"This war might last longer than me…" Film Movement has debuted a trailer for the indie drama Men Go to Battle, about the story of two brothers during the American Civil War. This is kind of the opposite of Free State of Jones, another Civil War movie due this year, with more of a mumblecore vibe and it even has a darkly comedic side - though that's hard to tell. The cast includes Timothy Morton, Charlotte Arnold, Steve Coulter, Samantha Jacober, Rachel Korine, David Maloney, Emily Cass McDonnell. The film follows two brothers trying to keep their crumbling estate together outside a Kentucky town. Have fun.
"That's how I roll! That's how you roll!" Paramount has released the second trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadow, directed by Dave Green, bringing back all the Turtles and Megan Fox as April O'Neil from the other recent "live-action" TMNT movie. Will Arnett also returns, and the cast includes Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry, Gary Anthony Williams & Stephen Farrelly as Bebop & Rocksteady, with Fred Armisen as Krang. This seems as goofy and absurd as the first one, and feels more like a cartoon turned live-action than anything else, but it looks fun. At least there's some action.
"We all work too damn hard trying to make our kids lives amazing and magical…" STX Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for Bad Moms, the summer comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as "bad moms". The three play overworked, stressed out moms who go crazy being free-spirited, anti-perfect moms - clashing with the head of the PTA. The cast includes Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate. This is the funniest if you are also a mom, but if not, well you'll see. I can assure you none of the jokes made me laugh at all. STX put out a green band and red band trailer, with dirtier jokes in the latter, so if you're curious check this out.
"In an ancient land of ice & snow, traitors with dark desires lurk in the shadows…" Magnolia has debuted a trailer for a Norwegian action movie called The Last King, directed by filmmaker Nils Gaup. The story is about two men that have to protect an illegitimate son born in ancient Norway during a civil war. This actually looks awesome - there's even tons of skiing action, plus swords and bows & arrows, everything else. It's obviously playing at the "Game of Thrones" fans, but also looks like it might be a lot of fun to watch. The cast includes Kristofer Hivju, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Jakob Oftebro, and Thorbjørn Harr. Give it a look.
David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers still working today. He's a master of style and storytelling, with ten excellent films under his belt so far. Video editor Jacob Swinney has put together a new video essay taking a closer look at Fincher's extreme close-ups (he's made videos on Tarantino's "ECUs" and PTA's "ECUs", too). Featuring footage from all ten of Fincher's films, from Alien 3 to Se7en to Fight Club to Zodiac to The Social Network to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Gone Girl, it shows how Fincher uses these close-ups to add extra context to the stories he's telling and the characters he's following. They're sometimes subtle or they can be quite powerful, focusing on a very important detail at the moment. Take a look below.
"Now the fate of this tiny world depends of the courage of a little ladybug." Aside from Pixar's A Bug's Life, we haven't seen that many animated films about bugs, but here's another one. Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an animated adventure about two tribes of ants - black and red - that end up in a war against each other after a box of sugar is discovered. This movie was actually first released in Europe in 2014 and is just now coming out in the UK, which is why there's a new trailer in 2016. It looks as if it's almost entirely dialogue-free, with the ants communicating through noises rather than any language. A male ladybug ends up caught in the middle of the battle, and just might help save the day. This doesn't look so bad, or does it?
If you've seen Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book already, you know it's a wonderful film set in a lush jungle with lovable characters. Aside from Mowgli, played by youngster Neel Sethi, every other character is a CG animal. And here's the craziest part - the film was shot entirely in downtown Los Angeles. How did they pull this off? Lots and lots of blue screen (and CGI). Disney has released a behind-the-scenes featurette showing some of the special sets and other tricks they used to film this movie - it's impressive to see. In addition, SlashFilm has some photos of the making of The Jungle Book with details like that 224 unique animals were created, and the average render time per frame was 19 hours. The magic of Hollywood. Take a look below.
"All this is Andròn - the quest for the contenders." The first trailer has debuted for an interesting sci-fi film called Andròn - The Black Labyrinth, or just Andron. It's about a dark, claustrophobic maze being run by Alec Baldwin, who broadcasts the fights of the various contenders hoping to survive. This seems like some weird mash-up of Cube and The Hunger Games, with a dose of The Maze Runner because of course. The ensemble cast includes Michelle Ryan, Danny Glover, Leo Howard, Gale Harold, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Gaia Scodellaro and Margareth Madè. There are some cool moments in this (the opening looks great) but I'm not sure if it'll be any good, especially with such a low IMDb rating. Fire it up.
"I don't know if I'm on course… My ship isn't telling me." Where did this come from?! Vertical Ent. has released a trailer for a film called Approaching the Unknown, a sci-fi drama about an astronaut on a one-way solo mission to colonize Mars. Mark Strong stars as Captain William D. Stanaforth, and it's great to see Strong in a lead role. The cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Charles Baker, Anders Danielsen Lie and Harry L. Seddon, but this is really a one-man show. There are some crazy cool visuals in this trailer, his spacecraft drifting through weird anomalies in space, but it looks damn good. The line at the end - chills.
"Then let's go somewhere - anywhere in the world, just you and me." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for the new romantic comedy Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. This charming film is about a woman who ends up working as a caregiver for a wheelchair-bound wealthy young man, and decides to show him that life is worth living even if you're disabled. This new trailer runs a full 3 minutes, they're really trying to sell the strong emotions on this one. There are some wonderful moments - that scene where she's sitting in the chair with him during the dance and the camera follows them closely as they circle around is quite lovely. It's easy to sense their chemistry.
"Before we go solve the crime of the century, let's deal with the rotting corpse." Ohh man, I can't wait to see this! Warner Bros has released this totally amazing vintage/retro 70's trailer for The Nice Guys, the new Shane Black action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The trailer is made like it was made in the 70s, with grainy footage and lots of cuts and clips of violent moments from the film, plus some cheesy voiceover. We've seen so much footage for this already that I'm so ready to just see it, but I have to say - the marketing for this movie is perfectly spot on. I love everything about this new trailer, right down to the freeze-frame title and vintage ratings card. Only a few more weeks left to go until this is in theaters.
"I'll tell your husband what you've been up to!" The Weinstein Company has debuted a trailer for the period romance Tulip Fever, based on the book of the same name. Dane DeHaan plays Jan Van Loos, an artist hired to paint a portrait of a married woman and her husband during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. Alicia Vikander plays his love interest, Sophia. The full cast has quite a few major names: Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Dame Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne. This trailer is packed with vintage sets, big beards, elaborate costumes and much more, but I'm not sure the story is really that interesting. Take a look.
"Pretty good setting to bring a girl…" Roadside Attractions has debuted a fantastic trailer for Southside with You, the film from Sundance this year that retells Barack Obama's first date in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers plays Obama, and Tika Sumpter plays Michelle Robinson, and they're perfect together in this - they have chemistry that just works wonders. The film is being compared to Before Sunrise and you'll see why with this trailer - there are many gorgeous shots of them strolling around Chicago, and it has that magical romantic feeling every frame. It's a wonderful film - read my Sundance review. Don't miss this.
"Claim your birthright, Kubo. Give this story a happy ending." Focus Features has unveiled a third and final trailer for Laika's latest stop-motion adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. The more we see from this, the more I have to say - this looks so freakin' awesome, I cannot wait to see it. The story behind Kubo and the entire world they've created for this is amazing. Even the way he uses his guitar to make things happen, and all the crazy cool shots in this, it's all impressive. Art Parkinson voices Kubo, and the full cast includes Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa & George Takei. This is seriously one of my most anticipated movies coming up this year. Enjoy.