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First Trailer for Andrew Ahn's Korean-American Indie Film 'Spa Night'

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"I thought I could do better for you. I thought I could do more." Strand Releasing has debuted the official trailer for Andrew Ahn's film Spa Night, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Joe Seo plays David Cho, an 18-year-old Korean-American living with his family in Los Angeles who takes a job at a Korean spa to help make money for his family. There he discovers the seedy side of the spa, and struggles with his own sexuality and identity in a vibrant, poetic coming-of-age story. The full cast includes Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho, Tae Song and Ho Young Chung. This trailer features some impressive cinematography and the film earned a few rave reviews out of Sundance, so check it out if you're interested. Here's the first official trailer for Andrew Ahn's Spa Night, originally embedded from Vulture: A closeted Korean-American teenager takes »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: 'The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere' Short Doc on a Horse

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Never give up! This is one of those short film discoveries that makes you smile and feel so happy you want to grab the nearest person and tell them to watch it with you. The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere is an Espn 30 for 30 short documentary made by Mickey Duzyj profiling a Japanese racehorse named Haru Urara. This horse is special because she kept losing, she lost over 100 races in a row, and yet was turned into a national superstar. The doc explains that Haru Urara became a symbol of hope, of "never giving up", for the Japanese people during their depressing economic crisis in the 90s and 00s. She also helped save the racetrack where she was from in a small town in the south of Japan. It's a wonderful doc with some fantastic animation and great interviews. I highly recommend watching, even if you have no interest in horse racing. »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Official Trailer for Meg Ryan's Directorial Debut Titled 'Ithaca'

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"There will always be pain in this world, Homer, and a good man will seek to take the pain out of things." Momentum Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for the film Ithaca, the feature directorial debut of actress Meg Ryan, who also stars in this. Based on William Saroyan's novel titled The Human Comedy, the story is about a bike messenger, played by Alex Neustaedter, who delivers letters during World War II in the 1940s. One letter in particular, however, will change him forever. The full cast includes Sam Shepard, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater, Jack Quaid, Molly Gordon and Gabriel Basso. This looks like a fairly nice, harmless indie drama to see this fall. There definitely is an indie feel to it, not in a good way, but I'm hopeful that the emotions in the story shine through in the end. Give this a watch below. »

- Alex Billington

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James McAvoy in First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Thriller 'Split'

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"He knows what you're here for. He listens to me..." Shyamalan is back with another thriller. Universal has unveiled a trailer for Split, the latest film written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The psychological supernatural thriller stars James McAvoy as a man haunted by 23 different personalities in his mind as part of dissociative identity disorder. The full cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (from The Witch), Haley Lu Richardson, Kim Director, Jessica Sula, Sterling K. Brown, Betty Buckley and Brad William Henke. This looks very interesting, unlike any kind of psychological thriller we've seen before, and I think that's a good thing. The multiple personalities concept is intriguing, and I'm curious if there's a big twist. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for M. Night Shyamalan's Split, direct from YouTube: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who »

- Alex Billington

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Trailer for Doc 'Floyd Norman: An Animated Life' on Disney Animator

26 July 2016 4:38 PM, PDT

"Floyd says to us all: we could do better. That's part of what makes him a legend." This looks like a gem. FilmBuff will be releasing this award-winning documentary on a legendary animator in theaters + on VOD next month. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life tells an "intimate journey through the life and career" of 80-year-old animator Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator ever at Disney Studios (back in 1956). After working for almost all of his life, he was told by Disney to retire, but has refused to do so and keeps on working with the mantra that he'll "die at the drawing board." Floyd has worked on Disney films like Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book and even worked at Pixar on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. This trailer promises such an uplifting, inspiring story about a person who totally loves the art of animation and can't give it up, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Official Trailer for UK Kidnap Game Action Thriller 'Level Up'

26 July 2016 11:42 AM, PDT

"Keep your eye on the prize, Matthew." FilmBuff has unveiled an official Us trailer for an action thriller called Level Up, about a deadbeat gamer whose beautiful girlfriend is kidnapped. In order to find her, he must deliver a package following the instructions sent to him on a mobile phone the kidnappers give him. Starring Josh Bowman, Leila Mimmack, Christina Wolfe, Neil Maskell, William Houston and Kulvinder Ghir. There's really nothing interesting about this, and the concept isn't that new, especially with Nerve this year and the Crank movies previously and so many other movies just like this. I dig the colorful hats the kidnappers are wearing, but that's about the only original idea in this trailer. Have a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Adam Randall's Level Up, direct from FilmBuff's YouTube: A deadbeat gamer's girlfriend is kidnapped. Her kidnappers keep in contact with him by phone, »

- Alex Billington

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One Epic Party Gets Out of Hand in First 'Office Christmas Party' Trailer

26 July 2016 11:18 AM, PDT

"Hey Santa! Wanna party?" Paramount has debuted a trailer for the comedy called Office Christmas Party, perhaps the most basic and blatantly descriptive title for a film this year. It's about, as expected, an office Christmas party that gets out of hand. T.J. Miller organizes the whole shebang, with an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni and Matt Walsh. This is one of those party movies where it's all about how totally crazy they can get, and what happens during/after the madness. Not sure there's much else to this, maybe it will be fun to watch during a snowstorm or something. Here's the first trailer for Josh Gordon & Will Speck's Office Christmas Party, direct from YouTube: About the movie: In Office Christmas Party, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: UK Trailer for 30th Anniversary Re-Release of 'Sid and Nancy'

25 July 2016 4:07 PM, PDT

"Who the hell do you think you are?!" Hey punk fans, it's time to revisit this cult classic. Described as "the definitive [film] of the punk phenomenon", the punk rock drama Sid and Nancy is getting a re-release this year for its 30th anniversary. The film stars Gary Oldman as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who tried to start a solo career after the band broke up in 1978. The film profiles his turbulent and destructive romance with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, played by Chloe Webb, a heroin-addicted groupie who was found dead months later. The cast includes David Hayman, Andrew Schofield, Xander Berkeley, and Courtney Love in a small role. It's always cool to see great films return to theaters for a restored re-release. Have fun. Here's the new 30th anniversary re-release trailer for Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy, from The Guardian: Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman »

- Alex Billington

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More Chariot Race Action in Quick New Trailer for 'Ben-Hur' Remake

25 July 2016 1:38 PM, PDT

"Give them a shame they will understand... To start a revolution to free us all." Paramount Pictures has unveiled one more 60-sec trailer (see the last trailer + a featurette) for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, starring Jack Huston as the new Judah Ben-Hur. The full cast includes Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Sofia Black-d'Elia, Haluk Bilginer, Pilou Asbæk, Marwan Kenzari, Rodrigo Santoro, Moises Arias, Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman. The more I see from this, the more I don't like it - such an unnecessary and CGI-bloated remake, yet they're really pushing it like it's this fantastic movie that we should all be excited for. Come on! There are some cool aspects - Freeman with dreads, Kebbell being a badass, Huston in a lead role - but the rest of it just looks so bad. Not for me. Here's the latest trailer for Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur remake, »

- Alex Billington

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First Short Teaser Trailer for 'Bad Santa 2' Starring Billy Bob Thornton

25 July 2016 9:24 AM, PDT

"This November, the legend gets back to work." Broad Green Pictures has debuted the first teaser trailer for Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the holiday comedy Bad Santa (2003), starring Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic Santa Clause impersonator who uses his cover to pull off large scale robberies. What is he up to some 13 years later? Apparently more of the same. This teaser doesn't really show much, it's mostly meant to remind people that this sequel exists and is (supposedly) still hitting theaters later this year. The rest of the cast not seen in this teaser includes Tony Cox (his sidekick/accomplice from the first movie), Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly and Ryan Hansen. If you're curious about this, have a look. Here's the first teaser trailer for Mark Waters' Bad Santa 2, found on YouTube (via The Playlist): Another adventure with Santa impersonator Willie Stokes. »

- Alex Billington

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First Real Teaser Trailer for Danny Boyle's Sequel 'T2: Trainspotting 2'

25 July 2016 8:29 AM, PDT

Yes! Get ready. The first real teaser trailer for T2: Trainspotting 2, Danny Boyle's sequel to his 1996 cult hit film Trainspotting, has arrived online. They've been filming for the last few months, and we posted an "announcement" teaser back in May, but this is the first time we get to see any real footage. The four main guys are back: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. This teaser recreates the iconic scene from the original film where the four of them show up on the platform after the train passes, and we get to see how much they've aged in 20 years. Sadly, there's no other footage than that, but I'm glad they're starting to embrace the hype surrounding this sequel. And it'll be out in less than a year. Here's the first real teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's T2: Trainspotting 2, originally from The »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Dystopian Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Listener' by Michael Gilhooly

24 July 2016 5:45 PM, PDT

"Those of you who continue to meet targets will be safe." After all the new trailers this week, why not take a look at a dystopian sci-fi short from an up-and-coming filmmaker named Michael Gilhooly. The short is titled The Listener and stars actor Amit Shah as a "Listener" named Jeremy in a dystopian future where everyone is constantly under surveillance (not so far off from modern reality as is anyway). His loyalty to the Directorate is challenged when a charming new coworker arrives. This is a longer short than usual, running at about 22 minutes, but it's worth it to get fully invested in this story. And for those complaining about the short films we post not having much of a story, this one should be more than satisfactory. Take a look below. Description from the official site: In a society where everyone is monitored, Jeremy is an ambitious young »

- Alex Billington

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