Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Fences. Denzel Washington directs and stars in this stage-adaptation revolving around a former baseball star who's now a trash collector struggling to provide for his wife and son. Viola Davis plays Washington's wife and based on this short trailer, Fences will certainly pack an emotional and dramatic punch. Expect heavy Oscar buzz for this one. Fences opens December 25.
The first trailer for Ava DuVernay's Selma follow-up, 13th, has been released. The documentary examines the rise in mass incarceration and how it unfairly trends towards people of color, and what the ramifications have been for communities of color across the United States. This is certainly a timely film to be released following a pair of police shootings involving black men. DuVernay is a rising talent who has carte blanche to make whatever she wants. The fact that she chose to do a documentary on this subject speaks to her talents and motivations as an artist. 13th will be released on Netflix on October 7.
A24 has released the first trailer for Trespass Against Us. Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender star as a father and son living as outlaws in the British countryside. But when Fassbender's character begins to long for a life away from crime, it jeopardizes his entire family. I always love seeing Fassbender acting in smaller films outside the Hollywood system and this looks like a good crime thriller with strong performances from the two leads. Trespass Against Us opens exclusively on DirecTV starting November 24 and in theaters in early 2017.