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"Instead of looking for the cure, we need to cure inside ourselves." Abramorama has debuted a trailer for a documentary called The Mindfulness Movement which, go figure, is about the "mindfulness movement" currently sweeping the world. From executive producers Jewel and Deepak Chopra, this inspirational doc "examines the growing number of people throughout society who believe mindfulness – a peaceful quality of attention anyone can develop by simply focusing on the present moment in a non-judgmental way – is the key to creating a healthier, happier world. For them, mindfulness is the way for anyone to make more moments matter in their lives." You've probably heard about it, maybe even read some articles about mindfulness, now you can learn more about it. The film profiles four people (including the musician Jewel) who explain their path to mindfulness, and includes moments to practice yourself. A good introductory doc.
"Kids are supposed to make mistakes. That's what the whole point of being a kid is." Hulu has debuted an official trailer for the indie coming-of-age comedy Big Time Adolescence, which originally premiered in-competition at the Sundance Film Festival last year. It received mostly positive reviews, but didn't end up with tons of buzz coming out of the fest. Hulu has dropped a red band trailer, in addition to a regular one, and will be releasing this in a few limited theaters before it's available streaming on Hulu. Griffin Gluck stars as Mo, a shy teenager who "comes of age" under the destructive guidance of his best friend, an aimless college dropout. Co-starring comedian Pete Davidson as his friend Zeke, with Sydney Sweeney, Colson Baker, Emily Arlook, and Jon Cryer. It's a good modern comedy, not the best, but it's pretty damn good.
"The entire ocean has begun moving." GKids has unveiled an official US trailer for the Japanese anime film titled Children of the Sea, which has been playing at a few film festivals last year (after initially opening in Japan in the summer). This is the latest feature made by Japan's Studio 4°C (known for Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ, Mind Game, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, and others), and is directed by Ayumu Watanabe, with a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The story involves a young girl named Ruka who is drawn into a mystery involving sealife around the world, in which two mysterious water-connected boys are involved. Of course, she falls in love with one of them. Starring the voices of Mana Ashida, Hiiro Ishibashi, Seishû Uragami, and Win Morisaki in the original version. It's a funky film, with a few quirky, odd moments, along with the usual cute, fun moments in so many anime films these days. If the visuals catch your eye, you might as well check out this film when it opens in spring.
"You're both in danger, you need to destroy it!" Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Dreamkatcher, which is indeed about a haunted dreamcatcher. Not to be confused with the other dreamcatcher horror (from 2003) titled, of course, Dreamcatcher (this new one has a "k" incase you didn't notice). In order to try and stop his bad dreams, a young boy steals a dreamcatcher from a mysterious neighbor forcing his family to rescue him from a nightmarish entity now chasing him. The film stars Radha Mitchell, Henry Thomas, Jules Willcox, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong as Josh, as well as horror regular Lin Shaye. This is being dropped straight-to-VOD and it definitely looks that bad. Nothing to look at here.
"Follow me! There are even more secrets in this garden." Studiocanal UK revealed the full-length official trailer for a new film adapted from the beloved book titled The Secret Garden. We posted the lovely first teaser last fall, this latest trailer is also quite enthralling. This new take on the classic is directed by Marc Munden (Miranda, The Mark of Cain), and stars Dixie Egerickx (from "Genius", The Little Stranger, & "A Royal Winter") as Mary Lennox. It's about a young British girl born in India who returns to England as an orphan and discovers a magical garden hidden in her uncle's mansion. The book was adapted once before in 1993 into a movie starring Kate Maberly & Maggie Smith. The ensemble cast of this new adaptation includes Colin Firth, Maeve Dermody, Julie Walters, Jemma Powell, Amir Wilson, Sonia Goswami, and Edan Hayhurst. This does seem like a beautiful film, perhaps the dose of positivity we all need right now.
"This house is forever." Vertigo Releasing has debuted the official UK trailer for sci-fi psychological thriller Vivarium, which premiered at the Cannes FIlm Festival last summer. One of my favorite sci-fi creations from the last year. This fantastic "Black Mirror"-esque thriller has been playing on the festival circuit, and is arriving in theaters + on VOD next month. In search of a starter home, a young couple follow a mysterious estate agent to a nice home. There they find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses. Jesse Eisenberg & Imogen Poots star, and it's pretty much just these two most of the film, along with Jonathan Aris, and Senan Jennings as the boy. Go see this! I said in my review that it's "clever and captivating… twisted, minimal sci-fi" done right. I know they need to promote it, but these trailers give away too much. If you love sci-fi as much as I do, just see it without watching any trailers first.
"He's an outsider. He's a maverick." Vision Films is about to release this documentary, called Banksy & The Rise of Outlaw Art, this week - available on VOD. We missed this trailer when it first debuted a few months ago, but happy to catch up with it now. Elio Espana's doc Banksy & The Rise of Outlaw Art is a look at the modern street art / graffiti culture that Banksy elevated. "Banksy, the world's most infamous street artist, whose political art, criminal stunts, and daring invasions outraged the establishment and created a revolutionary new movement while his identity remained shrouded in mystery. [This film] finally reveals Banksy's story, from his roots in a criminal subculture to his rise as the leader of an art revolution." Don't expect Banksy's identity to actually be revealed. Not only was there Banksy's own doc Exit Through the Gift Shop (from 2010), but we also had the Banksy Does New York doc a few years ago, too. Check it out below.
"But is to be killed… an absolute evil?" Shellac has debuted the first official promo trailer for a loquacious historical drama titled Malmkrog, premiering in the "Encounters" section at the Berlin Film Festival this month. Malmkrog, which translates to Manor House, is the latest film from acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Sieranevada) and runs a full 3 hours, 20 minutes (no surprise from an Eastern European filmmaker). The film is made up almost entirely of conversations between guests at a house. A landowner, a politician, a countess, a General and his wife, all gather in a spacious manor and discuss death, war, progress and morality. As the time passes by, the discussion becomes more serious and heated. Starring Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Diana Sakalauskaité, Marina Palii, Ugo Broussot, and István Téglás. If you're into this kind of intellectual cinema, then you don't want to miss this. But I fully understand if you're not that interested in watching these people argue for over three hours.
"We all have our differences, but some of us, they can do things that aren't naturally possible…" Epic Pics has unveiled an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Transference: Escape the Dark, or just Transference for short. Hunted by an unstoppable secret agent, a brother must hide his twin sister and her supernatural abilities in a mental institution so that she does not fall prey to becoming an experiment in a classified government program. This genre mashup seems to be leaning more towards The New Mutants, in terms of superpower horror, than Brightburn. Though it just seems like an odd mix of ideas and cliches, not all of them meshing together that well. Transference stars Jeremy Ninaber, Melissa Joy Boerger, Tony Nash, and Jehan Hashim. This looks instantly forgettable, but it still might intrigue a few viewers.
"I'm not trying to control you, I'm trying to protect you." Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie sci-fi drama titled Only, the second feature film from up-and-coming filmmaker Takashi Doscher (of Still previously). This originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, and arrives in theaters next month. After a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all the women in the world, a couple's relationship is severely tested. They hide out (from both the illness and the savages who hunt the remaining women) in their over-sterilized apartment, until they must venture out into the wilderness once again. Starring Leslie Odom Jr. & Freida Pinto, along with Chandler Riggs, Jayson Warner Smith, Joshua Mikel, Mark Ashworth, and Tia Hendricks. Not an original idea, but perhaps the film is good.
"This choir isn't about singing for ourselves… it's about being heard." Bleecker Street Films has unveiled an official trailer for a "feel-good crowd-pleaser" film titled Military Wives, the latest film from the British director of The Full Monty. Despite the reality TV-sounding name, this is really a heartfelt dramedy about a group of women whose partners are away serving in the military in the Middle East. They come together and form a choir, and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement. The cast is lead by Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, with an ensemble including Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly, Jason Flemyng, and Greg Wise. This doesn't seem so bad! I was ready to write it off, especially with that title, but it actually has quite a bit of inspiration to offer.
"They want to know how you made this dog better." FilmRise has debuted the full trailer for a fascinating documentary titled The Dog Doc, a new doc from producer / filmmaker Cindy Meehl. Called a maverick, a miracle-worker, and a quack, Dr. Marty Goldstein is a pioneer of "integrative veterinary medicine." By holistically treating animals after other vets have given up, Goldstein provides a last hope for pet owners with nothing left to lose. This film introduces us to Dr. Goldstein, and his unconventional methods, which may sound a bit ridiculous but they also may work. "By casting an intimate lens over this unique world, The Dog Doc shows the healing powers of wellness, compassion and hope." And for those concerned, the trailer has a clip where he explains: "Most of the animals have already had third, fourth, and fifth opinions. We are their very last hope." Most pet owners will do anything to keep their pets alive and happy. Looks quite good.