Miramax and Roadside Attractions has released the first trailer for Southside with You. The film chronicles the first date between President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Told in a single day in Chicago in 1989, the film is similar in style to the Before Trilogy and at least in the trailer, the film feels sweet while also avoiding vanity and politicizing. The unknown actors portraying the Obamas look spot-on and if you can forget for a second who the characters eventually become, the film looks like a mature romantic comedy. Southside with You opens August 26.
The first full-length trailer for Snowden has finally been released. Directed by Oliver Stone, the film follows Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a gifted young man who enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate, worked for the CIA and acted as a contractor for the U.S. federal government. Despite a storied and vast military career at such a young age, Snowden eventually stole classified NSA information and defected from the United States. This subject is tailor-made for someone like Stone and the cast, which includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto and Nicolas Cage, is impressive. Gordon-Levitt's voice work was a bit alarming at the beginning of the trailer, but he's such a good actor that by the end, I was fine with it. Snowden arrives in theaters on September 16.
The first trailer for Cell has been released. Based on a Stephen King novel, the film stars John Cusack as Clay Riddell, an ordinary man in the midst of a technological apocalypse where people who use cell phones turn into zombies. Riddell works with fellow survivors, including Samuel L. Jackson, to walk across the dangerous remains of New England in search of his son. Cusack's slow move into VOD mediocrity continues with this dull-looking thriller. The concept is kind of cool, but the execution looks rather amateur. Cell will premiere on VOD June 10 before arriving in theaters on July 8.