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"Now the fate of this tiny world depends of the courage of a little ladybug." Aside from Pixar's A Bug's Life, we haven't seen that many animated films about bugs, but here's another one. Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an animated adventure about two tribes of ants - black and red - that end up in a war against each other after a box of sugar is discovered. This movie was actually first released in Europe in 2014 and is just now coming out in the UK, which is why there's a new trailer in 2016. It looks as if it's almost entirely dialogue-free, with the ants communicating through noises rather than any language. A male ladybug ends up caught in the middle of the battle, and just might help save the day. This doesn't look so bad, or does it?
If you've seen Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book already, you know it's a wonderful film set in a lush jungle with lovable characters. Aside from Mowgli, played by youngster Neel Sethi, every other character is a CG animal. And here's the craziest part - the film was shot entirely in downtown Los Angeles. How did they pull this off? Lots and lots of blue screen (and CGI). Disney has released a behind-the-scenes featurette showing some of the special sets and other tricks they used to film this movie - it's impressive to see. In addition, SlashFilm has some photos of the making of The Jungle Book with details like that 224 unique animals were created, and the average render time per frame was 19 hours. The magic of Hollywood. Take a look below.
"All this is Andròn - the quest for the contenders." The first trailer has debuted for an interesting sci-fi film called Andròn - The Black Labyrinth, or just Andron. It's about a dark, claustrophobic maze being run by Alec Baldwin, who broadcasts the fights of the various contenders hoping to survive. This seems like some weird mash-up of Cube and The Hunger Games, with a dose of The Maze Runner because of course. The ensemble cast includes Michelle Ryan, Danny Glover, Leo Howard, Gale Harold, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Gaia Scodellaro and Margareth Madè. There are some cool moments in this (the opening looks great) but I'm not sure if it'll be any good, especially with such a low IMDb rating. Fire it up.
"I don't know if I'm on course… My ship isn't telling me." Where did this come from?! Vertical Ent. has released a trailer for a film called Approaching the Unknown, a sci-fi drama about an astronaut on a one-way solo mission to colonize Mars. Mark Strong stars as Captain William D. Stanaforth, and it's great to see Strong in a lead role. The cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Charles Baker, Anders Danielsen Lie and Harry L. Seddon, but this is really a one-man show. There are some crazy cool visuals in this trailer, his spacecraft drifting through weird anomalies in space, but it looks damn good. The line at the end - chills.
"Then let's go somewhere - anywhere in the world, just you and me." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for the new romantic comedy Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. This charming film is about a woman who ends up working as a caregiver for a wheelchair-bound wealthy young man, and decides to show him that life is worth living even if you're disabled. This new trailer runs a full 3 minutes, they're really trying to sell the strong emotions on this one. There are some wonderful moments - that scene where she's sitting in the chair with him during the dance and the camera follows them closely as they circle around is quite lovely. It's easy to sense their chemistry.
"Before we go solve the crime of the century, let's deal with the rotting corpse." Ohh man, I can't wait to see this! Warner Bros has released this totally amazing vintage/retro 70's trailer for The Nice Guys, the new Shane Black action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The trailer is made like it was made in the 70s, with grainy footage and lots of cuts and clips of violent moments from the film, plus some cheesy voiceover. We've seen so much footage for this already that I'm so ready to just see it, but I have to say - the marketing for this movie is perfectly spot on. I love everything about this new trailer, right down to the freeze-frame title and vintage ratings card. Only a few more weeks left to go until this is in theaters.
"I'll tell your husband what you've been up to!" The Weinstein Company has debuted a trailer for the period romance Tulip Fever, based on the book of the same name. Dane DeHaan plays Jan Van Loos, an artist hired to paint a portrait of a married woman and her husband during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. Alicia Vikander plays his love interest, Sophia. The full cast has quite a few major names: Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Dame Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne. This trailer is packed with vintage sets, big beards, elaborate costumes and much more, but I'm not sure the story is really that interesting. Take a look.
"Pretty good setting to bring a girl…" Roadside Attractions has debuted a fantastic trailer for Southside with You, the film from Sundance this year that retells Barack Obama's first date in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers plays Obama, and Tika Sumpter plays Michelle Robinson, and they're perfect together in this - they have chemistry that just works wonders. The film is being compared to Before Sunrise and you'll see why with this trailer - there are many gorgeous shots of them strolling around Chicago, and it has that magical romantic feeling every frame. It's a wonderful film - read my Sundance review. Don't miss this.
"Claim your birthright, Kubo. Give this story a happy ending." Focus Features has unveiled a third and final trailer for Laika's latest stop-motion adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. The more we see from this, the more I have to say - this looks so freakin' awesome, I cannot wait to see it. The story behind Kubo and the entire world they've created for this is amazing. Even the way he uses his guitar to make things happen, and all the crazy cool shots in this, it's all impressive. Art Parkinson voices Kubo, and the full cast includes Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa & George Takei. This is seriously one of my most anticipated movies coming up this year. Enjoy.
"You have no idea what's going on here!" Lionsgate Premiere has debuted a trailer for a film called The Duel, formerly known as By Way of Helena, a western about a Texas Ranger who takes on an oppressive, violent preacher watching over a town. Liam Hemsworth plays the Ranger, and Woody Harrelson plays the evil pastor, and the two end up in a kind of standoff in this small town. The full cast includes Emory Cohen, William Hurt, Alice Braga, William Sadler, Benedict Samuel & Raphael Sbarge. This looks solid, but they do give away a big plot point in the trailer. Western fans might want to take a look.
"As you know, it has taken a huge effort to get a big military base on the moon…" 20th Century Fox has released a viral video for Independence Day: Resurgence that features some of the cast and lots of new footage. The video is designed like a news segment from the "United World News" channel, and first takes a look back at the devastating events of 1996, when the aliens first arrived. Then it jumps ahead to a segment with Jeff Goldblum playing David Levinson, now running "ESD" (Earth Space Defense), who discusses the technology they've borrowed to improve their defense systems. In addition, Jessie Usher as Dylan Hiller, Angelababy as Rain Lao, and Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison are also featured. This is pretty cool.
Time to finally see an impressive short film I've been waiting years to feature here on FS. This short is called EVE and is made by a French concept artist turned filmmaker named Eric Gandois, making a strong first impression with this work. I originally got see the short in full two years ago, but it has been kept off the internet until now. The film stars Delphine Chaneac, seen in Vincenzo Natali's Splice, as a woman living in a future where there's barely any oxygen left and most of life on our planet has died off. It's entirely dialogue free and uses visuals and her performance to tell the story. I love discovering great work like this and featuring it, as this could be the beginning of an exciting filmmaking career for Gandois. Watch below.
"So what do we do now?" "We run." The Orchard has unleashed the official US trailer for Taika Waititi's new comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is another one of our favorite films from Sundance this year (Captain Fantastic being another). Newcomer Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a troublemaker kid from the city who ends up with a foster care family in a rural part of the country, with his new parents, Aunt Bella and Uncle Hec, played by Rima Te Wiata and Sam Neill. Eventually Ricky and Uncle Hec go on the run out in the New Zealand bush. This film is hilarious, heartfelt, and so much fun to watch. We've already featured two trailers from Australia, but one more to convince everyone it's worth seeing won't hurt.
"Five, six, seven, eight." Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled the first official trailer for Anna Rose Holmer's The Fits, an outstanding indie film that has been playing at festivals all over the world to plenty of acclaim. The Fits stars newcomer Royalty Hightower as Toni, an 11-year-old tomboy girl who starts to notice older girls in a dance troupe getting sick. It's hard to describe the film since the whole thing is very mesmerizing but that's why this is such an effective and attention-grabbing trailer - all the quotes are excellent and I love the way it plays without any dialogue, only sounds from the film and the very eerie music. Even if you don't know anything about this, give it a look - it's worth watching. I've seen the film and definitely recommend it.