"You're not going to be able to get away with this anymore." Momentum Pictures has released the official trailer for The Devil Has a Name, directed by acclaimed actor Edward James Olmos. Let's be clear - "greed" is the name of the devil (despite the line in this trailer), and he/it has poisoned the entire world. A psychotic oil matriarch leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned. David Strathairn stars as a farmer who won't give up his fight, and puts everything at risk, to take down greed corporate oil schmucks in this film inspired by "bizarre, true events." The impressive full cast includes Kate Bosworth, Edward James Olmos, Katie Aselton, Haley Joel Osment, with Alfred Molina and Martin Sheen. This looks crazy-in-a-good-way and awesome in terms of the fervor - take down those greedy bastards! Or at least let's hope they don't crush this poor farmer guy.
"Do you honestly think that this whole free-loading universe is out to get you? You're stuck in here, same as me." Sony Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie dramedy titled The Last Shift, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film is directed by Emmy-winning doc filmmaker Andrew Cohn, making his first narrative feature, and is an American story about two men struggling in the same town, while worlds apart. Richard Jenkins co-stars as a fast food worker who plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar's Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon, played by Shane Paul McGhie (also seen in American Skin, Foster Boy, and on "Deputy"). The cast includes Ed O'Neill, Allison Tolman, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and Birgundi Baker. This looks like a humble, honest story of two people just trying to live and enjoy life.
"Feelings can creep up just like that." Block 2 Distribution has released an new official trailer for the 4K restoration and re-release of Wong Kar Wai's beloved romance classic In the Mood for Love. The film originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, where Tony Leung Chiu Wai won Best Actor. Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. Described as a "a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has secured a place in the cinematic canon, and is a milestone in Wong's redoubtable career." The film also stars Maggie Cheung. It was also released on Criterion Blu-ray recently and will be showing in "virtual cinemas" and a few select theaters later this fall. A must see even if you've already watched it plenty of times before. Enjoy.
"I want to know… that there's meaning in the things I do." Well Go USA has released the full-length official trailer for Synchronic, the fascinating new sci-fi thriller from acclaimed filmmaking duo Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, The Endless). This premiered at TIFF last year, and also played at the Sitges and London Film Festivals, plus Fantastic Fest and a few others. Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects. It's a refreshing new take on time travel, involving a technique that we've never seen before. Of course Benson & Moorhead are always innovating even in low key ways. The film stars Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, with Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides, Natasha Tina Liu, Martin Bats Bradford. I saw this last year and loved it, writing that it's "a worthy new addition to the time travel sci-fi subgenre."
"This is completely insane. Like a thousand steps too far." 1091 Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie film titled Treason, a strange satire about a man who rules a made-up nation with his family as his only subjects. This seems kind of like that "Family Guy" episode when Peter creates Petoria, but as a real indie film. When his son takes the mission too far and his daughter questions everything, Grant fights for control in the face of family, country, and reality. The indie stars Jeff LeBeau, Dalia Vosylius, Emma Center, Colby Rummell, Ra Hanna, Felisha Michelle Cacho, Jordan Wall, Pierce Minor, and Bill Lithgow. This looks interesting, I'll give it that, but not sure if it's any good or merely a funny concept.
"You keep a dead husband inside a box of chocolates?" Vertical Ent. has released the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled Then Came You, from filmmaker Adriana Trigiani with a screenplay written by Kathie Lee Gifford. The romcom film is about a lonely who widow plans a trip around the world with her husband's ashes, to visit the places they loved in the movies. The first stop on the journey changes her life forever as she meets a Scottish man and falls hard for him, but struggles to let go of her dead husband and move on. This stars Kathie Lee Gifford as Annabelle, with Craig Ferguson, Ford Kiernan, Phyllida Law, and Brett James. This looks extra campy and extra schmaltzy, with all the usual "can't move on" tropes and cringe-inducing dialogue. Not to mention one of the worst song choices for a trailer ever? Eeesh.
"What's the matter, dad?" "Strange things going on around us." Sony Classics has revealed the first official trailer for indie drama The Father, which originally premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film marks the feature directorial debut of French filmmaker Florian Zeller and stars Anthony Hopkins as "the father", a man with dementia who can no longer make much sense of the world anymore. Anthony refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages, growing more confused. He begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality. The film "warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; it's heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives." Also starring Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, & Olivia Williams. A tough film to watch, but worthy in its authenticity.
"Don't worry, I have a huge check coming in at the end of the month… Everything's gonna be fine." IFC Films has released the full-length official trailer for the indie drama The Nest, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin's follow-up feature that boasts a number of excellent performances in a nuanced character study. In this searing film about wealth and family, Jude Law stars as an ambitious, greedy husband who moves his family from the US to England hoping to strike it rich with a major business deal. Carrie Coon co-stars as his wife, who starts to see through all his bullshit. "Soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage." Also with Charlie Shotwell, Oona Roche, Adeel Akhtar, and Michael Culkin. This received mostly good reviews out of Sundance, and opens in limited theaters this month for those intrigued in catching it on the big screen soon.
"Just because you're the best-selling author doesn't mean you get to school me on the story…" Shudder has debuted the full-length official trailer for an indie horror comedy film titled Scare Me, marking the feature directorial debut of actor / writer Josh Ruben. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it's a clever take on mumblecore, stuck-in-a-cabin, meta horror storytelling. It's about two horror writers, who end up battling in a cabin over who's horror stories are better. During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny may be the better storyteller. Starring Josh Ruben and Aya Cash, along with Chris Redd and Rebecca Drysdale. We posted the first teaser trailer last month, and the film launches streaming on Shudder next month. A very fun, clever horror film to watch with your friends (virtually to be safe) this Halloween season.
"You need to wake up." Bulldog Distribution has released a second official UK trailer for Eternal Beauty, the second feature film directed by actor Craig Roberts (also seen in Submarine, Jane Eyre, Neighbors). Roberts both wrote and directed this film, which stars Sally Hawkins as a woman who is dumped at the altar and spirals into a breakdown. It will open in both the US & UK at the start of October this year. The cast also includes David Thewlis, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, and Penelope Wilton. This first premiered at the London Film Festival last year, with reviews stating the film "captures cycles of dysfunction with well-judged doses of comedy and a glimmer of hope, making it a memorable tale of exploration." This looks like it's worth a watch for the originality alone, along with Sally Hawkins who is always exceptional in any role.
"What's the deal with the water?" Dark Star Pictures has released the first official trailer for The Wall of Mexico, which originally premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. From filmmakers Zachary Cotler & Magdalena Zyzak (Maya Dardel) comes an intriguing, strange film about a wealthy Mexican-American family and their water. Jackson Rathbone stars as a handyman who is hired by the Aristas, who are not well-liked by the townspeople - something to do with the mysterious water well Don guards at night. As the water level drops from possible theft, the family decide to build a massive wall. The film's cast includes Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado, Alex Menses, and Xander Berkley. There's a lot of intense close-up shots in this trailer, which makes it all the more confusing to figure out what exactly is going on. Is it about water or about the daughters? Or is it about something else going on? Have a look.
"Okay, bye world!" Bleecker Street has released an official trailer for an indie titled Save Yourselves!, a relationship comedy mixed up with an alien invasion sci-fi. It's not what you think! And that's a good thing. This originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, as it's a unique and amusing take on alien romcoms. A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack. Starring John Reynolds and Sunita Mani as Jack and Su, with a small cast also including Ben Sinclair, John Early, and Jo Firestone. The more this year has gone on, I have started to think this might just be the perfect apocalypse film. The aliens are so cute and cuddly, and not only that, but the whole film is so much fun to watch at home. Think you can safely get out of the big city? Think again…