"It's no coincidence the targets are shaped like single people, and not couples." The first official trailer has debuted for Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' new film The Lobster. Set in the "dystopian near future", this comedy is an "offbeat dating satire" featuring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, and Ben Whishaw. This earned some rave reviews out of Cannes this year but as always, you have to expect some funky twists and weird choices from Yorgos Lanthimos. Thankfully this is a suitably wacky first tease for Lanthimos' first English-language film, and I like what little glimpses we do get to see.
If you're interested, Paramount has debuted a trailer for Daddy's Home, a comedy starring Will Ferrell as a new step dad married to Linda Cardellini, and Mark Wahlberg as the "real father". The other day while updating our Release Schedule, I noticed this film was listed for Christmas Day, but there's not much talk about it. Well, here is the trailer, and you'll know why there's not much to say. It looks really bad. Plus, I don't know about everyone else, but this Christmas I'm planning to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few more times. If not Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Anyway, if you're curious to see what Daddy's Home is all about - here you go. Featuring Thomas Haden Church, Paul Scheer and Alessandra Ambrosio. Enjoy.
"Rules are important. And without rules, we will become like them." Well Go USA has debuted the official trailer for Partisan, a thriller out of Sundance this year starring Vincent Cassel in one of the lead roles. I actually heard a lot great things about this during the fest from some of my friends, and you can see why with this trailer. Cassel plays a man who raises kids in some kind of colony where he trains them to survive and to kill. The film follows Jeremy Chabriel as Alexander, a boy who begins to think for himself; it also stars Florence Mezzara. This is a hard one to pitch simply in text without inviting you to see footage, but luckily we can do just that. Take a look below, I think a few folks might be very intrigued by this film. Enjoy.
"I want chemo therapy!" Roadside Attractions has debuted a charming trailer for the indie comedy Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore as two life-long inseparable friends entering their 40s. But then there's a twist - one of them gets cancer, but together they keep each other's hopes up. The film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this month and is the latest from director Catherine Hardwicke, who we haven't seen much of since Red Riding Hood a few years ago. But this looks like a story close to the heart. The cast includes Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine & Tyson Ritter. Give it a look.
"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." The Weinstein Co has debuted the official US trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the precursor to Fassbender's Assassin's Creed (also directed by Kurzel), and one of the most talked about films coming out of Cannes this year. Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, in this Shakespeare adaptation also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor and Paddy Considine. There are some really spectacular shots shown in this trailer, from cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, and overall it looks like my kind of Shakespeare movie. Dark, gritty, enthralling, and visceral.
"You're different from most girls. I feel like I needed to ask your permission before I kissed you…" Focus Features has debuted the first official trailer for The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as artist Lili Elbe, and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener. This looks like a very emotional, very powerful follow-up from Tom Hooper, after Les Mis and The King's Speech. The thrilling cast also includes Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Emerald Fennell and Sebastian Koch. The film is being billed as one of the first transgender stories, and it looks magnificent, very deeply influenced by love and connection. This will be hitting the festival circuit soon, so stay tuned for early reviews. People will be talking about this one.
One night can cost you everything. Voltage Pictures has officially released a full-length US trailer for Eli Roth's latest film Knock Knock, a home invasion thriller starring Keanu Reeves. He plays a father whose home is invaded after he invites in two feisty, nasty girls - played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. This first premiered at Sundance this January in the Midnight category, and it looks interesting enough to give it a shot. This is pretty much the same trailer we posted previously, but that one was pulled down, so we're reposting it now for those who want to watch. The film will be in theaters + on VOD in a few months.
"We're fighting simultaneous attacks in the last metropolitan areas." Sony has finally debuted an actual trailer for the sci-fi fan film The 5th Wave, which has been marketed and designed from the start for the fans of the book series. The 5th Wave is the first movie adapted from The 5th Wave series of science fiction books, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a girl in the middle of an alien invasion trying to find her missing brother. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello and Ron Livingston. They're trying to push this as the next big sci-fi alien invasion thriller, but it looks like a cheesy mash-up of Independence Day and Falling Skies, or something like that. Not really my kind of sci-fi. You?
"You turned on the lights and gave their biggest boogeyman a name." Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for Concussion, a very powerful drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a real life neuropathologist who discovered how football-related trauma was becoming a health problem within the sport. They've been quietly holding onto this and positioning it for a strong awards-season push, with Smith giving it his all in the kind of emotionally riveting film that will earn a few nominations. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Eddie Marsan and many others. This is one of my most anticipated movies left to watch this year, the kind of powerful and subversive drama I love seeing.
Join the movement to change the world. Fox Searchlight has debuted another trailer for the documentary He Named Me Malala, profiling the life and activism of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. We've featured one trailer for this previously and it looks like a very inspiring, very moving, heartfelt look at Malala's ambition and her relationship with her father. We expect this film to start getting more and more buzz as it shows up at film festivals this fall, between Telluride and Toronto, before opening in theaters in October. Hopefully this doc will help Malala reach out and inspire even more people all around the world.
Hey - Tower Records! We all remember that place. We also remember they're explosive collapse, all tangled up with the rise of the internet and MP3s. But is that really the real story behind their demise? All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary made by actor Colin Hanks exploring the history of Tower Records, focusing on its founder Russ Solomon. This looks like it's an extensive look inside at the real story, as they have tons of archival footage and lots of interviews. I'm very intrigued to see this. And I'm intrigued to see the discussions in it, like the one Dave Grohl mentions about "I don't understand why it's gone…?" Indeed.
"Change. Or be changed." This is powerful. And maybe it can change everything. Working in tandem with author/journalist Naomi Klein, director Avi Lewis is ready to premiere their documentary This Changes Everything, based on Klein's bestselling book of the same name. It's a searing and alarming look at the environmental disaster we are on the brink of, and it reaches further by connecting with the very people affected by and linked to these realities. Filmed in nine countries on five continents over four years, the doc is executive produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Seth MacFarlane, Danny Glover and Shepard Fairey, and narrated by Klein. This looks like the kind of harrowing, brutally honesty doc that everyone should see. Take a look.
Our adventure is just beginning. Whoa! This is awesome. Fox has debuted an intriguing new promo video for Ridley Scott's The Martian, featuring real-world astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examining and discussing the Ares 3 mission to Mars. With all the footage we've seen it looks like they're trying to make this as realistic as possible, as if this mission was actually taking place. And I love that angle because it really does make this feel more real, and like it's actually possible. This video delves into the ideas about Mars and why we want to go there, and how we're going to get there. It's a very nice primer for this movie.
"There has been an awakening…" Whoa! This isn't a full teaser trailer, but it is a nice new tease with some spine-tingling glimpses of new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm just dropped this onto the new Star Wars Instagram, and it's barely 15 seconds of footage. Finn lights up his lightsaber and Rey takes a glimpse upwards towards the sky with BB-8 in the background. This is very exciting reveal, especially the hint that Finn and Kylo Ren might be going to battle in the forest. Hopefully we'll be seeing more soon and more is on the way. For now, feast your eyes on this quick glimpse of The Force Awakens.