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"To protect us from any harmful life from the Moon." CNN Films + Neon + IMAX have unveiled an official trailer for a short documentary film titled Apollo 11: Quarantine, a spin-off from the masterful Apollo 11 film from 2018. It seem as if director Todd Douglas Miller was "inspired" by the pandemic lockdown and has created another new film based on the same restored and rescanned archival footage he found for the original Apollo 11 film. It has also been re-mastered and will initially debut on IMAX screens at the end of this month then onto VOD. Apollo 11: Quarantine will "feature never-before-seen 70mm footage sourced from the National Archives and NASA." After returning from their historic mission to the Moon in July of 1969, the 3 members of the Apollo 11 crew were required to quarantine for three weeks after landing back on Earth. This is a film about those three weeks. "A poignant reminder of our capacity for grace and resilience at this moment of national peril." I totally love NASA, so yes, I'm crazy enough to say, I can't wait to see this.
"Meeting you has made my day." Bleecker Street has debuted the official US trailer for the indie western lesbian romance The World To Come, the second feature made by Norwegian filmmaker Mona Fastvold. This originally premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and will next stop by the 2021 Sundance Film Festival later this month in the Spotlight category. Somewhere along the mid-19th century American East Coast frontier, two neighboring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape, challenging them both physically and psychologically. The talented cast is lead by Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby, and features Christopher Abbott, Casey Affleck, and Karina Ziana Gherasim. The World To Come "explores how isolation is overcome by the intensity of human connection." I saw this film in Venice and hated it, not for me. But it will definitely connect with plenty of other viewers.
"You ruined a very lucrative business." Vertical Ent. has released a slick trailer for a gnarly action thriller titled Burn It All, the latest from filmmaker Brady Hall (June and July, Scrapper, 7 Witches). This hasn't premiered at any festivals, as far as we know, before dropping on VOD this winter. The sudden death of her estranged mother shakes Alex from a suicidal spiral and she returns home only to crash against a criminal underworld and a past full of misogyny, abuse & self-loathing. Burn It All takes on all the ways men assault the minds and bodies of women, shines a critical and non-exploitative light on that ugliness and wraps it all in the thrilling story of one woman who refuses to be crushed by the patriarchy. Elizabeth Cotter stars, with Emily Gateley, Ryan Postell, Elena Flory-Barnes, Greg Michaels. "There's always more men."
"I don't lose. I won't lose. I'm never letting you go." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for I Care a Lot, a sneaky crime film dark comedy starring Rosamund Pike. This is the new film from director J Blakeson (of The Disappearance of Alice Creed and The 5th Wave) and it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year to mostly positive reviews. Pike stars as a crooked, spineless legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards. But she meets her match when an elderly woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears. This is one of those films that is about a horrible person, but follows them as the protagonist just to show us how depraved they can be. The cast includes Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, with Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Dianne Wiest. This is a good film, but it has some huge issues in the second half. And it's very, very nasty indeed.
"Sometimes I feel like I've already seen everything that's gonna happen… And it's a nightmare." Apple has finally revealed the first official trailer for Cherry, the latest film made by the Russo Brothers following years of working for Marvel Studios. Even though this hasn't premiered at any films festivals, Apple is already pushing it for awards consideration with a qualifying theatrical release at the end of February. Tom Holland stars as "Cherry", an Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt. The cast also features Ciara Bravo as his love interest, plus Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, and Michael Gandolfini. This looks great! "Cherry is a darkly humorous, unflinching coming-of-age story of a man on a universal quest for purpose and human connection." Looking forward to watching this soon - give it a look.
"I'm here about the squirrel." Disney has revealed an official full-length trailer for Flora and Ulysses, a cute animal adventure movie for the whole family. Witness the tail of an unexpected hero. Matilda Lawler stars in the film as Flora, a 10-year-old comic book loving girl dealing with her parents recent divorce. She is jolted into action when the neighbor runs over a squirrel with a vacuum cleaner. The squirrel's brush with death causes him to develop superpowers, allowing him to understand humans and become smarter. Flora then the squirrel Ulysses after the vacuum cleaner accident. And together they save the world. Also starring Alyson Hannigan, Ben Schwartz, Anna Deavere Smith, Danny Pudi, Janeane Garofolo, Kate McCucci, Benjamin Evans Ainsworth, and John Kassir as the voice of Ulysses. This looks way better than it should! And I dig the music in this trailer - it's a bit funky, but fits right in with this amusing story.
"We have to get out of here! Run!" Netflix has debuted a full-length trailer for Swedish survival thriller Red Dot, by Swedish filmmaker Alain Darborg. The film follows a young couple taunted while camping in the snow. When Nadja becomes pregnant, David and Nadja make an attempt to rekindle their relationship by traveling to the north of Sweden for a vacation but soon their romantic trip turns into a nightmare. It's clear the "red dot" in this is just a laser pointer, likely attached to a rifle, from one of these crazy strangers. Red Dot co-stars Anastasios Soulis and Nanna Blondell as David and Nadja, with Johannes Kuhnke, Kalled Mustonen, and Tomas Bergström. This is a good tease - I'm just still wondering what happens after the flare. Who is after them and why? Only one way to find out - the film debuts on Netflix in February.
"I can't trust you to handle my business if people don't fear you." MGM & American International Pictures (AIP) have revealed the first official trailer for a dark comedy titled Breaking News in Yuba County, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train, Ma, Ava). After her husband Carl suddenly goes missing, Sue Buttons played by Allison Janney, an underappreciated suburban wife, gets a taste of being a local celebrity as she embarks on a search to find him. She quickly finds herself in over her head, dodging cops, criminals and local reporters all aiming to uncover the truth. After being overlooked for so long, Sue goes to exaggerated lengths to prolong her "15 minutes of fame" and also keep the truth from coming out. Definitely sounds like a very American story. The cast features Awkwafina, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson, Juliette Lewis, Matthew Modine, Ellen Barkin, Samira Wiley, Bridget Everett, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Keong Sim. This looks so ridiculously wild and crazy. I'm in.
"Heaven doesn't want him, and hell keeps sending him back." Quiver Distribution has debuted one final US trailer for Falling, the directorial debut of Viggo Mortensen. This premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, and the first US teaser arrived just last month. The US release is now set for February on VOD for anyone still curious. In addition to writing and directing the film, Mortensen also stars as John, who lives with his husband. When his raging homophobic father begins to spiral into dementia, he tries to convince him to leave his ranch home and move in with him. But they often end up fighting. Lance Henriksen co-stars as Willis, his expletive-loving father, and Terry Chen plays his husband. The cast includes Sverrir Gudnason, Laura Linney, Hannah Gross, and in a small role, David Cronenberg. It's honestly quite hard to watch a film with such a hurtful person so front and center, but that's the story they're telling to tell.
"I whipped up a kick ass divorce mix playlist for ya." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for Before/During/After, an indie drama written by and starring Finnerty Steeves. The film earned good festival buzz taking home Dances With Films' "Industry Choice Award", Greenpoint Film Festival's "Best of the Fest" award, San Diego's "Best Ensemble Cast" honor, Naples' "Programmers Choice Award", and an exclusive drive-in showing at the RiverRun Film Festival. This sharp-witted dramedy studies a middle-aged NYC theatre actress suddenly forced to figure out the kind of person she wants to portray in real life when her marriage comes to an end after she catches her husband cheating. In addition to Steeves, this also stars Jeremy Davidson, John Pankow, Kristine Sutherland, Richard Masur, Michael Emerson, and Deborah Rush. This looks rather amusing and witty, a cathartic film all about figuring out what to do now.
"You're gonna have to decide which side you're on." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for Son of the South, a coming-of-age drama set in the turbulent times of the 1960s. This premiered at the American Black Film Festival last year, and it arrives on VOD next month. Lucas Till stars as a grandson of a Klansman who comes of age during the early 60's in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. Based on Bob Zellner's autobiography "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek". The film's ensemble cast also features Lex Scott Davis, Lucy Hale, Jake Abel, Shamier Anderson, Ludi Lin, Dexter Darden, Sienna Guillory, Chaka Forman, with Cedric the Entertainer. This looks like it's trying to confront racism head on, but it's also another white savior story we've seen many times before. Check it out.
"He's a perfect dog for the wilderness… I believe in him." Lionsgate has unveiled an official trailer for a film titled Hero Dog: The Journey Home, yet another Homeward Bound riff about a dog that helps save a human. It's not an exact copy, but close enough, and considering this is a direct-to-DVD title don't expect much originality. Crossing a lake by boat to return to his family, Royce, who is blind, is stranded when the boat's captain suddenly falls ill. To find help, Royce enlists Chinook, a brave malamute doggo, to serve as his seeing-eye dog as they navigate the wilderness. Chinook must protect Royce from treacherous rapids, jagged rocks, and savage mountain lions on their long, heroic journey of survival. Starring Natasha Henstridge and Steve Byers, with John Tench and Zackary Arthur. It does look like an inspiring and lovely story of a dog being the best boi, and I'm glad Ikona gets named in the trailer along with the human actors. Enjoy.