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Check Out This Short Teaser for a Fan-Made Han Solo Anime Project

Han Solo Anime Teaser

This is for true Star Wars geeks only. The first teaser trailer for the next Star Wars spin-off movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, was unveiled earlier this month. One fan named Daz Tibbles (follow him @daztibbles) decided to turn the trailer into an anime and start developing an anime series based on the Solo footage. He made this anime teaser in only four days time, which is very impressive. The tiny bit of footage we do get here seems to be inspired by a scene in the official teaser, but it looks like this could become its own anime series separate from the movie anyway. That is, if it were official, but it just seems to be a fan project. Still a cool tease, and something I would watch more of, for sure. Check out the trailer and follow Daz for updates.

UK Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda's Court Mystery 'The Third Murder'

The Third Murder Trailer

"No one here tells the truth." Arrow Films has released an official UK trailer for The Third Murder, the latest film from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, who last brought us After the Storm just last year. The Third Murder premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, and still doesn't have a US release set yet. The film's story is about a court case involving a murder-robbery suspect named Misumi, played by Kôji Yakusho, who has confessed to the crimes. However, his defense attorney, played by Masaharu Fukuyama, has other ideas about this case, which could mean the difference between life and death for Misumi. The cast also includes Hirose Suzu. This received some solid reviews out of festivals last year, and it looks like a seriously compelling legal drama that brings up intriguing questions. See below.

Berlinale 2018: Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' is Stop-Motion Excellence

Isle of Dogs Review

Dogs rule! There's really nothing else like a Wes Anderson-directed stop-motion animated film. That is especially true for Isle of Dogs, the latest one-of-a-kind stop-motion animated creation from the mind of this master filmmaker. Isle of Dogs is a very Japanese film, set entirely in a retro-future Japan where dogs have been outlawed by cat-loving government villains. It's endlessly imaginative, unlike anything I've ever seen before, with incredible detail in every single frame. So much so, that it's almost hard to keep up with all of it - I want to pause and study each frame/set/scene before continuing. The film is amusing and funky, sometimes a bit clunky, with plenty of Anderson's typical quirky humor and wacky characters galore. It's so funky that some may not connect, but there's an undeniable charm that definitely won me over by the end.

Official Trailer for 'What We Started' Music Doc Featuring DJ Carl Cox

What We Started Trailer

"You want to share it with as many people as possible." Abramorama has debuted the trailer for a music documentary titled What We Started, focusing on the EDM (or Electronic Dance Music) scene. I confess I am a huge EDM fan and have been listening for many years. This doc attempts to be a definitive look at the scene and the music and the people behind it all. The documentary features heavy-weight electronic dance music artists, including the infamous young new DJ, Martin Garrix, the legendary Carl Cox, as well as appearances by Erick Morillo, Moby, David Guetta, Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold, Seth Troxler, and DJ Tiesto. There are multiple cameos from musical superstars, including Usher and Ed Sheeran, who help exemplify the power and reach that electronic dance music has over mainstream music genres. This really looks damn good, seems to be a comprehensive examination of the entire culture. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Michelle Pfeiffer & Kiefer Sutherland in Official 'Where is Kyra?' Trailer

Where is Kyra? Trailer

"Everywhere I go, I see her." Great Point Media + Paladin have released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Where is Kyra?, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year (in 2017) before playing at a few other film festivals. The film stars Michelle Pfeiffer as the titular Kyra, a Brooklyn woman who loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life. The cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Suzanne Shepherd, and Sam Robards. This is directed by Andrew Dosunmu and features cinematography by the Academy Award-nominated Bradford Young, and music composed by Philip Young. It seems like a very heavy, very artsy film about how hard it is to stay afloat in today's brutal society.

Burt Reynolds is 'The Last Movie Star' in Official Trailer for A24 Drama

The Last Movie Star Trailer

"You are the only one stupid enough to show up…" Brutally honest line. A24 has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Last Movie Star, from writer/director Adam Rifkin. The film stars acting legend Burt Reynolds as acting legend Vic Edwards, an aging movie star who no longer has the same fame he once had. He's invited to a tiny, two-bit film festival in Nashville, and befriends his driver, who reminds him there's more to life than just being famous. The full cast includes Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, Nikki Blonsky, Kathleen Nolan, as well as Chevy Chase. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, but like most Tribeca films, we've never heard of it before now. I'd rather recommend watching The Hero with Sam Elliott instead, both pretty much have the same plot, though The Hero is actually quite good.

Epic Final IMAX Trailer for Steven S. DeKnight's 'Pacific Rim: Uprising'

Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer

"That's what I'm talking about!" Nothing can prepare you for how much CGI this trailer has! Universal has released a final IMAX exclusive trailer for the sci-fi sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, the action packed kaiju vs giant robots movie. Guillermo del Toro produced and help write the story, Steven S. DeKnight (of TV work) is directing. This sequel picks up after the first movie, following John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba's character Stacker Pentecost. The movie's ensemble cast includes Adria Arjona, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, Dustin Clare, Levi Meaden, Daniel Feuerriegel, Karan Brar, and Jin Zhang. This trailer is packed with some crazy epic footage of the kaiju vs robots battles, but I'm honestly not that excited to see it. A bit too much CGI. What about you?

Final Trailer for Crazy Action Comedy 'Gringo' Starring David Oyelowo

Gringo Trailer

"Somebody's going down!" Amazon Studios & STX Entertainment have debuted a final trailer for the dark comedy Gringo, the latest film directed by Nash Edgerton, brother of Joel Edgerton (who also appears in this film). Gringo hits theaters in March, for those who want to check it out. The film is about an obedient businessman who takes a trip into Mexico for his drug company, but everything goes crazy once he's there. David Oyelowo stars, with a cast including Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley. You can see some of the twists and the setup with the bosses and weird things going on in this trailer. This looks totally crazy, potentially good, potentially bad, but hopefully with some wacky moments with Oyelowo and whatever else. I kind of want to see this. Maybe?

Back to Berlinale - More Festival, More Great Filmmakers, More Films

Berlin Film Festival

The next big film festival after Sundance every years is the Berlin Film Festival, also known as Berlinale for short. Celebrating its 68th year, the Berlin Film Festival kicked off today (Thursday, February 15th) in Potsdamer Platz in the middle of the city. This is my fifth year in a row covering Berlinale, it's always a good time, the festival runs smoothly and all of the venues are top notch. Most of their screenings are on time, they're always totally packed, but the crowds are focused on the film and ready to enjoy some cinema. This is a festival for the city, for locals to attend, but there's also a huge contingent of press who fly in from all over the world see a few world premieres. I'm just happy to keep watching more films at another great fest.

First Trailer for Chloe Zhao's Phenomenal Docu-Drama Film 'The Rider'

The Rider Trailer

"Sometimes dreams aren't meant to be…" Sony Classics has finally revealed the trailer for the phenomenal film The Rider, which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival then played at every other major film festival - Telluride, Toronto, even Sundance this January. Written and directed by Chloe Zhao, this film is a "docu-drama" hybrid, meaning it's a fictional feature film but uses real documentary elements. The star of the film, Brady Jandreau, is a real cowboy and really hurt his head in real life, and the family in the film is also his real family. The Rider is about what happens when a cowboy is forced to figure out how to live a different life. I saw this at the London Film Festival last year and totally flipped for it, especially because it made me an emotional mess by the end. It is an extraordinary, breathtaking film that will touch your heart.

New International Trailer for 'Mary Magdalene' Starring Rooney Mara

Mary Magdalene Trailer

"We want the people to rise up…" Focus Features has revealed a new international trailer for the film Mary Magdalene, directed by Garth Davis, starring Rooney Mara as the biblical figure. The film has been pulled from the 2018 calendar in the US because it's being distributed by The Weinstein Company, and all of their films have been delayed until further notice. But it's still going to be released internationally by Focus Features, which is why there's this new trailer to give it that push. Mara plays Mary, and Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus in this retelling of the biblical story of these two. The full cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter, Tahar Rahim as Judas Iscariot, Ryan Corr as Joseph, as well as Ariane Labed. This looks very powerful, very stylish, certainly not your typical biblical film. And the two lead performances look ravishing.

Come With Me & Enjoy Another Exciting Trailer for 'Ready Player One'

Ready Player One Trailer

"I just came here to escape, but I found something much bigger than myself." Warner Bros has revealed one more exciting trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One, the epic sci-fi adventure into the virtual world of Oasis. We've already seen two excellent trailers so far, but this one really takes the cake, probably the best of anything we've seen yet. I'm so ready for this movie, bring on the nostalgia overkill! Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the Oasis gaming world as "Parzival". The full cast includes Mark Rylance as the game's creator, Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. Along with this new trailer, there's a killer new poster to see. It's an homage to posters from the 80s and it's pretty much perfect.

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