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Travel Back to Japan in 1814 in Us Trailer for Animated 'Miss Hokusai'

15 hours ago

"That nutty old man is my father." GKids has debuted a trailer for the animated film called Miss Hokusai, which opened in Japan in 2015 and played at numerous film festivals last year. The film is about the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, also known as Tetsuzo, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei. You all know his work because Hokusai painted the very famous piece known as "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". The voice cast includes Anne Watanabe as O-Ei, Yutaka Matsushige as Hokusai, plus Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada and Kengo Kôra. Not only is it cool to see a story about Hokusai, but it's lovely to see it told from the perspective of his daughter, who was dedicated to making sure her father could produce this art. I love catching up with animated films like this. Take a look. Here's »

- Alex Billington

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Discover 'A Dog's Purpose' in Trailer for Lasse Hallström's New Movie

20 hours ago

"If I can get you licking and loving, I have my purpose." Aw, this looks adorable. Universal has debuted a trailer for the movie called A Dog's Purpose, directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström (who also made the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale ). Told from a dog's perspective, which is provided a voice by Josh Gad, the film does indeed attempt to show what a dog's purpose is - especially in connection with humans. The family film also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall. There's more than one dog and they all look so friendly. As a huge dog lover, I have to say, this plays right to my emotions. Bring on the doggie love, can't wait to see this. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Lasse Hallström's A Dog's Purpose, direct from YouTube: Based on »

- Alex Billington

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Looking Back: The Unseen Gems of the 2016 Summer Movie Season

26 August 2016 8:57 AM, PDT

With the 2016 summer movie season all but officially over, plenty of movie bloggers/journalists have been quick to say this past summer has been rather lackluster for film. I would argue otherwise – while some of the blockbusters have crashed and burned at the box office, this past weekend Suicide Squad and Sausage Party still performed strong at the box office. Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and Disney's Pete's Dragon were highlights of the summer as well. So why all the “doom & gloom”? That's likely because most audiences never really gave some of the best films of summer 2016 a chance. There were quite a few hidden gems out there waiting to be seen, if you were brave enough to give them your time (and money). It may not be entirely the audience's fault, though. One of the best films of the summer, Star Trek Beyond, had a very mediocre first trailer »

- Dan Marcus

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Review: Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe' is Effective & Engrossing Exploitation

26 August 2016 7:41 AM, PDT

Don't Breathe, the second feature film from Uruguayan writer-director Fede Alvarez (of 2013's Evil Dead reboot) produced by legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi, is the depraved offspring of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. It's about a group of teens who try to rob a blind man's house, only to discover he's not as passive as they expected. Jane Levy, who already earned her Final Girl Merit Badge as Mia in Alvarez's Evil Dead, stars as Rocky, a young woman determined to escape her abusive mother and save her younger sister (Emma Bercovici) from a dead-end existence in Detroit. Rocky and her friends Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) have pulled off a series of sophisticated burglaries in order to come up with enough cash to make it to California, but they've yet to score big. When the trio learns that »

- Adam Frazier

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Nick Kroll & Adam Scott in First Trailer for Comedy 'My Blind Brother'

26 August 2016 7:10 AM, PDT

"Honestly, who cares? I can't trust my feelings." Starz Media & Orion Pictures have released a trailer for the comedy My Blind Brother, about a romantic rivalry between two brothers. Adam Scott stars as the more handsome, athletic sibling along with Nick Kroll as his brother who has always been by his side most of his life. They both fall for the same woman, comedian powerhouse Jenny Slate, causing some chaos that leads to shenanigans which is meant to make people laugh. The cast includes Zoe Kazan, Talia Tabin and Charlie Hewson. While this doesn't look as bad as it sounds, it doesn't look that great either, with a few sparse moments of genuine comedy amidst some awkward scenes of cheesiness. At least it has Jenny Slate. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sophie Goodhart's My Blind Brother, direct from YouTube: Bill (Nick Kroll) has always lived in the »

- Alex Billington

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Official Trailer for Sundance Coming-of-Age Drama 'First Girl I Loved'

25 August 2016 2:59 PM, PDT

"What are we doing here?" A trailer has debuted for an indie coming-of-age romantic drama called First Girl I Love, which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This sweet little flick is about an awkward love triangle that forms when Anne, played by Dylan Gelula, realizes she is in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her high school, played by Brianna Hildebrand. She confesses this to her friend Clifton, played by Mateo Arias, who has a thing for her and he gets jealous and it all starts to get awkward. This is a pretty good film, a bit cheesy at times, but it's another solid cinematic story about young first love. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Kerem Sanga's First Girl I Loved, direct from YouTube: Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her La public high school. »

- Alex Billington

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Full Trailer for Creepy Indie Thriller 'Jack Goes Home' with Rory Culkin

25 August 2016 1:36 PM, PDT

"I always thought this house was haunted..." Momentum has released a trailer for an indie thriller called Jack Goes Home, from actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who both wrote and directed this film. Rory Culkin stars as a magazine editor, along with Britt Robertson as his fiance, who goes back to his home town after learning that his parents are in a deadly car accident. Things get crazy when he returns. "Jack comes to learn that the idyllic world he has believed in since infancy is in fact a nightmare playground full of lies, deception, violence and murder." The full cast includes Lin Shaye, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Daveigh Chase and Louis Hunter. This trailer gets very creepy and very weird in the second half. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Thomas Dekker's Jack Goes Home, direct from YouTube: Synopsis: Jack Thurlowe (Rory Culkin) is a successful magazine editor with a »

- Alex Billington

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Another Horrifying New Trailer for 'Blair Witch' from Wingard/Barrett

25 August 2016 1:13 PM, PDT

"Who could've done this?" "You did this!" Lionsgate has unleashed another new full-length trailer for the new Blair Witch movie, which is actually a sequel/continuation of the breakout horror movie The Blair Witch Project from 1999. As reported when the movie first premiered at Comic-Con, this sequel was quietly made under the working title of The Woods before it unveiled to fans last month. Director & writer team Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (of The Guest, You're Next) are behind this new film, which stars Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry, James Allen McCune and Callie Hernandez. This new trailer is scary as all hell, and it will make you afraid of going into the woods at night. Stay away from any tunnels. Here's the second official trailer (+ TV spot) for Wingard & Barrett's Blair Witch, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for the new Blair Witch here, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: First Full Trailer for Garth Davis' Film 'Lion' Starring Dev Patel

25 August 2016 9:52 AM, PDT

"What if you do find home and they're not even there, and you just keep searching...?" "I don't have a choice." The Weinstein Company has finally debuted a trailer for the film Lion, from director Garth Davis, a powerful story of finding your home and your family no matter how hard that is. Dev Patel stars as Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian family and raised in Australia after he became separated from his real family at a young age. He decides to go back to India to search for his family and reconnect with them. The cast includes Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman & David Wenham. This actually looks really good! I've heard some solid buzz about this recently and it looks like it might live up to the hype. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Garth Davis' Lion, originally from USA Today (via »

- Alex Billington

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Must Watch: Short Film 'Where You Are' Directed by Graham Parkes

25 August 2016 9:21 AM, PDT

"Guys, it's just my mom!" Today's impressive short film worth watching is called Where You Are, a rather peculiar yet fascinating story about a hide-and-seek game gone awry. The story starts when a mother begins playing a harmless game of hide-and-seek with her son James, but suddenly ends traveling through time trying to find him. Sounds odd, but it's good. I love the way this plays out, just flowing from one moment to the next without much time to figure out what's going on (much like life, right?) yet it's obviously intricately planned out. This is the kind of short film that will make you realize there's still great ideas out there. Enjoy. Description for Where You Are from Vimeo: "When Jen's son disappears in a game of hide-and-go seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him." Where You Are is both written and »

- Alex Billington

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David Oyelowo & Rosamund Pike in UK Trailer for 'A United Kingdom'

25 August 2016 8:28 AM, PDT

"No man is free who is not master of himself." Fox & Pathe have debuted the official UK trailer for a film called A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as a married couple. The film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and their governments. This isn't the only film this year about a controversial interracial marriage, as Jeff Nichols' Loving also tells of a story of a marriage that upset many people. But love is love, and that's what is most important. The cast in this one includes Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope, and Jessica Oyelowo. As usual, Oyelowo looks like he's giving another magnificent performance. Here's the first official UK trailer for Amma Asante's A United Kingdom, »

- Alex Billington

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Natalie Portman & Lily-Rose Depp in French Trailer for 'Planetarium'

25 August 2016 8:06 AM, PDT

"Tell André to be careful." The first trailer has arrived for the film Planetarium, from French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski, which is premiering at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals coming up. Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp star as sisters in Paris in the 1930s who have the mysterious supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. The two of them put on performances in the city and make movies, but end up in some other trouble. The full cast includes Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, and Louis Garrel. This looks very French, with luxurious shots of vintage locations plus romance galore. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium, direct from YouTube: Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris. Planetarium is directed by young French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski, »

- Alex Billington

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First Trailer for Israeli Indie Film 'Sand Storm' Directed by Elite Zexer

24 August 2016 4:18 PM, PDT

"Did you ever look at your daughter?" Kino Lorber has debuted the official Us trailer for the indie drama Sand Storm, and Israeli film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It's a drama set in Bedouin village in Southern Israel about a mother and daughter struggling to find their own way and break the rules of the society they live in. The film stars Ruba Blal-Asfour as Jalila, along with Lamis Ammar, Haitham Omari, and Khadija Al Akel. This won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance this year. Our friend Tomris Laffly said the film knocked her socks off, adding that it's "a slow-burning and suspenseful emotional drama." This trailer hints at an outstanding film. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Elite Zexer's Sand Storm, direct from YouTube: As Jalila (Ruba Blal), a 42-year-old Bedouin woman, finds »

- Alex Billington

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First Trailer for D.J. Caruso's New Horror 'The Disappointments Room'

24 August 2016 3:44 PM, PDT

Relativity has released a trailer for a surprise horror film that's coming out in the next few weeks, titled The Disappointments Room, which we haven't heard much about until now. Kate Beckinsale stars, along with Duncan Joiner, as a mother and her young son who move to their dream home but discover a creepy room in the attic. Upon opening it, they unleash "unimaginable horrors". This trailer doesn't actually show any of those horrors, as it pretty much stops when she opens the door. The full cast includes Lucas Till, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin, Michael Landes and Mel Raido. Give this a quick watch below. Here's the first official trailer for D.J. Caruso's The Disappointments Room, originally from Yahoo: When a mother and her young son move into their rural dream house, they accidentally unlock a hidden room in the attic and unleash unprecedented horror. The Disappointments Room is »

- Alex Billington

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Two Creepy Promo Trailers for Sci-Fi 'Morgan' to Get Your Attention

24 August 2016 12:22 PM, PDT

"It could have been a wonderful child." 20th Century Fox has released two very creepy new promo trailers to give the original sci-fi movie Morgan one final push before it opens in theaters next week. Kate Mara stars as an expert called in to "determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being's life that was made in a laboratory environment." The cast also features Anya Taylor-Joy as "Morgan", Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Paul Giamatti. These two trailers start out all nice and happy, looking back at the growing-up stages of this "thing's" life, before it turns evil and goes all psycho on the people from the lab where it's living. Color me intrigued. I really want to see this. Here's the two short new promo trailers for Luke Scott's Morgan, direct from Fox's YouTube: You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Morgan here, »

- Alex Billington

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New Trailer for Russian Superhero Movie 'Guardians' or 'Zashchitniki'

24 August 2016 11:55 AM, PDT

"These people are our only hope." This actually looks really cool, I have to say. A new full-length trailer has debuted for a big-budget Russian "superhero" movie called Guardians, also known as Zashchitniki (Защитники) in Russian. This isn't the first time we've written about this film - earlier this year we posted a teaser trailer. This new trailer has polished VFX, and lots of crazy footage of big fights in cities, and it looks quite fun. The plot is about a "Patriot" program that created a superhero squad, which included members of multiple soviet republics. There's a psychopath who wields sleek curved swords, a telekinetic, an invisible witch, and the most badass of all, a massive "Werebear" wielding a minigun, on the team. There's not much more I can say about this other than you just need to watch the trailer and see for yourself how cool this is. Here's »

- Alex Billington

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Must Watch: Trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's 'Manchester by the Sea'

24 August 2016 11:14 AM, PDT

"If you really feel you can't take this on, you know... That's your right." Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, a film many critics have been raving about since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Set in Massachusetts, this very emotional drama stars Casey Affleck as an uncle who has to help take care of a teenage boy, played by Lucas Hedges, when his father suddenly dies. Affleck and Hedges both give awards-worthy performances, but there's so much more to this exceptional film. The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan and Kara Hayward. This trailer doesn't give away too much, thankfully, but it does setup the story in an engaging way. I've seen the film and it's truly as great as everyone is saying. Here's the first official trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: First Full Trailer for F. Javier Gutiérrez's Horror Sequel 'Rings'

24 August 2016 8:14 AM, PDT

"You've opened up a door... And now no one is safe." Paramount has released the first full trailer for Rings, the third film in the Ring series, originally a remake of the Japanese horror film. The second film was released back in 2005, three years after the first Ring hit theaters in 2002. This new one picks up 13 years after the first film and it's just as creepy. The cast includes Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, and Bonnie Morgan as Samara. This looks like another eerie entry in the horror series. The blind man giving her information is pretty cool, I just hope the rest of it is actually good. The plane sequence at the end is also cool, but I think that's the opening scene. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for F. Javier Gutiérrez's Rings, direct from YouTube: And here's an alternate »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: First Trailer for Indie Drama 'Miss Stevens' Starring Lily Rabe

23 August 2016 4:44 PM, PDT

"I don't really have a lot of friends..." "I don't either." The Orchard has released a trailer for the award-winning indie drama Miss Stevens, which premiered at SXSW this year and won Best Actress. Lily Rabe stars as a high school English teacher who chaperones three of her students on a weekend trip to a drama competition, and things get pretty interesting. The cast includes Rob Huebel, Oscar Nuñez, Timothée Chalamet and Lili Reinhart. From this trailer, this film definitely looks like a quirky gem worth seeking out, with some vital wisdom for adults as well as teens. I'm curious about it. Worth taking a look at below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Julia Hart's Miss Stevens, direct from YouTube: When Miss Stevens chaperones three of her students - Billy, Margot and Sam - on a weekend trip to a drama competition, she discovers that coming of »

- Alex Billington

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Us Trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's 'The Dressmaker' with Kate Winslet

23 August 2016 4:16 PM, PDT

"You can transform people... That's very powerful." Broad Green Pictures + Amazon Studios have released an official Us trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet as a "glamorous woman" who returns to her small hometown in rural Australia. We actually featured the first trailer for this film over a year ago, last summer, since it was released in Australia back then. It's just now getting a Us release this fall, for anyone still interested in giving it a look. Liam Hemsworth also stars as the young guy she falls for in town, with a cast including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. This almost seems like a dusty, down under version of The Devil Wears Prada. Here's the Us trailer (+ international poster) for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, from YouTube: Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, »

- Alex Billington

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