"Christmas Eve bash - come one, come all! Boom!" Netflix has revealed the first official trailer for a holiday ensemble comedy titled Let It Snow, arriving in just a few weeks to watch streaming this holiday season. When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and their love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. The film stars Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and Joan Cusack. This looks like one of those charming, goofy, completely obvious, formulaic feel-good holiday flicks. Maybe it's what we all need right now? Enjoy.
"You play things kinda close to the chest, don't you?" Gravitas Ventures has debuted a brand new trailer for the indie drama Age Out, the new name for the film formerly known as Friday's Child. This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year, and we ran a trailer last year as well, but it's only now getting an official US release in the fall. Tye Sheridan stars as young drifter Richie, fresh out of foster care, trying to figure out what to do with himself. He ends up on the streets involved in petty crime and meets two other people: Joan, played by Imogen Poots, and Swim, played by Caleb Landry Jones. The film's cast also includes Jeffrey Wright and Brett Butler. This looks like a very artsy, intimate film with some intense shots by DP Jeff Bierman. It definitely has that Terrence Malick-esque feel, for better or worse. Check this out below.
"Do you believe that we have the right to be happy if it hurts other people?" Film Movement has debuted an official US trailer for the acclaimed Guatemalan drama Tremors, not to be confused with the monster movie cult classic of the same name. Originally titled Temblores in Spanish, the film is about the coming out of an evangelical patriarch, which shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and has stopped by numerous other major festivals including Seattle, Outfest, San Sebastián, Athens, Vancouver, London, and Chicago. Starring Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas, Diane Bathen, María Telón, and Sergio Luna. This has been receiving rave reviews from critics, who say it has "extraordinary nuance [and] compassion." Definitely worth a look.
"I'm telling you, man, it's a war out here. Going to be us against them." Screen Media Films has unveiled an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Crown Vic, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Written & directed by Joel Souza, the title is a reference to the cop car that most police drive around America - known as a "Crown Vic" because it's a Ford Crown Victoria. This film tells the story of one memorable night in the life of LAPD officer Ray Mandel while hunting two cop killers on the loose. The two cops, one a rookie, must contend with a city about to boil over. Starring Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank, with David Krumholtz, Bridget Moynahan, Gregg Bello, Scottie Thompson, and Josh Hopkins. Looks like a very intense, gritty film about how incredibly hard it is to work as cops in a big city.
"I gotta take care of my family…" Dark Star Pictures has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled Angelfish, which is headed straight-to-VOD in November. Set in The Bronx in 1993, the film is about a young couple from two completely different worlds, who fall in love over a summer that reshapes their lives and the way they view the future ahead of them. Marking the feature directorial debut of Peter Andrew Lee, who also wrote the screenplay. Angelfish stars Destiny Frasqueri, also known by her rapper name "Princess Nokia", plus Jimi Stanton (seen in November Criminals, Netflix's "The Punisher") as Brendan, her love interest. Also with Stanley Simons, Erin Davie, Rosie Berrido, Sandy Tejada, and Claire McClanahan. This looks like it has the rawness and realness of Like, Crazy, but set in NYC instead.
"I don't even know what I'm doing with myself anymore…" RLJE Films has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Adopt a Highway, which initially premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The film marks the directorial debut of actor Logan Marshall-Green, born in South Carolina, who doesn't appear in the film. Adopt a Highway stars Ethan Hawke as a man just released from prison after serving 21 years for a 3rd strike conviction for possessing an ounce of marijuana. Everything changes when he finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster behind the fast food restaurant where he works… Also starring Elaine Hendrix, Diane Gaeta, Mo McRae, Chris Sullivan, and Betty Gabriel. Early reviews describe it as "an emotionally resonant and lyrical tale delivered in the most compassionate of tones." Have a look.
"Did you see the look on that lady's face?!" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Extracurricular, the latest feature from filmmaker Ray Xue (Transcendent). This horror-thriller originally premiered at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year, only now getting a direct-to-VOD release in January for those still interested. Four overachieving high school students and best friends have a secret pastime: planning and executing murders (while wearing different masks). But when one of their plans goes shockingly awry, the relationship between them is put to the test. Starring Keenan Tracey, Brittany Raymond, Spencer Macpherson, Brittany Teo, Stephen Bogaert, Emmanuel Kabongo, and Luke Goss. This looks way darker than expected, not much comedy, nothing but murders.
"Please - find my son!!" Netflix has revealed the full-length official trailer for American Son, a feature adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name (that first opened 2018). This film recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and Netflix is turning into a "Television Event" when it debuts there next month. American Son is about an estranged couple that reunites in a South Florida police station on a rainy night to find their missing teenage son. The situation gets even more tense as time goes by without any updates or answers. Kerry Washington, who also starred on Broadway, plays the lead role of Kendra Ellis-Connor, the mother of the missing boy. This also stars Jeremy Jordan, Steven Pasquale, and Eugene Lee - all in the play, too. Described as "an emotional depiction of modern day race dynamics and systemic tensions."
"Eventually it'll be the two of you having to figure this out… together." Netflix has debuted the full trailer for the new film from Noah Baumbach, titled Marriage Story. This premiered at the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals to rave reviews (read mine here) and glowing praise from pretty much everyone. "Marriage Story is a love story that reveals itself within the breakdown. With these companion trailers I wanted to show the relationship through the eyes of both characters. There are many sides to every story, and the movie embraces these different viewpoints in order to find the shared truth." Adam Driver stars as Charlie, and Scarlett Johansson stars as Nicole. The film is opening in theaters first next month before streaming. The cast includes Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Mark O'Brien, and Julie Hagerty. This is an especially beautiful, remarkably subtle trailer that captures all the ups & downs of this fine film.
"Did we happen to mention we are in this for the money?" Netflix has debuted one final trailer for Steven Soderbergh's film The Laundromat, arriving on streaming this week after opening in theaters last month. The film is all about the Panama Papers, told from multiple perspectives with vignettes. The main story is about a widower looking into insurance fraud, who ends up stumbling upon a pair of law partners exploiting the world's financial system. "Zipping through a kaleidoscope of comic detours in China, Mexico, Africa (via Los Angeles) and the Caribbean en route to 2016's Panama Papers publication — where journalists revealed the secret, leaked documents of Mossack Fonseca's high-profile patrons." The big cast includes Meryl Streep starring, along with Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, Jeff Michalski, Jane Morris, Robert Patrick, David Schwimmer, Will Forte, Chris Parnell, Nonso Anozie, Larry Wilmore, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rosalind Chao, Kunjue Li, Ming Lo, with James Cromwell and Sharon Stone. A must see for everyone to learn the truth about how money is laundered.
"I'm feeling all this stuff that we can't really share with anybody." Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie small town drama titled Cold Brook, which is also the feature directorial debut of actor William Fichtner. Two ordinary guys in a small town embark on an extraordinary adventure and risk everything for a stranger in need. This hasn't shown up anywhere else, but is getting a VOD release next month for anyone curious about this. Fichtner most recently appeared in Finding Steve McQueen, Traffik, and 12 Strong. Cold Brook also stars Fichtner, along with Kim Coates, Harold Perrineau, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brad William Henke, Charlene Amoia, Johnny Strong, Erich Anderson, plus Robin Weigert. Well this definitely looks like a quaint small town adventure, a rather heartfelt tale of goodness.
"This is the real deal. The clock is ticking. You gotta get moving." IFC Midnight has unveiled a trailer for a survival thriller titled Radioflash, marking the feature directional debut of a filmmaker / artist named Ben McPherson. When a device releases an electromagnetic pulse that kills the power for more than 200 million people, a teenage girl must help lead her family to survival in a dark new world. They seek refuge with her doomsday-prepper grandfather who lives deep in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, but also discover there's something else there. Starring Brighton Sharbino as Reese, Dominic Monaghan, Will Patton, Fionnula Flanagan, Miles Anderson, Michael Filipowich, Kyle Collin, Sean Cook, and Arden Myrin. This looks like it could be good, but also could be pretty bad, based on the way this trailer plays out.