Teaser Trailer for ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ with Jessica Williams

The Incredible Jessica James Teaser

Have You Met the Incredible Jessica James? Netflix has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Incredible Jessica James, the latest film from talented indie filmmaker Jim Strouse (of Grace Is Gone, The Winning Season, People Places Things — all three are great films). This upbeat indie comedy stars Jessica Williams from «The Daily Show» in a major breakout role as Jessica James, an aspiring playwright living in New York City struggling with the dating scene and the career scene. She meets a goofball guy that she slowly starts to fall for, played by Chris O’Dowd (not seen in this teaser). Also starring Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells, Megan Ketch, and Zabryna Guevara. I saw this at Sundance and it’s wonderful, providing some much-needed optimism along with an outstanding performance from Williams. Don’t miss this one, it’s so good. ›››

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He Just Wants to Have a Cookout — Trailer for Andre Hyland’s ‘The 4th’

Andre Hyland's The 4th Trailer

«Aw, sorry about your bike!» Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled The 4th, which actually premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year (not this year). The 4th is the feature directorial debut of a comedian/actor named Andre Hyland, who takes us on a wacky trip through Los Angeles. Hyland also stars as the main character, Jamie. The story is simple — a scruffy dude in LA tries to throw a cookout for his friends during 4th of July. But on his way to the store, he gets into an accident and everything goes nuts, throwing his whole life into disarray. Co-starring Anna Lee Lawson, Yasmine Kittles, Dugan O’Neal, and Jeff Carpenter. This doesn’t look that good, but maybe it’s just the trailer. ›››

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First Trailer for Ensemble Drama ‘Person to Person’ with Michael Cera

Person to Person Trailer

«Terrible things happen every day in this city.» Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for an ensemble indie drama titled Person to Person, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film follows different characters «from person to person» in New York City, handing off the narrative to each one as it continues on. The full cast of quirky characters includes Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson, Isiah Whitlock, Michaela Watkins, Olivia Lucciardi, Ben Rosenfield, Buddy Durress, Bene Coopersmith, George Sample III, and Philip Baker Hall. This looks like a nice slice of life in New York City, showing the mix of people and all the interesting things going on. Enjoy. ›››

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Official Trailer for Cliché Action Movie ‘Cartels’ Starring Steven Seagal

Cartels Trailer

«Who the hell are you?» «I’m the guy you shoulda called when you went sideways.» Lionsgate has dropped a trailer for yet another new Steven Seagal action movie, and it looks as terrible as his last one. The trailer is for a film called Cartels, formerly known as Killing Salazar. It’s made by the same director who has made all of Seagal’s recent movies, including Contract to Kill, which we featured a trailer for last year (did anyone actually watch it?). Cartels has some super cheesy, twisty plot involving a drug lord being captured, the DEA, and Seagal being Seagal. Also starring Georges St. Pierre, Martine Argent, Darren E. Scott, Massimo Dobrovic, and Luke Goss. I honestly don’t even know why I bother with trailers for films like this, I’m never going to watch it, and I hope no one else will want to either. Move along, nothing to see here. ›››

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer Looks Like the Biggest Blockbuster of the Year: “Winter Is Here”

Game of Thrones season 7 trailer

HBO has released a brand new trailer for their mega-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, and the network has officially outdone themselves this time. The show no longer looks like a TV show: it’s clearly moved into the huge budget blockbuster territory. I’ve grown numb to people claiming that things are “epic” over the past few years, but there truly is no other word that does this trailer justice. Winter is definitely here.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

The sheer scope of this show is almost beyond comprehension at this point, and there are so many jaw-dropping moments that I had to watch the entire trailer with my mouth agape. I’m not normally prone to hyperbole, and I realize I’ve only had about two minutes to sit and think about this statement, but this may honestly be the greatest trailer I’ve ever seen. Ramin Djawadi’s goosebump-inducing score, the incredible voiceovers, and those stunning visuals all come together perfectly.

It takes watching something like this for me to realize that I’ve been taking this show for granted. Visuals like this are not normal for a television show, and even though Game of Thrones has been consistently building over the years, it feels like they’ve hit a new plateau here.

Remember the early seasons of this show, when showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss didn’t have the budget to actually film all of the story’s battle sequences and they had to come up with creative storytelling workarounds to impart that information to the audience? That forced creativity resulted in some terrific character-building moments in multiple two-hander scenes that allowed those early episodes to hit their required run times, and they’ve paid dividends now because seven seasons in, the audience cares about these characters in a deep and enduring way.

Looking back on those early seasons, it almost looks like an entirely different show than the one depicted in this trailer. But thankfully it’s become such a worldwide success that Benioff and Weiss are playing with bigger budgets than anyone in the history of the medium. It’s a different type of show now, all right, and this is becoming a no-holds-barred race to the finish line in which massive battles are going to become so common that the early days of the show will seem like a distant memory with every clang of the sword and breath of fire. I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

Game of Thrones season 7 debuts on July 16, 2017.

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Trailer: The Possessed Doll Haunts a Group of Orphan Girls

Annabelle Creation Trailer

Because everything needs to be explained to death nowadays, we’re getting Annabelle: Creation, the origin story of the possessed doll that made its debut in The Conjuring before getting its own spin-off in 2014.

Continuing to expand the mythology of the supernatural, paranormal activity investigated by Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren, Annabelle: Creation shows us how this creepy doll came to be possessed by some kind of evil spirit, tricking a couple grief stricken by the loss of their daughter to transfer a demon into the old fashioned toy. In an attempt to pay for their mistake, they shelter a group of orphan girls, one of who becomes the next target for Annabelle.

Watch the new Annabelle Creation trailer after the jump.

As someone who enjoyed The Conjuring quite a bit, as well as The Conjuring 2, it was supremely disappointing to sit through the first Annabelle. It was full of jump scares and the doll itself can only be so creepy before it becomes boring. It feels like the least creative part of the world of Ed and Lorraine Warren so far, and finding out where the doll came from seems even less interesting.

Sadly, the horror side of this origin story doesn’t look like it’s offering much either. There are some ridiculous jump scares in the trailer, and while that’s usually what horror trailers try to do, I’m betting the movie is full of cheap thrills like that as well. At the very least, this movie has the talented Lulu Wilson, who helped make Ouija: Origin of Evil a compelling prequel story, so maybe she can help elevate the material here as well.

Annabelle: Creation is written by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle, and directed by Lights Out helmer David F. Sandberg. The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Foxcatcher) and Tayler Buck, with Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

If you want to see more from Annabelle: Creation, you can watch the first trailer right here.

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Annabelle: Creation hits theaters late this summer on August 11.

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First Trailer for Twisty Indie Horror ‘Midnighters’ from Julius Ramsay

Midnighters Trailer

«Look around, this isn’t what we planned.» A full-length trailer has debuted for a horror thriller premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival this month, titled Midnighters, from director Julius Ramsay. Ramsay is making his feature directorial debut after working as an editor on TV shows like «Battlestar Galactica» and «Flashforward». The film is set around New Year’s Eve following a couple that accidentally kills someone on their way home. But there’s a twist when they realize this might have been a setup, while other mysterious things start to happen. Starring Alex Essoe, Perla Haney-Jardine & Ward Horton. It’s described as a «taught noir thriller in the vein of Blood Simple, Shallow Grave, and Blue Ruin.» Looks like it could be good. ›››

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Second Trailer for Comedy ‘Home Again’ Starring Reese Witherspoon

Home Again Trailer

«Let’s just do our best not to cramp each other’s style.» Open Road Films has debuted a full trailer for the comedy Home Again, the feature directorial debut of young filmmaker Hallie Meyers-Shyer. This amusing original Hollywood comedy is about a recently divorced woman who moves back home to Los Angeles with her two young daughters. She decides to take in three aspiring filmmaker boys who share her place with her, and disrupt things in both helpful ways and troubling ways. Reese Witherspoon stars, with Michael Sheen, Lake Bell, Candice Bergen, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, P.J. Byrne. There is something about this film that is really annoying to me. The first teaser was good, this trailer not so much. ›››

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Beautiful Second Trailer for Bong Joon Ho’s Animal Rescue Film ‘Okja’

Okja Trailer

«Everything you believe you know about Okja is a lie.» Netflix has launched a second full-length trailer for Bong Joon Ho’s Okja, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month to quite a bit of good buzz. The film stars Ahn Seo-hyun as a girl named Mija who befriends a giant pig-hippo-cow creature she calls Okja. When the company that created Okja comes to collect it, Mija goes off on adventure trying to rescue and bring her home. Tilda Swinton is back (from Snowpiercer) in the cast, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito, Devon Bostick, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, and Choi Woo-shik. I saw this in Cannes and enjoyed it, saying in my review: «Only someone as daring, innovative and skilled as Bong Joon Ho could come up with and pull off a film like this.» ›››

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