We love to share movie trailers. Aside from music videos, album trailers, tour teasers, and all the other video content bands typically supply us with, movie trailers are probably the thing we watch the most online. You may have noticed a few news posts with trailers in recent weeks, and you will no doubt see many more in the weeks and months ahead, but if we made a new post for every trailer that hit our inboxes we would never have time to post about anything else. So, to simplify your life and ours, we’ve compiled our five favorite trailers of the week from everything we haven’t previously covered into a single post. Enjoy!
Breaking A Monster (NYC June 24, LA July 1, expanding throughout July)
This. Looks. AWESOME. Music docs have been increasingly popular as of late, but Breaking The Monster looks to be the first to capture the modern day struggles of a band on the rise. Consider us sold.
Synopsis: Breaking A Monster begins as the three members of band Unlocking The Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square – often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70-year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry. Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time. Breaking A Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.
Marauders (July 1 – VOD)
This could be very, very good. It could also be incredibly mediocre. The cast is great, especially with Christopher Meloni playing a cop once more, but we’re not sure it is safe to trust anything Bruce Willis is involved with in 2016. Approach with caution.
Synopsis: When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case—and the deadly heists continue—it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play.
Indian Point (July 8)
We don’t mean to alarm you, but this documentary may be the most terrifying film of the year. Nuclear Power is no joke, and if we do not act as a nation in the immediate future there may be grave consequences for all of us, as well as future generations.
Synopsis: Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the plant’s operators and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yet has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that what happened at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant could happen here. In the brewing fight for clean energy and the catastrophic possibilities of government complacency, director Ivy Meeropol presents a balanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.
Dying Laughing (TBA)
Three documentaries in one post? This is a good week for non-fiction storytelling, and Dying Laughing may be the best of the bunch. Everyone who is anyone in modern comedy looks to be in this, and we cannot wait to hear the stories they have to share.
Synopsis: Whilst painters, writers, musicians even dancers are talked about as artists, stand-up comedians are often regarded as mere entertainers—yet their work has possibly more direct effect on an audience than any other art form. These are social and cultural commentators who at their best can change the way we think about important matters whilst making us howl with laughter. A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director and the star performer, and unlike any other performance there is no rehearsal, no practice, no safety net; the stand-up can only work in front of a live audience, with feedback being instantaneous and often brutal. For most people baring their soul to then have an audience boo or heckle them would be a life-changing trauma. For stand-ups it’s a weekly challenge. Dying Laughing is a unique glimpse into the agony and ecstasy of performance along with a singular examination into the day-to-day life of a professional stand-up.
The Fundamentals of Caring (June 24 – Netflix)
Not sure we’re sold on Selena Gomez here, but Paul Rudd makes our hearts melt. Have you even seen Ant-Man? This could be the feel-good tearjerker of the summer, and it’s available to anyone with a Netflix account in less than three weeks!
Synopsis: Ben is a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor take an impromptu road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local news, including their holy grail: the World’s Deepest Pit. Along the way, they pick up a sassy runaway and a mother-to-be who helps test the pair’s survival skills outside of their calculated existence as they come to understand the importance of hope and true friendship.