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Thomas Jane in Trailer for Yet Another Stephen King Adaptation '1922'

1922 Trailer

"A woman have to be crazy to leave a nice house like this one." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for yet another Stephen King adaptation this year, this one titled 1922 based on one of his short stories. From director Zak Hilditch, 1922 is about a rancher who wants to kill his wife to make money, and attempts to convince his teenage son to participate. Thomas Jane stars, and the cast includes Molly Parker, Neal McDonough, Brian d'Arcy James, Dylan Schmid, and Kaitlyn Bernard. This joins the growing list of Stephen King adaptations in 2017, including The Dark Tower, It, Netflix's Gerald's Game, and "The Mist" TV series. This film looks like it has some style, and is as dark and twisted as everything from King's mind.

 Posted 9 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Benson & Moorhead's 'The Endless' from Fantastic Fest

The Endless Trailer

"In your own words, what is 'it'?" Well Go USA has released the first teaser trailer for the new film The Endless, from Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, the duo behind the cult favorite horror film Spring from 2014 (it was in Jeremy's Top 10 of 2015 he loved it so much). The Endless is a film about two brothers, as played by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead themselves, who return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought. That sounds like one hell of a pitch with lots of mystery. The cast includes Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Lew Temple, Tate Ellington, Emily Montague, and Peter Cilella. This is playing at Fantastic Fest and the London Film Festival, so take a look for your first glimpse, and keep an eye out if you're intrigued. This is a great teaser.

 Posted 13 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

John Cusack is an Angry Sniper in Action Thriller 'Blood Money' Trailer

Blood Money Trailer

"What did you do to get this money?" Saban Films has launched the trailer for a new action thriller titled Blood Money, from horror filmmaker Lucky McKee. This film seems like it's straight out of the 90s, with John Cusack in a lead role as a white collar criminal who tries to retrieve his cash, but three kids pick it up first. Cusack gets all crazy on them, bringing a sniper rifle along to make sure he gets his money. The rest of the cast includes Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald, Jacob Artist, and Ned Bellamy. This looks pretty awful, without much going on besides petty greed. Might be okay for a late night watch, but I'm not too sure.

 Posted September 20 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Drama 'The Light of The Moon' with Stephanie Beatriz

The Light of The Moon Trailer

"How about you let me decide how I feel!" Imagination has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Light of The Moon, about a New York City woman dealing with the emotional turmoil of being sexually assaulted. Stephanie Beatriz stars as a "young and successful" Latina architect who is assaulted, but fights to regain normalcy and control of her life. But unfortunately she can't get back to her old life, which causes problems in her own relationship with her boyfriend and forces her to confront her own self-blame. The cast includes Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, Cindy Cheung, Susan Heyward, and Catherine Curtin. This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and will play at a few other fests this fall before hitting theaters. It definitely seems powerful and emotionally challenging, take a look below.

 Posted September 20 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Netflix's Full-Length Trailer for Baumbach's 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

The Meyerowitz Stories Trailer

"It'll be nice to spend time with dad, I didn't get a lot of time with him growing up." Netflix has debuted the full-length trailer for Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected), which arrives on Netflix next month. This is Baumbach's new familial drama that first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. This quaint indie dramedy is about three siblings who reconnect and come together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. Dustin Hoffman plays the father, a sculptor who has always been the dominant member of the family. Emma Thompson stars as his wife, and the siblings are played by Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel. I did not care for this film when I saw it in Cannes, but others may still enjoy it. This trailer plays up some of the more absurd, comedic moments.

 Posted September 20 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Second Trailer for 'The Secret Scripture' Drama Starring Rooney Mara

The Secret Scripture Trailer

"Make up your mind, but leave me out of it!" Vertical Entertainment has debuted a brand new official US trailer for the upcoming release of the romance film The Secret Scripture, the latest from filmmaker Jim Sheridan. Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave play the same woman, named Roseanne McNulty, who grew up in the midst of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and '30s. The story starts with Redgrave in a mental institution, where she has kept a diary of "secret scriptures" from her life. It flashes back to tell her story growing up, which is when Mara takes over. The cast also features Jack Reynor, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Eric Bana, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Omar Sharif Jr. This doesn't look any better than it did last year when the first international trailer arrived, and it's never a good sign when the film is delayed for a year to a rather quiet US release. But you never know. Check it out below.

 Posted September 19 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for 'Te Ata' Biopic About a Native American Performer

Te Ata Trailer

"What can you show me that I haven't seen before?" Paladin has debuted the official trailer and poster for an indie biopic titled Te Ata (pronounced TAY AH-TAH), telling the true story of the renowned Chickasaw storyteller who entertained at the White House, befriended the First Lady, performed for European Royalty and on stages around the world in an illustrious career that spanned more than sixty years. Native American actress Q'orianka Kilcher stars as Mary Thompson Fisher (aka Te Ata Thompson Fisher), who dreamed of being on Broadway but was constantly rejected. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata's journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, and love. The cast includes Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Brigid Brannagh, Mackenzie Astin, and Cindy Pickett. If you're curious about this film at all, the trailer is definitely worth a quick look. Enjoy.

 Posted September 18 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Sophia Mitri Schloss Stars in Trailer for Coming-of-Age Film 'Lane 1974'

Lane 1974 Trailer

"You have to understand, sometimes things in life don't happen the way you want them to…" The Orchard has premiered an official trailer for an indie coming-of-age film titled Lane 1974, set in 1974 telling the story of a young teenage girl raised in the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California. Sophia Mitri Schloss stars as Lane, with a cast including Katherine Moennig, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sara Coates, Linas Phillips, Annette Toutonghi, Sarah-Eve Gazitt, and Erik Braa. This almost seems like the all-woman version of Captain Fantastic, about a mother who is raising her family in the woods, free from the typical capitalistic amenities of modern society. It also reminds me a bit of The Glass Castle, about a woman raised by weird parents. I'm still intrigued by this, just not sure if it will have much else to offer.

 Posted September 15 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Red Band Trailer for del Toro's Love Story 'The Shape of Water'

The Shape of Water Trailer

"This is the most sensitive asset to ever be housed in this facility." Fox Searchlight has revealed a brand new red band trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which won the Golden Lion top prize at the Venice Film Festival. This fairy tale romance set in the 1960s at a secret government laboratory stars Sally Hawkins as a lonely, mute woman who discovers a classified "experiment" and falls in love with him. Doug Jones co-stars as the fish creature. The excellent ensemble cast also includes Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Lauren Lee Smith, and John Kapelos. This film was my favorite of the Venice Film Festival, and has been getting rave reviews from critics all over the world. You definitely don't want to miss it when it hits theaters soon, it's one of the best films this year.

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

Full Trailer for 'Our Souls at Night' with Robert Redford & Jane Fonda

Our Souls at Night Trailer

"I think I could sleep again if there was somebody next to me, you know, someone nice." Netflix has just debuted a new full-length trailer for Ritesh Batra's film Our Souls at Night, a romantic drama starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, who have appeared together four times in films, starting with Barefoot in the Park over fifty years ago. The story is about two older people who are neighbors in a small town in Colorado, but had little contact. They finally connect and romance sparks, as they try to make the most of the rest of their time. In addition to Redford and Fonda, this stars Bruce Dern, Matthias Schoenaerts, Judy Greer and Iain Armitage. This film is as sweet as grandma's apple pie, and very charming, but is very lightweight and doesn't offer much below the surface. At least it's adorable to see them together again.

 Posted September 13 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Venice 2017: My Favorite Films of the Festival + A Final Venezia Recap

Venice Film Festival

We're in the thick of the fall movie season now, with the Toronto Film Festival finishing up this weekend. I attended my first Venice Film Festival this year (read about my experience at the fest) and saw a total of 26 films across 10 days. There are still many scenes floating through my mind, many great moments from these films. To wrap up my coverage of Venice, let's recap my favorite films of the festival as well as my two of favorite performances. I only had a chance to see three documentaries (Human Flow, Jim & Andy, The Rape of Recy Taylor) this year, so I won't be singling out one of them. Instead, I'll be talking about my two favorite films and a few others that stood out. As always, there's plenty to discuss. Let's begin, shall we?

 Posted September 13 in Feat, Indies, Venice 17 | Comments

See James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in Full 'The Disaster Artist' Trailer

The Disaster Artist Trailer

"Nobody respect my vision!" This is going to be an instant classic. A24 has debuted the full-length official trailer for James Franco's The Disaster Artist, the film telling the story of infamous filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and his worst-movie-ever-made The Room (released in 2003). This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to a standing ovation. The film stars James Franco, who also directs, as Tommy Wiseau, the awkward mastermind behind the awful-but-beloved film. The impressive ensemble includes Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Eliza Coupe, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Kate Upton, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ari Graynor, with an appearance by Judd Apatow. This looks amazing, actually. Franco looks pretty much pitch perfect and word is he even stayed in character on set for the entire time. Have fun.

 Posted September 12 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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