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New Trailer for Russian Superhero Movie 'Guardians' or 'Zashchitniki'

Guardians Trailer

"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.

 Posted August 24 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: Trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's 'Manchester by the Sea'

Manchester by the Sea Trailer

"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.

 Posted August 24 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Full Trailer for F. Javier Gutiérrez's Horror Sequel 'Rings'

Rings Trailer

"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.

 Posted August 24 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Trailer for Indie Drama 'Miss Stevens' Starring Lily Rabe

Miss Stevens Trailer

"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.

 Posted August 23 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

US Trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's 'The Dressmaker' with Kate Winslet

The Dressmaker Trailer

"You can transform people… That's very powerful." Broad Green Pictures + Amazon Studios have released an official US trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet as a "glamorous woman" who returns to her small hometown in rural Australia. We actually featured the first trailer for this film over a year ago, last summer, since it was released in Australia back then. It's just now getting a US release this fall, for anyone still interested in giving it a look. Liam Hemsworth also stars as the young guy she falls for in town, with a cast including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. This almost seems like a dusty, down under version of The Devil Wears Prada.

 Posted August 23 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Emma Stone Auditions in New Trailer for Musical 'La La Land'

La La Land Audition Trailer

"Here's to the hearts that ache…" Oh my goodness. Lionsgate has unveiled the second official teaser trailer for Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, and it's just as wonderful as the first one. La La Land stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actress who falls for a jazz pianist, played by Ryan Gosling, while in the City of Angels, better known as Los Angeles. Like the first teaser, this trailer is set to one of the magnificent songs from the film, titled "Audition", and it will thankfully be available to download later this fall. The full cast includes J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sonoya Mizuno, Hemky Madera, Josh Pence and John Legend. That scene in the planetarium looks like it's going to be so totally amazing.

 Posted August 23 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: 'Loudini' - A Charming Short Film About a Struggling Magician

Loudini Short Film

"Still wearing the cape?" Today's must see short film discovery is titled Loudini, a charming and amusing story about a struggling magician who goes by the nickname "Loudini". Made by the same guys who made the short film Foureyes that we featured a few years ago, Loudini is described (by the filmmakers) as their "mash up of Punch Drunk Love, Inside Llewyn Davis and King of Comedy". That's an eclectic yet appealing pitch that should grab a few of you. The short also has a performance by the musician Car Seat Headrest. This is a great example of a simple idea made grand and engaging by smart filmmaking choices. Have fun.

 Posted August 23 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

First Trailer for Sergei Loznitsa's Concentration Camp Doc 'Austerlitz'

Austerlitz Trailer

"Follow me this way…" If you've followed the Cannes Film Festival in the last decade, you know the name Sergei Loznitsa - a Ukrainian filmmaker who has premiered numerous films at the festival in the past few years. His latest work is a documentary called Austerlitz, which examines the baffling yet common idea of visiting the grounds of former Nazi concentration camps. "One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that induces thousands of people to spend their summer weekends in former concentration camps looking at ovens in a crematorium. To try to come to grips with this, I made this film," Loznitsa explains. This trailer is a very bleak introduction that instantly asks: why are these places so popular with tourists?

 Posted August 22 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Trailer for Kirsten Johnson's Powerful Doc 'Cameraperson'

Cameraperson Doc Trailer

"A transcendent documentary experience…" Janus Films has debuted the official trailer for an outstanding documentary called Cameraperson, a very unique cinematic experience compiling the 25-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Johnson has been working as a cinematographer for documentaries for a long time, working on projects including Citizenfour, Where to Invade Next, The Invisible War, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Fahrenheit 9/11 and many others. To make this film, she compiled various bits and pieces of footage from all of her projects and edited them together with a very vague narrative. I luckily had the chance to see this doc and it's incredible - a deeply visceral experience. I felt every emotion watching it, from happiness to fear to sadness to joy to disgust, and was amazed by the film she created. Don't miss this.

 Posted August 22 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Sexual Assault & Online Bullying Doc 'Audrie & Daisy'

Audrie & Daisy Doc Trailer

"Shame is trending." Netflix has debuted the trailer for a documentary titled Audrie & Daisy, which first premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The doc examines the lives of two different women, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, who never met each other but were brought together by tragic circumstances. Both teens were sexually assaulted while intoxicated, and subsequently bullied online by their classmates, which resulted in one suicide. The doc examines the rape culture in America and shaming which is, sadly, fueled by the internet. I saw the doc at Sundance and I'm not a fan of it, but it does discuss a very important topic.

 Posted August 22 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First International Trailer for Delayed Sci-Fi 'Max Steel' Toy Adaptation

Max Steel Trailer

"Protect him. He's the only thing that matters." Originally scheduled for release in 2015, this latest sci-fi toy adaptation is now arriving in theaters October 2016. The first international trailer from Japan has arrived online for the Max Steel movie, about the adventures of teenager Max McGrath, played by Ben Winchell, and his alien companion Steel. The film also features Josh Brener, Ana Villafane, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello and Mike Doyle. Since this trailer isn't cut for US audiences, it seems a bit jittery, jumping right into the action and showing some of the more sci-fi heavy scenes without much context. It looks like he merges with this alien thing to become "Max Steel", and must fight off the bad guys after them. Doesn't look so bad.

 Posted August 22 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Horror Short 'House of Straw' on Being Married to a Werewolf

House of Straw Short Film

"He really just needs someone to be here… for him…" One of the horror short films that played at last year's Fantastic Fest was this short, titled House of Straw, about a married couple dealing with some problems. Written & directed by Kyle Bogart, the film is about a troubled marriage that is on the verge of falling apart, but at the same time this has a twist because it's actually a werewolf story. It's best just to dive in and watch the entire thing and see for yourself, especially if you're a fan of werewolf stories or watching indie short films that come with a great script. This is an impressive little short that shows quite a bit of promise not only with the story but also the production. A feature version of this is already in the works. Have fun.

 Posted August 22 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Halle Berry in First Trailer for Kidnapping Vengeance Thriller 'Kidnap'

Kidnap Trailer

"You took the wrong kid!" Holy crap! Relativity Studios has debuted a wild trailer for the kidnapper thriller titled – yes, this straightforward – Kidnap. The film stars Halle Berry as a passionate mother who stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son. This is an odd trailer because it spends so much time setting up the first act of the film, then flashes a few glimpses of what happens later, but relies mostly on the fear and intense emotions of having a child taken. Will it be any good? Hard to tell. Also starring Sage Correa, Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier, Christopher Berry and Chris McGinn. I'm not sure about this - take a look.

 Posted August 22 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Tunisian Coming-of-Age Film 'As I Open My Eyes'

As I Open My Eyes Trailer

"Aren't we censoring ourselves? So what's the point of our music?" Kino Lorber has released a trailer for the upcoming US release of the Tunisian film As I Open My Eyes, about a young girl torn between two lives: her connection to her family and her devotion to her rock band. Newcomer Baya Medhaffer plays the 18-year-old Tunisian woman named Farah, a singer in a politically charged rock band balancing her life as a musician and traditional expectations of her family. Described as a "nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring". This looks like a fascinating and impressive film from Tunisia, worth checking out for many different reasons, including the debut performance of Baya Medhaffer. Enjoy.

 Posted August 22 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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