New US Trailer for 'Furie' Director's Supernatural Horror 'The Ancestral'

The Ancestral Trailer

"You saw it, too, didn't you?" Screambox has revealed an official US trailer for a Vietnamese supernatural horror film titled The Ancestral, arriving for streaming next week. It's the latest feature from renowned filmmaker Le-Van Kiet, who also directed the action hit Furie, shark movie The Requin, and Joey King's action movie The Princess. A Vietnamese family moves into a centuries-old ancestral home, only to discover sinister secrets and visions in the old family's ancient crypt. A haunting twist on sleep paralysis and trauma, the film held the top spot at the box office in Vietnam upon release last year. "Horror films that take place in the home, like The Ancestral, are a different level of unsettling, and I'm thrilled to share this terrifying film with our Screambox viewers," Bloody Disgusting's Brad Miska explains. Starring Lâm Thanh Mỹ, Quang Tuấn, Mai Cát Vi, and Dieu Nhi. This looks like it has some intense jump scares & a few freaky monsters.


 Posted on April 25 in Foreign Films, Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Fun Intl. Trailer for Three Sisters Chinese RomCom 'Delicious Romance'

Delicious Romance Trailer

"You two spend all day together, do you fight?" Of course they do. CMC Pictures has revealed an official US trailer for a Chinese romantic comedy film titled Delicious Romance, which is actually a spin-off based on the Chinese TV series also called "Delicious Romance". It's opening in US theaters later this April after opening in China last week. "There is no limit while gossiping with our besties! Super real secrets between boys & girls are all packed into the film Delicious Romance." Liu Jing, Fang Xin and Xia Meng, three sisters, moved to Shanghai one after another to start a new life after experiencing life in Chengdu. The sisters' life, love, career and family are out of balance and thus the three of them are faced with with great life choices. They struggle, encourage, and gradually find their way again. Starring Li Chun, Baby Zhang, and Wang Ju, with Liu Dong Qin, Ren Bin, Zhang Fan, & Patrick Nattawat Finkler. This looks cute and funny, but I'm not sure how much appeal it has with American audiences. Nonetheless, it'll be out in theaters soon.


 Posted on April 23 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Intense US Trailer for Belgian Subway Driver Thriller Film 'On the Edge'

On the Edge Trailer

"Your emotions affect you too much." Kino Lorber released this Belgian thriller in the US already - if you haven't seen or heard about this yet, you may want to check it out. On the Edge is the US title for a Belgian thriller made by a Chilean filmmaker named Giordano Gederlini. It premiered last year and already opened around Europe, and is now available in the US to watch as well. A man seemingly falls onto the subway rails and later dies at the hospital. The train driver who was on duty at the time of the incident happens to be his estranged father. While on the trail of his son's murderers, Leo will be closely watched by the police, also investigating. They soon discover that Leo’s skills in tracking & apprehending violent criminals are not those of a mere metro driver. Taken with a Belgian twist? The film stars Antonio De La Torre, Marine Vacth, and Olivier Gourmet. Reminds me of the Danish film Riders of Justice. Looks like it has some fun twists.


 Posted on April 21 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Another New US Trailer for Penelope Cruz's 'L'immensità' from Italy

L'immensità Trailer

"What miracle do you need?" "You and dad made me wrong." Music Box Films has revealed the official US trailer for the Italian film L'immensità, which originally premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival last fall. We also posted the French trailer for the film late last year after its premiere. Unfortunately it's not one of Cruz's better films, it's actually one of her worst, a messy domestic drama that is mostly uninteresting despite good intentions. L'immensità (which translates to The Immensity) is set in Rome in the 1970s - "a world suspended between neighborhoods under construction, TV shows still in B&W, social achievements and family models that are now outdated." The story follows a husband and wife, who are no longer together but still live together, focusing on their three young children as they grow up in 70s Italy. Penélope Cruz stars (speaking Italian) with Vincenzo Amato, Luana Giuliani, Patrizio Francioni, & Maria Chiara Goretti. It is finally opening in limited US theaters this May if anyone wants to catch it on the big screen.


 Posted on April 20 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

New US Trailer for Japanese 'Cube' Remake - Available on Screambox

Cube Remake Trailer

"The numbers have a pattern." Back into the Cube we go. Screambox has launched a trailer for their official streaming release of the new Cube remake from Japan. We posted trailers for this back in 2021 when it was opening in Japan at first, now it's finally getting a US debut. Yes, this is a direct remake of Vincenzo Natali's iconic 1997 cult classic Cube sci-fi horror film. A group of strangers wake up in mysterious room inscribed with an unfamiliar code. Looking for ways to escape, they discover the room is riddled with lethal traps. As fear and distrust swirl around them, the group must try to work together to survive & escape. The Japanese cast includes Masaki Suda, Anne Watanabe, Masaki Okada, Hikaru Tashiro, Takumi Saito, and Kotaro Yoshida. Natali praised the film in 2021, saying "Shimizu-san did a great job with his version. It is needless-to-say uniquely Japanese." If you've been waiting for the chance to finally watch this - here you go.

New US Trailer for 'Lonely Castle in the Mirror' Anime Theatrical Debut

Lonely Castle in the Mirror Trailer

"Maybe we're supposed to help each other." GKids has revealed an official US trailer for a Japanese anime film titled Lonely Castle in the Mirror, set to play in US theaters this summer. More and more Japanese films are getting a proper theatrical release, as they're noticed there is a good audience for this and they can actually bring people out to the cinema. From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Miss Hokusai) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together. Seven teens wake to find their bedroom mirrors are shining. They are pulled from their lonely lives to a wondrous castle. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted with a set of clues leading to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. But there's a catch: if they don't leave the castle by 5 o'clock, they'll be punished. The film's voice cast includes Ami Touma, Takumi Kitamura, Sakura Kiryu, Rihito Itagaki, Naho Yokomizo, Minami Takayama, and Yuki Kaji. An adventure about finding good friends and understanding yourself.

Japanese Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes 2023 Film 'Monster'

Monster Trailer

Toho in Japan has revealed a full-length official trailer for Monster, the latest film from prolific Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. He already won Palme d'Or a few years ago for Shoplifters, and premiered his Korean film Broker in Cannes last year, and is back at the festival again. This trailer dropped moments after the film was announced as a major premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, playing again in the competition. The story spun by Hirokazu Kore-eda this time is colored by the world-class music of Ryuichi Sakamoto (who sadly passed away recently). The film's cast features the talented Sakura Ando, Eita Nagayama, and Yuko Tanaka, who overwhelm the audience with their transformative performances, and rising stars Souya Kurokawa and Yota Hiiragi, who play the two boys with freshness and emotion, as well as Mitsuki Takahata, Akihiro Tsunoda, Shidou Nakamura. The Rashomon-esque story follows a boy at school, examining who a "monster" really is - told from three perspectives: the mother, the teacher, and the boy, revealing the ultimate truth. This is a strong trailer, an intriguing look at Kore-eda's evolution.

2023 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Kaurismäki, Glazer, Rohrwacher

Cannes 2023

Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 76th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they have revealed a worldwide selection of intriguing new films, featuring new works from well-established filmmakers (the usual for this festival), as well as some first-timers (including one from Senegal in the main comp). Cannes is continuing in its usual spot in late May, running from May 16th to 27th. Just over a month until the fest opens. The selection last year included a number of my Top 10 fave films, including The Eight Mountains and Godland. This year's line-up is not as exciting – at least at first glance… Returning to Cannes: Alice Rohrwacher, Ken Loach (Palme winner), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Palme winner), Wes Anderson, Wim Wenders, Todd Haynes, and Hirokazu Kore-eda (another Palme winner). The final tally is 65 films in this year's fest line-up. As always, a few last minute additions will join the selection (all are now added). View the full list of 2023 films below.


 Posted on April 13 in Cannes 23, Foreign Films, Movie News | Comments

Fun Trailer for French Action Comedy Film 'Medellín' feat. Mike Tyson

Medellin Trailer

"Yours is better. It has a sight." Amazon has revealed an official trailer for Medellín, a film by French actor / director Franck Gastambide. It's available for streaming on Prime Video worldwide in June, for anyone interested in it. To save his younger brother from a dangerous cartel in Medellín, Reda (played by Ramzy Bedia) has a plan that is as simple as it is completely insane: Assemble a team and plan a raid in Colombia. But this crazy adventure will spiral out of control when he decides to kidnap the cartel leader's son in order to exchange him for his brother’s life. Sounds like the kind of wacky comedy concept that Hollywood usually comes up with, but this is from France! The cast includes Anouar Toubali, Brahim Bouhlel, Raymond Cruz, and Essined Aponte, with a special appearance from Mike Tyson. You might be thinking–wait, Tyson in this? But they actually use him in just the right way to slap the guys around and add more laughs.


 Posted on April 7 in Foreign Films, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

New US Trailer for Acclaimed Swiss Film 'Unrest' About Watchmakers

Unrest Trailer

"I worked slowly on purpose." KimStim has revealed an official US trailer for the Swiss indie film Unrest, which first premiered at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival last year. It's getting a limited art house release this May. The experimental film is set in Switzerland around 1877, "when the disparity between the authorities, manufacturers and models gives rise to parallel temporal dimensions." New technologies are transforming a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Josephine, a young factory worker, produces the unrest wheel, swinging in the heart of the mechanical watch. Exposed to new ways of organizing money, time and labour, she gets involved with the local movement of the anarchist watchmakers, where she meets a Russian traveller. The director "continues to refine his style, which combines meticulous composition – both in his characteristic wide shots as well as in the extreme close-ups celebrating manual labour – with a distinct political stance." The Swiss indie film stars Clara Gostynski, Alexei Evstratov, Monika Stalder, Hélio Thiémard, and Li Tavor. Many critics flipped for this film at the fests - looks like it's worth a watch (ha).


 Posted on April 6 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First French Trailer for Maïwenn's 'Jeanne du Barry' with Johnny Depp

Jeanne du Barry Trailer

Le Pacte has revealed an official French trailer for the film Jeanne du Barry, which was just revealed as the opening night film at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in May. Directed by Maïwenn, this stars Johnny Depp as King Louis XV, her lover in this story. It would seem Cannes is all about the attention that will come from Depp on the red carpet more than the quality, as this seems lavishly redundant and derivative. We've seen all this before in other ball & gown films. In this film, Jeanne Vaubernier, a young working-class woman hungry for culture and pleasure, uses her intelligence and her allure to climb the rungs of the social ladder one by one. She becomes the favourite of King Louis XV who, unaware of her status as courtesan, regains through her his appetite for life. They fall madly in love. Against all propriety and etiquette, Jeanne moves to Versailles, where her arrival scandalizes the court… Aside from Maïwenn and Depp, the full cast includes Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory, and India Hair. This definitely isn't my jam, and it just doesn't look that interesting anyway. Maybe someone will be into it?

Manuela Martelli's Hitchcockian Thriller 'Chile '76' Official US Trailer

Chile 76 Trailer

"I'm not a common criminal." "What are you then?" Kino Lorber has debuted their official trailer for Chile '76, an acclaimed Chilean drama based on a true story, from actress turned director Manuela Martelli. This premiered in the Quinzaine des Cinéastes sidebar at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival last year, and is also playing at New Directors/New Films in NYC on April 7th. Set in Chile, 1976. Carmen heads off to her beach house. When the family priest asks her to take care of a young man he is sheltering in secret, Carmen steps onto unexplored territories, away from the quiet life she is used to. Aline Kuppenheim stars as Carmen, as she is "inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, with potentially disastrous consequences for her and her entire family." The cast also includes Alejandro Goic, Hugo Medina, Nicolás Sepúlveda, Antonia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, and Amalia Kassai. Another riveting thriller telling harrowing true stories of battling dictatorships in South America. This trailer really sells that edge-of-your-seat thriller vibe once it gets going with the plot.


 Posted on April 5 in Foreign Films, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment



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