"Two Minds. One Body. No Way Out." Well Go USA has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Jonathan, a "sci-fi-tinged" story about two people stuck inside of one body. Ansel Elgort stars in this as two brothers living separate lives. Jonathan leaves the office everyday at noon. When he gets home, he goes to sleep. Every morning he wakes up and there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day. It all gets disrupted when they both fall for the same woman. Jonathan also stars Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer, and Douglas Hodge. This looks quite cool, it seems complicated to balance both of these characters and still craft a coherent story. This looks like a clever film and I'm curious to check it out, despite not hearing much (good or bad) about it. Watch below.
"If I don't deal with this, then it could be worse next time." Roadside Attractions has debuted the full-length official trailer for Ben is Back, another addiction film this year and the latest by filmmaker Peter Hedges (of Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Ben is Back stars Peter's real-life son Lucas Hedges (from Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird) as Ben Burns, a troubled boy who returns home to his family on Christmas Eve morning. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe. Hedges' Ben is Back also stars Julia Roberts & Courtney B. Vance as Ben's parents, along with Kathryn Newton and Tim Guinee. This is a very moving, emotional trailer and it makes this film look tremendous. Give this a look.
"Do you think she's alive…?" The Orchard has debuted the official US trailer for an Australian thriller titled Rabbit, which premiered and played at numerous genre film festivals in October of last year. The film is about a young woman from Adelaide who decides to return to her home town after vivid dreams she keeps having about her missing sister. Certain she now knows the whereabouts of her missing twin, she follows the clues to a derelict caravan park. Adelaide Clemens stars as both Maude & Cleo, along with Alex Russell, Veerle Baetens, Jonny Pasvolsky, Lauren Koopowitz, Charlotte Munns, & Charles Mayer. Yeah, this film looks like it gets super unsettling, super fast, despite a clean and bright start. Check this out below.
"I don't owe anybody, anything." Saban Films has debuted a new official trailer for an action crime drama titled Speed Kills, based on a book by Arthur J. Harris. This oddly premiered as a VR Experience, a feature film presented entirely as a VR feature, and it won the top award at a film festival earlier this year. John Travolta stars in this action-packed true story of an ‘80s speedboat champion and multimillionaire caught between the mob and the law. The impressive full cast includes Katheryn Winnick, Matthew Modine, James Remar, Kellan Lutz, Jennifer Esposito, Tom Sizemore, Jordi Molla, Michael Weston, Moran Atias, and Amaury Nolasco. By now we all know that Travolta isn't really making any good films anymore, and this looks to be staying true to that. I'm glad they're not trying to still push the VR experience.
Wild Bunch has debuted the first brief, international teaser trailer for High Life, the latest from acclaimed French director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards). This low budget sci-fi drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it's playing at the New York Film Festival as well. The story is about a man, played by Robert Pattinson, stuck on a spaceship heading to a distant star. He tries to interact with the rest of the crew who are slowly going crazy on the extended voyage. It's hard to describe this any better than that, and it's a hard film to figure out. Reactions from the festivals have been divisive, with extreme love and hate for this film. The cast includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. This is a very short teaser that doesn't show much, but at least it's something as we wait for more marketing and anticipation for this indie sci-fi feature.
"What you do is so difficult, but you keep going." Ambi Distribution has released an official trailer for an indie, life-affirming drama titled Here and Now, which originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman named Vivienne, an established singer / songwriter with a successful music career. On the eve of a major performance, Vivienne receives some life-altering news that causes her to reevaluate her priorities. As she traverses the busy streets of New York City, she tries to balance everything going on in her life and her new priorities. The film's cast includes Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Waleed Zuaiter, with Jacqueline Bisset, and Renée Zellweger. It's not surprising that this look quite forgettable, and there's not much buzz about it from Tribeca anyway.
"On these streets, all you have is the guy next to you." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an indie crime action-drama titled Blood Brother, the latest film from writer/director John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal and The Quiet Ones). Not to be confused with the award-winning documentary from a few years ago also titled Blood Brother, this film is about an ex-con who takes murderous revenge against childhood friends whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they committed together. One of the friends, now a cop, risks his life to stop him. Blood Brother stars music artist Trey Songz, along with Jack Kesy, China Anne McClain, Hassan Johnson, Tanee McCall, and Fetty Wap. These kind of crime+action+friends movies are becoming a dime a dozen nowadays, and none of them really seem they're worth anyone's time.
"You ready for this?" Neon + YouTube Premium have debuted a fantastic new official red band trailer for Joseph Kahn's film Bodied, a highly acclaimed, foul-mouthed, provocative film about a young, nerdy white kid who decides to join the rap battle scene. It's a very bold, outspoken satire about racism and the artistry in rapping, and how we need to open our eyes and gain more perspectives. Calum Worthy stars as Adam, with a cast including Anthony Michael Hall, Debra Wilson, Ryan Ochoa, Daffany McGaray Clark, Charlamagne tha God, Loaded Lux, Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, and Hollow Da Don. This comedy is produced by Eminem, with a script co-written by Toronto rapper Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist). I saw this earlier in the year and it's awesome; an extra loud, totally hilarious, and impressive film. Check it out below.
"I guess this is not really my idea of a 'home.'" Darkstar Pictures & Uncork'd Entertainment have debuted an official US trailer for an indie drama titled Mobile Homes, which premiered in Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival last year (not this year). From writer & director Vladimir de Fontenay, the film will finally be released in US theaters this November. The story follows a young mother named Ali, played by Imogen Poots, who drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicated boyfriend, and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers a better life. The cast includes Callum Turner, Callum Keith Rennie, with Frank Oulton. This is one of those films that actually looks way better than it sounds, and this trailer is definitely worth a watch.
"Stop making fun of me!" Orion Classics has released the first official trailer for an indie horror comedy of sorts titled Clara's Ghost, which initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. I kept hearing some good things about this but haven't had a chance to catch up with it yet. Set over the course of a single evening in the Reynolds family home in suburban Connecticut, Clara's Ghost tells the story of Clara Reynolds who, fed up with her self-absorbed showbiz family, finds some solace in and guidance from the supernatural force that she believes is haunting her. The film stars Abby Elliott, Bridey Elliott, Chris Elliott, Isidora Goreshter, Haley Joel Osment, and introducing Paula Niedert Elliott as Clara. This actually looks pretty damn good, something a bit different with all kinds of crazy things going on. See below.
"We came here to fix this, right? We're not going to leave until we do." Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for a film titled Welcome Home, a dangerous romantic thriller of sorts from filmmaker George Ratliff (Joshua, Salvation Boulevard). The film stars Aaron Paul and Emily Ratajkowski as a couple who decide to take a trip to the Italian countryside to work on their relationship. They book a home using a website called "Welcome Home". Once they arrive, an encounter with a neighbor begins to disrupt their relationship even more. The cast also includes Riccardo Scamarcio as Federico, plus Katy Louise Saunders, Alice Bellagamba, and Francesco Acquaroli. This looks like it has some seriously creepy twists and turns. It may start as a struggling romance, but turns into something very freaky and unsettling.
"I may command armies, but tell my cousin I pray for peace." Focus Features has debuted a second official trailer for Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots, telling the story of the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. She was Queen of France at 16, then widowed at 18, deciding to return to Scotland without a husband, where she has to carefully compete with her cousin - Queen Elizabeth I of England, ruling over Scotland and England at the time. Saoirse Ronan plays Mary, Margot Robbie plays Elizabeth, with a superb ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Guy Pearce, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Brendan Coyle, Martin Compston, Ismael Cruz Cordova, and James McArdle. The first trailer was a passionate introduction, and this one is even more powerful. This is definitely worth a watch.