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“Even when life has moved on, the past doesn’t always stay in the past.” Focus has debuted an official US trailer for the upcoming release of Asghar Farhadi’s film Everybody Knows or Todos lo Saben originally in Spanish, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The film has played at a bunch of film festivals all over the world, and will finally open in US cinemas next February. Everybody Knows is about a Spanish woman who returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip and wedding ceremony is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. Real-life lovers Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star, with a cast that includes Ricardo Darin, Carla Campra, Inma Cuesta, and Barbara Lennie. The reviews for this have been mixed – it’s not one of Farhadi’s best films, the story is stretched a bit too thin. But if this trailer intrigues you, it’s …

“What are you after, Shmuel? What is this all about?” Good Deed Ent. has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie dark comedy titled To Dust, the feature directorial debut of Harvard graduate, singer-turned-filmmaker named Shawn Snyder. The film is about a Hasidic cantor’s struggle to find religious solace after his wife’s untimely death, while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay once buried. He befriends a local community college biology professor, seeking his help to understand what’s happening underground. Géza Röhrig stars as Shmuel, along with Matthew Broderick, and the full cast includes Sammy Voit, Bern Cohen, Ben Hammer, Leo Heller, and Marceline Hugot. This film looks very peculiar but also rather unique and quite amusing, especially with Broderick giving this kind of kooky, quirky performance. Here’s the first official trailer (+ poster) for Shawn Snyder’s To Dust, direct from YouTube:

“You say you’re not happy, but you won’t change anything.” The Orchard has debuted the official trailer for an indie romantic comedy called Song of Back and Neck, the directorial debut of actor / producer Paul Lieberstein, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lieberstein stars in the film, and also writes, directs, and produces making this very much his own personal project. The amusing film is about an ill-fated, middle-aged divorce lawyer who suffers from chronic back and neck pain, who falls for one of his clients while also discovering an acupuncturist who helps him deal with the pain. In addition to Lieberstein, the film co-stars Rosemarie DeWitt as his love interest, with a full cast including Brian d’Arcy James, Clark Duke, Paul Feig, Robert Pine, Sam Anderson, Raymond Ma, and Ike Barinholtz. Have fun. Here’s the first official trailer for Paul Lieberstein’s Song of Back and Neck, direct from YouTube:

“Wherever that signal goes, we go.” Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Beyond White Space, an original concept from writers Ryan Colucci and Clay McLeod Chapman. Set in 2150 in another part of the galaxy – when a deep space fishing vessel is robbed by a gang of pirates, the Captain makes a daring decision to go after a rare and nearly extinct species. On the hunt, his obsession propels them further into space and danger as the crew spins into a downward spiral of mutiny and betrayal. That sounds like a very cool setup for a thrilling sci-fi adventure, but alas the trailer doesn’t look that great. The sci-fi stars Holt McCallany, Zulay Henao, Dave Sheridan, James Devoti, Jocko Sims, Kodi Kitchen, Mike Genovese, and Tiffany Brouwer. This has some big ideas in it, including one huge space monster (how? why? what?) but I’m curious anyway. Always up for more deep …

“Let’s give our people their justice.” Samuel Goldwyn has released an official US trailer for a western action film titled Buffalo Boys, coming from Indonesia (where it’s set), and produced out of Singapore. This just premiered at the Fantasia and New York Asian Film Festivals this fall, and is also this year’s Singaporean Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. This “fun old-school western flick” is about two brothers named Jamar and Suwo who return to the land of Java to avenge their father, a murdered Sultan, after years of exile in America working on the railroads, and being cowboys. But they end up in a fight for their lives. The main cast of Buffalo Boys includes Yoshi Sudarso, Ario Bayu, Pevita Pearce, Tio Pakusadewo, Conan Stevens, Reinout Bussemaker, Zack Lee, and Sunny Pang. Holy hell, this looks badass!! Get a load of this, seriously – the action actually looks clear and kinetic. I need to find and watch this …

“And that’s when I decided – enough is enough.” Netflix has unveiled the dazzling official trailer for an indie dramatic comedy titled Dumplin’, the latest from filmmaker Anne Fletcher (Step Up, 27 Dresses, The Proposal, The Guilt Trip). The film is about a teen named Willowdean, the plus-size daughter of a former pageant queen who decides to enter the beauty contest herself in protest, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. Jennifer Aniston stars with Danielle Macdonald (who also appeared in Patti Cake$) as Will. The cast includes Odeya Rush, Dove Cameron, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Luke Benward, Harold Perrineau, Joshua Eads-Brown, Sam Pancake, and Dan Finnerty. This looks like a joyously energetic and spirited film, better than I was expecting it to look. Might be worth a watch when it’s released. Here’s the first official trailer (+ poster) for Anne Fletcher’s Dumplin’, direct from Netflix’s YouTube: Dumplin’ follows an outspoken plus-sized teenage girl named Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), who’s known as Will to …

“What secrets do you expect us to have, Eva?” Pantelion Films has unveiled an official US trailer for the release of Perfectos Desconocidos from Mexico, remade by filmmaker Manolo Caro. The title translates to Perfect Strangers, and they’re billing this as a “Spanish speaking comedy with English subtitles” from Mexico. It’s actually the second remake of an Italian film which first premiered in 2016 – Perfect Strangers or Perfetti Sconosciuti, which was then remade in Spain last year, and is now being remade by Mexico. This version of the film stars Cecilia Suárez, Manuel García-Rulfo, Mariana Treviño, Miguel Rodarte, Bruno Bichir, Ana Claudia Talancón, and Spanish newcomer Franky Martin. This actually looks like a super fun cinematic party game, with a dash of commentary on how much phones have changed our lives. Here’s the first official trailer (+ poster) for Manolo Caro’s Perfectos Desconocidos, from YouTube: We all have a secret life. How many secrets would you dare to share? This Spanish …

“These laws are obstacles to our children’s aspirations.” Focus Features has debuted the second official trailer, and the final US trailer, for On the Basis of Sex, the gripping film about the early days of iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones plays RBG, and Armie Hammer plays her husband Marty, in a new film by director Mimi Leder (of The Peacemaker, Deep Impact, Pay It Forward). This trailer comes on the heels of another intense international trailer, and the film’s US premiere, with the first reactions being mostly positive so far. The film’s cast also features Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Sam Waterston, and Francis X. McCarthy. Focus will be releasing On the Basis of Sex in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, so expect a very strong marketing push the rest of the year. This new trailer packs a punch and gets right down to the what this is all about. Here’s the …

“Who is this guy, mom?” A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Gloria Bell, the latest film from acclaimed, hard-working Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (who received worldwide acclaim A Fantastic Woman, and also directed Christmas, The Year of the Tiger, and Disobedience). This romantic comedy, which premiered at TIFF a few months ago, is about free-spirited woman in her 50s who seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Starring Julianne Moore as Gloria, with a cast including Alanna Ubach, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sean Astin, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, and John Turturro. Described as a “sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing.” Yes, that is actually some superb advice. Dancing rules. I’ve been hearing lots of great buzz about this, and damn does it look a very good time at the movies. Here’s the first official trailer (+ …

“Roma is cinema at its purest and most human.” Netflix has unveiled another new official trailer for Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film, titled simply Roma. This B&W feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival won the top prize there, the Golden Lion. Roma is a story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Starring Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Nancy García García, and Andy Cortés. This profound film is described as “an intimate, gut-wrenching and ultimately life-affirming portrait of the ways, small and large, one family maintains its balance in a time of personal, social and political strife.” Reviews for been effusive, calling it another one of Cuaron’s great masterpieces. The story focuses around the maid, a woman named Cleo who works for this big family. A must watch film. Here’s the full official trailer (+ final poster) for …