"He adored New York City… He romanticized it all out of proportion." Park Circus and MGM have unveiled a brand new trailer for the 4K digital re-release this year of Woody Allen's seminal romantic comedy classic Manhattan, which first opened in 1979. It didn't win any Oscars, but it did win Best Film at the BAFTAs. Woody Allen also stars in this, along with Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne, Karen Ludwig and Michael O'Donoghue. The 96-minute film has been carefully restored to 4K, and will be released in NYC first, which is fitting considering it's all about a love for NYC. Ebert wrote in a review from 2001 that "it's more subtle, more complex, and not about love, but loss."
"It's all about the brotherhood." Netflix has debuted the official trailer for a film titled Burning Sands, which initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year. Directed by newcomer Gerard McMurray, making his feature debut, the film is about a fraternity pledge named Zurich played by Trevor Jackson. Deep into Hell Week, he finds himself torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. The cast includes Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, along with Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes. I'm already totally opposed to hazing and fraternities, so these kind of films don't interest me much (especially just to watch so many people suffer). But this does look like it might be a good film, so perhaps it is worth watching. Have a look.
"A Wimp will rise." Fox has released an extended teaser trailer for the latest sequel in the comedy series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this one subtitled The Long Haul, about a family road trip. This is the fourth movie in the cinematic franchise based on the popular series of books by Jeff Kinney. Young actor Jason Drucker plays Greg, who convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother's 90th birthday as a cover for what he really wants: to attend a nearby gamer convention. The cast includes Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, and Alicia Silverstone. Yes, this looks as campy and as absurd as you might expect for the fourth movie in the Wimpy Kid series. Not for me.
"Why do I get the feeling that nothing you tell me is real?" Sony Classics has debuted the full theatrical trailer for the film titled Norman, in full it's Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. This is the latest from Footnote director Joseph Cedar and stars Richard Gere as a "fixer" in New York City trying to help out other wealthy businessman/politicians. He gets mixed up in something a little over his head, and has trouble figuring out how to land on his feet. The cast includes Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen, and Dan Stevens. This is a funky, odd, and somewhat depressing film but some folks will find it worthwhile entertainment. Take a look.
"People like films, because stories are structure. And when things turn bad, it's still part of a plan." STX Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer for the film Their Finest, the latest feature from writer/director Lone Scherfig, of the films The Riot Club, One Day and An Education (one of my favorites). The film is a WWII-set comedy about an awkward British team that attempts to boost morale by making a propaganda film. Gemma Arterton stars as a writer, along with an impressive ensemble cast including Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan and Helen McCrory. This has screened at numerous film festivals and looks immensely charming and uplifting, which may be exactly what we need right now. Enjoy.
"War was never our choice. We were forced into war." HBO has debuted an official trailer for the powerful documentary titled Cries From Syria, described as a "searing, comprehensive account of the Syrian war from the inside out." This looks intense and depressing. Made by the same filmmaker behind the Academy Award nominated doc Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, director Evgeny Afineevsky takes us inside the Syrian war examining the horrors occurring in that Middle Eastern country. The doc is narrated by Helen Mirren, and also features the original song "Prayers for this World," written by Diane Warren, and recorded by Cher along with The West Los Angeles Children's Choir. This should be mandatory viewing.
"I run because I have to. I feel something when I run." Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for a romantic sports drama titled 1 Mile To You, about a runner struggling with loss. Graham Rogers (from "Quantico", Love & Mercy) stars, along with Stefanie Scott, Liana Liberato, Billy Crudup, and Tim Roth. The film is about a young man who loses his girlfriend in an accident, and runs to keep connected to her. That is until he meets a new woman, who helps him through his pain. It's described as an "uplifting, emotional, and visceral" story "about the power of our fondest memories to sustain us through our worst traumas – and when it is time to let the memories go and face an uncertain future." Doesn't that sound fun?
"It kinda spooks me out - it's a big old sea of nothing." Fox has revealed a fantastic 4-minute opening prologue preview for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. This is such an awesome way to introduce everyone to these new characters in this movie. In the preview, the entire crew on the new mission gather for a final meal before entering cryosleep. There's some really great moments in this, it's kind of eerie how good this is, especially Waterston's speech at the end. The massive cast includes: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. Everyone needs to pause and watch this. "I couldn't pick a better bunch of jerks to get marooned on a distant planet with."
"Help me and I'll invite you to my next party, I swear!" GKids has debuted the first official trailer for an animated film titled My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, which earned rave reviews out of the Toronto and New York Film Festivals last year. The hand-drawn film from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw deals with exactly what the title says - an earthquake causes a high school to float into the sea, where it slowly sinks like a shipwreck. The impressive voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky, Louisa Krause, director John Cameron Mitchell, and Matthew Maher. Maybe it's just hearing Schwartzman in a school setting again, but this feels like a twisted mashup between Wes Anderson and Don Hertzfeldt, kind of like that. I'm so in.
"How far would you go to bring someone back?" Area 23a has debuted a trailer for an indie horror titled Dig Two Graves, from director Hunter Adams, which has been waiting for distribution for years. This film premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival way back in 2014, but is just now getting released in theaters March 2017. Dig Two Graves is a supernatural thriller about a young girl's obsession with her brother's death which leads her on a nightmarish journey where she is faced with a deadly proposition to bring him back. Samantha Isler stars as the lead, with Ted Levine, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachael Drummond, Dean Evans and Bradley Grant Smith. This looks fairly creepy, and probably forgettable.
"Don't you think your discovery was just too dangerous to share with the world?" Netflix has revealed a full trailer for Charlie McDowell's new sci-fi film The Discovery, to follow-up the first teaser launched just before Sundance. This outstanding little indie feature premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and it comes highly recommended for sci-fi fans. Jason Segel and Rooney Mara star, along with Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons & Riley Keough, in this film about a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven. The two connect and look back over their lives while almost everyone else is considering killing themselves to "get there". I wrote in my review from Sundance that this film is thought-provoking "cinema for intelligent minds." This trailer gives away almost ALL of the movie, which is pretty terrible, so be careful watching this.
"Don't squander this opportunity." HBO Documentaries has premiered a trailer for a new doc titled Rock and a Hard Place, featuring Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as "The Rock") sharing his experiences with a program he supports. Johnson tells about his own experiences with the law as a youth, and meets some of the kids currently enrolled in a one-of-a-kind boot camp program for incarcerated youth. This looks like a powerful, and hopefully inspiring, follow-up to Ava DuVernay's incredible documentary 13th - which touches on the troubles with the modern prison system. It looks like Johnson only comes in for a talk once, but maybe he is more prominent in the actual doc itself. I'm curious about seeing this. Check out the trailer.