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"Can't get rid of hate - just replace it with something else." 101 Studios has debuted the first official trailer for Burden, a drama about the KKK and a former Klansman who gives up his ways thanks to the help of a local reverend. This premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and has been awaiting release - with plans to hit theaters this year until it was pulled from the schedule. It's now set to open in late February of next year, for those still curious. Garrett Hedlund stars as Mike Burden, a Klansman whose relationships with both a single mother and a high school friend force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. Also stars Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Usher Raymond, and Tess Harper. The film received great reviews and won the Audience Award at Sundance 2018, which is a big one. Take a look.
Nothing like the sound of silence. Fox Searchlight has debuted a full-length official trailer for the horror film Antlers, the latest from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass, Hostiles). This is a must watch trailer. In the film, a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. A huge freakin' monster! It's adapted from a short story called "The Quiet Boy" by Nick Antosca, which captured the attention of Guillermo del Toro because he is producing this dark fantasy horror. Cooper's Antlers stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. It's a mesmerizing trailer that has no dialogue - only sound and music. And it's still scary as hell.
"I thought we could do something fun first… you know, to get in the mood." Alter has released the award-winning short film The Rat online for everyone to watch - check it out below. Written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Carlen May-Mann, the short originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Starring Isabel Shill (from "Orange is the New Black") and Collin Kelly-Sordelet, The Rat won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest. It's Halloween night, and Renee is left alone by her boyfriend in a haunted house. Growing increasingly frightened, Renee is forced to confront a terrifying situation, and must come to terms with the thing that, deep down, she is most afraid of… It's a compelling and well-made short film posing quandaries and some questions to think about. Worth a watch.
"The wild places have a way of bringing us back to who we are." 1091 Media has debuted an official trailer for a new documentary called Return to Mount Kennedy, an intriguing story about climbers scaling a mountain named after JFK. In 1965, Bobby Kennedy became the first human to stand atop a lonely peak in the Canadian Yukon (see on Google Maps) that had just been named to honor his assassinated brother, JFK. His climbing guide was Jim Whittaker, a mountain icon who at 28 had become the first American to summit Mt. Everest. Now 50 years later, the sons of the original climbing team decide to embark on an expedition to the mountain to celebrate the special bond that connects them all. I really dig the structure of this doc - the past and present intertwining. Looks fascinating and inspiring, a look back into the past while reminding us of the importance of the present. I love all the quotes and little moments they show in this trailer. Beautiful.
"You shot the only lead that we had." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie action thriller titled Line of Duty, the latest from action director Steven C. Miller (of The Aggression Scale, Marauders, Escape Plan 2: Hades). Aaron Eckhart (who we haven't seen much recently) stars as a disgraced cop who goes rogue and finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidentally killed. Also starring Courtney Eaton, Jessica Lu, Dina Meyer, with Ben McKenzie and Giancarlo Esposito. The more action movies they make, the more they start to all look the same, because they are all the same. Always about a cop or someone having to do something to rescue someone. Always. Give it a look.
"Christmas Eve bash - come one, come all! Boom!" Netflix has revealed the first official trailer for a holiday ensemble comedy titled Let It Snow, arriving in just a few weeks to watch streaming this holiday season. When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and their love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. The film stars Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and Joan Cusack. This looks like one of those charming, goofy, completely obvious, formulaic feel-good holiday flicks. Maybe it's what we all need right now? Enjoy.
"You play things kinda close to the chest, don't you?" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a brand new trailer for the indie drama Age Out, the new name for the film formerly known as Friday's Child. This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year, and we ran a trailer last year as well, but it's only now getting an official US release in the fall. Tye Sheridan stars as young drifter Richie, fresh out of foster care, trying to figure out what to do with himself. He ends up on the streets involved in petty crime and meets two other people: Joan, played by Imogen Poots, and Swim, played by Caleb Landry Jones. The film's cast also includes Jeffrey Wright and Brett Butler. This looks like a very artsy, intimate film with some intense shots by DP Jeff Bierman. It definitely has that Terrence Malick-esque feel, for better or worse. Check this out below.
"We're not alone… Good people will fight – if we lead them!" Disney + Lucasfilm have unveiled the final official trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the grand finale in the Skywalker saga that began in 1977 with A New Hope. After one teaser trailer earlier in the year, and the D23 Special Look preview, this is the big "final" reveal as we count down the last few months until this lands in theaters. This really is a spectacular trailer, with a ton of jaw-dropping footage that everyone will be talking about. Directed by J.J. Abrams, it continues the storyline started in The Force Awakens following Rey, Finn, & Poe as they fight the First Order. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Warwick Davis, plus newcomers Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Dominic Monaghan. This trailer is packed from start to finish with incredible shots, epic space battles and emotional moments. Get ready for this, everyone.
"If you did something, you can tell me." Saban Films has released the first official trailer for an indie horror film titled I See You, from director Adam Randall (of iBoy previously). This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, then went on to play at Cleveland, Edinburgh, and Lisbon Horror Festival. Strange occurrences plague a small town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy. Starring Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Greg Alan Williams, Erika Alexander, and Allison King. I'm intrigued by this because it's not just a horror, but a "puzzle", where "nothing is exactly what it seems" as the trailer says. And that wooden mask is super creepy.
"Maddie! Don't make this harder than it already is!" Lionsgate at Home has debuted the first official trailer for a new low-grade action thriller titled Trauma Center, which is one of those vague and terrible titles for a film that doesn't setup anything. Alone and trapped in a locked-down hospital ward overnight, an injured woman must escape a pair of vicious killers who are after the only piece of evidence that can implicate them in a grisly murder - the bullet in her leg. Luckily, a veteran cop is assigned to protect her, and he becomes her protector as the night grows more dangerous. Bruce Willis stars as the cop, and Nicky Whelan as the woman, and also featuring Steve Guttenberg, Tito Ortiz, Texas Battle, Lynn Gilmartin, Tyler Jon Olson, and Heather Johansen. This definitely looks as bad as it sounds, another bargain bin collectible.
"What I'm about to tell you will not make sense right now… But I'll explain." Dust has premiered a new sci-fi short film titled Box 616, a proof-of-concept short written & directed by filmmaker Mitch Glass - who made this with only three people and less than $1,000 budget. It's a solid, captivating, genre short that ends with a good twist. After his father's death, Malcolm inherits an old bank vault that couldn't be opened for 70 years. Inside, he finds a strange device and a recording asking him to complete a series of requests. Box 616 stars Nick Rua and Gary Bristow. This short is all about the concept - mixing a handful of genres with a dash of originality. Makes me wish they'd make National Treasure as a sci-fi thriller with clues like this box.
"Do you believe that we have the right to be happy if it hurts other people?" Film Movement has debuted an official US trailer for the acclaimed Guatemalan drama Tremors, not to be confused with the monster movie cult classic of the same name. Originally titled Temblores in Spanish, the film is about the coming out of an evangelical patriarch, which shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and has stopped by numerous other major festivals including Seattle, Outfest, San Sebastián, Athens, Vancouver, London, and Chicago. Starring Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas, Diane Bathen, María Telón, and Sergio Luna. This has been receiving rave reviews from critics, who say it has "extraordinary nuance [and] compassion." Definitely worth a look.