"I can't die with sins buried in my soul." Gravitas has debuted a full US trailer for a crime drama from India titled Line of Descent. Three brothers from a Delhi crime family feud over the future of their enterprise. Meanwhile, an undercover police officer attempts to end the family's legacy, and an arms dealer conspires with the brothers. As wacky as it sounds, Brendan Fraser plays the arms dealer - Charu. The cast includes Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra, Ali Haji, and Anisha Victor. Line of Descent is described as "a classic crime narrative in the backdrop of Delhi merges a dysfunctional, mafia family at war with each other as an undercover officer fights his demons by assisting in their downfall." This looks like your standard crime family epic, though I have to admit, Fraser's narration livens it up in just the right way.
"She really was the sunshine girl!" GKids Films has debuted a final full-length official trailer (with English subtitles) for the Japanese animation film titled Weathering With You, the highly anticipated next film from writer/director Makoto Shinkai, who achieved worldwide acclaimed with the beloved animated film Your Name. This first premiered in North America at TIFF earlier this fall, now opening in US theaters in January. Weathering with You is another original film from Shinkai, featuring some stunningly gorgeous animation. The Japanese title is actually Tenki no ko, which translates to Child of Weather, as the film is about a young man who moves to Tokyo and befriends a girl who can manipulate the weather (she has the power to stop the rain and clear the sky so the sun can shine). The original Japanese version features the voices of Kotaro Daigo & Nana Mori. It's another lovely, whimsical Japanese film that I do recommend.
"I need the money… I got big plans!" Film Movement has unveiled a trailer for indie drama Goldie, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and also played at the Movies That Matter Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Made by Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong, the film stars Slick Woods as the titular character. Goldie, a precocious teenager in a family shelter, wages war against the system to keep her sisters together while she pursues her dreams of being a dancer. This is a story about displaced youth, ambition, and maintaining your spirit in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Also with George Sample III, Danny Hoch, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jazmyn C Dorsey, Khris Davis, Edwina Findley Dickerson, and Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins. Described as "raw and glamorous, unflinchingly realistic and relentlessly optimistic, with a ton of heart and at least as much attitude." Enjoy.
"My mom didn't want me dying in some white man's war." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie action war film titled The Great War, the latest from producer / director Steven Luke (aka Luke Schuetzle) - who also made the WWII movie The Battle of the Bulge: Wunderland from last year. This next one from him is about a regiment of African-American "Buffalo Soldiers" deep behind enemy lines. During the last days of World War I, also known as "The Great War" at the time, a group of US soldiers are sent on a dangerous mission to rescue a lost platoon stuck in enemy territory. The film stars Bates Wilder, Hiram Murray, Billy Zane, Rich Lowe, Bill Cooper, and Ron Perlman. It's clear that this Steven Luke guy knows how to put together a war flick, I just hope there's a worthwhile story to carry all this intense action.
"These other trolls aren't like us… They dance different! They sing different." Universal has debuted a new official trailer for Trolls World Tour, the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's movie musical Trolls from 2016. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over the lands, devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock. The voice cast includes J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Ron Funches, Flula Borg, Ozzy Osbourne, Anthony Ramos, Karan Soni, Sam Rockwell, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, with George Clinton, and Mary J. Blige. Rock on, little trolls.
"Game's on the line… I want you taking that shot." Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for a sports drama titled The Way Back, the latest film from director Gavin O'Connor (Tumbleweeds, Miracle, Warrior, The Accountant). Not to be confused with a different film titled The Way Back from 2010, about prisoners escaping across Asia. This film is about a former high school basketball phenom named Jack, now struggling with alcoholism and a tragic loss, who is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption? Ben Affleck stars as Jack, and he's joined by Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, Glynn Turman, Da'Vinchi, and T.K. Carter. This looks like Affleck's shot at giving us his own struggling coach role to impress us. And I think the song, as loud as it, works quite well for this trailer.
"Gary's been snailnapped!!" Paramount Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the latest epic live-action hybrid SpongeBob movie from Nickelodeon. This is a follow-up to his other theatrically-released movies, most recently Sponge Out of Water from 2015, and the original SpongeBob movie back in 2004. SpongeBob and Patrick embark on a hilarious adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City in order to #SaveGary in this sponge-tastic sequel. Featuring the voices of Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, and Reggie Watts. This continues with the 3D animation style, even taking SpongeBob and Patrick up into the real world - where the encounter the head of Keanu Reeves in a tumbleweed. Crazy. This really does look like all kinds of amusing under-the-sea fun, might be worth seeing.
"God, I love Italy." What's the best part of being dead? It isn't escaping your boss, your ex, or even erasing your criminal record. The best part about being dead… is the freedom. The freedom to fight the injustice and evil that lurk in our world without anyone or anything to slow you down or tell you 'no.' Netflix has released a second official trailer for Michael Bay's big new action movie 6 Underground, arriving on the streaming service in December. Six individuals fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to take down notorious criminals. Described as "the most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay." Bring it on. This one stars Ryan Reynolds, along with Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi, and Dave Franco. This is an awesome promo, made like a tourism video but with wicked action - really does make me want to go to Italy.
"We're all the same in here… We gotta look out for one another." Momentum Pictures has just released a new red band trailer for the film A Million Little Pieces, an intense addiction drama from husband-wife team: actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and director Sam Taylor-Johnson. The two of them co-wrote the screenplay, based on James Frey's memoir about his own experiences with drug addiction. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays a young drug-addled writer approaching the bottom of his descent who submits to an intense detox at a treatment center in Minnesota. Also starring Charlie Hunnam, Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, David Dastmalchian, Andy Buckley, Eugene Byrd, Dash Mihok, Odessa Young, and Tom Amandes. This is a lively trailer, nowhere near as somber as the film but still a good sell.
"We've been knocked down before… Just gotta have a little faith." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for another one of their holiday movies - this one titled Holiday Rush. The more of these holiday movies, the merrier! Right? Romany Malco stars as a popular radio DJ named Rush Williams, who loses his job just as his four spoiled kids hand over their Christmas lists. Through downsizing, the family starts to realize that having less could lead to more good than they ever imagined. Something we all need to think about these days anyway. The ensemble cast also features Deon Cole, Sonequa Martin-Green, Amarr M. Wooten, La La Anthony, Andrea-Marie Alphonse, Selena-Marie Alphonse, Alysia Livingston, Deysha Nelson, Roscoe Orman, Malika Samuel, as well as Tamala Jones and Darlene Love. Yes this looks super duper cheesy, but it has some good lessons for all of us. Just like every other holiday movie before it.
"You can't stand that I might be a part of something more important than books or articles or movies…!" Amazon Studios has debuted an official trailer for the movie Seberg, a drama about the life of actress Jean Seberg. It's a feature film inspired by real events and the true story of the French New Wave darling and Breathless star, Jean Seberg played by Kristen Stewart. In the late 1960s she was targeted by Hoover's FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal of the Black Panthers. This originally premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this fall, and at TIFF, receiving quite a bit of criticism. Still is worth a look, though. The full cast includes Anthony Mackie, Zazie Beetz, Jack O'Connell, Vince Vaughn, Jade Pettyjohn, Margaret Qualley, Stephen Root, and Colm Meaney. This is a fantastic trailer for the film, will grab your attention with the tension it builds along with Stewart.
"It's just strange how one person can make you feel so happy and utterly content when they're around." This isn't exactly a horror short, but it does have a character who can talk to the dead. Formaldehyde is a short film directed by David Swinburne, and it's a powerful story in really subtle ways. A deputy coroner lacking any human connection finds solace in the company of the recently deceased. One young woman he meets after her death connects with him in a deep way. Starring John Reynolds and Kathryn Prescott. Part of what makes this short so strong are the performances, especially Reynolds as Drew. You can feel his loneliness and the kindness in his glances, and every word his says and every movement he makes speaks volumes about this particular story and what he's trying to convey; the lessons he's trying to teach all of us.