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Whoa! This looks cool. A new teaser trailer has debuted for a Russian alien invasion/arrival movie called Attraction. We've also added the original teaser along with the new trailer, since this is the first time we've encountered this film. There's some awesome footage in this, mainly the original arrival and crash in a city. The ship design is incredibly unique, and I love the way it looks as it crashes down. The film stars Oleg Menshikov, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov and Irina Starshenbaum. It's made by the same guy who made Stalingrad and will be presented in IMAX 3D (at least in Russia) when it opens. The newest teaser actually reveals the aliens, which are huge creatures without a discernible face, making me even more intrigued. Along with Guardians, there are some impressive action movies coming out of Russia these days.
"It should be us together!" Vertical Entertainment has released a trailer for the ensemble comedy Good Kids, about four high school kids looking to redefine themselves after graduation. This cheesy sex comedy is about a bunch of kids trying to figure out what to do with themselves after they get out of school, mostly who to hook up with. Starring Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Braun, Israel Broussard, Mateo Arias, Julia Garner, Ashley Judd and Demián Bichir. I'm sure we all know this, but Zoey Deutch looks a lot like Isla Fisher, though doesn't seem nearly as funny. This doesn't look that good, but if you're curious give it a shot.
"We made this oath - whoever died first would send the other a sign." IFC has released an official trailer for the latest film from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, titled Personal Shopper, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. This sorta-horror film deals with a young women who is haunted by a ghost through text messages (seriously). She works as a "personal shopper" for a famous celebrity, picking up clothes all over Europe for her to wear. The cast includes Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia, Nora Van Waldstatten, and Benjamin Biolay. This will likely be a very polarizing film, as it's not really the typical horror most expect, but does have a chilling side.
"Or… is it so beyond stupid, it's brilliant? He might actually be the real dude!" Netflix has debuted a trailer for a new comedy titled True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which they produced as a Netflix Original Film. Kevin James stars as an author named Sam Larson who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. The concept is amusing, but not sure if Kevin James is the best fit for this, though I'm sure he was involved in the deal early on. The full cast features Andy Garcia as "El Toro", Maurice Compte, Kim Coates, Kelen Coleman, Emilie Ullerup and Yul Vazquez. There are a few cringe-worthy moments in this, the rest doesn't look that bad.
"Without love, what reason is there for anything?" Bleecker Street Media & Amazon Studios have debuted a trailer for one of the best films this year - Jim Jarmusch's Paterson. I totally adore this film, I saw it twice at the Cannes Film Festival because I loved it so much, and it'll definitely be in my Top 10. Paterson stars Adam Driver as a humble bus driver living in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife, played by the wonderful Golshifteh Farahani. During his free time he writes poems, and it turns out he's immensely talented even though he doesn't really realize it. I wrote in my glowing review in Cannes that the film is "poetic perfection, superbly realized. Cinema at its very finest." This also stars William Jackson Harper and Masatoshi Nagase. Be warned - this trailer shows way TOO much of the film, but it's still worth seeing no matter what.
"Who the hell are you?" "I'm the guy you didn't count on…" Paramount has unleashed an action-packed, 90-second IMAX trailer for the sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, bringing back Tom Cruise as the iconic character Jack Reacher from Lee Child's books. He's joined by actress Cobie Smulders as Susan Turner, along with a cast including Robert Knepper, Aldis Hodge and Holt McCallany. We've already seen a couple of trailers for this already, and it looks like just another generic action movie, I have to say. I'm hoping that there's something more to it, but ending a trailer on a big explosion isn't really grabbing my interest anymore. I'm a fan of Tom Cruise and I hope he kicks ass in this, just not sold on all the footage yet.
"His heart can't handle our gravity… It's too risky!" STX has released a new trailer for the film The Space Between Us, arriving in theaters December, about the first boy ever born on Mars who returns to Earth and must experience the planet (and young love) for the first time. Perfect timing to launch this trailer, with Elon Musk discussing his plans for colonizing Mars. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, who at age 16 finally returns to Earth. The main aspect of this movie is the love story angle and he falls for a "street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa", played by Britt Robertson, but has his own physical struggles. The cast includes Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery, and Jenny Gabrielle. As much as I want to be excited to see this, it just looks so schmaltzy and goofy. I hope to be proved wrong when it opens.
"Thrills! Chills! Adventure!" It's here! It's finally here! You may have heard buzz, or seen images, from this amazing animated Indiana Jones film that has been in the works for a while from Dutch animator Patrick Schoenmaker. Titled The Adventures of Indiana Jones, this brief "short film" is designed to be an introduction to an Indy animated series (that Patrick hopes to one day create). For now it's just a wonderful 90-second adventure with Indy and Short Round and all his old friends, and it's so much fun. The animation in particular is impressive, and Patrick says it took him a long time to replicate the look of Harrison Ford as Indy. This plays more like the opening intro to the series, instead of one complete story, but I still enjoy it, covering many of his past moments. Here's hoping this inspires more fan-made Indiana Jones adventures.
"You're not like other people, you're an exception." Fox has released the second trailer for Warren Beatty's new film Rules Don't Apply, a romantic drama set in Hollywood in the 50s. Beatty directs and also stars in this as Howard Hughes, who contracts a young actress - played by Lily Collins - to work for him in Los Angeles. She meets her personal driver played by Alden Ehrenreich (who is playing a young Han Solo in the Star Wars spin-off) and falls for him, but can't break the rule of having a relationship with an employee. The full cast includes Haley Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt and Steve Coogan. This looks fun and quirky, but it doesn't look like it's going to win over anyone. Some of the scenes still seem a bit dry, but maybe it's just me. Take a look below.
Time to rock out with Iggy! Magnolia Pictures has unveiled a trailer for the documentary Gimme Danger, about the rock band The Stooges, directed by legendary filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. This is the other big film that Jarmusch brought to the Cannes Film Festival this year - he premiered two, the other one being the fictional feature Paterson (one of my favorite films this year). Gimme Danger is a feature doc telling the story of The Stooges, a rock band from Michigan featuring Iggy Pop as the vocalist that launched with a concert in 1976. The doc tells a very extensive history of the band and features a bit of concert footage, as well as interviews and more. Cannes reviews state it's "an exciting testament to the survival power of the Stooges' music, reviled or ignored in its time, then rediscovered by the late 70s punk generation, and now widely celebrated as the work of – as Jarmusch claims at the start – 'he greatest rock and roll band ever.'"
"You write sex like a 12-year-old, and I think you know it. Have you ever even had sex?" Gravitas Ventures has released a trailer for an indie film called Slash, derived from the term "slash fiction" about a couple of gamer geeks who are in for an emotional thrill when their own fan fiction (aka "fan fic") becomes real life. This is actually a goofy, funky coming-of-age story about two youngsters who fall for each other over this "fan fic". The film stars Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Violett Beane, and Michael Ian Black. There's a few awkward scenes of them actually reading the erotic fan fic, and the rest of it is pretty cheesy. Not sure if this will be any good unless you are really into the nerdy fan fic scene, but have a look anyway.
"If you've gone as far as him, how do you challenge yourself?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for the documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, profiling the life and work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. As you will see in this trailer, his art is based around fireworks and explosives, and he was hired to arrange the fireworks at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His latest project is an attempt to build a "sky ladder" out of fireworks, which this documentary covers in addition to examining his life and influences. "If you're Cai Guo-Qiang, you continue to chase the ambitious dream that has eluded you for 20 years—Sky Ladder—a 1,650 foot ladder of fire climbing into the skies, connecting heaven and earth." This doc might be worth seeing just for all the stunning footage of his fireworks. Enjoy.
"We've lived in the shadows for too long. I ask all of you - who does this protect: us, or them?" WB has debuted a fourth trailer for the new Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates from a script written by J.K. Rowling herself. We've seen a number of impressive trailers so far, but another one can't hurt. Eddie Redmayne stars as Mr. Scamander, a magizoologist who comes to New York and accidentally lets loose a suitcase full of magical creatures. Also starring Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, and Samantha Morton. This fourth and final trailer finally shows off many of the various (CG) creatures, and it looks like an entertaining adventure around New York. I'm actually pretty damn excited to see this soon.
"We've known about this for decades… Paradise that has been degraded and destroyed. We're knowingly doing this. I just want to know how far we've gone, and if there's anything we can do to stop it." National Geographic has unveiled the first official trailer for the environmental documentary Before the Flood, produced by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Fisher Stevens. A staunch environmentalist and activist, DiCaprio travels the world conducting interviews, meeting with heads of state, and exploring the various lands of the world to address the global crisis of climate change. The doc presents a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. We've seen many, many climate docs recently, but I hope one of these really grabs people and wakes them up, because we all need to change - and change now.