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US Trailer for French Film 'Other People's Children' with Virginie Efira
"Why is Rachel always here? I want her to leave." Music Box Films has finally revealed the full US trailer for an acclaimed French film titled Other People's Children, which most recently stopped by the 2023 Sundance Film Festival a few months ago. It first premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival last fall, and also played at TIFF before opening in France last September. Rachel is a happy, 40-ish-year-old teacher who loves her life, her friends, her job, and even her exes. She is exploring the idea of having a child but is not desperate to have one. Intrigued, ambivalent about it at times — an authentic example of the conundrum many women around her age face. Everything changes when she meets a new man with a wonderful 4-year-old daughter. Virginie Efira stars as Rachel, along with Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni, Callie Ferreira-Goncalves, Yamée Couture, Henri-Noël Tabary, Victor Lefebvre, as well as Sébastien Pouderoux. It "impressed audiences with its deeply moving and acutely observed portrait of one woman’s fluctuating feelings around maternal instincts and societal pressures." A truly lovely film, it's worth a watch.
› Posted on March 21 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | Comments
Nawell Madani Leads French Crime Series 'Thicker Than Water' Trailer
"We're not playing gangsters. We play it smart." Netflix has revealed the official trailer for a new French crime thriller series titled Thicker Than Water, arriving for streaming in early April. A journalist's life devolves into chaos when she shields her brother from the law, inadvertently entangling her family in a drug lord's merciless scheme. Belgian humorist Nawell Madani (C'est tout pour moi, Stuck Together) leads this dramatic crime series, alongside Djebril Zonga and Paola Locatelli. The title, which is a reference to the phrase "blood is thicker than water," defines this series that's about the importance of sisterhood & family. The cast includes Kahina Carina, Carima Amarouche, Aïda Guechoud, Mayane Sarah El Baze, Paul Hamy, Vincent Rottiers, and Walid Afkir. This seems like a legit series, though a bit campy with the drug plot. It has a good setup and a clever cast bringing levity to this drug lord story. Take a look below.
Must Watch: Oliver Stone's 'Nuclear Now' Climate Change Doc Trailer
"The very thing that we fear… is what may save us." Yes, indeed, listen to Oliver. He did his research on this, he knows what's good. Abramorama has unveiled the official trailer for a documentary titled Nuclear Now, the latest feature made by prolific director Oliver Stone. This premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival last year, where I first saw it and wrote a glowing review of it. A vitally important film for our times, this is more of Stone's urgent climate change documentary than anything else. He addresses the problems, the propaganda, the people, and dives into the most appropriate solution for the moment - atomic energy, or nuclear power. Instead of shutting down and demolishing nuclear plants, we should be building more because yes - nuclear power is the only immediate solution to turn off all of the goal & gas plants while still producing enough power to maintain the worldwide demand for electricity. This is an outstanding film that comprehensively covers this topic, answers questions, and might just make a difference in saving the world.
› Posted on March 21 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
J.K. Simmons & Frank Grillo in Crime Film 'One Day as a Lion' Trailer
"I'll find Jackie… This time you gotta whack him." Lionsgate has revealed an official trailer for an indie crime thriller titled One Day as a Lion, arriving to watch in early April (in theaters and on VOD). It's the latest collaboration between filmmaker John Swab and actor Frank Grillo, following Body Brokers, Ida Red, and Little Dixie before. Jackie Powers, played by Scott Caan, will stop at nothing to prevent his son from following him into a life of crime. With his mob employer in pursuit, a chance encounter at a roadside diner with a young woman charts a new path. The script is written by Scott Caan, who also stars in it. This crime comedy is a witty homage to Tarantino and the Coen Bros. Also featuring J.K. Simmons, Frank Grillo, Virginia Madsen, Marianne Rendón, George Carroll, and Billy Blair. The fun cast makes this look better than it should, otherwise seems like a clunky jumble of characters gettin' into plenty of dumb trouble.
Trailer for Doc Series 'Redefined: J.R. Smith' About Golf & Basketball
"I'm not doing this to prove nobody else wrong… I'm really proving to myself that I can do it." Amazon has unveiled an official trailer for a compelling new sports documentary series titled Redefined: J.R. Smith, made by filmmaker Philip Knowlton. The four-part series coming to Prime Video soon is about an athlete shifting from one sport to another. J.R. Smith, the two-time NBA champion (for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers) who's gotten "a lot of ink"" for changing his focus from basketball to golf, is the subject of this doc. Redefined: J.R. Smith will follow the retired player as he pursues a college education and new athletic passion – golf – at North Carolina A&T. At the age of 19, after being selected in the NBA draft, finds himself without a team to call his own and is looking to redefine his future. The series comes from LeBron James and Maverick Carter as executive producers at their Uninterrupted banner. This looks like an inspiring story about following your passions & fighting for your place, no matter who you are. Check it out.
Official Trailer for 'Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields' Biopic Documentary
"The world tells you how to be… But how do you become who you really are?" ABC News Studios + Hulu have revealed an official trailer for a documentary film titled Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which first premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It'll be available on Hulu to watch in April. The doc is a galvanizing look at actor, model and icon Brooke Shields as she transforms from a hyper-sexualized young girl (starting at age 12 in the film Pretty Baby) to a woman discovering her power. Holding a mirror up to a society that objectifies women and girls, her story shows the perils and triumphs of gaining agency in a hostile world. Produced by Matador Content and BedBy8 for ABC News Studios. The film marks the debut project from BedBy8, the newly formed production company created by Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and partner Alyssa Mastromonaco. This looks like a fascinating double feature with The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, about how our beauty-obsessed culture really is super toxic and damaging.
› Posted on March 21 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Broken Lizard's New Hunchback Spoof Comedy 'Quasi' Official Trailer
"In a tale of love, betrayal, and scandal – everyone plays a part, or two." Hulu has revealed the official trailer for Quasi, the latest Broken Lizard comedy created by all five members of the troupe. Produced by Searchlight Pictures, they're dropping this direct to streaming, skipping theaters - but it should be good to grab a bunch of friends for a fun night to watch anyway. Quasi is the story of a hapless hunchback who only yearns for love, who then finds himself in the middle of a murderous feud between the Pope and the King of France when each orders the hunchback to kill the other. The satirical take on Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame will debut on their usual stoner day, 4/20, next month. The film stars BL's: Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme (as Quasi), Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, along with Adrianne Palicki and Michael Yurchak. This looks like the kind of wacky, absurd, over-the-top humor from Broken Lizard we haven't seen in a long time. Looks a bit better than their last few movies.
Holofcener's 'You Hurt My Feelings' Trailer with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
"I wasn't lying, I was encouraging." "That's not true. You were lying to be encouraging." A24 has revealed an official trailer for Nicole Holofcener's new film You Hurt My Feelings, which originally premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is the sixth feature she has directed, in addition to working on screenplays for plenty of others, including Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Last Duel most recently. A novelist's longstanding marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her therapist husband giving his honest reaction to her latest book contrary to what he had told her. A film about how we're always too nice in our relationships, always afraid to say our honest feelings. Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Beth, along with Tobias Menzies, Michaela Watkins, Owen Teague, Arian Moayed, and Jeannie Berlin, plus Amber Tamblyn & David Cross. This is a rather delightful trailer that perfectly captures the vibe and mood of this film, along with tons of the smart humor in it. This should be a big indie hit when it opens.
New Featurette for Taron Egerton's 'Tetris' Focusing on the True Story
"Tetris is a cultural zeitgeist, and it's quite exciting to think that the backstory to this phenomenon will finally get its moment in the sunlight." Apple has unveiled a new featurette for the Tetris movie (full trailer here), taking a closer look at the actual story this is based on. "The game you couldn't put down, the story you couldn't make up." Taron Egerton stars in this film inspired by the true story of how one man risked his life to outsmart the KGB in the 1980s and help turn Tetris into a worldwide sensation. The game was created by a Soviet software engineer named Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. After a battle for rights and a period of publication by Nintendo, the rights reverted to Pajitnov in 1996, who then co-founded the Tetris Company with Henk. In addition to Egerton, the cast includes Nikita Efremov, Sofia Lebedeva, Anthony Boyle, Roger Allam, and Toby Jones. This is a promo featuring the cast & crew talking about making this. As a geek myself, I honestly can't wait to watch. I've also included two more videos below featuring the real Henk Rogers explaining what happened with Tetris, if you're curious about diving further into this gaming story.
› Posted on March 20 in Featurette, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Watch: Awkward Short 'I Am In Control' - Meet a Couple Gone Awry
"I feel like in modern society, we're all just constantly under attack, right?" If one of your friends came to you and said they don't defecate anymore, how would you react? That's what is going on in this funny short film - I Am In Control, directed by John Purcell. Two couples meet on the weekend, but when one of the couples reveals they're trying a new "thing" where they don't defecate anymore, it becomes super awkward. The short stars Aman Adumer, Martha Fearnley, George Kareman, & Malin von Euler-Hogan. "I thought I was married to a man who was in control." Ouch. "Control is a choice, I choose to control." This an astute mockery of the bullshit people believe nowadays, and how they'll try anything no matter how foolish.
› Posted on March 20 in Comedy, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
Wacky Trailer for 'Holy S&*t' Film About a Guy Stuck in a Porta Potty
"You can't say I didn't try." That's for sure! Cinedigm has revealed the official US trailer for a hilarious, disgusting, wacky new horror film titled Holy Shit, which is the get-your-attention English title for this one. It originally premiered last year under the German title Ach Du Scheisse (which translates closer to "Oh Shit!") and is finally getting a US debut this week. It sounds like a Jackass movie spinoff, but with a sick and twisted, er, twist, about a corrupt mayor getting some F'ed up revenge. Architect Frank suddenly wakes up from being unconsciousness, squashed into a porta-potty. But it gets worse: In order not to be blown up during the imminent demolition where this particular porta potty is located, Frank must make his way out of his blue grave in one hour. Starring Thomas Niehaus as Frank, Rodney Charles, Gedeon Burkhard and Olga von Luckwald. It won the Audience Award at the Hard:Line Film Festival, playing at a handful of other genre fests. This looks gnarly! And so gross! Get your friends together for a movie night to "enjoy".
An Exuberant Final US Trailer for Excellent British RomCom 'Rye Lane'
"Are you sure you're down for this?" Searchlight Pictures in the US has finally revealed their official trailer for Rye Lane, which already premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It won over almost every critic, one of the highlights of the fest (here's our glowing review). It just started playing in UK cinemas, but will be going straight-to-Hulu in the US (which I still think is the wrong decision but it is what it is). Rye Lane is the feature debut of filmmaker Raine Allen Miller - and it's a major breakout film for everyone involved. Two twenty-somethings reeling from bad breakups deal with their nightmare exes and fall for each other. "A day of impulsive and joyous mayhem, as these two 20-something Londoners roam Peckham through karaoke bars & playgrounds, all the while inching toward the possibility of opening their hearts again." Starring Vivian Oparah and David Jonsson as Yas and Dom. Other reviews reiterate how wonderful this one is: "Ridiculously charming, immensely funny, and shot with an unusual zestiness, Rye Lane is purely joyful company — and a shot in the arm for future romantic comedies." A must see romcom.
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