New Trailer for 'Shepard & Dark' Doc About Sam Shepard's Friendship

Shepard & Dark Trailer

"We compliment each other. It's not that you need to be the same, it's just that you need to fit." Oscope Labs has revealed a new trailer for the documentary film Shepard & Dark, which originally opened back in 2013. This 10 year anniversary is happening in New York City, with a special screening on Sunday, April 2nd coming up. Award-winning playwright / actor Sam Shepard and eccentric deli clerk Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, have remained close friends ever since. This film is about their enduring friendship, often connecting through letters written to each other. The screening event at the Metrograph sooon includes director / author Treva Wurmfeld in person for an introduction and post-screening book signing to launch her new book Tangents: From the Making of Shepard & Dark — a behind-the-scenes memoir featuring her correspondence with Sam Shepard and a Blu-Ray copy of the film. If you haven't seen this film yet, no better time to catch up with it than now.


 Posted on March 28 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Stunning Full Trailer for Pixar's 'Elemental' Movie About Ember & Wade

Elemental Trailer

"I've been trying to fill my father's shoes… but I never once asked what I wanted to do." Pixar has unveiled the full-length official trailer for their latest movie, Elemental, opening in theaters nationwide (yay!) this summer in June. This movie is set in Element City, where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted, fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. The voice cast features Leah Lewis as Ember, and Mamoudou Athie (one of my favorite actors) as Wade. From the director of The Good Dinosaur, with Pete Docter helping produce at Pixar Studios in Emeryville. Joining the voice cast are Ronnie del Carmen as Ember's soon-to-be retired dad, Bernie; Shila Ommi as Ember's love-seeking mom, Cinder; Wendi McLendon-Covey as Wade's stormy and Air-Ball-loving boss, Gale; Catherine O'Hara as Wade's welcoming mom, Brook; Mason Wertheimer as Ember's admiring earth neighbor; and Joe Pera as a city bureaucrat. I'm always excited to see another original Pixar movie! This looks amazing.


 Posted on March 28 in Animation, Pixar, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

One Final Trailer for Trapped Horror 'Stalker' Featuring Sophie Skelton

Stalker Horror Trailer

"Who knows what any of us are capable of?" Another final official trailer is available for this indie horror thriller film titled Stalker, from filmmaker Steve Johnson. It's opening in a few theaters and to watch on VOD later this week, so we're featuring this as a reminder it's out to watch soon. The first trailer dropped last year in the summer, and we've been waiting for this to debut ever since. In this tense and atmospheric horror, Rose Hepburn, a young actress, returns to her empty hotel. Forced to use the old freight elevator, it jolts to a halt on the 12th floor, leaving her trapped with an unusual stranger. Left with no phone signal as a storm approaches, tensions escalate and suspicions rise when Rose discovers the identity of the mysterious man is Daniel Reed, a camera operator who is seemingly obsessed with her. Sophie Skelton (also seen in "Outlander") stars with Stuart Brennan & Bret Hart. This has a super creepy vibe, a smart little horror with only two people. I have a feeling there's going to be some fun twists where she outwits him in the end.


 Posted on March 27 in Horror, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Review: 'John Wick: Chapter 4' is a Masterclass on Action Filmmaking

John Wick: Chapter 4 Review

The first John Wick film came out almost a decade ago, and its success had a tremendous impact on the filmmaking industry, redefining the action genre in Hollywood with an internationally successful franchise. Over the last few years, there has been a gradual evolution in the dedication, time, and budget spent on stunts, mainly intricate fight scenes. Nowadays, every action flick has at least one moment where stuntmen have the opportunity to truly shine. The question surrounding the next sequel, John Wick: Chapter 4, is the same as for the other films: does it manage to elevate the already exceptional level of its predecessors' stunt work even further, or has it lost the initial enthusiasm that conquered so many fans originally in 2014?


 Posted on March 27 in Review | 2 Comments

New Trailer for Guy Ritchie's 'The Covenant' Afghanistan Action Movie

The Covenant Trailer

"The interpreter saved my life, and now I have to go save his." MGM Studios has debuted another new 60-second trailer for The Covenant, a new war movie / action thriller from British filmmaker Guy Ritchie. It's actually officially titled Guy Ritchie's The Covenant, kind of like how it was called Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio. The film follows Sergeant John Kinley, who on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan is teamed up with the local interpreter Ahmed, who risks his own life to carry the severely injured John across miles of grueling terrain to safety. Later John decides to return on an unapproved solo mission to save Ahmed and get him out of the country before the Taliban kill him. Jake Gyllenhaal & Dar Salim star as John & Ahmed, along with Antony Starr, Alexander Ludwig, and Bobby Schofield, Emily Beecham and Jonny Lee Miller. There is not much new footage in this trailer (same as in the first trailer), it's mainly a reminder that the film is coming out in April in just a few weeks from now. Anyone planning to go see this?


 Posted on March 27 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Mark Duplass & Sterling K. Brown in 'Biosphere' Comedy Teaser Trailer

Biosphere Teaser Trailer

"Are you not curious what's going on out there?" Maybe we should be more curious about what's going on in here? IFC Films has revealed the first teaser trailer for Biosphere, an indie comedy that first premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival last year to quite a few positive reviews. Co-written by, produced by, and starring Mark Duplass, it's yet another Duplass Brothers production - cultivating an original idea and giving a first-time filmmaker a chance to create something unique. In the not-too-distant future, the last two men on earth must adapt and evolve to save humanity. Stuck in this "biosphere", they have to figure out what is going on when their fish start dying. I thought this might be another take on the comedy classic Bio-Dome, but seems more of a lockdown/quarantine dark comedy than anything. It stars Mark Duplass & Sterling K. Brown. This is only a first look teaser and sets up the concept, without giving away anything else. Got a really good feeling about this one, especially with a July release date - IFC is confident in it being a hit, too.


 Posted on March 27 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Crazy Full Trailer with Edgar Ramírez for Netflix's 'Florida Man' Series

Florida Man Trailer

"You don't bring your trouble into my neighborhood." Oh yeah this looks properly wild and crazy. Netflix has revealed the full trailer for the series Florida Man, based on the iconic "Florida man" memes. I guess? Or maybe just based on all the endless news stories of Florida people committing ridiculously petty crimes. When a struggling ex-cop is forced to return to his home state of Florida to find a Philly mobster's runaway girlfriend, what should be a quick gig becomes a wildly spiraling journey involving digging up buried family secrets, and an increasingly futile attempt to do the right thing in a place where so much is wrong. The show is "a wild odyssey into a sunny place for shady people." A perfect description for Florida anyway. Edgar Ramírez stars, joined by Abbey Lee, Anthony LaPaglia, Otmara Marrero, Lex Scott Davis, Emory Cohen, Clark Gregg, Isaiah Johnson, Paul Schneider, & Lauren Buglioli. "This ain't Disney World anymore." The series looks absurdly fun, it seems like they nailed the tone. Or not…? We'll find out in April.


 Posted on March 27 in Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Dutch Doc Film 'White Balls on Walls' About Running an Art Museum

White Balls on Walls Trailer

"Should we be politically incorrect?" Icarus Films has revealed an official US trailer for an intriguing doc from The Netherlands titled White Balls on Walls. If that title doesn't pique your interest, perhaps the concept and the conversation within it will. "What do we do with an art history where all the works are made by men? Join the meetings as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam tries to bring art into a new age. It is wise and funny to listen to in an elegant film that sets the bar high." The film premiered at the IDFA Film Festival in Amsterdam last year, and recently stopped by CPH:DOX this month, before opening in the US this May. I'm curious to see how they handle this problem and answer questions that are brought up about culture, art, and curation. "In a smart and understatedly witty film that emphasises nuance and complexity over quick slogans and easy solutions, director Sarah Vos has had full access to the conversations at the world-renowned exhibition space at a time when culture is changing." Enjoy the trailer & watch for it soon.


 Posted on March 27 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

In Theaters This Week: Music History Film 'Spinning Gold' Final Trailer

Spinning Gold Trailer

"The artists worked with us, not for us. We were family." Hero Ent. is releasing this music history movie in theaters nationwide later this week - Spinning Gold, opening on March 31st. The film is actually a biopic feature, not a documentary or musical, about 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records. It's written and directed by producer / filmmaker Timothy Scott Bogart, who just so happens to be Neil Bogart's son. We featured the first trailer late last year, and here's one more before it opens. Telling a story so unbelievable that it can only be true, comes the motion picture event of the musical journey of Neil Bogart and how his Casablanca Records created the greatest soundtrack of our lives. Jeremy Jordan stars as Neil, along with Michelle Monaghan, Peyton List, Jason Isaacs, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dan Fogler, Caylee Cowan, and Winslow Fegley. Featuring musicians like KISS, Isley Brothers, Donna Summer, Bill Withers, & Gladys Knight. Doesn't look so bad, but doesn't look good either.


 Posted on March 27 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Full Trailer for Epic Live-Action 'Knights of the Zodiac' Fantasy Movie

Knights of the Zodiac Trailer

"There are Gods among us… and Heroes within us." Sony Pictures has revealed an official trailer for a live-action Knights of the Zodiac movie, which is getting a full theatrical release starting in May. The film is a live-action version of the manga Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada, with Mackenyu as the main character Seiya. It's an English-language Japanese action fantasy film, about mythical warriors known as Saints who have served the Goddess Athena throughout the ages, protecting justice & peace on Earth. When the iconic goddess of war reincarnates in the body of a young girl, street orphan Seiya discovers that he is destined to protect her and save the world. But only if he can face his own past and become a Knight of the Zodiac. In addition to Mackenyu, the cast features Madison Iseman, Sean Bean, Diego Tinoco, Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, and Mark Dacascos as Mylock. This looks a lot like all the video game movies made in the 90s, though the VFX do seem pretty good. The vibrant visuals are intensely exaggerated because this is how they always have to make a movie based on a fantasy story from a manga. It does seem mildly entertaining.


 Posted on March 26 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Trailer for Compelling 'Users' Doc About Our Tech-Dominated World

Users Trailer

"What will be the landscape of their childhood memories?" Icarus Films has unveiled an official trailer for Users, an acclaimed documentary film from Mexican-American filmmaker Natalia Almada. This premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival a few years ago, and is finally opening in art house cinemas in June this summer. The visual essay film explores how humanity expresses itself with technology and the intended and unintended consequences of our tech-dominated world. Users traverses places ranging from the largest indoor vertical farm in the world to the perfect artificial wave, from an IVF embryo lab to a fiber optic cable landing. Invisible infrastructure that we all rely on is made visible. Our casual reliance on machines and our alienation from each other is palatable. Urgent global issues like climate change and privacy are explored from the intimate perspective of a mother – thinking, worrying & loving her children. Reviews say that the film is "so beguiling in its imagery & visual symmetry, you can't help but become immersed in her concept."


 Posted on March 26 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Another Teaser for Composer Film 'Chevalier' Feat. Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Chevalier Trailer

"Master of the sword, maestro of the bow." Searchlight Pics has unveiled a new promo spot for Chevalier, which is now set to open in theaters on April 21st next month. They're calling this a new trailer, though it's more of a 30-second TV spot - still looks damn good. It premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival last year to rave reviews. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a "tour de force performance" as real life composer Joseph Bologne, "Chevalier" de Saint-Georges. The son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne rises to great heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette and her court. It also stars Lucy Boynton as Antoinette, plus Samara Weaving, Minnie Driver, Marton Csokas, Sian Clifford, Alec Newman, Ronke Adekoluejo, and Alex Fitzalan. I am dying to see this!! I love me a good revolutionary film, and this looks like it should be an exhilarating tale of rebellion from the past. Conquering theaters in one month.


 Posted on March 24 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment



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