"You never done nothin' but hold me back, afraid I was gunna be better than you." Paramount has revealed a second trailer for the film Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. This is one of the big awards films getting lots of good buzz. Washington starred in the Broadway version of the play, along with Viola Davis, and the two return for this cinematic version of this powerful story of a family in the 50s dealing with racial prejudice and poverty. Also stars Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, Stephen Henderson and Jovan Adepo. This looks like an emotionally strong, inspiring film with some of the best performances of the year.
"I totally thought you were dead." He's back! The first teaser trailer has debuted for the sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers, bringing back Seann William Scott as hockey "goon" Doug Glatt. The sequel picks up where the first one left off, with Glatt back in the game because he just couldn't give it up. Jay Baruchel also returns, and makes his directorial debut behind the lens, too. The full cast includes Elisha Cuthbert, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Wyatt Russell, Marc-André Grondin, Jason Jones and Kim Coates. This looks like a fun follow-up to the original Goon, which has quickly become a cult classic sports comedy. There seems to be plenty of on-ice violence and off-ice humor in this, and I'm glad to see Schreiber is back.
"Now I have only one desire left - to see you King." Rialto Pictures has revealed a captivating trailer for the brand new 4K restoration re-release of the classic historical drama The Lion in Winter, which won three Academy Awards back in 1969. Katharine Hepburn (who won Best Actress for this) stars as Eleanor of Aquitaine, along with Peter O'Toole (who was also nominated but didn't win) as King Henry II - they play husband and wife. The ensemble cast also includes a young Anthony Hopkins, a young Timothy Dalton, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Jane Merrow and Nigel Stock. This is perfectly timed for a holiday season re-release, as the film takes place during a Christmas Court in the 12th Century. This trailer also features some of John Barry's Oscar-winning score. If you're never seen the film, no better time than now to catch it.
"You're an addict. So be addicted. Just be addicted to something else." Sony has debuted another new, full international trailer for Danny Boyle's T2: Trainspotting 2, arriving in theaters in the US next March. Believe it or not, this is Danny Boyle's first sequel - has hasn't ever made a sequel for any of his other movies (yet). This new trailer opens and closes with the same footage from the other full trailer, but there's a bunch of new scenes in the middle and some different editing choices and plot details. The four old friends are all back: Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud, Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, and Robert Carlyle as Begbie. The cast also includes Kelly Macdonald, author Irvine Welsh, Simon Weir and Karl Argue. This looks like it will be worth the wait after all these years. Looking forward to seeing it soon.
"There's something they didn't tell us…" Sony has unveiled a new 60-second TV trailer for the sci-fi thriller Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two space travelers stuck on an interstellar spaceship. With about a month to go until release, Sony is finally ramping up their marketing and pushing out tons of TV spots (one is included below) as well as marketing material for this movie. It's finally looking pretty damn good, and this new footage shows even more scenes form the movie (that involve lots of VFX). The first trailer looked great, and I'm still very excited to see this movie. They don't seem to be deviating too far of course (from the script) and everything looks polished. Bring on more epic space travel sci-fi! Dive in.
"The moment you set foot in that country, you step into high danger." Paramount has finally unveiled the first official trailer for Martin Scorsese's new film, titled Silence, adapted from Shûsaku Endô's novel of the same name. The story follows two Jesuit priests, played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, who travel to Japan in the 17th century only to discover that the Japanese have outlawed Christianity. Liam Neeson and Ciarán Hinds also play two other priests, with a Japanese cast including Tadanobu Asano, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Issei Ogata and Yoshi Oida. Word is this is one of Scorsese's longest films, but it looks like it's going to be entrancing and harrowing to watch. As expected, this trailer is full of some fantastic footage from Scorsese, and the intense score only adds to it. Can't wait to see this film.
"You are witnessing history today." XLrator Media has debuted a trailer for an indie action movie titled Kill Ratio, which looks like another formulaic action flick. The plot involves an American covert operative who becomes the one man who can save an entire country when a "ruthless military leader" attempts a coup. Tom Hopper (from "Black Sails", "Merlin" and Knights of Badassdom) stars, with Lacy Moore, Amy Huberman, Nick Dunning, Conor Hegarty, Brian McGuinness and Michelle Lehane. This looks particularly cheesy, especially considering it's another action movie that takes place inside of one building. The sword fight at the end nearly made me roll my eyes. I'm not expecting much from this, but who knows.
"This is madness!" "No it's not!" Electric Entertainment has unveiled a trailer for an indie titled The Book of Love, formerly known as The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea when it first premiered. The story is about an introverted architect name Henry, played by Jason Sudeikis, who befriends a homeless teen and helps her build a boat. That sounds a bit weird, but obviously it's a quirky little indie drama about supporting the (crazy) dreams of others. Maisie Williams stars in this, with Jessica Biel, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Orlando Jones and Joshua Mikel. This seems to be inspired a bit by the Kon-Tiki story, and it also reminds me of the real story of a girl who sailed around the world - as seen in Maidentrip. Check it out.
Disney has revealed a short trailer for their latest animated short film, Inner Workings, which is playing in front of Moana - the Disney Animation musical in theaters this week. This film is the directorial debut of a story artist at Disney named Leo Matsuda, and it's an amusing and thoughtful look at life. Similar to Pixar's Inside Out, it turns various internal organs into characters that control a person. The short also plays with this wonderful idea that there's more to life than doing the same mundane work as everyone else, and that we need to let loose and trust our heart. This is one of the better shorts that Disney has made recently. Moana is worth seeing anyway, so head to your local theater and watch two great films for the price of one.
An official US trailer has debuted for a film titled Old Stone, the feature directorial debut of Johnny Ma. If you follow international news, you may remember hearing news stories about how drivers in China will go back and kill people if they accidentally hit them. It's because the laws over there make it easier for the accused to get away if the person is dead, rather than just injured. Old Stone seems to be the first film made that examines one of these incidents. It's described as an intense "psychological thriller" about a taxi driver battling bureaucracy and legal manipulation in China. This premiered at TIFF and Berlin to mostly positive reviews, and it looks like it'll leave your head spinning. Starring Chen Gang, Nai An & Wang Hongwei.
How does this looks so awesome?! Another trailer has debuted for Russian alien arrival movie Attraction, or Prityazhenie, about a giant craft that crash lands in Russia. We featured two original trailers for this a few months ago, and this new trailer has even more footage of the alien creatures and their spacecraft. The film stars Oleg Menshikov, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov and Irina Starshenbaum. It's made by the same guy who made Stalingrad and will be presented in IMAX 3D (at least in Russia) when it opens. The action really ramps up near the end, and it actually looks impressive. The VFX are better than most Hollywood movies, and the whole thing has an epic feeling to it. I'm excited to see this! Might be good.
"From this moment everything will change…" Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Pixar's Cars 3, which is playing in front of Disney's Moana opening in theaters this week. Cars 3 is the latest sequel in the Cars series, which is extremely popular with kids, but generally disliked by adults. The racecar Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, is back again and this time he must prove he's still relevant when a "new generation of blazing-fast racers" threatens to push him out. I had heard this teaser trailer might be different, and it definitely is. Don't skip this without giving it a watch, as you might be more interested than you're expecting to be. It almost feels like this is a teaser trailer for a new Christopher Nolan movie. I dig it.