SUNDANCE 2014

Watch: Full Trailer for the Hit Sundance Comedy 'Dear White People'

Dear White People

"A minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two." Just last month, a quick teaser trailer debuted for the upcoming indie Dear White People, a racially charged comedy that debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Now a full theatrical trailer has arrived showing even more of the hilarity in the film starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonha Parris, Brandon P. Bell and Dennis Haysbert. This seems like a provocative and amusing comedy with biting racial humor and political satire done extremely well, and that's not always easy to do. Watch the trailer below!

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

Dakota Fanning & Elizabeth Olsen as 'Very Good Girls' in Indie Trailer

Very Good Girls

"We're going to college and we're still virgins." In the kind of film you would expect from the Sundance Film Festival, actresses Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning star in the sexy indie Very Good Girls. Olsen and Fanning play best friends who vow to lose their virginity before heading off to college (we've heard that one before), but they both end up having eyes for the same handsome, ice cream stand guy (Boyd Holbrook) at the beach. What follows is the traditional loss of innocence and drama that will make or break this friendship. It doesn't seem to have anything special, but the performances seem solid. Watch!

 Posted June 3 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Aaron Paul Struggles to Raise Two Boys in First Indie 'Hellion' Trailer

Hellion

This year's leading performance from Aaron Paul in the video game adaptation Need for Speed was less than stellar (and we're being kind). But maybe it's because the "Breaking Bad" star didn't have much to work with due to a senseless, stupid and unexciting script. But he'll get a chance to redeem himself with the Sundance selected drama Hellion. Paul again takes the lead as Hollis, a father who has essentially abandoned his sons after his wife's death. When Child Protective Services removes his son Wes to live with his Aunt Pam, Hollis and his other son Jacob must face their culpability as they try to get Wes home. Watch!

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

Old Men Travel Iceland in Trailer for Great Indie Comedy 'Land Ho!'

Land Ho!

One of the best comedies from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was undoubtedly Land Ho! In what's probably the funniest geriatric comedy since Grumpy Old Men, the film follows two ex-brothers-in-law (Paul Eenhoorn & Earl Lynn Nelson) adventuring through Iceland, meeting an interesting assembly of characters and learning more about each other along the way. Not only is the film laugh-out-loud funny, but it has gorgeous scenery shot on location all over the beautiful country. This is absolutely an indie treasure, and it's one you can enjoy with the whole family, especially your grandparents. Watch!

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

Watch: Full Trailer for Sundance's 'Calvary' Starring Brendan Gleeson

Calvary

Following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Calvary, the latest film from John Michael McDonagh (The Guard) is coming to theaters late this summer, and the theatrical trailer has just arrived. Brendan Gleeson, who also starred in The Guard, leads the film as Father James, a good priest in a small town who only wants to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral and even amusing problems. However, for some reason he still feels some kind of dark forces closing in on his life. This looks like another dark sort of comedy in the same vein as The Guard, but maybe not as good. Watch!

 Posted May 14 in Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Michael Fassbender Gives Himself to the Head in 'Frank' Featurette

Frank

If you haven't yet watched the UK trailer for the 2014 Sundance selected comedy Frank, you should probably rectify that immediately. Michael Fassbender stars in the film as the titular, mysterious band leader who wears a massive fake, cartoonish head and never takes it off. And Domhnall Gleeson plays the odd little band's latest member, who is keen on showing their strange musical direction to the world. The film arrives in theaters in August, and now there's an extensive 10-minute featurette with Fassbender talking about acting under the head and Gleeson talking about the intimidation that came from that. It's a great look behind the scenes at a charming and unique comedy that must be seen to be believed. Watch!

 Posted May 8 in Featurette, Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch | Comments

Amy Poehler & Paul Rudd in Hilarious 'They Came Together' Trailer

They Came Together

After splitting sides at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the romantic comedy parody They Came Together starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, is finally coming to theaters this summer, and the first trailer has arrived to show off the goods. Along with some huge laughs, there's also glimpses of the incredible supporting cast that includes Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni and a whole slew of hilarious cameos. Director and comedian David Wain has hit a home run with a parody that calls back to classics like Airplane and Young Frankenstein. Watch the trailer!

 Posted April 29 in Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: Linklater's Coming-of-Age Epic 'Boyhood' First Trailer

Boyhood

After some recent photos showed the aging of actor Ellar Coltrane from 2002 to 2013, the first trailer that shows off the coming-of-age epic Boyhood from director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Midnight) has arrived, and it's glorious. Touting the unique production angle that had Linklater shooting this film for 11 years, using the same actors, including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the trailer is basically a highlight reel of a film that perfectly encapsulates what it's like to grow up, without hitting all the cliche trials and tribulations that we've seen countless times before. It's a masterpiece. Watch!

 Posted April 25 in Indies, Sundance 14, 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

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

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

Zach Braff's Sophomore Directing Effort 'Wish I Was Here' First Trailer

Wish I Was Here

Following a premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Wish I Was Here, the sophomore directorial effort of Garden State helmer and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is coming this summer, and the first trailer has arrived. Much like the first trailer for Braff's aforementioned directorial debut, this one let's the music and cinematography shine, opting to leave out dialogue almost completely. It's kind of a bummer that a couple amusing cameos are included in this trailer, but they'll also convince fans of Braff's previous work to be even more excited. This writer wasn't a big fan of the film earlier this year, but it's worth seeing yourself. Watch!

 Posted April 9 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Michael Fassbender Has a Giant Head in UK Trailer for 'Frank'

Frank

After playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Michael Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall GleesonMaggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch!

 Posted March 6 in Indies, Sundance 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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