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"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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 to the hearts that ache…" Oh my goodness. Lionsgate has unveiled the second official teaser trailer for Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, and it's just as wonderful as the first one. La La Land stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actress who falls for a jazz pianist, played by Ryan Gosling, while in the City of Angels, better known as Los Angeles. Like the first teaser, this trailer is set to one of the magnificent songs from the film, titled "Audition", and it will thankfully be available to download later this fall. The full cast includes J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sonoya Mizuno, Hemky Madera, Josh Pence and John Legend. That scene in the planetarium looks like it's going to be so totally amazing.
"Still wearing the cape?" Today's must see short film discovery is titled Loudini, a charming and amusing story about a struggling magician who goes by the nickname "Loudini". Made by the same guys who made the short film Foureyes that we featured a few years ago, Loudini is described (by the filmmakers) as their "mash up of Punch Drunk Love, Inside Llewyn Davis and King of Comedy". That's an eclectic yet appealing pitch that should grab a few of you. The short also has a performance by the musician Car Seat Headrest. This is a great example of a simple idea made grand and engaging by smart filmmaking choices. Have fun.
"Follow me this way…" If you've followed the Cannes Film Festival in the last decade, you know the name Sergei Loznitsa - a Ukrainian filmmaker who has premiered numerous films at the festival in the past few years. His latest work is a documentary called Austerlitz, which examines the baffling yet common idea of visiting the grounds of former Nazi concentration camps. "One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that induces thousands of people to spend their summer weekends in former concentration camps looking at ovens in a crematorium. To try to come to grips with this, I made this film," Loznitsa explains. This trailer is a very bleak introduction that instantly asks: why are these places so popular with tourists?
"A transcendent documentary experience…" Janus Films has debuted the official trailer for an outstanding documentary called Cameraperson, a very unique cinematic experience compiling the 25-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Johnson has been working as a cinematographer for documentaries for a long time, working on projects including Citizenfour, Where to Invade Next, The Invisible War, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Fahrenheit 9/11 and many others. To make this film, she compiled various bits and pieces of footage from all of her projects and edited them together with a very vague narrative. I luckily had the chance to see this doc and it's incredible - a deeply visceral experience. I felt every emotion watching it, from happiness to fear to sadness to joy to disgust, and was amazed by the film she created. Don't miss this.
"Shame is trending." Netflix has debuted the trailer for a documentary titled Audrie & Daisy, which first premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The doc examines the lives of two different women, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, who never met each other but were brought together by tragic circumstances. Both teens were sexually assaulted while intoxicated, and subsequently bullied online by their classmates, which resulted in one suicide. The doc examines the rape culture in America and shaming which is, sadly, fueled by the internet. I saw the doc at Sundance and I'm not a fan of it, but it does discuss a very important topic.