"I'm not a girl trying to be a star…" A24 has debuted the official trailer for Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, the story of English musician Amy Winehouse who died at age 27 in 2011. This trailer is timed with the film's big premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week, where it's finally unraveling even though they seem to already have quotes galore in the trailer. From the director of Senna (a fantastic doc), Amy presents an inclusive look at the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, including the story of her success and subsequent downfall. Early word is that it's another excellent doc from Kapadia, delving deep into the mind of someone as talented as Winehouse. I'm looking forward to catching this soon; opens in theaters this July.
"Hey, supercop!" Well Go has put out a trailer for the upcoming US release of Police Story: Lockdown, the latest in the Police Story franchise starring Jackie Chan. The film actually played in China back in 2013, and is just now getting a release here in the US, but this isn't the same goofy Jackie Chan we've seen so much of recently. He's as serious as ever in an action-drama where a reunion with his daughter goes bad, and then there's a big battle inside of a club. The cast includes Liu Ye, Jing Tian, Guli Nazha and Zhou Xiao Ou. I can't say this looks like an instant must see, but I'm down to check it out. Give it a look below.
"We've never faced a threat like this before." Sony has debuted the second, full-length trailer for Pixels, the video game action adventure creation starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James and Pac-Man. It also stars Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Sean Bean. After a fun teaser trailer, they finally explain more of the plot in thist railer, introducing each of the vintage arcade players who will take on these video game invaders (this does seem a bit similar to that "Futurama" episode). Pixels does look like it's going to be fun to watch, I'll give it that. I just hope the humor isn't so bad, but you never know. Enjoy!
"Sounds have soul… build them from scratch, find new ones." Warner Bros has debuted the first full trailer for We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as a budding DJ/producer in the Electronic Dance Music (commonly referred to as "EDM") scene in Los Angeles. Don't throw this one out just yet. But I will say… This looks like Hollywood already remade the French house music film Eden (see the trailer for that film here), and turned into something a bit more Hollywood, with more spectacle and sleaze all around. This doesn't look bad, and each has their own quirks, just an interesting observation. The cast includes Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley, Shiloh Fernandez and Jon Bernthal. Give it a spin, turn up the volume.
"He's the pirate all pirates fear - Blackbeard!!" Warner Bros has debuted the second full-length trailer for Joe Wright's Pan, which was initially slated for a summer release but was pushed back until October. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, and he takes one of the main roles, alongside young actor Levi Miller as Peter Pan. We also get to see a bit more of Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook (before he becomes bad), Adeel Akhtar as Mr. Smee, plus Cara Delevingne as a mermaid. There are way more VFX shots in this than the first trailer, but it still feels a bit overly colorful in its design. Other than that, I am actually into this, I can see the whimsical fairy tale idea he's going for and I think it looks fun. Away we go…
The Maze Was Just The Beginning. It's time to go back. Fox has debuted the first trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel from young filmmaker Wes Ball. Following up the impressive Maze Runner movie from last year, Ball has been going much bigger in scale, much more post-apocalyptic epic for this one and we finally get a glimpse at the world. The cast is back along with newcomers including: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor and Patricia Clarkson. I'm really, really looking forward to this! It looks quite good. Enjoy!
"What did you do with the body?" Horror filmmaker Eli Roth is presenting this IFC Midnight release of The Stranger, an indie film from Uruguayan filmmaker Guillermo Amoedo. The horror-thriller story follows a mysterious man who ends up in a small town to find his wife but discovers that it seems to be overtaken by the supernatural, or something like that. The cast includes Cristobal Tapia Montt, Ariel Levy, Nicolas Duran, Lorenza Izzo and Aaron Burns. This wasn't one of the films with lots of buzz at Fantastic Fest where it first premiered last year, but if horror (or thriller) is your jam, you might want to check it out. Beware the blood.
"No one sees the world the same way you do." Wow! Universal has debuted the first trailer for the Steve Jobs movie, directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs, and it's quite something to behold. In fact, if you're been anxiously awaiting this, you might as well hold your breath - it's only about 60 seconds long. Remember, this is the film with the Aaron Sorkin screenplay, supposedly taking place in 3 distinct scenes, one of them being the iPod unveiling which I believe this cheering moment might be from. Fassbender plays Steve Jobs and we get a good look at him. The cast includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston and Jeff Daniels. I'm really, really looking forward to this - great first look so far.
"It's heaven!" Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Darren Aronofsky both present (for US release) the latest film from Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. This not only wins the award for best film title of the year, but it's also one of the most original and visionary creations I've seen, unlike any other cinematic work out there. The film premiered at Venice & TIFF last year (where I saw it) and earned mostly positive reviews, so fans of Andersson have nothing to be worried about. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a movie about "being a human being", exploring abstract ideas and concepts connected to existence. It's an absurdly masterful head trip worth experiencing.
"We're here to rob the bank… Don't be a hero!" Lionsgate has debuted an official US trailer for American Heist, an action-thriller-drama from Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen as brothers with troubled pasts who get dragged into another bank robbery. It's yet another bank robbers need to leave their past but get caught up in one more job kind of movie, complete with the face mask heist and everything. Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Akon also star in the film. It honestly doesn't look that great, yet another bland version of this same old story, but you never know.
Aw hey lil guys! Ready for more of them? Universal has debuted a third trailer for Illumination's Minions spin-off, which still looks surprisingly better than we expected. As we've already seen before, the adventure in this spin-off from Despicable Me focusing on the little yellow minions introduces us to Stuart, Kevin and Bob. This new trailer also introduces us to the main part of the story, and the main villain - Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock, and her husband Herb Overkill, voiced by Jon Hamm. There's more of the story, more footage of their history, and of course Scarlett Overkill. It looks like lots of fun. Enjoy!
"It's moments like this you know you need someone you can count on." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for The Intern, a comedy about a young CEO who takes on an old intern. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro star, with Hathaway playing the CEO and De Niro playing the intern at her company. In addition: Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, Anders Holm and Andrew Rannells pop up here and there, too. As cheesy as this sounds, I actually think it looks pretty good, it's charming. It's not overly snarky about the "old dude doesn't get young modern world" stuff, and it has some sentimentality to it that seems to work well. I saw even more footage at CinemaCon, and I might say don't completely ignore this one. Give it a shot.
Love and Hate Need No Translation. Drafthouse Films has debuted a trailer for their upcoming release of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe - an award-winning, highly-acclaimed, powerful film from Ukraine that is presented entirely in sign language without any subtitles. Wondering what that's like? Or want to get a feel for the very edgy, very dark topics the film covers? Then give this trailer a look, and hopefully you'll take a chance on seeing this film. One of the critic quotes included the trailer comes from friend of the site Raffi Asdourian of The Film Stage, who wrote in his review that "the scope and ambition of the narrative propels it to something more grandiose" and that it's a "groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience". Indeed.
"If I didn't have movies, life would be pretty boring." Magnolia has debuted the official trailer (+ poster) for the documentary The Wolfpack, a Sundance sensation and winner of the Grand Jury Prize earlier this year. The filmmaker, Crystal Moselle, follows six brothers from New York City who are huge movie buffs, recreating scenes in their apartment, but are also kind of kooky because their parents lock them up in their apartment. Yea, you have to see this story to understand, and they make for very interesting subjects that are easy to root for as fellow movie lovers. They make all the props themselves, from things found in their apartment. Unfortunately the filmmaking is a bit weak, but it's a fun story to see otherwise. Check this out.