Short Teaser for 80s Throwback Synth-Heavy Action Film 'Night Run'

Night Run Trailer

There's not much to this brief teaser trailer, but we want to feature it anyway in order to put this little film on you radar while they finish it up before release. Night Run is an 80s throwback horror action thriller made by filmmaker Erick Solis, already filmed and heading into post-production now. It was crowdfunded on Indiegogo and they're trying to finish it up and get it ready for release sometime soon. Described as a "supernatural Death Wish" of sorts, this is about a construction worker who resurrects on Halloween night looking for the men that murdered him a year before. The rad synth score in this teaser is by Crockett, and I can't wait to hear more of it. The cast includes Tyler Cole, Jake Hays, Cameron Tagge, and Rebecca Weaver. We'll be keeping an eye on this project and watching out for more updates/trailers as they arrive.

First Trailer for Superpowers Film 'Fast Color' with Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Fast Color Trailer

"Our abilities can't fix things. If something's broken, it stays broken." Liongsate + Codeblack Films have debuted the first official trailer for an indie film titled Fast Color, which premiered to quite a bit of acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival last year. The film is about a young woman who is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Talented actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Ruth, with a small cast including David Strathairn, Saniyya Sidney, Lorraine Toussaint, and Christopher Denham. This received fantastic reviews out of SXSW and looks like a promising little film, lead by a powerful performance from Mbatha-Raw. I'm very much looking forward to catching this, what a tremendous trailer that will get your attention.

Sam Elliott in 'The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot' Trailer

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot Trailer

"I never wanted that. Even if he had it coming… And he did." RLJE Entertainment has debuted the official trailer for an indie film titled The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, which is one of the best titles for a film in the last few years. This character study is not so much an action film or a thriller, but more of a look at the life of Calvin Barr, played by Sam Eillott, indeed the man who killed Hitler and then years later killed Bigfoot (to save the world). The film is not what you're expecting, but is actually impressive in quite a few ways - Elliott's performance is outstanding, and the cinematography/look of everything is very cinematic. The small cast of the film includes Aidan Turner, Ron Livingston, Sean Bridgers. Caitlin FitzGerald, Larry Miller, Ellar Coltrane, and Mark Steger as The Bigfoot. FS is quoted in this trailer from my glowing review at the Sitges Film Festival. I highly recommend this film, it's really worth a watch.

Haley Lu Richardson in Second Trailer for Romance 'Five Feet Apart'

Five Feet Apart Trailer

"Catch his infection and you can kiss new lungs goodbye." CBS Films has released the full-length trailer for a charming romantic drama titled Five Feet Apart, from filmmaker Justin Baldoni. This story is about a young woman with cystic fibrosis, referred to as CF, which is a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and a limited ability to breathe. They're supposed to stay five feet away from other CF patients so they don't get sick. She is stuck in her routine at the hospital which enables her to survive, recording a video blog online to express her feelings. Everything changes when she meets another guy who also has CF, and falls totally in love with him. The very talented Haley Lu Richardson stars, with Cole Sprouse as her beau, plus Claire Forlani, Parminder Nagra, Moises Arias, Gary Weeks, and Kimberly Hebert Gregory. This looks as sweet and as sappy as it all sounds, but should still be a heartening, feel-good watch.

First Trailer for Soderbergh's 'High Flying Bird' Starring André Holland

High Flying Bird Trailer

"This is the match that everyone's been dying to see." Netflix has released the first official trailer for an indie drama titled High Flying Bird, the latest film by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh following his iPhone film Unsane. This is about a sports agent, played by André Holland, who pitches a young, rookie client on an intriguing & controversial business opportunity during a pro basketball lockout. "The outcome raises questions of who owns the game – and who ought to." High Flying Bird features an acclaimed cast that includes Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Duke, plus appearances from NBA athletes Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Donovan Mitchell. This looks damn good! I'm really digging Soderbergh's new super-indie style, there's something fresh and exciting about his films these days. And it looks like a subversive, clever story that flips the tables.

Keanu Reeves is Back in Trailer for 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum'

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Trailer

"And away we go…" Lionsgate/Summit has debuted the first official trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the highly anticipated next sequel in the action franchise starring Keanu Reeves as super-assassin John Wick. As expected, this looks crazy awesome and it's filled with even more energetic, jaw-dropping action scenes - many of which take places on the streets (and inside of Grand Central) of New York City. In addition to Reeves, the main cast includes Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston, Laurence Fishburne, Robin Lord Taylor, Asia Kate Dillon, Randall Duk Kim, and Lance Reddick. This might be better than Chapter 2, seems like it has a bit more edge. Bring on Wick.

Full US Trailer for Stop-Motion 'Captain Morten and the Spider Queen'

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Trailer

"You're no captain, and that's no ship." The Orchard has released the official US trailer for a stop-motion animated film titled Captain Morten and the Spider Queen, which is actually more of a kids fairy tale despite that ominous title. This premiered at the Annecy Film Festival last year, and is getting a direct-to-VOD release in the US in February. The film is about a ten year old boy who is waiting for his sailor father to return home. He accidentally floods a cafe and is magically shrunk down to the size of an insect, where he must find a way to sail his toy boat and outsmart the other insects in order to save the day. Featuring the voices of Michael McElhatton, Ciarán Hinds, Brendan Gleeson, and Susie Power. It's a very goofy film, with some seriously creepy character design. A bit too weird to be enjoyable but might entice a viewers.

The First Word Podcast - Top 10 Movies of 2018, feat. Alicia Malone

The First Word Podcast

What were our favorites from 2018? Tune in now to listen to our latest episode of The First Word podcast, a recap of 2018 and a discussion on our Top 10 Movies of 2018. Our guest for this episode is none other than the wonderful Alicia Malone, who also joined us last year for our Top 10 of 2017 episode. We go around counting down our Top 10 with brief commentary on each of our favorite films. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. We're happy to keep recording and releasing discussions for those who are interested. And we hope this episode gives everyone a chance to revel in the best movies and hear about all of our favorites from the previous year. Listen in below.

Thomas Cocquerel is Errol Flynn in US Trailer for 'In Like Flynn' Film

In Like Flynn Trailer

"The sirens of the sea beckon." Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted the official US trailer for the indie film In Like Flynn, which is getting a surprise release in just a few weeks later this month. In Like Flynn is a biopic that depicts iconic actor Errol Flynn's roust-about early life in Australia, before he became a world famous celebrity. In those days he was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film, based on Flynn's early autobiography "Beam Ends," is inspired by the writers' travels through Australia following in the footsteps of producer Luke Flynn's iconic grandfather. Thomas Cocquerel stars as Errol, with a full cast including Corey Large, Clive Standen, Dan Fogler, William Moseley, Isabel Lucas, David Wenham, David Hennessey, Grace Huang, Costas Mandylor, Callan Mulvey, and Nathalie Kelley. This looks like a good time, although a bit rough around the edges.

First Trailer for City-Based Romance Anthology Film 'Berlin, I Love You'

Berlin, I Love You Trailer

"People come to Berlin to dream, to dance, and to fall in love…" An official trailer has debuted for an indie anthology feature titled Berlin, I Love You, the latest film in the "Cities of Love" series - which began with Paris, Je T'aime in 2006. They've also made New York, I Love You (released in 2008) and Rio, I Love You (aka Rio, Eu Te Amo, released in 2014). The anthology feature is made up of 10 separate, unique segments each made by a different filmmaker, telling stories of romance (and love) in the German city of Berlin. The various casts include some major names such as Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Luke Wilson, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Jenna Dewan, Hayden Panettiere, Emily Beecham, Dianna Agron (who also directed one segment), Diego Luna, Iwan Rheon, and Charlotte Le Bon. This isn't slated to premiere at any film festivals yet, but will still be released sometime this year. Rediscover yourself in Berlin.

Sophie Cookson & Judi Dench in First Trailer for Spy Drama 'Red Joan'

Red Joan Trailer

"I was fighting for the living! I loved my country!" Lionsgate UK has debuted the first official trailer for a modern spy drama titled Red Joan, telling the true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. This premiered at the Toronto and Zurich Film Festivals last year and is opening in the UK this spring, but still doesn't have a US release yet. Judi Dench stars as "Red Joan", who first became a spy as a Cambridge physics student after falling for a young communist. Working at a top-secret nuclear facility during WWII, she realizes it's perhaps better for her to work as a mole in order to hopefully reach peace. That's a very intriguing premise, and I'm curious to see how the film portrays the challenging decisions she had to make. In addition to Dench, the cast stars Sophie Cookson as the younger version of Joan, with Tom Hughes, Stephen Campbell Moore, Kevin Fuller, & Stephen Boxer. Give it a look.

Full US Trailer for Benedikt Erlingsson's Activist Drama 'Woman at War'

Woman at War Trailer

"Now the whole world is watching." Magnolia Pictures has released the full-length official US trailer for an indie action drama titled Woman at War, coming from Iceland (as their Academy Awards submission this year) - following the first teaser a few weeks back. This premiered at Critics Week during the Cannes Film Festival last year, and played at a bunch of other fests since then. The film is about a woman named Halla, who declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland, until a long-forgotten application for adoption is approved, changing everything when she learns there's a girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, along with Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, and Jörundur Ragnarsson. This looks so damn good - addressing contemporary issues in a unique, challenging, provocative way. I'm all in.

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