"I need to know how everything unfolded." Sony Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for the film Searching, from writer/director Aneesh Chaganty, making his feature directorial debut. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival under the title Search, and was one of my favorite films of the festival - I wrote a glowing review of it, which is quoted in this trailer. 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, and he frantically searches through her computer and phone in an attempt to find her. The small cast includes Debra Messing, Michele La, and Joseph Lee. This is the best computer screen film to date, and it shows the potential for truly authentic and meaningful storytelling using this technique. I can't wait for everyone to finally have the chance to see this incredible film. Check out the first trailer below.
"They are in the business of helping people in pain." Wait, what? Nuns who grow weed? Get out of here. Deadline has debuted a trailer for a new documentary that is being shopped at the Cannes market this week. Titled Breaking Habits, the new film from Robert Ryan is a feature documentary about a group of women who started a medical marijuana growing business in California. These are really real nuns, per se, but they operate under the guise of nuns at a convent/farm called "Sisters of the Valley" taking names like "Sister Kate" in order to run their business and safely grow their weed. Of course, she has also "faced a number of challenges over the years including run-ins with the county sheriff and black-market thieves playing a role as well as threats from local drug cartels and the California state Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation." Say no more, I'm already way into this, and I want to see it as soon as I can. This trailer is just about perfect.
"Tell me about the mission - did you see anything unusual?" 20th Century Fox has revealed the first teaser trailer for The Predator, a new take on the Predator sci-fi action franchise, this time directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) - who appeared in the original Predator as the character Hawkins. This is somewhat of a re-imagining, or reboot, focusing on only one predator alien again who comes to Earth and wreaks havoc. The ensemble cast is lead by Jacob Tremblay, who "accidentally triggers" their return to Earth again, along with Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Lochlyn Munro, Thomas Jane, Boyd Holbrook, Jake Busey, Keegan-Michael Key, Niall Matter, Trevante Rhodes (from Moonlight), plus Edward James Olmos. This is our long-awaited first look at any footage from this, and so far it looks damn good - of course. It's only a tease but I'm totally sold already.
"I'm over it Dell, this whole thing - sex, love - I'm out." Netflix has debuted a trailer for a teen comedy titled Alex Strangelove, the latest feature from director Craig Johnson (of The Skeleton Twins and Wilson previously). This quirky sexual awakening story is about a high school senior named Alex Truelove, played by newcomer Daniel Doheny (from Adventures in Public School), who has a "wonderful girlfriend" named Claire. Things get complicated when he meets Elliot, a "handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town", and this "unwittingly sends Alex on a roller-coaster journey of sexual exploration, kicking off a hilarious and moving adventure of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times." The full cast includes Antonio Marziale, William Ragsdale, Joanna Adler, Isabella Amara, Ayden Mayeri, and Madeline Weinstein. This looks fresh and fun, all about the challenges of modern sexuality.
"What is it about dogs that brings us so much joy?" LD Entertainment has debuted the first teaser trailer for a doggie romantic comedy titled Dog Days, a film about how dogs bring us together and connect us with people. Set in Los Angeles, Dog Days is an ensemble feature that follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts. The big ensemble cast includes Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, Finn Wolfhard, Ron Cephas Jones. Plus tons of cute doggies who also deserve to be credited as well. This looks very entertaining, I just hope it's more than a super cheesy comedy, and from this teaser there could be some depth to it. Maybe. Take a look.
"Well, well, well, look at this!" A24 has debuted the first official red band trailer for a wild teenager stoner comedy titled Never Goin' Back, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. I heard great things about this film, but didn't have a chance to catch it myself during the fest. The film has elicited some odd but accurate comparisons to American Honey or Spring Breakers, two other films released by A24 already. Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke. Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone star, and the cast includes Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, and Aristotle Abraham II. This looks hilarious and crazy awesome in all the most wicked, amusing ways possible. Get the bong ready and enjoy.
"What are they?" "The hollow ones… They're watching." Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for a horror film titled The Hollow Child, the feature directorial debut of Jeremy Lutter. Inspired a bit by a folklore tale about children-snatching trolls who secretly hide in the forest, the film is about a foster family that realizes something is wrong with one of them. A troubled foster teen, Samantha, works to expose a dangerous supernatural impostor in her new family and rescue her foster sister. The cast includes Jessica McLeod, Hannah Cheramy, John Emmet Tracy, Jana Mitsoula, Genevieve Buechner, Connor Stanhope, and Johannah Newmarch. This does look like a solid, very eerie forest horror. Watch below.
"I've seen things Pablo, when I was with you…" Universal has debuted an official US trailer for the film Loving Pablo, a romantic thriller (entirely in English) about the Colombian journalist who struck up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. The film premiered at last year's Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and is just hitting US theaters and VOD this summer, if you're curious to check it out. This stars real-life couple Javier Bardem as Pablo Escobar, along with Penélope Cruz as journalist Virginia Vallejo. The film's cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo, and David Valencia. If you're intrigued by Pablo, this isn't the only recent Escobar film - The Infiltrator, Paradise Lost - but this does offer a bit of an interesting angle about their relationship. Might be worth a watch? Check it out below.
"I don't want you waking up 10 years from now wondering what could've happened." The Orchard has revealed an enjoyable second trailer for the indie drama-documentary hybrid American Animals, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Based on an actual true story, this stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson as four young friends who try to pull off a poorly-planned heist stealing expensive art books from a university library. Things don't go as planned, and lessons are learned. The real people they're playing also appear in the film in various scenes and interviews. The cast also features Ann Dowd and Udo Kier. This is a very unique, very slick film the way it mixes the real and the fake elements and makes you think about more than just the heist at hand. It wasn't one of my favorites at Sundance, but if this trailer gets your attention you should definitely put this film on your radar.
"Why are women always so bad at being cool?" Neon has revealed a hilarious new trailer for the action thriller Revenge, from newcomer Coralie Fargeat making her feature directorial debut. This gritty, violent film is about a woman who takes revenge on the men who try to attack her. The trailer actually quotes real men online who left dumb comments about women, and it's kind of crazy, but kind of awesome. This is so bold but I love it. Matilda Lutz stars as Jen, with a cast including Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, and Guillaume Bouchède. Described as a "razor-sharp feminist subversion of the revenge-thriller", that "gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre." I actually really want to see this anyway, just because it looks like a good action film.
"You have a puzzle with a billion pieces, and we've got one piece." Motherboard and Abramorama will be releasing this official science documentary later this month, so there's no better time than now to feature a trailer for The Most Unknown. The "epic" feature documentary is an ambitious look at a side of science never before shown on screen. The film follows scientists around the globe as they explore new fields and visit new places. "Through these scientists' journey — the film begins underneath a mountain and ends on a Monkey Island — The Most Unknown examines what it means to dedicate one's life to questions humanity has yet to find answers for." It's directed by Ian Cheney, with advice from the great Werner Herzog; funded by a grant from Science Sandbox, an initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science. This looks cool, I'm intrigued to see what it shows and learn about all the questions they're trying to answer.
"What happened when you met my mother?" Get ready to dance! Universal has launched the second official US trailer for the highly anticipated musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, following up the hugely successful, beloved original movie from 2012. Told through the music of ABBA, the story is about a woman trying to figure out who her real father is. This is sort of a prequel, telling the story of how the three dads came into Donna's life. Lily James stars in this one, as the younger Donna, Meryl Streep's character from the first. The huge cast stars Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia, Julie Walters, Cher, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies, Naoko Mori, and Hugh Skinner. This looks like so much fun! Really, how could anyone not enjoy this film? Dancing and singing and romance and boats and parties and good times for all.