Band Aid Trailer

Along with all the blockbuster action movies hitting theaters this summer, make sure to keep an eye out for the underdog indie movies hitting select theaters and VOD that really need your support. One of those movies is called Band Aid, and the first trailer has just arrived online.

Band Aid is a hilarious but affecting story of a couple played by Adam Pally and Zoe Lister-Jones who are having trouble working through marriage woes. But instead of the usual therapy route, they decide to tackle their problems by forming a band and writing songs about what frustrates them about each other. It sounds kind of kitschy when described so simply, but there’s a tenderness and authenticity to the story that really makes it work in a delightful and poignant way.

Watch the Band Aid trailer below. Read More »

Brigsby Bear pic

The summer movie season is almost upon us. Comic book movies, reboots, spin-offs, and an unwanted sequel or two – they’re all coming out these next four months. We’re looking forward to more than a few of them, but I’m more hopeful for some of the movies coming to on-demand, steaming services, and local arthouse theaters this summer. Last week, we brought you the list of our most anticipated wide releases arriving this summer. And now, here’s the companion pieces: the 15 limited releases we’re most excited to see!

A few of the titles listed in our indie-themed 2017 summer movie preview below, including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, are set to go wide after a small launch. However, keep your eyes open – most of these movies may require you to actively seek them out…and a fair number of them will surely prove worth the effort!

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Chuck Liev Schreiber

I’ve seen all of the Rocky movies a handful of times, but I’ve somehow never thought to do any research into writer/star Sylvester Stallone’s inspiration for his underdog boxing story. Sly apparently wrote the script in three and a half days after watching an unknown fighter named Chuck Wepner beat the odds and miraculously go 15 rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali, and now IFC Films is telling Wepner’s story in a new biopic starring Liev Schreiber. Check out the Chuck trailer below.
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‘A Dark Song’ Trailer: Black Magic is Not a Game

a dark song trailer

One of the most pleasant surprises to come out of last year’s Fantastic Fest was Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song, a stripped-down, no-nonsense horror movie about the perils of the occult. It was one of the most intriguing, unique, and creepy movies I saw in 2016…and soon, it will be one of the most intriguing, unique, and creepy movies you’ll see in 2017. You can watch the first trailer below.

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The Trip to Spain trailer

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will make more impersonations and maybe have another personal revelation or two in The Trip to Spain. They’re once again again playing versions of themselves for director Michael Winterbottom, who directed them in The Trip and The Trip to Italy. For their next adventure, they’ll perhaps get on each other’s nerves now and then (and make us laugh) while drinking some fine Spanish wine.

Below, watch The Trip to Spain teaser trailer.

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Wolves Trailer

Michael Shannon seems to be playing a familiar type in the new basketball drama Wolves: the father of the talented high school athlete who can’t help but stand in his kid’s way. He doesn’t disapprove of his son’s sports career – he just went and gambled away his entire college savings. Whoops.

Anyway, Shannon (one of our finest working actors) is the chief draw in the Wolves trailer, which shows off a sports drama that may contain a little more nerve than your average entry in the genre.

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don't knock twice trailer

Follow me through this inter-dimensional gateway. Trust me. It’ll only take a few minutes. Welcome to Universe 6418, one of infinite dimensions in the sprawling multiverse that makes up creation. No, no. We’re not here to see who’s in the White House. You don’t want to know who’s in there. We’re just here to take a peek at the posters at the local movie theater. Yep, this is the universe where Armie Hammer became a massive movie star, where Diego Luna was a household name long before Star Wars, and where Katee Sackhoff parlayed the success of Battlestar Galactica into a Scarlett Johansson-esque career as an all-purpose cinematic badass.

Now let’s go home, back to the universe where Sackhoff is doing perfectly fine, starring in TV’s Longmire and lending her talents to occasional horror movies like Don’t Knock Twice, which finds the former Starbuck facing off against a witch.

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Between Us Trailer

Romance is a staple of cinema. But while movies about love have often painted a portrait of happily ever after, some filmmakers have decided to deliver more realistic portrayals of romance — the good and the bad, the whimsical and the disappointing. Between Us is another one of those films.

The indie romance from Mexican director Rafael Palacio Illingworth focuses on Ben Feldman (Superstore) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno), a couple that has been together for six years and feels the pressure of settling down so much that they decide, perhaps too fleetingly, to tie the knot. They soon find that the “forever” part of their marriage vows is more of a struggle than they anticipated.

Watch the Between Us trailer after the jump. Read More »

the autopsy of jane doe trailer

André Øvredal‘s The Autopsy of Jane Doe was one of my favorite movies at Fantastic Fest 2016 and one of the best horror films I’ve seen in a year that has been very kind to the genre. It will be released on VOD platforms on December 20, 2016 and in select theaters on December 21, 2016. If you like good horror movies that value performances and mood and character as much as they value scares, you should go out of your way to see it. If it’s playing in a theater near you, it’s worth the price of admission. This is such an audience movie.

And if you’ve already decided to see it, I’d recommend skipping the latest trailer, which tips its hand a little too much and teases a few too many of the film’s finest scares.

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When I left the theater after seeing The Autopsy of Jane Doe at Fantastic Fest last month, the first thing I did was try to find a way to steady my nerves because this movie is scary as hell. The second thing I did was wonder how IFC Midnight was going to market a movie that takes place almost entirely around an autopsy table, with an increasingly, uh, examined dead body being central to much of the plot. The easiest answer: a red band trailer, of course.

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