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"The church would rather ignore a miracle than validate a sham." Music Box Films has released an official US trailer for an indie religious drama title The Apparition, which premiered at a few minor film festivals earlier this year. The latest film from French filmmaker Xavier Giannoli (of When I Was a Singer, In the Beginning, Superstar, Marguerite), the story is about a journalist who is sent by the Vatican to investigate a young girl claiming to be visited by the Virgin Mary. "Jacques gradually uncovers the hidden motivations and pressures at work and sees his beliefs system profoundly shaken." Vincent Lindon stars as Jacques, and the cast includes Galatéa Bellugi, Patrick d'Assumçao, Anatole Taubman, Elina Löwensohn, Claude Lévèque, Gérard Dessalles, Bruno Georis, Alicia Hava, as well as Candice Bouchet. Even though the title makes this seem like a horror, it's much more of a religious thriller with some unique twists.
"Next summer - the fear goes deeper." Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has debuted the first teaser trailer for 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, shamelessly riding on the coattails of this year's shark movie The Meg, in theaters this weekend. This was originally supposed to be titled 48 Meters Down, obviously enough, but they got cold feet and have decided to call it 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter - which is an unbelievably lame title for a sequel. The cast hasn't been revealed yet. The film's director says he "would describe it as The Descent underwater," about "six or seven people trapped in the caves in Brazil, an underwater city." With an angry shark, of course. This looks so awfully cheesy, I don't even care to see more.
"It's a gateway - and it leads straight, down, to hell." Sony Pictures UK has debuted the first full UK trailer for a horror comedy titled Slaughterhouse Rulez, the latest from director Crispian Mills (A Fantastic Fear of Everything). The film is also the latest featuring both Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the duo best known from Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy. Slaughterhouse Rulez is about an illustrious British boarding school that becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror. It's going to be bloody. Starring Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen, with Frost and Pegg. This reminds me a bit of Battle Royale, but packed with British humor and rich yuppies instead of crazy Japanese gore. Looks like fun. Prepare to get Slaughtered…
"How do you deal with this? You're never going to be able to un-see what you saw." Uh oh. Briarcliff Ent. has unveiled the first trailer for the new documentary by Michael Moore, titled simply Fahrenheit 11/9, a spin on the title of his Oscar-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 released in 2004. This time Moore digs deep into the American culture to ask two provocative questions about the "Trump era": How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? I'm honestly very curious to see how Moore tackles this, as he has been very vocal on Twitter the last few years, talking about how crazy everything has become. The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival first, then they've already set a late September release date in theaters nationwide for everyone to see this and get riled up. Not much is shown in the trailer, but get ready.
"Why are you so sad?" Screen International has unveiled the first official trailer for László Nemes' new film Sunset and my goodness does it looks incredible. This is the next film from the highly acclaimed Hungarian director of the film Son of Saul, and it's set to premiere at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this fall. Sunset tells the story of a young girl who grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I. Juli Jakab stars as Írisz Leiter, and the cast includes Vlad Ivanov, Susanne Wuest, Björn Freiberg, Levente Molnár, Mónika Balsai, Urs Rechn, Judit Bárdos, and Evelin Dobos. I don't know much about this film yet, but I think it looks extraordinary already, especially because I believe Nemes is a genius (for making Son of Saul). I'll be seeing this in Venice and will have a review up soon after.
"Do you understand how important this is, and how important art is?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., from writer/director Qasim Basir. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it plays out as one-long-take following two people who meet in Los Angeles and go on a "thrilling and emotional journey" together, a bit like Richard Linklater's Before films. On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass played by Omari Hardwick, an L.A. club promoter, randomly meets Frida played by Meagan Good, a Midwestern visitor. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams - while he pushes her to discover hers. This looks so good, I'm a bit sad I missed it at Sundance, but happy I have a chance to catch up with it soon. Take a look below.
"She's going to destroy everything my mother created!" Time to fight back against the evil forces! Disney has revealed a second official trailer for their new live-action take on a classic story - The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Going back to the original story, this one has a darker side (as seen in this trailer) and seems to be a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Chronicles of Narnia. This new movie stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, who gets lost in another realm where she finds gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. The cast includes Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Hart, Ellie Bamber, and Jack Whitehall. This second trailer features even more magical footage and stunning CGI worlds, with some weird twists and super wacky characters. I'm honestly not sure if I'm excited for this or not - there's just too much going on. I am curious about Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston co-directing it.
"I want my moneyyy!!" Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Danger One, directed by filmmaker Tom Oesch (Echo). Described as a "dark comedy/action film", the film follows two paramedics taking a dying man to the hospital, who find a million dollars in cash sewn into his clothing. When the man dies, they decide to keep it, setting them on a path for a hellish night of violence and mayhem. Tom Everett Scott co-stars in this with James Jurdi, as well as Angélica Celaya, Denis O'Hare, Michael O'Neill, Damon Dayoub, and Charles Shaughnessy. This actually looks crazy fun, a wild mix of comedy and action. The trailer ramps up and gets more intense and insane by the end. Have fun.
"For him, your voice is opera." Screen Media Films has debuted the official trailer for an intense romantic drama titled Bel Canto, based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Ann Patchett. Inspired by the events of the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima hostage crisis) of 1996-1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel has received several awards including the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The intimate, tense love story is about a famous soprano, played by Julianne Moore, who gets entangled with a wealthy Japanese industrialist, played by Ken Watanabe. She travels down to the embassy in South America, and falls for him while being held hostage. Also starring Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, and María Mercedes Coroy. Take a look below.
"Your mission, should you choose to accept it." Our latest fun episode of The First Word podcast is a fun discussion about the Mission: Impossible movie series, with an extra focus on Mission: Impossible - Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This long-running series starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt has had its ups and downs, but we all agree that Fallout is an awesome movie that sets an even higher bar for action from now on. Our very special guest for this episode is filmmaker / actor / screenwriter Leigh Whannell, director of this year's sci-fi film Upgrade (here's our interview with Leigh). We get into the entire M:I series and discuss the success/failures of the films. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a film podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. Tune in below to our latest episode.