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"You don't have to be scared of mommy." In a near future New York City, Black Vampires walk amongst us. Suicide by Sunlight is an impressive short film made by up-and-coming filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu, and it originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival last year. It's finally online to watch in full - all 17 minutes of it and it's worth just a bit of your time to view. Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is introduced to her estranged twin daughters. This stars Natalie Paul as Valentina, with a cast including Teren Carter, Motell Gyn Foster, Ellie Foumbi, and Souleymane Sy Savane. The filmmaker has been earning tons of buzz for years for her shorts, and this yet again proves that she has a knack for fresh, vibrant storytelling.
"She only knows what the demon allows her to see!" Kaleidoscope Entertainment + Lionsgate have released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Dawn, which is headed straight-to-DVD this month for anyone who likes watching this kind of supernatural horror. Following the murder of her family at the hands of her father in the wake of World War I, a young woman is sent to live in a convent up in the North East. However, the demons that plagued her father follow her, reawakening the nightmares of her past. Starring Devanny Pinn (also seen in Lilith, Crossbreed, Hollow Point) as Rose, with a cast including Stacey Dash, Ryan Kiser, David Goryl, Heather Wynters, Teilor Grubbs, Jonathan Bennett, Julie Rose, and Andrew E. Wheeler. It mostly seems like yet another cliche religious horror story, but damn this trailer has some extra creepy imagery - that long black hand, all the screaming, freaky nuns galore, and a bit more.
"Why us? It's not our job." Studiocanal France has unveiled the first trailer for a new film titled Police, also going under the title Night Shift, the latest from French filmmaker Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Gemma Bovery, The Innocents). This just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this week, and is opening in France in April, but still has no other dates set yet. Virginie, Erik, and Aristide are police officers in Paris. All three try to keep their personal & emotional lives together while dealing with daily incidents of violence in homes and on the streets. One night, they are given an unusual mission: drive a migrant to the airport for unspecified reasons. Along the way to the airport they make an unexpected decision. Starring Omar Sy, Virginie Efira, Grégory Gadebois, and Payman Maadi. An intriguing French drama to watch out for.
"I don't care if it's natural or not. This is a movie." Film Movement has debuted the official US trailer for Nina Wu, made in Taiwan by a Myanmar-born filmmaker. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival last year. After toiling for years in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu (played by Ke-Xi Wu, who also co-wrote the script based on her own personal experiences) finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. The part, which calls for nudity and explicit sex scenes, is made all the more challenging thanks to the director's unending belittlements. Can Nina fight against the odds in life and stand undefeated? Or is it just real life that no one can escape from endless hardships? The mesmerizing, stylized thriller is reminiscent of Mulholland Drive and Black Swan lead by an incredible lead performance. Also stars Vivian Sung, Yu-Chiao Hsia, Li-Ang Chang, & Ming-shuai Shih. Take a look.
"What are you going to do with me, huh? You gunna keep me down here forever?!" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for a strange, dark thriller called I Hate the Man in My Basement, which is quite an attention-getting title. This will be available on VOD in a few weeks, skipping theaters entirely. This dark comedy film stars Chris Marquette and Manny Montana, and it's about a grieving widower who struggles to appear normal while living with a secret in his basement. Who exactly is this guy he's keeping down there and why does he hate him so much? Also starring Nora-Jane Noone and Mary Birdsong. Looks especially peculiar and not that comedic, maybe there's more than we're getting to see in this trailer.
"Grace – you are the song. You should not be buried under all this flashy garbage." Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for the movie The High Note, set in the "dazzling world" of the Los Angeles music scene. Tracee Ellis Ross stars as a singing "superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights." She crosses paths with her overworked personal assistant, played by Dakota Johnson. When her manager presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever. The film also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, with an appearance by Diplo. This looks like an electrifying, stylish adventure through the music scene, with lots of good-looking people trying to make the best music they can.
"Scotland is clutched in the grip of a mighty hand… Now, we'll set her free!" Screen Media Films has just released another official US trailer for the Scottish historical action drama Robert the Bruce, made by Australian director Richard Gray (of Mine Games, Blinder, The Lookalike, Broken Ghost). Robert the Bruce is a hard-hitting historical epic covering the turbulent time after William Wallace's victories depicted in Braveheart. This originally premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last year - which is when we featured the first UK trailer. Angus Macfadyen stars (playing the same role he played in Braveheart), joined by a big cast with Jared Harris, Zach McGowan, Daniel Portman, Emma Kenney, Melora Walters, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Patrick Fugit, Gabriel Bateman, and Kevin McNally. The film also features original music from Scottish national treasure Lulu. This looks like it might be good, or might very boring, and they're definitely playing off of "Game of Thrones" being over. Check it out below.
"It's all so confusing…!" Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie ensemble comedy titled Almost Love, a film about romance in the smartphone era. Also known as Sell By, which is the title the film is using for the UK release. This originally premiered at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival, and also played at numerous LGBTQ festivals including Outfest, Out on Film Festival, and a few others. Adam and Marklin's 5-year relationship has gone from a passionate flame to a simmer, forcing them to reconcile with each other's shortcomings while their friends endlessly search for/deal with love in New York City. The film marks the directorial debut of actor Mike Doyle, and stars Scott Evans, Augustus Prew, Michelle Buteau, Colin Donnell, Zoe Chao, Christopher Gray, John Doman, Patricia Clarkson, and Kate Walsh. This looks a bit cheesy and cliche, no surprise, mixed with some modern charm and humor. Enjoy.
"You've got a lot of work to do before you're ready to race." Netflix has unveiled a new official trailer for the Australian coming-of-age racing movie originally known as Go!. They have since retitled it to the more generic Go Karts, even though it's the exact same film. The feel-good family coming-of-age film is about a wild young man named Jack who moves to a small town in Western Australia with his mother. He takes up competitive go-kart racing, but must work with an eccentric team to help overcome his own problems and win the championship. Starring William Lodder as Jack, and a cast with Frances O'Connor, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Richard Roxburgh, Cooper Van Grootel, and Dan Wyllie. This actually looks much better than it sounds, might be be a fun one to watch sometime. Go karts are cool.
"I need to know where this Vermeer came from." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first official trailer for an indie WWII drama titled The Last Vermeer, based on a true story. An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye. The Last Vermeer is about a former Dutch resistance fighter investigating stolen art, who discovers the truth about a painter who sold a Vermeer to the Nazis during the war. Described as a "captivating and surprising dramatic thriller about a forgotten true story set just after World War II in Holland." The film stars Claes Bang (from The Square), Vicky Krieps (from Phantom Thread), Guy Pearce, and August Diehl. I am a sucker for these kind of films, especially when they're about art or something beyond just war, and this looks like a fascinating story.
"I feel really connected to this neighborhood." Universal has unveiled the first official trailer for the new update on Candyman, described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 cult classic horror film starring Tony Todd. The film is directed by Nia DaCosta (of Little Woods previously) and is produced & co-written by Jordan Peele. This one continues in the the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood, which has been "gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials." Oh boy. But the legend of the Candyman is still haunting the area. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (from If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by the original Tony Todd. This looks great!! Even better than expected. I dig how slick & clean it looks and all the killer art. Very much looking forward to watching.
"It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man." What kind of world do we live in where being decent is an impossibility? That's the question this film answers. I had a good feeling about this beforehand, but it still exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I will never forget watching this at a packed press screening at 8 o'clock in the morning at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz is an utterly phenomenal film, an astonishing work of profound cinema and empathetic storytelling that hit me deep in my gut. It is an epic saga in the life of one man, and one of the best examinations of modern Berlin and the way the city treats immigrants. It may be three hours long, but all of it is vital. There is not a single frame or any specific scene in this I would change.