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Film Trailer Fridays is a new weekly feature for The Monolith (Check out the first part here). It’s designed to wrap up and showcase all the new trailers that have been released in the last week and put them in one place for you to discover and enjoy. Because this is the first edition, I decided to go back and look at the last few weeks worth of new trailers. Check it out and be sure to tell us your favourites in the comments!

12 Years A Slave


12 Years A Slave Poster

Genre:

Biopic/Drama

Directed by

Steve McQueen

Written by

John Ridley

Starring:

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti & Michael Kenneth Williams.

Synopsis

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

The Monolith Predicts

This is an incredibly exciting prospect. Ejiofor is an amazing actor that never got his chance to shine in the limelight, until now. Its also great to see McQueen make a piece that not only looks as uncompromising and fantastic as his previous work, but will also gain him some widespread recognition. His previous films Hunger and Shame are unflinching depictions of desperate men (both portrayed by Fassbender), and if he sheds the same light on Solomon as he did with those folks we’ll be in for a treat. Also has one of the best casts in recent memory, holy balls.

Black Nativity


Black Nativity

Genre:

Drama/Musical

Directed by

Kasi Lemmons

Written by

Langston Hughes & Kasi Lemmons

Starring:

Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker & Jennifer Hudson

Synopsis

A street-wise teen from Baltimore, raised by a single mother, travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives and embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

The Monolith Predicts

Black Nativity is an R & B musical “ghetto” version of the nativity story. That should indicate to you whether you’d ever consider seeing it or not. Count me out.

The Boxtrolls


The Boxtrolls

Genre:

Animation/Adventure

Directed by

Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi

Written by

Irena Brignull & Adam Pava

Starring:

Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Ben Kingsley & Toni Collette

Synopsis

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

The Monolith Predicts

Laika are an Animation studio that are continuing to make rather impressive work. ParaNorman was an insightful, heartfelt and surprisingly intelligent tale that refused to patronize children. It even included a gay character, which made ultra conservative parents really mad and accuse them of brainwashing. Well, now they’re going to be REALLY mad because the delightful and brave teaser released for The Boxtrolls basically tells kids that having gay parents is A-Ok.

Not to mention that Laika’s stop motion is utterly amazing, I’m just blown away by what a difference maturity, fairness and an open mind brings to something so simple.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2


Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Genre:

Animation/Adventure

Directed by

Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn

Written by

John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein

Starring:

Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris & Bill Hader

Synopsis

Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

The Monolith Predicts

The first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was a film that really surprised me and became one of my favourite animated features, due in no small part to the hilarious wry humour liberally spread through courtesy of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. While they’re not back for the sequel, it’s clear that their blueprint still remains and this trailer filled me with joy, excitement and made me laugh out loud several times. Bring it on!

The Conjuring


The Conjuring poster

Genre:

Horror

Directed by

James Wan

Written by

Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes

Starring:

Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson & Lili Taylor

Synopsis

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

The Monolith Predicts

Yet another haunted house film that claims to be a true story – believe me, I’m sick of them too, but this one is apparently different. James Wan has had a lot of experience in this area, and his horror films are usually a cut above the rest (excuse the pun). Early word on this film is that it’s genuinely frightening and the scariest film of the year. Horror fans rejoice! Judging by the trailer, some of the scares look inventive, but let’s hope they haven’t all been spoiled.

The Counselor


The Counselor

Genre:

Thriller

Directed by

Ridley Scott

Written by

Cormac McCarthy

Starring:

Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz & Penelope Cruz

Synopsis

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

The Monolith Predicts

An absolutely incredible cast, with a really strong writer and director team, this could easily be the thriller of the year. Judging from small script excerpts that I’ve come across, this will be a dense and rewarding film in the vein of No Country For Old Men. Can’t wait.

Curse Of Chucky


Curse Of Chucky poster

Genre:

Horror

Directed by

Don Mancini

Written by

Don Mancini

Starring:

Brad Dourif & Fiona Dourif

Synopsis

After her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos.

The Monolith Predicts

It should be said that it’s pretty cool that a horror franchise is still in the hands of its original creator, even after 25 years. Curse Of Chucky is not the theatrical franchise reboot that is coming next year, it is instead a straight to DVD release from Don Mancini, that dials the saga of Chucky back a few films before it became an out and out comedy. The trailer features Brad Dourif’s iconic laugh and for a direct to DVD release the new CGI added to his face is actually blended rather well. This could be a treat for fans of the franchise.

Delivery Man


Delivery Man

Genre:

Comedy/Drama

Directed by

Ken Scott

Written by

Ken Scott

Starring:

Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders & Chris Pratt

Synopsis

An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

The Monolith Predicts

This is actually a remake of a low budget indie Canadian film called Starbucks made by Scott. Now, Scott has been given a more recognizable leading man and a bigger budget to tell the same story again. The original was surprisingly good, despite veering dangerously into schmaltzy territory occasionally. Most surprisingly, Vaughn doesn’t completely turn me off this movie.

Drinking Buddies


Drinking Buddies poster

Genre:

Romantic Comedy

Directed by

Joe Swanberg

Written by

Joe Swanberg

Starring:

Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick & Jake Johnson

Synopsis

Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. But you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.

The Monolith Predicts

Swanberg is one of the most famous mumblecore filmmakers in the independent circuit. Drinking Buddies is basically a more mainstream mumblecore movie. The performances look good enough, but overall this movie just doesn’t hold any interest for me.

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