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"Is that your home?" Universal Pictures + DreamWorks Animation have debuted the first official trailer for their next big animated movie titled Abominable, arriving in theaters this fall. This trailer has already been playing in theaters for a month but has only now finally arrived online. DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio's co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. We've already had one other major animated movie about yetis - Warner Bros' Smallfoot from last year. This movie's story involves a young girl from Shanghai who befriends a yeti and embarks on an adventure to get him home to the mountains. Featuring the voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, plus Tenzing Norgay Trainor. This looks fun, but just a bit too cheesy and incredibly unoriginal. The cute yeti looks & acts a lot like Toothless.
For his next film, Quentin Tarantino is taking us back to the year 1969. Right at the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood. When hippies roamed the streets, men landed on the moon, and westerns were at the end of their time. Tarantino's ninth feature film is titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and it premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival playing in competition - a major feat. He won the Palme d'Or back in 1994 for Pulp Fiction, and has returned a few other times previously with Grindhouse and Inglourious Basterds. This sprawling, nearly-three hour "Old Hollywood" feature is one of Tarantino's most casually entertaining – part of it is a western, part of it is cruising around Los Angeles, and part of it is a story about a fading TV actor and his badass stuntman. There's plenty of slick moments in it, alas it doesn't best his previous films.
"Is it game over…? Or is it game on? As we have at hand, the ability, the capacity, and solutions that can reverse global warming… not mitigate, not reduce, not stabilize, but reverse?" HBO has debuted an official trailer for the documentary Ice on Fire, which is premiering today at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. This urgent, inspiring new documentary focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. It's produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio, with Mathew Schmid, and is directed by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour). This isn't the only DiCaprio produced climate doc, the other one being And We Go Green which also got a new trailer this week. Even though some say there are too many climate change docs, in all honesty, there are not enough. And we will continue to highlight them and talk about them as this still is the most important issue of all for everyone on this planet.
"You're a blade, and I'm sharpening you." Bleecker Street Films has released the full-length official trailer for the indie dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year to some great reviews. This film is the latest from director Riley Stearns (of the film Faults previously) and it's hitting limited theaters starting in July this year. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Casey, a fragile man who enlists in a local dojo after being attacked at random on the street. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity, and a woman fighting for her place in it. Sounds delightful. The small cast includes Alessandro Nivola as the Sensei, plus Imogen Poots, Steve Terada, and Phillip Andre Botello. One SXSW review says it's an "uproariously comical and hypnotically unnerving" film that gives "a hilarious middle finger to toxic masculinity." Really excited to seeing this one, it looks damn good.
Her song will not be silenced. IFC Films has finally unveiled an official trailer for one of the best films to debut last year - Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale. This originally premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won two awards, and went on to show at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year as a special presentation. The Nightingale takes place in the 1800s on the island of Tasmania of the coast of Australia where a young woman played by Aisling Franciosi sets off seeking vengeance for horrific acts committed against her family. The film explores the misogyny, racism, sexual violence and classism of the era as well as the price of chasing revenge. It was my #1 film of 2018, and I interviewed Jennifer Kent at Sundance earlier this year. It is not an easy watch, but it is an essential watch. The full cast includes Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, and Ewan Leslie. This is a must watch trailer for a phenomenal film.
"I don't want to hide anymore…" Well Go USA has released the first official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Freaks, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and played at the Sitges Film Festival. This indie superpowers film is very similar in concept to Room, but if the kid trapped inside actually had special superpowers. Chloe is locked in her home by her protective father, but when Mr. Snowcone lures her out, she discovers a whole new world and learns more about her special powers and how they can be used. Lexy Kolker plays Chloe, with a small cast including Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Amanda Crew, and Grace Park. I saw this film at Sitges last year and it's solid, a well-made indie thriller about superpowers. But we've seen a lot of films about this recently (like Fast Color) so it might get lost in the mix. Check it out.
"It's time to wake up and smell the justice." Lionsgate has debuted an official trailer for a lighthearted indie comedy titled Supervized, from Ireland about senior superheroes now living in a retirement home. Yes it looks as goofy and extremely cheesy as it sounds so watch out. The set of elderly superheroes include Tom Berenger as Maximum Justice, Beau Bridges as Shimmy, Fionnula Flanagan as Madera Moonlight, and Louis Gossett Jr. as Total Thunder. The full cast also includes Clive Russell, Fiona Glascott, Ned Dennehy, Elya Baskin, and John Kavanagh. The four ageing heroes come together for one last hurrah, as always happens. It reminds me a bit of Mystery Men, with a few old fogey superheroes in that film, too. This doesn't look so good, which explains why it's headed straight to VOD for release. Give it a look anyway.
Bong Joon-ho reigns!! I didn't think he could be any better than he has already been (almost every film he has made is fantastic - from Memories of Murder to Okja), but South Korean master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has delivered yet another near-perfect film. His latest film is titled Parasite, a dark comedy with some twists and turns and shocking moments and hilarious moments, and it's absolutely amazing. A complete and total knockout, a masterpiece of cinema. Oh my goodness gracious, it's so fucking good. This is one of Bong Joon-ho's best films, and I LOVE all of his films, so it's hard to even say that this is better than any of them before but he might just be getting better the more he makes. A complex construction of satire and social commentary worked into an intelligent, amusing, devious, uniquely-Korean script that is a total knockout.
"Take the shot, Stu!" 20th Century Fox has released a new international trailer for action comedy Stuber, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year to some early acclaim. Dave Bautista stars as a detective who suddenly recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. Kumail Nanjiani also stars as his driver, with a cast including Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan. This looks hilarious, and the reviews from SXSW were quite positive. Nothing like a funny, topical action comedy to keep us going during the summer season - since this opens right in the middle of July. Putting the Beach Boys' "I Get Around" in this trailer is a great choice - extra fun.
"In this town, it can all change like that." Sony has debuted the full official trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest, his 9th feature film, titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The 2 hour 40 minute-long film just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival today. It's set in Los Angeles in 1969, right smack in the middle of Hollywood, taking us back to the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age. The story involves a faded TV actor and his stunt double who embark on an odyssey to achieve fame in the film industry. The massive ensemble cast features Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Kurt Russell, Rumer Willis, Scoot McNairy, Leslie Bega, James Marsden, Tim Roth, Damian Lewis, and the late Luke Perry. This trailer is playing right along with the first reviews out of Cannes, and gives us a good idea of all the crazy, fun things we will be seeing in this.
"We have to make sure nothing happens to Forky." Disney + Pixar have unveiled the final official trailer for Toy Story 4, following a bunch of TV spots and trailers over the last few months. Opening in theaters in exactly one month. When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy… Pixar's emotional sequel looks like it builds on the ideas from Toy Story 3, taking us on another journey outside of the home when Forky tries to break free. All the regular voices are back: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt, with newcomers Keegan Michael-Key & Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, and Tony Hale as Forky. Pixar doesn't have the best track record with trailers, but I'm still looking forward to this movie. It might just hit all the right notes and be satisfying in unexpected ways.
"Downton Abbey is the heart of this community, and you're keeping it beating." Return to the countryside. Focus Features has revealed the full-length official trailer for the Downton Abbey movie, hitting theaters this September. The feature film continues the story that began on the beloved TV series following the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the beginning of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. The show originally ended in 2015 after six "series", but will continue now four years later. The original series cast has returned: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern, Tuppence Middleton, Brendan Coyle, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, David Haig, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan, and Laura Carmichael. This looks charming and extravagant, and actually considerably epic, a worthy feature film version of this endearing television series. Have a look.