"I vehemently disagree with the narrative here." Amazon Studios has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Report, the new film directed by veteran screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Informant, Contagion, Side Effects). This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to numerous positive reviews. The timely, fascinating film is in the same vein as Spotlight, telling the story of an investigation and "the report" put together by staffer Daniel J. Jones. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it. Years later, the government finally looks into the truth of what happened and if there was any benefit. The ensemble cast is lead by Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney, the powerful group "that brings this essential story to life." Don't skip this one.
"One act of love can change everything." Cinestaan Film Co. has revealed a trailer for Bombay Rose, an animated feature playing in the Critics' Week section of the Venice Film Festival starting later this month. Bombay Rose is a beautiful hand-painted animation created by award winning animator Gitanjali Rao. A romance set on the streets of Bombay, we witness Kamala and Salim's quest for true love in this chaotic and beautiful city. Rao is a self-taught animator and filmmaker, and every single frame of this is painted by hand. Featuring the voices of Cyli Khare as Kamala, and Amit Deondi as Salim, plus Anurag Kashyap, Makrand Deshpande, Virendra Saxena, Shishir Sharma, and Amardeep Jha. "While her depiction of urban reality has a documentary style, the intricate dream worlds are inspired from the rich and varied folk art styles of India." This looks beautiful, not only the animation but the story as well. Take a look below.
"The silence is full of sound." IFC Films has finally debuted an official trailer for The Sound of Silence, an indie drama that marks the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Michael Tyburski adapting his own short film (Palimpsest). This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it's opening in select theaters in just a few more weeks for those curious about checking it out. The Sound of Silence stars Peter Sarsgaard as a successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods. But he meets a client with a problem he can't solve, no matter what he tries. The film is nicely described as "a serene contemplation of people living in their modern environment—and their desire to understand and even control it." The cast includes Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton, Bruce Altman, Tina Benko, Adit Dileep, Alex Karpovsky, and Alison Fraser. This is a rather low key, compelling drama that strangely enough compares to the film Her in a way. It's worth a look.
"I'm just an entertainer, that's all." 1091 has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Sister Aimee, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. From directors Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann making their feature debut, the film stars newcomer Anna Margaret Hollyman as Sister Aimee. America's most famous evangelist in 1926 is a woman looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, and swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico, she finds herself on a wild road trip to the border. "Based on true events. Mostly made up." The cast includes Michael Mosley, Andrea Suarez Paz, Julie White, Amy Hargreaves, Macon Blair, Luis Bordonada, Nathan Zellner, Lee Eddy, John Merriman, and Bill Wise. This looks like it gets extra wild by the end, with all sorts of happenings.
"The only way out of this is mess… is music." Screen Media Films has unveiled the first official trailer for the documentary Liam Gallagher: As It Was, another new musician film / rock doc. This one focuses on Liam Gallagher and everything that has happened - leading up to the launch of his new solo album "Why Me? Why Not" this fall. In As It Was, controversial Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher gives unparalleled access into his life after his public blow up with brother and bandmate, Noel. See how his fall from superstardom turned into the visionary launch of a solo career. Co-directors Charlie Lightening and Gavin Fitzgerald invite us "backstage for a no-holds-barred look at one of the most talked-about and charismatic artists of his generation." This looks so "intimate" it might be tough to watch, showing almost too much of his private life.
"His 'get out of jail' card is going to jail." IFC Films has debuted an official US trailer for the dark comedy The Day Shall Come, the new film from acclaimed British filmmaker Chris Morris, who last made Four Lions in 2010. The UK trailer debuted a few weeks ago, but this one just a bit better. This initially premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. Based on 100 true stories, the "explosive" film is an emotionally gripping, laugh out loud thriller that exposes the dark farce at the heart of the homeland security project: It is harder to catch a real terrorist than it is to manufacture your own. A preacher in Miami is tricked into becoming the liaison between the FBI and a real terrorist. Marchánt Davis stars as Moses, joined by Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O'Hare, Kayvan Novak, Jim Gaffigan, Pej Vahdat, Mousa Kraish, Miles Robbins, James Adomian, & Malcolm M. Mays. I'm still really looking forward to catching this film.
"What started with a whisper, will end with a bombshell." Lionsgate has revealed the first teaser trailer for the film Bombshell, which is the official title of the new project from Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph (of The Interpreter, Love & Other Drugs, The Big Short). A few women decide to take on Fox News boss Roger Ailes and the toxic male culture he presided over at the network. Based on the true story, the actual real-world scandal, and how it all went down. This seems like the major social-political December release of this year, snagging a prime opening just before Christmas. Bombshell stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney. Not much footage here yet, but so far so good.
"What did he find out there in the abyss…?" IMAX has debuted an official "IMAX trailer" for James Gray's space adventure sci-fi film Ad Astra, which is premiering at the Venice Film Festival next week. We've seen two stunning official trailers for Ad Astra so far [here and here] and a featurette, but they're really trying to play up the "IMAX experience" angle this time. Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father. He uncovers extraordinary secrets which challenge the nature of human existence. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie Kennedy. Featuring a new score by Max Richter. This trailer only has a tiny bit of extra footage, which is fine - because I want to see the rest of it on a big screen for the very first time. Get ready for lift off.
"It's not reasonable!" "This is her first love…" eOne has revealed the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Babyteeth, marking the feature directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Shannon Murphy. The film is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival starting this month, playing in competition as one of only three films directed by women in the main line-up at the festival this year. This Australian bittersweet comedy, self-adapted from the play of the same name by Rita Kalnejais, follows a couple who discover their seriously ill teenage daughter has fallen in love with a kooky small time drug dealer. Eliza Scanlen, who also appears in Little Women, stars with a small cast including Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay, Eugene Gilfedder, Essie Davis, and Ben Mendelsohn. This film is one of my most anticipated to see in Venice, and so far so good. Looks promising with plenty to admire in the unique story and all the deft performances.
"We don't know what we're walking into!" Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for an action movie titled Rogue Warfare, made by stuntman / filmmaker Mike Gunther. This is supposedly part of a trilogy of movies called the Rogue Warfare trilogy, but seems to be just a solo offering so far. The synopsis is rather vague - it only states that Rogue Warfare is about a group of skilled military elite who join forces to fight an underground terrorist network. This stars Will Yun Lee, Jermaine Love, Rory Markham, Bertrand-Xavier Corbi, Katie Keene, Fernando Chien, Gina Decesare, Michael Blalock, Mike McKee, Essam Ferris, with Chris Mulkey and Stephen Lang. This really looks like one big action extravaganza with literally no plot, since these kind of jingoistic movies only really need guns and explosions, and no plot.
"You need to pull it together." Shout Studios has unveiled a trailer for the "gripping, suspenseful thriller" titled Ambition, the latest film directed by producer Bob Shaye. In Ambition, Katherine Hughes stars as a young aspiring violinist preparing for a competition. She's incredibly confidant and gets wrapped up in a frightening trap that she has to find her way out of. It raises the question: If an insane person is telling a story, is it real? That sounds like quite an intriguing introduction to this film. The full cast includes Sonoya Mizuno, Giles Matthey, Kyanna Simone, Jared Bankens, Deneen Tyler, Dylan McNamara, and Jordan Salmon, with a special appearance by Lin Shaye. Ambition is said to "create a world where desire and revenge converge into a questionable reality." Seems a bit like Black Swan, but with even more horror.
"He wasn't anything like what people think he was." 1091 Media has unveiled the first official trailer for a documentary titled Making Montgomery Clift, a new feature from doc filmmakers Hillary Demmon and Monty's nephew Robert Clift. This premiered at a few smaller film festivals last year, but is only now getting a good VOD release next month. The doc film is a re-examination of the life of famed American actor Montgomery Clift. The classic, beloved film actor received four Oscar nominations throughout his life. But this doc seems to focus more on his private life, a "tragic story" of a "queer icon", plus other stories that may or not be true. Featuring Montgomery, along with Brooks Clift, Ethel "Sunny" Clift, Patricia Bosworth, Jack Larson, Judy Balaban, Robert Osborne, Eleanor Clift, Lorenzo James, Tucker Tooley, Mollie Gregory, Vincent Newman, Michael Easton, Woody Clift, and Eddie Clift. Looks like a compelling analysis of Monty.