"You'll never get a chance like this." CJ Entertainment has debuted the official US trailer for a South Korean stock market scam thriller titled Money, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Park Noo-ri. Money is about an aspiring stockbroker in Seoul who dreams of making big money. But being a rookie without the right connections makes it difficult for him to survive in the cut-throat world of stock exchange market. So when he is approached by "The Ticket", an anonymous mastermind who secretly controls the stock market, he takes the chance despite the dire consequences. Well, that sounds damn good. The film stars Ryu Jun-yeol, Yoo Ji-tae, Cho Woo-jin, and Kim Jae-young. Thanks to CJ Ent., the film is getting a US release later this month, just one week after it opens in Korea. And it looks fantastic! You need to watch this trailer.
"How long have I got?" Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for an award-winning indie drama titled Tucked, the first queer film from prolific young British director Jamie Patterson. This premiered at the Outfest Film Festival last year, where it won both the Narrative Audience Award and the International Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize. Tucked is about an aging drag queen named Jackie Collins, who has been told he only has six weeks left to live. All he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his entire life. Starring Jordan Stephens, Derren Nesbitt, April Pearson, and Steve Oram. Worth a peek if you're curious.
"I'm building a home worthy of a unicorn." Netflix has debuted a trailer for indie comedy Unicorn Store, the feature directorial debut of actress Brie Larson (aka Captain Marvel). This originally premiered back in 2017 at the Toronto Film Festival, before Larson rocked the screen as Captain Marvel, and also stopped by the Edinburgh Film Festival last year. It received dismal reviews and was buried pretty quickly. Netflix is finally giving the film a release this April, if anyone is still curious. Larson's Unicorn Store also stars Brie Larson as a woman named Kit who receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams of having a unicorn. Described as a "quirky and offbeat story that's delivered with real charm and affection." The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Joan Cusack, Martha MacIsaac, Karan Soni, Ryan Hansen, Annaleigh Ashford, Hamish Linklater, & Mamoudou Athie. Quirky but fun.
"Come on in, don't be shy." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for the indie action thriller Avengement, an intense new crime film made in the UK. This is the latest collaboration between Adkins and director Jesse V. Johnson, they also made Triple Threat together. Avengement is about a lowly criminal who is thrown in jail and made into a cold-hearted killer. While on furlough, he escapes his guards and goes for revenge on the people who set him up. The cast includes Craig Fairbrass, Thomas Turgoose, Nick Moran, Kierston Wareing, Leo Gregory, Beau Fowler, Louis Mandylor, and Terence Maynard. This looks like your standard revenge action flick mixed with prison brutality, without much more to offer.
"Do you feel sorry about what you did?" The Orchard has debuted the official trailer for an indie drama titled Savage Youth, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival last year and stopped by a few other small festivals. The second feature from director Michael Curtis Johnson, Savage Youth is set in small town America following a group of young people. Based on a true story, six young lives collide in the most horrific and twisted of ways. Described as a "brutal examination of doomed youth exiled to society's edge." The film stars Grace Victoria Cox, Tequan Richmond, Will Brittain, Chloe Levine, Mitchell Edwards, J. Michael Trautmann, and Sasha Feldman. Looks like yet another forgettable kids-are-crazy indie flick.
"This town is a sanctuary… Every man worth the name knows the value of being unreachable." HBO has debuted a teaser trailer for their upcoming Deadwood movie, which is going with the title of Deadwood: The Movie. Based on the hit TV series that originally premiered in 2004, this Deadwood movie continues where that left off and follows many of the same characters from the gold-mining camp of Deadwood. Ian McShane stars as Al Swearengen, with Timothy Olyphant, and a cast featuring John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, Kim Dickens, Sean Bridgers, Robin Weigert, Anna Gunn, Jeffrey Jones, Paula Malcomson, and Tony Curran. This is looking pretty damn good. And this is a nice tease, just the right amount of footage to grab your attention (again) without giving anyway anything too big. Have a look.
"Playing rough won't get you anywhere with me." Epic Pictures Group has debuted an official trailer for the indie action horror film titled Black Site, which is getting a direct-to-VOD release next month. The film is an 80s-inspired, John Carpenter-esque action horror about a supernatural entity known as The Elder Gods. A young woman is forced to push past her worst fears and battle to deport it back to where it came from. Set inside an underground military base known as The Artemis Black Site, the movie mixes an Escape From New York-style survival story with Lovecraftian elements. This stars Henry Douthwaite, Sophia Del Pizzo, Lauren Ashley Carter, Jessica-Jane Stafford, and Bentley Kalu. See the preview below.
"Would you help set the mood for our new guest?" Ohhh hell yes!! Lionsgate/Summit has unleashed the second official trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, following the first badass trailer from January earlier this year. This is the highly anticipated next sequel in the action franchise starring Keanu Reeves as super-assassin John Wick. He continues his one-man fight against the international assassin's guild, known as the High Table. In addition to Reeves, the badass cast in this one features Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston, Laurence Fishburne, Robin Lord Taylor, Asia Kate Dillon, Randall Duk Kim, and Lance Reddick. This is looking so awesome, with many nods to other action movies, in a way that makes me even more excited. This is film is going to kick so much ass.
"A poetic look at nature, nurture, opportunity and struggle." Flies Collective + Film Sales have debuted the official trailer for a documentary titled Phantom Cowboys, which premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and stopped by a few other small fests. From filmmaker Daniel Patrick Carbone, Phantom Cowboys follows three teens from small towns in America - revisiting them eight years later after first meeting them. Giving us a look at their lives as they grow up and approach adulthood, and how it's always a struggle for many. The film "captures the consistent threads of responsibility, parenthood, and manhood that weigh on each of these small-town teenagers, regardless of the community that raised him." Carbone is also credited as cinematographer on the film, making this a very personal project for him. Looks like a very moving doc.
"Maybe he's right - what if we shouldn't be here…" A24 has debuted the first trailer for Joe Talbot's The Last Black Man in San Francisco, one of the best films out of the Sundance Film Festival this year, and already one of my favorite films of the year (not much will be able to top it). Winner of Best Director and a Special Jury Award at Sundance, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a sweeping story about friendship and holding on to your roots in a rapidly changing world. Talbot crafted a gorgeous tribute to hometowns and how they're made—and kept alive—by the people who love them. Jimmie Fails stars as himself, a SF native who travels every day to a house in the city to take care of it. The cast includes Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock, and Thora Birch. This is a beautiful trailer for a beautiful film, and I can't wait for it to arrive in theaters. I wrote a glowing review out of Sundance, and the film already has a guaranteed spot on my Top 10 of the year. A must watch trailer.
"It's all worth the grind." The Orchard has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled Baristas, a sequel to the 2015 cult favorite doc Barista. Both films are about the world's best baristas - the people who make coffee and serve it perfectly to you. In this follow-up to the first film, four National Barista champions from around the globe will represent their countries and their craft in an attempt to win the World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea. From director Rock Baijnauth, it's a potent and lively look at "the surreal world of coffee competitions and the passionate baristas who compete in them." Aside from that guy explaining what's going on, this seems like a fun and inspiring profile of people who live and breath coffee.
"I know of a shaman who works in the kitchen." Pantelion Films + Lionsgate have debuted the first official trailer for a comedy movie titled My Boyfriend's Meds, officially known as Las Pildoras de mi Novio in Spanish (which just translates to My Boyfriend's Meds). This wacky comedy is about a woman who meets the man of her dreams, then suddenly asks him to join her on a work retreat to a remote island resort. But he forgets his prescription medications and goes just a little bit crazy once they're there. Ahh, the things we put up with for love. Sandra Echeverría stars with Jaime Camil, Ana Belena, Brian Baumgartner, Kevin Holt, Daniel Tovar, Pamela Almaza, Juan Soler, James Maslow, and Brooke Shields. This film looks totally, outrageously crazy in a very fake way, and maybe just a tiny bit funny. Decide for yourself.