"We was underwater before Katrina. They rebuilding all this - what about us?" Well Go USA has dropped the first teaser trailer online for the new film made by rapper RZA, titled Cut Throat City. This just premiered at Comic-Con during a special presentation, now it's available for the rest of us to see. Cut Throat City is a heist movie set during/after Hurricane Katrina in the lower ninth ward in New Orleans, about four boyhood friends who figure out how to land on their feet again after the first job goes bad. The outstanding cast features Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, T.I., Eiza Gonzalez, Isaiah Washington, & Kat Graham. This is a very compelling first tease, setting up the stakes and introducing the four boys. I'm looking forward to see more. Here's the first official trailer (+ teaser poster) for RZA's Cut Throat City, direct from YouTube: Cut Throat City is the story ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 22, 2018, 3:31 pm
"Ask her if she knows where she's going." Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie crime thriller titled The Padre, the latest from filmmaker Jonathan Sobol (A Beginner's Guide to Endings, The Art of the Steal). The plot of this film involves a retired US Judge on the hunt for a con man hiding out as a priest in a small Colombian town. They're getting closer, until a local girl gets in the way with her own plans. The cast includes Tim Roth, Nick Nolte, Luis Guzmán, with Marie Paquim and Ophelia. This doesn't look particularly impressive, but it does have a solid cast at least. From the looks of it, there's some intriguing characters and different threads that all get mixed up together down in Colombia. Check this out. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jonathan Sobol's The Padre, high def on Apple: Hell-bent on justice and revenge, retired U.S. Judge Randall Nemes (Nick Nolte) and his ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 22, 2018, 3:08 pm
"The only way to stop this war, is for you to take your rightful place as king." Warner Bros has released the first official trailer for James Wan's Aquaman movie, following its debut in Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego. This is another epic trailer, giving us a very exciting first look at this new DC movie, which fans have been waiting to get a look at for a while now. The character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, first appeared in Zack Snyder's Justice League movie, and this solo feature takes place after the events of that movie. Jason Momoa stars as Aquaman, with Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Temuera Morrison, Michael Beach, Ludi Lin, and featuring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. This is looking very good and action packed, with some big moments teased - an epic underwater war and lots of cool creatures. Dive in. Here's ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 21, 2018, 7:34 pm
"If you want to save the world, say the magic word." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for the new Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. This trailer comes straight from inside Hall H, where it was revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. They've been teasing this Shazam! movie for a while, with some funny photo reveals this week. Now we finally get a peek at the trailer and it looks surprisingly very good - described as Big meets Superman, and that certainly seems the case. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the cast includes Asher Angel as Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. This really does look better than expected, even the humor. Levi has been enthusiastic about this role, and it shows in this first bit of footage. This looks ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 21, 2018, 7:21 pm
"Love live the King." He's back!! Warner Bros has debuted the first official full-length trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, following its premiere inside of Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego. This sequel to Gareth Edwards's Godzilla reboot from 2014 is directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat, Krampus), and looking even more epic as Godzilla must battle other massive monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. And yes we get a very quick glimpse at him in this. Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown (from "Stranger Things") plus Bradley Whitford, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Zhang Ziyi, Thomas Middleditch, with Ken Watanabe. So far, so good! This actually looks amazing - I love the Clair De Lune music, it looks so massive and spectacular and thrilling, oh my goodness. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Mike Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 21, 2018, 6:51 pm
"Magic blooms only in rare souls... Still we must skulk in the shadows." Warner Bros has debuted a new full-length trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, following its premiere inside of Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego. This epic sequel is once again directed by David Yates, the next chapter in the newest J.K. Rowling spin-off series. Eddie Redmayne returns as magizoologist Newt Scamander, and the rest of the key cast is back: Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol. Newcomers for this sequel include Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Jessica Williams, Claudia Kim, and Callum Turner, plus Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. This is a serious, full-on 3+ minute trailer with some very epic footage. I'm honestly excited, it looks great. It's also nice to go back into a fully realized, detailed world of creatures and magic everywhere. Take a look. SDCC trailer (+ posters) for David Yates' Fantastic Beasts: ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 21, 2018, 6:36 pm
"This is not a cartoon, this is the real world." Universal has revealed the first official teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, the highly anticipated sequel to Shyamalan's Split from 2016, which turned out to be a secret sequel to Unbreakable. Glass combines all three and brings back all of the characters: James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a serial killer with 24 personalities; Bruce Willis as the "unbreakable" David Dunn; and Samuel L. Jackson as the frail evil villain Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass. The full cast also includes Sarah Paulson as their psychiatrist, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Luke Kirby, Charlayne Woodard, and Rob Yang. This is a hell of a first trailer, really getting right into it and giving us some footage that looks fantastic. I am more than sold on this, it looks even better than I was expecting. Here's the first official trailer (+ two posters) for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, direct from YouTube: Security guard ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 20, 2018, 11:26 pm
"The only way out - is to fight." Well Go USA has debuted an awesome new full-length official trailer for an action thriller from the Philippines titled BuyBust, the latest film made by veteran Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti. The teaser trailer was promising, and this trailer has some impressive action as well. Might actually be worth a watch. The plot of BuyBust involves the anti-drug enforcement agency staging a massive drug bust in the slums of Manila in the Philippines. But when things go wrong, they get stuck in the middle of a brutal drug gang and hordes of bloodthirsty citizens, so their only option is to fight their way out. Hell yes. Anne Curtis (from In Your Eyes, The Gifted) stars, with Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Victor Neri, Joross Gamboa, Nafa Hilario-Cruz, Brandon Vera, and Nonie Buencamino. The action in this looks totally badass! These fights plus Anne Curtis kicking ass - this film is on my must see list for ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 20, 2018, 9:31 pm
"50 years in the making..." Neon and CNN Films have released the first teaser trailer for a new documentary titled simply Apollo 11, from doc director Todd Douglas Miller (Gahanna Bill, Dinosaur 13). This feature film is made up entirely of never-before-seen large-format film footage of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. Here's to hoping this will get a full-format IMAX release, because yes please. Neon announced the news coinciding with the 49th anniversary of the 1969 landing on the Moon (they landed on July 20th, 1969) by mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin. This is also most definitely a tie-in with Damien Chazelle's new film First Man, about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission, though there's no mention in the press release (different studios, makes sense). I'm a big space nerd - can't wait to see more from this. Here's the first teaser trailer for Todd Douglas Miller's documentary Apollo 11, direct from YouTube: Apollo 11 is ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 20, 2018, 2:50 pm
"But what if it's not the same strength as in 1904...?" Nordisk Filmdistribusjon already released an official trailer for a Norwegian disaster movie titled The Quake, the next big Norwegian disaster movie to follow the highly successful The Wave from 2015. As you might expect, the movie is about an Earthquake that hits Oslo, centered on a fault-line underneath the city of 1.7 million. Also known as Skjelvet in Norwegian, this is opening in August in Norway but still has no other international release plans set yet. Starring Ane Dahl Torp, Kristoffer Joner, Hang Tran, and Jonas Hoff Oftebro. The footage actually looks like a Roland Emmerich-esque disaster movie, so good work in that sense, but I'm not too sure it's going to be any good. Here's the official Norwegian trailer (+ poster) for John Andreas Andersen's The Quake, from YouTube: Here's the terrifying official synopsis: In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 20, 2018, 2:07 pm
Nothing like some campy Chinese fantasy action to start the day, right? The first teaser trailer has debuted online for a new Chinese fantasy-adventure-action film directed by action veteran Renny Harlin (of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Cutthroat Island, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, 12 Rounds, Skiptrace) titled Legend of the Ancient Sword. Based on the video game "Gu Jian Qi Tan 2", the film centers around a young student of a lost martial arts form (called "Yan") who heads out from his hometown to find a great master. The main cast includes Leehom Wang, Victoria Song, Godfrey Gao, Karena Ng, Julian Cheung, Archie Kao, Ada Liu, and Li Yan. This looks pretty much exactly like it sounds: packed with CGI action, vibrant sets, eccentric characters, and a flaming "ancient" sword. Have fun. Here's the first teaser trailer for Renny Harlin's Legend of the Ancient Sword, direct from YouTube: Due to a fateful occurrence, Yue Wuyi leaves home. ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 20, 2018, 1:37 pm
"Music was my medicine. It just blew up so quickly..." Abramorama has released the first official US trailer for a documentary titled Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., a profile of the badass Sri Lankan singer / songwriter / rapper / musician / artist / activist known as M.I.A. Her real name is Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, and this deeply personal film takes us into her life, her childhood, her upbringing, and her story as she becomes famous around the world, and encounters resistance when she starts speaking out against issues that are dear to her. This premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals this year, where I first saw it. I wrote in my glowing review: "this seems like a film that is another music documentary about a pop star and her rise to fame and fortune and glory. But it's anything but that. It's actually a much more personal, intimate story of a young woman who wants to bring attention to and raise ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 19, 2018, 9:59 pm
"When I think of Lynyrd Skynyrd, I just think of an outrageously fun time." Showtime has debuted the first official trailer for Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow, an extensive documentary about the American rock band, from doc filmmaker Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Stones in Exile, Jaco, We Are X). This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year, and also played at the Cleveland Film Festival. Featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow takes viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands. The film examines their entire history and success, as well as their tragic ending when a plane crash in 1977 killed three band members and three other passengers, including founding member and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Another fascinating, comprehensive rock doc about a classic band. Enjoy. Here's the trailer for Stephen Kijak's doc Lynyrd ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 19, 2018, 9:37 pm
"Don't confuse this Facebook thing with who you really are." STX Ent. has debuted the first official trailer for a comedy titled Second Act, the latest feature film from veteran comedy director Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Anger Management, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, Get Smart, Grudge Match). Second Act is about a big box store worker named Maya, played by Jennifer Lopez, who reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do. My eyes are rolling already just reading this description. Just wait until you see the footage in the trailer, oh yes, it's even worse. The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Charlyne Yi, Freddie Stroma, Treat Williams, Dave Foley, and Larry Miller. This is definitely not for me, but maybe some others will perhaps enjoy it. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Peter Segal's Second Act, direct from STX's YouTube: Second Act is a comedy in the vein of ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 19, 2018, 2:22 pm
"His influence in the North is unimaginable." CJ Entertainment has just released a new full-length official trailer for a political thriller titled The Spy Gone North, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Midnight section earlier this summer. If you're into political thrillers, this is definitely a must see. The latest from Korean filmmaker Yoon Jong-bin (The Unforgiven, Kundo: Age of the Rampant), the double agent film follows a South Korean spy who infiltrates the North to obtain intelligence on the country's nuclear weapons plans in the mid-1990s. This stars Hwang Jung-min, Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, and Ju Ji-hoon. The new trailer is as intense and compelling as the first teaser previously, but with even more clarity. This seems like such a sneaky, complex noir thriller and I'm very curious to check it out myself. Here's the second official trailer (+ poster) for Yoon Jong-bin's The Spy Gone North, from CJ's YouTube: You can still watch the teaser trailer ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 19, 2018, 1:26 pm
"When I first started writing songs they were terrible..." Abramorama & Apple Music have released the first official trailer for a documentary titled Songwriter, a film about the music of popular British musician Ed Sheeran. This film was a last minute addition to the line-up at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, but it played to dismal reviews and a very muted, forgettable response. "This personal portrait of the British singer-songwriter, filmed by his cousin Murray Cummings, follows this modest performer’s creative process as he writes a new song from scratch that will entrance millions. From an early-morning jam in the garden to the finished song, from the first chord to the honed lyrics." I don't know about everyone else, but it seems a bit too early to be making a doc about Sheeran, doesn't seem like there's too much of his story to share yet. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Murray Cummings' documentary Songwriter, from YouTube: Songwriter is ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 19, 2018, 1:05 pm
"Everyone remembers where they were that day – the day of the event." Lionsgate has debuted an official trailer for a strange new supernatural thriller titled I Still See You, adapted from a novel titled "Break My Heart 1,000 Times", which was the film's original title before this newer, simpler one. I Still See You is the latest from filmmaker Scott Speer (Status Update, Midnight Sun) and it has some intriguing things going on, kind of like ghosts but caused by some weird sci-fi event and then the second half of this throws in a few more twists. Bella Thorne stars as Veronica in I Still See You, along with Richard Harmon, Amy Price-Francis, Hugh Dillon, Shaun Benson, Dave Brown, Thomas Elms, Louis Herthum, and Dermot Mulroney. I will say this caught my attention, for sure, I like the sci-fi/horror mix. I'm curious to see more. Here's the first official trailer for Scott Speer's I Still See You, direct from Lionsgate's ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 18, 2018, 11:07 pm
"I could seriously be on the verge of having a mental breakdown, but as long as I'm able to go skate, I'm completely fine." Hulu + Magnolia have released the first official trailer for a documentary titled Minding the Gap from director Bing Liu, one of the very best doc films this year. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival year, where it won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking; then it went on to play at tons of other film festivals, as shown in one of the title cards in this trailer. "The secret to growing up is that no one really knows what they’re doing. It's in the gap between childhood and adulthood that we find meaning for ourselves." Minding the Gap is about three kids from Illinois, growing up fast and figuring out adult life, all the while cherishing the great freedom of skateboarding. I interviewed Bing Liu at Sundance after seeing the film, and wrote ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 18, 2018, 10:43 pm
"Hey, you don't want us...? We'll do our own thing!" Abramorama is releasing a documentary this summer titled 93Queen, an impressive and engaging profile of an all-female ambulance corps made up of Hasidic Jewish women from the Borough Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Director Paula Eiselt explains (via Women and Hollywood): "It is a universal story in a very particular setting about what happens when women feel empowered to make progress in their own communities, on their own terms, in order to move those communities forward." Featuring Rachel "Ruchie" Freier and "The Women of Ezras Nashim". They decided to band together and create their own volunteer EMT corps, and this doc tells their inspiring story. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Paula Eiselt's documentary 93Queen, direct from Facebook: 93Queen (2018)Posted by 93Queen on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park in Brooklyn, New York, 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 18, 2018, 5:02 pm
"I used to be like you when I was a kid." Film Movement has debuted a new US trailer for the Zambian film I Am Not a Witch, the second feature from Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni (Nordic Factory). This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Directors' Fortnight last year, and went on to play at numerous other festivals including TIFF, Helsinki, London, Mumbai, Busan, Stockholm, and even the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. I Am Not a Witch is about a young girl who is accused of being a witch, and she ends up stuck with a group of other outcast women working in the desert. But as the title says, of course she is not a witch. The film stars Maggie Mulubwa as Shula, along with a vibrant cast of local actors. If you've been hearing about this one, now is your chance to finally catch it when it opens in theaters this September. Here's the official US ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: July 18, 2018, 4:42 pm