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"Truth does not matter." IFC Films has unveiled an official trailer for the investigative thriller documentary titled Enemies of the State, about a family caught up in a government conspiracy. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also stopped by CPH DOX and the Tribeca Film Festival. An average American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of espionage and corporate secrets when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government. Enemies of the State is a timely and compelling media and legal case study, showing how conspiracies can be created, evolve, and be perpetuated with the help of the web and aided by lack of transparency by the government. At the same time, this film examines the transformation of a local criminal case to an international media story, and the trust – or blindness – of completely devoted parents who will protect their son, literally at all costs. This isn't as good as the other hacker docs out there, but it's a thought-provoking examination of one specific case. If this interests you, definitely watch this doc.
"Everything I cared about in life started with a dog." Disney+ has revealed the first official trailer for the new Turner & Hooch update, a streaming series arriving on Disney+ in July. Based on the original 1989 comedy classic with Tom Hanks, this Turner & Hooch series also acts a sequel, continuing the story with Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of (the original) Det. Scott Turner. A young detective for the US Marshals solves crimes with the help of an oversized French Mastiff pooch. Turner & Hooch is a fun Disney+ series produced by 20th Television. Matt Nix is creator, executive producer and writer on the series. McG is an executive producer and directed the series premiere. This also stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Vanessa Lengies, Brandon Jay McLaren, Jeremy Macguire, Anthony Ruivivar, Reginald VelJohnson, and Becca Tobin. This copies almost everything from the original film, which doesn't make it that refreshing, but then again who doesn't love a story about a big ol' dog messing with the life of an up-tight detective? Slobber on.
"Hollywood 1969… You shoulda been there!" Sony has released a brand new trailer for the novelization of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. If you haven't heard about this, Tarantino also wrote a book, essentially turning the film's script into a novel. "Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited first work of fiction — at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal — is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award- winning film." Based on the original feature, the book has more scenes and more time spent with Rick and Cliff. Tarantino's tease: "In the movie, Cliff is a real enigma, you're kind of like, what's this guy's deal? And one of the things in the book is, there's these isolated chapters… It goes back in time to tell you about Cliff at this point in time." The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Kurt Russell, Rumer Willis, Scoot McNairy, Tim Roth, Damian Lewis. And this trailer even has a few scenes that were cut. Enjoy.
"Shannon - you can trust me. What we need is evidence." Vertical Ent. has released the first official trailer for yet another small town crime thriller called Out of Death, the directorial debut of a music supervisor named Mike Burns. Yet another "Bruce Willis looks so terrible in this, why does he keep making bad films" project for everyone to guffaw at. A corrupt Sheriff's department in a rural mountain town comes undone when an unintended witness throws a wrench into their shady operation. Determined to help her at any cost, Jack must tap into his killer instincts to survive the wilderness and the human predators within it. This stars Bruce Willis, Jaime King, Lala Kent, Kelly Greyson, Tyler Jon Olson, and Michael Sirow. Oh yeah it looks as bad as it sounds; the only highlight is Jaime King delivering the only good performance.
"Candyman ain't a 'he'. Candyman's the whole damn hive." Universal has unveiled a 2021 official trailer for the horror reboot Candyman, described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 cult classic horror film starring Tony Todd. The first official trailer launched last year, and the movie was supposed to be out in theaters last year, but has finally been reset to open this August later in 2021. Producer Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend's older sibling likely told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (from If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by the original Tony Todd. DaCosta explained in a video about the delay: "I started working on the film winter of 2019, I mean so much changed in that time… we had the really amazing show of political and cultural and emotional force." But now she wants everyone to watch it together. "Horror's just better in a room full of people who are also freaking out." It really looks like one of the best horror movies of the year.
"I just miss the way she used to look at me…" ScreenDaily has revealed the first official promo trailer for a Finnish-Russian drama titled Compartment No. 6, originally known as Hytti nro 6 in Finnish. This is premiering in the Main Competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival coming up in just a few weeks. This is Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen's follow-up to his acclaimed Cannes 2016 hit film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki. As a train weaves its way up to the arctic circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life. A woman must spend her long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, and this strange and unusual unexpected encounter leads them to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection. Oooh. Starring Seidi Haarla & Yuriy Borisov. "The film is a real journey through Russia's society with two unforgettable characters," a producer states. "It is a generous homage to humanity, in all its contradictions." Sounds great and this first look footage has already piqued my interest.
"He's an old man, I'll pay for his ticket!" Parkland Pictures has released the first trailer for The Last Bus, a film from the UK made by Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Behind the Lines, Hideous Kinky, Tara Road, Castles in the Sky, Whiskey Galore). The film is about an elderly man named Tom whose wife has just passed away, and he decides to use only local buses on a nostalgic trip to carry her ashes all the way across the UK to Land's End, where they originally met, using his free bus pass. This is a story that, obviously, got the attention of everyone he met along the way and has been turned into a film. Timothy Spall stars as Tom, along with Phyllis Logan, Grace Calder, Celyn Jones, Brian Pettifer, Colin McCredie, Iain Robertson, and Marnie Baxter. It looks quite charming and very sweet, even though it's a simple story.
"I admire anybody that would put their name in the arena - it takes a lot of courage." Gunpowder & Sky released this official trailer for a documentary film titled Kid Candidate, which originally premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier in the year. The film also won the "One In A Million Award" from the Sun Valley Film Festival this year. In a time when young Americans increasingly feel cut off from politics or traditional institutions, Hayden Pedigo, a 24 year-old artist and musician in Amarillo, TX makes an unorthodox run for city council. SVFF states: "This is a funny, irreverent and impactful doc about Hayden Pedigo, a 24-year-old experimental musician whose viral videos for fake City Council campaigns in Amarillo inspired him to take action and actually run, showing that young people are stepping up to make a difference in their communities." Sounds like a fascinating, inspiring story that was captured on camera at the right moment.
"Miraculously… it survived." Now THIS is how you promote a movie that isn't a franchise or a sequel! A24 has released a crafty new featurette for David Lowery's The Green Knight movie titled simply just "An Oral History of The Green Knight". The film is a fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, starring Dev Patel as Sir Gawain. Don't know anything about this story? Let's find out more… He is King Arthur's reckless nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront the gigantic green-skinned stranger. This promo video takes us through the origins of the classic medieval story, what it really means, its historical context, characters, and much more. The film's ensemble cast includes Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan, Erin Kellyman, Kate Dickie, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris as King Arthur, and Ralph Ineson as the Green Knight. I appreciate how straightforward yet effectively intriguing and entertaining this video is - and it's all that's needed to grab my attention and make me want to see this.
"What's so disreputable about you?" Cohen Media Group has released the official US trailer for the French erotic drama Casanova, Last Love, one of the latest films from prolific filmmaker Benoît Jacquot. This already opened in France back in 2019, and is only now getting a release in the US years later. Arriving in select theaters in NY & LA starting on July 14th, 2021 - Bastille Day - this summer. Set in the 18 century, Casanova, known for his taste for fun and play, arrived in London after having to go into exile. In this city of which he knows nothing, he meets several times a young courtesan, "the Charpillon", who attracts him to the point of forgetting all of the other women. Casanova is ready to do anything to achieve her ends, but La Charpillon always escapes under the most diverse pretexts. She challenges him, she wants him to love her as much as he wants. The film stars Vincent Lindon, Stacy Martin, and Valeria Golino. Reviews describe the film as a "precise and dynamic" take on growing old while still trying to figure yourself out. Have a look.
"Take a deep breath… Finish the job." Dark Sky Films has released official trailer for yet another new ride share driver thriller titled Night Drive, from filmmakers Brad Baruh & Meghan Leon. This one twists the concept a little bit and makes the passenger the villain as their strange ride goes into the night (Collateral, anyone?). A ride share driver's life is turned upside down after an unexpected series of misfortunes. When a business proposition takes him to even darker places than before, he hopes that he can somehow survive the night. "Surprising at every turn and with a wickedly dark sense of humor Leon & Baruh's Night Drive is an unforgettably shocking ride-along with a seemingly normal man and the most abnormal of passengers." The film stars AJ Bowen & Sophie Dalah, along with Reba Buhr. Maybe it's just me, but I'm getting really tired of all these ride share thrillers - they're all so dull and derivative, and the scripts are so awful. Oh well.
"Childhood doesn't last forever, but family certainly does!" Still not sold? Universal has released a third official trailer for the DreamWorks Animation sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business. This now opens in theaters nationwide in July and will also stream on Uni's Peacock service at the same time. The director of all the Madagascar movies and Megamind returns again to direct this follow-up to The Boss Baby from 2017. The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together once again - and inspire a new family business. When baby Tina reveals that she's—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp now on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha's school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Edwin Armstrong, it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways. Starring Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Greenblatt, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Eva Longoria, James Marsden, and Amy Sedaris. After two rather dull trailers before, this one doesn't add much to change my mind about this sequel. Maybe it's best for kids.