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Assassination Nation Red Band Trailer Previews Purge-Like Mayhem

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The first full-length trailer for Assassination Nation has arrived, and the red band version suggests there will be blood, along with a deep dive into the dark side of social media.

Written and directed by Sam Levinson, the son of filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man), Assassination Nation examines the moral destruction of a small town called Salem, and how the residents turn violent after an embarrassing data hack. Last month, a red band teaser trailer for Assassination Nation mostly hyped the narrative themes, but offered little information about the main characters and cast, featuring Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, and transgender actress Hari Nef.

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Today, Neon released Assassination Nation’s full-length trailer, which more than earns its red band label. But rather than opening with blood, profanity, and controversial images, the clip introduces its narrator, Lily, who then introduces her three best friends via a stylized montage that leads up to the inevitable chaos. From there, the trailer focuses on the perks and perils of modern technology, as the visuals shift from sexualized domestic scenes to dramatic public scenes, and how social media fails affect small communities.

While the trailer unsurprisingly covers the basics about embarrassing hacks, it ups the ante by highlighting the extreme reactions from all parties involved. Initially, everyone seems to be having the time of their life, at least until the first splatter of blood. Whereas last month's clip showed narrative restraint, this one goes all out for nearly three minutes until the red, white, and blue title card appears.

Assassination Nation was co-produced by David S. Goyer, who wrote the Blade trilogy and collaborated with Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight trilogy. The trailer incorporates the action of those films, but the visuals and dialogue capture real-life issues that affect Americans in 2018, albeit with a surrealistic edge. On Twitter, the psychosexual aesthetic has not gone unnoticed, and the film’s official account seems more than ready to provoke potential viewers. Alongside the featured cast, Bella Thorne, Abra, Maude Apatow, and Colman Domingo also have supporting roles in what is sure to be one of the year’s most talked about thrillers.

Many directors struggle with social media concepts (including social media-themed graphics), but Assassination Nation’s trailer suggests that its director will take a fresh narrative approach to complement his obvious sense of cinematic style.

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Assassination Nation will be released on September 21.

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Robin Hood Trailer: Little John & Robin Are Ready to Shoot Some Arrows

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Little John trains Robin of Loxley to battle the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in the official trailer for this year's Robin Hood movie adaptation. Directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), the film's cast includes Kingsman's Taron Egerton as the noble thief Robin himself, along with Jamie Foxx as his Moorish Commander from the Crusades-turned vigilante mentor, Little John. Meanwhile, Rogue One and Ready Player One alum Ben Mendelsohn settles comfortably into yet another villain role here, as the dastardly Sheriff whom Robin and John battle to protect the exploited people of England.

The Robin Hood teaser trailer skimps over the finer points of how Robin transitions from being a warrior in the Crusades to being a masked thief who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, in favor of highlighting the film's "gritty battlefield exploits [and] mind-blowing fight choreography" (as the synopsis puts it). As such, the official trailer dives deeper into Robin's time training under John's supervision and fine-tuning his mad archery skills. For more on that, watch the new Robin Hood trailer in the space above.

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Between the teaser and trailer, Lionsgate is selling Robin Hood as a Batman Begins-esque medieval hero origin story, complete with highly stylized action and set pieces. It only makes sense, seeing as Robin Hood films past have always reflected the popular tastes in action movies for any particular decade. Case in point: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was a swashbuckler in the style popular in the '90s, 2010's Robin Hood took its cues from the historical epics of the 2000s (many of which, like the film, were directed by Ridley Scott), and the 2018 Robin Hood is designed to stand out in the golden era of the superhero film.

However good or bad the film turns out, Robin Hood (2018) certainly has its work cut out for it at the box office. The film's release date has been pushed back a few times already, but it's currently set to premiere in theaters on the same day as the sequels Creed II and Ralph Breaks the Internet. With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Steve McQueen's buzzed about crime/thriller Widows arriving less than a week earlier, Robin Hood will probably struggle to keep its head above the water, given the heavy competition.

If nothing else, the action in Bathurst's Robin Hood looks slick and Egerton has already demonstrated his capacity for playing a charismatic action star in the Kingsman series. It remains to be seen if the film has anything fresh to bring to the table in terms of story, but the tale of a masked hero fighting for justice against a corrupt government official is one that (unfortunately) remains as timely and relevant as ever it were. There may yet be hope for Lionsgate's "Robin Hood Begins", for that very reason.

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Source: Lionsgate

Boy Erased Trailer: Joel Edgerton Runs a Conversion Therapy Program

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Actor/director Joel Egerton brings Garrard Conley's memoir to cinematic life in the first trailer for his upcoming feature, Boy Erased. Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) stars in the film as Garrard Conley, who is nineteen when he is outed to his small town parents, including his Baptist pastor father Marshall (Russell Crowe) and mother Nancy (Nicole Kidman). Garrard is then pressured into attending a conversion therapy program run by one Victor Sykes (Edgerton).

Boy Erased marks Edgerton's second time calling the shots on a feature following his critically acclaimed debut on Blumhouse's dramatic thriller, The Gift, in 2015. However, Edgerton had already started to become more creatively involved behind the camera prior to that, and even cowrote such genre films as the Australian crime/thriller The Rover and western Jane Got a Gun (which he also costarred in). He takes another step forward with his latest offering - which, judging by the trailer, could be a proper Oscar contender, come awards season.

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The film's cast is further rounded out by such names as Madelyn Cline (Stranger Things, Vice Principals), who plays Garrard's girlfriend Chloe at the time he's discovering the truth about his sexuality, and Théodore Pellerin as Xavier, another member of Sykes' program. Focus Features' Boy Erased trailer introduces most of these main players in the story and establishes the intense tone of Edgerton's film, in the process of doing so. You can watch said preview in the space above, then check out the Boy Erased poster below.

Edgerton's previous experience directing character-focused thrillers is serving his efforts on Boy Erased well, judging by the footage unveiled thus far. The film is further served by the great talent involved on both sides of the camera, with Hedges in particular poised to deliver another heart-breaking turn portraying the "Boy" himself. Cinematographer Eduard Grau seems equally comfortable operating in familiar territory here, after his work on Tom Ford's Oscar-nominated LGBTQ+ period drama, A Single Man.

Scheduled to arrive at the beginning of November, Boy Erased will start off in limited release and gradually expand to more markets as the end-of-year awards season race heats up. It won't be hurting for competition in that race either, what with films like the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Steve McQueen's Widows also launching that month alone. Conley's story is certainly an important one that deserves to be heard, so here's to hoping that Edgerton not only does justice by it, but that Boy Erased gets the attention it deserves, in turn.

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Source: Focus Features

Boy Erased Trailer: Joel Edgerton Runs a Conversion Therapy Program

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Actor/director Joel Egerton brings Garrard Conley's memoir to cinematic life in the first trailer for his upcoming feature, Boy Erased. Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) stars in the film as Garrard Conley, who is nineteen when he is outed to his small town parents, including his Baptist pastor father Marshall (Russell Crowe) and mother Nancy (Nicole Kidman). Garrard is then pressured into attending a conversion therapy program run by one Victor Sykes (Edgerton).

Boy Erased marks Edgerton's second time calling the shots on a feature following his critically acclaimed debut on Blumhouse's dramatic thriller, The Gift, in 2015. However, Edgerton had already started to become more creatively involved behind the camera prior to that, and even cowrote such genre films as the Australian crime/thriller The Rover and western Jane Got a Gun (which he also costarred in). He takes another step forward with his latest offering - which, judging by the trailer, could be a proper Oscar contender, come awards season.

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The film's cast is further rounded out by such names as Madelyn Cline (Stranger Things, Vice Principals), who plays Garrard's girlfriend Chloe at the time he's discovering the truth about his sexuality, and Théodore Pellerin as Xavier, a boy whom Garrard is attracted to. Focus Features' Boy Erased trailer introduces most of these main players in the story and establishes the intense tone of Edgerton's film, in the process of doing so. You can watch said preview in the space above, then check out the Boy Erased poster, featured below.

Edgerton's previous experience directing character-focused thrillers is serving his efforts on Boy Erased well, judging by the footage unveiled thus far. The film is further helped by the great talent involved on both sides of the camera, with Hedges in particular poised to deliver another heart-breaking turn portraying the "Boy" himself. Cinematographer Eduard Grau seems equally comfortable operating in familiar territory here, after his work on Tom Ford's Oscar-nominated LGBTQ+ period drama, A Single Man.

Scheduled to arrive at the beginning of November, Boy Erased will start off in limited release and gradually expand to more markets as the end-of-year awards season race heats up. It won't be hurting for competition in that race either, what with films like the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Steve McQueen's Widows also launching that month alone. Conley's story is certainly an important one that deserves to be heard, so here's to hoping that Edgerton not only does justice by it, but that Boy Erased gets the attention it deserves, in turn.

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Source: Focus Features

Nico, 1988 – Trailer

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  Nico, 1988 - Trailer
NICO, 1988 follows the singer-songwriter, approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico’s new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon.
Directed by: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Starring: Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek, Karina Fernandez, Calvin Demba, Francesco Colella
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