Saturday, 6 June 2020

The Runners - Poster & Trailer - starring Micah Lyons and Netty Leach


Micah Lyons, Tom Sizemore (Heat, Saving Private Ryan) and Glenn Morshower (“24”, “Friday Night Lights”) star in white-knuckle action-thriller The Runners, premiering this summer On Demand and DVD.

After losing their parents in a car accident, Ryan must raise his rebellious teenage sister, Zoe. One night, Zoe sneaks out to a party and is abducted by a charming older boy who intends to sell her to the cartel for human trafficking. Now, Ryan and his best friend have just hours to track them down and save her before she is sold and dragged across the Mexican border, never to be seen again.

From directors Joey Loomis and Micah Lyons, and starring Micah Lyons, Netty Leach, Joey Loomis, Tom Sizemore, Neal McCoy, Glenn Morshower, Jason Peter Kennedy, and Swayde McCoy, The Runners is available 14th July on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

British Horror Sci-Fi title 'The Ascent' to debut on BirdBox.Film on June 12


On June 12, British indie title The Ascent (known as “Black Ops” in the US) will be available exclusively on BirdBox.Film on June 12th from 7pm BST.

Alongside the exclusive launch it will be the first film in history to have its premiere in virtual reality. This will be part of AltspaceVR's “The VR Film Festival”, with film fans being able to tune in at 7pm BST via the AltspaceVR app.

This groundbreaking premiere will include a Q&A with director Tom Paton, cinematographer George Burt and IndieWire’s executive editor Eric Kohn. To access the premiere on 12th, film lovers simply need to log into the AltspaceVR app and have access to an Oculus headset or similar.

UK Release date: 15th June

Official synopsis:
A group of mercenaries are sent into Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel but shortly after the mission, the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off.

Cast: Shayne Ward (X-Factor winner, Coronation Street), Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones), Sophie Austin (Call The Midwife), Alana Wallace (Black Site), Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu (Wonder Woman).

Platforms:  From June 12th 7pm Birdbox.Film, Altspace VR

From June 15th - iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Sony, Xbox, Google Play


Coven - Poster and Trailer - Starring Lizze Gordon, Jennifer Cipolla, Margot Major, Adam Horner, and Terri Ivens


The Craft meets Suspiria in the bewitching Coven, set to spellbind audiences on DVD and Digital this summer.

Five undergrad witches come together in order to perform a ritual to invoke the ancient powers of the witch Ashura. The leader of the coven gets carried away and accidentally kills one of the witches during the ritual. She needs the strength of a complete coven to invoke Ashura’s powers and sends them out to find a final witch. As she absorbs power the surviving girls plot to take her down but the possessed witch unleashes hell on campus with only one young witch left to stop her.

Lizze Gordon, Jennifer Cipolla,, Margot Major, Adam Horner, and Terri Ivens star in a Margaret Malandruccolo film, Coven on DVD and Digital July 14 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Disclosure - Official Trailer


Synopsis: 
Australian documentary maker Emily, and her journalist husband, Danny, are reeling from an allegation of abuse their 4-year-old daughter Natasha has made against a local politician's 9-year-old son, Ethan. Ethan’s parents, Joel and Bek, arrive unannounced at Emily and Danny's house intent on convincing the couple that Natasha's allegation is a fabrication. Accusations, arguments, and the ultimate search for leverage turn their civil conversation into a vicious confrontation. 

DISCLOSURE world premiered at the 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival, and was an official selection at Newport Beach Film Festival and Australia’s Gold Coast Film Festival. The film stars Mark Leonard Winter, Geraldine Hakewill, Matilda Ridgway, Tom Wren, and Greg Stone.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Wish Dragon - Poster and Trailer - Starring Jackie Chan


Wish Dragon is an upcoming computer-animated comedy film written and directed by Chris Applehans. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Tencent Pictures, Base FX, Beijing Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, the Flagship Entertainment Group and Boss Collaboration, the film will star Jackie Chan (who is also producing the film), Constance Wu, John Cho, Will Yun Lee, Jimmy Wong, and Bobby Lee.

The characters will be voiced in both the Chinese and English releases of the film.

The film is set to be released in 2020 by Sony Pictures Releasing in China and the United States.

The story is "a genie-in-a-bottle retelling set in contemporary China", based on an original story by Chris Applehans (who will also direct the film). "The modern-day fairy tale picks up the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a boy and a dragon who is able to make wishes come true."

Cast:
Jackie Chan as Pipa God
Ian Chen as The Boy
Constance Wu as Mom
John Cho as Long
Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Li Na
Will Yun Lee as Mr. Wong
Jimmy O. Yang as Small Goon
Jimmy Wong as Din
Bobby Lee as Tall Goon

Pulse - Poster and Trailer - Starring Caroline Brazier, Daniel Monks, and Scott Lee


A gay disabled teenage boy changes into the body of a beautiful woman, so that he can be loved in Pulse, available this June from Dark Star Pictures.

Directed by Stevie Cruz-Martin and written by Daniel Monks, this critically acclaimed Australian supernatural drama will compel with it's wholly unique storytelling and award-worthy performances.

Featuring powerful turns from Caroline Brazier, Daniel Monks, and Scott Lee, Pulse  is an "innovative" (Gay Themed Films), "unique and interesting" (SWITCH) film that is available for Pride Month.

Pulse is available June 2 On Demand from Dark Star Pictures.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Exit Plan - Poster and Trailer Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


We follow Max, who in the midst of an existential crisis and looking to solve a cold case checks into the clandestine Hotel Aurora. A unique secretive facility that specializes in elaborate assisted suicide fantasies. His investigation uncovers a disturbing truth that forces Max to question the very nature of life, death and his own perception of reality.

Director: Jonas Alexander Arnby
Writer: Rasmus Birch
Stars: Kate Ashfield, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tuva Novotny


Friday, 29 May 2020

The Vast of Night - Available on Amazon Prime Video today


“You are entering a realm between clandestine and forgotten.” So begins the story of one fateful night in 1950s New Mexico. Photographed in soft, inky-dark tones and shot in nearly real time, THE VAST OF NIGHT follows young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) as they discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

Set at the dawn of the space-race and replete with uncanny and ironic period details, THE VAST OF NIGHT falls down the rabbit hole of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone and stitches together a narrative scavenger hunt through dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call. The unexpected is explored both in the film’s twisty plot and its bold cinematic style, which includes stealthy long camera movements and even a spookily effective black screen.

McCormick and Horowitz are joined by a cast of Texas and Oklahoma locals, including scene-stealer Gail Cronauer as an elderly woman with a dark secret, and Bruce Davis, whose voice we hear during a spellbinding phone call scene. Director Andrew Patterson, an Oklahoma City native making his feature film debut, announces himself as a major new American voice in cinema and storytelling.

With allusions to classic television, old radio shows, and movie masters such as Michael Mann and David Fincher, THE VAST OF NIGHT is nonetheless a breathtaking original. The experience drops viewers into a time and a town hidden away — and with quiet mysteries which only present themselves to those curious and patient enough to hear them.

Starring
Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis, Cheyenne Barton, Gregory Peyton

https://amzn.to/3cfJCV2

Poster for Romantic Comedy 'Palm Springs' - Starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons.


Poster for Romantic Comedy 'Palm Springs' - Starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons. Out on Hulu, July 10th.

When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated the next morning when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

Cast:
Andy Samberg as Nyles
Cristin Milioti as Sarah
J. K. Simmons as Roy
Camila Mendes as Tala
Tyler Hoechlin as Abe
Meredith Hagner as Misty
Dale Dickey as Darla
Chris Pang as Trevor
Peter Gallagher as Howard
June Squibb
Jacqueline Obradors as Pia
Tongayi Chirisa as Jerry

Tense sci-fi action in ALIEN OUTBREAK coming to DVD & Digital from 20th July


Synopsis:
The deadliest plague has come from above!

In a rural English town, two police officers begin their normal shift but soon realise something is wrong. With residents behaving strangely and horrific events unfolding before their eyes, they learn they are under attack from terrifying alien creatures and must fight to defend their town and community.

Prepare for tense, sci-fi action starring Katherine Drake and Ritchie Crane, written and directed by award-winning VFX artist and filmmaker Neil Rowe (Robot World).

Dazzler Media presents Alien Outbreak on DVD & Digital from 20th July 2020
https://amzn.to/2BdJHvU

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The Luring - Poster and Official Trailer - From writer/director Christopher Wells


From writer/director Christopher Wells, comes The Luring – a terrifying new motion picture experience coming this summer from Wild Eye Releasing!

A man tries to recover a lost memory by returning to his family's Vermont vacation home where an unspeakable act took place leaving him institutionalized as a child.

Rick Irwin, Dan Berkey, Molly Fahey, Henry Gagliardi, and Michaela Sprague star in The Luring, available on digital and DVD June 16 from Wild Eye Releasing.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Departure - Trailer 2 - Starring Jon Briddell - available On Demand June 12


The Doom Patrol’s Jon Briddell stars in The Departure, a story of loyalty and lust, available On Demand June 12.

Also starring Austin Lauer, Olivia Lemmon,  Kendall Chappell and Grant Wright Gunderson, Writer-director Merland Hoxha’s topical, gritty drama fixes on the lengths one man will go to to test his girlfriend’s loyalty.

Let the dinner table conversation fly this June with The Departure, coming 6/12 to digital and available On Demand.



Official Synopsis
Right before moving in together, Nate and Jessica face an unexpected obstacle when Nate is offered a job promotion that forces him to leave Los Angeles and move to New York for 6 months. This bi-coastal relocation is not the only challenge that this picture-perfect couple will soon face: Nate’s anxiety is intensified as Jessica begins talking more and more about her new coworker named Lucas who always seems to make her laugh. The impending distance between Nate and Jessica only serves to fuel further doubts about her future faithfulness.

Realizing that he can’t leave the city with these worries in the back of his mind, Nate decides to test Jessica’s loyalty by asking his friend John to try and seduce her.


The Ground Beneath My Feet - First look at poster and trailer for LGBT+ psychological thriller - Out June 15th



The award-winning feature, which had its worldwide premiere at Berlin International Film Festival last year, and its UK premiere at the BFI Flare Film Festival, will be released across all major streaming and download platforms from June 15th.

"Lola manages her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency as her job as a business consultant. But when a tragic event threatens to destroy everything that she has worked for, Lola's dark secrets begin to unravel."



Tuesday, 26 May 2020

TRAILER: This Teacher - starring Hafsia Herzi from acclaimed director Mark Jackson


Synopsis: This Teacher follows a French Muslim woman (Hafsia Herzi) as she travels to New York City from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris to visit her childhood best friend.

When the reunion proves disastrous, Hafsia steals her friend’s credit card and identity, then disappears to a remote cabin upstate. Deep in the woods and alone for the first time in her life, she experiences a divine revelation of an existence without borders. But when she discovers that she is not alone on the property, Hafsia’s sojourn in nature gradually descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America.

From multi-award-winning director Mark Jackson ("Without", "War Story", arriving on DVD and VOD on June 9

Poster for Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' starring Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno and Melanie Thierry


Four African American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. These heroes battle forces of humanity and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.

Da 5 Bloods is an upcoming 2020 American war drama film directed by Spike Lee who co-wrote the script with Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo and Kevin Willmott. The film stars Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Jean Reno, and Chadwick Boseman.

Da 5 Bloods is scheduled to be released on June 12, 2020, by Netflix.


First Image of Robert Pattinson in War-Drama 'Waiting for the Barbarians'


First Image of Robert Pattinson in War-Drama 'Waiting for the Barbarians'

Cast
Johnny Depp as Colonel Joll
Mark Rylance as Magistrate
Robert Pattinson as Officer Mandel
Gana Bayarsaikhan as "The Girl"
Greta Scacchi as Mai
David Dencik as The Clerk
Sam Reid as The Lieutenant
Harry Melling as Garrison Soldier 4
Bill Milner as Garrison Soldier 5

A magistrate working in a distant outpost begins to question his loyalty to the empire.




Saturday, 23 May 2020

Madagasikara : The Real Madagascar - Poster and Trailer


In 2009, fed up with increased poverty and widespread corruption, Madagascar's citizens took to the streets in protest. After the president was forced to resign, the international community terminated most foreign assistance to this chronically impoverished island nation. Over 60% of the country's revenues were immediately wiped out, resulting in the dramatic curtailment of education, health care, sanitation and access to food.

MADAGASIKARA is the story of three resilient women (Lin, Tina and Deborah) fighting for the survival of their families and the education of their children against the overwhelming forces of domestic political instability, international political hypocrisy and the crushing poverty caused by both.

Directed and Produced by former attorney turned documentarian Cam Cowan, MADAGASIKARA was inspired by University of Virginia Law School students who reported on human rights issues in Madagascar. After a year of research and planning, Cam made his first trip to Madagascar in June 2014. After four years of filming and post-production, the documentary, which had a successful film festival run accumulating over 45 accolades from festivals around the world, will make its debut on Amazon Prime and Docurama on Friday, June 26th followed by a wider digital release on iTunes, Google Play, Films for Action and many more.


Friday, 22 May 2020

Christopher Nolan's Tenet - Official Trailer 2 (2020) Stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson


Christopher Nolan's Tenet is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen. Tenet was filmed on location across seven countries.

The international cast is led by John David Washington and also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Tenet is being produced by Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan. Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer.

Interview with Jorgy Cruz - Director of Funny Pains


Jorgy Cruz’s “Funny Pains” follows stand-up comedian Wendi Starling, whose career, working process and life are closely examined in the film, as she navigates one of the entertainment’s toughest, most competitive professions - all during the height of the #MeToo movement, feminism, and the infiltration of stand-up comedy by the politically correct. Above all else, the film delves into serious issues of sexual assault and mental health, with Starling revealing her not-so-private personal traumas. 


Tell us when and how you came upon the idea for the film, sir? 
I kinda didn't, it just happened. I went to a bar my wife used to work at in midtown Manhattan and she told me about a comedy show they were having on a Saturday night and she was in charge of the event. I did not want to go, but she convinced me to attend. I was sitting at the bar chatting with my wife while comics did their thing and then all of the sudden this woman shows up looking like she hasn't slept in a while, she says hi and orders a glass of water. She seemed exhausted, and I asked her "are you ok?", to what she replied, "I went hard yesterday, I'm dying". Right there and then a comic named Manny Rondon introduces Wendi Starling to the stage, she put down the water and said "I'll be right back", Wendi hit the stage and she was full of energy, big smile and totally killed with a material so raw, so unique and personal that I was completely hypnotized and convinced I was in the presence of a special artist. Once her set was done she went downstairs to smoke a cigarette and out of the blue, I asked her if I could meet with her with a camera and shoot for a day. That day turned into years.

Were any of the names attached to the project before filming? 
No. After we shot I started editing and I remember talking to Krystyna Hutchinson, she starts in the film since she's a close friend to Wendi and they also have a monthly show in NYC called Glamourpuss, and she suggested we contact some comics so they could discuss what Wendi goes through in the film since the comic's journey is a tale of struggle and hardship before they "make it". I was not sure in the beginning but this really took the story to the next level, I'm a fanatic of stand-up comedy and I cannot express how much I love and respect this cast, it was a dream come true to meet them and have them in the doc.


How much of the documentary is scripted or outlined?  
Nada. We shot 2 short re-enactments and that's it. I did not want to stage anything and even if I wanted to that would have been impossible, Wendi was really clear about keeping everything real at all times.

If you had to compare it to another film, what might it be?
I have really tried to compare it to another film but have yet to find one that fits. When I was shooting, I intentionally did not watch a single movie, series, or documentary. That was not easy, but I did not want this movie to remind you of anything, I really wanted to test myself I see what came out of me as a director.

It looks superb. Do you expect it’ll appeal to a broad range of people?

I hope so. There is a lot here to digest, many layers of humanity. It's not a comedy doc per se, and more of a human experience documentary that happens to occur in the comedy world.

How much do you rely on good reviews as a filmmaker? I imagine you’d have to have a thick skin? 
I don't read them. Once a movie is done that's it, it's not yours anymore, it belongs to every person that watches it. I know the film that I have here and I hope it connects with many people.

FUNNY PAINS is released Monday on digital.


Thursday, 21 May 2020

Interview with Frederick Keeve - The director of The Accompanist

Filmmaker Frederick Keeve’s latest film might be- like so many others – set within the world of dance but, as the director of The Accompanist explains, he wanted to “do something different to try and show ballet as an art form more honestly with realistic ballet classes and auditions” for this pic.


What do you think makes a good dance film, Frederick?

That’s an interesting question. One of the reasons I set out to make The Accompanist and also the upcoming sequel The Accompanist Awakening was to show ballet in a more realistic light and also bring back the beauty, grace and athleticism of ballet dancers to mainstream audiences. I’ve enjoyed other dance films over the years like The Turning Point, Center Stage, and even Black Swan, and of course a classic like The Red Shoes, but I wanted to do something different and try to show ballet as an art form more honestly with realistic ballet classes and auditions.


Can you remember the first one you saw?

The Turning Point.


And which ones do you think are the best?

I think all the films mentioned above have a piece of the puzzle and it really depends on what the filmmaker is trying to say and how dance is used in the movie—thematically, as a backdrop, essential to the rising action or conflict in the movie. In The Turning Point, Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft’s characters as friends took completely different paths in life and then come back together in middle age with unresolved conflicts in their lives and friendship. In Center Stage, we follow the lives of young, ambitious dancers as they enroll in American Dance Academy and jockey with each other to be the best and succeed in the dance world with all its stresses and drama.

Black Swan is a character study of the disintegration of the personality of Natalie Portman’s character as she descends into madness portraying the “black swan” in Swan Lake. In The Red Shoes, a young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

So each movie deals with the art of ballet and the dramatic conflict set up in each film differently. Whether it’s choosing between love or career, or descent into madness, or unrelenting ambition, or friendship and regrets of path chosen in life, I think that if a film has good production values, a well-constructed screenplay, and good direction and acting, all of these dance movies mentioned have their own artistic life and are valid. My favourite? it would be hard to choose to be honest. I like each for different elements and different performance aspects.


Are you, yourself, interested in other styles of dance outside of ballet?

Ballet is my favourite by far. I’ve always loved ballet, and in particular, the melding of classical music and the grace, artistry and athleticism and purity of style in ballet. It is truly a magnificent art form involving classical style, training, beauty, grace, gorgeous music, costumes, staging and wonderful storylines of the classic ballets. Magnificent!


Where did this interest in ballet come from?

I always liked The Turning Point in terms of melding great actors’ performances like Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft with beautiful dancing from American Ballet Theatre dancers, and lots of drama. But my original interest I’m sure would have been from studying classical music as a pianist from five years old, up through high school, and then as a student at UCLA, obtaining an undergraduate degree in music composition. I played piano for ballet companies, studios and classes since I was in graduate school at Oklahoma City University when I was quite young and played for Ballet Oklahoma master classes and professional classes. My interest in ballet continued later when my daughters took ballet classes at the Westside Academy of Dance, also known as Westside Ballet of Santa Monica for ten years, and currently I play piano today at this wonderful dance studio founded by Yvonne Mounsey and Rosemary Valaire over fifty years ago and is such an artistic force in the lives of not only Santa Monica residents where it is based, but also in the artistic lives and interests of Angelenos, and where I got the idea for the movie The Accompanist.


And is “The Accompanist” based on a personal experience?

Partially yes, but of course intermixed with a lot of imagination and carefully constructed dramatic structure and fictional characters, because, for example, I don’t really send people back in time “to be healed where they need to be healed the most,” with my piano music, but people, whether with dancers in the studio or music for my films, seem to enjoy my music and my musical scores. But I have been married for over twenty years (now divorced) and have four wonderful children of whom I am extremely proud of and feel blessed to have them in my life. So certainly in terms of family life, raising children, the complexities of one’s own sexuality, having to navigate middle age, and those types of themes and issues are part and parcel of my own life, and of course I bring this to my character of Jason Holden and use some of this in the storyline of The Accompanist. I only wish I could do magic like my character in the movie!


How would you describe the tone?

The tone of the movie The Accompanist is definitely dramatic and a bit mystical--akin to raw emotions and healing the pain of loss, tragedy, ambition, unhealthy relationships, and finding true love.


It’s hard to think of a film quite like it! Can you think of the closest comparison piece?

My pitch for this movie is: Black Swan (ballet classes and auditions) meets The Green Mile (the use of magic and invoking magical and esoteric powers and how these experiences inform the major characters) meets Call Me By Your Name (gay love between an older man and a younger man) meets The Sixth Sense (a big mystery that is only revealed at the end of the movie).

I would like to think we are finding a singular and hopefully prominent niche in the marketplace as the film opens to English-speaking audiences in the US on June 2nd, and across English-speaking countries across the world (from Canada, UK, Australia, Bahamas, etc.), because there is no other film like this that offers something beautiful and intriguing and dramatic to audiences hungry for beauty, ballet, art, healing family drama, fantasy, magic, gay love—a combination of emotional rawness, healing, beautiful dance and classical music, all wrapped up in a dramatic storyline.

Check out The Accompanist on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TheAccompanistMovie/


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Force of Nature - Official Trailer (2020) Starring Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth & Emile Hirsch


A gang of thieves plan a heist during a hurricane and encounter trouble when a cop tries to force everyone in the building to evacuate.

Released June 30, 2020 

Cast
Kate Bosworth as Troy
Emile Hirsch as Cardillo
Mel Gibson as Ray
Stephanie Cayo as Jess
David Zayas as John the Baptist
Jasper Polish as Jasmine
William Catlett as Griffin
Swen Temmel as Hodges
Tyler Jon Olson as Dillon

A Simple Wedding - Poster and new 60 second TV Spot


Synopsis:
Nousha, a young Iranian-American attorney, has a great job, supportive friends, and a comfortable life. Yet she is unable to please her conservative Persian parents. So when Nousha falls for the charming but unorthodox Alex, it brings instant chaos into her traditional family life—leading to a wedding that will be anything but simple.

Starring Tara Grammy ("The Persian Bachelorette"), Christopher O'Shea ("Madam Secretary"), Rita Wilson ("Jingle All the Way"), Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Sand and Fog"), Maz Jobrani ("Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero"), and Houshang Touzie ("Argo")

Executive Produced by Rita Wilson, arriving on DVD on June 9

https://amzn.to/2WJ6pnX

Monday, 18 May 2020

Scoob! - Movie Review


With hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever -- a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global dog-pocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone could have imagined.

Release date: 15 May 2020

Chris Stuckmann reviews Scoob!, starring Zac Efron, Frank Welker, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Jason Isaacs. Directed by Tony Cervone.


Saturday, 16 May 2020

The High Note - Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) - Rent at Home May 29 - Stars Tracee Ellis Ross,Dakota Johnson and Ice Cube


Director:
Nisha Ganatra (“Late Night”)


Cast: 
Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman & Diplo


Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.


Rent on your local On Demand service from 29th May

Fast and Fierce: Death Race - Starring Michael DeVorzon, DMX & Paulina Nguyen arrives on digital May 19


Jack Tyson is a young man partaking in an illegal Mexico to California car race when a desperate woman, fleeing from her abusive gangster boyfriend who is financing the tournament, jumps into his car pleading for his help and who has an incriminating USB drive that could send her thug boyfriend, among others, to prison.

Michael DeVorzon, DMX, Paulina Nguyen,  Becca Buckalew and Gigi Gustin star in a Jared Cohn film.

Fast and Fierce : Death Race arrives on digital May 19 from The Asylum.
Get on iTunes here

Friday, 15 May 2020

Payback (2020) - Poster and Trailer



Synopsis:
After skirting death, debt collectors French (Scott Adkins, Avengement, Doctor Strange) and Sue (Louis Mandylor, Rambo: Last Blood, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) get back to doing what they do best - cracking skulls and breaking bones - as they chase down the various lowlifes who owe money to their boss, Tommy (Vladimir Kulich, The Equalizer, Vikings).

They're summoned to Las Vegas to collect from a dirty casino owner, who happens to be a vicious ex-lover of Sue's. Meanwhile, a notorious drug kingpin is on the warpath to kill French and Sue to avenge his brother’s death. Facing danger from all angles, the pair has no other choice but to fight their way out of an explosively dangerous situation

Boasting intense action, sharp dialogue and laced with dark humour, Payback is helmed by Jesse V. Johnson, the acclaimed director of Triple Threat and Avengement.

Dazzler Media presents Payback on Digital Download 8th June and DVD 6th July 2020


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

UNHINGED Official Trailer (2020) Starring Russell Crowe


Unhinged is an upcoming American thriller film starring Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman and Caren Pistorius. It is directed by Derrick Borte and written by Carl Ellsworth.

It is scheduled to be theatrically released by Solstice Studios on July 1, 2020.

A single mother begins to be stalked and tormented by a stranger following a road rage confrontation at a red light.


Abe - Official Trailer and Poster - Starring Noah Schnapp


Synopsis:
Twelve-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp) is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together--but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn't end in a fight. Ditching his traditional summer camp, Abe begins working with Chico (Seu Jorge), an adventurous street chef who encourages him to think outside his old cuisines. But when Abe's deceit is uncovered, he must grapple with his family, his background, and his passions, and whether even the most lovingly-cooked family dinner can heal old wounds.

Starring Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things"), arriving on DVD on June 2
Get from Amazon Here

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Screened Out - Poster and Trailer for new documentary released 1st June


The Movie Partnership will be releasing Screened Out (cert PG) on digital download from 1st June. This eye opening feature length documentary about screen time shares groundbreaking insights and studies from eleven world class experts.

Filmmaker Jon Hyatt and his family set out on a journey through the life changing effects of screen addiction, how the tech industry hooked global consumers, and its greater impact on our lives. From smartphones, portable tablets and social media, the tech industry has designed fun immersive technologies that have changed the way we communicate and interact with each other but are these devices good for us? Are we too dependent? What keeps us hooked and how is it impacting our children and the world as a whole?

Lockdown has seen a nationwide surge in social media use as people struggle to stay connected. In a recent interview with CNN, Hyatt said, "This is a time when we're all celebrating bad behaviours." He continued, "What we found out after talking to the experts here (US) and in South Korea is that these social media and gaming companies have made us addicted by design. The more we use them the more addicted we get. At a time like this when we're all stuck in our homes, we're all sitting ducks for tech companies."

Get on iTunes UK
Get on iTunes US


The Candy Witch - Trailer - From writer-director Rebecca J.Matthews


Sweet dreams… forever!

Two ghost hunters are called upon a distressed family who claim they are being tormented by an evil spirit known in their local town as The Candy Witch. But as the mystery of her curse is uncovered, surprising and sinister turns are discovered around The Candy Witch's identity. Their hardest case yet, can they solve this evil curse before more people are killed by the demonic spirit?

From writer-director Rebecca J.Matthews (Pet Graveyard), and starring Kate Lush, Abi Casson Thompson, Heather Jackson and Richard D Myers, The Candy Witch serves up sweet death June 9 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

To The Stars - Coming of Age drama starring Kara Hayward & Liana Liberato


Available on Digital Download from 1st June

Synopsis
An acclaimed and uplifting coming-of-age story from the producers of IT FOLLOWS and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. In a god-fearing small town in 1960s Oklahoma, reclusive teen Iris (Kara Hayward – MOONRISE KINGDOM) endures a cruel mother and daily doses of bullying from her classmates. That is until Maggie (Liana Liberato – IF I STAY) arrived, the charismatic and enigmatic new girl that helps her to come out of her shell. But when the truth about Maggie begins to unravel the community is thrown into a state of panic, leaving Maggie to take drastic measures and inciting Iris to stand up for her friend and herself. Also starring Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, Adelaide Clemons and Shea Whigham.

iTunes Link


TO THE STARS (2020) - Official Trailer from SC Films International on Vimeo.

The Departure - Poster and Trailer - Starring Jon Briddell (The Doom Patrol) - On Demand June 12.


The Doom Patrol’s Jon Briddell stars in The Departure, a story of loyalty and lust, available On Demand June 12.

Also starring Austin Lauer, Olivia Lemmon,  Kendall Chappell and Grant Wright Gunderson, Writer-director Merland Hoxha’s topical, gritty drama fixes on the lengths one man will go to to test his girlfriend’s loyalty.

Let the dinner table conversation fly this June with The Departure, coming 6/12 to digital and available On Demand.

Official Synopsis
Right before moving in together, Nate and Jessica face an unexpected obstacle when Nate is offered a job promotion that forces him to leave Los Angeles and move to New York for 6 months. This bi-coastal relocation is not the only challenge that this picture-perfect couple will soon face: Nate’s anxiety is intensified as Jessica begins talking more and more about her new coworker named Lucas who always seems to make her laugh. The impending distance between Nate and Jessica only serves to fuel further doubts about her future faithfulness.

Realizing that he can’t leave the city with these worries in the back of his mind, Nate decides to test Jessica’s loyalty by asking his friend John to try and seduce her.

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Now on Amazon Prime! The terrifying DON'T RUN!


If you’re not in bed on time tonight, kids, the monster will get you!

From director Ben Rood comes Don’t Run, a horror-fantasy born from the fear files of children everywhere, now available on Amazon Prime.

A timid boy is trapped inside his house with a monster that threatens to eat him if he isn’t in bed by sundown every night.

Charlotte Arnold, Holly Arnold, Grant Brooks, Dan Foley, Danny Irizarry and Cody Cheatwood star.

Written, directed, produced, edited and financed by Cincinnati-native Ben Rood, Don’t Run is a little indie horror film that could. Stream it now on Amazon Prime!

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Monday, 11 May 2020

First Poster for Hammer - Starring Will Patton, Mark O'Brien, Dayle McLeod


A father faces a personal crisis when he discovers his estranged son fleeing a botched drug deal. The two men embark on a violent odyssey that grapples with themes of fatherhood, family and fate.

Cast
Will Patton - Stephen Davis
Mark O'Brien - Chris Davis
Dayle McLeod - Lori
Lara Jean Chorostecki - Debbie
Ben Cotton - Adams
Connor Price - Jeremy
Curtis Caravaggio - Samson

"You Just Don't Get It, Do You?" - A Montage of Cinema's Worst Writing Cliche


"You Just Don't Get It, Do You?"

Friday, 8 May 2020

The King of Staten Island – Official Trailer


This summer, Judd Apatow directs Saturday Night Live breakout Pete Davidson in a bracing comedy about love, loss and laughter on Staten Island.


Scott (Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow, HBO’s Euphoria) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Oscar® winner Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys—Oscar (Ricky Velez, Master of None), Igor (Moises Arias, Five Feet Apart) and Richie (Lou Wilson, TV’s The Guest Book)—and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley, Apple TV+’s The Morning Show).


But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray (Bill Burr, Netflix’s F Is for Family), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.


The film also stars Steve Buscemi as Papa, a veteran firefighter who takes Scott under his wing, and Pamela Adlon (FX’s Better Things) as Ray’s ex-wife, Gina.


Thursday, 7 May 2020

TRAILER - A Clear Shot - Starring Mario Van Peebles


Starring acclaimed actor Mario Van Peebles, A Clear Shot is inspired by the true story of the 1991 Good Guys Electronics Store siege in Sacramento, California, the largest hostage siege negotiation ever attempted in the United States.

An electronic store erupts into chaos as four gunmen storm the premises. Rick Gomez, Sacramento Police Departments’ top negotiator, realizes he needs to talk down the gunmen and keep everyone safe, all while juggling government politics. The gunmen leader doesn't want to hurt anyone, but his brother is a different story. A peaceful surrender quickly turns this sleepy city into a national tragedy.

A Clear Shot examines a bizarre turn of events as law enforcement attempt to save the hostages, as well the emotional trials and social pressures of immigrant assimilation into the American culture.

From writer-director Nick Leisure, and starring Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City, Posse), Mandela Van Peebles (Jigsaw), Jessica Meza (“General Hospital”), David Fernandez Jr (End of Watch), Marshal Hilton (Echoes of Fear), and Glenn Plummer (“Sons of Anarchy”), A Clear Shot comes to DVD and Digital June 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.


GREATLAND - The Future after Covid-19


Academy award-nominee Eric Roberts, Nick Moran (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), J.P. Manoux (Veep), former boxing champion of the world Shannon Briggs, and horror icon Bill Oberst Jr (The Devil’s Rejects) star in writer-director Dana Ziyasheva’s (Defenders of Life) timely GREATLAND.

An allegory of today's world, saturated with current political references and shocking imagery, the film’s teaser got a life of its own on social media, with shares, comments and reactions on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ranging from WTF?!!!  and "What did I just see?! to "Which side are you on?" With one FB follower who summarized it perfectly: "Exactly what this world looks like to an outsider. Freaks and f*cks all heading down the rabbit hole."

The dystopian sci-fi feature, which also stars up and coming young actors Arman Darbo (And Then I Go) and Chloe Ray Warmoth (Fuller House), is the coming of age story of Ulysses set in imaginary country Greatland, whose citizens, the “Greats” are too evolved to bother with government, work, education, law, technology or money. Trapped in this world of perpetual fun and inter-species love ruled by a universal Mother, Ulysses must cross the forbidden frontier to save his childhood sweetheart, as an absurd election and a deadly Virus lead to chaos and violence.


With the future of traditional distribution system put in question by the pandemic, GREATLAND takes a new and innovative approach to promotion by engaging directly with its target audience. Given the timeliness and prophetic nature of the movie, the film creators are encouraging questions from the audience and answering them online thus engaging them in the complex and very original world building of the indie film all the while staying grounded in the contemporary political landscape.

GREATLAND, produced by Igor Darbo under his Popcorn & Friends banner, will be released later this year.