"When somebody loves you, it means they see something in you that they think is worth something, that's value to you." Samuel Goldwyn has debuted an official US trailer for the film A Brilliant Young Mind, formerly known as X+Y as it played on the festival circuit for the last year (premiered at TIFF 2014). In the film, Asa Butterfield stars a math prodigy with autism in a coming-of-age story where he takes a trip to Seoul for a tournament as part of the United Kingdom Math Squad. The cast includes Rafe Spall as his teacher, Sally Hawkins as his mother, plus Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang. I'm still looking forward to this.
"How do you say 'no' to God?" Open Road Films has debuted a trailer for Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, a newsroom thriller about the Boston Globe journalists who investigated and uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation in the Catholic Church. Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton leads the way, but the ensemble cast includes Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. This is premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this fall, and looks like a fascinating journalistic thriller, reminding us how much work goes into breaking stories. Take a look.
"That's not a rock, that's the heart of the mountain - she finally broke…" Warner Bros has debuted the full trailer for the Chilean mining catastrophe movie The 33, directed by Patricia Riggen, starring an ensemble international cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo, Naomi Scott, Gustavo Angarita, and Alejandro Goic. This is one of those uplifting, inspirational movies of hope and perseverance. It's Hollywood-ized, but it still looks pretty good.
"How willing are you to die for your country? I want to know right here, right now." Paramount Pictures has debuted the new trailer for the new Michael Bay movie, called 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi in full. Yep, that's one long title, and it tells you exactly what this is about - the Benghazi incident and the secret ex-military security team that's trying to protect the American Ambassador. The cast includes Pablo Schreiber, John Krasinski, Toby Stephens, David Denman, Max Martini, James Badge Dale, David Costabile, and Dominic Fumusa. There are plenty of Michael Bay-esque explosions in this, plus some characters to follow and a bit of a plot, it doesn't look so bad. Might be good. Check it out below.
"Your mind strings the pictures together and creates life." Whoa. Where did this come from? Deadline has premiered a teaser trailer for an indie biopic called Eadweard, about pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge who some may say was the very first filmmaker ever. He was the man who experimented with motion and multi-camera photography and eventually shot "The Horse In Motion" in 1886, known sort of as one of the very first movies ever made. Michael Eklund plays Eadweard and he's kind of a quirky proto-hipster, with a beard and a passion for vintage cameras. But this actually looks really, really good with some excellent attention to deal and an interesting story about an inventor. I am curious to see it as soon as I can.
"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the borough…" It's here! Sony has unwrapped the first official trailer for The Night Before, the hilarious new Christmas comedy from Jonathan Levine. The film is about three dudes, three bros, who get together on Christmas eve in New York City to throw the most epic Christmas party ever as friends. Seth Rogen stars with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie; plus appearances by Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, Kayne and others. This looks downright hilarious, I'm ready to laugh my ass off this holiday season with the wackest holiday comedy around. Rogen tweeted this out saying it "was made by Jews, is about Christmas, and opens on Thanksgiving." Sounds perfect. Have fun!
"Every day across that border people are kidnapped, or killed." Lionsgate has debuted the second full-on trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Sicario starring Emily Blunt and it is intense as all hell. This is the film, which already premiered at Cannes (read our review), starring Blunt as a young FBI agent working the drug cartels in Mexico. The first trailer was solid but this cranks things up and reminds us that there's no safety around any corner. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan and Victor Garber. This is still one of my most anticipated films to see this fall, can't wait to check it out.
10 teams. 10 positions. One Will Ferrell. Are you ready to rumble with the one, the only, Señor Ferrell?? HBO's next sports faux-documentary (following the absurdly hilarious 7 Days in Hell) is one titled Ferrell Takes the Field, in which Will Ferrell plays all 10 positions in baseball playing on 10 different teams in one day. I really admire what HBO is doing with Funny or Die and these sports sketches, sort of extending the online content into something that is worthy of being presented cinematically (and if you haven't seen it, I recommend Casa de mi Padre). This may not be groundbreaking, but it looks like it will make me laugh.
This looks powerful. The first trailer for Alice Winocour's new film from Cannes, titled Maryland, has debuted online. The film follows Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust & Bone, Far from the Madding Crowd) as an ex-soldier with PTSD hired to protect a woman, played by Diane Kruger, but soon begins to fall for her. This trailer plays without any dialogue, but does show plenty of scenes that will give you an idea of all the emotions these people are feeling. The score is what makes it all work so well, but it's just an impressively crafted trailer that will draw you in and make you interested in this film. Fire it up.
"A week at the lake - relaxation, peace & quiet. But under the surface lies emotional unbalance." IFC has debuted the trailer for Alex Ross Perry's latest film Queen of Earth, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Starring Elisabeth Moss, this eerie throwback to old school horror tells of a woman scorned after a break up who retreats to madness at her friend's lakeside cabin. Also starring Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit and Kentucker Audley. We just ran another international trailer a few weeks ago, but this is the official US version promoting the release next month. Elisabeth Moss is always worth complimenting, as she's so very talented, but this may not be everyone's cup 'o tea. I do like the way the critics' quotes scroll.
"He was not that much fun most of the time…" Up next from Alex Gibney is a documentary about Steve Jobs. Not to be confused with the "fictional" film titled Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender, this is a documentary about Jobs' private and personal life as a technology innovator. Gibney's documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine examines in more depth the "who he was" angle. Gibney has been on a roll with docs recently, churning out multiple in-depth features every year, this being another to following Going Clear. I'm looking forward to seeing what Gibney has dug up for this doc.
"Can we go get ice cream?!" The first trailer has premiered for an indie comedy called The Mend that is being presented in the US by filmmaker David Gordon Green. The film is about two brothers who clash in a "tension filled house" when one returns home to find a bunch of squatters at his apartment. Josh Lucas stars along with Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Cory Nichols, Mickey Sumner and Louisa Krause. This actually looks better than anyone is probably expecting, and that's why it's worth taking a look at the trailer. There's an off-beat charm and yet still a brutal honesty to this, and I think that's what makes it oddly appealing. I'm not entirely sure. Definitely a festival film, but I'm intrigued enough to catch it. Fire this up.
"You can make people dance and that's half the battle." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for Max Joseph's We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as a DJ in LA named Cole Carter. Efron plays a DJ who is struggling to make a name for himself in a hyped up world in Los Angeles, falling for a girl played by Emily Ratajkowski who takes him to some fun places. The cast includes Jon Bernthal, Wes Bentley, Jonny Weston, Vanessa Lengies and Shiloh Fernandez. This is basically a trance music DJ movie and it looks like it might be entertaining if that's your thing. However I will remind everyone to once again take a look at Mia Hansen-Løve's film Eden, which is very similar. Go see both films!! Why not. Enjoy!
Whose side are you on? The new Scorch Trials trailer is here. 20th Century Fox has debuted the second full-length trailer for Wes Ball's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, introducing a darker world outside of the Maze in The Maze Runner movie. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, who begins to lead a revolution with a small group of kids in tow. This trailer, following the first one from a few months ago, really shows a lot more of the story and possibly some big spoiler moments. Fox seems to be giving it all they got with this to go up against Hunger Games - tons of explosions, post-apocalyptic landscapes, zombie creature things, kids disrespecting adults - what more could you want? "The world outside is hanging on by a very thin thread…"