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"What are you doing in Goa?" Les Films du Losange has revealed the first official trailer for the indie drama Maya, the latest film made by acclaimed French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (of Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love, Eden). This film is mostly in English, as it's about a French war journalist who makes it home after being held captive in Syria. He travels to Goa, India where he meets an intelligent young woman and spends time trying to recover. Roman Kolinka stars as the French man, and Aarshi Banerjee stars as Maya, with a small cast including Suzan Anbeh, Judith Chemla, Anjali Khurana, and Pathy Aiyar. I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival where it premiered (read my full review), and it's a bit low key, but still contains all the uplifting, honest emotions that make Mia Hansen-Løve's films so wonderful. See below.
"Unexpected things happen to test us… It isn't safe." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for an acclaimed tech-driven psychological thriller titled Cam, which has been playing at film festivals this fall. The film won Best Screenplay and Best First Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival this year, and also stopped by Fantastic Fest. Alice, an ambitious online camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. Things get weirder and weirder as she tries to figure out who she is and what's going on. Madeline Brewer stars, along with Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid, Imani Hakim, Michael Dempsey, Flora Diaz, Samantha Robinson, and Jessica Parker Kennedy. There has been quite a bit of buzz about this at the festivals, it definitely looks totally wild and trippy and twisted.
"Roger knew what fear could do." Magnolia Pictures has debuted an official trailer for a new documentary titled Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, which premiered at the New York & Toronto Film Festivals this fall. The doc film is a career-spanning look at the person behind the rise of propaganda station Fox News, a vile man named Roger Ailes. Bloom charts the rise and fall of Ailes interviewing both allies and enemies, creating a compelling film that "is vital to understanding the power broker who will be studied for generations to come." The film traces how Ailes repeatedly used his power to sexually coerce women. If he was denied, he didn't hesitate to block their professional advancement, send a private investigator, or smear her in the press. As much as I don't want to hear about him, this seems like the correct way to tell his story.
"You're not the only one going through something." Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled You & Me, which premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival earlier this year. The intimate, honest film is about a deaf woman who meets a man who has recently gone blind, and they slowly begin to fall for each other while struggling with daily life. This is one of the first films to star disabled actors in both leading roles - Hillary Baack as Ella, and Paul Guyet as Tony. It's described as a "funny and moving love story about life’s universal challenges and joys." Also starring Brendan O'Malley, Natasha Ofili, Sally Struthers, Bill A. Jones, and James Tang. This unique indie film is worth a look.
"Party's over, you microbes!" Viva Kids Films has debuted an official US trailer for the animated adventure Tall Tales, titled in full Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings. This movie made in France & Luxembourg is directed by animator Arnaud Bouron & the creator of the book (titled "Drôles de petites bêtes" or "Funny little beasts") Antoon Krings. The story is about Apollo, a cricket saltimbanque with a big heart, who arrives at the "village of small animals". He wastes no time disrupting the simple life of the Kingdom, on the eve of the jubilee of the Queen, and gets wrapped up in a conspiracy. The English voice cast features Justin Long and Kate Mara. The various insect characters in this remind me of A Bug's Life or Antz, it all seems a bit too similar to me. Maybe it's still fun to watch? Especially if you have kids, I suppose.
"Good morning Uglyville!" STX Entertainment has unveiled the first trailer for the animated UglyDolls movie, in theaters next May. This is based on the beloved-worldwide little weirdo plush dolls, first created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim in 2001. This movie has been in development for years, and it's STX's first animated "family" project, co-produced by Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios - crazy enough. STX's UglyDolls is an animated musical adventure starring the acting & singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, and Pitbull. The story follows a group of UglyDolls who "confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing." Sounds just like the Trolls movie. The voice cast also features Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, and Wang Leehom. Hang with the weirdos below.
"An astonishing film about a global movement." YouTube Originals + Participant Media have debuted an official trailer for the award-winning documentary The Price of Free, originally titled Kailash when it initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Documentary at Sundance, the top doc prize at the festival. The Price of Free is about an Indian man named Kailash Satyarthi, an outspoken children's rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The film tells the story of who he is and how he started all of his various philanthropic organizations including Save Childhood Movement, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Global March Against Child Labour, and GoodWeave International. It looks like a thoroughly inspiring story of a truly great hero.
"We have to stop London before it destroys us…!" Universal has debuted a new 90-second, "extended" TV trailer for sci-fi adaptation Mortal Engines, based on a popular book series. We've already featured three trailers for this so far, and each one has looked better and better as the intensive VFX by Weta are closer to being finished. I honestly still think this looks massively epic and seriously entertaining. The fantastically eccentric cast includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. This sci-fi epic lands in theaters right in the middle of December, hoping to find an audience during the crowded holiday season. The final battle scenes near the end of this trailer look incredible, I'm actually kind of excited to see this. Maybe that's just me? Take a look.
"You can't think about saving the world, you have to think about saving ONE person." Sony Pictures has debuted a short 60-second new preview for their animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which I can't wait to see next month. Phil Lord & Chris Miller wrote the script and are producing this film, and they keep promising groundbreaking animation. Shameik Moore (from Dope) provides the voice of Miles Morales, and the cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Lily Tomlin, along with surprise guests. This "international" preview focuses on introducing various Spidey characters from the other "verses", showing us a look at Peni Parker & SP//DR, plus Spider-Gwen, Spider-Noir, and Spider-Ham. Ohh yeah, get ready for this crazy fun movie. We only have one more month to go!! Gimme gimme, I'm so completely ready for this movie to open.
"Meet Mr. Link!" Annapurna has unveiled the first full-length trailer for Missing Link, the next fun movie from Portland-based stop-motion animation studio Laika (of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings previously). The story introduces us to Mr. Link, a big furry creature, and the man who is out to hunt him and prove his existence: the charismatic Sir Lionel Frost. This seems a bit like another take on Bigfoot, but from the perspective of the humble Mr. Link. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, and Amrita Acharia. This looks delightful!! I'm a sucker for anything Laika makes, and I'm really looking forward to this. There's something magical about their films.
"The jungle is changing… Man is taking more of it." Netflix has unveiled their new official trailer for the next Jungle Book movie titled Mowgli, or in full Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, adapted from Rudyard Kipling's novel. This movie was going to be released by Warner Bros, but they sold it off to Netflix - who is putting it out in theaters later this month before it debuts on streaming in December. Very fast turnaround. This Mowgli is directed by Andy Serkis and features hybrid motion capture CGI with live-action, a bit like the other Jungle Book from Disney. Legend of the Jungle stars young newcomer Rohan Chand as Mowgli, with a big ensemble cast including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, and Tom Hollander. We've seen this story so many times, but it still looks exciting & emotional to watch.
"I think we were destined to run into each other." Netflix has released an official trailer for another switch-places cute comedy titled The Princess Switch, starring Vanessa Hudgens in the two main roles. The romantic comedy is about Margaret, the gorgeous Duchess of Montenaro, who switches with a "commoner" from Chicago. With the assistance of a magical Santa's helper, Margaret falls in love with Stacy's handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret's fiance, the dashing Prince. This reminds me a bit of the concept for the holiday romance The Holiday, also about people who switch then fall in love. The Princess Switch also stars Alexa Adeosun, Suanne Braun, Mark Fleischmann, Sam Palladio, & Nick Sagar. As expected, this looks extra cheesy and extra sweet, so if that's what you're looking for - then jump right in.