"The only thing that matters… is the odds you give yourself." Even though this film already opened a few months back in Australia, we're only just catching up with this second trailer from Transmission Films for Ride Like a Girl. The film marks the feature directorial debut of actress Rachel Griffiths, telling the true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup - horse-racing's toughest two-mile race - in 2015. Teresa Palmer stars as Michelle, with a cast including Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Stevie Payne (as himself), Genevieve Morris, Sophia Forrest, Henry Nixon, Aaron Glenane, and Zara Zoe. This does look like an inspiring, exciting film, plus it's always wonderful to watch Sam & Teresa.
"Be who you were meant to be!" Memento International has debuted the first official trailer for Australian indie drama True History of the Kelly Gang, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago. This is the latest feature from Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel, of The Snowtown Murders and Macbeth previously, and it's a re-envisioning of the tall tale of an Australian bush-ranger named Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from the authorities during the 1870s. If you're from Australia, you probably know the story, but if not - this flips the whole story on its head anyway. "Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son." Starring George MacKay as Ned Kelly, Essie Davis as his mother Ellen Kelly, plus Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie, Sean Keenan, Earl Cave, Orlando Schwerdt, and Charlie Hunnam. This certainly looks very stylish and unique - you might want to keep an eye on this one.
"His organization responds to acute needs." Madman Films out of Australia has debuted an official English-subtitled trailer for the acclaimed, beloved French drama (originally) called The Specials. Apparently for the Australian release they've retitled it to The Extraordinary, which sort of still works I guess, but okay whatever. No need for a new name. This is from the same two talented French filmmakers who made The Intouchables, and this time they tell the story of two based-on-real-people social support caregivers for autistic children and teens. Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb star as two of the most caring, loving guys you'll ever meet - as Bruno and Malik. The full cast also includes Hélène Vincent, Bryan Mialoundama. Alban Ivanov, Benjamin Lesieur, Marco Locatelli, and Catherine Mouchet. It's a wonderful film. I saw it at the San Sebastian Film Festival and loved everything about it - read my glowing review. It truly is a "special", warm, inspiring feature. The score you hear in this is by Grandbrothers and it's also in the film.
"I haven't lost hope that you'll return to Brazil…" Amazon has revealed a new US trailer for the acclaimed drama Invisible Life from Brazil, which is a new shortened title just for US release - the full title is still The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão. The film won the top Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and is Brazil's submission for the Oscars coming up. This feminist drama set in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s and the story follows two sisters, Euridice and Guida. They live at home, each with a dream: become a renowned pianist, or find true love. Because of their father, they are forced to live without each other. Separated for most of their lives, they will take control of their destiny, while never giving up on their hope of being reunited. Starring Fernanda Montenegro as Euridice, and Júlia Stockler as Guida, with Carol Duarte, Gregório Duvivier, Marcio Vito, & Bárbara Santos. This gem is worth your time.
"If you want the real story, you'll need to talk to the mud soldiers." Roadside Attractions has unveiled an official trailer for a war hero movie titled The Last Full Measure, about a USAF Pararescue medic who saved over sixty men during the Vietnam War. Decades after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (also known as "Pits") is awarded the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions on the battlefield. Starring Jeremy Irvine as Pits, and an ensemble cast including Sebastian Stan, William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Diane Ladd, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, Ed Harris, Grant Gustin, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, Alison Sudol, Amy Madigan, Linus Roache, John Savage, Robert Pine, and Ser'Darius Blain. As heroic as this story seems, there's nothing special about the project and it has been delayed for release this year into January next year - which is never a good sign.
"You decide if the games outweigh the obvious risks." IFC Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled Three Christs, based on a true story from the late 1950s. This film originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017, but has been awaiting release ever since - finally opening in January for those still interested. Three Christs tells the story of an experiment that first began in 1959 at Michigan's Ypsilanti State Hospital, where Dr. Alan Stone treated three paranoid schizophrenic patients who each believe they are Jesus Christ. Dr. Stone pioneers a simple, yet revolutionary treatment: instead of submitting each of the patients to electroshock, he puts them in a room together to confront their delusions. What transpires is a darkly comic, intensely dramatic story about the nature of identity and the power of empathy. This stars Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, Julianna Margulies, Kevin Pollak, and James Monroe Iglehart. It seems a bit dry but intriguing - take a look.
"How far are you prepared to go?" Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for a new crime-thriller trilogy called Intrigo from Sweden based on a series of novels. Following in the footsteps of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series, three sort-of-interconnected films have already been made back-to-back-to-back and will be released consecutively next year. The first film, titled Intrigo: Death of an Author, is set to be released in January in the US. Being called "one of the most unique storytelling experiences hitting theaters in 2020." Set in northern Europe including Sweden and the Netherlands, the trio of films deal with intimate portraits of crime. Benno Fürmann stars as a man who receives the last manuscript from a famous author who has disappeared. The cast in this one includes Ben Kingsley, Tuva Novotny, Elizabeth Counsell, Michael Byrne, Veronica Ferres, Ed Cooper Clarke, and Sandra Dickinson. This is a teaser for all three films - including Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria - which will follow the first one next year.
"The older you get, you learn a couple of things about life… You get to know where you come from…" Amazon Studios has released a second official trailer for Alma Har'el's acclaimed Honey Boy, which is now playing in select theaters. This premiered at Sundance (watch the first trailer), and opened earlier in the month; but another trailer can't hurt - right? Honey Boy is an autobiographical story about Shia LaBeouf - he wrote the screenplay and stars in the film playing his father, a "hard-drinking, law-breaking" rodeo clown who treats his son roughly. Actors Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges play Shia (as a character named Otis Lort) at different ages, showing his rise to fame and subsequent drunken downfall. From a screenplay by LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Also starring Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, FKA Twigs, Natasha Lyonne, Maika Monroe, Clifton Collins Jr., and Martin Starr. What a lovely, lovely trailer.
"Something is very wrong with this town!" Madman Films in Australia has unveiled another official trailer for the indie dark comedy Judy & Punch, the latest Blue Tongue Films production (run by Nash & Joel Edgerton). Written and directed by Australian actress Mirrah Foulkes, her feature directorial debut, the film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It also played at the Sydney, Bucheon, New Zealand, Melbourne, London, and Sitges Film Festivals. Set in the old town of Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule. It's a clever commentary on how women are treated, and how we can do better. Starring Mia Wasikowska as Judy & Damon Herriman as Punch, along with Benedict Hardie, Eddie Baroo, Tom Budge, Virginia Gay, and Don Bridges. It's the best trailer for this weird, twisted film yet.
"Do all lovers feel they're inventing something?" Neon has released a new 30-sec promo trailer for Céline Sciamma's beloved Portrait of a Lady on Fire, to remind people of the release plans for this stunning French film. But they're switching up the original plan to play the awards season. The film will still open on December 6th, but only in New York and Los Angeles, for an exclusive "one-week run" to quality for the Oscars. Then Neon will wait for two months and re-open the film nationwide, in full wide release, on Friday, February 14th – Valentine's Day – only five days after the Oscars air. Set on an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a rebellious young woman. The two fall madly in love with each other. Noémie Merlant co-stars with Adèle Haenel, and a cast that includes Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Christel Baras, Armande Boulanger, Guy Delamarche, and Clément Bouyssou. This is an extra wait, but it will be well worth it when it is finally out in wide release in February. The painted poster by Akiko Stehrenberger (seen below) is also spectacular.
"In this time of man's great innocence…" Focus Features has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Emma, a new adaptation of the classic Jane Austen comedic book about happiness, love and romance. The novel was adapted once before in 1996 into Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and was re-interpreted into films like Clueless and Aisha previously. This time around Anya Taylor-Joy plays Emma Woodhouse, the precocious young woman who plays matchmaker for her friends. The film's full ensemble cast includes Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O'Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells. The film seems to be picking up where The Favourite left off, riffing on the old times, mocking all the absurdity of the way things used to be.
"Did you… pull out?" Warner Bros Home Entertainment has unveiled the official trailer for a movie titled Snatchers, a horror comedy from the filmmaking duo Stephen Cedars & Benji Kleiman. Some folks may recognize this already, as it's based on the short film and TV series also both titled Snatchers, dealing with the same thing. After status-obsessed teen Sara, played by newcomer Mary Nepi, has sex for the first time, she wakes up the next day nine months pregnant-with an alien. It's a creepy, icky, amusing creature feature pregnancy comedy and it actually lives up to that conceptual potential. Also starring Gabrielle Elyse, J.J. Nolan, Austin Fryberger, Nick Gomez, Rich Fulcher, Amy Landecker, and Ashley Argota. This really, really does look like it might be the best possible version of this pregnancy-as-a-monster metaphor turned into a movie. All the jokes are solid, their friendship works well, might even be better than this looks.