Star Wars Movie 'Rogue One' Returning to IMAX Theaters This Month

Rogue One

"I Am One With the Force and the Force Is With Me." Good news, Star Wars fans! Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is returning to theaters later this month. Disney has confirmed that they will re-release Rogue One in select IMAX theaters only starting on August 26th, 2022 as part of a promotion for the upcoming steaming series Andor, which brings back many of the classic Rogue One characters (except for Jyn Erso, of course). The IMAX re-release will also include an exclusive look at footage from the new series. Andor will debut streaming on Disney+ starting on September 21st (watch the full trailer) so this the perfect time to relaunch this "one-off" Star Wars movie on IMAX screens to bring more attention to this upcoming series - which looks superb so far. It's a packed month for IMAX debuts - Spielberg's classic E.T. just opened on IMAX screens on August 12th, and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will show on IMAX on August 19th. You must check at your local IMAX to see if they'll be showing Rogue One (or something else).

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 Posted on August 15 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Freaky New 'First Look' Trailer for del Toro's 'Cabinet of Curiosities'

Cabinet of Curiosities First Look

"Each of the episodes has a whole world - they present you with different delights. Some are savory, some are sweet. You get a surprise from each of the bites." Netflix has unveiled a new "first look" teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro's horror anthology series coming to Netflix this October. The full title is Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, based on his own short story. This anthology of sinister stories is told by some of today’s most revered horror creators, including the directors of The Babadook, Splice, Mandy, and more. It features eight unique horror stories that challenge the classical horror genre. In this new teaser trailer, GdT discuses how he wants to say with this series that "the world is world beautiful and horrible – at exactly the same time" allowing various directors total freedom to tell scary stories. They've focused and worked on building practical monsters and making them feel real and scary, which is especially thrilling in a world where everything is most CGI these days. Yeah this looks fantastic!! Every single first look in here is chilling. I'm especially excited for the Panos Cosmatos & Catherine Hardwicke films. What about you?

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 Posted on August 15 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Brad Pitt Peruses a Paris Video Store in 'Vidéo Club' Promo

Brad Pitt -Vidéo Club

Who wouldn't want to stroll around a movie shop with Brad Pitt?! What an amazing get! During his press tour in Europe for the release of Bullet Train, the French YouTube channel "Konbini" was able to get actor Brad Pitt to stop by a video store to film one of their "Vidéo Club" videos. And it turned out great! This is so much fun. Pitt is joined by Bullet Train director David Leitch as they peruse JM Video. He seems a bit stoned, as he gets excited by almost everything they have on display. Pitt chats about how awesome Jackie Chan is, riffs on Klaus Kinski in Fitzcarraldo, praises Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor. He also mentions the inimitable Charlton Heston talking the original Planet of the Apes, which he says is "one of his all-time favorites as a kid." He ends with a little story about how Se7en changed his entire career. I'm also amused by how he refers to the many streaming services as "streamers". Watch the full video below.

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 Posted on August 15 in Comedy, Feat, To Watch | Comments

Ed Skrein & Leo Long in Music Comedy 'I Used to be Famous' Trailer

I Used to be Famous Trailer

"If you have a second shot, then you really have to take it." Netflix has revealed the official trailer for a comedy titled I Used to be Famous, a feature film adaption of director Eddie Sternberg's award-winning 2015 short film of the same name. This heartfelt dramedy follows Vince, played by Ed Skrein, a desperate former popstar who dreams of making a comeback. An impromptu jam session with autistic young drummer Stevie sparks an unexpected friendship between the two misunderstood musicians. Together they form a unique bond through the power of music while helping Stevie achieve his dreams. Leo Long co-stars as Stevie, with a cast including Lorraine Ashbourne, Eleanor Matsuura, Neil Stuke, Jamie Wannell, Stanley Morgan, and Eoin Macken. This looks quite good, with a sweet story about a popstar realizing (hopefully) that friendship is more important than fame and how music can really change lives. Take a look.

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 Posted on August 15 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official US Trailer for 'Baby Assassins' About High School Assassins

Baby Assassins Traielr

"May the syrup be tasty!" Well Go USA is releasing this Japanese action comedy on VOD & DVD starting tomorrow - this trailer dropped a few weeks ago but we're only catching up with it now. Baby Assassins is a hitwoman action comedy from Japan directed by filmmaker Yugo Sakamoto. Chisato and Mahilo are two high school girls who are about to graduate. They also happen to both be highly skilled assassins. When the organization they work for orders them to share a room, the relationship between them turns sour. This "badass new martial arts action-comedy" is directed by Hugo Sakamoto and it stars the inimitable Akari Takaishi, the rising star and Snake Eyes and Rurouni Kenshin franchise stuntwoman Saori Izawa, and the lightning-fast Masanori Mimoto (Enter the Fat Dragon, Yakuza Apocalypse, Hydra)—now available to watch early, exclusively on Hi-YAH! - if you prefer streaming. This definitely looks like fun, but it really does have a direct-to-video vibe about it. Will the action be good at least? It's hard to tell from this trailer.

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 Posted on August 15 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look Trailer for 'The Cowboy & The Samurai' with Jamie Costa

The Cowboy and The Samurai Trailer

"Two Hollywood hellrasiers, stuck in a house… then what happens?" Only one way to find! What do we have here…? A 30-second official trailer has popped up for a film titled The Cowboy and The Samurai, made by the YouTube channel The Lewis Brothers. Is it just a short film or did they make an entire feature? The Lewis Brothers are usually a comedy group making funny videos, but this looks like a full-on dramatic feature. The Cowboy and The Samurai is a fictional feature inspired by the true story of the making of a 1978 comedy titled Goin' South, a western directed by and starring Jack Nicholson. Apparently against his producers wishes he cast John Belushi in a co-starring role and, as the voiceover indicates, two Hollywood bad boys got into all kinds of trouble. Jamie Costa plays Nicholson (though he looks exactly like Robin Williams) and Sandy Danto plays Belushi. There's not much footage, but I'll be damned if I'm not sold on this. It looks like a professional feature and the performances are spot on, at least in this trailer. Get a look.

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 Posted on August 12 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Tickets Trailer for George Miller's 'Three Thousand Years of Longing'

Three Thousand Years of Longing Trailer

"I'm beginning to think I'm in the presence of a trickster." MGM has debuted another new 70-second trailer for the new George Miller movie titled Three Thousand Years of Longing, which will be playing in theaters exclusively at the end of August. This is more of a promo spot announcing that "tickets are on sale" for this epic romance. The movie premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival a few months ago. A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. What she wants is love, but can and should he grant it to her? Along their journey together they explore time and passion and the incredible powers of love. Tilda Swinton co-stars with Idris Elba, with a massive ensemble cast including Aamito Lagum, Burcu Gölgedar, Matteo Bocelli, Kaan Guldur, and Alyla Browne. I really don't think MGM has any idea how to market this - they're seriously overselling it which is going to lead to problems once people watch it. I loved the movie (most critics did not) but it's not as grand or as epic as they're making it out to be. At least it's nice to see George himself appearing in this new trailer.

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 Posted on August 12 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Quick Trailer for Doc 'The Horror Crowd' About the Horror Community

The Horror Crowd Trailer

"The horror crowd helps each other out." Buffalo 8 has revealed an official trailer for documentary The Horror Crowd, another documentary about the film community and how vibrant and exciting it is. After premiering back in 2020 it's finally getting a VOD release this September. Director Ruben Pla assembled an all-star cast of actors and filmmakers to discuss the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as women in horror, race relations, "being the weird kid," and film festivals, as well as the unique community and support that exists within the space. Among the near-40 people who appear are Lin Shaye (Insidious), Director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Resident Evil: Extinction), Producer / Director Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Brea Grant (12 Hour Shift), Director Ernest R. Dickerson ("The Walking Dead"), Director Adam Robitel (Escape Room), Clare Kramer ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Blumhouse’s Director of Development Ryan Turek, Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Director Chelsea Stardust (Satanic Panic), Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise) and others. Check it out below.

Watch: Captivating Short Film Shows Us 'How to Make a Magazine'

How to Make a Magazine

"You have to think about it for days or even weeks beforehand, what you want to print on the paper. The act itself is rather simple." Hometown has debuted a short doc film titled How to Make a Magazine, a companion piece to the latest issue of their magazine called "Hometown Journal." Hometown is a director and DP duo based in Berlin, made up of Jan Eric Hühn & Alex Schuchmann. They've decided to launch a new magazine and this short takes an abstract, artist look at that process. It mixes footage of the German printing press working on getting the magazine ready, as well as footage of photos + pages of the mag, with voiceover from various contributors: photographers, writers, and more. I wish there was more of a focus on the printing process, but this works so well as an entrancing 6-min film it's not worth criticizing. Most of the printing process for a magazine (or book) is automated and uses complex machines, but it's still nice to see them produce something physical, something you can pick up and hold and read through and bring around.

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 Posted on August 11 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Official US Trailer for 'Casablanca Beats' Moroccan Hip Hop Musical

Casablanca Beats Trailer

"Hip-hop IS an art form, ma'am." Kino Lorber has revealed an official US trailer for an indie film from France & Morocco titled Casablanca Beats, which first premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival last year. This received pretty much nothing but negative reviews from everyone who dared to see through it. The film is a Moroccan hip hop musical that rips off School of Rock and sets it in the city of Casablanca instead. Anas, a former rapper, is employed in a cultural centre. Encouraged by their new teacher, the students will try to free themselves from the weight of traditions to live their passion and express themselves through hip hop culture. Starring rapper Anas Basbousi, plus an ensemble of kids: Ismail Adouab, Zineb Boujemaa, Meryem Nekkach, Nouhaila Arif, Abdelilah Basbousi, Mehdi Razzouk, Amina Kannan, Samah Baricou. I saw this in Cannes and was hoping it would be good fun, but it's such a mess of a film with bad performances throughout. Even if the raps are pretty good, that's pretty much all this little film has to offer.

Dazzling Lo-Fi Indie Film 'Strawberry Mansion' Coming to UK Soon

Strawberry Mansion Trailer

"Well, why are they trying to kill me?" "Because of what you know." Bulldog Film in the UK has reposted the official trailer for the indie film Strawberry Mansion, from filmmakers Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney. This first premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was one of my favorite films of the fest that year. This one already opened in February in the US, but since no one saw it back then and no one even mentioned it, I'm posting this trailer anyway because I want to bring more attention to it again. In a future where the government records dreams and taxes them, a dream auditor gets caught up in the dreams of an ageing eccentric… Starring Kentucker Audley and Penny Fuller, along with an kooky cast of characters including Grace Glowicki, Reed Birney, and Linas Phillips. The film is similar to The Science of Sleep (one of my personal all-timers) - featuring strange creations galore, dreamy visuals, weird FX, all with an anti-capitalist edge. It played right to me in every way and I fell for it. Catch this on VOD whenever you can.

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 Posted on August 11 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for 'Mister Limbo' Buddy Film Following Two Wanderers

Mister Limbo Trailer

"How long you said you been out here?" "A while… a long while." Terror Films has revealed an official US trailer for an indie film titled Mister Limbo, from filmmaker Robert G. Putka. This premiered at a few film festivals last year and will be out on VOD to watch in September. Here's one synopsis: A young man in a parachute lands in the middle of a desert. He does not remember who he is or how he got there. As he tries to find his way home, he'll come across several people who also seem to wander through this wasteland. Another synopsis adds that it's: "A warm buddy film at heart - but hopefully also a rumination on existential themes such as regret, cynicism, faith, and empathy." The film is inspired by the director's own breakdown in 2016, which he is still healing from. So he wrote this story, "that I hope is both personal and cathartic as it is reflective and universal." Starring Hugo de Sousa and Vig Norris, with Hugo Armstrong and a few others. It looks like an intriguing film with a very personal story about feeling lost and how to find you way.

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 Posted on August 11 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

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