married couple. The film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and their governments. This isn't the only film this year about a controversial interracial marriage, as Jeff Nichols' Loving also tells of a story of a marriage that upset many people. But love is love, and that's what is most important. The cast in this one includes Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope, and Jessica Oyelowo. As usual, Oyelowo looks like he's giving another magnificent performance.
"Tell André to be careful." The first trailer has arrived for the film Planetarium, from French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski, which is premiering at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals coming up. Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp star as sisters in Paris in the 1930s who have the mysterious supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. The two of them put on performances in the city and make movies, but end up in some other trouble. The full cast includes Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, and Louis Garrel. This looks very French, with luxurious shots of vintage locations plus romance galore.
"Did you ever look at your daughter?" Kino Lorber has debuted the official US trailer for the indie drama Sand Storm, and Israeli film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It's a drama set in Bedouin village in Southern Israel about a mother and daughter struggling to find their own way and break the rules of the society they live in. The film stars Ruba Blal-Asfour as Jalila, along with Lamis Ammar, Haitham Omari, and Khadija Al Akel. This won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance this year. Our friend Tomris Laffly said the film knocked her socks off, adding that it's "a slow-burning and suspenseful emotional drama." This trailer hints at an outstanding film.
Relativity has released a trailer for a surprise horror film that's coming out in the next few weeks, titled The Disappointments Room, which we haven't heard much about until now. Kate Beckinsale stars, along with Duncan Joiner, as a mother and her young son who move to their dream home but discover a creepy room in the attic. Upon opening it, they unleash "unimaginable horrors". This trailer doesn't actually show any of those horrors, as it pretty much stops when she opens the door. The full cast includes Lucas Till, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin, Michael Landes and Mel Raido. Give this a quick watch below.
"It could have been a wonderful child." 20th Century Fox has released two very creepy new promo trailers to give the original sci-fi movie Morgan one final push before it opens in theaters next week. Kate Mara stars as an expert called in to "determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being's life that was made in a laboratory environment." The cast also features Anya Taylor-Joy as "Morgan", Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Paul Giamatti. These two trailers start out all nice and happy, looking back at the growing-up stages of this "thing's" life, before it turns evil and goes all psycho on the people from the lab where it's living. Color me intrigued. I really want to see this.
"These people are our only hope." This actually looks really cool, I have to say. A new full-length trailer has debuted for a big-budget Russian "superhero" movie called Guardians, also known as Zashchitniki (Защитники) in Russian. This isn't the first time we've written about this film - earlier this year we posted a teaser trailer. This new trailer has polished VFX, and lots of crazy footage of big fights in cities, and it looks quite fun. The plot is about a "Patriot" program that created a superhero squad, which included members of multiple soviet republics. There's a psychopath who wields sleek curved swords, a telekinetic, an invisible witch, and the most badass of all, a massive "Werebear" wielding a minigun, on the team. There's not much more I can say about this other than you just need to watch the trailer and see for yourself how cool this is.
"If you really feel you can't take this on, you know… That's your right." Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, a film many critics have been raving about since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Set in Massachusetts, this very emotional drama stars Casey Affleck as an uncle who has to help take care of a teenage boy, played by Lucas Hedges, when his father suddenly dies. Affleck and Hedges both give awards-worthy performances, but there's so much more to this exceptional film. The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan and Kara Hayward. This trailer doesn't give away too much, thankfully, but it does setup the story in an engaging way. I've seen the film and it's truly as great as everyone is saying.
"You've opened up a door… And now no one is safe." Paramount has released the first full trailer for Rings, the third film in the Ring series, originally a remake of the Japanese horror film. The second film was released back in 2005, three years after the first Ring hit theaters in 2002. This new one picks up 13 years after the first film and it's just as creepy. The cast includes Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, and Bonnie Morgan as Samara. This looks like another eerie entry in the horror series. The blind man giving her information is pretty cool, I just hope the rest of it is actually good. The plane sequence at the end is also cool, but I think that's the opening scene.
"I don't really have a lot of friends…" "I don't either." The Orchard has released a trailer for the award-winning indie drama Miss Stevens, which premiered at SXSW this year and won Best Actress. Lily Rabe stars as a high school English teacher who chaperones three of her students on a weekend trip to a drama competition, and things get pretty interesting. The cast includes Rob Huebel, Oscar Nuñez, Timothée Chalamet and Lili Reinhart. From this trailer, this film definitely looks like a quirky gem worth seeking out, with some vital wisdom for adults as well as teens. I'm curious about it. Worth taking a look at below.