It’s been an action-packed week in the world of movie trailers.
Chris Hemsworth goes to war in 12 Strong, the true story of Green Berets who rode into battle in Afghanistan after 9/11 on horseback. Al Pacino plays a homicide detective on the tail of a serial killer with a thing for children’s games. Chadwick Boseman dons the mask of legendary superhero and Wakandan king the Black Panther. Ethan Hawke is a resurrected assassin out for redemption in 24 Hours To Live.
Action gives way to artsiness in Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, a behind-the-scenes look Jim Carrey’s uber-committed performance as Andy Kaufman in 1999, and Loving Vincent becomes the world’s first fully painted feature film.
Plus: Louis C.K.’s latest makes everyone uncomfortable, Bill Pullman brings back the western, and X-Men goes horror.
12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Nvid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Dive into actor Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon over four months. Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes. Fortunately, they were captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies, and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony, and the spiritual journey of his career.
I Love You, Daddy
TV producer Glen Topher (Louis C.K.) is a divorced dad whose teenage daughter China (Chloë Grace Moretz) is living with him during her senior year. Glen takes China to a Hollywood party where he meets his idol Leslie Goodwin (John Malkovich), the auteur who inspired his career. During the evening, the gossip about Goodwin’s preference for underage girls begins to look plausible to Glen when the older man shows an intense interest in China. And when Goodwin invites her to go to Paris with him, Glen has to start doing some serious parenting.
Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) and his partner, criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban), are tasked with catching a serial killer who’s terrorizing a city with a macabre version of the children’s game Hangman. Crime journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the killing spree, shadowing the detectives.
The New Mutants
Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves. Director Josh Boone says The New Mutants will be “a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”
Loving Vincent, the world’s first fully painted feature film, is a stunning exploration of the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death. Loving Vincent stars Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, Eleanor Tomlinson and John Sessions.
24 Hours To Live
24 Hours to Live is a fast-paced action-packed movie about a career assassin (Ethan Hawke) who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily after being killed on the job.
Where’s The Money
In this outrageous comedy, Del, a quick-witted young man from the streets of South Central Los Angeles, learns that his still-in-prison father (Mike Epps) and just-out-of-jail uncle (Terry Crews) stole a million dollars and stashed it in the basement of an old flophouse. There’s just one problem: a major university is encroaching on the ‘hood and that old flophouse is a newly gentrified (all-white) fraternity house. Now, with the help of his dream woman and best friend, Del must rush the frat, ingratiate himself with the fraternity brothers, and grab the cash before his crazy, gun-wielding uncle or a local gangster (Method Man) get there first.
The Ballad Of Lefty Brown
When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner — the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) — he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah, and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall, to help deliver the men to justice. After a gunfight leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson’s killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend’s murder. Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson’s death.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested and he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.