"Welcome to the park - have a nice day!" Paramount Animation has debuted the full, official trailer for their latest creation, an animated adventure movie titled Wonder Park taking us to a magical amusement park called Wonderland. There isn't much known about the story, except that it involves this park "where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive." This seems like a mash-up of Zootopia and Tomorrowland, with everything being so imaginative, plus all the talking animals. Brianna Denski voices June, and the primary cast includes Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ken Hudson Campbell. This looks like a ton of fun, though I'm not sure about the infighting in the park, but the rest of it seems thoroughly entertaining.
"By freeing yourselves, you are liberating the world." Sony Classics has debuted an official US trailer for the German film Never Look Away, originally titled Werk Ohne Autor in German - which means Work Without Author, essentially "Anonymous". The 3-hour long film spans 3 eras in German history, following a young German painter who becomes an artist and spends decades attempting to find the real meaning in his work. Tom Schilling stars as Kurt Barnert, and Paula Beer plays his wife Ellie. The plot involves a doctor who worked for the Nazis hiding his past, and Kurt discovering who he is but deciding how to deal with this realization. Never Look Away also stars Sebastian Koch, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Ulrike C. Tscharre, and Hanno Koffler. I saw this in Venice, and it's a wonderful film, very deeply inspiring and engaging despite its extensive running time. If you think of yourself an artist at all, this is a must watch film.
"It's better to try and fail." GKids has debuted the second official US trailer for the long-awaited Miyazaki documentary titled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, which they will be releasing in US theaters later this year. The doc was originally made for TV and released in Japan in 2016, but has been awaiting a global release ever since then. Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki spends intimate time with Miyazaki-san himself, examining his time since retirement in 2013. It follows his very first attempts to use computers for animation to make the film Boro the Caterpillar for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. The big question it asks: "Can an old master who thinks he's past his prime shine once again?" This film fits right in with that other wonderful Ghibli doc, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. This trailer is pretty much the same as the first one, with the added date info at the end - it's getting a limited theatrical showing for two nights only.
"What secrets do you expect us to have, Eva?" Pantelion Films has unveiled an official US trailer for the release of Perfectos Desconocidos from Mexico, remade by filmmaker Manolo Caro. The title translates to Perfect Strangers, and they're billing this as a "Spanish speaking comedy with English subtitles" from Mexico. It's actually the second remake of an Italian film which first premiered in 2016 - Perfect Strangers or Perfetti Sconosciuti, which was then remade in Spain last year, and is now being remade by Mexico. This version of the film stars Cecilia Suárez, Manuel García-Rulfo, Mariana Treviño, Miguel Rodarte, Bruno Bichir, Ana Claudia Talancón, and Spanish newcomer Franky Martin. This actually looks like a super fun cinematic party game, with a dash of commentary on how much phones have changed our lives.
"Stay sharp. These guys will kill for what they're after." Lionsgate Premiere has debuted an official trailer for an action crime thriller titled Backtrace, starring Sylvester Stallone as a detective. This cops & robbers flick is about an amnesiac criminal, played by Matthew Modine, who is the lone surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery. He's given a drug that forces him to relive the life he's forgotten, in order to find the money he hid. The film's full cast includes Ryan Guzman, Meadow Williams, Christopher McDonald, Colin Egglesfield, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Sergio Rizzuto, and Swen Temmel. We've seen so many of these throwaway action movies, and they pretty much all look the same every time. So much screaming and intensity and gunfire in this glimpse. As always, at least the trailer is free to watch.
"These laws are obstacles to our children's aspirations." Focus Features has debuted the second official trailer, and the final US trailer, for On the Basis of Sex, the gripping film about the early days of iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones plays RBG, and Armie Hammer plays her husband Marty, in a new film by director Mimi Leder (of The Peacemaker, Deep Impact, Pay It Forward). This trailer comes on the heels of another intense international trailer, and the film's US premiere, with the first reactions being mostly positive so far. The film's cast also features Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Sam Waterston, and Francis X. McCarthy. Focus will be releasing On the Basis of Sex in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, so expect a very strong marketing push the rest of the year. This new trailer packs a punch and gets right down to the what this is all about.
"Who is this guy, mom?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Gloria Bell, the latest film from acclaimed, hard-working Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (who received international acclaim for A Fantastic Woman, and also directed Disobedience, now remaking his own 2013 film). This romantic comedy, which premiered at TIFF recently, is about a free-spirited woman in her 50s who seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Starring Julianne Moore as Gloria, with a cast including Alanna Ubach, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sean Astin, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, and John Turturro. Described as a "sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing." Yes, that is actually some superb advice. Dancing rules. I've been hearing lots of great buzz about this, and damn does it look a very good time at the movies.
"Roma is cinema at its purest and most human." Netflix has unveiled another new official trailer for Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's latest film, titled simply Roma. This B&W feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival won the top prize there, the Golden Lion. Roma is a story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Starring Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy García García, and Andy Cortés. This profound film is described as "an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife." Reviews for been effusive, calling it another one of Cuaron's great masterpieces. The story focuses around the maid, a woman named Cleo who works for this big family. A must watch film.
"They did make three movies, this is number four!" Disney has revealed a fun follow-up to their first teaser trailer for Pixar's next sequel Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters in June next summer. This "teaser trailer reaction" introduces us to Ducky & Bunny, voiced by Keegan Michael-Key & Jordan Peele, who provide us with some amusing commentary on our introduction to Forky. This teaser also includes a few Easter Eggs hidden in the background, like the guitar from Coco and more. I despise trailer reaction videos, but this one is a good mockery and in-world which makes it all the better. All the other regular voices are back: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt. This is a fun and playful way to get us back into the Toy Story mood, especially considering there is so much negativity about Forky already.
"I do not standby in the presence of evil." 20th Century Fox has debuted a third trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, about a deadly cyborg humanoid named Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, who is found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido. This CGI-heavy sci-fi movie was set to be released in December, but they delayed it until February - Valentine's Day - in 2019. Giving them more time to finish the VFX and get away from bad buzz. Originally developed by James Cameron for years before this, they're still using his and Laeta Kalogridis' original script, and Cameron is also a producer along with Jon Landau. The film's cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien. I'm honestly still excited to see this, even if it does look a bit weird. Give me a big sci-fi world and some creative characters, and I'm very intrigued. Fire it up.
"There was a time when it was always summer, and life for the animals was peaceful and worry free. Then, one day, winter came to the forest for the very first time…" Baobab Studios has released a trailer for an indie animated short film titled Crow: The Legend, being distributed on VR platforms and also on YouTube this month. Inspired by the original Native American tale of the Crow, the short film features a bright and colorful crow who must make a sacrifice when winter arrives to save his friends. John Legend voices Crow, and the cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Constance Wu, Tye Sheridan, Diego Luna, and Liza Koshy. Executive produced by Baobab Studios, Get Lifted, and Native Americans in Philanthropy. This is one of a few high profile VR shorts, interesting to see this story being told in this way. Worth a look.
"I can offer you, like, more magic than any mushroom ever picked." The Orchard has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Party's Just Beginning, the feature directorial debut of Scottish actor-filmmaker Karen Gillan, who wrote the screenplay as well. This first premiered at the Glasgow and Tribeca Film Festivals earlier this year, and will be available to watch this fall. The Party's Just Beginning also stars Gillan as a woman named Liusaidh, who's struggling to deal with stress and all the feelings after her friend takes his own life. It's a powerful, darkly comedic film about loss, grief, and survivor's guilt. The cast includes Lee Pace, Matthew Beard, Paul Higgins, Rachel Jackson, Siobhan Redmond, Jamie Quinn, and Lesley Harcourt. This seems a bit wild & crazy but actually looks like an impressive debut.