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"I'm not giving up on us, Ellie." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an intense romantic thriller titled Fatal Affair, the latest film from filmmaker Peter Sullivan (The Sandman, Jingle Belle, Secret Obsession). The vague plot synopsis for this film sets up the story: Ellie tries to mend her marriage with her husband Marcus after a brief encounter with an old friend, David, only to discover that David is more dangerous and unstable than she'd realized. Nia Long stars, with Omar Epps and Stephen Bishop, and a cast including Aubrey Cleland, Maya Stojan, KJ Smith, and Jason-Shane Scott. This is yet another of these cliche, turns out that nice guy you hooked up with is really a killer, films. Epps looks like he ain't messing around.
"There she is, guys - the most godforsaken castle in all of Mexico." RLJE Films has released a new official US trailer for the indie horror comedy DeadTectives, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Tony West. This first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2018, and it also played at Mexico's Morbido Film Fest, Fantasporto, and the Seattle Film Festival. A team of reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact. Starring Chris Geere, David Newman, José María de Tavira, and Tina Ivlev. Cool concept, but this looks so impressively bad. And why is this trailer so dark? Is the whole film like that? This one looks worth skipping.
"I'm supposed to terrorize the hard! That's my function." RLJE has released the first trailer for The Tax Collector, a crime thriller from gritty filmmaker David Ayer (Harsh Times, End of Watch, Fury, Suicide Squad, Bright). This one is skipping theaters entirely and dropping direct-to-VOD in August this summer. The film follows two "tax collectors" for the crime lord "Wizard", collecting cuts from local gangs. But when Wizard's old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended making them targets, so they must protect their family above all else. Starring Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George Lopez, Steve Louis Villegas, Lana Parrilla, and Shia LaBeouf. Always with masks in every crime film! This doesn't look that bad, certainly more of Ayer's full-on violence and gritty street-scene in LA storytelling. Fire it up.
"Between two friends there can only be one champion." Netflix has debuted a trailer for a documentary film titled The Speed Cubers, marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Sue Kim. The 40-minute short doc is premiering directly on Netflix later in July. The film focuses on two competitors in the world of competitive speedcubing — solving Rubik's cubes and other puzzles as quickly as possible. The two top "speed cubers" are Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, who had reigned as king of the cubers for nearly a decade, and Max Park from California, who originally emerged onto the scene in 2017, beating Zemdegs' 3×3 world record. Discover the special bond — and uncommon competitive spirit — that has connected these two as they battle over Rubik's cubes. This looks really good! An inspiring, uplifting story about two competitors and friends.
"Now it's time to make one last sacrifice." Wild Eye Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for an indie horror titled Parts Unknown, the latest from rural genre filmmaker Richard Chandler. After putting their bodies on the line for countless years, a family of professional wrestlers seek a brand new way to satisfy an impeccable bloodlust - by going on a spree of murder and carnage to satisfy their deal made with a demonic entity from another dimension. William DeCoff, Alexandra Cipolla, and Sarah Michelle star in this extremely low budget, extremely awful-looking, excessively violent horror film. I have to say it - this looks absolutely terrible in every possible way, not only pointless and unnecessary, but just brutal and wrong and shamefully un-amusing. But I guess they didn't make this for me. At least the trailer is totally free to watch.
"Mega is going to help me!" Blue Fox Ent. has released an official US trailer for an indie French animated film titled SamSam, a sci-fi adventure for the whole family. SamSam appears to have it all: his own flying saucer and great family and friends. But the one thing he has yet to attain are actual superpowers. But he's soon about to figure them out – while learning what it really takes to fight monsters and how many ways there are to be a hero. Developed by animation studio Folivari (Ernest & Célestine, The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales), this is adapted from the TV series by the same director who created it. Featuring the voices of Isaac Lobé-Lebel, Lior Chabbat, Jérémy Prévost, Sébastien Desjours, Léopold Vom Dorp, Victoire Pauwels, Léovanie Raud, Simon Brunner, and Françoise Pavy. The US release includes an English dub as well. This looks a bit cheesy but also visually unique, which certainly piques my interest. Check it out.
"Anything from the New World has to match up to the original classics." Samuel Goldwyn has released an official trailer for a wine documentary titled A Seat at the Table, which premiered at the New Zealand Film Festival last year and now arrives on VOD this July. "When Frenchman Daniel Le Brun moved to New Zealand in the 1970s, he decided the wine was 'nothing short of garbage'. Nearly 40 years later, Kiwi vino has gained respect and prestige around the globe; especially Marlborough's sauvignon blanc. A Seat at the Table asks whether Aotearoa wine truly deserves its top table status." For over a century France has reigned supreme over the wine world. Has New Zealand earned a seat at the table? This fascinating and provocative doc film examines the New Zealand wine industry and its recent rise to glory, spending time in both France and New Zealand, and asking experts if it's time to finally admit their wine is worthy of accolades. I want to try some, too! The best part of this trailer is when it cuts between the wine growing locales in each country.
"Being on the field just makes me feel alive. I feel that's where I'm supposed to be." ESPN has unveiled the first trailer for a documentary film called Born to Play, which is initially premiering on TV airing on ESPN coming up this weekend. Directed by Viridiana Lieberman, the film is a love letter to the game, written by people who you never knew played. Until now. Born to Play highlights the badass athletes of the Boston Renegades women's tackle football team. "With heart, hustle, and hope, the Renegades are on the path to redemption after losing in their championship game the previous year. These unpaid athletes put their bodies on the line while maintaining full-time careers that support their lifelong dream." These women just love playing football and won't let anyone or anything get in the way of their game nights. Looks damn good.
"Mother won't like it…" Magnolia has debuted the first official trailer for a horror thriller titled Amulet, marking the feature directorial debut of English actress Romola Garai. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in the Midnight section, and it's also playing at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea coming up this summer. An ex-soldier, living homeless in London, is offered a place to stay at a decaying house inhabited by a young woman and her dying mother. When he starts to fall for her, he cannot ignore his suspicion that something sinister is going on in this decrepit home. The film stars Alec Secareanu and Carla Juri, with Angeliki Papoulia and Imelda Staunton. Are these ladies witches?! Or demons?! Just waiting to devour this man's soul? This is a seriously creepy, gross, very unsettling trailer.
"I don't care what he is. We need to get him under control." Signature Ent. has revealed the first official UK trailer for the action adventure superpowers movie Mortal, the latest from accclaimed Norwegian horror filmmaker André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe). Described as "Chronicle meets X-Men meets Thor," this "origin story" is about a young man, Eric, who discovers he has God-like powers based on ancient Norwegian mythology. Nat Wolff stars along with Iben Akerlie as Christine, a young psychologist trying to figure out what really happened when the authorities go after him. They both end up on the run, and Eric finally figures out who, or what exactly, he really is. The cast includes Priyanka Bose, Arthur Hakalahti, Anna Sedunova, and Per Egil Aske. This looks like Norway is trying (again) to reclaim its mythological heroes (mainly Thor) for its own tourism-as-cinema storytelling. Every shot looks gorgeous! Because Norway is gorgeous! Is anyone really excited about yet another superpowers origin story nowadays?
"Our masculinity shall not be infringed." A24 + Apple have unveiled an official trailer for the documentary film Boys State, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it won the top Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary Competition. The film also won the Lone Star Special Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival. This modern horror film presents a vérité look at the political divide in America by focusing on the kids. From Sundance: "Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up. High-minded ideals collide with low-down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus, and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State—governor." As scary as this debacle is to watch, it's a seriously impressive doc - highly recommend this one.
"You can't remember her… but I can't forget." Oh my this looks wonderful. IFC Films has debuted the first official trailer for Made in Italy, marking the feature directorial debut of English actor James D'Arcy - who wrote and directed this. The film hasn't premiered at any film festivals, but it will be available to watch on all formats (drive-in + VOD) starting in August. Liam Neeson stars in Made in Italy as a London artist who returns to Tuscany, Italy with his estranged son, as played by Micheál Richardson, to sell the house they inherited from his late wife. The film's cast also includes Valeria Bilello, Lindsay Duncan, Marco Quaglial, Gian Marco Tavani, and Helena Antonio. This is much more humorous than expected, but it still looks like it has a great deal of honesty and heart as well. There's a fresh, modern vibe that meshes well with the offbeat comedy. And, my oh my, Tuscany is so beautiful. This looks wonderful, can't wait to watch.