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"The goal? To relocate humanity to another planet and avoid extinction." Netflix has debuted a new official trailer for the weird sci-fi action film titled The Titan, starring Sam Worthington. Set in the near future, the plot is about a military program to develop superhumans called "Titans" to help us colonize Saturn's moon Titan, but the side effects are deadly. Worthington plays a hot shot Air Force pilot who becomes the first successful Titan creation, but things start to go dangerously awry as time goes on. The full cast includes Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson, Agyness Deyn, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Corey Johnson. This trailer is thankfully better than the first trailer, but this still just looks so frickin' weird, and they don't even show him in his fully finished alien form by the end. I don't even know if I want to watch this? Does anyone?
"No rules this time." New title, new trailer, let's roll. Sony Pictures has debuted the second official trailer for the dark thriller Soldado, the sequel to Sicario, Denis Villeneuve's intense thriller set along the US-Mexico border. The full US title is now Sicario: Day of the Soldado, formerly Sicario 2: Soldado. Emily Blunt is not back, as her story is complete, but Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are in this one. In Soldado, the drug war has escalated as the cartels have shifted to trafficking terrorists across the border. Del Toro seems to take the lead as the point man running the latest intrusion into the cartel scene in hopes of cleaning it up. The cast includes Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Catherine Keener. This is a slick trailer, promising some very intense, brutal action scenes in the cartel world. Fire it up below.
It's here! This trailer will make you tear up, then also remind you how important and wonderful goodness and happiness are. Focus Features has revealed an official trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, made by Oscar-winning doc filmmaker Morgan Neville. This is more than just a profile of the late Fred Rogers, known best as Mr. Rogers - it's a wonderful look at how a man tried to make the world better by figuring out how to speak to kids and teach them the importance of compassion and understanding and helpfulness. This premiered to glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival this year. I wrote about it: "This is the documentary we all need right now. It's a heartwarming, rousing film about how goodness makes an impact in society. It shows us that we can make a difference if we help someone else, if we support them, and believe in them, and remind them that they are perfect just they way they are." You have to see it.
"You never know when someone's going to pop up." And… you're it! Warner Bros has finally debuted an official trailer for the summer comedy movie Tag, based on the true story of a massive game of Tag that a few guys have been playing every year since they were kids. The game is so competitive, so intense, that people will fly all around the country just to not be the one who is "it". Yeah, it's crazy. The movie is about a small group of former classmates who organize the elaborate, annual game. With a rockin' cast: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. As fun as this looks, it is actually going to have anything to say, or just: hey, be as crazy as you can, because why not have fun? Take a look and let us know if you're up for this.
"The death triggers the devil within…" CJ Entertainment from Korea has released a new official US trailer for a Korean thriller titled Seven Years of Night, directed by Choo Chang-min, slated for release in early April in just a few weeks. The dark crime film tells the story of a man plotting a revenge, over a period of seven years, against the son of his daughter's murderer in a hit-and-run accident by a lake. The tagline from the poster is pretty slick - "there's something that never sinks" - which imagines up all kinds of intriguing possibilities, and fits with the emotional story. "The long nightfall of rage and revenge." The cast of Seven Years of Night includes Ryu Seung-ryong, Jang Dong-gun, Song Sae-byuk, Ko Gyoung-pyo, and Jeong Hee Moon. This reminds me a bit of Park Chan-wook's early films, like Oldboy and Mr. Vengeance, which give the characters copious amounts of time to exact just the right kind of cruel, necessary revenge.
"There's one more thing… you can talk to animals." Viva Pictures has debuted a new full-length official US trailer for an animated film titled The Son of Bigfoot, produced by StudioCanal in France, and animated by nWave Pictures in Belgium. The film is aimed towards younger kids and families, and is about a boy who goes "on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot." Surprise! Don't confuse this with the other animated bigfoot movie coming out this year - Smallfoot - which is made by Warner Bros. The voice cast for Son of Bigfoot includes Cinda Adams, Mari Devon, and Kirk Thornton. This really looks really bad, and I always wonder how animation this awful still gets made, because it seems like no one even tried to make a good movie. Oh well.
"I was always inclined to be an ordinary man…" Saban Films has released an official US trailer for an indie thriller titled An Ordinary Man, made by producer / director Brad Silberling. Not to be confused with the Coen Brothers' film An Ordinary Man, which starred Michael Stuhlbarg, this one is new and stars Ben Kingsley. Kingsley plays an infamous war criminal and former general spending his life on the run from international authorities. He is hiding in a new secret location and develops a relationship with the maid, played by Hera Hilmar, but discovers the truth about her and everything changes. The cast includes Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Blythe. This played at a few festivals last year but hasn't made much of an impact.
Here's another outstanding short film, featuring two of the most talented up-and-coming actresses around. Tatiana Maslany (from "Heartland", "Orphan Black", Two Lovers and a Bear, Stronger) plays a woman that has been gone for two years, including a stint in rehab, who returns to "face the emotional fallout of her disappearance and make amends with the girlfriend", and her brother. The cast includes Tattiawna Jones and Sergio DiZio. The short film is inspired by J.D. Salinger's story Franny and Zooey, it's an homage that becomes something of its own that speaks volumes about the trials and tribulations of love in today's world. It's enlivening to see Maslany continue to push herself with even deeper, and more complex performances.
"She's a hard worker. As good as any man." Music Box Films has released the official US trailer for the US release of Xavier Beauvois' new French film The Guardians, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. This indie drama is set during World War I, otherwise known as "The Great War" at the time, and it's about the few local women who are left behind to work on a family farm. Everything gets disrupted when the sons return on leave, and "Francine becomes the center of a familial disturbance." Oh boy. Romance always messing things up. The cast is lead by Nathalie Baye and Iris Bry, and also includes Laura Smet, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud, Mathilde Viseux-Ely, and Xavier Maly. This looks like a very moving, meaningful film about the power of "love, loss, and resilience."
"Well, what if I told you I had a plan? It's the only thing powerful enough to stop what's coming." Magnet Releasing has debuted the first official trailer for a very weird, global-scale indie sci-fi film of sorts titled Higher Power, about a gamma ray that gives a human on Earth some crazy impressive superpowers. This is very hard to describe, you just have to dive into the footage. The official description is fairly vague as well, only explaining that "when the Universe decides what it wants, it's pointless to resist." You'll get a sense of this in the trailer. Starring Ron Eldard as Joe Steadman, who reminds me a lot of a young Jeff Daniels in Dumb & Dumber. The cast includes Jade Tailor, Austin Stowell, Jordan Hinson, Colm Feore, Tom Wright, and Laura Margolis. This actually looks pretty cool, and a bit weird. It's worth a watch, for sure.