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"He's filming his kills." Gravitas has released an official trailer for GetAWAY, a meta-slasher horror film from filmmaker Blayne Weaver. This first premiered at the deadCENTER Film Festival earlier this year, and arrives on VOD later this month for those interested in watching. Emma Norville stars as young actress Maddie, who lands a small role in the student slasher-flick shooting at a camp on the weekend, unaware it could be her last. A killer's on the loose shooting the grisly murders for his own twisted film. Maddie's the star and the slaughter is REAL! Everyone run! Getaway is described as "a terrifyingly twisting meta-slasher film within a film within a film, that'll keep you guessing until the shocking, horrific conclusion." The film also stars Danielle Carrozza, Kyle Mangold, Franchesca Contreras, Joshua Cody, and Jon Rust. This doesn't look that good, but I always do enjoy meta horror mash ups like this. That axe throw is gnarly.
"The moon is full and we must harness its power." IFC Films has released a new US trailer for the kooky relationship comedy Blithe Spirit, a big screen adaptation of the classic stage play of the same name. This opens first in the UK this month, then in the US in February. An over-the-top spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writers block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years. Described as a "riotous reimagining of Noël Coward's classic comedy, about love that just won't die." The delightfully wacky cast includes Dan Stevens, with Judi Dench as Madame Arcati, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, Emilia Fox, Callie Cooke, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Julian Rhind-Tutt, James Fleet, and Simon Kunz. This seems like a whole boat load of ridiculously goofy ghost fun. The three lead actresses in here look hilarious.
"What is it that you want? Dreams or desires?" "I've put family before my dream… I want both." Vertical Ent. has released the official trailer for an indie drama titled If Not Now, When?, made by two talented actresses jumping into filmmaking co-directing their first feature film. Tamara Bass and Meagan Good both directed the film, from a screenplay by Tamara Bass, and both also star in it as well. Four friends, who met in high school and are bonded by an event, are suddenly forced back together when one of them suffers a crisis. Also starring Meagan Holder, Mekia Cox, Lexi Underwood, and Niles Fitch. "For us, this film represents more than just a chance Black actresses to play lead roles, side by side; it represents a shift in storytelling. If we can break through the barriers of only being seen in a particular light, we believe we have the ability to change the way our stories are told from here on out." That sounds like it is worth a look.
"It seems your Mrs. Murchison has been able to… unlock something in you." Neon has unveiled one final trailer for indie British seaside lesbian romance film Ammonite, the second feature film written & directed by God's Own Country director Francis Lee. The film is now finally available on VOD in addition to select theaters, after initially opening in November. This final trailer is a reminder that it's available to watch at home right now. Set in 1840s England, an acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter named Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, along with Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, and Fiona Shaw. This film originally premiered at TIFF and NYFF this year to mostly warm reviews (here's my own), even though it is a rather cold but charming story of pure love. It's worth a watch.
"We have a secret weapon - teamwork!" Kids these days. Netflix has debuted the full-length official trailer for Robert Rodriguez's new kids movie We Can Be Heroes, launching streaming on Netflix on January 1st to kick off 2021. This is yet another new children's adventure superhero movie that is a sort-of sequel to Rodriguez's beloved hit The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world. Full of action and heart, We Can Be Heroes stars YaYa Gosselin, Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Boyd Holbrook, Christian Slater, Chris McDonald, Adriana Barraza, with Vivien Lyra Blair, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Akira Akbar. This looks fun, and the concept is cool – letting kids take over and save the day. But the rest looks terrible, and of course the CGI looks bad, but that is expected.
"This kid didn't bring any of this on himself… He just needs someone to give him a chance." Open Road Films has released an official trailer for a film titled The Marksman, from filmmaker / producer Robert Lorenz. This is currently set to open in January and this is the first we've ever heard of it so far. The tricky plot is about a struggling rancher in Arizona that lives near the U.S.-Mexico border, who takes in a young Mexican boy on the run from a dangerous drug cartel. They soon come across the border and go after both of them, pitting this lone rancher against heavily armed cartel members. The action-thriller film stars Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Teresa Ruiz, and Juan Pablo Raba as the boy. This actually looks quite good, despite the obvious gimmicky plot, especially with Neeson who is almost always superb. Check it out.
"It's a modern day version of Quixote!" Netflix has debuted one final trailer for David Fincher's new film Mank, now available on Netflix today for everyone to watch. Fincher directed a script originally written by his late father, Jack Fincher, about the writer of Citizen Kane, named Herman J. Mankiewicz. The black & white film follows "Mank's" tumultuous development of Orson Welles' iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane as he races to finish it in record time. The film stars Gary Oldman as Herman J. Mankiewicz, with a stellar cast including Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Rita Alexander, Arliss Howard as Louis B. Mayer, as well as Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tuppence Middleton, Joseph Cross, Jamie McShane, Toby Leonard Moore, Monika Grossman, Charles Dance, and Tom Burke as Orson Welles. Reviews say that it's "quite moving… tight and layered and complex." Enjoy.
"You're still you, Sam." Roadshow Films in Australia has unveiled an official trailer for Penguin Bloom, a cheery drama made by Australian filmmaker Glendyn Ivin. This just recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year, and will be debuting on Netflix in January next month. The story follows a woman whose life changes after an accident while on vacation in Thailand. After returning home and struggling with her pain, the family takes in a stray baby magpie, naming it Penguin. Her recovery begins when she starts to care for the little bird and help it grow as well. The film stars Naomi Watts, along with Andrew Lincoln, Rachel House, and Jacki Weaver. I heard plenty of good things about this from TIFF this year, and I'm looking forward to watching this when it's out soon. Don't miss the uplifting true story of the Bloom Family.
"Dude, so many comments." Whoa. Ever since mobile phones were implemented high quality cameras, the world has begun to respond and change. We can now capture anything and everything (good and bad) as it happens - sometimes unexpectedly. This short film, titled #eyewitness, is one in a series of shorts made by the Amsterdam creative agency Vertov Media and founder / filmmaker Martijn Winkler. Swiped (aka #tagged) is "a seven-part drama series about the influence and unforeseen consequences of smartphones on the lives of several twentysomethings, told from the perspective of their phones." This particular short film is about a young man capturing a car accident which turns out to be an attack. It follows Karim as he deals with the aftermath of recording and uploading the video, including threats from the man perpetrator. This short stars Roy Kaneza and Samer Fahad. All of the shorts were made in The Netherlands and shot in single takes, without any VFX (so they claim), with a camera rigged attached to the phone. A must see short.
"Life is a road straight and narrow - stay on the road, and it will take you safely home. But make a wrong turn, and you will meet the darkness." Lionsgate has finally unveiled an official trailer for a psychological thriller titled Fatale, which is opening in theaters in 15 days. This is the first of any footage we've seen for this film, which was delayed from the summer and is now opening in theaters (whatever ones are open) this December. The film stars Michael Ealy as Derrick, a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a female police detective. Fatale is described as "a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life." Also starring Hilary Swank with Ealy, joined by Mike Colter, Danny Pino, and Tyrin Turner. Be careful, friends. This looks super creepy and more intense than expected - Ealy giving one hell of a dark, angry performance. Check this out.
Remember this day. December 3rd, 2020. For today is the beginning of a new era in Hollywood. Warner Bros announced major, game-changing news: ALL of their big releases in 2021 will be available on HBO Max and in movie theaters on the same day. All of them. Every single one - from Dune to Godzilla vs Kong to The Matrix 4 to The Suicide Squad to Judas and the Black Messiah to Space Jam 2. (However, only in the US because HBO Max is currently only available in the US. International plans not yet confirmed.) This is major news - essentially meaning the era of "theatrical windows" (as they are known) is over. Let me be one of the first to say - good riddance. Theatrical windows were a hindrance, preventing innovation that is necessary in the world we now live in with wifi/streaming available worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic just helped speed up this evolution, and this decision was made to offer all of the movies safely to everyone throughout 2021. You now get to choose how you want to watch – in a movie theater or at home (or both).
"We're now crazy about music." GKids has released an official US trailer for a funky Japanese anime film titled On-Gaku: Our Sound, opening in US theaters in December. It first premiered at a few animation festivals last year, and already opened in Japan in January of this year. The film is about a trio of delinquent schoolkids who form a band. Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, On-Gaku: Our Sound brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the animated film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore. I dig how unconventional & unique this looks, not your typical anime in style or substance, with a dose of "adult" language & themes. Rock on!