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"Do you really consider yourself a normal citizen?" Signature Ent. has debuted an official UK trailer for a political drama titled The Candidate, originally titled The Realm or also El Reino. This Spanish dramatic thriller is about a politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper exposes the truth to the public. Antonio de la Torre stars as an influential regional vice-secretary "who had everything in his favor to take the leap into national politics", until he gets caught up in a scandal that changes everything. Also starring Mónica López, José María Pou, Bárbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda, Ana Wagener, Luis Zahera, Francisco Reyes, and María de Nati. This premiered at the Toronto & San Sebastian Film Festivals last year, and is getting a UK release this summer but nothing in the US yet. Looks damn good. Perhaps a story real-life politicians should heed.
"You just never know with him… Is this a joke?" Hulu has debuted an official trailer for the documentary called The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, originally known as The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The Amazing Johnathan is a comedian magician / illusionist, already very well known, who finished up a few tours in 2017 and 2018. What begins as a doc film following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion. I heard from those who saw at Sundance that the film is less about Johnathan, more about the challenge of making a documentary, and what happens when things get confusing and you can't tell who is being truthful or not. As a fan of both magic and documentaries, you can definitely count me in with this one. Take a look.
"Fiddler captures those big moments in our lives, moments of transition…" Roadside Attr. has unveiled an official trailer for a doc film titled Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, from filmmaker Max Lewkowicz. The documentary tells the origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It first premiered on Broadway in 1964, and was the first musical at the time to surpass 3,000 performances during its original run. This looks like a very fascinating, lively look back at Broadway (and cinema) history.
Orson Welles: "The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official trailer for the 4K restoration of the classic comedy The General, made by and starring Buster Keaton. "Many critics consider The General to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on international critics' polls." Cohen Media has been restoring and re-releasing many of Keaton's classic films, and it's exciting to see something from 1927 restored from the original work all the way to 4K. That's an immense clarity that even the original audiences didn't have back in the 1920s. In The General, Keaton plays a Confederate train engineer who single-handedly pursues his beloved locomotive ("The General") when Union spies steal it. If you still haven't seen it, it's always the right time to see a Buster Keaton classic.
"Anybody crosses Raymond gets buried." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for a low budget, direct-to-VOD heist thriller titled Vault, set in the 1970s and seemingly based on a true story (maybe but also maybe not?). Made by Rhode Island native filmmaker Tom DeNucci, Vault is about a group of small time criminals who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history -- stealing over $30 million from the Mafia working in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island. The ensemble cast includes Theo Rossi, Clive Standen, Chazz Palminteri, Samira Wiley, Don Johnson, William Forsythe, Burt Young, Andrew Divoff, Sean Ringgold, Vincent Pastore, Dorothy Lyman, and Chuck Zito. This looks like a forgettable, wannabe Scorsese crime film that no one will watch. Nothing to worry about here, move along.
"I do not collect information so that the government can lie to the British people." Entertainment One UK has debuted the first trailer for the indie drama Official Secrets, telling the true story of a whistleblower who discovers a top secret manipulative plot within the government pushing for war. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and also played at the San Francisco, Newport Beach, and Seattle Film Festivals. Keira Knightley stars as Katharine Gun, a woman who works as a civilian translator at the GCHQ (the Government Communications Headquarters intelligence office) in the UK. She risks her own freedom and her marriage and everything else by leaking the truth to the public. The cast includes Adam Bakri as her husband Yasar, plus Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig, Monica Dolan, Katherine Kelly, and Rhys Ifans. This very powerful, riveting political thriller should be an inspiration to all of us, an example of how to fight for what's right no matter the cost.
"I'll come visit you again soon." After her unforgettable turn as Arya on "Game of Thrones", English actress Maisie Williams has been taking on compelling roles in films big and small. One of her side projects is a short film titled Stealing Silver, which premiered last year and is now available to watch online. The short is written & directed by Mark Lobatto, a production assistant who worked as the Wachowskis' assistant on Jupiter Ascending, currently making short films proving his talent as a director. Maisie Williams stars as a woman confronting a painful time in her life when she discovers the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her. Her sister tells her to look after an elderly neighbor, a confused German man named Udo, as played by Ronald Pickup. He provides some comfort and proves people are more fragile than we know.
"It's not what you see, but how you see it…" Signature Entertainment has debuted a new UK trailer for the WWII survival drama Ashes in the Snow, based on the true story of a 16-year-old aspiring artist and her family deported to Siberia. The film is adapted from Ruta Sepetys' novel "Between Shades of Gray", and that original title was changed to prevent any confusion with the Fifty Shades of Grey series (as you all know). We featured a US trailer in December before its release in January, but why not another to take a closer look at. Bel Powley stars as Lina, with a cast including Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo, Martin Wallström, Timothy Innes, Jonah Hauer-King, Sam Hazeldine. Described as a "beautifully executed yet heart-breaking, captivating and eye-opening war thriller that unveils a forgotten part of history in a way that makes you experience the despair and shocking conditions of the Soviet camps." Watch below.
"There's somebody else behind this! It wasn't me…" Lionsgate UK has unveiled another new international trailer for Angel Has Fallen, the action sequel follow up to Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. The first US trailer dropped a few weeks back, this new one actually focuses more on the plot, surprisingly enough. Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who is framed once the President comes under attack, and must figure out what's really going on. Who is really behind all of this? The full cast includes Morgan Freeman as the President, along with Piper Perabo, Lance Reddick, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte, Chris Browning, Danny Huston, and Michael Landes. I like the franchise recap at the beginning of the trailer, along with some better editing throughout. Fire it up.
"Elsa - the past is not what it seems. You must find the truth. Go north, across the enchanted land and into the unknown…" Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf are all back again. Disney has revealed the next official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel Frozen 2, now written as Frozen II for release (instead of the number). The first movie from 2013 is renowned all over the world and beloved by audiences young and old. This time they venture north into a mysterious foggy forest where they learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, plus Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown; as well as new music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. There's still not too much revealed yet, but it does look magical.
"There's times when I feel a bit alone as an artist. Truth is, very few artists are interested really in the ideas I am…" Metrograph Pictures has unveiled a new official trailer for the 4K restoration and re-release of the biographic 1970s documentary A Bigger Splash. Filmed over three years, originally released in 1974, the semi-fictional film is about artist David Hockney creating one of his most popular paintings. When his beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, decides to break up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. He suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, awash in depression & loneliness. He finds inspiration in his backyard swimming pool, and begins a portrait of it. "Hazan's film is too-little-seen masterpiece that begs revisiting for a number of reasons: it's both a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s and an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity." Sounds, and looks, like a must watch doc for any fans of Hockney and admirers of art.
"Is your room, like, abnormally cold?" Gunpowder & Sky's new label Alter has debuted the first trailer for an indie horror titled Deadcon, starring real-life YouTubers. I cannot believe we're posting this, because they really are scraping the bottom of the horror barrel here, but nevertheless it's still free to watch trailers. The horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer run rampant when a collection of YouTube & Instagram stars soon discover there are things scarier than thousands of teenagers armed with phones asking for selfies. Deadcon is about a haunted hotel full of "vengeful ghosts of some of the original pioneers of social media" (ugh). Starring Lauren Elizabeth & Claudia Sulewski, plus Keith Machekanyanga, Lukas Gage, Dominic Burgess, Aaron Hendry, and Mimi Gianopulos. This looks like they stuffed every last horror trope / cliche into a social media movie knowing they'll get some people to watch it. Smh.