"Are you hiding something?" Trinity Creative has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled That Good Night, which originally premiered in 2017 at the Edinburgh and Shanghai Film Festivals. The film stars John Hurt (who passed away in early 2017 before this premiered at the festivals) as Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, who is now in his seventies and terminally ill. But he still has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes "into that good night". The film's cast includes Sofia Helin, Max Brown, Erin Richards, Charles Dance, and Noah Jupe. I'm not so confident about this considering it has taken three years to finally get a release, but it does look quite interesting. I enjoy Hurt's hat the most. As for the rest, it might be a heartfelt watch.
"I feel jealous when I visit other cities." Film Movement has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Mayor, which has been winning a few awards at film festivals including the NEXT:WAVE Award at CPX:DOX Fest, and the Reva & David Logan Grand Jury Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Fest this year. The film is a compelling and darkly comedic profile of the life of Musa Hadid, the charismatic mayor of the Palestinian city called Ramallah, who aspires to lead the city into the future. Filmed over 18 months, Mayor is aimed at Westerners, particularly Americans. Reviews praise the doc film as a "gripping" story of a mayor "whose job consists of the mundane tasks of running a local government mixed with the extraordinary circumstances of navigating the repercussions of a geopolitical conflict. A sincere tale of a public servant who's seeking to lead in a world that’s stacked against him." Sounds damn good, to be honest.
"Every colored man in the world got to do his part!" "And tell the white man just what he can do." Netflix has revealed the first official trailer for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, a 1920s blues movie from filmmaker George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). This is also the very last film starring Chadwick Boseman, who passed away this year. Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play of the same name. Viola Davis stars as "Mama Blues", also known as Ma Rainey, and Boseman co-stars as her ambitious horn player Levee. The excellent cast also includes Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, Dusan Brown, and Taylour Paige. This looks tremendous, not only with tons of exceptional music but also a handful of superb performances that will make this a lively, exciting film to enjoy this fall.
"Did you see that?! His head flew off!" Dark Star Pictures has released the official trailer for a homemade animation horror film titled Attack of the Demons, the latest creation from Austin, TX-based animator / filmmaker Eric Power. Direct from a notably well-received festival run (beginning at Cinepocalypse last year), and arriving in theaters this Halloween, the frighteningly-fun animated horror treat just for adults! Described as "South Park meets The Evil Dead" with a "grisly and gorgeous mix of Fulci and puppetry", the film is set in a small Colorado town that is overrun by a legion of mutating demons. Laced with a killer new soundtrack, and featuring the voices of Andreas Petersen, Thomas Petersen, Katie Maguire, as well as Eric Power, Attack of the Demons reanimates the living dead this November (on VOD). While the film's animation style looks rough, it's more of a nod to South Park, and Power clearly put his all into making this.
"What do you think happens when you die? What if it's some extension or manifestation of your fears?" Lionsgate has released an official trailer for the indie drama Wander Darkly, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. From writer / director Tara Miele, the film is a mesmerizing and surreal look at love and loss and pain. Brand new parents Adrienne and Matteo are forced to reckon with trauma amidst their troubled relationship. By reliving fond recollections from the very beginning of their romance while also navigating the overwhelming truths of their present, they must rediscover the love that truly binds them together. Starring Sienna Miller and Diego Luna, along with Beth Grant, Aimee Carrero, Tory Kittles, Vanessa Bayer, and Ayden Mayeri. This looks like a fascinating examination of how people process memories in the midst of major life moments, but it still seems a bit cheesy and obvious.
"Hey, if we get bad news, we should get a dog." Universal Pictures has released another official US trailer for the romantic drama All My Life, from director Marc Meyers (How He Fell in Love, My Friend Dahmer, Human Capital). We also featured the UK trailer for this last week. Based on a true story, the film is about a "sweet, fun-loving, newly engaged couple" whose lives change forever when one of them is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Their wedding plans are thrown off and then change drastically into something else, but their story inspires "an outpouring of generosity and attention from people around the world who want to celebrate the power of love with them." Jessica Rothe stars with Harry Shum Jr as Jenn and Sol, also joined by Kyle Allen, Chrissie Fit, Jay Pharoah, Marielle Scott, and Keala Settle. This looks sweet and very lovey-dovey, but it isn't anything new we haven't seen before, despite the story being entirely real.
"We deserve a nice life, too." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for an Austrian indie drama titled What We Wanted, the feature directorial debut of Austrian filmmaker Ulrike Kofler. This intimate, emotional story is about a couple that is struggling to conceive despite trying multiple times. Alice, played by Lavinia Wilson, and Niklas, played by Elyas M'Barek, are a couple who's biggest wish is to have a child of their own. After several failed attempts they decide to go on a holiday to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia to clear their minds. There they meet a family from Austria that seems to have everything they ever wished for. But appearances can be deceiving… Which usually means they'll discover they have plenty of problems as well, since we like to look at others who have what we want as perfect, but that's not true. It also stars Anna Unterberger, Lukas Spisser, Iva Höpperger, and Fedor Teyml. This one got me - it looks very good.
"We can't let that happen… Christmas must endure! Let's do this!" Netflix has revealed the first trailer for The Christmas Chronicles 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved holiday hit The Christmas Chronicles (from 2018), which introduced us all to a brand new St. Nick: Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. And he's back for more! Kate, now a cynical teen, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas - forever. Written and directed by Chris Columbus (who last directed the Pixels movie) and co-starring Goldie Hawn, The Christmas Chronicles 2 is an action-packed adventure for the whole family that’s full of heart, humor, and holiday spirit. In addition to Kurt & Goldie, the cast includes Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Jahzir Bruno, Tyrese Gibson, and Julian Dennison (from Hunt for the Wilderpeople) as the bad boy villain "Belsnickel". Who doesn't love an enjoyable, overstuffed, magical "we must save Christmas!!" movie!? This looks absurdly fun.
"He made you believe you were something special." Lorton Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for an indie sports documentary titled The Three Kings, directed by Jonny Owen, from the Oscar winning producer of Senna & Diego Maradona. Not to be confused with the David O. Russell film Three Kings set during the Gulf War, or the strange comedy film The Three Kings, this is a documentary about football – er, about soccer. The Three Kings is the definitive doc film portrait of three men who were born in the central lowlands of Scotland within 30 miles of each other – and went on to change the history of football: Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, and Jock Stein. Described as "a look back at the men who made football what it is today." The incredible story of how three men from Scotland grew up to become lifelong friends and three of the most influential men in football history managing famous teams - Manchester United, Liverpool and Celtic. For anyone who loves soccer, this looks like a must watch doc about a key moment in sports history.
"Jack - you don't look so good." Brotherhood Studios has released an official trailer for an indie action film titled Last Three Days, a mysterious sort-of-sci-fi crime drama starring Robert Palmer Watkins. This is being released direct-to-VOD without any other premiere before, and it looks like straight-to-bargain-bin mediocre. Mixed up with a dangerous crime syndicate, an undercover cop wakes up to find he's missing his partner, his wife, and the last three days of his life. What caused this and where did they go? Caught in the middle of police corruption, hunted by the syndicate, and unable to trust his own perception of reality, Jack must race against time to save the life he's lost. Also starring Thomas Wilson Brown, Deborah Lee Smith, Roy Huang, Gina Hiraizumi, Clint Jung, and Holly Hawkins. Another bland crime syndicate film with masks on the bad guys, this time Japanese masks but that doesn't make up for the lackluster plot.
"I think there will be a day when we wish we still had many of his structures still standing." A teaser trailer is available for an intriguing documentary film titled Goff, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Britni Harris. It's not often we see films about architects, which already makes this unique. Bruce Goff was an American architect from the Midwest known as an Organic architect, best known for his eccentric designs that flew in the face of conventional architecture. His design philosophy came from the abstract term called, “continuous present,” coined by Gertrude Stein, which he described as living the past and present in one continuous stream. Goff thought that was the ideal of architecture, architecture that had no conventional beginning, middle or end but continued. Though well regarded in his time by Frank Lloyd Wright and cited as an influence by both Frank Gehry and Philip Johnson, Goff never attained the same level of canonization in the architectural world. With the future of Goff’s work uncertain, this documentary uncovers the mystery behind the man and the timeless nature of his designs. Plenty enough to intrigue me! I'm sold. Have a look.
"Show some respect, he's an icon!" "Respect?! We just dug him up!" OutThere McFilms & High Octane Ent. have released an official UK trailer for a crime comedy titled Stealing Chaplin, inspired by real events. Two wacky Las Vegas-based con men dig up and steal the corpse of comedian Charlie Chaplin in order to ransom it. With the grave-robbing theft gaining the world's attention and the reward rising daily, soon every local lowlife, criminal and dirty cop wants a piece of the action. Stealing Chaplin stars Simon Phillips, Doug Phillips, Peter Woodward, Al Sapienza, along with Mr. Las Vegas himself: Wayne Newton. "If Charlie Chaplin taught us anything; it was that laughing in times of difficulty sometimes the best medicine. So in light of everything going on in the world at the moment we are very pleased to be partnering with High Octane to deliver Stealing Chaplin to the world." This looks way too dull to be any good, but it might be fun.