INDIE FILMS

Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon Return for 'The Trip to Italy' First Trailer

The Trip to Italy

Following their tasty, international comedy The Trip in 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for seconds with The Trip to Italy. The comedy sequel debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and is already airing for our friends across the pond on BBC. But here in the United States, the film will hit theaters sometime this year, and the first trailer has arrived to show off more fantastic impressions, in depth discussions on particular music, and in a bit of meta writing, the merit of sequels. For anyone who enjoyed the largely improvised original film (which is on Netflix Instant), this looks like a fun return. Watch below!

 Posted 16 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailers for WWII Drama 'Walking with the Enemy' with Ben Kingsley

Walking with the Enemy Trailer

"I will not be intimidated." Liberty has debuted two new trailers for the indie WWII drama Walking with the Enemy, directed by Mark Schmidt, starring an international cast including Sir Ben Kingsley looking like a fine chap, all right, plus Jonas Armstrong (Book of Blood, Edge of Tomorrow), Hannah Tointon (The Children, The Body, The Lost Future), Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises), Mark Wells and William Hope (Captain America, Dark Shadows). The film is set mostly in Hungary, and looks surprisingly powerful and epic, despite the indie feeling to it. Two new trailers join the original trailer a few months ago. This looks like it might be worth seeing, but it doesn't have many good reviews yet. Take a look.

 Posted April 22 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Sundance's Great 80s Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer'

Ping Pong Summer

Though summer is a couple months away, that doesn't mean we can't look forward to the films hitting theaters during the best season of the year. After all, blockbuster summer kicks off next Friday with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but this time we have the trailer for one of the more low key, but fantastic releases: Ping Pong Summer. Set in 1985, the film follows a young teen, living in the glory days of the 80s with a love for moonwalking, parachute pants, beatboxing, hip-hop and more. His summer is made all the better when he meets another kid with his same passions, and try to dominate a ping pong table at the local arcade. Alex loved the film at Sundance, as you can see from his quotes in the trailer, and it looks fantastic.

 Posted April 22 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look: Joss Whedon's Film 'In Your Eyes,' Now Available on VOD

In Your Eyes

Following a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend, The Avengers director Joss Whedon, along with Kai Cole and their Bellwether Pictures banner, have decided to release their latest micro-budget feature film on VOD. After teaming on Whedon's contemporary adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, this latest project is written and executive produced by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill (Ball Don't Lie). The film is called In Your Eyes, and the press release describes the film as "a timeless boy-meets-girl story, wrapped in a supernatural, Whedonesque world." Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and more star in the film and we have a sneak preview, along with the stylish teaser posters, and a message from Whedon.

 Posted April 21 in First Look, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Indie Trailer Sunday: Jeong-beom Lee's 'No Tears for the Dead' Teaser

No Tears for the Dead Teaser Trailer

"Who... are you?" Today's indie trailer is the first official teaser for a kinetic South Korean action film titled No Tears for the Dead, from Jeong-beom Lee of the 2010 revenge film The Man from Nowhere. In this new film, Jang Dong-gun stars along with Kim Min-hee in a "love story between a professional hitman and his next target". While that kind of story could go either way on screen, this one goes for a much more energetic, explosive feeling. I'm not sure what is with the English subtitles for English-spoken dialogue, but aside from that, this actually looks pretty cool with a few great shots (like the one seen above). Take a look.

 Posted April 20 in Foreign Film, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Drafthouse Sets Fall Openings for 'The Congress' & 'The Overnighters'

The Congress

Get ready for more odd, exciting, intriguing cinema to catch this fall, as Drafthouse Films has confirmed release dates (via BoxOfficeMojo) for a number of their 2014 films. The doc The Final Member just opened today, and they have Borgman, Nothing Bad Can Happen and Mood Indigo set for the summer. After that, they just scheduled Ari Folman's half-animated mind-trip sci-fi film The Congress (starring Robin Wright as seen in the teaser photo) for August 29th late in the summer. Dog Day Afternoon doc The Dog will also be released in early August. Drafthouse Films has four additional films set to open late 2014. Read on!

 Posted April 18 in Date Changes, Indies, Movie News | Comments

First Look: Bérénice Bejo in Hazanavicius' Cannes Film 'The Search'

The Search

In 2011, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius and his wife, actress Bérénice Bejo, became the toast of Cannes when they premiered the B&W silent film The Artist (my glowing review), which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Now three years later, Hazanavicius and Bejo are back with another film, titled The Search, which was just announced to play In Competition at Cannes 2014 next month. Leading up to the film's premiere in May, the first photo has been unveiled. The project was shot in secret last year and is a remake of an old 1948 WWII film, but contemporarized and set in Chechnya instead. Check it out below.

 Posted April 18 in First Look, Indies, Movie News | Comments

Ellar Coltrane Growing Up in New Photos from Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

Following an impressive and acclaimed premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, director Richard Linklater is bringing his 11-year long project Boyhood to theaters this summer. And while we're still waiting for the first trailer to show up, some new photos form the coming-of-age epic have arrived, showing off young Ellar Coltrane as he grows up from a young boy to a teenager. The film follows Mason (Coltrane) from age six to eighteen as he deals with the trials and tribulations of divorced parents, girls, disappointing authority figures and more. But it's not a greatest hits collection of boyhood as much as a raw look at growing up. Besides seeing Coltrane grow, it's also cool to see Ethan Hawke age over the years. Look!

 Posted April 17 in First Look, Indies, Photos | Comments

Must Watch: Guy Pearce in David Michod's 'The Rover' Full Trailer

The Rover Trailer Guy Pearce

Fear the man with nothing left to lose. Wow - this is indeed a must watch. After being announced as part of the Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival earlier this morning, A24 Films has launched the full theatrical trailer for David Michôd's The Rover, a post-apocalyptic western thriller starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. We featured the first riveting teaser in late January, but this time they show even more of the story without giving away anything, and damn, it looks incredible. From the emotion in Pearce's eyes, to the bleakness of the world, this is one of my most anticipated to see this summer. Stop & watch now.

 Posted April 17 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Michael C. Hall Kills Again in First Trailer for Indie Drama 'Cold in July'

Cold in July

While many are used to seeing Michael C. Hall kill someone with no problem on the now completed Showtime drama series "Dexter," his role as a killer in the Sundance selected drama Cold in July is a little different. Complete with a terrible haircut, Hall plays Richard Dane, a man who ends up fatally shooting a home invader to death. But the real tension begins when the dead intruder's father (Sam Shepard) is released from prison, and seeks out revenge by targeting Richard's young son. This looks like quite an intense thriller, with a solid performance from Hall. We missed it at Sundance, but will certainly seek it out.

 Posted April 16 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Jenny Slate Gets Pregnant in First Trailer for Hilarious 'Obvious Child'

Obvious Child

After loving the comedy Obvious Child at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we're happy to report the film is hitting theaters this summer, and the first trailer has just arrived. Former "Saturday Night Live" star and "The Kroll Show" regular Jenny Slate delivers a charming, hilarious and spectacular breakthrough performance as Donna, a Brooklyn comedian who gets dumped and takes solace in a one night stand and ends up pregnant. It throws her whole life into upheaval, not to mention her struggle with telling the would-be father about the mishap, including her plan to get an abortion. Not only is the film funny, but it's genuine and as I wrote in my review, "everything that romantic comedies wish they could be." Watch!

 Posted April 15 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

James Franco, Mila Kunis & More in 'Third Person' International Trailer

Third Person

Following a debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and a forthcoming slot at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, an international trailer for Paul Haggis' most recent directorial effort Third Person has arrived. Though the film doesn't have distribution in the United States yet, the star-studded cast that includes Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde has made it appealing enough to get a release in Italy and Belgium this month and Japan later this year. Unfortunately, we're not looking forward to the film getting picked up for release in the US, because this looks melodramatic, overwrought and cheesy as hell. If you didn't like Crash, this one won't be for you.

 Posted April 15 in Indies, TIFF 13, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Two Trailers for David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'

Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars Trailer

"Do you understand - it's all ending now." Wow. eOne Films has unveiled the first official trailer for David Cronenberg's new film, titled Maps to the Stars, starring the young Mia Wasikowska as Agatha in the lead role, as well as a very talented, recognizable cast: Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson. This new film is said to be a "complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture" but this trailer plays almost like Lynch's Mulholland Dr. meets Coppola's Somewhere more than a meta look at Hollywood. But I like the mood in this much more than Cronenberg's last film, Cosmopolis from 2012, and I'm curious to see what his Maps to the Stars is all about. Take a look.

 Posted April 14 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Philip Seymour Hoffman Struggles in First Trailer for 'God's Pocket'

God's Pocket

At the end of last week, the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man debuted, which sadly turned into one of the two final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman that also debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (there's also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay coming up). Now the first trailer for God's Pocket has arrived, featuring his other stirring lead performance. The film wasn't one of our favorites from Sundance since it ambitiously goes for a dark comedy vibe akin to Coen Brothers, but stumbles in staying in the right tone. Still, the performances are great and John Slattery shows promise as a director. Watch it!

 Posted April 14 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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