"You are building miracles out of thin air!" 101 Studios has just released a second official trailer for The Current War (the "Director's Cut"), following their first trailer. This originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival a few years ago, but got caught up in the Weinstein debacle. With more time following dismal reviews at TIFF, the film has been re-edited and tweaked, ready to be presented again in select theaters this fall. From Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, comes this dramatic, "electric" thriller about the early days of electricity and light bulbs, and the major business-vs-innovation battle of wits. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, also joined by Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Damien Molony, and Matthew Macfadyen. Very interesting to see them selling this as The Current War: Director's Cut, trying to build interest when no one really cares. But I still do want to see this.
"What are our chances for a pardon now?" Signature Entertainment in the UK have debuted this official UK trailer for the Norwegian true story drama Congo, originally titled Mordene i Kongo (which translates to The Murders in Congo). In the spring of 2009 two Norwegian adventurers, Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland, are accused of killing their hired driver just before crossing into the eastern Congo. The following manhunt starts a political and diplomatic headache. Congo is the unfathomable and controversial real-life story and murder case that shocked the world. Described as "hard-hitting and often harrowing" in reviews. Aksel Hennie (from The Martian) and Tobias Santelmann (from The Last Kingdom) star as the friends whose journey into the Congo turns into a waking nightmare. Tobias Santelmann already won two key Best Actor awards in Norway. Also starring Ine F. Jansen, Dennis Storhøi, Tone Danielsen, and Anthony Oseyemi. This looks like a very tricky, riveting international thriller about the turbulent times we live in.
"We're all that's left!" An official trailer has arrived for an intriguing indie sci-fi film titled 3022, the latest from producer / director John Suits (The Scribbler, Pandemic). It's hard to tell if that title refers to the year, or something else. The film is about a crew of four astronauts stuck on a dying space station after Earth experiences a cataclysmic event. They watch this happen, then spend the rest of the time trying to figure out what to do and how to survive. Starring Omar Epps, with Kate Walsh, Miranda Cosgrove, Jorja Fox, Angus Macfadyen, and Audrey Looye. This really doesn't look too bad. Way too many lens flares being used, but otherwise seems like a much better take on the concept from The Cloverfield Project about people trapped in space when Earth suddenly goes bye bye. I really hope it's better! Check out the first look below.
"They're everywhere! Don't you see." Dive back into the mind of sci-fi filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, who just released his latest short film online. Corporate Monster is the latest film by Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, who we are big fans of here at FS. Over the years we've featured his other sci-fi shorts including Blinky and The Leviathan. Inspired by the current state of the world, which Robinson rather aptly describes as "f*cked", Corporate Monster tells the story of a man who loses his job and "starts to believe that parasitic creatures are controlling the world." It's basically They Live remade by Neill Blomkamp, filtered through Robinson's mind. The short film stars Kett Turton and Jenna Coleman. This gets a bit too real half-way through, but that's the point. To reflect society, and make us think. Maybe there really are aliens out there?
"You knew, still you did nothing!" Focus Features has revealed the first official trailer for Dark Waters, a legal thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes (I'm Not There, Carol, Wonderstruck). This film was scheduled very late in the year for release in November, and hasn't played at any film festivals yet. It seems to be a very timely, important film about the environment and how it's being destroyed by corporations and it's rigged in their favor. Based on a true story, Dark Waters follows a corporate defense attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company (DuPont) that exposes a history of pollution. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman, William Jackson Harper, and Mare Winningham. Looks damn good, telling the truth for us to hear.
"Are you baiting me, detective?" Lionsgate debuted the second official trailer for Knives Out, the new film from Rian Johnson described as a fun modern murder mystery inspired by mystery mastermind Agatha Christie (and Clue), with "ingenious twists and turns." This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews from all kinds of critics, which is a relief. A detective arrives at the mansion to investigate the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family, and keeps everyone locked in until they figure out who did it. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast lead by Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Noah Segan, Edi Patterson, Riki Lindhome, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Michael Shannon. I've been looking forward to this all year! And the early reviews so far confirm that it's as superb as it looks.
"I'm from the future!" An official trailer for has arrived for a fun new time travel comedy from Canada titled James vs. His Future Self. This is premiering at the Cinefest Sudbury Film Festival this week, and is also playing at the Calgary & Edmonton Film Festivals. The crazy idea for this: the scientist who invented time travel goes back in time to convince himself to never invent it in the first place. "When he won't go along with the plan, it becomes a wicked battle of man versus himself - literally." Not too bad of a concept, right? Starring Jonas Chernick, Daniel Stern, Francis Conroy, Cleopatra Coleman, and Tara Spencer-Nairn. This seems to be less about science, more about self, with a romantic angle that is driving the plot. I really hope this is good, but it doesn't look too good from this trailer. There's only one way to find out, right?
"How long until this stuff is supposed to kick in?" Epic Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for an intriguing new psychedelic thriller titled The Wave, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Gille Klabin. This film is premiering at Fantastic Fest coming up, hence the new trailer just in time for its debut down in Austin, TX. Justin Long plays a man on the verge of a promotion takes a mysterious hallucinogenic drug that begins to tear down his reality and expose his life for what it really is. Seems to be a psychedelic parable about capitalism and the rat race we're all sucked into, a bit like Sorry to Bother You but way, way trippier. The full cast includes Donald Faison, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Vand, Katia Winter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Bill Sage. I am sucker for business world parables like this, and this one looks mad wild and seriously messed up. But also really fun? No idea what's happening but I'm all down to dive in and find out.
"You think this was just chance? We're all here for a reason." Netflix has launched an official trailer for the indie horror thriller In the Tall Grass, adapted from the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Another new Stephen King adaptation this year! After hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out… and that something evil lurks within. This is the latest from the director of Cube and Splice, Vincenzo Natali, and it looks like he's the perfect person for this since it seems like a trippy mess-with-your-mind contained thriller. All the shots of everyone in the grass are super eerie, perfect atmosphere. Starring Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Will Buie Jr., Rachel Wilson, and Patrick Wilson. This is premiering at Fantastic Fest and Sitges first before it arrives on Netflix soon after. Some places have a mind of their own.
How can two brothers growing up in a quiet suburb in the same home, take such different paths? Another excellent animated short film worth watching. Substance is a short film written and directed by Jamaal Bradley, who is now working at Valve after working at DreamWorks Animation. He made this short in his own spare time, and it's beautiful in quite a few unique ways. Substance is about two brothers who end up in a fight when "different means of living" threatens their family, but it will be a young girl who reminds them of their bond. It's co-written by Michael Yates, who was also the Lead Story Artist. I love that you can't hear any of the dialogue in this, only the music which brings greater emotional depth to the film. See below.
"Fight for them, Martin." The Match Factory has debuted an official promo trailer for the Italian drama Martin Eden, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival just recently. It also played at the Toronto Film Festival, and will next stop by the New York Film Festival this fall. The film is adapted from Jack London's 1909 novel of the same name, but recreated as a very Italian story. Italian actor Luca Marinelli won the Best Actor prize in Venice for playing Martin. Martin Eden struggles to rise above his destitute, proletarian circumstances through an intense and passionate pursuit of self-education, hoping to achieve a place among the literary elite as a writer. The film also stars Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella, Carlo Cecchi, Elisabetta Valgoi, Pietro Ragusa, & Savino Paparella. This film will appeal to cinephiles the most, as it's extra artsy and dense, but still worth a look.
"This garden - it's capable of extraordinary things. Now will you believe in the magic?" Studiocanal UK has unveiled the first teaser trailer for another lovely movie adapted from the beloved book titled The Secret Garden. This new take on the classic is directed by Marc Munden (Miranda, The Mark of Cain), and stars Dixie Egerickx (from "Genius", The Little Stranger, & "A Royal Winter") as Mary Lennox. We all know the story, of course. It's about a young British girl born in India who returns to England as an oprhan and discovers a magical garden hidden in her uncle's mansion. The book was adapted once before in 1993 into a mvoie starring Kate Maberly & Maggie Smith. The full cast of this new adaptation includes Colin Firth, Maeve Dermody, Julie Walters, Jemma Powell, Amir Wilson, Sonia Goswami, and Edan Hayhurst. It's only a teaser for the 2020 release, so there isn't much to see yet, but it's looking good so far.