"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?
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the occasion, I wanted to feature a trailer for a documentary about climate change and what we can do to save this big, beautiful planet we all live on. Time to Choose is the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (of Inside Job, which won Best Doc in 2010; No End in Sight) and it focuses on the many people around the world actually coming up with and implementing creative solutions to the climate problem. It's a fantastic doc that I highly recommend. "We hope that when audiences see this film, they will see the tragedy unfolding, the urgency of stopping it, and all the remarkable and innovative ways we are using to build a sustainable, prosperous future for Earth."
"We each have our duties in this life…" A trailer has debuted online for an indie drama called The Silent Storm, set on a remote Scottish island telling the story of a marriage falling apart helped by the arrival of a troubled young boy. Damian Lewis stars as a local minister and Andrea Riseborough plays his wife. This actually first premiered at the London Film Festival back in 2014 and hasn't played at any other fests since then, with the distributor holding onto it for a while. Is it worth the wait? I'm not sure. The full cast includes Ross Anderson, Kate Dickie, Eric Robertson, and John Sessions. This actually looks solid, with some great cinematography and a strong story of love and chaos. Might be worth catching? Take a look.
"We convinced an entire generation that this is a battle we could win… And that's worth fighting for!" To celebrate Earth Day, Fox has debuted the second trailer for Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence. Funny enough, this has lots of footage of Earth being destroyed by malevolent aliens back after 20 years extremely pissed that we defeated their first batch of ships. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox and Sela Ward. There's also a fun PSA from the Earth Space Defense with Goldblum talking about saving Earth. This really looks awesome, I can't wait to see it. Tons of destruction and humans fighting back.
"You've died so many times. You will never die again." Well, this looks crazy cool. Sony Pictures Russia has debuted a trailer for a big-budget Russian adventure movie called The Duelist, directed by indie filmmaker Alexey Mizgirev. A few moviegoers might've seen the WWII action movie Stalingrad a few years back, as it was released in IMAX by Sony. This is Sony's latest Russian feature that they're be releasing to US audiences in IMAX even though no date has been set yet. The Duelist is about a vengeful duelist who never loses. The cast includes Pyotr Fyodorov (Stalingrad), Vladimir Mashkov (Ghost Protocol), Yuri Kolokolnikov (Game of Thrones), and Martin Wuttke (Inglorious Basterds). This seems dark and epic and very violent.
"Hey pal - you bored already?" "I'm kinda half bored, half fascinated." French distributor Mars Films has released the first trailer for Woody Allen's new film Café Society, which is opening the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in just a few weeks. Allen goes back to telling a romantic period piece focusing on a young man who lands in Hollywood in the 1930s, during the "vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age". This looks like another fun inside look at the early days of Hollywood, with the kind of eccentric cast we've come to expect from Allen. Jesse Eisenberg stars with Kristen Stewart as his love interest, plus Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott & Paul Schneider. Enjoy.
"There should be McDonald's everywhere! Franchise the damn thing!" This looks like it might be pretty damn good. The Weinstein Company has debuted the first trailer for The Founder, from director John Lee Hancock, starring Michael Keaton as McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. The story is actually about how Kroc sort of "stole" the business right out from under the McDonald brothers, played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, who originally came up with the idea for a fast food burger joint in the 1950s. The cast includes Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson and B.J. Novak. Keaton's performance doesn't seem better than his last few roles, but the film looks like it's definitely worth seeing when it opens.
"He's seen things. He knows things. What if he's not coming for us, what if it's something else?" Universal has debuted the first kick ass trailer for Paul Greengrass' Jason Bourne, bringing back Matt Damon, in addition to reuniting him with Greengrass - the original duo that made the first Bourne trilogy of movies. This trailer is seriously action-packed, showing some solid glimpses of the action we're going to see in this. Tommy Lee Jones also stars, along with Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed and Ato Essandoh. They actually drove a truck into a casino to film this, it's not CG, and all of the action looks awesome. I'm actually quite excited to see this. Good to have Damon back as Bourne. Fire it up below!
"I wish I could start from scratch, just get it right this time…" Yep, this is a "don't watch" - did anyone even see The Ridiculous 6? I don't anyone who did. This is the next Netflix collaboration with Adam Sandler and it looks just as forgettable. Netflix has debuted this trailer for their new comedy The Do-Over, starring Adam Sandler and his long-time friend David Spade. The cast includes Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Astin, Luis Guzmán and Nick Swardson. The concept is intriguing, but that's about it - two guys try to reinvent themselves and end up getting into more trouble than they were expecting. This looks awful.