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Thomas Kretschmann in Official Trailer for 'Discarnate' Horror Thriller

Discarnate Trailer

"Maybe the serum is inducing some kind of shared psychosis." The Orchard has debuted the trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Discarnate, also known as Shapeshifter (for its release in Germany last year). The plot is about a neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind, who inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team when they start trials. Thomas Kretschmann stars as Dr. Andre Mason, and the cast includes Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Matt Munroe, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Cassandra Clark, and Ashton Amaba. This looks like a very weird mix of big ideas and horror concepts that don't seem to coalesce, but I don't really know. Maybe it's not so bad. Take a look.

Watch: Blomkamp's Live-Action 'Conviction' Trailer for Anthem Game

Conviction Trailer

"I always knew this day would come… A new beginning. And yet - new enemies would be forged. A line would be crossed…" Oats Studios and BioWare have launched an official live-action video game trailer titled Conviction, promoting the upcoming release of Anthem - which arrives on shelves next week. This trailer is made by Neill Blomkamp, and that's the main reason we're featuring it - because it's basically another new Oats Studios live-action short film and he's still coming up with badass sci-fi concepts. Conviction is a survival story set in the world of Anthem, decades before the events of the game. Most of the exosuits look CGI, but there's still tons of live-action footage in this and it's always cool to see. There's references to Mad Max: Fury Road, and Destiny, and tons of other great sci-fi. I'm a big fan of these live-action trailers. Enjoy.

Badass Second Trailer for J.C. Chandor's Heist Action 'Triple Frontier'

Triple Frontier Trailer

"We finally get to use our skills for our own benefit…" "Alright - let's do it." Not to be confused with Triple Threat, a different action film with a very similar name. Netflix has debuted the second official trailer for the action film Triple Frontier, about Special Forces team pulling off a crazy heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. This was in the works with Kathryn Bigelow directing for a while but finally got made at Netflix with Chandor instead. The screenplay is by Mark Boal, who worked with Bigelow on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Triple Frontier stars an impressive ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Helund, Pedro Pascal, plus Adria Arjona, Sheila Vand, Christine Horn, and Reynaldo Gallegos. This is looking seriously badass - I just hope it lives up to its promise and hype based on all the footage in these two trailers. Bring it on, and bring home the bacon.

Watch: Short Comedy Short 'Girl, Interrupted' Directed by Jake & Will

Girl, Interrupted Short Film

"Come on over." Feeling lonely? Need a good laugh? Want to hate text messages even more than you already do? Fire up this short film Girl, Interrupted, a three-minute comedy short directed by Jake & Will (aka Jake Bradbury & Will Blank). This is a pretty basic short with a premise that you'll understand as soon as you start watching. Starring Traci Doering as the "girl". This funny short film is one of the first as part of a new project created by comedians Jake & Will called 20th Century Faux, in which they're making a series of comedy shorts (the way they want) using very limited resources, delivering 16 in total. You can also listen to a behind-the-scenes podcast for this short here. As we've noted before, this goes to show how much fun you can have with pretty much no budget. If you enjoy this, there's plenty more from this team on the way soon.

Mary Kay Place Stars in First Trailer for Kent Jones' Indie Drama 'Diane'

Diane Trailer

"I just want to now for once and for all: do you forgive me or not?" IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for an indie drama titled Diane, the feature directorial debut of doc filmmaker + cinephile Kent Jones. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and stopped by the Locarno, Deauville, Vancouver, Chicago, Denver, and St. Louis Film Festivals last year. Diane, played by Mary Kay Place (from The Big Chill, Being John Malkovich, Sweet Home Alabama), fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addict son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face. Featuring a supporting cast including Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons, Deirdre O'Connell, Joyce Van Patten, Phyllis Gallagher, Glynnis O'Connor, and Paul McIsaac. This is an impressive trailer, throwing some creative twists into the usual format. Worth a look.

Full US Trailer for Japanese Doppelgänger Romance Film 'Asako I & II'

Asako I & II Trailer

"You're wasting your time! Go away" Grasshopper Films has debuted the official US trailer for a Japanese romantic drama titled Asako I & II, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. This is actually just one 119 minute film, despite the title including what references to what looks like Part I & Part II. The title is actually a reference to the plot - where a woman from Osaka (named Asako) meets a man, falls in love with him, then he disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. Erika Karata stars as Asako, along with Masahiro Higashide as both Baku & Ryôhei (of course), plus Sairi Itô, Kôji Nakamoto, Kôji Seto, Misako Tanaka, and Daichi Watanabe. This played to quite a bit of acclaim at Cannes, and stopped by a number of other prestigious festivals last fall. Everyone always talks about the cat. If you're in the mood for a compelling melodramatic Japanese doppelgänger romance, you might want to check this out.

Official US Trailer for Major Martial Arts Action Movie 'Triple Threat'

Triple Threat Trailer

"This ends tonight." "Shock and awe, baby!" Well Go USA has released an intense official trailer for the "major martial arts action event" movie titled Triple Threat, the latest from stuntman director Jesse V. Johnson (of The Package, The Beautiful Ones, Savage Dog, Accident Man, The Debt Collector). The action ensemble is about a hit contract that's taken out on a billionaire's daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. So a down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target. The insanely awesome cast includes Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Celina Jade, Michael Bisping, Michael Jai White, and Scott Adkins, plus plenty of others. This trailer is really going all out hyping this up, claiming it's the "biggest action event" of the year. Let's see.

Full Trailer for Intense YA Romance 'After' Starring Josephine Langford

After Trailer

"I don't think we can ever be just friends." Today is Valentine's Day, so Aviron Pictures has debuted the full-length official trailer for the romantic drama After, the latest passionate young lovers film adapted from a popular YA series. Josephine Langford stars as Tessa, a teenager who falls for Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Hardin, a guy with a dark secret - and the two embark on a rocky and "dangerous" relationship. Inspired by the music and fandom of One Direction, Anna Todd began writing her stories as a hobby using her phone with the Wattpad app in 2013, publishing a chapter almost daily for over a year. After rapidly gained reads on Wattpad to become the most read series on the platform. The full cast includes Jennifer Beals, Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher, Meadow Williams, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen, Pia Mia, and Dylan Arnold. This looks as sappy and cheesy and cliche as they come, but that's what audiences want these days.

First Trailer for Padraig Reynolds's Horrifying Monster Film 'Dark Light'

Dark Light Trailer

"It sounds like there is someone inbetween the walls." Spotlight Pictures has debuted the first sales promo trailer for the sci-fi horror film Dark Light, from writer/director Padraig Reynolds. The film is currently being sold at the EFM and they're looking to find a distributor, in addition to a festival to debut this film at. Dark Light is a horror creature feature about some kind of monster (potentially an alien being?) that takes a young girl from her bedroom while at her mother's childhood farm home. She goes crazy trying to find her and figure out what happened, while attempting to convince police that an actual creature took her. Starring Jessica Madsen, Ed Brody, Opal Littleton, and Ben Sullivan. This looks scary as hell, including the typical cornfield trope, but still. I'm glad the trailer shows a glimpse of the monster because it looks gnarly.

Watch: Amazing Free Diving Short Film 'One Breath Around the World'

One Breath Around the World Film

Dive in. One Breath Around the World is a stunning short documentary featuring world champion free diver Guillaume Néry exploring remarkable places underwater. The footage in this is jaw-dropping, mind-blowing incredible - so amazing it's hard to even believe it's real. But it is. Néry explores these oceanscapes by holding his breath for a very long time and swimming/crawling/running around. The footage is shot by his wife, who also held her breath while shooting this. I guarantee you've never seen anything like this. It's all so stunning and totally disorienting, you'll lose all your sense of direction and forget which way is up. It's breathtaking to see the art they've created with a camera while they explore this beautiful planet we live on.

Berlinale 2019: 'Varda by Agnès' is an Inspiring Chat with a Storyteller

Varda by Agnès Trailer

"If we opened people up, we'd find landscapes." Agnès Varda is a genuine master. She is unquestionably of the greatest filmmakers, storytellers, and artists to ever live - there's really no debating this. It may have taken decades for everyone to catch up with and learn about her (and discover her work), but now we all know the truth, and gosh darnity she's still making more films (even at age 90). Varda by Agnès is a new documentary made by Agnès Varda looking back at her entire life as a filmmaker and artist. It's a beautiful examination of the inspiration and explanations behind some of her work (in cinema & in art) she created throughout her life. She has an immaculate understanding of cinema, and shares some of her insights here (but not all of them, of course) and it's an utter joy to watch her talk for nearly two hours. Varda is the best.

Octavia Spencer in First Trailer for Psychological Horror Thriller 'Ma'

Ma First Trailer

"You know where the party is!" Universal has released the first trailer for the psychological horror thriller titled Ma, one of the latest films produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse. Octavia Spencer stars in Ma as Sue Ann, a woman who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them hang out in her basement, to avoid drinking and driving. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, weird things start happening. Her hospitality starts to curdle into obsession. The full cast of this horror includes Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, McKaley Miller, Diana Silvers, Dominic Burgess, Victor Turpin, Corey Fogelmanis, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Dante Brown, and Gianni Paolo. This starts out nice and fun at the beginning, then gets seriously frickin' crazy by the end. Damn! Watch out.

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