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"There's something moving, I don't know what it is!" Epic Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for the "this summer's biggest horror film" titled Hoax, another new bigfoot horror movie that looks quite gnarly. The film is about an investigative team that travels deep into the wilderness after a group of young campers are viciously murdered and linked to Bigfoot. If they work together they may live to prove the existence of Bigfoot, but what they discover may be more unexpected & dangerous than anything they could've imagined. Scary. The main ensemble cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Brian Thompson, Ben Browder, Cheryl Texiera, Shoshana Bush, Hutch Dano, Matt Reidy, Anthony Ray Parker, Christopher Soren Kelly, Ryan Lee, Max Decker, Brian Landis Folkins, Karen Slack, & Shawn Rickel. This actually looks surprisingly quite epic, like they're trying to pull off making Predator for Bigfoot on an indie budget.
"What is this all about, anyway?" Level 33 Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for an indie film titled Hatchback, a cute romance and road trip film combined - the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Eric H. Sheffield. The film won Best Actor at the Austin Indie Fest, and Best Dramedy Feature at the Culver City Film Festival. The film is about Wyatt, a narcoleptic who gets entwined with a mysterious girl named Fern who lives in an '88 Toyota Tercel hatchback on his block. They end up going to Los Angeles together to try and find her missing father who might still be living there. Co-starring Ericson Just and Larkin Bell, along with Will Gumm, Michelle Gallagher, Myles Cranford, Tommy Senter, Tim O'Leary, Sri Chilukuri, and Michelle Bernard. This looks low-key charming and witty, a nice amusing indie to catch.
"What is going on here?" "That's what I'm trying to figure out." STX Entertainment has released a second trailer for the NYC action thriller 21 Bridges. This trailer debuted at Comic-Con as a surprise, revealed by the Russo Brothers who produced it. The title is a reference to the decision in the movie, during a citywide manhunt, to shut down and block off all 21 bridges that access Manhattan (and all the tunnels and trains). Chadwick Boseman stars as a disgraced detective seeking redemption who gets into the massive manhunt for a cop killer which leads him to discover a massive conspiracy that links his fellow cops to a criminal empire. The big ensemble cast includes Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Keith David, Stephan James, Dale Pavinski, Gary Carr, Victoria Cartagena, and Toby Hemingway. This trailer is leaning heavily on The Dark Knight and TDK Rises, feeling very similar to when they shut down Gotham for those city-wide manhunts. I dig that vibe for this, I just hope the film lives up to the hype of this trailer.
"The love of cinema starts early for some." BFI has released an official UK trailer for the joyful, wonderful, inspiring documentary Varda by Agnès - the final film made by the iconic / the legendary Agnès Varda before she passed away earlier this year. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year to rave reviews (here's my own), and is being released as a 115-minute feature in cinemas - including in the UK starting this weekend in July. An "unpredictable" doc from a fascinating storyteller, Varda by Agnès sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls "cine-writing," traveling from Rue Daguerre in Paris to Los Angeles and Beijing. It's a very charming look back at her entire career, examining many of her films and featuring numerous conversations with her as she discusses her life as an artist and storyteller. I wrote in my review that "it's an utter joy to watch her talk for nearly two hours." Give it a look.
"How can I get treated like this, you know?" HBO has unveiled the official trailer for a documentary titled Unmasking Jihadi John, in full with the subtitle: Anatomy of a Terrorist. The film is the latest directed by award-winning documentarian Anthony Wonke, who also made the behind-the-scenes doc film The Director and the Jedi about Rian Johnson making Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This time he focuses on a very different topic. From BAFTA-winning producer and investigative journalist Richard Kerbaj, Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist examines what propelled British citizen Mohammed Emwazi's journey down a violent path despite US and British authorities being aware of his extremism. It's a damning look at the making of a terrorist and what might've driven him to such extremes. This looks chilling and fascinating.
"There's people out there, they want to kill us!" Cranked Up Films has unveiled an official trailer for a punk rock apocalyptic love story titled Riot Girls, the feature directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic (of "The Box" segment from XX). After all the adults are wiped out from a mysterious disease, the surviving kids split into two groups: the have not Eastsiders vs. the tyrannical Westside Titans. When one of their own is captured by the Titans, it's up to punk rockers and best friends Nat and Scratch to lead the East side teens on a deadly, high-octane mission that will forever alter the future of Potter's Bluff. Madison Iseman and Paloma Kwiatkowski co-star, with a young cast including Alexandre Bourgeois, Ajay Friese, Munro Chambers, Carson MacCormac, and Jenny Raven. This looks gnarly, a spunky mash-up of genres and concepts, might be a big debut to keep an eye on this fall. Two girls. Two gangs. No rules.
"Everyone to the roof!" CJ Entertainment has revealed an official US trailer for the action survival comedy titled Exit, which will be opening in the US just a few weeks after it opens in Sotuh Korea at the end of this month. The big twist in the story is that a toxic gas engulfs the city, causing people to get very sick and die. One man, a lonely yet talented rock climber who hasn't done much with his life after graduating college, will show that his climbing skills aren't for nothing when he has to save his family and friends who are having a party in a tall building. Of course, his old crush is at this party, too. Starring Jo Jung-Suk, Lim Yoon-Ah, Go Doo-Shim, Park In-Hwan, and Kim Ji-Young. This looks extremely cheesy, as awful as Hollywood comedies with sound effects and absurdly bad action sequences. Still might be enjoyable to watch sometime.
"I hunt Terminators. You metal motherf*&ker!" Paramount has launched a badass new behind-the-scenes featurette for Terminator: Dark Fate, the big bad new Terminator movie taking us all the way back to James Cameron's original two movies. This promo is all about showing off how R-rated, intense, and action-packed this movie will be - it's relentless, they keep saying. It's a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but with all kinds of different characters including more Terminators. Linda Hamilton returns as the first Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back again, along with Edward Furlong as the original John Connor. James Cameron is producing and is credited on the story - speaking in this video. The cast includes Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna as another Terminator, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, Alicia Borrachero, Steven Cree, Tábata Cerezo, Brett Azar, & Claudia Trujillo. Lock & load folks. "It's R-rated, it's grim, it's gritty, it's fast, it's intense." I hope this is as good as they're promising us here.
"What if you get killed first?" "At least I get to take a few of them down with me…" Ready for more Cage madness? RLJE Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie action drama titled A Score to Settle, the latest from filmmaker Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy). Nicolas Cage stars in this in another crazy indie role to go with all of his other crazy indie flicks recently. Cage plays an ex-enforcer for a local crime syndicate who has vowed to enact retribution on his mob bosses after 22 years of wrongful imprisonment. The only thing diverting his violent plans is a new found relationship to his beloved son. The full cast includes Benjamin Bratt, Noah Le Gros, Mohamed Karim, Karolina Wydra, & Ian Tracey. I'm not even sure just how much action this will have, but it definitely does look like it has the perfect amount of rage for Cage to rock.
"The end is inevitable Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction…" Surprise! Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Top Gun: Maverick during Comic-Con this week, and it's available for all of us to watch online. And holy shit!! This looks incredible. This footage will definitely take you back to the original Top Gun from 1986, and remind you why fighter jets are so damn cool. There's no actual plot revealed yet, and this trailer doesn't really explain much, but I'm already in anyway. Tom Cruise is back as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and Val Kilmer is also back; with a full cast including Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris. This will definitely tug hard on your nostalgia, and damnit, it totally got me and will get you. I love all the flying shots! Bring it on, Kosinski.
"Touch me!! It's so easy to leave me… all alone with the memory… of my days in the sun!!" Hello! It's here! Universal has debuted the first official trailer for Tom Hooper's big new movie musical Cats, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous Broadway show. A few days ago we featured a behind-the-scenes preview, now we get to see what this is all about and how the CGI cats look playing around on giant sets. And it looks, well, fun? And extravagant and totally ridiculous and very, very cats-y. This fresh new take on Cats stars a huge ensemble cast: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Ray Winstone, Laurent Bourgeois, Laurie Davidson, and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. You just need to see this for yourself and make what you will of it. They definitely look like cats, humanoid CGI dancing cats.
"And on that note - we cue the music." They're back!! Who? Jay and Silent Bob, of course. Kevin Smith has directed a new Jay & Silent Bob movie, continuing their journey from Clerks (in 1994) to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (in 2001) to Clerks II (in 2006) and now to this - Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (in 2019). Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes reprise their roles as Jay and Silent Bob - and this time they return to Hollywood (again) to stop a reboot of the Bluntman and Chronic movie from getting made. The full cast also includes Shannon Elizabeth, Joe Manganiello, Rosario Dawson, Chris Hemsworth, Justin Long, Joey Lauren Adams, Kate Micucci, James Van Der Beek, Craig Robinson, Harley Quinn Smith, Method Man, and Jason Biggs. Ahaha this looks hilarious. As ridiculous as it seems, you have to admit it looks like everyone in this is having fun and doing this for fun, all so that we can have fun watching.