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"I promised my therapist: no bodyguarding!" Lionsgate + Millennium Media present the first teaser trailer for The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (also known as Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard without the "the"), a sequel to that action movie a few years ago. Did we need a sequel? No! But they made one anyway! So have fun. The wacky odd couple is still completing missions, but this time they get entangled with Sonia Kincaid, played by Salma Hayek. The trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman villain played by Antonio Banderas. Both Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson return, with a cast including Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo, Caroline Goodall, Rebecca Front, Gabriella Wright, Alice McMillan, Kristofer Kamiyasu, Tom Hopper, Blake Ritson, and featuring Richard E. Grant. This is an amusing teaser introducing us to the stakes and some of the action, and letting Ryan Reynolds run the show with all his kooky comedy. Fire it up.
"You need to get on social media, pronto." Screen Media has revealed an official trailer for the indie comedy Eat Wheaties!, a strange adventure in shaming and stalking starring the one-and-only Tony Hale (the voice of Forky!). This hasn't hit any festivals but it is arriving on VOD at the end of this month for anyone looking for some good laughs. Sid Straw leads a dull life until he accidentally stalks famous college friend, Elizabeth Banks, on social media. Stuck at a crossroads and determined to rediscover the best version of himself, Sid hires an inexperienced lawyer to help clear his name. With each new failed attempt to prove he knows her, he rediscovers more of himself and the true meaning of friendship. The fantastic ensemble cast includes Paul Walter Hauser, Danielle Brooks, Lamorne Morris, Robbie Amell, David Walton, Sarah Burns, Elisha Cuthbert, Sarah Chalke, Sarah Goldberg, & Alan Tudyk. Well, this looks like wholesome fun. And there's so many great mustaches in this they could win their own Oscars. Worth a look.
"Savour this place and after this weekend maybe you'll never want to leave." Oh yes. This is one of those short films that delivers with a "holy shit" ending. Wild is a Dutch short film from filmmaker Jan Verdijk, and it originally premiered in 2018 and went on to win the "Best European Short Film" award at the Sitges Film Festival. And boy oh boy does it deserve that win. Toine, Iris and their son Jacco seek the hilly and picturesque south of The Netherlands for a weekend of quality time and relaxation. Toine – clearly the self-proclaimed head of the family – starts to behave erratically. His manners seem to look out of place in these idyllic surroundings. It won't take long before his family will have enough of his behavior. Ha! Ahahahaha. Just wait. Starring Wouter Hendrickx, Hannah van Lunteren, and Jago Hensema. Such a deranged and entirely satisfying short, and that ending is a doozy. I don't want to say anything more until you watch and experience this yourself. Thanks to our pals at Short of the Week, it is finally available to watch online.
"Do not let yourself be blinded!" Focus Features has released an official trailer for Final Account, a eye-opening and frightening look back at Nazi Germany. And oh yes it definitely has an important connection to the events of nowadays. "Everyone knew, but no one said anything." Filmmaker Luke Holland (who sadly passed away last year) interviews nearly 300 elderly perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust from the Nazi side. His goal was to create an urgent and definitive portrait of the last living generation of everyday people who participated in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Presenting a film that "raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility." Indeed. We need to be hit hard with this honesty, because everyone always likes to ask that cliche "how did all those Germans let it happen?" question. So let's ask them and find out. Oooh this documentary looks damn good.
"Something is happening… Something is wrong… I'm seeing things…" Blue Fox Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Mad Hatter, set to be released sometime this summer. The film marks the feature directorial debut of a storyboard artist on Scott Derrickson's movies (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, Doctor Strange) now making her first feature. Henry, and three of his classmates, encounter mind-bending ghostly terrors when they volunteer for a weekend study with their psychology professor in the haunted 'Mad Hatter' mansion. Supposedly haunted by those who died at a lavish party in the 1880s. I dig the smoldering embers look of all the ghosts, just hope the rest of it lives up to that potential for something really cool. The film stars Armando Gutierrez, Samuel Caleb Walker, Isadora Cruz, Nick Miller, Michael Berryman, and Rachel Brunner. This does look extremely creepy - check it out.
"We never thought it would happen to us." Three years later, and they still didn't think it would happen! Ha. Magnolia Pictures has debuted a new US trailer for the US release of the Swedish disaster-thriller titled The Unthinkable. This originally premiered in Sweden back in 2018, and we featured a trailer years ago, but it's only now showing up in the US three years later. It's midsummer and Sweden wakes up to a state of emergency. All the networks are down, and before anyone realizes what's behind the collapse, a series of unexplained attacks take place around the country. Alex returns to his childhood village, and as old feelings come back to the surface, more mysterious attacks plunge Sweden into chaos & confusion. The Unthinkable is "about time running out, and protecting what matters most." Starring Christoffer Nordenrot, Lisa Henni, Jesper Barkselius, Pia Halvorsen, and Magnus Sundberg. No idea why this took so long to get a US release, but it does look like it has some fun apocalyptic thrills. I really hope it's not a big let down.
"I just thought of us as family." HBO Max has revealed an official trailer for a documentary titled Lucy The Human Chimp, which looks like the perfect double feature with the doc film Jane. The film recounts the story of a chimpanzee raised as a human in the 1960s in an experiment conducted by psychologists from the University of Oklahoma. It then follows Lucy and Janis Carter, the woman who took on the task of helping to give her freedom by living with her in the wild. Directed by Alex Parkinson, the doc film showcases home movies, archival film and photographs from the personal collection of Jane Temerlin, the psychologist who initially raised Lucy, and Janis Carter, much of which has been previously unseen. Carter is considered the only human ever to live as the leader of a group of wild chimpanzees. Lucy is the only ape raised as human ever to live in the wild. "Janis has waited 40 years to tell this story. It takes us back to a very different time, but it has a powerful message for today." This looks a heartfelt and compelling story to see told in this way.
"I'm no more equipped to deal with this than any of you." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an "intense, action packed survival-adventure" film titled Endangered Species, from director M.J. Bassett, of the other blatant "African animals are dangerous" film Rogue from last year. This one follows a wealthy American family who travel to the vast African wilderness of Kenya hoping for a dream vacation filled with excitement, bonding and a chance to fix the growing rifts within their family. But when their safari vehicle is attacked by a rhino protecting her calf, the family is left stranded miles from help and their dream vacation turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival where they're the bottom of the food chain. Starring Rebecca Romijn, Phillip Winchester, Jerry O'Connell, Isabel Bassett, Michael Johnston, Brenda Ngeso. Ayyy this looks like complete junk, vilifying all the animals more than the tourists who come to their home.
"There's a bright line burning in your heart, Anna." Greenwich Ent. has revealed an official US trailer for the German indie drama When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, based on the classic book of the same name written by Judith Kerr, based on her childhood memories. Telling the story of a Jewish family's escape from 1933 Berlin throughout Europe that tackles prejudice, exile, displacement and adaptation, as told from the perspective of the author's alter ego, nine year-old Anna Kemper - played by youngster Riva Krymalowski in her feature film debut. "You don’t go into exile for fun. You miss the country of your childhood. You miss the people. You miss the language." Indeed. Another tragic story of how terrible Nazis were. Also starring Carla Juri, Oliver Masucci, Marinus Hohmann, Justus von Dohnányi, Ursula Werner, Rahel Hubacher, Peter Bantli, and Anne Bennent. I appreciate the authenticity - German actors all speaking in German. And it is a tragic story, but it's not the first escape before WWII story we've seen, that's for sure.
"I'm not hallucinating…" Netflix has revealed a brand new trailer for Joe Wright's mysterious crime thriller The Woman in the Window. Not to be confused with The Girl on the Train or the horror film The Witch in the Window. After years of delays, this was supposed to open last summer, but then the pandemic wiped that out, too. Fox sold it to Netflix, and now it's launching streaming this May after years of waiting. Anna Fox feels safest when she's watching the world from behind her window. Until the Russell family moves in across the street, and she witnesses something unimaginable. The question is… what really happened? Dun dun dun! Obviously there will be some big twists and turns in here. Based on the novel of the same name. Amy Adams stars as Anna, she's joined by Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Wyatt Russell, Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry, Jeanine Serralles, Liza Colón-Zayas, and Fred Hechinger. This still looks pretty damn good, despite obvious similarities to so many other mystery films. I'm curious to find out.
"We start thinking about the things we're missing… and forget about the things we have." Holy hell this looks freaky! IFC Films has released an official trailer for the indie horror The Djinn, finally being released in May this year in both theaters + on VOD at the same time. A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire. That is a simple setup, but this looks insanely creepy overall. This stars Ezra Dewey as Dylan, along with Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, Donald Pitts, and John Erickson. The apartment cinematography in this (by DP Julián Estrada) is what makes it effectively scary. This really seems like it could end up a sleeper hit just because it's so disturbing.
"I need to show them that they can't beat me." Music Box Films has released an official trailer for the indie film The Perfect Candidate, the latest film co-written & directed by acclaimed Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour. She first broke out with the beloved indie Wadjda, made a few films in Hollywood, then went back to tell this distinctly Saudi Arabian story. It's about a female doctor who, despite intense pressure and criticism, decides to run for council in order to improve the roadway to her medical practice. "Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal." Starring Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Nourah Al Awad, and Khalid Abdulrhim. This premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, and it also played at the Toronto, Zurich, Palm Springs, Sundance Film Festivals. I initially caught this back in Venice and raved about it in my review then, as an "inspiring & uplifting film" that anyone from any culture can easily connect with. It's highly recommended.