"Here we go… Now we're cookin'!" A24 has launched the first official red band trailer for Ben Wheatley's new movie Free Fire, which just premiered at midnight at the Toronto Film Festival last night. It's about an arms deal gone wrong, which turns into an all-out gunfight in a warehouse. This ensemble action movie stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Noah Taylor, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley and Jack Reynor. From the screening last night, critics have described it as "insane" and a "real-time pistol opera" that is so much fun, saying it's a entire film about that scene where the characters get pinned down in a gun fight. This looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing this myself. Fire it up below.
"Do you want to kiss me?" Array has debuted a new official trailer for an indie drama called Honeytrap, which premiered at the London Film Festival back in 2014 and is finally getting released in US theaters this year thanks to Ava DuVernay's new distribution company. The film stars Jessica Sula as a 15-year-old girl in high school in the UK who, after a bullying incident, decides to "transform herself inside and out." She then gets caught up in various romances with older men. Also starring Lucien Laviscount, Naomi Ryan, and Ntonga Mwanza. This looks like a unique coming-of-age drama with some strong performances, but not sure if it's worth checking out in theaters or not. The music they use in this trailer is lovely. Take a look.
"I've got the sinking sensation again…" With the Toronto Film Festival now underway, a teaser trailer has debuted for Buster's Mal Heart, one of the many indie films showing there over the next week and a half. Directed by Sarah Adina Smith, and starring Rami Malek as a "troubled man on the run from fate", this short teaser doesn't reveal much but it definitely is a very intriguing first look. The cast includes DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lin Shaye, Toby Huss, Mark Kelly and Teresa Yenque. Malek (who is breaking out thanks to "Mr. Robot" though we love him in The Master, Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Short Term 12) looks great with a full beard and long hair in this, and I'm curious to see how it works into the story. Enjoy.
"If you show weakness, people will walk all over you." Do you know the story of Kitty Genovese? A trailer has debuted for the film 37, inspired by the true story of the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964. The title refers to the 37 people who were witnesses to her rape and murder, yet did nothing to stop it. The film is told entirely from the perspectives of her apathetic neighbors in Queens, who chose not to get involved for fear of unintended consequences. The ensemble cast stars Samira Wiley, Michael Potts, Maria Dizzia, Jamie Harrold, Thomas Kopache, Lucy Martin, Adrian Martinez, Sophia Lillis, Marquise Gary and Christina Brucato as Kitty Genovese. This trailer shows promise, even though it seems so depressing.
"Scallops. You've got a bath full of scallops." Check out this quirky trailer for a very odd indie comedy called Scottish Mussel, which is an awkward play on words considering this is a romantic comedy and yet it's also about mussels, meaning molluscs. Scottish Mussel is the directorial debut of actress Talulah Riley, who also stars in the film as the conservationist beauty who falls for an an illegal pearl fisher. Martin Compston plays a "Glaswegian chancer" who head to the Scottish Highlands to make money diving for pearls with his two friends. The romance angle is extremely cliched, with the obvious aspect of the two of them hating each other before she convinces him that mussels are worth saving. The cast includes Morgan Watkins, Joe Thomas, Harry Enfield, Rufus Hound, Camille Coduri & Marianna Palka. Dive in.
"No one understands what my life has become." IFC Films has debuted the first official trailer for Certain Women, the latest film from American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film is about the lives of three women which intersect in small-town America, "where each is imperfectly blazing a trail." The indie drama stars Lily Gladstone, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, James Le Gros, Jared Harris and Rene Auberjonois. This definitely has a very raw and realistic feel to it, and that's thanks to Reichardt. I'm personally not a fan of her work, but other critics lover her and have been raving about this film as well. Stewart is barely in this trailer, it seems to be about newcomer Lily Gladstone who looks impressive. If you're curious, take a look.
"That's the way it is." Forager Films has debuted the first trailer for an indie drama called Little Sister, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and also played at BAMcinemaFest this summer. From writer/director Zach Clark, the film is about a young nun who returns home after her brother comes back from Iraq and rediscovers her youth as a goth girl. Addison Timlin stars as Colleen, with a cast including Ally Sheedy, Peter Hedges, Keith Poulson and Barbara Crampton. This eccentric little indie has some comedy to it, although reviews state it's "definitely a drama first: a tough familial drama consisting of broken souls seeking an avenue to mend fences." I'm not sure what to make of this, but it looks good. The description says it's "a schmaltz-free, pathos-drenched, feel good movie for the little goth girl inside us all."
"I wish someone would see me, just to know I am here…" Well Go USA has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Cardboard Boxer, starring Thomas Haden Church as a homeless man struggling to make ends meet. He's coerced by two teens to fight other men for cash, but obviously doesn't like doing so, and just wants to get away from his life on the streets. The cast includes Terrence Howard, Boyd Holbrook, and Macy Gray. The official description calls the film an "unflinching look at the lives of the displaced and forgotten members of society." This looks very powerful and heartbreaking, and even though Thomas Haden Church is almost hard to look at, he seems to be giving an earnest performance. This is worth a quick watch.
"Now I have a chance to fight for something." AMBI Group has debuted the first official trailer for James Franco's adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel In Dubious Battle, about a group of workers on apple farms in the 1930s who rise up and strike against the landowners. James Franco directs and stars in the film, yet another Franco adaptation, along with Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan, a young recruit who joins the activist and helps organize the strike. The impressive ensemble cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff. This actually looks pretty damn inspiring, I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Check it.
"Honestly, who cares? I can't trust my feelings." Starz Media & Orion Pictures have released a trailer for the comedy My Blind Brother, about a romantic rivalry between two brothers. Adam Scott stars as the more handsome, athletic sibling along with Nick Kroll as his brother who has always been by his side most of his life. They both fall for the same woman, comedian powerhouse Jenny Slate, causing some chaos that leads to shenanigans which is meant to make people laugh. The cast includes Zoe Kazan, Talia Tabin and Charlie Hewson. While this doesn't look as bad as it sounds, it doesn't look that great either, with a few sparse moments of genuine comedy amidst some awkward scenes of cheesiness. At least it has Jenny Slate.
"What are we doing here?" A trailer has debuted for an indie coming-of-age romantic drama called First Girl I Love, which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This sweet little flick is about an awkward love triangle that forms when Anne, played by Dylan Gelula, realizes she is in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her high school, played by Brianna Hildebrand. She confesses this to her friend Clifton, played by Mateo Arias, who has a thing for her and he gets jealous and it all starts to get awkward. This is a pretty good film, a bit cheesy at times, but it's another solid cinematic story about young first love.
"I always thought this house was haunted…" Momentum has released a trailer for an indie thriller called Jack Goes Home, from actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who both wrote and directed this film. Rory Culkin stars as a magazine editor, along with Britt Robertson as his fiance, who goes back to his home town after learning that his parents are in a deadly car accident. Things get crazy when he returns. "Jack comes to learn that the idyllic world he has believed in since infancy is in fact a nightmare playground full of lies, deception, violence and murder." The full cast includes Lin Shaye, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Daveigh Chase and Louis Hunter. This trailer gets very creepy and very weird in the second half.
"What if you do find home and they're not even there, and you just keep searching…?" "I don't have a choice." The Weinstein Company has finally debuted a trailer for the film Lion, from director Garth Davis, a powerful story of finding your home and your family no matter how hard that is. Dev Patel stars as Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian family and raised in Australia after he became separated from his real family at a young age. He decides to go back to India to search for his family and reconnect with them. The cast includes Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman & David Wenham. This actually looks really good! I've heard some solid buzz about this recently and it looks like it might live up to the hype.
"No man is free who is not master of himself." Fox & Pathe have debuted the official UK trailer for a film called A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as a married couple. The film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and their governments. This isn't the only film this year about a controversial interracial marriage, as Jeff Nichols' Loving also tells of a story of a marriage that upset many people. But love is love, and that's what is most important. The cast in this one includes Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope, and Jessica Oyelowo. As usual, Oyelowo looks like he's giving another magnificent performance.