"Is that young queen still refusing to submit to company rule?" Roadside Attractions has just unveiled an official US trailer for an Indian historical action drama titled The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, also known as Swords and Sceptres: The Rani of Jhansi while in development. A tale of women's empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. She is played by Devika Bhise in this film, and seems to be a bonafide warrior of both past & present. The full cast includes Jodhi May, Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Nathaniel Parker, Ben Lamb, Omar Malik, R. Bhakti Klein, Arif Zakaria, and Yatin Karyekar. This looks especially cheesy, and if it weren't a true story, I'd say this is worth skipping. But it does look like an inspiring story. "We will fight for what is ours, and we will win."
"I demand a rematch!" Viva Kids has debuted an official trailer for Racetime, an animated adventure film from Canada. "A spectacular sled race through the village" is the pitch and pretty much the entire synopsis. Frankie-Four-Eyes and his team, including Sophie as the driver, take on the newcomers: the mysterious and conceited Zac and his athletic cousin Charly. This is a sequel to another animated film called Snowtime, first released in 2015. That one was about a snowball fight, this new one is about a sled race. And they both look awful, like made-for-TV morning cartoons junk. Which is totally fine if that's where this was playing, but it's coming to theaters? Maybe kids will enjoy. The voice cast includes Lucinda Davis, Noel Fisher, Angela Galuppo, Dawn Ford, and Todd Fennell. If you're curious about it anyway, check out the trailer below.
"You have to stop chasing me… I'm doing all this for a reason." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an indie thriller titled In the Shadow of the Moon, not to be confused with the fantastic Apollo missions documentary of the exact same name (but, why use that title again?). The film is a crime mystery, the latest from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, Cold in July), set in Philadelphia in 1988. The story follows a police officer struggling with a lifelong obsession to track down a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy any explanation. Starring Boyd Holbrook, with Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine, Rachel Keller, Rudi Dharmalingam, Michael C. Hall, and Sarah Dugdale. This looks like one of these high concept serial killer thrillers that has a supernatural twist. What's up with the girl in the pod? A vampire? So weird.
"Where is everyone?" FX and NBC have released the surprise new short film titled Battle at Big Rock, following up the most recent Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is currently working on Jurassic World 3, the short just debuted on FX and is now available to watch online. Trevorrow explains the setup continuing directly after the end of FK: "You have these animals loose in an unfamiliar environment, they’re disoriented, struggling to adapt. The first people they run into are bound to be camping. I wanted to see that." He adds that, "it's a celebration of everything we love about the franchise" and a movie that they've always wanted to make. Battle at Big Rock stars André Holland, Melody Hurd, Natalie Martinez, and Pierson Salvador, and runs only 8 minutes. "There have been a few sightings, but this is the first major confrontation between dinosaurs and humans." This gets intense! Watch it below.
"Ford hates guys like us, because we're different." 20th Century Fox has launched the second official trailer for Ford v. Ferrari, the latest from James Mangold (who last made the kick ass Logan in 2017). This premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to very positive reviews aplenty, calling it a "visual and sonic spectacle". The film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles, who are sent by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Starring Matt Damon as Shelby, Christian Bale as Miles, with Tracy Letts as Henry Ford II, plus an ensemble cast including Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, JJ Feild, Ray McKinnon, and Remo Girone as Enzo Ferrari. All the early festival buzz has been great so far, I can't wait to catch up with this one soon.
"It's a heavy weight… to be so famous." HBO has debuted a full trailer for the acclaimed sports doc Diego Maradona, to follow up the first teaser trailer they released last month. This sports doc is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Asif Kapadia, who won the Best Doc Oscar in 2016 for Amy, and also directed Senna. This time he has crafted a film about the career of celebrated Buenos Aires-born football player Diego Maradona, who played for SSC Napoli in the 1980s. Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on his life and fame and involvement with the Italian mafia. Many in the sport, including football writers, players, and fans, regard him as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint "FIFA Player of the 20th Century" with Pelé. This doc has been picking up tons of great reviews, and it's a must watch for anyone who loves sports and/or wants to learn more about the true story of Diego.
"All we need to do is beat the clock by one second." STX Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for a psychological horror thriller titled Countdown, opening in theaters the weekend just before Halloween. The concept involves a killer app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. A young nurse downloads the app, and it tells her she only has three days to live… But she also feels a mysterious figure haunting her. The movie stars Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, and Peter Facinelli. This looks way too cheesy to be taken seriously, with all the usual tropes and horror cliches. Plus, that priest guy is really the worst. Might as well skip it, there's nothing to see here.
"Bring us back the moolah, or you and Lago will be in big trouble!" This looks awesome!! A full trailer has debuted for an indie sci-fi project titled Blood Machines, written and directed by Seth Ickerman. This French lo-fi sci-fi is actually a "medium-length" film coming in at 50 minutes, telling the story of an A.I. escaping its spaceship as a female ghost and challenging two blade runners into an galactic chase. Featuring a score by the synthwave artist Carpenter Brut. The film is a sequel to the music video Turbo Killer, the first collaboration between Brut and Ickerman. The full-length Blood Machines stars Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen, Noémie Stevens, Christian Erickson, Joëlle Berckmans, and Natasha Cashman. I totally love the look of everything in this, from the Alien-inspired ship with gnarly teeth added, to the Blade Runner-esque grainy visuals that still have a unique style all their own. I'm really excited to watch this one.
"I have to become him, exactly him!" Vertical Ent. has debuted an official trailer for the indie B&W drama Trauma is a Time Machine, which first premiered at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival last year where it won Best Director. The intimate indie film is the feature directorial debut of Angelica Zollo, daughter of Barbara Broccoli, and it's based on her own short film as well. Trauma is a Time Machine explores a woman named Helen's self destruction & healing from the traumatic after effects of rape within her relationship. She goes through many different steps to try and distract herself including denial, anger, distractions, and a taking on of her perpetrator in order to try and understand what happened to her. Starring Augie Duke as Helen, Gabe Fazio, Elizabeth A. Davis, and Ella Loudon. Might be worth a look if it's playing near you.
"The sooner you understand who you are, the sooner you understand what you can do. It's taken me 60 years for me to understand who I am…" BritBox has unveiled a trailer for the latest entry in the landmark documentary series (known as the Up series) following the same people as they grow up. 63 Up is the latest in the series, directed by Michael Apted, which first started with Seven Up in 1964 (which was directed by Paul Almond). Apted has been revisiting the same exact people, the same children, even seven years since they were first born. To get an updated on them and see where life has taken them. This new film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this year, and is playing at the New York Film Festival next, before hitting theaters in NY & LA later this fall. Even though they're 63 years into this, it's still as intriguing and relevant as ever, showing just how much our lives change and evolve over time. Looks like another must watch doc.
"Science is changing. And the very people who are running science are the people who believe the world is flat." Studiocanal UK and Working Title have revealed the first teaser trailer for the film Radioactive, a historic biopic about the life and times of iconic scientist Marie Curie. Described as a: "Pioneer. Genius. Rebel." This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this month. The film tells of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century. Marie (born Maria Salomea Skłodowska) discovered the element Radium with Pierre in December of 1898, and went on to make many other great contributions to science throughout her life, including research on and invention of the term "radioactivity". Rosamund Pike stars as Marie, with Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard, Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Aris, Corey Johnson, Tim Woodward, and Harriet Turnbull. Looks like a fascinating trip back in time, with lots of visual energy.
"We're here!" Who's ready for another round at The Cotton Club? Lionsgate has debuted a new trailer for The Cotton Club Encore, which is the official title for a "new iteration" of Francis Ford Coppola's 1984 film The Cotton Club. With his team at American Zoetrope, Coppola set out to create an updated version that would more closely resemble the original intentions of the film. This new version, shown only at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival, features additional scenes such as an extended Gregory Hines & Maurice Hines tap performance, Lonette McKee's brilliant rendition of "Stormy Weather," the originally envisioned ending, and more. Set in the 1930s, the film centers around the The Cotton Club, a famous night club in Harlem. Starring Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, & Lonette McKee, with Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Allen Garfield, Laurence Fishburne, & Gwen Verdon. This new cut will play at the New York Film Festival then open in theaters, before arriving on Blu-ray this fall. Check it out below.