"What's important is: what are you going to do about it?" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for a new boxing drama titled 12 Round Gun, the feature directorial debut of actor Sam Upton, who also stars in the film. It originally had the title of Gun, won an Audience Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival last year, and is now getting a VOD release. Upton plays a washed up, alcoholic ex-prizefighter who makes a comeback to boxing after his top heavyweight contender son is wrongfully blinded in the ring. Also starring Mark Boone Junior, Kate Vernon, Jared Abrahamson, Cassi Thomson, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Holly Gagnier, and Jay Acovone. This looks just like every other boxing film, with nothing new to offer.
"Part legend, part icon, all hero." The first trailer it out for a cinema history documentary titled RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop. As the title clearly states, the doc film is about Paul Verhoeven"s seminal sci-fi classic RoboCop from 1987, and how it was made, and the influence it had, and the sequels that followed, and everything else. This project was funded on Kickstarter a few years back, and they're still working on finishing it up, getting it ready for release. "RoboCop has since become one of the most iconic and successful movies of the 1980s, a movie that was well ahead of its time and has left a lasting impression on fans across the globe. RoboCop is a film many fans watched as children when they were too young to understand the social commentary of this R-Rated movie, yet they were instantly hooked on the future of law enforcement." Indeed. This is a very long trailer (over 5 minutes!) but it covers plenty of the film's history and much more.
"But how do I get home?" GKids has debuted another official US trailer for the animated film Mirai, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Directors' Fortnight this year. This new trailer features an English-language dub, to compliment the other two US trailers with the original Japanese voices. The latest film by master Japanese animation filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast), the film is a delightful adventure following a young Japanese boy living with his parents. His life is disrupted by the arrival of a newborn baby girl, named Mirai, which his parents bring home one day. He soon after discovers a magical garden in his home which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras. He's guided by his younger sister from the future. The English-language voice cast includes John Cho, Rebecca Hall, and Daniel Dae Kim. Enjoy.
"Their power - is a poison. Find the courage to resist. Join us. The match has already been lit…" Focus Features has debuted a second teaser trailer for the original sci-fi thriller titled Captive State, the latest from director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Set in Chicago, the story takes place nearly a decade after occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. It explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents. Captive State stars Vera Farmiga, Madeline Brewer, John Goodman, Alan Ruck, Kevin J. O'Connor, James Ransone, Jonathan Majors, D.B. Sweeney, Ashton Sanders, Kevin Dunn, Ta'Rhonda Jones, along with Kiki Layne (from If Beale Street Could Talk) and Machine Gun Kelly. This is looks so crazy gnarly!! Oh man, like District 9 meets Arrival, in Chicago, but if the aliens were manipulative bastards. I'm so excited for this film already.
"What are you doing in Goa?" Les Films du Losange has revealed the first official trailer for the indie drama Maya, the latest film made by acclaimed French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (of Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love, Eden). This film is mostly in English, as it's about a French war journalist who makes it home after being held captive in Syria. He travels to Goa, India where he meets an intelligent young woman and spends time trying to recover. Roman Kolinka stars as the French man, and Aarshi Banerjee stars as Maya, with a small cast including Suzan Anbeh, Judith Chemla, Anjali Khurana, and Pathy Aiyar. I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival where it premiered (read my full review), and it's a bit low key, but still contains all the uplifting, honest emotions that make Mia Hansen-Løve's films so wonderful. See below.
"Unexpected things happen to test us… It isn't safe." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for an acclaimed tech-driven psychological thriller titled Cam, which has been playing at film festivals this fall. The film won Best Screenplay and Best First Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival this year, and also stopped by Fantastic Fest. Alice, an ambitious online camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. Things get weirder and weirder as she tries to figure out who she is and what's going on. Madeline Brewer stars, along with Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid, Imani Hakim, Michael Dempsey, Flora Diaz, Samantha Robinson, and Jessica Parker Kennedy. There has been quite a bit of buzz about this at the festivals, it definitely looks totally wild and trippy and twisted.
"Roger knew what fear could do." Magnolia Pictures has debuted an official trailer for a new documentary titled Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, which premiered at the New York & Toronto Film Festivals this fall. The doc film is a career-spanning look at the person behind the rise of propaganda station Fox News, a vile man named Roger Ailes. Bloom charts the rise and fall of Ailes interviewing both allies and enemies, creating a compelling film that "is vital to understanding the power broker who will be studied for generations to come." The film traces how Ailes repeatedly used his power to sexually coerce women. If he was denied, he didn't hesitate to block their professional advancement, send a private investigator, or smear her in the press. As much as I don't want to hear about him, this seems like the correct way to tell his story.
"You're not the only one going through something." Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled You & Me, which premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival earlier this year. The intimate, honest film is about a deaf woman who meets a man who has recently gone blind, and they slowly begin to fall for each other while struggling with daily life. This is one of the first films to star disabled actors in both leading roles - Hillary Baack as Ella, and Paul Guyet as Tony. It's described as a "funny and moving love story about life’s universal challenges and joys." Also starring Brendan O'Malley, Natasha Ofili, Sally Struthers, Bill A. Jones, and James Tang. This unique indie film is worth a look.
"Party's over, you microbes!" Viva Kids Films has debuted an official US trailer for the animated adventure Tall Tales, titled in full Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings. This movie made in France & Luxembourg is directed by animator Arnaud Bouron & the creator of the book (titled "Drôles de petites bêtes" or "Funny little beasts") Antoon Krings. The story is about Apollo, a cricket saltimbanque with a big heart, who arrives at the "village of small animals". He wastes no time disrupting the simple life of the Kingdom, on the eve of the jubilee of the Queen, and gets wrapped up in a conspiracy. The English voice cast features Justin Long and Kate Mara. The various insect characters in this remind me of A Bug's Life or Antz, it all seems a bit too similar to me. Maybe it's still fun to watch? Especially if you have kids, I suppose.
"Good morning Uglyville!" STX Entertainment has unveiled the first trailer for the animated UglyDolls movie, in theaters next May. This is based on the beloved-worldwide little weirdo plush dolls, first created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim in 2001. This movie has been in development for years, and it's STX's first animated "family" project, co-produced by Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios - crazy enough. STX's UglyDolls is an animated musical adventure starring the acting & singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, and Pitbull. The story follows a group of UglyDolls who "confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing." Sounds just like the Trolls movie. The voice cast also features Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, and Wang Leehom. Hang with the weirdos below.
"An astonishing film about a global movement." YouTube Originals + Participant Media have debuted an official trailer for the award-winning documentary The Price of Free, originally titled Kailash when it initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Documentary at Sundance, the top doc prize at the festival. The Price of Free is about an Indian man named Kailash Satyarthi, an outspoken children's rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The film tells the story of who he is and how he started all of his various philanthropic organizations including Save Childhood Movement, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Global March Against Child Labour, and GoodWeave International. It looks like a thoroughly inspiring story of a truly great hero.
"We have to stop London before it destroys us…!" Universal has debuted a new 90-second, "extended" TV trailer for sci-fi adaptation Mortal Engines, based on a popular book series. We've already featured three trailers for this so far, and each one has looked better and better as the intensive VFX by Weta are closer to being finished. I honestly still think this looks massively epic and seriously entertaining. The fantastically eccentric cast includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. This sci-fi epic lands in theaters right in the middle of December, hoping to find an audience during the crowded holiday season. The final battle scenes near the end of this trailer look incredible, I'm actually kind of excited to see this. Maybe that's just me? Take a look.