"If our leaders, if they are evil, what does one do?" Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first official trailer for the new Terrence Malick film titled A Hidden Life (originally known as Radegund while in production). This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival playing in competition this summer, but didn't win any awards. Set during World War II in Austria, the film follows a local farmer who refuses to fight for the Nazis after they take over and annex Austria. The nearly-three-hour-long film follows Franz Jägerstätter, played by August Diehl, as the Nazis come to power and he is eventually thrown in jail for refusing to take the Hitler oath. The cast includes Valerie Pachner (also seen in The Ground Beneath My Feet), Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Matthes, and Karl Markovics. This film is gorgeous and has plenty of ideas to consider that clearly connect to today, but runs on a bit too long (read my full review). That said, I still recommend it and this trailer sells it perfectly.
"I came here to paint you." Madman Films in Australia has unveiled the first official trailer (with English subtitles) for Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the award-winning, acclaimed romantic drama from Cannes Film Festival this year. Written & directed by Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Girlhood), the film went on to win Best Screenplay and the Queer Palme at Cannes, even though it deserved more - for the acting, the direction, and everything else. 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 young woman. The two soon fall madly in love with each other. Noémie Merlant co-stars with Adèle Haenel, and a small cast including Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Christel Baras, Armande Boulanger, Guy Delamarche, and Clément Bouyssou. This is a wonderful film, one of the very best of the year, and it comes highly recommended from everyone who has seen it (here's our review). This trailer gives away a lot but still makes me want to watch (it again).
"It's filthy! You've got a product here that you can't sell, or promote." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for an amusing new indie film titled Dolemite is My Name, the latest feature made by acclaimed American filmmaker Craig Brewer (The Poor & Hungry, Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose). When Hollywood shuts him out, multi-talented Rudy Ray Moore strikes out on his own to make the 1975 blaxploitation film titled Dolemite. Comics and rappers have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite is My Name is a hilarious celebration of a singular talent who made his own legend. Eddie Murphy stars as Rudy Ray Moore, including a fantastic supporting cast with Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Mike Epps, T.I., and Chelsea Gilson. This just looks like a seriously good time at the movies, watching another amusing movie about making movies. And the perfect role for Eddie Murphy to take on these days.
"Are you hearing anything or… seeing anything out of the ordinary?" Signature Entertainment in the UK has unveiled the first official trailer for a cult thriller, psychological horror film titled The Dark Red, the latest from genre filmmaker Dan Bush (The Signal, The Reconstruction of William Zero, The Vault). The film stars April Billingsley as a young woman who is committed to a psychiatric hospital and claims her newborn was stolen by a dark cult, a "secret society to harvest its supernatural blood". But is it true or is she just delusional? The film is described as an "seat-edge twisted shocker" that premiered at the Austin Film Festival late last year, but is still waiting for an official release in the US. The cast includes Conal Byrne, Bernard Setaro Clark, Jill Jane Clements, John Curran, Rhoda Griffis, and Kelsey Scott. This trailer gets pretty violent and bloody (since there's no MPAA restrictions playing a UK trailer) so watch out.
"He doesn't belong here…" FilmRise has unveiled an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Nighthawks, the latest from Tony-winning theater director / filmmaker Grant S. Johnson (Frat Star). Chace Crawford plays a "wide-eyed Midwest transplant" named Stan who agrees to be the wingman to his "calculating and privileged" roommate Chad as they embark upon an exploration of glittering New York City nightlife, whose darkest secrets are held captive by an elite group of millennials known as "Nighthawks". If you think that sounds boring, just wait until you watch the trailer. The cast includes Kevin Zegers, Janet Montgomery, Lola Bessis, Michele Weaver, Blue Kimble, Craig Castaldo, Melanie Blake Roth, Max Sheldon, Juliette Labelle, and Nicole Balsam. This looks way too extravagant and cliche and glitzy for my tastes.
"This is your territory, it's your responsibility. So fix it." We've been posting trailers recently with Laurence Fishburne, and others with Nicolas Cage - but how about a movie with both Fishburne and Cage together?! Quiver Distribution has unveiled the trailer for the crime thriller Running with the Devil, a drug drama from director Jason Cabell (Smoke Filled Lungs). The CEO of an "international conglomerate" sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why recent shipments of cocaine are being hijacked and over cut somewhere on the supply chain. The major cast includes Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Leslie Bibb, Clifton Collins Jr., Peter Facinelli, Christian Tappan, Natalia Reyes, and Cole Hauser. Despite having a great cast, it looks like yet another forgettable drug thriller. Tastes Like Heaven, Burns Like Hell.
"I've wasted so much time doing nothing…" Music Box Films has debuted the official trailer for an indie adventure drama titled Edie, from director Simon Hunter. The film originally premiered at the Edinburgh and Raindance Film Festivals in the UK in 2017, and is finally getting a theatrical release in the US coming up next month. The film stars Sheila Hancock (from Take a Girl Like You and Carry On Cleo) as Edie, an 83-year-old woman who "believes that it is never too late". So she packs up an old camping bag, leaving her life behind, embarking upon an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland (here on Google Maps). The cast also includes Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan, Amy Manson, Wendy Morgan, Rachael Keiller, and Donald Pelmear. This looks exactly like the uplifting, inspiring "you can do anything you want" story that it sounds like, but sometimes we really need these kind of films.
"Everything here is strange." Sony Classics has released one more official US trailer for Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, titled Pain & Glory, or also Dolor y gloria originally in Spanish. This initially premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won Best Actor. Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a Spanish filmmaker, in what is essentially an autobiographical film about Pedro Almodóvar and his experiences throughout life. This has multiple storylines at different times in his life, including his first love, and reconnecting with an old actor later in life. Almodóvar's "Pain & Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one's own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador [Mallo] finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation." Also starring Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia, Cecilia Roth, Raúl Arévalo, Julieta Serrano, Nora Navas, Rosalía, and Agustín Almodóvar. In theaters this October.
"Red's crazy, and Red doesn't like it when people lie." A24 has unveiled the first trailer for an indie thriller titled Low Tide, which is the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Kevin McMullin. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is heading to theaters in the fall. The film is about a group of young friends who get into trouble when they find a bag of gold coins. Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller. The film stars Jaeden Martell, Shea Whigham, Keean Johnson, Alex Neustaedter, Daniel Zolghadri, as well as Kristine Froseth. This looks pretty mediocre, especially with that uber cliche "good guy/bad guy" speech.
"You can win this thing!" "I can't." "Yeah you can!" Momentum Pictures + eOne UK have debuted the first official trailer for A Million Little Pieces, an intense addiction drama from husband-wife team: actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and director Sam Taylor-Johnson. The two of them co-wrote the screenplay, based on James Frey's memoir about his own experiences with drug addiction. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays a young drug-addled writer approaching the bottom of his descent who submits to two months of agonizing detox at a treatment center in Minnesota. The full cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, David Dastmalchian, Odessa Young, Dash Mihok, Eugene Byrd, Andy Buckley, and Tom Amandes. It's a solid film about how hard it is to recover from addiction and grow past it, but it's also not a very impressive film in any way. It should be a bit better than it really is.
"I'm your cheerleader, honey boy." Amazon Studios has debuted the first official trailer for the indie film Honey Boy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film 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. This received some great reviews out of Sundance and it's definitely worth a look. From a screenplay by Shia 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., Mario Ponce, and Martin Starr. Check it out.
"You elect a deranged con-man, just to see what happens…!" Freestyle Releasing has debuted another new official US trailer for the indie satire Hot Air, which hasn't played at any film festivals or elsewhere yet. Hot Air is a timely drama (or satire?) relevant to today's world about a popular right-wing radio host named Lionel Macomb, as played by Steve Coogan. His life takes a sudden turn when his 16 year old niece Tess, played by Taylor Russell, comes crashing into his life. She confronts him and challenges him and makes him question his own position and his own legacy. The cast includes Neve Campbell, Pico Alexander, Skylar Astin, Judith Light, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Griffin Newman, and Judah Friedlander. We posted the first UK trailer for this last month, and they've cut a new US trailer that's definitely trying to rile everyone up. And it's very obviously calling out some bullshit. Now this looks like it might be worth a watch.