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See Diane Kruger at Her Very Best in Official US Trailer for 'In the Fade'

In The Fade Trailer

"They'll be punished, I promise you." Magnolia has unveiled an official US trailer for Fatih Akin's In the Fade, a dramatic thriller starring Diane Kruger. Kruger won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where the film played in competition. She stars as a German woman named Katja, who goes for revenge after a bombing that kills her husband and son. The cast includes Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch, Siir Eloglu, Denis Moschitto, Jessica McIntyre, and Ulrich Brandhoff. This is going to be a very divisive, likely controversial film - because of what it addresses and what happens and how it all plays out. It's a fascinating, emotion-fueled film worth discussing. I saw this in Cannes and I think it's an impressive film with a hell of a performance by Kruger. This trailer gives away a lot, watch out.

 Posted November 2 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New 'Tommy' Trailer for James Franco's Stellar 'The Disaster Artist'

The Disaster Artist Trailer

"This my movie. And this is my life…" Don't know who Tommy Wiseau is? Meet the man behind it all! A24 has released another new 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 film is going to be a huge hit when it hits theaters, no thanks to Wiseau's infamy. It stars James Franco, who also directs, as Tommy Wiseau, the awkward mastermind behind the totally awful-but-beloved film. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Eliza Coupe, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Kate Upton, Megan Mullally, Ari Graynor, with an appearance by Judd Apatow. I just saw this at a film festival and very much enjoyed it - here's my review. Don't miss it when it opens in theaters soon. Have fun.

 Posted November 2 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Third Trailer for Alexander Payne's Human Shrinking Film 'Downsizing'

Downsizing Trailer

"Open your eyes. The world is filled with things to see." Paramount has debuted another official trailer for Alexander Payne's Downsizing, which has been playing at film festivals over the past few months. This social satire from Payne is a hugely ambitious film where the Norwegians have invented a method to shrink humans down to a very small size - about 4 inches. The story follows Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a married couple who decide to get the procedure in order to live a happier, better life in a tiny city – and save the environment while at it. The cast includes Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Udo Kier, Kerri Kenney, and Hong Chau. If you're curious about it, or if you think it's a cool concept, I recommend seeing this. But it's probably not what you're expecting. Still, it's fun (at times).

 Posted November 2 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Second Official Trailer for Mysterious Indie Thriller 'The Strange Ones'

The Strange Ones Trailer

"Remember - it's not real… It's all in your head." Vertical Entertainment has debuted a full-length official trailer for an indie crime thriller titled The Strange Ones, to follow-up the teaser from a few weeks ago. This mysterious thriller from directors Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The story follows two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape, with odd things happening. This stars Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Tobias Campbell, Owen Campbell, and Gene Jones. The film won a Special Jury prize at SXSW for the Breakthrough Performance of James Freedson-Jackson. The more they show us, the more intrigued I am by this, there's something else going on and I can't help but say I'm curious to find out.

 Posted November 2 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Margot Robbie in a New Full-Length, Red Band Trailer for 'I, Tonya'

I, Tonya Movie Trailer

"I made you a champion, knowing you'd hate me for it." Neon has launched a new red band trailer for the indie comedy I, Tonya, which was a huge hit at the Toronto Film Festival where it first premiered. From director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night, Million Dollar Arm, The Finest Hours), the film tells a fictional, darkly comedic version of the story of figure skater Tonya Harding, who planned an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Margot Robbie stars as Harding, and she looks sensational, as usual from Robbie. Allison Janney also co-stars and it looks she also gives like another outstanding performance. The rest of the cast includes Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Mckenna Grace, plus Caitlin Carver as Nancy Kerrigan. Based on this excellent trailer, I have a feeling this could end up as one of my favorites. Still excited to see it as soon as I can. Enjoy.

 Posted November 1 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

AFF Review: James Franco IS Tommy Wiseau in 'The Disaster Artist'

The Disaster Artist Review

There's nothing like The Room, right? A film so bad it's so good. The Disaster Artist is an attempt to tell the story about the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room, and the friendship behind it, and their dream to become famous, and make a movie that everyone would love. Directed by and starring James Franco, this film is much more of an homage to the cult classic that is The Room, as well as a nod to the passion it takes to make something so terrible. To dream so big and yet fail so spectacularly, but still embrace that failure, and revel in the joy it (somehow) brings to some people. It's not an outright comedy, more of a drama with funny scenes, that also perfectly recreates The Room and pays tribute to the one-and-only Tommy Wiseau.

 Posted October 31 in Indies, Review | Comments

AFF Review: Mark Webber's Very Personal Docu-Drama 'Flesh & Blood'

Flesh & Blood Review

Every once in a while a film comes along that is so honest, and so deeply personal, it might challenge those brave enough to view it to contemplate their own life. Actor/filmmaker Mark Webber has made a new film titled Flesh & Blood, and it's a docu-drama that discusses his own life story and the immense struggles his family has been through. It's a very personal film that balances the line between documentary and drama in a way that makes it "hyperrealistic", pulling viewers even closer to this story and the people in it. It's crazy impressive how much of himself Mark put into it, while still allowing us a chance to admire the journey and the characters in this particular story. It's a very raw, heartfelt film with a hint of hope that shines through.

 Posted October 29 in Indies, Review | Comments

Netflix Debuts a Full-Length, Official Trailer for Dee Rees' 'Mudbound'

Mudbound Trailer

"I don't know what they let you do over there, but you in Mississippi now…" Netflix has unveiled a full-length trailer for the highly acclaimed indie drama Mudbound from very talented writer/director Dee Rees, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Set in the rural American South at the end of World War II, Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. This trailer has been getting rave reviews at festivals all year, and is definitely worth your time and attention. Jason Mitchell stars, along with Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks, and Garrett Hedlund. This is a very powerful film, with much to admire about it. The WWII scenes are top notch, and the rest should hit you hard as well. It's also an important film for the times. Take a look below.

 Posted October 26 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Indie Comedy 'Almost Friends' with Freddie Highmore

Almost Friends Trailer

"I don't have all the answers yet." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled Almost Friends, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival last year but is just now finally getting a release. Freddie Highmore stars in this as a twenty-something kid still living at home with his mom and stepfather. He falls for a local girl named Amber, but of course she already has a boyfriend and plans to move away. "Will Charlie reach his tipping point or will he finally find the path forward?" The cast includes Odeya Rush as his romantic interest, Haley Joel Osment as his best friend, plus Christopher Meloni, Jake Abel, Rita Volk, Marg Helgenberger, Taylor John Smith, and Christie McNab. Check it out.

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

First Trailer for Canadian Sci-Fi Thriller 'Radius' About a Deadly Man

Radius Trailer

Epic Pictures Releasing has unveiled the trailer for a Canadian sci-fi thriller film titled Radius, which just played at Fantastic Fest and the Fantasia Film Festival this year. The concept for this film is pretty wild - a man wakes up from a car crash with no memory of who he is. He discovers that he has a dangerous power - anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly. Yeah. How's that for a concept? Starring Diego Klattenhoff, along with Charlotte Sullivan, Brett Donahue, Bradley Sawatzky, and Nazariy Demkowicz. One of the quotes in this trailer compares this to Memento, where they have to go back and figure out what happened and what's going on, and how to stop this. I'm curious, seems like it could be cool.

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

Teaser Trailer for 'The Strange Ones' Starring James Freedson-Jackson

The Strange Ones Trailer

"Remember - it's all in your head. It's not real…" Vertical Entertainment has unveiled the first teaser trailer for an indie crime thriller titled The Strange Ones, from young directors Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The story follows two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape, with mysterious things happening. This stars Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Tobias Campbell, Owen Campbell, and Gene Jones. The film won a Special Jury prize at SXSW for the Breakthrough Performance of James Freedson-Jackson. This looks like pretty much every other "strange America" film about people lost in the wilderness, getting into all kinds of trouble. I can't even tell what this is about, but the trailer is cool at least.

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

Eliza Taylor Stars in First Trailer for Teen Crime Thriller Film 'Thumper'

Thumper Trailer

"Do you trust her?" The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for an indie crime thriller titled Thumper, from writer/director Jordan Ross. This stars Eliza Taylor (seen on "The 100") as a new student at a drug-ridden high school in an impoverished California town. She befriends a local drug dealer, but ends up way too deep in the local drug ring. The cast includes Daniel Webber, Pablo Schreiber, Lena Headey, Ben Feldman, and Brigitte Kali. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival but didn't emerge with much buzz. There's some impressive cinematography in this trailer, but the rest of it seems like another typical small-town crime thriller, once again about teens caught up in the craziness unable to escape. Check it out.

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

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