In what looks to be a horror spin on the superpowered found footage hit Chronicle, the first trailer for the Fantastic Fest selected film Afflicted has arrived, and it's pretty intense. We're not sure why the trailer has a reverse chronology (unless the film does as well), but this story seems pretty cool. The film from Derek Lee and Clif Prowse (who also star in the film) follows a group of friends who are thrown for a loop when one of them suddenly develops superhuman abilities after a one night stand with a woman in Paris. Fantastic Fest gave the film Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director, where our own Tim Buel praised the film after Alex loved it at TIFF last year too, so this must be a pretty damn good flick. Watch!
While the UK will get to see the Peruvian teddy bear Paddington on the big screen this spring, the loveable children's book character won't arrive in theaters in the United States until just before Christmas this year. And now The Weinstein Company has seen fit to tease the release of the film with just a brief glimpse at the bear who heads to London in order to find a new home. Colin Firth voices the title bear, but we don't get to hear him in this teaser, and we barely get to see Paddington himself. But alas, it's a teaser. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters also star. Watch it!
"Punk's dead. Didn't you know that?" "It's not dead." No it's not! Memfis Film has debuted an official UK trailer for the Swedish drama We Are the Best!, or Vi är bäst!, about three 13-year-old girls who form a punk band in Stockholm, 1982. Those three kick ass girls are played by Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne, as Bobo, Klara and Hedvig. At first this just seems like a badass lil punk rock Swedish flick, but there's a moment where this trailer suddenly turns rather beautiful, you'll know when it hits. From there on out I was completely sold, it looks like an exceptional film, and now I kind of have to see it sooner than later. This looks really, really good, I say gave it a shot. A film for everyone who used to be 13 years old.
After making plenty of rounds on the film festival circuit, the revenge thriller Blue Ruin is finally coming to theaters and VOD this spring. Macon Blair stars in the film from cinematographer turned director Jeremy Saulnier (who also wrote the script). This quiet, grounded thriller follows a disheveled man, living out of his car on the beach, who finally gets the news he's been waiting for. The man responsible for killing his parents is out of prison, and he's going to deliver his own brand of justice. It's a basic, familiar story, but it unfolds magnificently and is brought to life perfectly by Macon Blair. Now we have a short new UK trailer for you to watch below. This is seriously one of the best thrillers I have ever seen, so seek it out.
"If you don't bring this man back, I'll find ya and put you in the ground." Today's indie trailer is for a Civil War dramatic thriller titled The Retrieval, which won a Breakthrough Performance Award at SXSW 2013. Ashton Sanders plays a boy assigned by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted freedman, played by Tishuan Scott, and bring him back to the South. The two begin to form a bond and things get complicated. The cast includes Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr and Christine Horn. I'm not sure how we just found this film now, but it looks fantastic - stunning cinematography, powerful story, heart-wrenching performances. Wow.
"What is so unique about him?" Magnolia has debuted a full theatrical trailer for Richard Ayoade's latest, the sci-fi Dostoyevsky mind-bender The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg - twice! Eisenberg plays both James and Simon, the latter of which goes crazy when his exact copy/doppelganger suddenly shows up. We've seen plenty of trailers for this indie already, but another one won't hurt, especially when it's a trailer as magical as this one. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor and appearances by Craig Roberts & Yasmin Paige of Ayoade's Submarine. This was one of my favorites out of TIFF last year and can't recommend it enough. "So, that's it?" "That's it."
"Up until about an hour ago I didn't know this house existed...!" Our friends at ShockTillYouDrop have debuted a trailer for a new indie horror film called Dark House, starring Tobin Bell who you might know as Jigsaw from the Saw series. However, the main focus is on a kid named Nick Di Santo, played by Luke Kleintank, who is haunted by the ability to touch someone and see exactly how they will die. The film is directed by Victor Salva, of Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2, Rites of Passage, Clownhouse, that one film Powder. I'm not sure this lives up to his past work, but it doesn't look too bad. The trailer may seem tame at first, but the action ramps up in the second half with lots of axe violence. In select theaters March for horror lovers.
"You've been searching for one thing your whole life... and she's down there." I cannot wait for this. But maybe that's just me. Another trailer for the Wachowskis' new sci-fi movie, Jupiter Ascending, has just debuted. This Japanese version of the original trailer doesn't feature too many changes aside from being a shorter, more condensed version of that first trailer with more of a focus on Mila Kunis, including maybe one or two new shots of her barely spliced in. I think this looks absolutely crazy and wacky, in all the best ways possible, with sci-fi extravagance galore and such a unique visual splendor to it all. Yes, Channing Tatum looks a bit odd, but I don't think that will matter in the end. Fire it up if you want to see this version.
Anyone who saw Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters last year, or plans on seeing the R-rated alternate cut in theaters for one week starting this weekend, already saw Kanye West on the big screen looking like Michael Jackson decked out in red leather. But now we'll get a chance to see the boisterous rapper in his element as a teaser trailer just popped up on the Grammy winner's official website with the appropriately loud announcement, "YEEZUS FILM DIRECTED BY HYPE WILLIAMS COMING TO THEATERS." It's not hard to imagine West yelling that out, and the teaser is a pretty trippy video. Watch!
"I'm not telling you it's gonna be okay. Because it's not." The most recent red band trailer for Sabotage showed off plenty of blood and action in the latest action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now a new trailer from the UK dives a little more into the plot. This time we get the hint that someone on Schwarzenegger's skilled DEA team might be responsible for some of them being hunted down and killed after a pivotal drug cartel bust. Could Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard or Mireille Enos be the bad guy here? We'll find out when the film hits theaters early this spring. Watch it!
Last year, Calvin & Hobbes and the comic strip's creator Bill Watterson got their own documentary called Dear Mr. Watterson. Now a new documentary called Stripped goes a little more broad by focusing on Jim Davis, Cathy Guisewite, Mort Walker, Mike & Jerry, Matt Inman and Jeff Keane, the names behind comic strips like Garfield, Cathy, Beetle Bailey, Penny Arcade, The Oatmeal and Family Circus respectively. And there's plenty more cartoonists interviewed in this documentary looking into the art of comic strips. We love how it spans from the oldest newspaper strips to today's online comics. In addition, the poster below is the first comic strip illustration Watterson has made in 18 years. Check it out!
We've already seen a suspenseful trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Enemy, the director's first collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal before Prisoners even hit theaters. In addition, a cool featurette showed off how the filmmaker had Gyllenhaal act with himself. Now we have one more sexy promo spot that is chock full of some nudity and sex with Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), so it's certainly NSFW. However, it does offer a glimpse into the madness of Gyllenhaal's character after he comes into contact with his doppelgänger, changing both of their lives for better or worse. Looks pretty intense and worth a glimpse.
"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster... You're lying! You're hiding something out there!" Warner Bros & Legendary have unleashed the second theatrical trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and it is epic, massively epic, in every possible way. We've seen one teaser trailer before but this time they up the ante and give us another exhilarating early glimpse without showing too much. The international cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, plus Juliette Binoche who we have yet to see. This looks phenomenal, the return of the King of Monsters we've been waiting for. Bring it on, cannot wait. "In 1954, we awakened something..."
"Kermit, you were like James Bond back there." We're just under a month away from the release of Muppets Most Wanted as Jim Henson's beloved creations head around the world when Kermit is mistaken for an international thief named Constantine. Now a second trailer for the film's release across the pond has arrived by way of comedian Ricky Gervais, who plays the right hand man to the frog thief who is identical to Kermit, save for one little mole and a silly French accent. This looks like it's going to deliver more of the clever, family fun we all loved about the return of The Muppets in 2011 with Jason Segel. Watch!