Kyle DeSpiegler in Official Trailer for Pharma Thriller 'Night Sweats'

Night Sweats Trailer

"This doesn't look like anything I've ever seen." Witness Films has debuted the official trailer for an indie thriller titled Night Sweats, the latest feature from filmmaker Andrew Lyman-Clarke (of Have You Seen). This pharma thriller is about a skateboarder whose roommate mysteriously dies one night. Attempting to figure out what happened, he uncovers the inner-workings a self-help company, and the pharmaceutical lab behind it. Starring Kyle DeSpiegler, with Mary Elaine Ramsey, Brett Azar, Allison Mackie, John Wesley Shipp, Jason Abrams, and Trey Gibbons. This looks like one of those cautionary tales where they borrow real-world issues (like big pharma's obsession with opioids) and turn it into some horror-esque film as a way of expressing frustration. Unfortunately, I don't think this has much of anything else to offer.

First Full Trailer for Pixar's 'Onward' Movie from Director Dan Scanlon

Pixar's Onward Trailer

"Dad was a wizard!" Disney has finally debuted the first full-length trailer for Pixar's Onward, their next original project that's both written and directed by Dan Scanlon (of Monsters University before this). This new Pixar movie arrives in theaters March of 2020, their first of two original movies next year. Onward is set in a "suburban fantasy world" and follows these two elf brothers who could not be more unalike. Tom Holland voices Ian Lightfoot, and Chris Pratt voices his brother Barney Lightfoot. The only other voice cast announced so far includes Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The two brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. The plot reveal in this trailer - about the half man revival - is a bit wacky and just makes me think of Weekend at Bernie's. Maybe this will be fun? Check it out below.

New Trailer for Taxi Cab Mystery Film 'The Fare' Starring Brinna Kelly

The Fare Trailer

"What don't I not know?!" Epic Pictures has debuted an official trailer for an indie romance mystery thriller titled The Fare, which seems like it could be a taxi cab horror but is actually a time loop drama about a driver and his fare. From director D.C. Hamilton (The Midnight Man), the film is about a taxi driver who picks up a woman. He is entranced by her, until she suddenly disappears and he has no idea what's going on. "He and Penny find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever." Starring Brinna Kelly as the woman, Penny, with Gino Anthony Pesi as the driver, Harris, plus Jason Stuart, Jon Jacobs, and Matt Fontana. This is a fascinating trailer, especially with the change to color (and back) halfway through. A time loop taxi film? I'm intrigued, it looks like a cool filmmaking experiment.

The First Word Podcast - Film Festivals & Embargoes, feat. Daniel Joyaux

The First Word Podcast

"I thought we should talk." Grab our latest podcast episode for a discussion about film festivals, embargoes, cinema, and our favorites from this fall season so far. For this episode of The First Word podcast, Alex is joined by film industry journalist Daniel Joyaux for a debate about embargoes (in relation to Alex's Venice letter) and a talk about the best films we've seen at the fall film festivals so far - from Toronto and Venice. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. This episode we had to take a moment to talk openly about film festivals, so join us and listen in below.

Brooklynn Prince & Mackenzie Davis in Trailer for Horror 'The Turning'

The Turning Trailer

"I don't go in that part of the house…" Universal has debuted an official trailer for a horror movie titled The Turning, the latest from Italian director Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways). This creepy new the-kids-are-not-alright thriller is a modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw". A young governess, Kate, is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. But not everything is as it seems. Starring Mackenzie Davis, with Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Mark Huberman, Barbara Marten, Niall Greig Fulton, Kim Adis, Denna Thomsen, and Karen Egan. This is a seriously unsettling trailer, with some wickedly disturbing shots - mainly involving spiders. Which freaks me the hell out - and makes this a very scary trailer to watch at night. Tread carefully.

Sitges Review: 'After Midnight' is Mumblecore Meets Monster Horror

After Midnight Review

Nothing like a good ol' fashioned monster movie. After Midnight is the latest film written and co-directed by filmmaker Jeremy Gardner (of The Battery and Tex Montana Will Survive!), produced by fellow genre filmmakers Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. This collaboration, and the resulting low budget horror flick, feels a bit like the early days of the Duplass Brothers. I remember seeing their early films (like Baghead in 2008) at the Sundance Film Festival. I just wanted them to keep making more, because even though they didn't make the best films, there was a kind of remarkable creativity within their filmmaking. The way they made all these fun films on a tiny budget, using bland throwaway locations and not much else besides their own ingenuity to tell a story on the screen. Sometimes that's all you need, as is the case with After Midnight.

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UK Trailer for 'Judy & Punch' with Mia Wasikowska & Damon Herriman

Judy & Punch Trailer

"That's the way to do it!" Picturehouse has debuted the first official UK trailer for an indie comedy titled Judy & Punch, the latest Blue Tongue Films production (from the Edgerton Bros - Nash & Joel). Written and directed by Australian actress Mirrah Foulkes, marking her feature directorial debut, the film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It's also playing at the London Film Festival now, and it stopped by the Sydney, Bucheon, New Zealand, Melbourne, and Sitges Film Festivals. Set in the old town of Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule. It's a clever commentary on how women are treated, and how we can do better. Starring Mia Wasikowska as Judy & Damon Herriman as Punch, along with Benedict Hardie, Eddie Baroo, Tom Budge, Virginia Gay, and Don Bridges. A strange, wacky film.

Alicia Vikander in First Full Trailer for Tokyo Thriller 'Earthquake Bird'

Earthquake Bird Trailer

"We have something no one else could share… Don't you know that?" Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie thriller titled Earthquake Bird, which is premiering at the London Film Festival this month. The latest from English filmmaker Wash West (Quinceañera, Still Alice, Colette), the film is about a young woman living in Tokyo who becomes the prime suspect in a horrific murder when her friend goes missing in the wake of a tumultuous love triangle. Alicia Vikander stars as Lucy Fly, with a cast including Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi, Kiki Sukezane, Yoshiko Sakuma, Kazuhiro Muroyama, Ken Yamamura, Crystal Kay, Akiko Iwase, and Jack Huston. This looks like yet another standard peculiar love-triangle murder-mystery psychological thriller, but it doesn't seem the Japanese locale makes much of a difference. I wish this looked better than it does so far, because the idea for it does sound quite appealing.

New UK Trailer for Acclaimed Georgian Drama 'And Then We Danced'

And Then We Danced Trailer

"There is no room for weakness in Georgian dance." Peccadillo Pictures in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for the acclaimed Georgian indie drama And Then We Danced, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. It's also playing at the London & Chicago Film Festivals this fall. The story is about a carefree dancer named Irakli who arrives at the National Georgian Ensemble, causing fellow dancer Merab to push himself more all the while he falls hard for him. The film is an "interesting look into a part of the world not so many people are familiar with but also a heartfelt movie about the importance of being free." This stars Ana Javakhishvili, Anano Makharadze, Bachi Valishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli, Levan Gelbakhiani, Ninutsa Gabisonia. This film was one of the most beloved discoveries at Cannes this year, and is playing to rave reviews at other festivals recently, too. This trailer should get your attention.

Shannon Tarbet in Official Trailer for Quirky Romance 'Love Is Blind'

Love Is Blind Trailer

"What if none of this is real after all?" Uncork'd has debuted an official US trailer for an indie dark comedy titled Love Is Blind, marking the feature directorial debut of two veteran music video directors - Monty Whitebloom & Andy Delaney. A woman with selective perception, who cannot see her mother, is prescribed by her wacky psychiatrist to spend time with a suicidal man that has fallen in love with her - but she cannot see either of them. The eccentric psychiatrist is trying to help them both – is he though? Starring Shannon Tarbet, with Aidan Turner, Benjamin Walker, Matthew Broderick, and Chloë Sevigny. "Seductive and surreal; stylish and a little dark, Love Is Blind is a modern-day fairytale about choosing to see only what you want to see – from your very own mother to the beauty of how connected we all are." An odd little film.

Short Second Trailer for Inspiring 'Harriet' Film Starring Cynthia Erivo

Harriet Movie Trailer

"Liberty, or death!" Focus Features has released a shorter 60-second new trailer for Harriet, telling the extraordinary true story of American icon Harriet Tubman. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month to mixed reviews, and it's playing at the London Film Festival next. Tubman is responsible for helping free numerous slaves using the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, bringing them to the North to freedom. Based on the story of the iconic freedom fighter, starring Cynthia Erivo, telling of her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity. The cast includes Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters, Tim Guinee, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Leslie Odom Jr., Tory Kittles, Deborah Ayorinde, and Omar J. Dorsey. This certainly looks like a powerful film about an American hero. Despite the bad early reviews, I'm still hopeful.

Netflix's Official Trailer for Mati Diop's Award-Winning 'Atlantics' Film

Atlantics Trailer

"Something took hold of me last night." Netflix has finally unveiled the official US trailer for Atlantics, the award-winning film from up-and-coming French filmmaker Mati Diop that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival playing in-competition earlier this summer. The film also goes under the title Atlantique, which is just the French version of Atlantics - a direct reference to "people of the Atlantic". The film is set in Dakar, Senegal, which sits on the western coast of Africa in the middle of the Atlantic. Workers at the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country on a boat across the ocean in hope of a better future. Among them is Souleiman, lover of Ada, promised to another. Atlantics stars Mama Sane, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traore, Nicole Sougou, Aminata Kane, and Diankou Sembene. This won the Grand Prix award in Cannes and has been getting rave reviews from critics - keep an eye on it.

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