"Pretty good setting to bring a girl…" Roadside Attractions has debuted a fantastic trailer for Southside with You, the film from Sundance this year that retells Barack Obama's first date in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers plays Obama, and Tika Sumpter plays Michelle Robinson, and they're perfect together in this - they have chemistry that just works wonders. The film is being compared to Before Sunrise and you'll see why with this trailer - there are many gorgeous shots of them strolling around Chicago, and it has that magical romantic feeling every frame. It's a wonderful film - read my Sundance review. Don't miss this.
"Claim your birthright, Kubo. Give this story a happy ending." Focus Features has unveiled a third and final trailer for Laika's latest stop-motion adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. The more we see from this, the more I have to say - this looks so freakin' awesome, I cannot wait to see it. The story behind Kubo and the entire world they've created for this is amazing. Even the way he uses his guitar to make things happen, and all the crazy cool shots in this, it's all impressive. Art Parkinson voices Kubo, and the full cast includes Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa & George Takei. This is seriously one of my most anticipated movies coming up this year. Enjoy.
"You have no idea what's going on here!" Lionsgate Premiere has debuted a trailer for a film called The Duel, formerly known as By Way of Helena, a western about a Texas Ranger who takes on an oppressive, violent preacher watching over a town. Liam Hemsworth plays the Ranger, and Woody Harrelson plays the evil pastor, and the two end up in a kind of standoff in this small town. The full cast includes Emory Cohen, William Hurt, Alice Braga, William Sadler, Benedict Samuel & Raphael Sbarge. This looks solid, but they do give away a big plot point in the trailer. Western fans might want to take a look.
"So what do we do now?" "We run." The Orchard has unleashed the official US trailer for Taika Waititi's new comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is another one of our favorite films from Sundance this year (Captain Fantastic being another). Newcomer Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a troublemaker kid from the city who ends up with a foster care family in a rural part of the country, with his new parents, Aunt Bella and Uncle Hec, played by Rima Te Wiata and Sam Neill. Eventually Ricky and Uncle Hec go on the run out in the New Zealand bush. This film is hilarious, heartfelt, and so much fun to watch. We've already featured two trailers from Australia, but one more to convince everyone it's worth seeing won't hurt.
"Five, six, seven, eight." Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled the first official trailer for Anna Rose Holmer's The Fits, an outstanding indie film that has been playing at festivals all over the world to plenty of acclaim. The Fits stars newcomer Royalty Hightower as Toni, an 11-year-old tomboy girl who starts to notice older girls in a dance troupe getting sick. It's hard to describe the film since the whole thing is very mesmerizing but that's why this is such an effective and attention-grabbing trailer - all the quotes are excellent and I love the way it plays without any dialogue, only sounds from the film and the very eerie music. Even if you don't know anything about this, give it a look - it's worth watching. I've seen the film and definitely recommend it.
"Music is my life!" Paramount has debuted a new trailer and a new featurette for the upcoming Meryl Streep movie Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Streep as the legendary Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of being a singer despite having a terrible voice (her story is similar to the one told in the film Marguerite). We've featured at least one teaser trailer for this previously and now we get a look at the full trailer with more footage of her horrifying crowds at Carnegie Hall. Hugh Grant also stars, and the cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, John Kavanagh, Simon Helberg, and plenty others. I'm not sure how popular this will be with younger people, but it does look amusing. And Meryl Streep is always fun.
"Right now, this is your first real test." Bleecker Street Media has debuted the first official trailer for Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic, one of my favorite films from Sundance this year, starring Viggo Mortensen as a father of kids raising them to be totally disconnected from the woes of society. The film is about the way this family exists, inspired by Noam Chomsky, living off the grid and completely on their own. Things get a bit wild when they have to attend a funeral and they venture back into society. I genuinely LOVE this film, it will be one of my Top 10 of the year - read my review from Sundance. It's extremely intelligent, funny, and thought-provoking. Do not miss this, give it a chance, and I hope you fall in love with it the way I did. Enjoy.
"There's something going inside the government that's really wrong and I can't ignore it…" Open Road Films has debuted the first full trailer for Oliver Stone's Snowden, the Hollywood movie about Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Most may remember that we originally debuted a teaser trailer for this (with no footage only audio) last year but the film was delayed almost an entire year for release. Now we finally get a good glimpse at all the footage and the story that we will be following and it actually looks pretty good. Shailene Woodley co-stars as his girlfriend Lindsay, and the cast includes Nicolas Cage and Zachary Quinto. This looks way better than the awful hacker movie Blackhat, but not as impressive as Fincher's The Social Network, somewhere inbetween those two. I'm planning to see this. Take a look below.
"If we're gunna survive, people are gunna die." Saban Films has released an official trailer for a film called Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. This is an adaptation of the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name, about an electronic signal sent to people's cell phones that turns them into "rabid killers". Another angry zombie movie, but this time it's our cell phones that have turned everyone into zombies, how apt. Despite the fact this is a Stephen King movie starring Cusack & Jackson, it doesn't actually look that good. Maybe I'm just tired of the everyone-turns-into-a-zombie movies. What about you?
"We wanted something different…" Are you ready for this? FilmRise Releasing has debuted the first trailer for a documentary called Holy Hell, from director Will Allen, profiling twenty years inside a religious cult called The Buddhafield. The doc premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year to much acclaim as it truly does include over twenty years of footage, since Allen joined the cult fresh out of school and became their official videographer. I saw the doc at Sundance and it's one of the most definitive inside looks at how a cult works, featuring interviews with many ex-members and so much remarkable footage. If you're at all curious, or intrigued, or baffled by any of this, I highly recommend catching this doc when it open this May.
"You have a very nice setup here… A tent, food - from what I can tell, a car. Most people would kill for this stuff…" This new post-apocalyptic thriller just won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival that took place in NYC this month. It's called Here Alone and is yet another zombie post-apocalyptic survival movie (there have been quite a few recently), this one also involves a plot similar to Z for Zachariah where a young woman surviving on her own encounters two other survivors. As expected, this causes problems. The cast includes Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West. I'm certainly intrigued, especially knowing that Tribeca audiences loved the film, but I still want to see more footage first.
"To think that a cook, for example, has her masters' lives in her hands." Cohen Media Group has released this official trailer for the upcoming US opening of Benoît Jacquot's Diary of a Chambermaid, another adaptation of the well-known 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau. This time, French actress Léa Seydoux plays Célestine, a "resentful young Parisian chambermaid". This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year and also stars Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet and Hervé Pierre. The description states that the film captures a different feeling this time: "the sense of social stiflement, Célestine’'s humiliating submission to Madame's onerous terms of employment, Joseph's virulent anti-Semitism." If you're intrigued, take a look.
"Are you somebody I'm supposed to know?" Sundance Selects has debuted the first official trailer for Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg's documentary Weiner, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The doc is an "examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and the landscape of today's political landscape." I heard rave reviews from many of my friends while at Sundance, meaning it's more than just a story about Anthony Weiner and has much more to say about what's going on with politics. This is a great trailer - the kind that shows you just enough, pulls you in, makes you curious about seeing the entire film. Looking forward to catching this.
"Not all of us can control our powers." 20th Century Fox has unveiled the final trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest movie in the X-Men franchise. This looks much more action-packed and epic than the last few movies, befitting the title "Apocalypse" considering this big bad mutant wants to destroy the world once and for all. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Angel (Ben Hardy) team up with Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, forcing Professor X (James McAvoy) and his young X-Men to save the world. We get more glimpses of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Jubilee (Lana Condor), plus a tease of one of our favorite characters at the very end. Planning to see this one in theaters?