"What if you get killed first?" "At least I get to take a few of them down with me…" Ready for more Cage madness? RLJE Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie action drama titled A Score to Settle, the latest from filmmaker Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy). Nicolas Cage stars in this in another crazy indie role to go with all of his other crazy indie flicks recently. Cage plays an ex-enforcer for a local crime syndicate who has vowed to enact retribution on his mob bosses after 22 years of wrongful imprisonment. The only thing diverting his violent plans is a new found relationship to his beloved son. The full cast includes Benjamin Bratt, Noah Le Gros, Mohamed Karim, Karolina Wydra, & Ian Tracey. I'm not even sure just how much action this will have, but it definitely does look like it has the perfect amount of rage for Cage to rock.
"And on that note - we cue the music." They're back!! Who? Jay and Silent Bob, of course. Kevin Smith has directed a new Jay & Silent Bob movie, continuing their journey from Clerks (in 1994) to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (in 2001) to Clerks II (in 2006) and now to this - Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (in 2019). Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes reprise their roles as Jay and Silent Bob - and this time they return to Hollywood (again) to stop a reboot of the Bluntman and Chronic movie from getting made. The full cast also includes Shannon Elizabeth, Joe Manganiello, Rosario Dawson, Chris Hemsworth, Justin Long, Joey Lauren Adams, Kate Micucci, James Van Der Beek, Craig Robinson, Harley Quinn Smith, Method Man, and Jason Biggs. Ahaha this looks hilarious. As ridiculous as it seems, you have to admit it looks like everyone in this is having fun and doing this for fun, all so that we can have fun watching.
"All I need is a shot!" GVN Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled High Strung Free Dance, a sequel of sorts to the dance romance movie High Strung from 2016. This time the romance is between a talented pianist and an up-and-coming dancer - in that other movie it was between a violinist and a ballerina. In Free Dance, Zander Raines, a dazzling and tempestuous young choreographer unwittingly ignites a romantic rivalry with his pianist, Charlie, when he embraces a stunning contemporary dancer, Barlow, as his muse for his innovative new Broadway show: Free Dance. The cast includes Thomas Doherty, Harry Jarvis, Juliet Doherty, Jane Seymour, Ace Bhatty, plus Desmond Richardson. This is so cheesy and extravagant and all showbiz, which might be just what excites a few of you. Dance on.
"You ain't like them… You're better." Lionsgate UK has unveiled an official UK trailer for the indie drama Farming, which is the feature directorial debut of English actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. You will recognize Adewale as Killer Croc from Suicide Squad, or Algrim from Thor, or Heavy Duty from G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, or Mr. Eko from "Lost" - now he's telling his own true story. Based on Adewale's childhood, Farming is about a young Nigerian boy who "farmed out" by his parents to a white British family in hopes of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980's England. The cast includes Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Jaime Winstone, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Genevieve Nnaji, as well as Adewale. Damn - this looks very powerful and brutally honest. Worth a watch.
"How long are you going to keep protecting them, Sam?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for a western titled Out of Liberty, which hasn't played at any film festivals but is opening in a few select theaters starting this September. Set in winter in 1839 in the town of Liberty, Missouri (now a suburb of Kansas City), the film is about a local jailer who is tasked with watching Missouri's most wanted men as they await their upcoming hearing. Caught between the local Missourians' increased effort to remove the prisoners, and the prisoners' desperate efforts to survive, Sam Tillery is pushed beyond what any lawman can endure. The full cast includes Jasen Wade, Brandon Ray Olive, Corbin Allred, Adam Johnson, Larry Bagby, Shawn Stevens, Jake Van Wagoner, and Brock Roberts. It's described as an "intense, evocative western, with an outcome you have to see to believe." This seems like a solid thriller. Take a look.
"Have you ever had a long-term relationship?" The Cinema Guild has debuted an official US trailer for an indie drama titled End of the Century, made by Argentinian filmmaker Lucio Castro. This first premiered at the New Directors / New Films festival in NYC earlier this year, where they highlight the first films from some of the finest up-and-coming filmmakers. End of the Century is about an Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin who meet in Barcelona and, after spending a day together, they realize that they have already met twenty years ago. It's described as a film that turns "a love story into a cosmic voyage." Starring Juan Barberini and Ramon Pujol, with Mía Maestro. This looks like an exceptional debut, an exhilarating and gripping film about romance and relationships and life itself. That title card at the end is gorgeous, too. I will definitely be watching this film when it arrives in theaters later this summer.
"A hypnotic coming-of-age story." Picturehouse Cinemas in the UK has unveiled the first official trailer for The Last Tree, an acclaimed film that first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it picked up a number of rave reviews. The Last Tree is the second feature film from filmmaker Shola Amoo, and is about a boy of Nigerian descent growing up in England. After initially growing up in foster care in the countryside, he moves to London with his mum, but he doesn't feel like he fits in there. The film is a semi-autobiographical second feature from Amoo, exploring what it means to be a young black man in the early 00s in London. Sam Adewunmi stars as Femi, with a cast including Nicholas Pinnock, Denise Black, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Jayden Jean-Paul-Denis, Rasaq Kukoyi, Ibrahim Jammal, Tai Golding, and Layo-Christina Akinlude. This looks incredible, I'm very much looking forward to it. A must watch.
"This is not a mission for me. This is my life." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for The Red Sea Diving Resort, telling the incredible true story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. The film is the latest from Israeli filmmaker Gideon Raff (The Killing Floor, Train) and tells a story from the past that is just as important to see today, too. Inspired by remarkable true life rescue missions, the undercover team that carries out this mission is led by the charismatic Ari Kidron and courageous local Kabede Bimro. The excellent cast is lead by Chris Evans and Michael Kenneth Williams, with Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Alex Hassell, Mark Ivanir, plus Greg Kinnear, and Ben Kingsley. This looks like it's seriously worth a watch, with some big action scene surprises in it.
"This is worse than poison." Lionsgate has debuted an official trailer for an indie paranoia horror-thriller titled The Black String, which first premiered at the Austin Film Festival last year and is finally getting a direct-to-DVD/VOD release this fall. This stars Frankie Muniz (remember him?) as a twenty-something drifter whose life is turned upside down after an "unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman." He's soon overcome by illness and nightmarish visions. His friends believe he is losing his mind, but Jonathan is convinced he's the target of something far more sinister. The cast includes Chelsea Edmundson, Blake Webb, Jackie Moore, Alexander Ward, Ravi Patel, Cullen Douglas, and Angie DeGrazia. This looks a bit like It Follows, but twisted into a nightmarish, infection horror thriller. Maybe it's freakish fun?
"Believe it or not, I'm sitting right here. Two weeks in the future." OTL Releasing & Blumhouse released the first official trailer for an indie thriller called Don't Let Go, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This has a cool concept - after a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He's not sure if she's a ghost or if he's going mad, but as it turns out, he's not. He can reach her by phone two weeks in the past, and tries to solve the murder before it really happens. This got some mixed reviews out of Sundance, but looks solid. David Oyelowo stars with Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Byron Mann, and Shinelle Azoroh. Looks like it might be a good thriller.
Neon has unveiled the full-length, official US trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller titled Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals earlier this year to outstanding reviews (here's mine). Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes; he was born in Brazil to Colombian & Ecuadorian parents, he infuses much of the social-political elements of those areas into the film. Monos is one of those beautifully strange, abstract films where this isn't any real explanation given, but you're compelled to follow along anyway. On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted cow. The film stars Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. This is one of the most talked about films of the year, and it deserves all this acclaim and attention. You definitely do not want to miss this one. Especially because it features an incredible score from Mica Levi (of Under the Skin, Jackie).
"The compassion of Klein's filmmaking rings true." Outsider Pictures and Strand Releasing has debuted a new trailer for We're Still Together, an indie drama from Montreal that originally debuted at festivals back in 2016. It's just now getting a direct-to-VOD release in the US after years of playing at festivals but no official release. The film is about an unlikely friendship between two lonely individuals - a manic single dad, and an overweight kid who can't get along with anyone. Starring Jesse Camacho and Joey Klein, with Brielle Robillard and Eve Harlow. This won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Film at the New Hampshire Film Festival in 2016, and a few ACTRA Montreal Awards for the two lead performances. This looks heartbreakingly honest and moving, a film about how we all have issues yet friendship makes up for it.