"Welcome James… It's been a long time. And finally, here we are." Sony Pictures and Eon Productions have unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Bond 24, titled Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, and once again directed by Sam Mendes. The new Bond movie is currently in the middle of filming right now, but they've dropped a first teaser since there's plenty of footage from Austria (and elsewhere) anyway for a tease that makes this look like a fine follow-up to Skyfall. We also get a glimpse at the appearances of Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny in this first tease, but there's more to come since this is barely a tease. A very dark first tease, but enough. Get your first look at Spectre.
"I can't lose my daughter. I'll give you my everything." We'd already gotten a first look at a ripped Jake Gyllenhaal for his role in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw, but now that the first trailer has arrived, it's clear that this isn't just another boxing movie. Gyllenhaal plays a champion who has his life torn away form him piece by piece, leaving him a shell of the man he used to be. There's a really meaty story here, and the redemption that Gyllenhaal's character seeks isn't just for boxing glory. This is a summer release, but I hope this ends up getting Gyllehaal the Oscar nomination he didn't get for Nightcrawler.
"Allow me to re-introduce myself…" One of our favorite films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is coming to theaters this summer, and one of the coolest teaser trailers I've ever seen has just arrived to show it off. Dope delivers the perfect teaser in that it doesn't give much away about the story, but quickly introduces us to the characters and their style. Plus, it immerses you wonderfully in the culture of the 90s, which runs rampant throughout the film despite the fact that it's sent in modern day. This is a star-making turn for Shameik Moore, and if you need anymore convincing, read Alex's Sundance review. Watch now!
"There is life with you, not with me." The idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in a drama called Maggie where he attempts to care for his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a zombie sounded like a promising concept, but also with the potential to be disastrous. However, a trailer for the indie that premiered at TIFF last year has just arrived, and this looks surprisingly good. It's very somber and serious, and not in a way that seems insincere or laughable. This has the potential to be Schwarzenegger's best film since he returned to acting. At the very least, it's an original zombie story in a tired genre. Watch?
"Does he even know how to direct?" The HBO series Entourage worked through the ups and downs of movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), and now that the show is headed to the big screen, it's time for him to take on a new challenge: directing. We already got a taste of the movie Vince is directing in the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of the comedy series, and now we get to see the behind the scenes woes that come from Vinnie getting behind the camera. And as usual, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Eric "E" Murphy (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Johnny "Drama" Chase (Kevin Dillon), Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and more are along for the ride with tons of assorted celebrity cameos. Watch!
Before the film even premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the New Zealand production Slow West was picked up by A24 for distribution, and the film starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will arrive this summer. And now the first trailer has arrived for the story that follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) journeying across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He's joined by Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) along the way.
This magnificent Norwegian film ended up as one of my Top 10 of 2014, even though it still has yet to find a distributor in the US. The film is called Blind, from writer/director Eskil Vogt, and it tells the story of a few different unique individuals but mainly focuses on Ingrid, played by Ellen Dorrit Petersen, a woman who has recently gone blind and is struggling with the realities of losing her vision. It's really a wonderful film that is unlike anything you've ever seen before (my Berlinale review), which is exactly the kind of film the director wanted to make, something entirely original that will surprise even the most avid cinephiles. This UK trailer is just a tease but hopefully you like what you see and will give this film a closer look. Enjoy.
"This is the premier boychoir school in the nation." While Whiplash dived into the world of competitive jazz band with a terrifying drill instructor of a leader, Boychoir looks to take a softer route in exploring adolescence and the inspiration of music. Dustin Hoffman plays a tough but stupendous conductor who has been brought in to maintain a premiere boychoir at a very elite school. But there's one student who doesn't seem too keen on using his talent, complacent with squandering his gift. Hoffman doesn't get quite as crazy as J.K. Simmons did in Whiplash, but this still looks like it could be a nice, inspiring story. Watch?
Nearly a couple weeks ago, Mr. Holmes was set for a release in July this summer. And now the new approach to the iconic detective and logical mind has just debuted another international teaser trailer with Ian McKellen taking the spotlight. It doesn't give much away in the vein of the story, and it's edited rather weirdly with a black fade encapsulating the images and narrowing the scope of view, even though those images don't appear that way in the film. It's a very odd choice, especially considering is doesn't add much to the proceedings and isn't meant to hide. Anyway, Alex loved this at Berlin, and I'm excited to see it.
"This may very well be our last mission." Yesterday brought a quick one-minute teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible 5, which has been given the official title of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. This time the IMF, which is now being dissolved by the CIA, is being hunted down by a group known as The Syndicate. And now the full theatrical trailer has arrived giving us much more of the problem that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team have to deal with this time. After being a little hesitant yesterday, I think I'm officially excited to see this one. Maybe it has something to do with a flute turning into a gun. Watch it!
"Where is Hunt?" After some trouble seemed to be brewing over getting a real ending together for Mission: Impossible 5, which was worrisome since the film was moved to a July release instead of the later December arrival, the film now has a title, poster and a quick teaser trailer. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation sees the IMF team battling a secret organization that is basically the antithesis to everything the team has been fighting for, and everyone is at risk. The teaser trailer shows action that's bordering on the silliness of Mission: Impossible 2, but there's also stylistic flares of the first film, so I'm not sure what to think. Watch!
"This ain't PlayStation. We are killing people." After a couple trailers for the international release of Andrew Niccol's timely drone thriller Good Kill surfaced a couple months ago, the film has finally locked down a summer release date in May. And with that comes the first US trailer for the film, showing a little more of the struggle Ethan Hawke has as a fighter pilot forced to adapt to technology and become a drone pilot. But being detached from the war physically doesn't mean there's no psychological torture for the killing these pilots do from a control room. This looks like a timely but straightforward drama. Watch it!
"As soon as the tangerines are sold, I will leave." No, not Georgia the state. This film is from the country Georgia, next to Turkey and Armenia. Samuel Goldwyn has debuted their own trailer for a Georgian film called Tangerines, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year (though it lost to Ida, of course). Starring Lembit Ulfsak as Ivo, the film takes place in 1992 during the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines, but encounters two injured soldiers of opposite sides who he takes in. It also stars Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze and Misha Meskhi. This looks solid and got great buzz (a few reviews), so it might be worth checking out.
Even though Simon Pegg will return to the final frontier for Star Trek 3 next year, for which he's also co-writing the script, this year he's heading back to romantic comedy territory. Man Up is a new romantic comedy slated to hit the United Kingdom this summer which sees Pegg starring opposite Lake Bell (In a World) in the story of two people who mistakenly come together on a blind date that never should have been. It looks like standard romantic comedy fare, but the presence of Bell and Pegg certainly elevates it a bit, and it might be a good one to see. At the very least, it's fun to see Pegg outside of sci-fi and fantasy fare.