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“You can’t raise kids like caged animals!” Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Birthmarked, about the trials and tribulations and craziness of parenting. From Canadian director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, this stars Toni Collette and Matthew Goode as two scientists who decided to give up their work and become parents (for research). The main concept is that, being scientists, they set out to raise three genetically different children into becoming a genius, an artist and a pacifist. But years later, they realize that despite their best efforts, their children are simply “average” and really nothing special. The cast includes Michael Smiley, Suzanne Clement, Fionnula Flanagan, Jordan Poole, Megan O’Kelly, and Anton Gillis-Adelman. This looks a bit awkward and amusing, worth checking out. Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ Birthmarked, direct from YouTube: Two respected scientists (Toni Collette and Matthew Goode) decide to quit their jobs for their biggest experiment to date – parenthood! Raising three …

One of the darkest days in Norway’s modern history is July 22nd, 2011. On this day, a lone-wolf, ring-wing extremist terrorist attacked government buildings in Oslo with bombs and then went to an island near the city and shot over 200 children and teens camping there, killing 68 of them. The film Utøya 22 July, also titled simply U: July 22, is a cinematic recreation of this day on the island and it’s utterly harrowing. I sat through the film’s first press screening in the morning at the Berlin Film Festival and it’s so intense at times, I was literally sick to my stomach. It’s an immersive, exhausting experience that follows one young woman in one 72-minute long-take shot as she scurries around the island, desperately trying to stay alive and find her sister. It stays focused entirely on her and puts viewers right there in the middle of it as it’s happening. The film opens with actual CCTV footage of …

“The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a King.” Our fourth episode of The First Word podcast is a recap and analysis of Marvel’s Black Panther, directed by the very talented Ryan Coogler. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we brought on our friend and film critic Amon Warmann (@awarmann) based in London for a full-on discussion about Black Panther and how awesome it is. At the end of the episode, we chat about our favorite Marvel movies so far and where we think they’ll head next after this. Listen in below. Download or listen to The First Word podcast episode #4 below – hosted by Podbean. Subscribe to The …

“This movie will excite more than just the kaiju fans.” Warner Bros Japan has released an official Japanese trailer for the upcoming video game adaptation Rampage, starring the always-badass Dwayne Johnson. We recently posted the second official US trailer for this action movie just last week, but it’s cool to see the new Japanese trailer, which comes with a fun intro from Johnson talking about kaiju (seriously). The title in Japanese is actually Rampage: Big Big Brawl, and I like that this trailer is only 60 seconds of pure action non-stop from start to finish. Short and sweet, gets right to it. The full cast of Rampage includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, Marley Shelton, Jake Lacy, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Joey Thurmond, and P.J. Byrne. There’s not much of a plot to talk about, because it’s mostly just about giant monsters smashing up a city and humans trying to stop them. Fire it up. Here’s the …

“I also see how difficult it must be for you to survive…” A trailer has debuted for an intriguing film titled Thy Kingdom Come, which is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in March in the “Visions” section. How many remember Terrence Malick’s 2012 film To the Wonder, with all the twirling? Thy Kingdom Come is a film made up of extra footage from early research on To the Wonder. In 2010, photojournalist Eugene Richards was hired by Malick to go to the town Bartlesville, Oklahoma with Javier Bardem (who plays a priest in the film) and meet some of the local residents. Some knew who he was, others didn’t. “Absolutely no one cared, in the end, who he was, except that he was there to listen.” Richards eventually got the rights back and made this 43 minute film, which screens alongside Malick’s VR project Together. First look below. Here’s the first trailer for Eugene Richards’ Thy Kingdom Come, direct from …

Tonight, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood with the 71st BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year (2017). These awards don’t really have a major influence on the Oscars, but it’s always interesting to see who our friends across the pond select as the winners. The biggest winner of the night was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, taking home five prizes in total including Best Film and Best British Film. The other big winners include Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch taking home Best First Feature. Plus Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman winning in the acting categories. Baby Driver won, too. Read on for the full list of 2018 winners. Here’s the winners of the 71st BAFTA Awards given out at an event in London (winners listed in bold): BEST FILM Call Me By Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM Darkest Hour The Death of Stalin God’s …

One of the best documentaries I’ve seen playing at film festivals this year is titled Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., a subversive profile of the controversial, badass, outspoken musician/activist known as “M.I.A.” In real life, her full name is Maya Arulpragasam, and she’s originally from Sri Lanka, an island off the southern coast of India. At first glance, this seems like a film that is another music documentary about a pop star and her rise to fame and fortune and glory. But it’s anything but that. It’s actually a much more personal, intimate story of a young woman who wants to bring attention to and raise awareness about very dire problems in the world, and injustices, and do so using the power of the microphone. But what if no one took her seriously? That’s what this film is really about. And it’s an eye-opening, alarming, invigorating documentary to watch. While this documentary about a musician could be about record labels, and fame, and popularity and …

“Everytime I see you, it feels good, and it hurts at the same time.” Entertainment One has debuted the first official trailer for a very bizarre, high concept indie romantic drama titled Eye on Juliet. Here’s the crazy unique pitch for this: a drone operator falls in love with a Middle Eastern woman who is being beaten by her family. She can’t really see him, because he operates a hexapod drone, but he can see her on his computer system back in America, and tries to save her. Joe Cole stars as the operator, along with Lina El Arabi as his love interest, plus a cast including Faycal Zeglat, Hatim Seddiki, and Brent Skagford. As weird as this sounds, and although it seems cheesy, this trailer actually shows some promise. He might’ve pulled this off? This already played at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, which means there’s definitely something to it. You just have to watch the trailer to …

“Marseilles was never free, but it will be. Change is coming.” EntertainmentOne has unveiled a new full-length official trailer for the action western film Five Fingers for Marseilles, which first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. We posted the teaser trailer for this “neo-western” set in South Africa just before the festival last year, now we have a full theatrical trailer. The story follows a young boy whose life is changed forever when he kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town. Decades later, he finally heads home but his return brings out his enemies who go after him and all of his friends. The film stars Vuyo Dabula as Tau, along with Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Anthony Oseyemi, Jerry Mofokeng, plus Kenneth Fok. This looks very cool, very gritty. I’m quite curious to check it out, still has my attention. Here’s the full trailer (+ poster) …

We take for granted how easy it is to travel between countries nowadays. But it wasn’t always so easy. And it might not be so easy in the future. The latest film from German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix) is a feature titled Transit, which is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival. The film feels similar to something Aki Kaurismäki would make, specifically his most recent film The Other Side of Hope, and even feels like it would play nice with Ai Weiwei’s documentary Human Flow. Transit is about refugees and transit papers, and the lives of people who are just trying to find a way out, a way to somewhere else. They’re just trying to move on. It’s the kind of film you need to sit on and think about for days or weeks, and not instantly process, because there’s so much more going on beyond just what’s presented on the surface. Transit is a very intriguing film set …