"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 & gets right down to the what the film 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.
"Ophelia - I think you have a secret… Are you in love?" A full, 3-minute trailer is out for the indie drama Ophelia, a fantasy period piece drama based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. It's a re-imagining or retelling of the story from the perspective of Ophelia, Hamlet's secret love interest who ends up killing herself in the original play. This film is just as imaginative and unique and has all the same intense drama in the play, and it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year - this trailer is a promo for the British Film Festival in Australia, where it most recently played. Ophelia stars Daisy Ridley as the fierce Ophelia, with a cast including Naomi Watts, George McKay, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, Daisy Head, Sebastian De Souza, Dominic Mafham, Devon Terrell, and Anna Rust. This very stylish film has played to mixed reviews at festivals, and is still waiting to set a release date in the US. Get a first look now while you still can.
"There's magic that brought us together. And that magic is called hope." Warner Bros has released the first full-length trailer for the live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie, which really truly does exist. Directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens, Gulliver's Travels, Goosebumps), the movie is set in the Pokemon world, and stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds as the "hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth" Detective Pikachu. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. This looks about as totally crazy as it sounds, and it's not surprising they made a Pokemon movie this fast thanks to that popularity of the mobile game. Also starring Justice Smith as Tim; Kathryn Newton as Lucy, a junior reporter on her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe. To be honest, this doesn't look so bad - it actually looks pretty fun if I may say so. Check it out.
"I'm not a toy!!" Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Pixar's next sequel Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters in June next summer. This continuation of the beloved Toy Story series, which has been solid even two sequels in so far, introduces us to another new "toy" that will cause problems with the old friends. This little guy is called "Forky" - voiced by Tony Hale - and he's a spork craft project gone awry. With a while until release, this teaser is just a tiny bit of footage - more of an introduction. And it's quite something. Other headlines about this are great: "One of These Toys Is Not Like the Others". Ha, yep. All the voices are back: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt. I like this so far, but I'm not really sure where they're going to take the story. This must just be the beginning. Have a look below.
"In this very moment, you have to grow up." HBO has released the official trailer for a film titled Icebox, which first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year. Adapted from filmmaker Daniel Sawka's award-winning short film of the same name from 2016, Icebox is about a young boy seeking asylum who becomes trapped inside America's rigid immigration process. Young actor Anthony Gonzalez stars as Oscar, with a full cast including Genesis Rodriguez, Omar Leyva, Johnny Ortiz, Matthew Moreno, and Jessica Juarez. This very timely, very upsetting film shows just how horrible they treat these people, kids included, who are just trying to life a better life in America. Even though it may be infuriating, this is worth a watch.