Watch: An Adorable Kitty is a Demon in 'My Cat Lucy' Animated Short

My Cat Lucy

Is your cat a demon? Do your cat like to wreak havoc in your home? Warning - they may be a cuddly, furry demon after all! This adorable, super cute film titled My Cat Lucy is a must watch 2-minute short. Made by animation filmmaker Kate Vaillant as her thesis project from the Ringling College of Art & Design (and it looks like she snagged a job at DreamWorks Animation). Check it out if you like cute characters who turn out to be a little evil. ("Lucy is short for Lucifer incase you didn't catch that.") Featuring voice acting by Philip Lamont. This has been making its way around the web already, with almost a million views so far. And it deserves the attention! As always, it's amazing to see how much can be packed into 2 minutes. And all of the animation and design is entirely by Vaillant on her own. So adorable. I want to cuddle with Lucy now.

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 Posted on December 5 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Official Trailer for Outstanding Irish Parenting Drama 'The Quiet Girl'

The Quiet Girl

"She says as much as she needs to say." Super LTD has revealed an official US trailer for The Quiet Girl, a wonderful little Irish film that is opening in the US starting in February. The film is Ireland's official entry in the Best International Film category at the Oscars this year, and it will have a week qualifying run in the US in December. Set in rural Ireland 1981, the film introduces us to Cáit. She is a quiet, neglected girl who is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one. This is really beautiful film because it's a rare film that shows us what it's like to be raised by and care for by a family that properly loves their children. It's nice to see this instead of all the trauma and pain, and bad parents, in so many other stories. Starring Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, and Michael Patric. I enjoyed this film, one of the undiscovered gems of 2022. If this trailer catches your attention, please watch the film.

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 Posted on December 5 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

First Teaser for French Version of 'The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan'

The Three Musketeers Trailer

"You'd be wise to be afraid." Pathe in France has revealed the first global teaser trailer for their new take on the classic story - The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan. This adaptation is being released as a two-part movie series, with the second part titled The Three Musketeers: Milady, opening at Christmas 2023 later in the year. This first movie is set to debut in France this April, but there's no US release confirmed yet. Both films were filmed on location in France, during an epic eight months shoot, and kept as raw and authentic as possible based on Dumas' book. Both films in this two-part adventure star François Civil as D'Artagnan, Vincent Cassel as Athos, Romain Duris as Aramis, Pio Marmaï as Porthos, with Eva Green, Vicky Krieps, Lyna Khoudri, Louis Garrel, and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd. That's quite an impressive cast! This first teaser runs a full 2 1/2 minutes, pretty much an official trailer with tons of footage anyway. Looks like they're aiming for realism this time, with a revolutionary kick and massive sets. But does it look any good..?

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 Posted on December 5 in To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Official Trailer for 'Champions' Starring Woody Harrelson as a Coach

Champions Trailer

"You don't have to turn them into the Lakers. They just need to feel like a team." Hey, another cheesy feel good movie for everyone to enjoy! Focus Features has revealed an official trailer for an indie comedy called Champions, an English-language US remake of the Spanish comedy also called Champions (from 2018). A former minor-league basketball coach receives a court order to take over a team of players with intellectual disabilities. Despite his doubts, he soon realizes that together they can go further than ever imagined. This sounds like the plot of Mighty Ducks, but with an extra twist with his young players. Woody Harrelson stars in this as Coach Marcus, along with Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, Matt Cook, Kaitlin Olson, Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, and Matthew Von Der Ahe. This looks like something fun and uplifting, though also seems easy to forget as soon as it's over. Get a look.

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 Posted on December 5 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Jonah Hill & Eddie Murphy in Teaser Trailer for 'You People' Comedy

You People Trailer

"What I'm saying is I love your daughter, and I would make a good husband." Netflix has revealed the first look teaser trailer for You People, a new comedy film made by the creator / writer of "Black-ish" - Kenya Barris. He teams up with Jonah Hill, the two of them co-wrote the screenplay for this one, to deliver this comedy on Netflix in late January. A new couple and their families find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences in this comedy from Kenya Barris. Jonah Hill & Lauren London stars as the main couple, confronting societal expectations and generational differences with their families. The full cast includes Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny, Sam Jay, Elliott Gould, Travis Bennett, Molly Gordon, Rhea Perlman, Deon Cole, Andrea Savage, and Mike Epps. This almost seems like it'll be twist on a Guess Who's Coming to Dinner or Meet the Parents, with modern comedy about this relationship.

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 Posted on December 5 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

A Fresh Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie

Dungeons & Dragons Trailer

"It's about finding your own hero within." Paramount Pictures has unveiled a behind-the-scenes featurette and brand new poster (also added below) for their live-action Dungeons & Dragons film, titled Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. This featurette comes from Brazil's big Comic-Con event this past weekend, and doesn't feature any new footage - it is a recut of the same shots from the first trailer. With a few extra bits of interviews thrown in. Not an exciting video, there's nothing interesting in here to enjoy. A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. The major ensemble cast for Dungeons & Dragons features Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, with special guest Hugh Grant. With a release planned for March 2023, we're still expecting to see another trailer drop in the next month to continue building hype for the release.

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 Posted on December 5 in Featurette, To Watch | 1 Comment

Main Trailer for Netflix Doc Series 'Harry & Meghan' About the Couple

Harry & Meghan Doc Series

"There was a war against Meghan…" "It's about hatred, it's about race." Netflix has revealed the first look teaser trailer for an upcoming documentary series titled Harry & Meghan, which will be streaming on Netflix in its entirety later in December. The definitive inside look at the lives of these two lovers - American Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from the British Royal Family. Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution. From the critically-acclaimed, two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus (she last made Becoming Cousteau), Harry & Meghan is a never-before-seen look at one of the most-discussed couples in history. I'm glad that this trailer very directly calls out the racism and attacks against Meghan. Yes, I want to hear their story and hear about their experiences, but I also think it is important to highlight how much of the negativity surrounding them is based on hate.

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 Posted on December 5 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments

Oona Chaplin Conjures a Nightmare in Chilling Horror 'Lullaby' Trailer

Lullaby Trailer

"She's strong… but she's not as strong as faith." Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Lullaby, directed by the DP / filmmaker John R. Leonetti - who doesn't exactly have the most impressive filmography (e.g. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, The Butterfly Effect 2, Annabelle, Wolves at the Door). Landing in theaters in just a few weeks. A new mother who discovers a lullaby in an ancient book and soon regards the song as a blessing. But her world transforms into a nightmare when the lullaby brings forth the ancient demon Lilith — from the Hebrew phrase "Lilith-Abi" which translates to "Lilith, begone." Lullaby stars Oona Chaplin, with Rámon Rodríguez, Liane Balaban, Kira Guloien, and Moni Ogunsuyi. This looks like a mostly derivative, generic horror without anything new to offer us. I feel like some of these exact shots have been in other films before this. It still might have a few good scares?

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 Posted on December 4 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Impressive Full Trailer for 'The Last of Us' Series with Pedro Pascal

The Last of Us Series Trailer

"You've come this far, then you know what's out there…" HBO has debuted a full-length official trailer for their highly anticipated post-apocalyptic survival series The Last of Us, based on the popular video game series. It's now set to start streaming in mid January just over a month from now. Joel and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across post-pandemic America. This "get her to the right people" plot reminds me of Children of Men. This stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Elli, with Gabriel Luna, Nick Offerman, Merle Dandridge, Murray Bartlett, Jeffrey Pierce, Melanie Lynskey, and Anna Torv. Original game composer Gustavo Santaolalla is scoring, and Kantemir Balagov (of Beanpole) directs the pilot ep. Said to be the largest TV production in Canadian history. Still looks great! This is a fantastic trailer, with "Take On Me" somehow being effective. A video game adaptation that might turn out just right.

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 Posted on December 3 in Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments

Watch: Animated African Fable Short Film - 'The Voice in the Hollow'

The Voice in the Hollow Short Film

"Cross through the flames, huntress." You've never seen any short film like this before. The Voice in the Hollow is an animated short film created by Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. Described as "an African fable of sisterhood, envy and ancient evil", it tells the story of Ala and Coa from the Leopards tribe. When her sister outshines her once again, Coa meets a mysterious entity, the morning star and the bestower of gifts, that can grant her wish… It's animated and rendered with the Unreal Engine 5, though it has a stop-motion look and feel. At first glance I thought this was made with marionettes and miniature sets, but it's all CGI and looks incredible. The film features the voices of Janeth Makungo, Rosalie Akinyi, Goodluck Gabriel, and Kaitlyn O'Connell. It's a very dark tale with some seriously frightening imagery, but that's part of why this is a one-of-a-kind creation. I really dig the masks in this, everything about its visual style is stunning. Enjoy.

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 Posted on December 2 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Review: Gina Prince-Bythewood's Captivating Film 'The Woman King'

The Woman King Review

Every year, dozens of films are released based on or inspired by (semi-)true stories. While some filmmakers try to avoid the typical Hollywoodisms with this type of adaptation, others simply pick up the general idea or concept behind that historical point and recreate their own version of the events – no creative choice is wrong. American filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood draws inspiration from the Agojie, a unit of African female warriors from the XVII-XIX centuries in the Kingdom of Dahomey (located in today's Benin, West Africa), to convey a poignant message of anti-slavery, anti-racism, and equal human rights in The Woman King. She shares their empowering story, with a few alterations for this film, with tremendous success.

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 Posted on December 2 in Review | Comments

Toni Collette & Monica Bellucci in 'Mafia Mamma' Red Band Teaser

Mafia Mamma Teaser Trailer

"You can't run away from your destiny!" You must embrace the mafia. Ha! Bleecker Street has revealed a first look teaser trailer for the action comedy set in Italy titled Mafia Mamma, the latest film by director Catherine Hardwicke - who hasn't made a new feature since Miss Bala in 2018. This one is now set to drop in Spring 2023, and this first teaser is red band rated as it's packed with tons of foul language. Hardwicke’s new action-comedy, Mafia Mamma, starring Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci - a suburban American woman who inherits her grandfather's "Mafia empire," and guided by the Firm's trusted consigliere, defies everyone's expectations – including her own – as the new head of the family business. The cast also includes Alfonso Perugini, Giulio Corso, and Alessandro Bressanello. This looks hilarious! I don't think this kind of wacky concept would work as well without Toni Collette leading the way. Stay tuned for a full trailer.

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 Posted on December 2 in To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

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