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"Those men that came for your father - did you see their faces?" Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for a thriller titled Those Who Wish Me Dead, the latest feature directed by writer / filmmaker Taylor Sheridan after he broke out as a director with Wind River a few years back. While reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save in a fire, smoke jumper Hannah comes across a traumatized 12-year-old boy with nowhere else to turn. Another tricky, twisty Sheridan plot - this one involving everything from assassins to forest fires to federal agents and much more. Starring Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie, based on Michael Kortya’s novel. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Finn Little, Aiden Gillen, Medina Senghore, Tyler Perry, Jake Weber, and Jon Bernthal. This looks pretty damn good; not surprised with this cast and crew, just hope there's some clever reveals as it all plays out. Jolie looks solid. Take a look.
"I will kill everyone linked to you." Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for a crazy fun Korean action thriller movie called Deliver Us From Evil, from filmmaker Won-Chon Hong, best known as the screenwriter of The Chaser, The Scam, The Yellow Sea, and Confession of Murder. This is actually more of a half Korea, half Thailand production, as most of the film is spent in Thailand. The film follows In-nam, a hitman who plans to retire after completing one final hit, but finds himself linked to a kidnapping case in Thailand and targeted by Ray, the man whose sibling he assassinated previously. Starring Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae, Park Jung-min, and Choi Hee-seo. Featuring music by Mowg. This looks super stylish and intense, thanks to a lot of kick ass practical action filmed in Thailand. This looks like it's a must watch for anyone that's a fan of international action cinema and complex, twisty hitman plots. Check it out.
"There's something about poetic justice that's just so… poetic." Disney has debuted a second official trailer for the new live-action Cruella movie, the new story about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. We already featured the first teaser trailer and a "Sneak Preview" recently for this one, and here's a health helping of more footage. This reinvention of the classic 101 Dalmatians (though this only seems to have 3 dalmatians this time?) focuses on its evil fashionista villain instead, but still does have dogs and lavish costumes. Emma Stone stars as Cruella de Vil, with Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and John McCrea. Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, A Room with a View) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own. Honestly, I'm still thinking this will be seriously wicked fun and thoroughly entertaining.
"You can't be following me!? Like, I'm 'No One Special', man." IFC Films has unveiled an official trailer for the indie film Mainstream, which originally premiered at last year's big Venice Film Festival during the pandemic. The second feature from filmmaker Gia Coppola (following Palo Alto) is another intense social media cautionary tale about a wacky personality that gets sucked into internet fame. Three people struggle to preserve their identities as they form an eccentric love triangle within the fast-moving internet age. A young woman thinks she’s found a path to internet stardom when she starts making YouTube videos with a charismatic stranger – until the dark side of viral celebrity threatens to ruin them both. Starring Maya Hawke & Andrew Garfield & Nat Wolff, with Kalena Yiaueki, Johnny Knoxville, and also Jason Schwartzman. I liked this film more than most critics at Venice last year - read my full review. This trailer captures the vibe of how wickedly insane this film gets when he gets uber popular, then it all goes downhill.
"It sounds so crazy now." HBO has revealed an official trailer for a mysterious, compelling new true crime doc series titled Pray, Obey, Kill. Yeah this one joins the ranks of many other religious cult / crazy sect stories before it. On a cold night in January 2004, gunshots rang out across the remote Swedish village, Knutby, home to a small, tight-knit Pentecostal congregation, leaving a young woman murdered in her bed. Attention soon turned towards the community – the victim's husband, also the sect’s pastor, the victim's 26-year-old nanny, and the sect's leader known as "The Bride of Christ." The case gained instant international notoriety when the nanny confessed within days, claiming she was told to commit the acts through a series of text messages from God. What soon emerged, however, was a wild tale of a scandalous love triangle and details of another suspicious death that had occurred years before. Behind it all were the mysterious actions of the sect’s leader who exerted an increasingly powerful pull over her congregation. Sounds freaky! And intriguing, especially coming from Sweden where you might not expect this kind of religious murder story.
"Awaken your magic!" Yay! One of the best animated films from last year is now playing in cinemas again. GKids has re-released Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart's magical adventure Wolfwalkers in select theaters in the US, with more venues playing it nationwide coming up this weekend. A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. Featuring the voices of Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whitaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Jon Kenny, John Morton, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. I totally adore this film, along with everything else Tomm Moore has made! I'm happy it's playing again after first opening in the fall. As wonderful as this film is, it's even better on the big screen! If you can safely get to a movie theater to see this one, don't miss that chance. GKids also released a new trailer that now mentions the film's Academy Award nomination - view it below.
"All they see is another black man with a rap sheet." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an acclaimed indie drama titled Monster, which originally premiered years ago at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It's finally getting a streaming release on Netflix this spring. Not to be confused with Luce, the other acclaimed Kelvin Harrison Jr. film from Sundance. Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon, an honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The indie film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Also starring Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir 'Nas' Jones, Tim Blake Nelson, and John David Washington. Dang - this looks like it might be worth the wait after all.
"The only thing he has more than kills, are medals." Amazon Studios has debuted a second official trailer for Without Remorse, the latest Tom Clancy action movie adaptation. This time Michael B. Jordan stars as John Kelly (originally the name is John Clark in the novel), an elite Navy SEAL specialist who goes after an escaped operative hiding out in Russia. The explosive origin story of action hero John Clark, one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe, Without Remorse is directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Stefano Sollima. The full cast also includes Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce, Lauren London, Jacob Scipio, Todd Lasance, Jack Kesy, Cam Gigandet, and Lucy Russell. This is being released direct to Amazon Prime at the end of this month, which might be the best plan for it despite all the intense action scenes. As this really doesn't look that impressive, despite everyone involved in it. The airplane escape in here looks like the most thrilling part about this. What do you think…?
"Those were revolutionary times." Screen Media has released an official trailer for acclaimed documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, directed by the doc filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom). This premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival this year, and will be arriving in theaters + on VOD soon. The film chronicles the improbable origins and expansion of the groundbreaking show that not only changed children's TV, but it also had real-world effects on equality, education, and representation. Inspired by Michael Davis' best-selling book of the same name. With more than 20 interviews with original writers, cast, and crew, and never-before-seen behind the scenes footage, Street Gang is told from the inside with humor and emotion, weaving together personal narratives and eyewitness accounts. The film explores the original mission of the "gang" that created this cultural phenomenon, now spanning 50-plus years and reaching more than 150 countries. Whether or not you're a fan of the show, this is a wonderful doc to enjoy.
"Business is good." Thanks to the power of the internet, the "sugar daddy" has evolved into an entirely new fetish: "pay pigs" - men who simply send money and fancy gifts to their dominatrix online to get off. Pay Pig is a dark comedy social commentary short film from filmmaker Hunt Beaty that originally debuted as part of the Six Short Films project online in (in collaboration with José Andrés Cardona & Wesley Wingo). Blane is a bodybuilder who happens to get turned on when his dominatrix empties his wallet and loves to be called a little bitch; he’s a pay pig. Starring Rob Youells as Blane, and Francesca Anderson as Lexi. This has a clever dynamic with the bodybuilder as the sub even though he has a "tough" persona. Ha. Good times.
"Unleash the lion." Lionsgate has released an official US trailer for an indie underground fighting drama titled American Fighter, which originally premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in 2019. A desperate teenager is forced into the dangerous world of underground fighting to win enough money to save his ailing mother. He finds out what he is made of in the face of these violent, hungry competitors. Sean Patrick Flanery co-stars as a a troubled handler who takes pity on the boy and trains him to be a fierce competitor — but is it enough to make Ali a winner? Based on a true story, this gritty action tale also stars George Kosturos, Tommy Flanagan, Allison Paige, and Bryan Craig. Haven't we seen this 100 times before already? More "fighting to save my family" stories over and over. Nothing new here, move along everybody.
"I hope it's both a reward for the fans, and a new experience." Let the fight begin! Warner Bros has debuted a making of featurette for the new Mortal Kombat movie - watch the first trailer here. The video takes us through all of the main characters and actors who play them. This reboot based on the classic fighting video game has been in the works for years, ever since that short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth shook up WB and got them to start working on it. The main cast: Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Mehcad Brooks as Jax Briggs, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, and Max Huang as Kung Lao. This is looking SO good! Big action, big performances, big sets, epic fights. Can't wait! The film's opening is now set for April 23rd, despite what the posters say.