"Where are the missile codes?" Lionsgate has debuted a trailer for the action thriller Extraction from director Steven C. Miller. This movie stars Bruce Willis as a former CIA operative kidnapped by terrorists, with Kellan Lutz play his son out to find him and get him home. The cast includes Gina Carano who seems to be helping them, but maybe not; plus D.B. Sweeney, Dan Bilzerian and Olga Valentina. There's not that much action in this, and if anything it makes me want to watch the original Taken movie instead. Nothing but generic blandness here, only worth taking a look if you're a die-hard fan of this cast.
"Look at that - the stars are out!" This looks so lovely. A new set of trailers have been uploaded online for the French animated film The Little Prince, from director Mark Osborne based on the beloved book of the same name. We've already been posting a number of trailers, but these new ones have English voices thanks to an entirely new voice cast including: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. I love the animation style of this movie, but I also like the way the narrative intertwines the life of a young girl growing up and the original charming Le Petit Prince story we know. I'm looking forward to this.
"All I want is what's best for your family." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the trailer for a film called The Benefactor, formerly known as Franny when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. It stars veteran actor Richard Gere as an eccentric rich man who meddles with the life of a deceased friend's young daughter, played by Dakota Fanning, and her new husband, played by Theo James. It looks like there's some very mysterious things going on with Gere's character that we don't all see, but I'm curious for that reason - to find out what is happening and who he really is. The performances in this look impressive.
"One day the invisible man couldn't stand it anymore…" Focus Features has unveiled a must see teaser trailer for the new film from J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) called A Monster Calls, about a boy dealing with bullying by "escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales". The boy is played by Lewis MacDougall, but the cast list also shows Liam Neeson is playing The Monster seen at the end of the teaser. It also features Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, and Felicity Jones as his Mum. This is a very gorgeous teaser, and it doesn't show much, but it almost has a very dark Where the Wild Things Are feel. Also - note the wonderful use of the score from Cloud Atlas in this trailer. I want to see this.
"I'm not a coach, I'm a star!" Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a red band (for language!) trailer for the indie comedy The Bronze, which was an opening night film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Melissa Rauch plays Hope Anne Greggory, a gymnast who won the bronze at the Olympics once, and now lives with the glory of that fame. The cast includes Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch and Sebastian Stan. This film just isn't that good, it's not that funny, and the trailer doesn't help sell it at all. Maybe a few people out there who enjoy this kind of trashy humor may be interested in this, but I doubt it.
He is not like us. Warner Bros has finally debuted a trailer for Jeff Nichols' long-awaited new PG-13 sci-fi movie Midnight Special, that he made for the studio before moving on to make Loving. Nichols' regular Michael Shannon stars along with Kirsten Dunst as the father and mother of a very special, very unique boy named Alton, played by Jaeden Lieberher. In addition, Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver show up as well. This looks a bit different than I was expecting, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless because I still have hope for this Jeff Nichols sci-fi. I'm curious to see how everyone responds to this footage. Enjoy!
"The more you dig, the more you risk screwing up. And I don't think you want that on your conscious…" While we wait for Keanu Reeves to bring us John Wick 2, which he is in the midst of shooting in New York City right now, here's a trailer for another one of his films. Gulf Films has debuted a trailer for a movie titled Exposed, even though IMDb calls it Daughters of God, so who knows what it'll end up being by the time it gets released here. Keanu Reeves stars as a detective and it starts with the murder of his partner. While investigating what happened, he meets a young Latina woman with strange visions. Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino, Christopher McDonald and Laura Gómez also star. I'm not really sure what to make of this.
This is one of the films that I will be putting on my Top 10 list this year, so make sure you find a way to see it. Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the full US trailer for the Holocaust film Son of Saul, directed by Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes (read my interview with László). The film follows one man, played by Géza Röhrig, who is one of the "Sonderkommando" assisting with the work in the camp for extra time alive at a concentration camp during WWII. It's a harrowing, but stunning masterpiece of a film, that pretty much every critic has been raving about. The film is also only playing in 35mm on film wherever it shows, and it is worth seeking out. I really mean that, it comes highly recommended from every film lover I know.
Time to meet the newest member of the illusionist team! And his name ain't Harry, or Daniel. Technically it's Walter, at least in this movie. Summit has debuted the first official trailer for Now You See Me 2, the sequel to the movie Now You See Me where a group of
magicians illusionists pull off heists robbing from the rich and giving the money to the people. The original team is back: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine. The newcomers this time are Daniel Radcliffe (as Walter) and Lizzy Caplan. This trailer doesn't reveal too much yet, but it does give us an intriguing first look at what's going down. I'm curious about the water and umbrellas, plus that slide? Very interesting.
"Whoever gets in there will be unstoppable." Universal has debuted the first trailer for The Huntsman: Winter's War, the sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman that no one asked for but they made anyway. Chris Hemsworth returns as The Huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the evil Queen, but they've also lined up two great actresses to join: Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt. Unfortunately, this looks like a terrible CGI-fest without much substance. In fact, it looks like they're trying to replicate Disney's Frozen in a more gritty, live-action way. And that just irks me and makes me despise this, but give it a look.
No commitment, just the single! Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for the comedy How to Be Single, playing next February for all the lonely single souls out there (or couples who just want to laugh at the singles). Rebel Wilson stars as a wild young woman in New York City who teachers her friend Alice, played by Dakota Johnson of 50 Shades of Grey fame (so doesn't she already know all this stuff?), how to hook up and mingle with men the right way. The cast includes Leslie Mann, Jake Lacy, Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Damon Wayans Jr., Nicholas Braun. This is mostly for the ladies, but have fun anyway.
"There's only one criminal mastermind who could be behind all this." Paramount has unleashed the first amusing trailer for the long-awaited sequel Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as male models Zoolander and Hansel. This is a full-on trailer that actually spends time explaining the story and the characters, showing tons of footage including some hilarious sets and all the endlessly amazing costumes. Penélope Cruz co-stars with Kristen Wiig, Christine Taylor, Billy Zane and of course, Will Ferrell as Mugatu. I'm still not sure if this is going to top the original, but at least they're giving it a shot. Enjoy!
"Tonight will go down as the greatest night in history!" Netflix has unveiled a full trailer for their upcoming holiday special titled A Very Murray Christmas, a comedy musical starring Bill Murray, of course, plus: George Clooney, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus, Michael Cera, Chris Rock and others. I didn't realize this was an entire feature (directed by Sofia Coppola) and not just a Christmas special, but it seems to be a mix of both, Netflix pushing the envelope in their own fun way this holiday season. This looks like it might be worth your time if you really love Christmas cheer - and musicals.
All of creation is at stake. All of heaven is at war. Whoa! Summit has debuted the first epic trailer for Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, an action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. The ensemble cast of Gods includes Gerard Butler as Set, God of the Desert; Brenton Thwaites as Bek, Thief of Legend; Chadwick Boseman as Thoth, God of Wisdom; Elodie Yung as Hathor, Goddess of Love; and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, God of the Sky. This looks crazy, and I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. It sort of reminds me of some kind of weird mash-up between Jupiter Ascending and Exodus: Gods & Kings. There are so many epic shots, so many fantastical elements. I will say - they got me with those giant snakes.