"The main solution is so simple, that even a small child can understand it." An official trailer has debuted online for a documentary filmed titled The Forum, the latest by acclaimed German doc filmmaker Marcus Vetter (of Cinema Jenin, The International Criminal Court, The Forecaster, and Killing for Love). This is premiering at the IDFA Film Festival and at DOK Leipzig this fall, with this new trailer being released to promote it and help the film find international distribution. Vetter is the very first filmmaker allowed to film behind-the-scenes at the annual, top secret, wealthy-people-only World Economic Forum in Switzerland. It gets really exciting when Greta Thunberg shows up, rattling the cages of this elite squad of leaders who just want more money. In all seriousness, this doc looks like an extremely fascinating, enlightening, and thrilling look behind-closed-doors at how the world works. And perhaps how it might be possible to shake things up.
"Going to the ball could get dangerous." Universal has dropped in with the second official trailer for Tom Hooper's epic movie musical Cats, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous Broadway show of the same name. This time turning it into some strange live-action hybrid CG cat mashup - which still doesn't look any less freakier than it did in the first trailer. A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. This fresh new take on Cats stars a huge ensemble cast: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Ray Winstone, Laurent Bourgeois, Laurie Davidson, and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. They really went all out with this trailer, bringing out all the spectacle and glamour and furry madness and celebrities galore.
"You got a good friend here… You don't know how good a friend you got." Netflix has debuted the third & final trailer for Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed The Irishman, which is now playing in cinemas all over the world before arriving on Netflix streaming later this month. Ever since this film premiered at the New York Film Festival, it has been building big buzz with rave reviews across the board, quietly opening in art house theaters (and even on Broadway) earlier this month. The Irishman is about a hitman who recalls his possible involvement in the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese's awesome ensemble cast includes Robert De Niro, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Jack Huston, Harvey Keitel, Domenick Lombardozzi, Tommy McInnis, Stephen Graham, as well as Sebastian Maniscalco, with Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. This is easily the best trailer, setting the stakes and whetting your appetite for all the Scorsese brilliance packed in this film. Must watch no matter how you feel about it.
"What is it? Just say it… I'm here…" Caterpillar Event has released an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled We Used to Know Each Other, the latest from up-and-coming filmmaker Robert G. Putka. Amid the dried out-and-dead desert oasis of suburban Las Vegas, and after three years of living apart, a young couple decides it's finally time to move in with each other and take their relationship to the next level. It's another of these raw, touching, honest looks at modern relationships and how much strain and stress there is. It also takes a moment to try and remind us where all the real love originates from anyway, a bit like Baumbach's Marriage Story. We Used to Know Each Other stars Essa O'Shea and Hugo De Sousa as the main couple, Amanda & Hugo, with a cast including Sandra Cóias, Ashley Lenz, Clare McNulty, and David Norris. It seems fairly authentic and moving, maybe worth a watch when it's out on VOD soon.
"Success is a life where I'm surrounded by people who I love and people who love me." Level 33 Ent. has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Most Likely to Succeed, available to watch starting in December. This ambitious, fascinating film follows four teens from disparate backgrounds who are voted "Most Likely To Succeed" during their senior year of high school in 2007. Award-winning photographer and now filmmaker Pamela Littky follows them for a decade, filming their ups and downs as they discover the true meaning of "success" out in the real world after school. Borrows a bit from the Up series, and Boyhood, but with its own unique take on success. I wasn't expecting much from this, but it really looks fantatic once it gets into it. Get through the first half and once they start looking back it gets real interesting. Have a look.
"Let's get weird." "Boom." 20th Century Fox has revealed a "Super Secret" new trailer for Blue Sky Studios' animated movie Spies In Disguise, the animated movie opening Christmas Day coming up. This makes it the fourth trailer so far, and honestly, it seems they were saving the best for last as this looks the slickest. This animated comedy follows two people: Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When Walter turns Lance into a pigeon, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world. Will Smith plays Lance, and Tom Holland as Walter. The voice cast also includes Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, & Masi Oka. Inspired by the short film Pigeon: Impossible, about a spy battling a pigeon. This final trailer has some seriously stunning shots, with tons of color all over, an intriguing highlight of this last look. Enjoy.
"I can't die with sins buried in my soul." Gravitas has debuted a full US trailer for a crime drama from India titled Line of Descent. Three brothers from a Delhi crime family feud over the future of their enterprise. Meanwhile, an undercover police officer attempts to end the family's legacy, and an arms dealer conspires with the brothers. As wacky as it sounds, Brendan Fraser plays the arms dealer - Charu. The cast includes Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra, Ali Haji, and Anisha Victor. Line of Descent is described as "a classic crime narrative in the backdrop of Delhi merges a dysfunctional, mafia family at war with each other as an undercover officer fights his demons by assisting in their downfall." This looks like your standard crime family epic, though I have to admit, Fraser's narration livens it up in just the right way.
"She really was the sunshine girl!" GKids Films has debuted a final full-length official trailer (with English subtitles) for the Japanese animation film titled Weathering With You, the highly anticipated next film from writer/director Makoto Shinkai, who achieved worldwide acclaimed with the beloved animated film Your Name. This first premiered in North America at TIFF earlier this fall, now opening in US theaters in January. Weathering with You is another original film from Shinkai, featuring some stunningly gorgeous animation. The Japanese title is actually Tenki no ko, which translates to Child of Weather, as the film is about a young man who moves to Tokyo and befriends a girl who can manipulate the weather (she has the power to stop the rain and clear the sky so the sun can shine). The original Japanese version features the voices of Kotaro Daigo & Nana Mori. It's another lovely, whimsical Japanese film that I do recommend.
"I need the money… I got big plans!" Film Movement has unveiled a trailer for indie drama Goldie, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and also played at the Movies That Matter Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Made by Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong, the film stars Slick Woods as the titular character. Goldie, a precocious teenager in a family shelter, wages war against the system to keep her sisters together while she pursues her dreams of being a dancer. This is a story about displaced youth, ambition, and maintaining your spirit in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Also with George Sample III, Danny Hoch, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jazmyn C Dorsey, Khris Davis, Edwina Findley Dickerson, and Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins. Described as "raw and glamorous, unflinchingly realistic and relentlessly optimistic, with a ton of heart and at least as much attitude." Enjoy.
"My mom didn't want me dying in some white man's war." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie action war film titled The Great War, the latest from producer / director Steven Luke (aka Luke Schuetzle) - who also made the WWII movie The Battle of the Bulge: Wunderland from last year. This next one from him is about a regiment of African-American "Buffalo Soldiers" deep behind enemy lines. During the last days of World War I, also known as "The Great War" at the time, a group of US soldiers are sent on a dangerous mission to rescue a lost platoon stuck in enemy territory. The film stars Bates Wilder, Hiram Murray, Billy Zane, Rich Lowe, Bill Cooper, and Ron Perlman. It's clear that this Steven Luke guy knows how to put together a war flick, I just hope there's a worthwhile story to carry all this intense action.
"These other trolls aren't like us… They dance different! They sing different." Universal has debuted a new official trailer for Trolls World Tour, the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's movie musical Trolls from 2016. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over the lands, devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock. The voice cast includes J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Ron Funches, Flula Borg, Ozzy Osbourne, Anthony Ramos, Karan Soni, Sam Rockwell, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, with George Clinton, and Mary J. Blige. Rock on, little trolls.
"Game's on the line… I want you taking that shot." Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for a sports drama titled The Way Back, the latest film from director Gavin O'Connor (Tumbleweeds, Miracle, Warrior, The Accountant). Not to be confused with a different film titled The Way Back from 2010, about prisoners escaping across Asia. This film is about a former high school basketball phenom named Jack, now struggling with alcoholism and a tragic loss, who is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption? Ben Affleck stars as Jack, and he's joined by Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, Glynn Turman, Da'Vinchi, and T.K. Carter. This looks like Affleck's shot at giving us his own struggling coach role to impress us. And I think the song, as loud as it, works quite well for this trailer.