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"I think someone here knows where the Americans are." Signature Entertainment has debuted an official UK trailer for a Chinese drama titled The Hidden Soldier, about an American WWII pilot who survived in rural China. The film has also gone under other international titles including In Harm's Way and The Chinese Widow, but will be released in the UK under that The Hidden Soldier titled. Emile Hirsch stars as Jack, the pilot who survives a crash landing in rural China. A young Chinese woman, played by Liu Yifei (who is starring in the upcoming Mulan movie) takes him in to her home and, of course, falls in love with him while keeping him alive and hidden from the Japanese military. This looks as cliche as it sounds, with all the usual romance and war tropes worked into it. Worth a watch only if you really love wartime romance.
"Listen up fellas! Orders are in - we're moving back to the front." Cinedigm is releasing this new WWII film on VOD next month, so here's the trailer for The Battle of the Bulge: Wunderland. This independently produced WWII film is based on a true events, taking place on Christmas 1944 in Germany. Army Lt. Robert Cappa and his platoon of 2nd Infantry Division soldiers have been ordered to hold a vital road junction against the first stages of an attacking German Army in the epic Battle of the War known as "The Battle of the Bulge." The film stars its writer/director, Steven Luke (or Luke Schuetzle), as Lt. Cappa, plus Tom Berenger, Mikeal Burgin, Aaron Courteau, Casey Sill, Cody Fleury, Adam Simon, Apostolos Gliarmis, and Andrew Stecker. This just doesn't look so good, the quality of the filmmaking is terrible.
"Anyone can fall for scams…" Vertical Entertainment has debuted the official trailer for an indie drama titled Nigerian Prince, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Made by a New York-based Nigerian-American filmmaker, the film tells the story of a Nigerian-American teenager who is sent back to Nigeria indefinitely by his mother. There he joins forces with a dangerous internet scammer in order to figure out how to return to the United States. Antonio J Bell stars as Eze, along with Chinaza Uche, Tina Mba, Bimbo Manuel, Ebbe Bassey, Rita Edward, Craig Stott, Dean Cameron, Omar Maskati, and Russell G. Jones. This looks like it gets extra violent and way more intensely thrilling than it seems at the start. I'm definitely curious about this, looks like a well-made indie film. Take a look below.
"Not because they are easy… but because they are hard!!" Get ready! First Man is landing in theaters soon. Universal has released a third official trailer for Damien Chazelle's First Man, an intimate look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong leading up to his voyage on Apollo 11 and his first steps on the Moon in July of 1969. The film just played to rave reviews at the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals this year (my full review). Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong, and the full cast includes Claire Foy as his wife Janet, with Pablo Schreiber, Kyle Chandler, Ciarán Hinds, Ethan Embry, Jason Clarke, Brian d'Arcy James, Corey Stoll, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, and Lukas Haas. This is pretty much a perfect trailer for First Man, with the JFK speech and everything, but I feel like it's showing a bit too much. I recommend going out to the theater as soon as possible and experiencing this in all its glory.
"You're a mean one…" Universal & Illumination have debuted a third official US trailer for Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, their new animated take on the classic Christmas story about the lovable green grump the Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch. The rest of the voice cast still hasn't been revealed yet, since they don't seem to be in this much. "The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit." The exact same classic Dr. Seuss story as we've seen told many times before, but with some funky Illumination flourishes. I'm still not particularly excited about this beyond Cumberbatch as the Grinch, I just hope it turns out okay. The is the best trailer of all of them so far, which makes me a bit more hopeful. Meet the Green one below.
"An evil like his never stops…" Universal + Cinemex have debuted a short international trailer for the highly anticipated new Halloween movie. This horror sequel brings back Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original 1978 film by John Carpenter as high school student Laurie Strode. Carpenter actually introduces this new trailer alongside of Jamie Lee Curtis, crazy enough. At the helm of this new Halloween movie is filmmaker David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Prince Avalanche, Joe, Stronger), who co-wrote the screenplay with Danny McBride. The cast also includes Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner, Will Patton, Toby Huss, Miles Robbins, Jefferson Hall, Haluk Bilginer, Andi Matichak, with Nick Castle (who also starred in the original 1978 film) as Michael Myers. The early reviews for this film from TIFF were great, so get ready - Michael Myers will be back to haunt cinemas sooner than you know it.
"Come to the neighborhood, if you want to see her… There's something quite special about her…" Screen Media has debuted the official trailer for a light-hearted drama titled Change in the Air, the directorial debut of a filmmaker named Dianne Dreyer, who has worked for nearly 30 years as a script supervisor. When a beguiling woman moves in next door, a quiet neighborhood is awakened, bringing people face to face with their secrets and, ultimately, themselves. There's a peculiar mystical side to this that is uplifting and mysterious. Is she supposed to be God? Rachel Brosnahan (from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") stars, with Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Gerety, Aidan Quinn, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, Satya Bhabha, M. Emmett Walsh, Seth Gilliam, and Michael Potts. This looks charming and whimsical, worth a look.
"Standby to initiate neural imprint. All functions: go." Entertainment Studios has revealed another official trailer for the sci-fi thriller titled Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves as a mad scientists who tries to figure out how to bring back his family after they are killed in a car accident. He eventually tries to clone them but we all know how that turns out. The first trailer for this showed up last fall, almost a year ago, and after an appearance at the New York Comic-Con this film dropped off the schedule. There's still no release date, but it looks like they're planning to finally release it sometime soon. The full cast includes Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, and Nyasha Hatendi. Unfortuantely this doesn't look any better than it did last year, perhaps trying to mix too many concepts in one big movie.
"I keep having these memories… I see flashes, I think I had a life here. But I can't tell if it's real." Marvel Studios + Disney have unveiled the first official trailer for the highly anticipated Captain Marvel movie, starring Brie Larson as the iconic Marvel superhero. Larson plays Carol Danvers, an Air Force fighter pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which includes Blockbuster!). The film stars Gemma Chan, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening, Colin Ford, Lashana Lynch, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. This is a good ole fashioned teaser, with some epic footage along with a re-introduction of Fury. So far so good!! I really enjoyed this teaser, bring it.
"It's amazing you two are still going strong. Still using the same old material." Entertainment One UK has unveiled the first official trailer for Stan & Ollie, a movie about two movie legends - Laurel and Hardy. This comedy stars Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy as they tour around the UK in what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. They struggle to maintain their friendship after so many years, but find joy again in performing for audiences, solidifying their timeless legacy. The full cast includes Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston, Stephanie Hyam, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane, and Joseph Balderrama. This looks stupendous! It's not really a biopic (thankfully) nor is it about their time in Hollywood, it seems to be about two good friends who love making people laugh. Enjoy.