The trailer has been playing in theaters for nearly a month now, and with the release of The Purge: Anarchy coming this weekend, Universal Pictures has finally decided to unleash the trailer for their next horror venture Ouija. Inspired by the creepy, supernatural "board game" of the same name, the film follows a group of friends who get caught up in the dark powers of this mystical board, forcing each of them to confront unimaginable horrors. Actually, by the looks of this trailer, the horrors are pretty basic, and don't really offer anything in the vein of a promising story. It just hits every cliche in the book pretty hard. Watch!
Director Lynn Shelton brought her latest film Laggies to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and now the film is hitting theaters this fall. It's pretty standard indie fare with Keira Knightley playing a twentysomething struggling with adulthood, lacking motivation while figuring out the next step of her life. But this one has a great supporting cast with Chloe Grace Moretz turning in another promising performance along with Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). This doesn't look to break new ground, but with this caliber of cast, it really has charm. Watch it!
Following World Cup fever, Brazil is poised to get even more attention, at least internationally, with the romantic anthology Rio, I Love You, inspired by the previous projects Paris, je t'aime and New York, I Love You. As one would expect, two trailers showcase a charming collection of short stories, all set in some gorgeous and interesting locales in the South American setting, and it looks much better than the animated film which shares its title with the city as well. Directors like Fernando Meirelles (City of God), John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) and Jose Padilha (RoboCop) all directed segments, and it looks wonderful.
Following our first look at the new line-up of animated heroes in Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6, the first full trailer has arrived. However, we don't get much of a look at characters we haven't seen yet. Most of the trailer focuses on Hiro Hamada getting interrogated by police after he encounters some bad guy with "microbots" while Baymax tries to fix himself with tape. And then we get to see Hiro upgrading his puffy robot so he can fly, which is pretty cool. We do get a brief encounter with some of the new heroes as they are chased by the villain, but they're not wearing their superhero suits yet. This still looks great though. Watch!
"I need to trust everyone near me, Nick." Ohh this is looking good already. An early promo teaser trailer has debuted for Andrea Di Stefano's Paradise Lost, starring Benicio Del Toro as infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar of Colombia. The story involves a surfer, played by the wide-eyed Josh Hutcherson, visiting his brother in Colombia who discovers that his uncle is actually Escobar. Things get a bit tricky as he falls for a local Colombian girl. This looks like another slimy drug cartel movie that will make for edge-of-your-seat cinematic entertainment, but is there more to it? The teaser is only 30 seconds but gives us a solid first look.
"No one is born evil. But sometimes, when you go through hell, the only way out is to walk deeper into the fire." Hot on the heels of the teaser poster this morning, the first teaser trailer for the adaptation of Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe has arrived. However, since it's a teaser trailer, it keeps Radcliffe's reveal in the lead role under wraps until the last 10 seconds or so. Also, we can't tell if that's Radcliffe doing the voiceover with a flawless American accent or if that's Max Minghella (he's British too). Either way, this certainly looks haunting and gritty, something very different for the Harry Potter franchise superstar. Watch below!
"I'm not gonna forgive you. Only God forgives." Just in case the first trailer for the action thriller called The Prince didn't convince you that this was not going to be a good movie, a second trailer has arrived, showing a little more of the story. Jason Patric plays a former assassin and father who finds his daughter in danger when a rival assassin (Bruce Willis) kidnaps her in order to get back at him for some wrong done in the past. The only interesting aspect of the film is Willis as the bad guy, but he really seems to be phoning this one in. And again, we're not very sure what John Cusack is doing here, but whatever. Watch?
"A soldier without a war is just a man." We're always on the hunt for unique short films that might have something new to offer, and this may be one to take a closer look at. One of the many shorts premiereing at the Film4 FrightFest in London is The Last Man, from up-and-coming filmmaker Gavin Rothery who is making his directing debut after working as visual effects supervisor / concept artist / graphic designer on Duncan Jones' stellar sci-fi Moon. The teaser trailer doesn't reveal that much at all, but does hint at a bleak rain-soaked futuristic world where only one man remains to fight some kind of other-worldly force. Enjoy.
"I wake, I write, I eat, I watch TV." Madman Films has unveiled the first official trailer for the remarkable new documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, profiling Australian singer/songwriter/musician/poet Nick Cave. This doc premiered at Sundance in January and received quite a bit of acclaim for its originality (I've never seen anything like it) and was picked up by Drafthouse Films for release later this fall. An early trailer has arrived online and it gives us all a taste of just how unique, and exciting, and bold, and fascinating this doc (and Nick Cave himself) is. I'm actually really impressed by this trailer, it sells the film nicely, and makes it look like the kind of must-see music doc that will easily attract both fans and non-fans alike. Enjoy.
"Who did it?" Today's indie trailer is for the murder mystery thriller Jamie Marks Is Dead, from writer / director Carter Smith, which first premiered at Sundance 2014 earlier this year. The film stars Cameron Monaghan as a high school student who meets the ghost of a murdered teenager and attempts to help him put together the crime. There are some odd appearances by Liv Tyler and Judy Greer in funky supporting roles, along with Noah Silver as Jamie Marks. While this starts out like a new take on a murder concept like Rian Johnson's Brick, it spins into the ghost territory and seems to turn into too much of a paranormal horror for my own tastes. I'm curious about it, but not sure if it'll be any good. Give this a look for yourself.
Those familiar with Gerard Depardieu might not immediately picture him as a dastardly fiend who messes with the unsavory side of corrupt international banking. But that's exactly what the French actor becomes in Welcome to New York, the latest film from Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Mulberry St.). The film has already debuted in France, and is poised to hit the United Kingdom, so that means we get a trailer from across the pond. However, be careful where you watch it, because the crazy antics of Depardieu make it completely NSFW. It's basically like a foreign version of The Wolf of Wall Street, so there you go.
"Holdin'! Smokin'! Ready! Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown." The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters has been a hot topic all year, and it's getting ready to culminate in the theatrical re-release of the film just in time for Labor Day. And to hype up the limited engagement, Sony Pictures has released a trailer for the return of Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Dan Ayrkoyd), Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) to the big screen. We just wish this trailer was better. Why not just edit it as if it was a movie no one had seen before?
Back when the film premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, we got a teaser trailer for The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds. Now that the film is poised for a release in the United States this fall, a new theatrical trailer for Atom Egoyan's film has arrived, showing off more of the mystery thriller. The story, which also stars Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos, centers around the disappearance of young girl, and the plot thickens when clues begin to surface that she's alive eight years later. The film didn't really get that warm of a reception at Cannes back in May, and the trailer is edited in a rather peculiar way. Watch?
Happy Trails. Fox Searchlight has debuted a lovely trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild, a drama adapted from Cheryl Strayed's book of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman who takes a 1,100-mile solo hike as a way to recover from a loss and rekindle her own life. I had a feeling this might be kind of like Reese Witherspoon's 127 Hours, an adventure about one woman who endures the challenges of mother nature, and learns lots of life lessons along the way. This has somewhat of that feel, but goes to a few different places, thanks to tender filmmaking from Jean-Marc Vallée, who last made Dallas Buyers Club.