"I can't stop this feeling… Deep inside of me…" Disney + Marvel Studios have unveiled the first teaser trailer for James Gunn's sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, bringing back the team of heroes to save the universe yet again. This trailer is playing in front of Doctor Strange, and it's now online for everyone to view before catching it in theaters. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, with a cast including Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki, Kurt Russell, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Tommy Flanagan, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close and Pom Klementieff; plus Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. This doesn't show too much yet, as it's labeled a "sneak peek", but there are some really cool shots in it. Plus most important of all - it looks like so much fun! Have at it.
"We could've died out here, and it's your fault!" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for Sophia Takal's Always Shine, a drama about two friends from director Sophia Takal. The film stars Mackenzie Davis & Caitlin FitzGerald as actresses who go on a weekend getaway to Big Sur, but end up getting into fights and heated discussions that lead to even crazier problems. The cast includes Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexander Koch, Jane Adams, Khan Baykal and Colleen Camp. Mackenzie Davis won the Best Actress award for this at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. It looks like a strong drama with a crazy side that appears as it plays out. Another film where Mackenzie Davis proves just how talented she is.
"Every year I worry: 'Am I still fast?'" Universal has released an inspiring official trailer for the sports documentary titled I Am Bolt, profiling the life and legacy of Olympic running champion Usain Bolt. Bolt just won three more medals in Rio this summer, putting his total at nine Gold medals since his first Olympic games in 2008. This documentary includes intimate footage of Bolt's daily life and was filmed on location in Beijing, Rio, London, Germany and Jamaica. This actually looks like a full-on documentary, and not some made-for-TV special, with lots of footage of his personal life and his training. I really want to check this out.
"It was the greatest rivalry in the history of racing…" That sounds gnarly. Chassy Media has debuted a trailer for the racing documentary titled The 24 Hour War, about the rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. Specifically, this focuses on the battle between the two automakers and their race cars that took place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the 1960s. The story goes that, after the rise of Ferrari in the 60s, Henry Ford tried to just buy Ferrari outright since they didn't have much to compete with. Enzo Ferrari eventually said no, and Henry Ford was so upset he responded by building his own cars that could challenge the red Ferraris on the racetrack. This seems like a fun history lesson about the power of rivalries.
"I want to pick my own team, I want my own gear, and I need a jet." Lionsgate has debuted a trailer for a new action movie starring Steven Seagal, and if you've seen any of his other recent work, you know what to expect with this (which means - not much). Contract to Kill stars Seagal as a CIA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. His team includes actors Russell Wong and Jemma Dallender, and they're chasing after Ghassan Bouz as Abdul Raouf. This looks like a very low-rent Mission Impossible-meets-The Expendables, with all the typical cliches you'd expect. Including the "Islamic terrorists are our worst enemy" trope. This looks pretty awful, I'm surprised it's being released in theaters at all. Have a look.
"Your Destiny Is In Your Blood." 20th Century Fox has released a second official trailer for the adaptation of the video game series Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, giving us yet another look at this action movie. Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, who is sent back in time as his ancestor Aguilar. The cast includes Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Callum Turner; plus Ariane Labed. This trailer highlights more of the impressive action in this, but also spends time introducing us to the futuristic framing of the movie - Lynch being involved in this program. Perhaps playing off of the hype for Westworld a bit, maybe? Either way, this looks damn good - I'm excited to see it.
"Whatcha eating?" Janus Films is re-releasing a Japanese film from 1985 titled Tampopo, from director Jûzô Itami, highly acclaimed by critics and foodies as one of the best films about a love for food. Described as a "ramen western", it's about a truck driver who stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. Tampopo is played by Japanese actress Nobuko Miyamoto. The film also has a few vignettes about the relationship of love and food. I only recently fell in love with authentic Japanese ramen after moving to New York and traveling to Japan a few years ago, and now I desperately want to see this. The 4K re-release will play in a few select cinemas (listings here) and I'll definitely be eating ramen after seeing it. For a full guide on ramen in Japan made in partnership with the re-release, click here. Enjoy!
"It is hard to take your eyes off the fire that burns deep under our feet." Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for Werner Herzog's other new documentary this year, titled Into the Inferno, which premiered at the Telluride & Toronto Film Festivals. Into the Inferno is Herzog's investigation into volcanoes, along with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer. They travel the world and explore various cultures and concepts related to volcanoes. It's one of Herzog's best, and is definitely worth seeing, I totally loved it. Not only does he have some jaw-dropping footage, but it's fascinating to follow his tangents and side stories. I wrote in my review that it "examines the act of creation, with vivid imagery and utterly engrossing discussions." Watch below.
"Fine, I can talk. Now let's see if you can listen." DreamWorks Animation has released the first teaser trailer for their next new comedy movie, titled The Boss Baby, from the director of the Madagascar series and Mastermind. Alec Baldwin voices the adorable little baby, seriously called just "Baby" in the film, who is a suit-wearing briefcase-carrying kid that teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Other voices include Miles Bahski, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, and Steve Buscemi. This teaser makes it look like there is quite a bit of tension between the baby and his brother, but it seems like they'll probably end up friends by the end. What do you make of this?
"People are the virus. And we are the cure." Signature Entertainment has debuted an official UK trailer for a very freaky abduction horror thriller titled Rupture, featuring Prometheus star Noomi Rapace as an "ordinary woman" and mother of a boy who is randomly abducted on a highway. She wakes up strapped to an operating table and is forced to undergo a series of terrifying psychological experiments. The film also stars Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, Michael Chiklis, Ari Millen, Lesley Manville, Percy Hynes White and Morgan Kelly. It's made by the same filmmaker who made Secretary over a decade ago. This looks very stylish yet also creepy, almost like Saw with a psychological twist. Horror fans should watch this.
"This case is about exonerating our entire community." There's a brand new film from the director behind Ebert's Life Itself and the classic documentary Hoop Dreams. Steve James' latest documentary is titled Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and it first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is playing at the New York Film Festival next. Abacus is about the Abacus Federal Savings Bank in Chinatown in New York City, which was one of the few banks labeled as "small enough to jail" during the mortgage crisis. They were targeted by the Manhattan District Attorney, despite that all the bigger banks were given free passes and government support. This doc examines how Abacus, a family-run bank, is fighting to stay alive and clear their name. This isn't a full trailer, but it is our first look - this seems to be another unique doc worth seeing.
"If I don't take a photograph, I've made a terrible mistake." Magnolia Pictures has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Harry Benson: Shoot First, about the life and work of famed photographer Harry Benson. He gained notoriety in the 60s when he was assigned to shoot The Beatles during their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. He has since gone on to photograph many famous musicians, politicians, and celebrities, and is still working today at age 86. There have been some superb docs about photographers recently (The Salt of the Earth, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Smash His Camera, Finding Vivian Maier are the best of the bunch) and this looks like yet another fantastic profile of a talented artist. Enjoy.