"I'm seeing that girl that I told you about… I'm scared I'm not doing this in the right way." The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for an odd little film titled Rosy, a dark comedy noir thriller about a socially awkward young man who kidnaps an aspiring actress in hopes she will fall in love with him. This is either very poorly timed, or perhaps an appropriately timed film showing how horrible this is and how unfunny kidnapping (even for love) is. Hopefully. Talented young actor Nat Wolff (from The Intern, Paper Towns, Death Note) stars, along with Stacy Martin (from Nymphomaniac, Godard Mon Amour), plus a full cast including Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub, and Sky Ferreira. I really don't know what to make of this, seems like a very odd mix of tones and plot twists and weird things galore. Unsure if it's worth a watch.
"Everyone has a place here in Marwen." Universal has finally debuted an official trailer for the new Robert Zemeckis movie, titled Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell as a man who finds solace in WWII miniatures. This film has gone under a number of different titles - Marwencol, The Women of Marwen - but they've settled on Welcome to Marwen. It's a true story, and many of you may have seen the documentary about Mark Hogancamp already. Carell plays Mark, a victim of an attack who finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process. The cast includes Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendolyn Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, and Neil Jackson. "In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination… you'll find courage in the most unexpected place." This looks quite good, I'm looking forward to watching it. Get a first look below.
"I'm calling about a missing boy. Someone important, a Marquis." The Match Factory released a new trailer for the film Happy as Lazzaro, originally titled Lazzaro felice, the latest film made by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher (Corpo Celeste, The Wonders). This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer in competition, and it was highly regarded as one of the best of the festival, despite not winning any awards. It's an odd, awkward film about a boy named Lazzaro who works as a farming peasant on a tobacco farm in Italy. About halfway through, the film jumps in time to the modern day where he ends up in a city searching for his friends and family. Adriano Tardiolo stars as Lazzaro, and the cast includes Luca Chikovani, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno, and Nicoletta Braschi. Expect to hear a lot more about this film by the end of the year, it's going to be a favorite of many prominent critics. The new trailer below includes English subtitles, so give it a look.
"You've got everything to lose, this guy's got nothing to lose." MGM/Warner Bros has finally debuted the first trailer for Creed II, the sequel to the critically acclaimed hit Creed, which started a new franchise in the Rocky Balboa world introducing us to Adonis Creed. Michael B. Jordan returns to play Adonis again, this time getting ready to fight an even more challenging adversary - Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu plays Viktor, with the two iconic old dudes back in their original roles - Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren. Stallone, who produced the film, also co-wrote the script and has helped develop this sequel following Ryan Coogler's film. The cast includes Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Phylicia Rashad, & Andre Ward. This looks great! Which makes me happy.
"Only in the wilderness is man made pure again." Momentum has released a trailer for a dark thriller film titled Boarding School, the latest from filmmaker Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls, Safe, Max). The synopsis for this seems similar to The Miseducation of Cameron Post, but the actual film seems to border on being more horror or psychological thriller than a drama. Luke Prael stars as Jacob, a 12-year-old boy who, after being caught wearing women's dresses by his father, is sent away to a private boarding school for teenage misfits. Once there, he discovers the headmaster is much more dangerous than helpful in any way. The cast includes Will Patton, Samantha Mathis, Robert John Burke, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Walters, Sterling Jerins, and Nadia Alexander. This gets super creepy by the end.
"Return to your tasks immediately or I will inflict pain." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for an intriguing high tech horror thriller titled Tau, the feature directorial debut Uruguayan filmmaker Federico D'Alessandro, who has worked as a storyboard artist and animatics supervisor in Hollywood. Tau is about a woman being held captive in a futuristic smart house, who tries to escape by befriending the A.I. program that controls the house. Maika Monroe (from It Follows, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Tribes of Palos Verdes) stars, along with Gary Oldman (what!!) and Ed Skrein. So, this actually looks like a really cool tech thriller, something along the lines of Breaking In or Ex Machina, but more contained and stylistic.
"A living fossil." "Thought to have been extinct…" Warner Bros has debuted a brand new Chinese trailer for Jon Turtletaub's giant shark movie The Meg, a long-awaited adaptation of Steve Alten's novel, about a 70-foot long angry, prehistoric shark. The plot is about a group of researchers in a big deep-sea submersible stuck at the bottom of the ocean after being attacked, with Jason Statham trying to rescue them and get rid of the shark. This was co-financed by a Chinese company, and this trailer includes a number of key shots of Li Binging as Suyin, of course. The Meg co-stars Winston Chao, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Shuya Sophia Cai, and Masi Oka. There's not a ton of new footage in this trailer, but it's fun to watch. Plus, I don't know about everyone else, but I'm already 100% sold on this anyway - I don't need any more. Gimme mega-shark.
"She's not interested in money." Strand Releasing has debuted an official trailer for a film titled An L.A. Minute, from writer/director Daniel Adams (Primary Motive, The Golden Boys, The Lightkeepers). More importantly, the film stars the very talented up-and-coming actress Kiersey Clemons, who also appears in Hearts Beat Loud - which is now playing in theaters (go see it!). In this film, Clemons plays "an avant-garde performance artist" who befriends a best-selling author who wants to write more personal books rather than the stuff that got him famous. Gabriel Byrne (seen in Hereditary) also co-stars in this film about celebrity and fame and how it works and how fake it all is. The cast includes Bob Balaban, Katherine Kendall, Ed Marinaro, Ned Bellamy, Brianna Baker, Jake Adams, and Ash Adams. Doesn't look that great.
"I didn't know her… I didn't know my daughter…" Sony Pictures has released a second official trailer for the thriller film Searching, from writer/director Aneesh Chaganty, making his feature directorial debut. The first trailer was a good sell, this one is made more for younger audiences who like cheesy horror. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival under the title Search, and was one of my favorite films of the festival. Searching is an emotional dramatic thriller told entirely through computer screens. John Cho stars as the father of a young Korean-American teenager who goes missing, following as he searches through her computer and phone in an attempt to find her. The small cast includes Debra Messing, Michele La, and Joseph Lee. This new trailer seems to be a response to the trailer for Unfriended: Dark Web, playing up the horror with some digital distortion gimmicks (don't worry, it doesn't do this in the film). See below.
"One shot is what it's all about… Deer has to be taken with one shot." Studiocanal UK has debuted a new trailer for the 40th anniversary 4K re-release of the acclaimed film The Deer Hunter, from writer/director Michael Cimino. Originally released in late 1978/early 1979, the critically acclaimed film went on to win five Oscars including Best Picture. The 3 hour film is a drama about the Vietnam War and the toll it takes on good men. Starring Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Christopher Walken as men from a small town in Pennsylvania who volunteer to serve in Vietnam, unaware of the horrors that await. When they return, PTSD takes it grip as they struggle to get back to normal, damaged from the experience. The film is being re-released in cinemas for one day in the UK, but no word on US showings yet. For now, check out the trailer.
"For Team Israel, it's a chance for the underdog to get a crack at the big dog." We are proud to exclusively debut the official trailer for an award-winning documentary titled Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, made by filmmakers Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. This uplifting, moving, intimate sports documentary tells the inspiring story of a team of nice Jewish baseball players who take on the world. Some of them are actual players from the MLB who join the national team to compete. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament - the World Baseball Classic. The film won Best Documentary at a few Jewish Film Festivals this year, and is ready for release this August. My favorite part about their team is the "Mensch on the Bench" mascot, and the final bit from the end of this trailer. Perfect answer. Watch the full trailer below.
"Why are you here… after all this time? Why now?" Netflix has released the first official trailer for an indie dramedy titled Like Father, the directorial debut of Lauren Miller Rogen, a talented comedian / actress / writer who is also Seth Rogen's wife. The film is about a workaholic woman who, after being dumped at the altar, decides to take her honeymoon cruise with her estranged father who she hasn't seen since she was a kid. Of course, there's funny things that happen but then they realize how similar they are. Kristen Bell stars as Rachel, with Kelsey Grammer as her father, with a cast including Seth Rogen, Brittany Ross, Zach Appelman, Danielle Davenport, Lenny Jacobson, Wynter Kullman, and Brian McCarthy. This looks funny and heartfelt, with a good message I'm sure, I'm curious to watch sometime this summer.