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Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Indie Horror 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe'

24 September 2016 7:42 PM, PDT

"We're trapped down here!" IFC Midnight has debuted a short teaser trailer for an indie horror film titled The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a new thriller about morticians who encounter a "Jane Doe" body unlike any other. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play father-son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. "Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe's insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered." As they begin to go to work, they discover "increasingly bizarre clues" that hold the key to her terrifying secrets. This also stars Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Parker Sawyers, and Olwen Kelly. This is from the same Norwegian filmmaker who made Trollhunter. Reviews from Fantastic Fest say it has "endlessly intriguing mystery, great tension". Take a look at the teaser below. Here's the teaser trailer (+ poster) for André Øvredal's The Autopsy of Jane Doe, via IFC's Facebook: The Autopsy of Jane Doe »

- Alex Billington

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Fantastic Fest Review: Ana Lily-Amirpour's Post-Apocalyptic 'The Bad Batch'

24 September 2016 7:04 PM, PDT

No one expected this from Ana Lily-Amirpour. The filmmaker who first broke onto the scene with the Iranian vampire tale, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, had the world from which to choose for her sophomore effort. A story about finding love in a cannibalistic, post-apocalyptic wasteland isn't the stretch, but what Amirpour chooses to do with The Bad Batch, her newest film, is quite shocking. She turns the mirror around on modern society showing a dystopian future that is closer to possible truth than many of us would like to admit. Unfortunately The Bad Batch is layered with cryptic subtext and long, drawn out scenes with little-to-no progression; sadly Amirpour's second outing seems like something of a big step back. Her story in The Bad Batch centers on Arlen (Suki Waterhouse), a young girl who is labeled unworthy of society, given a number, and cast out through the »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Trailer for 'Coming Through the Rye' with Chris Cooper as Jd Salinger

23 September 2016 5:24 PM, PDT

"Why are you doing this?" "I like an adventure." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Coming Through the Rye, which is yet another story about one person's fascinating with Jd Salinger's seminal novel "The Catcher in the Rye". The film tells the "filmmaker's own true story" about a 16-year-old boy who adapts the book into a play then runs away from his boarding school to go looking for author Jd Salinger in the New Hampshire mountains. It reminds me a bit of Searching for Bobby Fischer, a similar story about a boy searching for a long, lost reclusive individual. Alex Wolff stars, and he meets Stefania Owen along the way. Chris Cooper plays Salinger and the cast includes Adrian Pasdar and Amy Parrish. This seems like it might have something to offer fans of Salinger and his work. Have a look. Here's the trailer »

- Alex Billington

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Fantastic Fest Review: Villeneuve's Beautiful, Overwhelming 'Arrival'

23 September 2016 5:21 PM, PDT

We can stop making science fiction films now. Arrival has said it all. Yes, there's a very healthy dose of hyperbole with that statement, but that doesn't make the overwhelming feeling the film conveys, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, any less resonant. Arrival is smart, simple sci-fi that never panders and never overstays its welcome, and, with Amy Adams on board to be our guide through the waterworks that are sure to come, it's one of the best science fiction films to come around in years and one worthy of the processing required. Emotional and daring in the most exquisite of ways, Arrival becomes that eye-opening tale of alien encounters and communicative sparring that leaves the viewer rattling the ramifications that follow around in their head for days, a key staple for any, good science fiction. Based on the short story titled "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Fan-Made 'Rogue One: A Pixar Story' Trailer Mashes Up Pixar Movies

23 September 2016 11:20 AM, PDT

"A major weapons test is eminent - we need to know how to destroy it..." Time for something a little fun to end the week. Mashup creator "Darth Blender" has released a video titled Rogue One: A Pixar Story, which combines footage from different Pixar movies. Playing off of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, various characters from Pixar movies come together to capture Dr. Porkchop's spaceship. As cheesy as this sounds, it's actually an enjoyable mashup of characters and clips, mixing up the right moments from different movies to make this feel like a single movie worth watching. This also makes me want to rewatch Pixar's Brave again, which I haven't seen since release and it seems to be better than I remember. Have fun. Here's the fan-made trailer for Rogue One: A Pixar Story, created by "Darth Blender", from YouTube: Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this video. »

- Alex Billington

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Trailer for 'Tower' Texas Sniper Doc Featuring Rotoscoped Footage

23 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT

"Everybody was in a state of panic. It was just chaos." Kino Lorber has released a trailer for a documentary titled Tower, retelling the story of the Texas Tower Sniper who killed 16 people and wounded 32 others in 1966. Described as a "hybrid of animation, interviews, and recreations", the film features rotoscoped footage (think Waking Life or A Scanner Darkly) that recreates some of the moments during the shooting. There's also interviews and other footage that has been rotoscoped, making this a bit more unique and different than just another documentary about a tragic event (shooting) in American history. This seems like it might be interesting to see, since we all know the story but there's a completely different feel to this. Take a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Keith Maitland's documentary Tower, direct from YouTube: August 1, 1966, was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator »

- Alex Billington

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Fantastic Fest Review: Park Chan-wook's Stunning 'The Handmaiden'

23 September 2016 12:29 AM, PDT

Park Chan-wook once again plays outside the proverbial box with The Handmaiden, another stunning epic from the South Korean filmmaker whose name has become synonymous with breathtaking cinema. Chan-wook has become one of those few storytellers whose every work is an event, a film you simply have to see for yourself to take in all the wonder and beauty that comes with it. His latest is just as subversive, blending an efficient, con artist story with an abundance of strange sex, horror atmosphere, ultra-feminism, and, yes, even love. The Handmaiden quickly proves itself as yet another glorious masterpiece of visual style and effective narrative that eats away at your brain long after the final curtain has been raised. Moving the setting of Sarah Waters' novel "Fingersmith" from the Victorian era in England to Korea under Japanese rule in the early 20th century, the love story at the center of »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Official Trailer for Indie 'Blue Jay' with Sarah Paulson & Mark Duplass

22 September 2016 4:07 PM, PDT

"It's almost like I don't know who that person was..." "I remember her really well." This seems quite charming. The Orchard has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Blue Jay, a black & white feature about two old friends from high school who randomly reconnect years later. The screenplay is written by Mark Duplass, who stars in this along with Emmy winner Sarah Paulson. These two used to be high school sweethearts but haven't seen each other in nearly 20 years. This seems like the perfect little festival film that makes you think about life and your own choices and what it means to grow up. We've seen these kind of stories before, but as long as there's honesty to them I enjoy them. I'm looking forward to this film. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Alexandre Lehmann's Blue Jay, direct from YouTube: Former high school sweethearts reconnect after »

- Alex Billington

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First Trailer for Unsettling Indie Horror Film 'The Eyes of My Mother'

22 September 2016 3:51 PM, PDT

"I remember I was fascinated by how an inside of the body looked. She always hoped I would be a surgeon one day." Magnolia has released a trailer for the indie horror titled The Eyes of My Mother, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Diana Agostini plays "Mother" in this creepy horror thriller about a mother who teaches her daughter to be "unfazed by death" - who turns out to be rather freaky as a grown up. The film has been described as a nightmare that is so unsettling and disturbing that many who've seen it want to forget it but can't. It stays in your mind and will haunt you for days, weeks, even months after seeing it. The film stars Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong, and Olivia Bond. You can get a sense of the gruesomeness and bleakness of the film in this trailer. »

- Alex Billington

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Fassbender & Gleeson in Crime Drama 'Trespass Against Us' Trailer

22 September 2016 3:14 PM, PDT

Blood is a brutal bond. A24 has unveiled a trailer for an indie crime drama from England titled Trespass Against Us, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. The film stars Michael Fassbender as a man trying desperately to escape the dangerous criminal world presided over by his savage father, played by Brendan Gleeson. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott and Georgie Smith. Not only does this look like a solid crime thriller with plenty to offer in terms of action and drama, but it also has an "astonishing" score by The Chemical Brothers to top it off. Gleeson, Fassbender and The Chemical Brothers pretty much has me sold no matter what. The car chases look like they might be the best part, but I'm definitely interested in seeing this anyway. Fire this up. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Adam Smith's Trespass Against Us, »

- Alex Billington

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Five Mysterious Teasers Introduce Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell'

22 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT

"What are you?" Paramount has debuted a series of mysterious 15-second teasers for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live-action movie, starring Scarlett Johansson as The Major. Each teaser has a tiny snippet of footage and provides a very interesting introduction to this movie. Three of them feature Johansson, in iconic scenes that anime fans will likely recognize. One of them features Takeshi Kitano playing Daisuke Aramaki looking pissed as hell firing a revolver then dumping the shells. And one features a mysterious kimono woman with a mask, potentially the villain who wants to sabotage Hanka Robotic's AI technology. I have to admit - I really love these teasers, they're unique and the perfect way to introduce the world to this movie. The way they glitch in and out is awesome. I want more promos like this. "This is just the beginning." Update - a fan has made an edit »

- Alex Billington

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Glorious High Def Trailer for Don Coscarelli's 'Phantasm' Remastered

22 September 2016 1:24 AM, PDT

"If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead." Horror fans already know this one well. Back in 1979, director Don Coscarelli introduced The Tall Man and his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres to the world in a sci-fi horror film called Phantasm. The film built up a cult following over the years and, believe it or not, they're just about to release the fourth sequel titled Phantasm: Ravager (see the trailer for that here). In addition to the release of that new film, Coscarelli's original film that started it all is getting a re-release as Phantasm: Remastered. This brand new 4K rereleae also features remastered 5.1 surround sound, all overseen by J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot. The film stars A. Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury. If you've never seen this film, it's worth checking out. Seriously. Here's the new high def trailer for Don Coscarelli's Phantasm: Remastered, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: First Trailer for 'Fist Fight' Charlie Day vs Ice Cube After School

22 September 2016 12:07 AM, PDT

"I'm gunna fight you... Parking lot. After school. It's On!" Warner Bros has unleashed the first trailer for a new comedy called Fist Fight, about an after school fight between Charlie Day and Ice Cube. Yep, it's as fun as it sounds, but there's tons of crazy stuff leading up to this battle - it's not just a simple fist fight, it's an epic rivalry. On the last day of school, these two teachers decide to finally fight it out at an "old-fashioned throw down". Just fire it up and see for yourself. Also starring Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and JoAnna Garcia Swisher. From this teaser, this movie actually looks like it might be crazy enough to watch, just hoping they don't hold back at all. Let them fight! Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Richie Keen's Fist Fight, direct from WB's »

- Alex Billington

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Trailer for Steven Okazaki's Documentary 'Mifune: The Last Samurai'

21 September 2016 5:42 PM, PDT

"A lot of people try to imitate Mifune, but nobody can." Stop and watch this now! The first official trailer has debuted online for a fantastic documentary called Mifune: The Last Samurai, profiling the life and work of Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. If you're a cinephile you're already very familiar with Mifune - he starred in numerous Akira Kurosawa films including The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Rashomon, as well as tons of other classic Japanese films. This doc examines his life work with old footage and photographs and tells his story from the early beginnings of his career, to his falling out with Kurosawa and final roles. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg are two of the filmmakers who talk about how incredible Mifune was, with more special guests. I caught this film at the Telluride Film Festival and loved it - highly recommended. Here's the first trailer for Steven Okazaki »

- Alex Billington

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The Insane & Endlessly Superb Fantastic Fest 2016 is Finally Upon Us

21 September 2016 5:36 PM, PDT

There are film festivals, and then there is Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The time of year die-hard film fans liken to Christmas is once again upon us, and we’re only moments away from this year’s batch of cinematic craziness and insane experiences being unleashed. If the last couple of years are any indication, 2016 is going to be a virtual madhouse in Austin thanks in large part to that special brand of madness only the Alamo Drafthouse can deliver. The movies are just the beginning, too, as the programming during the week of Fantastic Fest always seems bigger and better than the previous year. Movies and TV premieres; a Satanic escape room; a special, horror Vr experience; and countless hours of additional insanity are just a few of the items that have piqued our interest for this year so far. And it’s only getting started. Those films are the main attraction, »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Watch: Official Us Trailer for Michael Dudok de Wit's 'The Red Turtle'

21 September 2016 3:36 PM, PDT

"A magnificent, one-of-a-kind animated film." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted a brand new Us trailer for the animated film The Red Turtle, directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit with help from Isao Takahta at Studio Ghibli - they also co-produced. This beautiful film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where I fell in love with it and wrote a glowing review. There's no dialogue at all, but it has a tremendous score by Laurent Perez Del Mar. It tells a simple story of a man who washes up on a desert island trying to escape, but every time he tries to a red turtle thwarts his efforts. It becomes a very moving metaphor for the cycle of life, and this trailer shows more of where it goes in the second half. My quote from my Cannes review appears in this trailer and I'm very happy to support this wonderful animated film. »

- Alex Billington

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Mike Judge's 'Idiocracy' Heads Back to Theaters for 10th Anniversary

21 September 2016 3:06 PM, PDT

It might be finally getting a proper release - 10 years later. 20th Century Fox is letting theaters screen the cult comedy Idiocracy, from writer/director Mike Judge, in theaters later this year just before the election. The Alamo Drafthouse chain has at least 25 of their cinemas listing a screening on October 4th, and more theaters across the Us are being listed as well. Idiocracy is the sci-fi comedy from Mike Judge about an average guy, played by Luke Wilson, who is frozen and wakes up in the future - only to discover it's an idiotic place with Terry Crews as President Camacho running the country, and Brawndo being distributed instead of water. It's a totally wacky comedy, but it's also becoming increasingly prescient - especially with a buffoon as idiotic as Camacho in the running for President. Glad to see Fox letting this film back in theaters. Here's a look »

- Alex Billington

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Trailer for 'Newtown' Documentary About a Town Trying to Recover

21 September 2016 2:32 PM, PDT

"I still keep expecting Dylan to be there. Am I just dreaming all of this?" Abramorama has debuted a trailer for the documentary Newtown, about the town in Connecticut that was devastated by a horrific mass shooting in 2012. The film examines how the town is coping with the tragedy, how they're coming together to heal and move forward, and how hard it has been yet life must go on. It's an impressive doc because of how much open access filmmaker Kim A. Snyder got with the victims, with the families that were affected. She spends time with them learning about how their lives are now, and how much they're still struggling but doing their best to remain hopeful. You will see just how remarkably moving and powerful this doc is below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Kim A. Snyder's documentary Newtown, direct from YouTube: Filmed over the course of nearly three years, »

- Alex Billington

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Second Red Band Trailer for 'Bad Santa 2' Starring Billy Bob Thornton

21 September 2016 11:54 AM, PDT

"You've got one job - just keep your deviant mouth shut!" Broad Green has debuted another new full red band trailer for Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the holiday comedy Bad Santa (from 2003), starring Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic Santa Clause impersonator who uses his cover to pull off large scale robberies. The first red band trailer wasn't so bad, and this one also seems to promise a fun time. The cast includes Tony Cox (his sidekick/accomplice from the first movie), Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Ryan Hansen, plus Brett Kelly back as Thurman Merman. It looks like Kathy Bates is now a part of their crew, which should be amusing. This is packed with lewd humor, but at least they're staying true to the character. Here's the second red band trailer for Mark Waters' sequel Bad Santa 2, direct from YouTube: You can still see the »

- Alex Billington

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First Teaser for Sony's New 'Smurfs' Reboot 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'

21 September 2016 11:44 AM, PDT

"Is this is the Lost Village?" The little blue guys are back... again. Sony has debuted the first teaser trailer for the new Smurfs movie titled Smurfs: The Lost Village. After two mediocre live-action hybrid movies starring Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris, the studio has decided to reboot and try a fully-cg-animated movie. Smurfs: The Lost Village features the voices of Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty, Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy, Danny Pudi as Brainy. As indicated by the title, this new adventure takes them to a long lost village where they are said to discover "the biggest secret in Smurf history." What a pitch. This teaser is mostly a re-introduction. Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Kelly Asbury's Smurfs: The Lost Village, from YouTube: A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy »

- Alex Billington

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