"It's normal to feel scared." Scared of how god awful this looks. Amazon has debuted a second official trailer for Shotgun Wedding, a ridiculous, wild comedy dumped by studios for a streaming release in January. Here's the unexciting pitch: A couple's extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals. In the process of saving their families, they rediscover why they fell in love in the first place. This still seems super awkward - making light of a terrorist attack on a wedding? I don't know, not for me. Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel star, with Jennifer Coolidge, D'Arcy Carden, Melissa Hunter, Callie Hernandez, Cheech Marin, Sônia Braga, Steve Coulter, and Lenny Kravitz as her ex Sean. This looks so bad. I'm glad they are dumping it soon because I want to move on as fast as possible and forget this film even exists.
"Did Megan do something bad?" Universal has debuted a second official trailer for M3GAN, a freaky fun horror movie arriving in theaters in January. This is pretty much just a fun remix of the first trailer. From the most prolific minds in horror—James Wan, the filmmaker behind the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Blumhouse, the producer of the Halloween films, The Black Phone and The Invisible Man—comes a fresh new face in terror. A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own. This stars Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Lori Dungey, Stephane Garneau-Monten, plus Amie Donald as M3GAN and Jenna Davis as the voice. This is absolutely the new Child's Play remake, refreshing this "what if a doll came to life and killed people" concept in the most entertaining and absurd of ways. This should be wicked.
"You betrayed your country! For her!" Netflix has revealed a trailer for a limited series titled Treason, arriving for streaming at the end of December just before the New Year. Adam Lawrence was trained and groomed by MI6, his career seems set. He becomes the newly appointed head of the entire agency after an attempted assassination on the former leader. But when the past catches up with him in the form of Kara, a Russian spy with whom he shares a complicated past, he is forced to question everything and everyone in his life. Secrets, lies and diplomatic relationships will all come to light. A new spy series from the writer of the Bridge of Spies screenplay. Charlie Cox stars with Oona Chaplin, Olga Kurylenko, Ciaran Hinds, Tracy Ifeachor, and Brian Law. This seems like a very sneak, mysterious spy thriller with a lot of double-crossing, tricky things going on. A big concept, made on a small Netflix budget. Will it be good? Take a look.
"I believe the dead haunt us because we love them too little." Netflix has unveiled the full official trailer for The Pale Blue Eye, the second Edgar Allen Poe film this year about when he was at West Point. (Along with Raven's Hollow on Shudder.) It opens first in theaters later in December before playing on Netflix in January. Set at West Point, 1830. A world-weary detective is hired to discreetly investigate the gruesome murder of a cadet. Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case — a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe. The film stars Christian Bale as Landor and Harry Melling as Poe, with Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Hadley Robinson, Timothy Spall, Brennan Cook, plus Charlie Tahan, and Robert Duvall. This is a damn fine trailer, it reminds me of Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, with all the confusion of the investigation. It's looking like this film might be pretty good after all.
"When did he become more important to you than us?" Lionsgate has released the trailer for an acclaimed indie drama titled Alice, Darling, marking the feature directorial debut of British filmmaking Mary Nighy (who also happens to be the daughter of actor Bill Nighy). This premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival recently, and also stopped by the Philadelphia and Whistler Film Festivals this fall. A young woman trapped in an abusive relationship becomes the unwitting participant in an intervention staged by her two closest friends. While with them, Alice rediscovers the essence of herself and gains some much-needed perspective. Slowly, she starts to fray the cords of codependency that bind her… Anna Kendrick stars as Alice, with a cast including Wunmi Mosaku, Kaniehtiio Horn, Charlie Carrick, Markjan Winnick, and Daniel Stolfi. This looks outstanding, so tense at times it really seems like a horror film. A must watch new trailer.
"There's only a few things in life that are ever worth giving a #@%! about." Universal has unveiled a trailer for the documentary film called The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%!, a cinematic adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name. The film will explore society's obsessions with the pursuit of happiness and will be presented by Mark Manson alongside Disappointment Panda, a character from the book whose superpower is to tell people the harsh truth. "The author himself, Mark Manson, cuts through the crap to offer his not-giving-a-f*ck philosophy: a dose of raw, refreshing, honesty that shows us how to live more contented, grounded lives." This sounds great! I'm in. "Filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, this movie is a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk to remind us that there are only so many things we can give a fuck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter." Really looking forward to watching. This funny and honest trailer hooked me, for sure.
"Sorcery was the only logical conclusion." Super LTD has revealed the official US trailer for the acclaimed French drama Saint Omer, which first premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival this fall a few months ago. It won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at that fest, before going on to screen at the Toronto, New York, London, Busan, Hamptons, Ghent, and Chicago Film Festivals. The fictional film follows Rama, a novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly at the Saint-Omer Criminal Court to use her story to write a modern-day adaptation of the ancient myth of "Medea", but things don't go as expected. As the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama's convictions. Starring Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit, and Xavier Maly. While many critics are fans of this film, I did not like it much at all. It's excruciatingly dry and dull, with most of it set in a courtroom with boring static shots. With that said, I will admit this is a fantastic trailer - it's even better than the film itself.
"Time helps and heals our mistakes." Club illico in Quebec has debuted the first official trailer for a series titled The Night Where Laurier Gaudreault Woke Up, also known as The Night Logan Woke Up. If you've been wondering when we'll see the next, new film from the acclaimed Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan - this is his latest project. But it's a series, not a new film this time, which is what so many directors are doing right now in these strange times for the film industry. This one follows the story of three friends whose lives are shattered after one commits rape. One October night in 1991, the destinies of Mireille, her brother Julien and their best friend Laurier are forever changed by a terrible incident and their paths go their separate ways. Both families are broken. Nothing will ever be the same again… This stars Patrick Hivon, Magalie Lépine Blondeau, Éric Bruneau, Julianne Côté, Julie LeBreton, as well as Dolan. A very powerful first look, with Dolan's usual intense melodrama and dark scenes. Take a closer look below.
The new film from Bong Joon ho… In theaters in 2024! Warner Bros has revealed a very quick first look video for their upcoming Bong Joon-ho movie titled Mickey 17, a sci-fi thriller about a clone. This promo is also tied with the release date announcement - Mickey 17 will be in theaters starting March 29th, 2024 more than a year from now. Filming is still underway on the project, which has been in production for a few months already. Robert Pattinson stars as Mickey Barnes, an "Expendable": a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. There can't be more than two of them at the same time, but after he goes missing he comes back to discover another. Based on a novel by Edward Ashton. The cast also includes Naomi Ackie, Steven Yeun, Toni Collette, Mark Ruffalo, and Holliday Grainger. It's a very quick first look with one intriguing shot. More than enough for me! Can't wait to see this already.
"She says as much as she needs to say." Super LTD has revealed an official US trailer for The Quiet Girl, a wonderful little Irish film that is opening in the US starting in February. The film is Ireland's official entry in the Best International Film category at the Oscars this year, and it will have a week qualifying run in the US in December. Set in rural Ireland 1981, the film introduces us to Cáit. She is a quiet, neglected girl who is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one. This is really beautiful film because it's a rare film that shows us what it's like to be raised by and care for by a family that properly loves their children. It's nice to see this instead of all the trauma and pain, and bad parents, in so many other stories. Starring Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, and Michael Patric. I enjoyed this film, one of the undiscovered gems of 2022. If this trailer catches your attention, please watch the film.
"You'd be wise to be afraid." Pathe in France has revealed the first global teaser trailer for their new take on the classic story - The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan. This adaptation is being released as a two-part movie series, with the second part titled The Three Musketeers: Milady, opening at Christmas 2023 later in the year. This first movie is set to debut in France this April, but there's no US release confirmed yet. Both films were filmed on location in France, during an epic eight months shoot, and kept as raw and authentic as possible based on Dumas' book. Both films in this two-part adventure star François Civil as D'Artagnan, Vincent Cassel as Athos, Romain Duris as Aramis, Pio Marmaï as Porthos, with Eva Green, Vicky Krieps, Lyna Khoudri, Louis Garrel, and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd. That's quite an impressive cast! This first teaser runs a full 2 1/2 minutes, pretty much an official trailer with tons of footage anyway. Looks like they're aiming for realism this time, with a revolutionary kick and massive sets. But does it look any good..?
"You don't have to turn them into the Lakers. They just need to feel like a team." Hey, another cheesy feel good movie for everyone to enjoy! Focus Features has revealed an official trailer for an indie comedy called Champions, an English-language US remake of the Spanish comedy also called Champions (from 2018). A former minor-league basketball coach receives a court order to take over a team of players with intellectual disabilities. Despite his doubts, he soon realizes that together they can go further than ever imagined. This sounds like the plot of Mighty Ducks, but with an extra twist with his young players. Woody Harrelson stars in this as Coach Marcus, along with Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, Matt Cook, Kaitlin Olson, Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, and Matthew Von Der Ahe. This looks like something fun and uplifting, though also seems easy to forget as soon as it's over. Get a look.