Unicorn Store Trailer & Poster Tease Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut

Netflix has released a trailer and poster for Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, Unicorn Store. The Oscar-winner also stars in the film as Kit, a lonely twenty-something who’s struggling (but trying) to embrace life as an adult when she meets a mysterious salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who offers to fulfill her childhood wish of owning a, well, unicorn. Unicorn Store marks the third film collaboration for Larson and Jackson, following their appearances together in Kong: Skull Island and their respective turns as Carol Danvers and Nick Fury in this month’s Captain Marvel.

Larson, drawing from a script by Samantha McIntyre (Married), actually shot Unicorn Store before she and Jackson teamed up for Captain Marvel, back in late 2016. The movie went on to make its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was officially acquired by Netflix near the start of this year. Now, with just a couple weeks to go before it begins streaming in April, the film’s marketing has gotten fully up and running.

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The Unicorn Store trailer is now available online, ahead of the film’s premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 5. You can check it out in the space below, followed by the movie’s official poster.

Unicorn Store earned mixed to positive reviews from the critics who saw it at TIFF 2017 and is currently at 68% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes after 19 reviews. In general, critics seem a bit divided on whether Larson’s grounded filmmaking approach as director compliments or clashes with the movie’s whimsical story and the magical realism at the heart of McIntyre’s script. As one would expect, however, Larson and Jackson have been praised for their performances in the film, as have their talented costars like Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Karan Soni (Deadpool 1 & 2), Mamoudou Athie (Sorry for Your Loss), and Joan Cusack (A Series of Unfortunate Events). Larson and Jackson’s screen chemistry was certainly important to Captain Marvel‘s success and, judging by the trailer, may serve to further elevate Unicorn Store into something memorable.

Beyond that, Netflix feels like the right place for Unicorn Store to pitch its tent. It’s the sort of smaller film that might’ve gotten buried in theaters, but has a much better chance of reaching its target audience (and viewers in general) on the streaming service. Larson is clearly a Netflix fan herself and is already set to star in and possibly direct their fact-based drama Lady Business next. She’s also committed to leading Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things adaptation for Netflix, so there’s much more Larson-related goodness to come on the streamer after Unicorn Store arrives next month.

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2019-03-22 11:03:55

Sandy Schaefer

General Commander Trailer Teases Seagal’s Latest Action Film

The General Commander trailer teases Steven Seagal’s latest action vehicle. Seagal, of course, rose to prominence in Hollywood after making his acting debut in 1988, appearing in successful films such as Hard to Kill and Under Siege. After headlining 2001’s Exit Wounds, Seagal’s career largely shifted to starring in direct-to-video endeavors, and he’s since added dozens of credits to his résumé. Despite his advancing age (Seagal is now 66), the actor remains as busy as he’s ever been. He was in five films released in 2016 and another two in 2017.

Next up for Seagal is General Commander, which sees him portray CIA agent Jake Alexander, who takes it upon himself to extract revenge against a mob boss that killed a member of his team. The cast also includes the likes of Sonia Couling (A Stranger in Paradise) and Byron Gibson (No Escape). General Commander will soon be available to own on Blu-ray and On-Demand, meaning it’s time to rev up the marketing campaign. Action fans can check out a trailer now.

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Lionsgate unveiled the preview, raising awareness for the film’s upcoming home media release. You can watch it for yourself in the space below:

The short trailer quickly establishes the crux of the narrative, where Seagal’s Alexander steps away from the CIA to form his own team of operatives that will serve justice around the world. As the film’s tagline suggests, this group are heroes without borders and do not answer to any government agency. It goes without saying this sets up a potential conflict between Alexander and the United States, since the CIA probably won’t be too happy about one of their former members taking matters into his own hands and waging a war against dangerous criminals. Nobody’s going to go into General Commander expecting heavy substance, but on-paper it has the potential to explore a compelling moral dilemma about what’s “right.”

Very clearly, General Commander aims to be a throwback to old school action films, the kinds Seagal made his name on many years ago. While those types of movies are no longer the most commercially viable in regards to box office performance, there remains a passionate audience for them, so General Commander should be able to fare pretty well for itself once it hits home media. Going straight to On-Demand sounds like the best avenue for this one to take, as it likely would have been lost in the shuffle if it had a traditional theatrical release. Hopefully, Seagal fans find something to enjoy with General Commander and whatever the actor chooses to do next.

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General Commander will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, and On-Demand May 28, 2019.

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2019-03-18 04:03:00

Chris Agar

Long Shot Red Band Trailer Heaps Praise on Rogen & Theron’s Rom-Com

The Long Shot red band trailer includes lots of positive quotes from critics praising Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron’s romantic comedy. Long Shot only just had its premiere at the 2019 SXSW festival, where it earned generally strong reviews from the critics who saw it. The movie itself hits theaters at the start of May, just a week after Avengers: Endgame arrives on the scene. That is to say, the good early word of mouth should only aid Lionsgate’s efforts to present the film as worthwhile counter-programming to the next major Marvel Cinematic Universe tentpole.

Rogen stars in Long Shot as Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist who (by chance) reunites with Charlotte Field (Theron), the woman who used to baby-sit him when he was just a kid. Charlotte has since become the U.S. Secretary of State and is giving serious thought to running for president when she hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to her advisors’ confusion. Lionsgate dropped Long Shot‘s green-band trailer back in February and has now unveiled a red-band promo online, in an effort to capitalize on the comedy’s momentum post-SXSW.

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As mentioned, the Long Shot red band trailer features quotes from a number of the film’s early positive reviews. You can check it out for yourselves in the space below (courtesy of Lionsgate).

Based on the red band trailer, Long Shot is less raunchy than most of the comedies that Rogen’s had a hand in co-writing (see: Superbad, Pineapple Express, Sausage Party) and hews closer to the tone and style of director Jonathan Levine’s previous movies. The filmmaker is far from a stranger to ribald humor himself and even directed Rogen in the holiday raunch-fest The Night Before, but his movies otherwise tend to fall more in comedy-drama territory. Long Shot is certainly much more light-hearted than Levine’s cancer dramedy 50/50 (which Rogen also starred in), but it sounds like the film is all the better because it plays out like an adult rom-com, more than anything else.

Long Shot was written by Dan Sterling (King of the Hill) and Liz Hannah (The Post) and, as those credentials would suggest, further manages to weave some sociopolitical commentary into the mix, according to the early reviews. The film’s red band trailer confirms as much to be true, especially when Alexander Skarsgård pops up as a handsome Canadian Prime Minster who’s clearly meant to be a riff on real-life Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. There are already a few mixed to negative reviews which feel that Long Shot struggles to juggle its various genre elements, so it’ll be interesting to see if more critics feel that way or if the movie only continues to build positive buzz over the next six weeks.

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2019-03-13 12:03:17

Sandy Schaefer

Netflix’s Close Trailer & Poster: Noomi Rapace Is A Badass Bodyguard

Netflix movie Close with Noomi Rapace

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s Noomi Rapace becomes a badass bodyguard in the new trailer and poster for Netflix’s action movie Close. The film marks yet another big Netflix project for Rapace, after she starred as all seven of the Settman Siblings in the streamer’s forgettable 2017 sci-fi movie What Happened to Monday, and later appeared as the bad elf Leilah in the $90 million Will Smith sci-fi/fantasy mashup Bright.

Before making the leap to big-budget American action movies, Rapace first came to international attention as the brooding gothic hacker Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish-language trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. In 2012, she took on the role of space explorer Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus, a role she would reprise (albeit briefly) in 2017’s Alien: Covenant. Rapace has beefed up her action movie resume in some smaller budget films as well, including the drama Dead Man Down and the thriller Unlocked.

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Rapace’s latest foray into action sees her returning to Netflix, this time in the role of a very hardcore bodyguard assigned to protect a rich heiress (Sophie Nélisse). Directed by Vicky Jewson (Born of War), Close was actually inspired by the real-life exploits of Jacquie Davis, who is renowned for being the world’s leading female bodyguard. Netflix has dropped a trailer and new poster for the “adrenaline-pumping action thriller,” both of which can be seen below:

Close poster with Noomi Rapace

Close follows Rapace’s hardcore character and her youthful charge as they find themselves forced to go on the run after a violent attempted kidnapping, and in the blunt words of the film’s synopsis, “Now they’ve got to take some lives – or lose theirs.” The trailer definitely promises a lot of intense action, with Rapace taking on the ultra-violent protector role you’d normally see going to the likes of Liam Neeson or Gerard Butler. But as Rapace has shown throughout her career, she’s very happy to take on the kinds of intense, physically demanding action roles that normally go to men.

It remains to be seen if this latest teaming between Rapace and Netflix will result in a solid all-around action movie, or another dud along the lines of What Happened to Monday. Either way, fans of Rapace look like they will get a big helping of the actress tearing it up in her now-signature action hero fashion.

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Close debuts January 18th, 2019 on Netflix.

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2019-01-03 01:01:07

Secret Life of Pets 2 Trailer & Poster: Snowball Is A Superhero

Snowball the bunny gets his superhero game on in the latest trailer and poster for The Secret Life of Pets 2. Illumination has so far marketed the film – itself, the sequel to the animation studio’s 2016 hit The Secret Life of Pets – with a series of trailers, each of which spotlights a different character. The first teaser focused on the original movie’s protagonist, Max the Jack Russell Terrier (now voiced by Patton Oswalt), and was shortly followed by a second teaser, which shone the spotlight on Chloe the tabby cat (Lake Bell).

Of course, if there was a scene-stealer in the first Secret Life of Pets, it was probably Snowball (Kevin Hart), a white rabbit who had become somewhat unhinged since he parted ways with his original owner. Fortunately, Snowball ended up with a new – and far more caring – owner by the end of the film, and all seemed well. That is, as well as things ever are for Snowball, as the new Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer reminds us.

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You can watch the latest Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer in the space below, followed by the Snowball poster. As you might expect, Hart’s animated counterpart is still as eccentric as ever and prone to fits of fancy. In this particular instance, Snowball has convinced himself that he truly is (what else?) a costumed superhero, super-powers and all.

Hart is coming off a debacle in which he agreed to host the 2019 Oscars ceremony, only to step down just a few days later when old homophobic tweets resurfaced from his Twitter account and Hart declined to issue an official apology (though he ended up apologizing on his social media accounts anyway). One imagines he will be more than happy to have everyone focusing on his upcoming franchise movies like The Secret Life of Pets 2, rather than continuing to focus on his would-be stint as the Academy Awards’ host. The Secret Life of Pets sequel is still nearly seven months away, so it’s probably safe to assume Hart’s controversy won’t have much of an impact on the film commercially… assuming he stays out of trouble in the meantime, that is.

As for The Secret Life of Pets 2: the sequel should deliver more of what audiences loved about the first movie, if the trailers are any indicator. The film may further benefit from its increased star power, now that Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish have added their names to the already star-studded Secret Life of Pets voice cast (which further includes Jenny Slate, Hannibal Buress, Albert Brooks, and so forth). Indeed, if the sequel comes anywhere near to matching the first movie’s $876 global box office gross, the odds are good we’ll be talking about The Secret Life of Pets 3 by this time next year.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 7, 2019.

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2018-12-18 01:12:06

Disney’s Kim Possible Movie Trailer Brings Teen Heroine To Live-Action

Disney released a trailer for its live-action adaptation of teen heroine Kim Possible, the hit spy cartoon from the 2000s. The TV movie will follow teenage sleuth Kim Possible as she thwarts an evil plot while trying to survive her freshman year of high school.

Making her screen debut as Ms. Possible is 17-year-old Sadie Stanley, and she is be accompanied by The Goldbergs‘ Sean Giambrone, who fills the clumsy-but-lovable shoes of Kim’s sidekick Ron Stoppable. As the film is not an origin story, it drops viewers amid an already seasoned Team Possible. Instead, the focus is on new girl Athena (Ciara Wilson), an avid fan of Kim – whose heroine identity is no secret – and Team Possible’s newest addition. Remaining faithful to the original cartoon series, supervillains Dr. Drakken (Todd Stashwick) and Shego (Taylor Ortega) return as Team Possible’s archenemies.

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In the new trailer, Kim is shown using a variety of spy gadgets, including an obligatory glass cutter and a compact winged jetpack fit to be a modern day Spy Kids prop. Also shown are Kim and Ron arriving late to class (presumably after getting into espionage-related hijinks), so it will be interesting to see how Team Possible balances their double lives in the film adaptation. They’ll be joined by Raven’s Home‘s Isaac Ryan Brown, who plays Team Possible’s tech prodigy Wade, as well as Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) as Kim’s mom, Connie Ray (The Big C) as Kim’s grandma, and Erika Tham (Make It Pop) as Kim’s vapid rival Bonnie. Other notable casting choices include Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) and Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens). Oswalt reprises his role from the cartoon as Professor Dementor, while Romano, the original voice of Kim Possible, will make a cameo.

Even more interesting in the movie will be how Ron’s role as Kim’s best friend-turned-love interest is explored in the upcoming entry—especially considering that the development of their relationship was originally cultivated over the course of three seasons and two TV movies. Finally, fans of the cartoon will likely notice a glaring potential omission in the new live-action trailer: Ron’s beloved naked mole-rat Rufus. Whether Ron will eat his signature “nacos” (short for nacho-filled tacos) alone or share them with his fur-less friend remains to be seen.

Because this will be the first movie in the franchise since 2005’s Kim Possible: So the Drama, it is unclear how a live-action version will be received by fans. This live-action entry will be introducing the Kim Possible franchise to a very different demographic of children. While spy characters and gear were all the rage in the mid-2000s, children today are not nearly so well-versed in the art of espionage. Additionally, it’s highly unlikely that the film’s nostalgia factor will draw kids in, as Kim Possible‘s original run was well before their time. However, the upcoming movie has a chance to reignite the genre and, if successful, the popularity of the Kim Possible franchise.

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Kim Possible will premiere on February 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST on Disney.

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2018-12-07 05:12:27

Avengers: Endgame FIRST Trailer Released

UPDATE: Read our Avengers: Endgame trailer breakdown.

Marvel Studios released the first Avengers: Endgame movie trailer. Marvel Studios marked the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018 with three new releases: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp. All three were (mostly) well received by critics and fans alike, while the former two also broke a number of box office records each. Now, fans are looking ahead to 2019, when Marvel Studios will release another three entries in the MCU. First, Captain Marvel will introduce Brie Larson’s titular hero, then Avengers: Endgame will wrap up the story of the MCU thus far, and Spider-Man: Far From Home will kick off Phase 4 with another adventure following Peter Parker (Tom Holland).

Of the three, Avengers: Endgame is arguably the most highly anticipated Marvel Studios release of 2019. Not only will it conclude Phase 3 of the MCU, it will also pick up from the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Thanos (Josh Brolin) collected the Infinity Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet and snapped his fingers, effectively turning half the universe to dust. Since many of the universe’s heroes were erased, only a few remain, including original Avengers Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Other heroes to survive include Captain Marvel and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), who will also appear in the upcoming movie.

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Now, Marvel has released the very first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, teasing what comes next for the heroes who survived Thanos’ snap, called the Decimation, which wiped out half of life in the universe. The trailer also finally confirms the official title of Avengers 4 to be Endgame, which was widely speculated but shot down by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Further, the trailer confirms a release date change for Avengers: Endgame from May to April, but doesn’t reveal exactly which day in April 2019 the movie will hit theaters. Take a look at the trailer below.

As perhaps could have been predicted, the Avengers: Endgame trailer picks up with each of the original Avengers following the Decimation. Tony is stranded in space after being left on Titan without most of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. However, Nebula was left on Titan with him and it’s unclear where she is, though she may also be on the ship we see Tony in. Back on Earth, we see Captain America having a particularly rough time with losing to Thanos and Black Widow tracking down Hawkeye (who’s become Ronin at this point), while Bruce Banner and Thor are briefly shown. Lastly, Ant-Man appears at the end of the trailer, seemingly having rescued himself from being stranded in the Quantum Realm in the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Altogether, it’s a fairly standard Marvel Studios trailer, but it previews arguably their biggest movie yet and will no doubt be dissected by fans hoping to learn every secret it reveals about the upcoming film. Whether the Avengers: Endgame trailer and title reveal deliver on the hype for the movie is up to the fans, especially after what seemed to be a prolonged wait. But with Avengers: Endgame now releasing in April instead of May 2019, at least fans have a little bit of a shorter wait for the actual movie than previously believed.

Next: Why Avengers 4’s Trailer Took So Long

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2018-12-07 05:12:19

Captain Marvel FULL Trailer Released by Marvel Studios

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the Captain Marvel trailer.

Marvel Studios releases the Captain Marvel movie full trailer, after teasing its debut with a new Captain Marvel poster yesterday. Following a blockbuster 10th anniversary year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018, the studio is returning in 2019 with three highly anticipated movies. While Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home will conclude Phase 3 and kick off Phase 4, respectively, Captain Marvel is an equally noteworthy installment of the MCU. It not only marks Brie Larson’s official introduction as Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel, it will also be Marvel Studios’ first movie solely headlined by a female character. Plus, it’ll be the first MCU film co-directed by a woman, with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at the helm.

Marvel Studios unveiled the first Captain Marvel movie trailer in September, which offered fans their first glimpse at Carol Danvers in action. Of course, the superhero’s arrival in the MCU was also teased earlier this year by the Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene, in which Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) called Captain Marvel for help following Thanos completing his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe. For the character’s first solo movie, Captain Marvel is set in the 90s, before the main MCU storyline kicked off with Iron Man. Now, Marvel fans can get even more insight into this period superhero movie with the latest Captain Marvel trailer.

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Marvel Studios released the Captain Marvel movie full trailer today, revealing new footage from the upcoming blockbuster film. Check out the new Captain Marvel trailer below.

In addition to Larson, Captain Marvel introduces new characters including Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) and a mysterious character played by Jude Law. Plus Captain Marvel sees the return of MCU favorites Nick Fury and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), as well as Guardians of the Galaxy’s Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). For his part, Fury plays a big part of the new Captain Marvel trailer, seemingly becoming Carol’s key contact on Earth and helping her discover her true history.

The trailer also dives into explaining Skrulls, as well as the Kree-Skrull War, the comic book event around which Captain Marvel is set. But while there are scenes that seem to showcase the war being waged in space – and those effectively tease the visual spectacle fans can expect from the movie – much of the video focuses on Carol seeking out her real identity. However, the actual story of Captain Marvel is a little unclear, perhaps to keep certain elements of the plot under wraps and prevent spoilers. After all, Marvel won’t reveal Law’s character’s name, and may not until the movie hits theaters.

But while there’s plenty we don’t know about Captain Marvel, the latest trailer does work to offer more insight into what to expect from the Carol Danvers origin story. To get the full story, fans will have to catch Captain Marvel in theaters next year.

Next: Avengers 4 Trailer Coming After Captain Marvel Is Better For Both Movies

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2018-12-03 06:12:51

Happy Death Day 2U Trailer: Tree is So Done With Time Loops

Tree is so done with time loops in the trailer for Blumhouse’s horror-comedy sequel, Happy Death Day 2U. Blumhouse has become one of the leading creative voices in horror filmmaking in recent years, between its acclaimed original projects like Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning Get Out and its popular franchises like Insidious and The Purge (not to mention, David Gordon Green’s much celebrated Halloween sequel/reboot). The studio landed yet another hit last year with the original Happy Death Day, a film that put a Groundhog Day-style spin on the typical slasher movie scenario.

Happy Death Day helmer Christopher Landon both wrote and called the shots on 2019’s sequel, which finds college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) stuck in a time loop and being relentlessly pursued by a masked killer… again. However, things are different this time around, as Tree gradually discovers the truth about how she got caught in a time loop to begin with, and learns that she’s not the only one (somewhat literally) stuck in a rut now. As the sequel’s trailer trailer reveals, Tree’s boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard), Carter’s roommate Ryan (Phi Vu), and possibly even Tree’s homicidal roommate Lori (Ruby Modine) may be trapped in the loop with her.

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The Happy Death Day 2U trailer started playing in theaters with Halloween back in October, around the same time that the Happy Death Day sequel got an official poster hinting at the identity of a new (?) baby masked killer in the film. A recut version of that trailer has finally been released online for everyone to watch, as you can see in the space below.

Those who could use a recap of what happened in Happy Death Day are in luck; the Happy Death Day 2U trailer starts off with Tree recounting the major events of the original movie. The trailer shifts its focus to the sequel from there and hints that a mysterious college science experiment gone wrong (or something to that effect) is what’s really responsible for the franchise’s time loop madness. Beyond that, the trailer indicates that Happy Death Day 2U will follow in the footsteps of many horror sequels before it by going bigger and deadlier than the first installment, while at the same time carrying over its comedic elements.

In addition to being a box office success ($122 million worldwide on a $4.8 million budget), the original Happy Death Day was praised for being a funny and inventive sci-fi flavored slasher movie anchored by Rothe’s charismatic performance as Tree. The sequel won’t have the same element of surprise as far as its premise goes, but the trailer suggests that Landon’s approach to Happy Death Day 2U – namely, take the first movie’s premise and go crazy with it – might’ve been the right one. Indeed, Happy Death Day 2U looks gleefully more ridiculous than its predecessor (but still very self-aware) and may yet prove to be all the more entertaining for it.

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Welcome to Marwen Final Trailer: Steve Carell Becomes a Real Hero

The third and final trailer has arrived for Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen. While Zemeckis is already a filmmaking legend thanks to his work on classics like Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the director has continued to challenge himself with one technically ambitious venture after another over the last decade. And though none of his most recent films (Flight, Allied) haven’t earned the same level of critical acclaim as Zemeckis’ work before his mo-cap moviemaking phase in the 2000s, there’s a reason cinephiles still sit up to take notice every time he comes back with another unique offering.

Welcome to Marwen, like Zemeckis’ film The Walk, is based on a documentary (in this case, director Jeff Malmberg’s Marwencol), and draws inspiration from a real-life story. Steve Carell stars in the film as Mark Hogancamp, an artist who is brutally assaulted outside of a bar by a group of men and very nearly beaten to death. Although Mark manages to survive his attack, he is left with severe brain damage and few of his original memories intact. Hence, in an attempt to heal himself, Mark constructs a miniature WWII village (which he dubs Marwen) and fills it with figures that are modeled after himself and the women who’ve helped him with his recovery process.

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Universal released the first Welcome to Marwen trailer all the way back in June, at a time when the movie was scheduled to open in November. The film has since been pushed back to mid/late December and gotten little in the way of marketing, following the second Welcome to Marwen trailer’s release in July. With less than a month to go before its theatrical release now, Universal has gone and unveiled yet another preview for Zemeckis’ movie, in an effort to generate a bit more buzz. Take a look, below.

Although the final Welcome to Marwen trailer praises the movie for being “The most original film of the year” (among other things), those aren’t actual pull-quotes from critics or early reviews for the movie, all suggestions to the contrary aside. In fact, there’s been little to no awards season buzz around this one thus far, despite Zemeckis’ involvement and the film’s inspiring real life-based subject matter. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Welcome to Marwen is a critical disappointment in the making, but it does indicate that Universal feels Zemeckis’ film wouldn’t fare so well going up against the current Oscar frontrunners.

There’s still a lot that sounds promising about Welcome to Marwen, between its intriguing blend of live-action and animation (the latter of which is used to bring the imaginary world and people of Marwen to life), and impressive female supporting cast; which, in addition to Leslie Mann, includes Janelle Monáe, Baby Driver‘s Eiza González, and Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie. With a little luck, this one may prove to be a proper feel-good winter holiday release and provide a welcome alternative option for those moviegoers in the mood for something a little different than the big shiny tentpoles and/or not-so-uplifting dramas that will also be arriving this December.

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