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Strange Murders on Campus in Social Media Horror 'Initiation' Trailer

Initiation Trailer

"If this were to spiral out of control…" Saban Films has released an official US trailer for the indie horror Initiation, the latest from director John Berardo (also of The Labyrinth). This premiered at the Sitges & Screamfest Film Festivals last fall, and it will be arriving on VOD this May. Whiton University unravels the night a star-athlete is found murdered in his dorm during pledge week, kicking off a spree of social media slayings that force the students to uncover the truth behind the school's hidden secrets and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point. What does it all mean, Basil?! Lindsay LaVanchy (who also co-wrote the script) co-stars with Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, Kent Faulcon, Yancy Butler and Lochlyn Munro. This looks like some crazy campus serial killer horror, not so much any commentary on university culture. Check it out.

 Posted April 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Computer Screen Film 'Profile' Starring Valene Kane

Profile Trailer

"He's a hunter, he wants to seduce me first!" Focus Features has unveiled an official US trailer for an indie computer screen thriller titled Profile, from filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov. This originally premiered back in 2018 at the Berlinale & SXSW Film Festival, which is when I first saw it (here's my positive review). The content might be exactly why it has taken so long for it to finally open. An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter. The film basically asks "how could a woman be seduced and tricked into joining ISIS and becoming a sex slave?" Well, you have to watch to find out. The unconventional thriller plays out entirely on a computer screen in the Screenlife style. Starring Valene Kane & Shazad Latif, plus Christine Adams, Morgan Watkins, Amir Rahimzadeh, and Emma Cater. This is a chilling cautionary tale, but comes highly recommended.

 Posted April 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Marvel's New 'Loki' Series Starring Tom Hiddleston

Loki Trailer

"You're not big on trust, are you?" Marvel + Disney have revealed a full-length official trailer for their next new series titled Loki, debuting on Disney+ streaming starting this June. They know how to keep the flow going! After Wanda Vision and Falcon & The Winter Soldier this year already, they're moving right into Loki and his mysteries and madness. The series takes place after/during the events of Avengers: Endgame when Loki steals the Tesseract. He's brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority after traveling through time altering human history, but finds himself trapped in a crime thriller of his own making. Tom Hiddleston returns to star as Loki, with a cast including Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Erika Coleman. This looks like SO much devious time travel fun, and I dig Hiddleston's Loki! Looking forward to this amusing time-circus.

 Posted April 5 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Another US Trailer for Social Media Revenge Thriller 'The Columnist'

The Columnist Trailer

"Don't read the comments." Film Movement has revealed yet another new US trailer for the Dutch revenge thriller The Columnist, from filmmaker Ivo van Aart. This premiered at numerous genre film festivals last year including Fantasia, FrightFest, and the Telluride Horror Show. Columnist and author Femke is flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social media. One day she has enough and decides to take revenge. A "cautionary tale" about what happens when someone decides to go after the mean comments online. Starring Katja Herbers as Femke, with Genio de Groot, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, and Achraf Koutet. This looks so wicked, twisted, and provocative. From Zofia's review: "The Columnist is a thought-provoking, controversial picture that is an absolute must watch." Oh I really need to see this film.

Trapped in a Farm Town Grain Bin - True Story 'Silo' Official Trailer

Silo Trailer

"Standard procedure's gonna kill that kid!" Oscope Labs has released a trailer for a film titled Silo, which originally premiered in 2019 and is finally getting a "virtual cinema" release this May. Disaster strikes in a small American farm town when teenager Cody Rose becomes the victim of a grain entrapment accident. As corn becomes quicksand inside of a 50-foot tall silo, the town locals must put aside their differences to save Cody from drowning in the crop they harvest. "Silo is the product of an extensive collaboration between city-based filmmakers and the rural American community. The entire creative team spent years working with farmers, fire/rescue workers, and trusted agricultural institutions to ensure the authentic portrayal of the all-too-common danger of grain entrapment… A reminder of the importance of agricultural safety — it is also a testament to what communities can accomplish when they work together." Starring Jack DiFalco, Danny Ramirez, and Jeremy Holm. This looks way better than expected, might be a worthwhile watch.

 Posted April 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Tyler Dean Flores in Official Trailer for Police Brutality Drama 'Reefa'

Reefa Trailer

"I just really need the world to see what I can do." Vertical Ent. has debuted an official trailer for an indie film titled Reefa, based on the true story of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez Jr, a young Colombian immigrant and talented artist. Tyler Dean Flores stars as Israel, spending his last summer in Miami with friends, family and his new girl Frankie before moving to New York City. While Israel and his friends skateboard the city streets and spray paint the walls of Wynwood, Miami's graffiti Mecca, anxieties emerge twofold: Israel and his family nervously await their Green Cards while he desperately seeks recognition for his work. When he spray paints one last wall with art that will earn him great respect with his peers, an encounter with a police officer leaves everyone devastated, the Miami community outraged, and the nation reeling from yet another case of police brutality. This also stars George Sear, Clara McGregor, Cinthya Carmona, Ricardo Chavira, and José Zúñiga. This doesn't look so bad. Another tragic story instilled with some fresh hope.

 Posted April 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser for Samurai Anime Series 'Yasuke' with LaKeith Stanfield

Yasuke Trailer

"A true warrior, above all else, prays for peace… But today we fight for the future of Japan!" Netflix has unveiled a teaser trailer for a new anime series titled Yasuke, from artist / creator Lesean Thomas (of "The Boondocks", "Black Dynamite"). Yasuke is a six-episode series set in alternate fantastical Japan during the feudal era. The story is about a samurai warrior who must return to his life of violence in order to protect a mysterious girl. When a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport the child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served with the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world. Featuring the voice of LaKeith Stanfield as "Yasuke". This is a first look teaser but it's awesome introduction to this new creation, and that's why we're featuring this new series trailer anyway.

One More Trailer for Marvel's 'Black Widow' - Now Opening This July

Black Widow Trailer

"We have to go back to where it all started." Disney reveals one more trailer for Marvel's Black Widow, which was delayed from its opening last May for more than a year due to the pandemic. It's now set to open in July and will be available on Disney+ in addition to theaters at the same time. This is the fourth (and final, final) trailer for the movie after three others last year before the shutdowns. This new stand-alone solo movie is directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland and is set between the Civil War and Infinity War movies. Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff, returning from the previous Marvel movies. The cast also includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, David Harbour as Red Guardian, plus William Hurt, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle, and Michelle Lee. This trailer is really overselling all the action - let's hope the rest of the movie kicks ass, too.

 Posted April 3 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Full Trailer for WB's 'Space Jam 2: A New Legacy' with LeBron

Space Jam 2 Trailer

"I know what you're looking for… a Dream Team!" Warner Bros has revealed the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel Space Jam 2, also known as Space Jam: A New Legacy, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (of Barbershop: The Next Cut, Girls Trip, Night School). The original Space Jam first opened in the summer of 1996, combining live-action with Looney Toones animated characters. This time, NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew to escape a virtual space run by a rogue algorithm that won't let him out unless he plays basketball. The cast includes Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, plus lots of real NBA stars; along with voice-actors Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman, Kath Soucie, Bob Bergen, and Gabriel Iglesias. This actually looks like a Tron sequel more than anything else, which is crazy but cool. I'm in, seems like it's going to be serious fun.

 Posted April 3 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Short Doc 'Seawolf' Goes into Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

Seawolf Short Doc

"How could you navigate this world without any roots? It would be like roaming this Earth lost if you did not know who you were…" Another excellent short documentary about a place most of us have never heard of before. Seawolf is a short made by Canadian filmmaker Alexander Sworik, taking us on a journey to the Great Bear Rainforest located on the coast of British Colombia up near Alaska (Google Maps). This particular land is a "a naturally rich and diverse land home to many First Nations People. Like other areas in the country rich in natural resources, the land and its people have been and continue to be threatened by government regulation, restriction, and resource extraction." The doc spends time with two locals discussing their history and their connection with this land and the people from there. Not only does this feature tons of beautiful shots, but it's an invigorating story about Native people fighting for what's truly theirs anyway.

Trailer for 'Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts' Doc About an American Artist

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts Trailer

"Traylor lived his life between two radically different worlds: rural & urban, old & new, black & white." Kino Lorber has revealed the official trailer for an indie art documentary called Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a loving profile of this American artist not many people know about. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853, but then spent the last years of his living free in Montgomery, creating many paintings & drawings. Using historical and cultural context, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor's incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendents, and Traylor's striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America's most prominent artists to a wide audience. I am so intrigued by his art and all of the unique shapes and creatures and characters he painted.

Official Japanese Trailer for Animated Film 'Belle' by Mamoru Hosoda

Belle Trailer

Toho in Japan has unveiled the first official trailer for the new film titled Belle made by acclaimed, award-winning Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda (of the films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, and Mirai). The short title is just Belle (perhaps a reference to Beauty and the Beast), but the film's full Japanese title is Belle: The Princess of Dragons and Freckles and it's currently set to tour in Japan this summer. The film is about a teenage girl who lives between modern-day Japan and a virtual world called "U." The story follows her as she makes a new friend and "embarks on a journey of adventures and love both in their quest of becoming who they truly are." This trailer asks a lot of questions - who is she, why is she so popular, why does she have to hide her face, who are these bad guys? I'm very curious to see more from this, but it looks quite magnificent already. Check it out.

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