"What are you going to do with me, huh? You gunna keep me down here forever?!" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for a strange, dark thriller called I Hate the Man in My Basement, which is quite an attention-getting title. This will be available on VOD in a few weeks, skipping theaters entirely. This dark comedy film stars Chris Marquette and Manny Montana, and it's about a grieving widower who struggles to appear normal while living with a secret in his basement. Who exactly is this guy he's keeping down there and why does he hate him so much? Also starring Nora-Jane Noone and Mary Birdsong. Looks especially peculiar and not that comedic, maybe there's more than we're getting to see in this trailer.
"Grace – you are the song. You should not be buried under all this flashy garbage." Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for the movie The High Note, set in the "dazzling world" of the Los Angeles music scene. Tracee Ellis Ross stars as a singing "superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights." She crosses paths with her overworked personal assistant, played by Dakota Johnson. When her manager presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever. The film also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, with an appearance by Diplo. This looks like an electrifying, stylish adventure through the music scene, with lots of good-looking people trying to make the best music they can.
"Scotland is clutched in the grip of a mighty hand… Now, we'll set her free!" Screen Media Films has just released another official US trailer for the Scottish historical action drama Robert the Bruce, made by Australian director Richard Gray (of Mine Games, Blinder, The Lookalike, Broken Ghost). Robert the Bruce is a hard-hitting historical epic covering the turbulent time after William Wallace's victories depicted in Braveheart. This originally premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last year - which is when we featured the first UK trailer. Angus Macfadyen stars (playing the same role he played in Braveheart), joined by a big cast with Jared Harris, Zach McGowan, Daniel Portman, Emma Kenney, Melora Walters, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Patrick Fugit, Gabriel Bateman, and Kevin McNally. The film also features original music from Scottish national treasure Lulu. This looks like it might be good, or might very boring, and they're definitely playing off of "Game of Thrones" being over. Check it out below.
"It's all so confusing…!" Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie ensemble comedy titled Almost Love, a film about romance in the smartphone era. Also known as Sell By, which is the title the film is using for the UK release. This originally premiered at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival, and also played at numerous LGBTQ festivals including Outfest, Out on Film Festival, and a few others. Adam and Marklin's 5-year relationship has gone from a passionate flame to a simmer, forcing them to reconcile with each other's shortcomings while their friends endlessly search for/deal with love in New York City. The film marks the directorial debut of actor Mike Doyle, and stars Scott Evans, Augustus Prew, Michelle Buteau, Colin Donnell, Zoe Chao, Christopher Gray, John Doman, Patricia Clarkson, and Kate Walsh. This looks a bit cheesy and cliche, no surprise, mixed with some modern charm and humor. Enjoy.
"You've got a lot of work to do before you're ready to race." Netflix has unveiled a new official trailer for the Australian coming-of-age racing movie originally known as Go!. They have since retitled it to the more generic Go Karts, even though it's the exact same film. The feel-good family coming-of-age film is about a wild young man named Jack who moves to a small town in Western Australia with his mother. He takes up competitive go-kart racing, but must work with an eccentric team to help overcome his own problems and win the championship. Starring William Lodder as Jack, and a cast with Frances O'Connor, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Richard Roxburgh, Cooper Van Grootel, and Dan Wyllie. This actually looks much better than it sounds, might be be a fun one to watch sometime. Go karts are cool.
"I need to know where this Vermeer came from." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first official trailer for an indie WWII drama titled The Last Vermeer, based on a true story. An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye. The Last Vermeer is about a former Dutch resistance fighter investigating stolen art, who discovers the truth about a painter who sold a Vermeer to the Nazis during the war. Described as a "captivating and surprising dramatic thriller about a forgotten true story set just after World War II in Holland." The film stars Claes Bang (from The Square), Vicky Krieps (from Phantom Thread), Guy Pearce, and August Diehl. I am a sucker for these kind of films, especially when they're about art or something beyond just war, and this looks like a fascinating story.
"I feel really connected to this neighborhood." Universal has unveiled the first official trailer for the new update on Candyman, described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 cult classic horror film starring Tony Todd. The film is directed by Nia DaCosta (of Little Woods previously) and is produced & co-written by Jordan Peele. This one continues in the the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood, which has been "gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials." Oh boy. But the legend of the Candyman is still haunting the area. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (from If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by the original Tony Todd. This looks great!! Even better than expected. I dig how slick & clean it looks and all the killer art. Very much looking forward to watching.
"What would happen in a horror movie now?" Paper Street Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for an indie horror anthology film titled Scare Package. This premiered at the Sitges Film Festival last year, and also played at the Telluride Horror Show and FrightFest London. This new horror-comedy anthology with seven different stories "brings together some of the brightest rising stars in horror filmmaking today. This splatter-packed, deviously clever throwback pays homage to horror classics with seven hilarious, meta tales of terror, each exploring—and subverting—different genre tropes. All wrapped around every horror fan's beloved stomping grounds: an old school video store." Starring Noah Segan, Baron Vaughn, Chase Williamson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Jeremy King, Dustin Rhodes, Zoe Graham, Hawn Tran, Chelsey Grant, Jon Michael Simpson, Josephine McAdam, and more. Looks like some crazy good fun! Enjoy.
"I am offering you a way out." Good Deed Ent. has released the first official US trailer for an indie WWII action thriller titled Enemy Lines, a shortened version of "Behind Enemy Lines" (which was already used for the 2001 film). In the frozen, war torn landscape of occupied Poland during World War II, a crack team of allied commandos – a British squad is matched with an American officer – are sent on a deadly mission behind enemy lines to extract a Polish rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis. Starring Ed Westwick, with John Hannah, Tom Wisdom, Corey Johnson, Ekaterina Valdimirova, and Pawel Delag as Dr. Fabian. This looks like like your standard WWII action thriller with all the usual war movie tropes, and Nazis, plus a few big tanks and shoot outs. Doesn't seem particularly unique, but still might be worth a look.
"If we're doing this, we have to do it right." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted a trailer for a crime thriller titled Stray Dolls, the feature directorial debut of Indian-American filmmaker Sonejuhi Sinha. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year (also called Love Comes Later) and it played at the Seattle, Montana, and San Diego Asian Film Festivals. Leaving India behind to break with a life of petty crime, Riz arrives stateside and gets a housekeeping job at a motel. There she meets Dallas, her new roommate. At first antagonistic, the girls soon realize their opposite personalities complement each other in this film where "one petty crime spirals into the next." Starring Geetanjali Thapa & Olivia DeJonge as Riz and Dallas, the "stray dolls", plus Cynthia Nixon, Robert Aramayo, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rosemary Howard. Maybe there's some good performances, but the rest of the film looks pretty rough. Not much to see in here.
"This is the real thing." Universal has released another new international trailer for the controversial action film The Hunt, which was set to open last fall until it was pulled from the schedule. But it's back! And now opening in March. We posted a brand new US trailer a few weeks ago, now we have a UK trailer and poster to go along with it. This "Most Dangerous Game"-inspired thriller is the latest by clever filmmaker Craig Zobel (of Compliance, Z for Zachariah). There's a manor where "elites" go to hunt other humans for sport. However, one of the hunted this time seems to know the game better than the hunters, and starts to fight back. Betty Gilpin stars as Crystal, plus an ensemble cast featuring Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Steve Coulter, Ethan Suplee, and Hilary Swank. This international trailer has a bigger dose of the violence than the other one - have a look.
"I want to go home!" IFC Films has debuted an official US trailer for the extra-bleak Czech war drama The Painted Bird, originally titled Nabarvené ptáce in Czechia. This originally premiered at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, and earned mixed reviews, praising the raw intensity of this harrowing war-is-hell feature. Written & directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul, and adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's novel of the same name, it's about a young Jewish boy wandering around Eastern Europe alone during WWII. The B&W 35mm film is described as an "evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II." The Painted Bird is a dramatic story examining the immediate relationship between terror and cruelty on one side and innocence and love on the other. The film stars Petr Kotlár as The Boy, plus Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Lech Dyblik, Aleksey Kravchenko, Petr Vaněk, & Barry Pepper. This won't be for everyone, a bit too gloomy for these times.