Here’s a crop of trailers for some intriguing indie films coming up, including the psychological thriller Beast and the sweet coming-of-age comedy Adventures in Public School.
Beast (May 11)
The creepy, moody trailer for Beast gets under your skin right away. The official synopsis reads: “The film centers around a small island community in the UK where a troubled young woman (Jessie Buckley) falls for a mysterious outsider (Johnny Flynn) who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of.” Buckley impressed me in the FX series Taboo, so I’m looking forward to this one. Check out the trailer…
Adventures in Public School (April 27)
Judy Greer is always so great and in the indie dramedy Adventures in Public School, she plays a mom who has home-schooled her socially awkward son (newcomer Daniel Doheny) his whole life. However, when it comes time for him to get his GED and graduate, one day at public school turns his head around (Hint: It’s because of a girl, mostly). Now, he is rebelling against his overprotective but loving mom and forcing his way into a public school. Sounds familiar, but the catch is Greer’s mom is going to try to counteract by giving her son a “senior” year he won’t forget. Watch the trailer!
The Wife (August 3)
Glenn Close might be looking at some awards attention this year for her turn in The Wife. She plays the titular character, Joan Castleman, who is married to a well-known writer Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce). He is set to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, and traveling to Stockholm with him, she encounters a man (Christian Slater) who knows about her own past ambitions as a writer. He also knows how Joe has cheated on Joan throughout their marriage. Needless to say, it looks like it all comes to a head in The Wife… watch the trailer.
Fighting with My Family (September 14)
Written and directed by the hilarious Stephen Merchant, Fighting with My Family centers on “a former wrestler (Nick Frost) and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his grown children dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.” This teaser, however, just shows one clip of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, playing himself and “advising” the kids (Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden) on how to make it in the WWE. Looks like this will be a hoot.
Future World (May 25)
Clearly, Future World is taking its cue from the Mad Max franchise. The premise is as follows: “In a post-apocalyptic world, where water and gasoline have long since dried-up, a prince from the oasis (one of the last known safe-havens) must venture out to find medicine for the ailing queen (Lucy Liu), but along the way he gets mixed up with the warlord (James Franco) and his robot Ash (Suki Waterhouse), which leads to a daring journey through the desolate wastelands.”
While this is what they say the movie is about, the trailer paints something completely different – more about the robot Ash than anything else. And let’s not also forget to mention Milla Jovovich as a crazier version of her Resident Evil character is also in this. I don’t know, this could either be just fantastic or a trainwreck. Take a look!