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Julia Garner is 'The Assistant' in First Trailer for Office Politics Drama

The Assistant Trailer

"What did you say to her?! They told me you were smart!" Bleecker Street has debuted the first trailer for an indie drama titled The Assistant, a sort-of-fictional take on the Harvey Weinstein debacle, following a young assistant who starts working at his offices in New York City. This already premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and it's also included in the Sundance 2020 line-up as one of their Spotlight selections. The film is about the stressful daily life of Jane, played by Julia Garner (from "Ozark", "Dirty John"), who is a new hire. As Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow more aware of all the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, and she finally tries to make a stand. Also with Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins, and Stéphanye Dussud. This looks incredibly chilling and upsetting, which is the point, to show you what it was really like to work for Harvey.

Official Trailer for 'Troop Zero' Starring Mckenna Grace & Viola Davis

Troop Zero Trailer

"We look forward to seeing what you little girls are made of!" Amazon Studios has debuted the first official trailer for Troop Zero, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and also stopped by the Seattle Film Festival and AFI Fest. This feature from filmmaking duo Bert & Bertie (Dance Camp) is set in the late 1970s and is about a misfit young girl who dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts to travel to the talent contest, forging friendships that last a lifetime. Mckenna Grace stars as Christmas Flint (that is actually her name), with Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Edi Patterson, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, Charlie Shotwell, Ashley Brooke, Maureen Brennan, and Johanna Colón. I didn't hear much about this at Sundance, but it looks like an amusing, inspiring film to enjoy sometime.

First Trailer for Michael Winterbottom's 'Greed' Starring Steve Coogan

Greed Trailer

"It's all about image - the super yacht, the models. It's all part of a brand." Film4 & Sony have debuted the first official trailer for an indie film titled Greed, the latest feature from filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (of A Mighty Heart, The Look of Love, The Wedding Guest). This cautionary-tale is a satire about capitalism and greed, focusing on a wealthy fashion designer / clothing retailer. This initially premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it also stopped by the London Film Festival this fall. Steve Coogan plays a billionaire named Sir Richard McCreadie, who's planning an elaborate party on the Greek island of Mykonos in hopes of "repairing his image" after the world turns on him. Also starring Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Fry, Shirley Henderson, Jamie Blackley, Sarah Solemani, & David Mitchell. Reviews from TIFF were mixed, but I still really want to see this. I love these kind of brutally honest satires.

Watch: Sleepy Skunk's Retrospective 2019 Movie Trailer Mashup Video

Movie Trailer Mashup

"You havin' a good time?" It's time for another rousing look back at all the movies from 2019. Our longtime friend the "Sleepy Skunk" has revealed his annual end-of-the-year recap video - the 2019 Movie Trailer Mashup - featuring footage from all the movie trailers released throughout 2019 edited together to make you cry. Or laugh, or smile, or whatever movies do to you. Louis, who makes this mashup every year, puts a lot of time and effort into making sure it's just right. Not too loud, not too wild, with a clip from every trailer to make you smile as a year of movies whizzes by in 6 minutes time. These are always so emotional to watch.

Liu Yifei Rules the Full Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Movie

Mulan Movie

"Loyal, brave, and true - it is my duty to protect my family." Disney has just debuted the official full-length official trailer for their live-action Mulan movie, following the initial teaser reveal earlier this summer. This live-action update of Mulan is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA, and The Zookeeper's Wife) and stars Liu Yifei as the legendary Hua Mulan. It's still based on the 1998 animated movie, about a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to fight and save her father. Set in China during the Han dynasty, she takes her father's place to fight off a Hun invasion. The cast includes Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan, Jimmy Wong, Rosalind Chao, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. I almost don't want to admit it, but this looks great! Yes, it's more Disney product but I'll be damned, it looks like a thrilling story told beautifully. Looking forward to watching this.

 Posted December 5 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Corneliu Porumboiu's Acclaimed 'The Whistlers'

The Whistlers Trailer

"A sly and intricate crime drama." Magnolia has unveiled the official US trailer for Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu's acclaimed film The Whistlers, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The film didn't win any awards, but it did win over critics, especially A.O. Scott (here's his review) who is quoted all over the marketing. This fun neo-noir stars Vlad Ivanov in the lead role, Cristi, a Romanian police officer who is secretly working inside the mafia. He heads to La Gomera Island to learn an ancestral whistling language. In Romania he is under police surveillance and by using this coded language he will continue to communicate with the mobsters to try and get Zsolt out of prison. Also starring Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, István Teglas, Cristóbal Pinto, and George Pistereanu. I caught this in Cannes and I had a great time - here's my glowing review, too. Enjoy.

First Teaser Trailer for 'I Am Woman' Film About Singer Helen Reddy

I Am Woman Teaser Trailer

"This is more than just a song to me!" West End Films in the UK has unveiled the first teaser trailer for a feature film titled I Am Woman, telling the inspiring story of Australian singer and activist Helen Reddy. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this fall, and also stopped by the Busan Film Festival in Korea because it's directed by a Korean woman named Unjoo Moon. Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars as Helen, with a full cast including Danielle Macdonald (from Patti Cake$), Evan Peters (from X-Men), Matty Cardarople, Dusty Sorg, Toks James, Gus Murray, and also Rita Rani Ahuja. Reddy's most famous song is one called "I Am Woman", which quickly became the anthem for the women's movement in the 70s. The film is a story of fearless ambition and passion, of a woman who smashed through the patriarchal norms of her time to become the international singing superstar she had dreamed of being.

Willem Dafoe in First Trailer for Alaskan Sled Dog Survival Movie 'Togo'

Togo Trailer

"Got one more in ya, pup?" Disney has debuted an official trailer for another big sled dog adventure survival movie titled Togo, to go along with their Call of the Wild adaptation (arriving in theaters next March). This movie is going straight to their streaming service Disney+, skipping theaters entirely. This movie tells the story of the sled dog Togo, who led the famous 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, running over 300+ miles with his musher Leonhard Seppala. Togo is the third movie we've featured this year about the 1925 serum run and the dogs involved in it - including Great Alaskan Race and Disney's own Call of the Wild. In the movie, Willem Dafoe stars as Leonhard Seppala, with a cast including Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Gaston, Michael McElhatton, Jamie McShane, Michael Greyeyes, as well as Thorbjørn Harr. This looks better than any of the other sled dog movies, might be worth a watch afterall.

 Posted December 4 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Cary Fukunaga's James Bond Movie 'No Time to Die'

No Time to Die Trailer

"So you're not dead?" Universal & MGM have released the first official trailer for No Time to Die, the 25th Bond movie and the fifth movie starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The last movie was Spectre (in 2015), and while it re-introduced Blofeld, it didn't leave Bond in the best spot. When No Time to Die begins, Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. The cast includes Jeffrey Wright as Felix, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q; plus Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, and David Dencik. This Bond sequel has been in the works for a while, but I'm excited to see what Cary Fukunaga brings to the franchise and it looks awesome so far. I'm loving look and feel of this one.

Watch: Animated Short 'Le Mans 1955' Recounts the Infamous Crash

Le Mans 1955 Short Film

"Look at their faces! Tell me you want to continue…?!" Another gorgeous animated short film to watch. Le Mans 1955 is a short film directed by Belgian animation filmmaker Quentin Baillieux. It first premiered last year and played at a number of prestigious film festivals worldwide, now it's available to watch online. The 3D animated short is about the infamous Le Mans 1955 race in France, during which 80 people were killed when one of the cars flew off the track and into the stands where audiences were watching. "And yet, the race goes on." The next day it continues - nothing can stop the race. This features a beautiful geometric animation style that is unlike anything I've seen, which makes it all the more mesmerizing to behold. The flames are especially stunning. And with Le Mans 66 (also known as Ford v Ferrari) in theaters now, this is a perfect follow-up to that. Featuring the voices of Nathan Willcocks, Joe Sheridan, & Nicholas Mead.

Rock Out with 'Queens of Botswana' in Official Trailer for Short Doc

Queens of Botswana Trailer

"Heavy Metal is…" 1091 has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Queens of Botswana, marking the debut of filmmaker Sarah Vianney. The film runs a total of 43 minutes and will be available on VOD services later in December, for those curious to watch. Queens of Botswana is about three different women from Botswana (a land-locked country in southern Africa) whose lives have all been touched by their love for Heavy Metal. Yes… indeed! We follow them for a week on their way to a festival in Gaborone, but the show is not the main event. Its all about Queen Ludo, Queen Florah and Queen Gloria. "That's what the women of the Marok are called – Queens." This looks fun and kooky and entirely unexpected - have a look.

Official Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Dark Encounter' from Carl Strathie

Dark Encounter Trailer

"Mom… the stars are moving." 4Digital Media has debuted an official trailer for an eerie, scary sci-fi thriller titled Dark Encounter, the latest film from UK filmmaker Carl Strathie (his feature debut was the high concept space thriller Solis from last year). Written & directed by Strathie, Dark Encounter is about a family who starts to notice strange things - lights, sounds, weird things in the woods. All of this begins a year after their young daughter went missing, and might answer the question of where she went. The film stars Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Vincent Regan, and Spike White. This looks a bit like most other aliens-in-the-woods thrillers, but there is a quality that makes it stand out.

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