"You didn't tell me what I was walking into…" Fox Searchlight has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled The Aftermath, set in Hamburg in 1946 just after the war. The film is about a British Colonel, Lewis Morgan, who is awaiting the arrival of his wife, Rachel. He has been charged with the task of rebuilding of this devastated city and denazification of its defeated people. Rather than force the owners of the house they will live in to leave, he insists the two families live together. "Both parents and children will be forced to confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal, to their deepest desires, their fiercest loyalties, and the transforming power of forgiveness." Keira Knightley stars along with Jason Clarke, plus Alexander Skarsgård, Kate Phillips, Jannik Schümann, Fionn O'Shea, and Alexander Scheer. This looks very good, though they give away quite a bit in this trailer. Take a look.
"You have to believe me - they made me do it!" Sony Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the remake of Miss Bala, about a young beauty contest winner who is forced to work for a crime boss after she witnesses a murder. This Hollywood remake is based on Gerardo Naranjo's original 2011 film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that year. This new take on Miss Bala stars Gina Rodriguez and it's entirely in English, despite still being set in/around Mexico. The full cast includes Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria, Aislinn Derbez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Cristina Rodlo, and Ricardo Abarca. I'm a fan of the original film, unfortunately this looks like an exaggerated, action-filled update that focuses way too much on everything Hollywood loves - beautiful women, guns, action, explosions. It looks like a really bad remake. Watch out.
"This film IS the red pill." The Orchard has released a trailer for an intriguing "full disclosure" documentary titled Above Majestic, which premiered at the truth-obsessed Disclosure Fest earlier this year. The film is a "shocking and provocative look at what it takes to hide a multi-trillion dollar Secret Space Program from the public and the implications this has for humanity." Yeah, it's a bit of a conspiracy theory documentary, but also a look at the possibility that secret space programs may exist because we need to continue to keep an eye on aliens without informing the public. The film features interviews with insiders and researchers such as David Wilcock, Corey Goode, John Desouza, Niara Isley, Jordan Sather, Dr. Michael Salla, & more. This doc looks super duper wacky, with so many absurd claims. Maybe it's a fun one to watch? Who knows.
"I'm not ready to settle down." Vertical Entertainment has released the first trailer for an indie drama titled In a Relationship, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker and NYU graduate Sam Boyd. Long-term couple Owen & Hallie are breaking up (or maybe not?). Just as their relationship reaches a turning point, Matt & Willa embark on a romance of their own. The film stars Emma Roberts & Michael Angarano as the leads, with Patrick Gibson & Dree Hemingway as the new couple. "Boyd's multi-character romantic dramedy adroitly juxtaposes two relationships at the opposite stages of their lifespan as the foursome haphazardly traverses the uncharted territory of 20-something millennial love over the course of a summer in Los Angeles." Also starring Jay Ellis, Greta Lee, Janet Montgomery, & Andre Hyland. See below.
"You know what they say: if an exorcism isn't completed, evil will find a new vessel." Sony has unveiled the trailer for a horror thriller titled The Possession of Hannah Grace, another scary possession movie, this one directed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Bollywood Hero, Stella's Oorlog, Daylight). When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. Shay Mitchell (seen on "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Heiresses") stars as the cop, named Megan Reed, and the full cast includes Stana Katic, Grey Damon, Jacob Ming-Trent, Louis Herthum, and Kirby Johnson as the titular Hannah Grace. This reminds me a lot of The Autopsy of Jane Doe, but with a few different twists. And plenty of creepiness.
"To really get the full story, you've got to go back to when we met." Amazon Prime has revealed an official trailer for a documentary titled Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, made by acclaimed filmmaker Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo, The Shock Doctrine, Moving to Mars, Oasis: Supersonic). Mat has known the four members of Coldplay since college, and has been filming them and making videos for them for over 20 years, putting together this comprehensive and honest look at the band. A Head Full of Dreams "offers an in-depth and intimate portrait of the band's spectacular rise from the backrooms of Camden pubs to selling out stadiums across the planet. At the heart of the story is the band's unshakeable brotherhood which has endured through many highs and lows." The doc will play in theaters for one night only during a global event on November 14th, before releasing streaming on Amazon Prime a few days later. Check it out.
"There's no way you're going to get out of this without doing some time…" The first trailer has debuted for an indie drama titled All Creatures Here Below, premiering at the DTLA Film Festival this month. From a screenplay written by actor David Dastmalchian, who also co-stars in this, the film is directed by Collin Schiffli (Animals) and is about a desperate young couple on the run who seek refuge in Kansas City. The two are deeply connected, but struggle to survive on nothing with hopes of making a family, complicating their journey to freedom. Karen Gillan co-stars with Dastmalchian, and the small indie cast includes Jennifer Morrison, Richard Cabral, and David Koechner. This looks like a good film to see these two talented actors give raw, intimate, honest performances without any heavy make-up or Hollywood glitz. Take a look.
"Two Minds. One Body. No Way Out." Well Go USA has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Jonathan, a "sci-fi-tinged" story about two people stuck inside of one body. Ansel Elgort stars in this as two brothers living separate lives. Jonathan leaves the office everyday at noon. When he gets home, he goes to sleep. Every morning he wakes up and there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day. It all gets disrupted when they both fall for the same woman. Jonathan also stars Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer, and Douglas Hodge. This looks quite cool, it seems complicated to balance both of these characters and still craft a coherent story. This looks like a clever film and I'm curious to check it out, despite not hearing much (good or bad) about it. Watch below.
"I was very far from home, but I knew Lucas was waiting for me…" Sony Pictures has unveiled a trailer for a new dog movie titled A Dog's Way Home, adapted from the book of the same name (by the author of A Dog's Purpose) about the epic 400-mile journey of a dog takes to find her way back to her owner. Jonah Hauer-King plays Luke, the hooman who cares for the dog Bella. The full cast of humans includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Edward James Olmos, and Wes Studi. I'm not fond of the voice for the dog and obviously CGI action on her journey seems a bit much. I am expecting this could turn out like a modern day version of Homeward Bound, because that Disney movie still makes me cry. But I'm not too sure based on all of this footage, but I have still have hope. Dogs will always be the best.
"It's just a new religion for you." Wild Bunch has released the first full-length French trailer for High Life, the latest from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Bastards). The film is in English, so the trailer is also in English. This low budget sci-fi drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and is also playing at the New York and Sitges Film Festivals. The story is about a man, played by Robert Pattinson, stuck on a spaceship heading to a distant star. He tries to interact with the rest of the crew who are slowly going crazy on the extended voyage. Reactions from the festivals have been divisive, with extreme love and hate for this super artistic, slow burn sci-fi drama. The cast includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran. This trailer doesn't reveal everything, but it does have plenty of cool footage that makes this film look real good.
"In 2019, you're cordially invited to meet the biggest rascal of the Royal Family." Oy vey. Lionsgate UK has released the first teaser trailer for a cute animated comedy titled The Queen's Corgi, made by Belgian animation studio nWave Pictures and the same director who most recently made the animated film The Son of Bigfoot. nWave's The Queen's Corgi is indeed about (one of) the Queen's (many) corgis, a lovable little puppy named Rex. One day he loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. The voice cast hasn't been revealed yet, only this teaser trailer and a few posters. As cute as this looks, I have a feeling it's going to be so bad. Most of the films made by nWave turn out terrible.
CineLabyrinth has debuted the teaser trailer for a funky new superhero-fantasy movie from Hungary titled Captain Flame, originally Lángkapitány in Hungarian. The super low budget indie film is designed to look like it was made in the 1980s and released on VHS, and this teaser trailer is even promoted as "VHS retro." Captain Flame is about a burned out, alcoholic "superhero" who only has the ability to make a small flame with his fingers. His city is being overrun by anarchists, and he becomes the hero the city needs just when it needs one the most. Captain Flame stars Peter Minarovits, with a full cast of Hungarian dubbing voice actors including Dorina Csifo, Gabor Harsanyi, Andras Borbiro, Borcsa Erdős, Peter Petrik, Zsolt Zagoni, and Karoly Kassai. I'm not sure what to make of this, have a look if you're curious anyway.