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"Yeah, she still got somethin'." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for Bruised, a thrilling new sports drama that is also the directorial debut of actress Halle Berry. This is opening on Netflix in November, despite not showing up at any festivals or elsewhere yet. A disgraced MMA fighter finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life. She left the sport on bad conditions years earlier, but is given a chance to start a new life back in the octagon. Halle Berry also stars as Jackie Justice, with a cast including Adriane Lenox, Sheila Atim, Valentina Shevchenko, and Stephen McKinley Henderson. It's a "triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out." This looks pretty dang good, though it seems to be the same underdog-returns-the-ring story we've seen in plenty of boxing/fighter movies before.
"In life, you gotta have 'it'. You don't have it, you'll never get it. And I say… you got 'it.'" Amazon Studios has unveiled the official trailer for The Tender Bar, the latest feature film directed by Academy Award winner George Clooney. This recently premiered at the London Film Festival to some great reviews, and has been set for release starting in December, just in time to catch awards season buzz this fall. It's about a boy growing up on Long Island seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle's bar. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning author J.R. Moehringer's memoir "The Tender Bar". Tye Sheridan stars as J.R., a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie, is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky & demonstrative father figures. Ben Affleck also stars as Charlie, joined by Christopher Lloyd, Lily Rabe, Max Casella, and Max Martini. This looks so wholesome and uplifting, a good story about growing up and trying to figure yourself out even without a real father around.
"People don't like things that are different." Paramount Pictures has debuted the second official trailer for their live-action Clifford the Big Red Dog movie, based on the classic Scholastic book series by Norman Bridwell. The first trailer arrived in the summer and was made fun of by almost everyone, mostly because the giant red dog look so odd. Technically this is a "hybrid" movie because Clifford is actually entirely CGI, though they did use a giant maquette on set during filming. A girl's love for a tiny puppy named Clifford makes the dog grow to an enormous size. Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey then set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Clifford the Big Red Dog features Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Tony Hale, Sienna Guillory, David Alan Grier, Russell Wong and John Cleese as Mr. Bridwell. It's amusing that the plot is that this animal is so strange and weird the authorities try to capture him (to study him?). I actually want to see this! Cute doggie.
"Men like that never should've come to a place like this." The same question always come to mind: why?!? RLJE has debuted an official trailer for an action thriller film titled Apex, which is (of course) a shortened version of the excruciatingly dull title Apex Predator. Another new film from the same director of the epicly bad Cosmic Sin with Willis. So what's Apex about? Six elite hunters pay to hunt down a man on a deserted island, only to find themselves becoming the prey. Bruce Willis stars as "Malone", an ex-cop serving a life sentence for a crime he didn't commit, offered a chance at freedom if he can survive a deadly game of Apex. The cast includes Neal McDonough, Corey Large, Alexis Fast, Nels Lennarson, Lochlyn Munro, Megan Peta Hill, and Trevor Gretzky. Ughhh this seems so so so awful, even the action looks mediocre.
"You wouldn't last 10 minutes on the street knowing what he knows." Lionsgate has revealed the official trailer for Zeros and Ones, another awkward new Abel Ferrara movie releasing this year (in addition to Siberia with Willem Dafoe). This one, however, came out of nowhere and it only recently premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. An American soldier stationed in Rome watches the Vatican blown up, then embarks on a hero's journey to uncover and defend against an unknown enemy threatening the entire world. How exciting?! I mean come on, what a boring plot. Ethan Hawke stars, with Valerio Mastandrea, Cristina Chiriac, and Babak Karimi. This looks terrible. The trailer is full of grainy can't-even-see-anything close-up shots, plus tons of stock footage, and that's about it. Move along folks, there's really nothing to see here.
"The past doesn't just belong to history books anymore, now we can live it, touch it, change it." Lionsgate has debuted the full-length official trailer for sci-fi romantic thriller Needle in a Timestack, from director / producer John Ridley (of Jimi: All Is by My Side). Glad to finally get some more footage from this. Set in the near future, the film involves some kind of tech that lets people revisit the past somehow. Nick and Janine live in marital bliss until Janine's ex-husband warps time to tear them apart. As his memories begin to disappear, he must decide what he's willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto - or let go of - everything he loves. "Can love endure in a future where time is fluid, and all of life may be just an illusion?" Needle in a Timestack stars Leslie Odom, Jr. & Cynthia Erivo, along with Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Jadyn Wong, Laysla De Oliveira, Hiro Kanagawa, and James Kirk. This new trailer seems to hide the time travel room, and focus on the romance above all. Let's just hope this is as good as it has the potential to be.
"Don't talk – otherwise my dad will kill you." Cranked Up Films has debuted an official trailer for a strange indie dark comedy titled This Game's Called Murder, the latest cinema creation from writer / director Adam Sherman. A modern, dark-humored tale of greed, romance, and lost innocence in consumer-crazed, alienated society that functions as a harsh critique of society today without taking itself too seriously. This hasn't played at any festivals, and will be dropping directly into two cinemas + on VOD this December. The film is about the wacky, weird, extremely wealthy Wallendorf Family. The eccentric Wallendorf’s struggle to maintain the facade of a prominent successful family while their violent nature rips them apart. The film stars Ron Perlman, Natasha Henstridge, Vanessa Marano, James Lastovic, Nicole Sousa, Nikko Austen Smith, and Tory Devon Smith. This looks like there's way too many big ideas that clash with each other, despite a good cast and some cool visuals. At least it has Ron Perlman! Always fun to watch him.
"The modern woman is forward-looking, not backward-looking." Sky Cinema in the UK has unveiled the official trailer for a biopic film titled The Colour Room, the latest from filmmaker Claire McCarthy (Cross Life, The Waiting City, Ophelia). This hasn't played at any festivals, but will be debuting on Sky in the UK in November; no US date has been announced. The film is inspired by the life of history-making ceramicist Clarice Cliff. "Her pottery made history, her story broke every rule." This one stars Phoebe Dynevor (from "Bridgerton") as Clarice, "a working-class woman in the 1920s who bounces between jobs in different factories, constantly getting in trouble for not putting up with sexism and trying to push her creative ideas." She teams up with a factory, and then "fights to have her art recognised and for men to acknowledge that women can do whatever they put their minds to." Matthew Goode also co-stars, with David Morissey, Rachel Shenton, Bronwyn James, Kerry Fox, and Darci Shaw. Seems like a worthwhile story to tell.
"Girls are scared ’cause they know…" Showtime has revealed an official trailer for the documentary Cusp, marking the feature debut of talented filmmakers Isabel Bethencourt & Parker Hill. This premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to numerous rave reviews, where it also won a Special Jury Prize for Emerging Filmmakers. It also played at AFI Docs, and debuts on Showtime this November. Cusp chronicles one formative year of teenage life for three friends in a Texas town where there's little to do but party—and where liquor, drugs, and guns are found everywhere. "Followed through lazy hangouts, fast-food outings, and bonfire parties, Autumn, Brittney, and Aaloni allow directors Parker Hill & Isabel Bethencourt to observe intimate moments within their homes and social circles. The film's raw vérité approach creates a sensitive, multifaceted portrait of adolescent girlhood and the time and place in which these girls experience it." This doc is similar to American Teen and Minding the Gap, offering insight and perspectives and truths.
"Please, please let the dreams be real!" Universal has unveiled an official trailer for for a serial killer horror thriller titled The Black Phone, arriving in theaters in February. Starring four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by filmmaker Scott Derrickson, also the writer / director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Marvel's Doctor Strange. After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims. This recently premiered at Fantastic Fest and Beyond Fest. The cast includes Jeremy Davies, Madeleine McGraw, J. Gaven Wilde, James Ransone, and E. Roger Mitchell. My goodness, Hawke looks utterly terrifying in this! Not only with all those different masks, but his brooding, intimidating physicality. I'm looking forward to watching. The phone is dead. And it's ringing.
"The guy clearly likes you." Goldwyn Films has revealed the official US trailer for an indie dramedy from Palestine titled Gaza Mon Amour, the second feature by filmmakers Tarzan & Arab Nasser. It premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival last year, and it was submitted as Palestine's Best International Film entry for the 93rd Academy Awards (that were already held this year). Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works at the market with her daughter Leila. When he discovers an ancient phallic statue of Apollo in his fishing nets, Issa hides it, not knowing what to do with this potent treasure. Yet deep inside, he feels that this discovery will change his life forever. Strangely, his confidence starts to grow and eventually he decides to approach her. The film stars Hiam Abbass (from "Succession"), Salim Dau, Maisa Abd Elhadi, & George Iskandar. It looks so sweet and humble - very much worth a watch.
"Don't let me down!" Disney has debuted a full-length official trailer for the new The Beatles documentary called The Beatles: Get Back, arriving on Disney+ this November. It was originally supposed to open as one long film playing in theaters exclusively last year, but with delays they're skipping theaters entirely to launch digitally exclusively. And it is being split into 3 episodes as a "docuseries" instead of a film. This is director Peter Jackson's latest work (following They Shall Not Grow Old) that he has been finishing for years, restoring hours & hours of old footage. The doc film features in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 film Let It Be. "Made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage, it provides the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever filmed." This docu-series is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been brilliantly restored. Take a look below.