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"It's the intensity; it's the purity of what you are seeing. No conscious interventions." Now this is the kind of sci-fi I'm hoping to discover. Kept is a sci-fi short made by Colombian filmmaker Jaime D. González. After first playing at a few film festivals last year, the short is now online in full for viewing for free. Set in the near future when scientists have discovered a way to record dreams, those with ulterior motives waste no time exploiting those with the most powerful dreams. Starring Jairo Camargo & Manuel Sarmiento. This is much more of a thought-provoking, "Black Mirror"-esque sci-fi than anything with big action. It goes to some dark places, but I appreciate how far they take the dream recording concept. I want to watch more. ›››

Continue Reading Watch: Engaging Sci-Fi Short Film 'Kept' Questions Recording Dreams

"He'd smoke some pot, and he would work all night." Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled an official full-length trailer for a documentary titled Hal, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Amy Scott's first feature doc is about the iconic director Hal Ashby, "the '70s grooviest master filmmaker", who directed hit films like Harold and Maude, Being There, The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Coming Home. The film is made up of rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings. And examines Hel's clash with Hollywood: "His uncompromising nature pitted him against studio meddling, particularly in the 1980s, when a string of flops tarnished his legacy, but Scott conjures the special quality Ashby's films possess—an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity." This looks so groovy & inspiring. ›››

Continue Reading Official Trailer for Documentary 'Hal' About the Filmmaker Hal Ashby

"Every lore or myth has some truth to it…" Small Town Monsters has debuted the new official trailer for a documentary film titled The Bray Road Beast, about werewolf sightings in Wisconsin. This is the latest film made by Ohio-based filmmaker Seth Breedlove, and his Small Town Monsters label: "A production company dedicated to documenting unusual events around the country." So the story goes - in the early 90s, a rural Wisconsin community called Elkhorn was at the center of a series of real-life werewolf sightings. In their seventh film (and third feature-length documentary), Small Town Monsters takes you on an in-depth exploration of the "dogman" phenomenon. This seems like a must-see doc for horror fans and conspiracy nuts, perhaps because it makes it look like this could all be real. Werewolves really do exist! Right? Right!? ›››

Continue Reading New Trailer for 'The Bray Road Beast' Doc About Werewolves in the US

"Give me the strength to get through the next three days, please." Roadside Attractions has debuted the first teaser trailer for a holiday-themed, wild indie comedy titled The Oath, the feature directorial debut of actor-writer-comedian Ike Barinholtz. Barinholtz also stars in this as Chris, married to a woman named Kai, as played by Tiffany Haddish. The film is set around Thanksgiving time and is about a controversial White House policy that turns family member against family member. Described as a "savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism." Bring it on. The cast includes Billy Magnussen, John Cho, Meredith Hagner, Carrie Brownstein, Nora Dunn, Jon Barinholtz, Chris Ellis, and Priah Ferguson. This looks hilarious! I'm anxious to see more, it's totally uncomfortable yet also the kind of comedy we really need right now. Haddish & Barinholtz look pretty much perfect in this. ›››

Continue Reading Tiffany Haddish in Teaser Trailer for Thanksgiving Comedy 'The Oath'

"Although I don't know quite what's going on, I'm having a great time, Lulu." Universal + Content Group have unveiled the first official trailer for a bizarre, funky, indie comedy titled An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, then also played at the Rotterdam and Galway Film Festivals. This is the second film by Jim Hosking and the follow-up to his uber-weird The Greasy Strangler from a few years ago. Aubrey Plaza stars as Lulu Danger, whose unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only." The eccentric cast includes Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson, Matt Berry, Maria Bamford, Sky Elobar, and Jacob Wysocki. This is all just way too weird for me, but I do appreciate the unabashed originality in here. ›››

Continue Reading Aubrey Plaza in Wacky Trailer for 'An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn'

"It's time to make Halloween last forever!" Sony Pictures has released an alternate international trailer for horror comedy sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series. This is the follow-up to the 2015 live-action Goosebumps movie that didn't get great reviews, and it looks just as bad. Set in the small town of Wardenclyffe on Halloween Night, two boys unknowingly release Slappy, who plans to cause a Halloween Apocalypse with the help of his monster allies. The ensemble cast of Goosebumps 2 includes Ken Jeong, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor, though no Jack Black this time. While this does look a bit better than the first trailer, there's not really much to see in here aside from some CG monsters. Move along. ›››

Continue Reading A Spooky International Trailer for 'Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween'

"I come up with new ideas so quickly. My canvas can't keep up with me." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for Heather Lenz's fascinating artist documentary Kusama - Infinity, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Lenz's Kusama - Infinity profiles world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, now 89 years old and still creating. The film "traces Kusama’s trajectory from a conservative upbringing in Japan to battling sexism and racism in 1960s NYC to her unstoppable rise to international fame." She has re-established her prominence with the highly successful "Infinity Room" and other recent art projects and global exhibitions. I saw this at Sundance and it's a wonderful, intriguing, inspiring doc film about a truly masterful artist, spanning her entire life and career. Highly recommended. ›››

Continue Reading Official Trailer for 'Kusama - Infinity' Doc About Artist Yayoi Kusama

"Four girls, all by themselves… ya'll be careful." Freestyle Digital Media has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror titled Killer Kate!, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Elliot Feld. Feld directs his wife, actress Alexandra Feld, as Kate in this violent thriller about two estranged sisters. Kate attends her sister's bachelorette party at the request of their dying father. The weekend, held at a remote cabin booked on a home sharing app, turns into a savage life-or-death struggle that pits family against family, and past against present. Also with Danielle Burgess, Amaris Davidson, Abby Eiland, Tiffany Shepis, Grant Lyon, Robert Donavan, and Preston Flagg. This gets super crazy, super fast, with blood splattering everywhere. I also dig the cold opening with her bloody face. Not sure what's happening but it looks gnarly. ›››

Continue Reading First Red Band Trailer for Bloody Bachelorette Party Film 'Killer Kate!'

"We are having a summer fling." Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie romance Cruise, the latest feature directed by screenwriter Robert D. Siegel (of The Wrestler and The Founder; who also directed Big Fan in 2009). Set in the 1980s in the Northeast, Cruise is about a young Italian-American from the "wrong side of the tracks" who falls for a nice Jewish girl from Long Island during one summer. The film stars as Emily Ratajkowski as Jessica, and Spencer Boldman as Gio, along with Kathrine Narducci, Sebastian Maniscalco, Noah Robbins, Gino Cafarelli, Jen Cohn, Lucas Salvagno, Al Linea, and Quinn Meyers. This has pumpin' music and so much slickness to it, total trip back to the 80s. ›››

Continue Reading Emily Ratajkowski & Spencer Boldman in 80s Romance 'Cruise' Trailer

"Not all heroes walk on two legs." IMAX has launched the first teaser trailer for a special "IMAX Original Film" from Cosmic Pictures titled Superpower Dogs, playing on the big (big!) screen in March of 2019. This teaser is playing in front of showings of Pandas, the other IMAX nature documentary now in theaters. This looks wonderful!! I love dogs so much. They're the best. Superpower Dogs is a 55-minute IMAX film that "takes audiences on a journey around the world to meet incredible dogs and showcase the extraordinary real-life 'superpowers' they use to protect endangered species, save lives in avalanches and earthquakes and make the world a better place." We'll meet: Halo, a puppy training with a fire captain; Henry, an avalanche rescue expert; Reef, an Italian lifeguard dog; Ricochet, a surf legend in California; Tipper and Tony, the Bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. I'm so watching this in theaters. ›››

Continue Reading Meet the 'Superpower Dogs' in First Trailer for IMAX's Adventure Film

"From now on, I'm your tank leader." Lock & load, it's time for another tank movie! An official trailer has debuted for a new WWII tank movie titled T-34, a Russian movie directed by filmmaker Alexey Sidorov. The story tells of a courageous group of Russian soldiers who manage to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. The footage shown in the trailer covers their time in captivity and their escape. Starring Alexander Petrov, Vinzenz Kiefer, Irina Starshenbaum. This trailer is, of course, in Russian but includes English subtitles, in hopes that it might find a big international audience considering it looks like an awesome WWII action thriller. We'll be keeping an eye out for this movie's release worldwide. ›››

Continue Reading First Full Trailer for Russian WWII Tank Action Movie 'T-34' Rolls In

"Time and Space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with the others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places." Netflix has revealed the first teaser trailer for Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's latest film, titled simply Roma. This B&W feature will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in a few weeks, and is said to Cuarón's most personal work to date, taking us back to the community where he grew up in and the experiences from his childhood. Roma is a story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Starring Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy García García, and Andy Cortés. It's described as "an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife." One of my most anticipated films this year. Get ready for more Cuarón. ›››

Continue Reading First Teaser Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Premiering at Venice

"Yeah, that's a metaphor for tuning in to what's already here." A stunning official trailer has debuted for a documentary film titled Living in the Future's Past, made by filmmaker Susan Kucera (For the Love of Tango), who partners with Jeff Bridges (who produced and features in the film), to ask: "What kind of future to we want to live in?" This doc is actually a beautifully photographed 4K "tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face." Sounds like a film that will massage your mind. The doc "upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as Humankind." It will be showing only one night on the big screen, then available on VOD after that. This is a gorgeous trailer, I love the juxtaposition of all the footage and the kind of thoughts it already inspires. I really do want to see this. ›››

Continue Reading Trailer for 'Living in the Future's Past' Doc Presented by Jeff Bridges

"You keep being honest! What's a matter with you?" The Orchard has released an official trailer for an indie comedy titled All About Nina, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a provocative stand-up comedian named Nina Geld working her way close to breaking out. After getting an audition, she decides to head to LA and encounters a nice new guy named Rafe, while running into old problems with her ex. The cast includes Common as Rafe, Chace Crawford as Joe, plus Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr, Mindy Sterling, Angelique Cabral, Clea DuVall, Kate del Castillo, and Beau Bridges. We've seen a few great stand-up comic indie films recently (Don't Think Twice) but it's always good to see another. Especially since they usually to go to very raw, personal places and it's refreshing to see them use comedy to work through issues. ›››

Continue Reading First Trailer for Indie 'All About Nina' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

"There are some good things that came out of the 90s…" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Alright Now, formerly titled Songbird. This just premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and will be hitting theaters + VOD next month, not too long of a wait to watch. Completely improvised and directed by Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets), Alright Now is a feel-good comedy about love, life and the search for new beginnings. Cobie Smulders stars as a 90s rock star who enrolls in a local college after her band falls apart. The full cast includes Richard Elis and Jessica Hynes, with Griffin Dunne, Noel Clarke, Holli Dempsey, and Mandeep Dhillon. I dig the super casual, mumblecore feel to this film. Seems like this has some charm and wisdom to offer, might be a good watch sometime. Check it. ›››

Continue Reading Cobie Smulders Goes to College in Trailer for Indie Film 'Alright Now'

"Ray - what the bloody hell's been going on?!" Check out the first trailer for an indie drama titled Ray & Liz that just premiered at the Locarno Film Festival earlier this month. Ray & Liz is the feature directorial debut of an acclaimed photographer named Richard Billingham, a Turner Prize-nominated artist based in the UK. Justin Salinger (from Crowhurst) and Ella Smith (from Hot Property) star as a married couple in Birmingham who live on the margins of society. The indie UK cast includes Michelle Bonnard, James Eeles, Sam Gittins, and Andrew Jefferson-Tierney. Ray & Liz is based on Billingham's own memories of his parents and his childhood growing up in a Birmingham council flat. This looks extra artsy, but I really dig the offbeat cinematography. BFI's review says it's "brutal, tender and bleakly funny," calling it an "off-kilter, obliquely topical portrait of how grinding poverty begets dysfunction." Our first look below. ›››

Continue Reading First Trailer for Locarno Fave 'Ray & Liz' Made by Richard Billingham

"Why are you helping Israel?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a spy thriller titled The Angel, the latest feature from Israeli director Ariel Vromen (Danika, The Iceman, Criminal). Not to be confused with Luis Ortega's film El Angel (also the same title), which premiered at Cannes this year, this tells a different story about an Egyptian spy who helped save Israel. The Angel stars Marwan Kenzari as Ashraf Marwan, Egyptian President Nasser's son-in-law and one of Israeli Intelligence's most precious assets. Also starring Toby Kebbell, Hannah Ware, Waleed Farouq Zuaiter, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Sasson Gabay, Miki Leon, Ori Pfeffer, and Slimane Daz. This looks solid, featuring slick filmmaking and thrilling espionage. ›››

Continue Reading Official Trailer for Ariel Vromen's Spy Thriller 'The Angel' from Netflix

"My husband left me the plans for his next job. All I need is a crew to pull it off." 20th Century Fox have launched the second official, full-length trailer for Steve McQueen's Widows, a heist thriller set in Chicago following four widowed women who go for broke trying to clear their deceased mobster husbands' debts. Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. McQueen co-wrote the script with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, and put together a fantastic cast. Widows stars Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo as the four primary women, along with Garret Dillahunt, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Lukas Haas. This looks phenomenal, the trailer will get you amped up to see it. ›››

Continue Reading Full-Length Trailer for Steve McQueen's Chicago Heist Thriller 'Widows'

"Sometimes you've gotta do what you know is right, even if they're gonna hate you for it." Sony Pictures Australia has debuted the first full trailer for Storm Boy, a "beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale." The story is about a boy who grew up on uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia, where he rescues and raises an orphaned pelican, named Mr. Percival. This is yet another one of those stories told from adulthood looking back at childhood. "Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives." Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Trevor Jamieson, Morgana Davies, and introducing Finn Little as "Storm Boy". This tale was adapted once before into a film in 1976, but I don't think it connected with many audiences outside of Australia. Now we have another cinematic take on this and it looks like an inspiring, heartwarming adventure for the whole world to enjoy. ›››

Continue Reading Emotional Trailer for Pelican Rescue Movie 'Storm Boy' from Australia

"There's way too much injustice in the world… together we can fix it!" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an animated sci-fi adventure comedy titled Next Gen, the first feature film made by filmmakers Kevin Adams & Joe Ksander. Next Gen is about how a friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl's life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots, and a scheming madman. Sounds like a good time. Featuring Charlyne Yi as the voice of Mai, along with the voices of John Krasinski, David Cross, Michael Peña, Jason Sudeikis, and Constance Wu. I wasn't expecting much out of this, but dang, this really looks great. The animation is excellent, and the story looks cliche but very enjoyable to watch anyway. ›››

Continue Reading First Trailer for Robot Friend Animated Movie 'Next Gen' from Netflix