First Trailer for J.A. Bayona's Sequel 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer

"Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free…" Universal Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the action-packed blockbuster sequel to 2015's Jurassic World, which is the current reboot of the Jurassic Park sci-fi dinosaur park series. The plot for this one involves the group going back to Isla Nublar to try and save some dinos before a volcano eruption takes out the entire island. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as co-stars, along with "Ian Malcolm" himself, Mr. Jeff Goldblum, plus BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rafe Spall. So this actually looks pretty damn good, better than I was expecting, but it still seems they're overselling it (more dinosaurs, and a volcano, and everything!). I just hope this one is good.

 Posted December 7 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Rosamund Pike & Daniel Brühl in Trailer for Thriller '7 Days In Entebbe'

7 Days In Entebbe Trailer

"We stop at nothing until all the hostages are safe." Focus Features has unveiled the first official trailer for a thriller titled 7 Days In Entebbe (in the UK it's actually titled simply Entebbe), based on the true story of a hijacking of an Air France flight in 1976. The plane was taken over by hijackers when en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, then forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda in an effort to free of dozens of Palestinians jailed in Israel. The film also shows the "most daring rescue mission ever attempted." The cast includes Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet. This is a very impressive trailer, the footage looks great, the 70's music is perfect. And holy crap, is Rosamund Pike playing one of the hijackers?! Crazy cool. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing this now. Take a look.

 Posted December 7 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Charlie Plummer in Official Trailer for Andrew Haigh's 'Lean on Pete'

Lean on Pete Trailer

You can't get anywhere on your own. A24 has revealed the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Lean on Pete, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year and also played in Telluride, Toronto and London. Andrew Haigh is the critically acclaimed filmmaker behind Weekend and 45 Years, and this is his latest touching drama about a lost boy from Oregon. Charlie Plummer stars as Charley, a teen who befriends a race horse named Lean on Pete. The full cast includes Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz, Steve Zahn, Thomas Mann, and Alison Elliott. I saw this in Venice and it's a good film with some solid performances, but it didn't really win me over in any way. It's just a simple story about a lonely, lost, struggling boy who finds some hope in a horse he befriends. It's definitely worth a look.

 Posted December 7 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New 'The Greatest Showman' Featurettes Take Us Behind-the-Scenes

The Greatest Showman Featurettes

"We're always attracted to a story that's aspirational." 20th Century Fox has debuted a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical hitting theaters this holiday season. It tells the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. These featurette videos include a look at the original planning and production, filming, and the process of actually creating and delivering a big screen musical. Even if you're not that excited for The Greatest Showman, it's still cool to get a look at how they made this.

 Posted December 6 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Go Behind-the-Scenes in Preview for 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Behind-the-Scenes

"Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur?" Universal has unveiled a behind-the-scenes video to build up hype for the trailer release this week of the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This continues the story and follows characters introduced in Jurassic World, the current reboot of the Jurassic Park sci-fi dinosaur park series. The plot involves the group going back to Isla Nublar to try and save some dinos before a volcano eruption takes out the entire island. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return again, with a cast including Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rafe Spall. This promo borrows from Star Wars' marketing playbook by giving us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the new movie, along with a glimpse at some footage. Trailer soon.

 Posted December 6 in Featurette, Hype, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full US Trailer for Crazy Fun Chinese Animated Film 'Have A Nice Day'

Have A Nice Day Poster

"Don't be stupid. Think again." Strand Releasing has debuted the official US trailer for a Chinese animated film that is one of the craziest things you'll see all year. Have A Nice Day is a violent, brutal animated film from China, made by writer/director Jian Liu, that can pretty much be described as a Tarantino movie. One description says it's a "whirlwind neo-noir" about a bag containing a million yuan that draws various people from shady backgrounds into a bloody conflict. The voice cast includes Xiao Zhang, Lao Zhao, and Fang Yuanjun. This premiered at Berlinale, where I first saw it, and wrote in my review: "As light entertainment, it's a good film worthy of your time to discover," but "as political commentary, it doesn't have much to say."

 Posted December 6 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Stunning US Trailer for Lynne Ramsay's 'You Were Never Really Here'

You Were Never Really Here Trailer

"They said you were brutal." "I can be…" "I want you to hurt them." Amazon Studios has finally released an official US trailer for Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, her powerful new film starring Joaquin Phoenix that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. We posted an international trailer a few months ago, but this US one is much better. Phoenix stars as Joe, a "brutal and tormented enforcer" who is assigned the job of finding and bringing home a missing girl that has been scooped up by a sex trade ring. Also starring Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Judith Roberts, Alex Manette, and Alessandro Nivola. I caught this in Cannes and totally flipped for it, even going in to see it twice, before writing my glowing review which was quoted in the trailer (it is indeed perfect). You definitely don't want to miss this.

 Posted December 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Trailer for Indie Lo-Fi Discovery 'Everything Beautiful Is Far Away'

Everything Beautiful Is Far Away Trailer

"I'm here to find the great lake of fresh water, and you seem to know a lot about the desert, so…" The Orchard has unveiled an official trailer for an indie gem titled Everything Beautiful Is Far Away, a quirky little lo-fi, sci-fi film about a man and a woman wandering around in a desert. From directors Pete Ohs & Andrea Sisson, this intriguing film is a metaphor for life and relationships, similar (thematically) to Swiss Army Man. I caught this film at the American Film Festival in Poland and it totally won me over (read my full review here). Joseph Cross stars, along with Julia Garner, featuring an appearance by C.S. Lee. It's very hard to describe this film, and even harder to convince anyone to watch it, so hopefully this trailer will get a few of you interested. It's a charming indie discovery that you'll be glad you took the time to enjoy.

 Posted December 6 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

US Trailer for Spain's Oscar Entry Coming-of-Age Film 'Summer 1993'

Summer 1993 Trailer

"Authentic and memorable… with maturity, empathy, and heartfelt emotion." Oscilloscope Labs has just released the first official US trailer for a coming-of-age film titled Summer 1993, which is Spain's official entry into the Best Foreign Language category at the Academy Awards this year. This played at numerous film festivals and will be released in early 2018, after the Oscar nominations are announced. Summer 1993 is a coming-of-age autobiographical drama following a six-year-old girl who moves with her uncle from Barcelona to the countryside, but she finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life. Newcomer Laia Artigas plays Frida, and the film's cast includes Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer. This looks like a very lovely, tender portrait of youth and the challenges of growing up without your parents.

 Posted December 6 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Trailer for Indie Dark Comedy 'Spent' from Director Lisa Mikitarian

Spent Trailer

"It is my lucky day!" An official trailer has debuted for an ultra low budget, indie dark comedy titled Spent, described as Ruthless People meets Fargo in "a tale of greed, love, and most of all…rat poison." A "delicious homage to '40s dark comedy about a wife and son that live it up while their miser-rat of a husband/father lies in a hospital bed--death by brain tumor imminent." His family goes wild spending his money until he experiences a miraculous 4th of July recovery." The film's cast includes Nick Nerangis, Sally Anderson, Darren Barzegar, Erin Harth, Madeline Mikitarian, Sonya Kalian, Connie Lamothe, Janna Livingston, Nataly Martin, Joe Mayes, and Nathan McDonald. This looks extremely goofy and weird.

 Posted December 6 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Indie Musical 'Saturday Church' Set in New York City

Saturday Church Trailer

"You want to join them?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the first official trailer for an indie musical titled Saturday Church, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film is being described as Moonlight meets La La Land (of course these two films are named), but set in New York City. The story follows a 14-year-old boy named Ulysses, struggling with gender identity and religion, who begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process. Broadway up-and-comer Luka Kain stars as vibrant youngster Ulysses, with a cast including Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Mj Rodriguez, Marquis Rodriguez, and Indya Moore. Saturday Church also features songs and music composed and co-written by musician-turned-film composer Nathan Larson. This looks like a triumphant, uplifting, inspiring film from NYC. And this reminds me of the excellent documentary Kiki. Worth a watch.

 Posted December 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Zoey Deutch in First Red Band Teaser for Teen-Angst Dramedy 'Flower'

Flower Trailer

"We're vigilantes - it's our moral obligation." The Orchard has debuted the first red band teaser trailer for an teen-angst dramedy titled Flower, from director Max Winkler (of the film Ceremony). You wouldn't expect a young adult comedy to need a red band trailer, but this gets wicked fast. It's only red bad for the language, nothing else, so don't expect too much with this teaser. Flower stars the awesome Zoey Deutch as a young rebellious teen who decides to act out and band with her two friends to expose the kinky secrets of sexy high-school teacher Will, played by Adam Scott. Things get wacky and weird. The full cast includes Kathryn Hahn, Joey Morgan, Tim Heidecker, Dylan Gelula, Maya Eshet, plus Eric Edelstein. This looks very funky and very angsty, which seems like it may be fun sometimes, but annoying other times.

 Posted December 5 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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