"I know of a shaman who works in the kitchen." Pantelion Films + Lionsgate have debuted the first official trailer for a comedy movie titled My Boyfriend's Meds, officially known as Las Pildoras de mi Novio in Spanish (which just translates to My Boyfriend's Meds). This wacky comedy is about a woman who meets the man of her dreams, then suddenly asks him to join her on a work retreat to a remote island resort. But he forgets his prescription medications and goes just a little bit crazy once they're there. Ahh, the things we put up with for love. Sandra Echeverría stars with Jaime Camil, Ana Belena, Brian Baumgartner, Kevin Holt, Daniel Tovar, Pamela Almaza, Juan Soler, James Maslow, and Brooke Shields. This film looks totally, outrageously crazy in a very fake way, and maybe just a tiny bit funny. Decide for yourself.
"You are capable of anything." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official US trailer for the indie Girls of the Sun, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year in-competition. The film is inspired by and loosely based on the story of the late journalist Marie Colvin (who already had a film made about her - A Private War). In Girls of the Sun, a French war journalist named Mathilde H. (basically Marie) meets an all-female squadron of rebel fighters known as the "Girls of the Sun", lead by their fierce leader Bahar, played by the always-exceptional Golshifteh Farahani. They plan a counter-attack in order to regain control over their nearly-destroyed city. Co-starring Emmanuelle Bercot as Mathilde, with Zübeyde Bulut, Sinama Alievi, Mari Semidovi, Roza Mirzoiani, Zinaida Gasoiani, Maia Shamoevi, Nia Mirianashvili, and Evin Ahmad. This is an intense, gripping thriller that once again shows just how horrible war really is.
"Life is so unpredictable, my child." Amazon Studios has debuted the official trailer for the charming indie drama Photograph, the latest movie from one of my favorite directors - Ritesh Batra (of The Lunchbox, The Sense of an Ending, and Our Souls at Night). This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it also showed at the Berlin Film Festival. Batra takes us back to India to tell a story of two strangers in Mumbai, Rafi and Miloni, who meet one day when Rafi decides to take her photo near the Gateway of India. At first he convinces her to pose as his fiancee to satisfy his grandmother's wishes, but the two develop a different relationship. I wrote a very nice review of this film at Sundance which is quoted in this trailer. It's a very light, but undeniably uplifting, soul-stirring film, showing how important connections can be. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, and Akash Sinha. Have a look below.
"The truth is - ghosts are around us all the time." Epic Pictures Group has debuted the first teaser trailer for an Irish indie comedy titled Extra Ordinary, which just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month. The story is about a sweet, lonely woman in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities, but hates using her "talents" and mostly just stays home. But when a washed up one-hit-wonder rock star makes a pact with the devil, and puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome her fears and save the day with her own supernatural talents. Maeve Higgins (seen on "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Moone Boy") stars as Rose, with Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty, Terri Chandler, Jamie Beamish, Emma Coleman, and Risteard Cooper. This looks like an amusing new horror comedy in the same vein as What We Do in the Shadows, with ghosts who don't do much scaring, or anything. Looking forward to catching up with this.
"You got to see the vast celestial everything, and it blew your mind." Fox Searchlight has finally unveiled the first trailer for Lucy in the Sky, the feature directorial debut of TV filmmaker Noah Hawley (creator of "Fargo" and "Legion"). Formerly titled Pale Blue Dot before Lucy in the Sky (sans diamonds), this film is loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak's alleged criminal activities involving her romance with astronaut William Oefelein. In 2007, after completing her mission in space, she drove from Houston to Orlando and confronted another woman. Natalie Portman plays a fictionalized version of her named Lucy Cola, who has a breakdown and starts to lose her grip on reality after returning. The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo, and Joe Williamson. We've all been waiting to get a glimpse at this and, as expected, it looks damn good. I love the difference in the framing when she's in space and on Earth, makes the difference feel that much more grand.
Get a first look at a trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals to excellent reviews from critics all over. Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes, 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. Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. It's one of the best I've seen out of the festivals this year, one of my favorites as well.
"You need to stay and secure the area." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first trailer for an indie horror survival thriller film titled Body at Brighton Rock, the second feature film following Southbound from filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin. The story follows a novice park ranger who discovers a body, and must spend the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail as night descends. Karina Fontes stars as Wendy, with a cast including Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers, Matt Peters, Susan Burke, John Getz, and Brodie Reed. Plus a big bear! Or so it seems… Perhaps this trailer shows too much, but it's also just trying to get our attention in the swarm of so many films. This just premiered at SXSW this month to some mixed but mostly good reviews, one describing it as "an intriguing cinematic rumination on the effects of isolation and fear." It actually looks quite compelling.
"You're holding him back!" Dada Films has debuted the first trailer for a peculiar indie film titled William, about the modern Neanderthal man. Two scientists decide to (re)create a Neanderthal human using ancient DNA from a Neanderthal bog body. And so we meet: William. He must learn to exist in a world where he is the ultimate outsider, the only Neanderthal on the planet. Will Brittain (seen in Everybody Wants Some, Kong: Skull Island) plays William, with a cast including Waleed Zuaiter, Maria Dizzia, Beth Grant, Christian Convery, and Kevin Dzah. I recall that someone was trying to make a film (or series) based on those cave man commercials. Looks like something similar, or at least one version of that idea. This take on the modern Neanderthal concept actually looks quite good, lead by a strong lead performance. I'm intrigued.
"Your films are sketchbooks; you thought with lines and shapes." Janus Films + Criterion have debuted an official US trailer for the release of Mark Cousins' latest cinema documentary called The Eyes of Orson Welles, opening in select US theaters this week. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before. He examines Welles' drawings and paintings, and walks us through his entire life to try and present a portrait of an artist. We see through his eyes how he created the work he created, and what inspired him - the places he visited, and the people he met. The "engaging, insightful and wide-ranging" doc is a must-watch for any/all cinephiles, and an inspiring film for visual artists of all kinds.
"I don't want your money, Kate, I want a sister!" The Film Arcade has released the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled Family, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. The film is the feature debut of writer Laura Steinel, telling a story about a young woman who reluctantly babysits her brother's very weird, bullied tween daughter, only to discover she's into the juggalo community and planning to sneak away to an Insane Clown Posse concert. Taylor Schilling stars as the self-absorbed workaholic sister, and the cast includes Bryn Vale, Kate McKinnon, Brian Tyree Henry, Eric Edelstein, Allison Tolman, Jessie Ennis, and Matt Walsh. Family is, of course, a film about learning that "family can be found in all different forms" and features a "delightful and layered comedic performance" from Schilling. Enjoy this one.
Meet the new man. Glass Eye Pix has debuted a short festival teaser trailer for Depraved, the latest film from beloved indie filmmaker / actor Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo, The Last Winter, Beneath). This is premiering at the What the Fest!? festival at the IFC Center this month, which is why there's a teaser out now. Described as the "best film version of the Frankenstein legend in decades", Fessenden's Depraved is a "meditative reimagining of the" Shelley's classic novel that "explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals." The plot follows a disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD who endeavors to make a man out of body parts and bring him to life in a Brooklyn loft. The film stars Owen Campbell, Chloë Levine, Alex Breaux, David Call, Joshua Leonard, Ana Kayne, and Maria Dizzia. There's some good footage in this teaser - take a look.
"Memories mix truth and lies… They appear and vanish before our eyes…" Kino Lorber has debuted an official US trailer for Bi Gan's fascinating Long Day's Journey Into Night, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year to a few glowing reviews. The film has earned most of its acclaim because it features a 50+ minute uncut, one-take 3D sequence at the end that is truly breathtaking and spectacular. It's hard to describe this film because it is so dream-like, especially that ending scene. The story is about a man who goes back to Guizhou, to track down a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her 20 years ago. This stars Tang Wei, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-Chi, Zeng Meihuizi, and Huang Jue. The film became China's biggest arthouse hit of all-time, earning more than $40 million when it opened there. Now it's arriving in US theaters next month. If you love experimental cinema, you can't miss seeing this one.