Normally when a group of college friends head out into the woods for a weekend trip, they encounter dangerous locals, crazed serial killers or haunted houses. But in Extraterrestial, the latest film from the Grave Encounters filmmaking duo known as The Vicious Brothers, it's aliens who have come to Earth and create some terror in a small town. This looks like your typical horror film, but the presence of aliens makes it a little more interesting, and it looks to be a harmless and fun flick. Here's not only a new trailer for the sci-fi horror romp, but also the previous trailer we missed last month, and a couple cool posters.
There's hope of consumer flights to space beginning as early as 2016 with SpaceX breaking ground on a commercial spaceport in Texas recently. But there might be another way for people to head into space if Michael Laine has anything to do with it. Laine has a team for a project called LiftPort, which can most simply be explained as an elevator that could take people to space. While that sounds like something a child could come up, or even something out of Looney Tunes, Laine is deadly serious about the project, and thinks he has all the practical science and plans figured out, now he just needs the awareness, desire and support from the public, and a documentary called Shoot the Moon might just help with that. Watch below now!
"Everything you see has got to be designed and built by hand." This Friday, Laika's adorable stop-motion flick The Boxtrolls finally surfaces in theaters, and the work of all the meticulous and careful hands will brings joy to thousands. A new featurette has surfaced showing off just how big and gorgeous the sets are, and how detailed and well-crafted each and every character and set piece is in the film, no matter how big or small. Stop-motion animation is a long road of hard work, and this featurette shows just a small fraction of what it takes to get a film like The Boxtrolls made, and the best part is the movie is great too. Watch below!
"Amy's the kind of girl who attracts admirers." We're just one week away from finding out if David Fincher's thriller adaptation Gone Girl will be another great film in the director's impressive filmography. There's a lot of buzz around this film, and there's plenty of praise to go around leading up to the film's release. Now four new TV spots have arrived, featuring Ben Affleck fighting to have his side of the story heard as authorities seem convinced that he killed his wife (Rosamund Pike). This looks so damn good, and it just might rival Se7en as one of Fincher's crowning achievements. We'll find out next week. Watch!
Over the summer, before Sylvester Stallone returned to the big screen with his action star goons in The Expendables 3, we got a look at a completely different kind of ensemble movie in the form of Reach Me. The drama looked like Crash 2.0 as it focuses on a motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) which goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) and more to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears. If that sounds cheesy already, wait until you see this melodramatic trailer. Watch?
"I'm a temporal agent. We prevent crime before it takes place." After debuting in Australia last month, the time travel thriller Predestination is poised for release in the United States early next year, and a new international trailer has arrived. The film reteams Ethan Hawke with Daybreakers directing duo Michael & Peter Spierig for a story that sees the actor as a temporal agent, stopping crimes before they even take place. It's a Minority Report set-up but with a little more focus as Hawke keeps trying to pursue a criminal who has evaded him over and over again for years. We haven't heard much buzz for this one since it debuted at SXSW earlier this year, so it might not be that great, especially if it hits early in 2015. Watch below now!
"All this weirdness that I got sucked into tonight woke me up." Where have you been hiding? Universal has finally debuted the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch, not to be confused with the Stretch Armstrong movie, this is about a depressed chauffeur (played by Patrick Wilson) who ends up driving an eccentric billionaire around in a stretch limo to make some extra money. As expected with a Carnahan movie, this is packed with as much absurdity as one can imagine, going all over the place over the course of one night. Looks like fun. And it looks much better than Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. The door is open, so take the ride.
Though awards season is just around the corner, with plenty of hopeful quality movie like Interstellar, Foxcatcher and Gone Girl hitting theaters, the dumping ground of January and February is coming, which means we're getting trailers for those movies too. The Wedding Ringer doesn't really look abysmal, but it certainly doesn't look all that funny in this new trailer. As someone who loves Josh Gad, but doesn't enjoy Kevin Hart, the two stars cancel each other out for me. But I will concede that the joke about the fake groomsmen and The Goonies actually made me laugh out loud, so maybe there's hope for this one. Watch?
"I don't think that most people would want to know the truth..." I don't care what anyone else thinks about the Wachowskis, this looks absolutely amazing in my opinion. Warner Bros has unleashed the third official trailer for the Wachowskis' new sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. They've been teasing the grand space opera adventure all year long, with a few trailers so far including one at Comic-Con. The release was pushed back to February of 2015 but I still can't wait to see this movie - the stylized action, sci-fi worlds and all the footage looks crazy, in a very exciting way. The cast includes Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Redmayne and more. Fire this up & don't blink. Ready for ascension?
"It's like spooning a warm marshmallow." Following an amusing and impressive teaser trailer for the first animated collaboration between Walt Disney Animation and Marvel, a full theatrical trailer for Big Hero 6 has arrived. This time we get a much better idea of the overall story, from Hiro Hamada's seemingly passed brother who created the pudgy medical robot Baymax to our superhero team and the villain they'll be facing. There's some great animation at work here, fun characters, and a promising film that looks like another hit to stack on top of Disney's success from their big musical hit Frozen last year. Watch the trailer below now!
"This isn't about money, this isn't about politics." It's been five years since we've gotten a film from Michael Mann, and that was the somewhat disappointing gangster thriller Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp. But now Mann is back with the contemporary thriller Blackhat, set in the timely and relevant world of cybercrime. Chris Hemsworth leads the film as a brilliant convict brought out of prison to help track down a vicious hacker with seemingly no political or financial agenda, who is just willing to completely cripple the world's banking system. There's pretty some cool shots, and it definitely looks like a Michael Mann film, but I'm not entirely sold on the story just yet. Seems a little too familiar. Watch now!
"Magic is such a universal thing." Who doesn't love a little bit of magic? If you're in the mood for something inspiring, and fun at the same time, check out this short documentary from The Verge about a small town in Michigan called Colon (Google Maps). Dubbed the "Magic Capital of the World", the doc takes a light-hearted look at a lovable town that contains three fabulous home-brewed magic shops/manufacturers, and hosts the annual "Abbott's Magic Get Together", a convention (that reminds me of Fantastic Fest) for magicians, illusionists and entertainers. Never heard of this place? Neither have I, but that's why it's such a memorable introduction. A nice little slice of Americana packed into an entertaining short doc. Have a look.
It's getting close to awards season, but it's safe to say that one film won't be worry about that much, and that's Dumb & Dumber To. It's been 20 years since we've seen Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) on the big screen, and this time they have another big road trip in store, as we've seen in the first trailer for the film. Now a TV spot has arrived, and while it's pretty much a condensed version of the trailer (with added laser light effects in one odd scene), we do get one more amusing joke showing how efficiently Harry and Lloyd take advantage of the public transportation system. Will we like this a lot? Maybe. Watch!
"If it's in a word. Or it's in a look. You can't get rid of..." IFC Midnight has debuted one more full trailer for Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, the Australian horror-thriller that is winning over audiences. The film just played at Fantastic Fest earlier this week, after premiering at Sundance in January. One tweet review from the fest called it: "Powerful. Beautiful/horrifying imagery matched [with] a potent human story." It'll finally be hitting theaters and VOD starting this November, and it's one of the best horror films to catch this year. The trailer does show a lot, as expected, but it's a great setup to intrigue those not yet interested. Everyone should be, it's a fine example of how compelling original horror can be. "It's just a book... it can't hurt you."