A new trailer for Ani Canaan Mann's (daughter of director Michael Mann) Texas Killing Fields has arrived. Apart from Sam Worthington's terrible Texas accent and the seemingly generic true crime plotline, there's something about it that's slightly intriguing. Perhaps that's because Danny Boyle previously passed on the project, praising the script, but describing the story as so dark that it would be impossible to bring to life. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain, Stephen Graham, Annabeth Gish, and Jason Clarke also star in the movie about a string of unsolved murders. A serial killer has been dumping dozens of bodies in the marsh known as "The Killing Fields." Moretz finds herself the madman's next target.
If you've gotten over the initial shock over Machine Gun Preacher's awful one-sheet – featuring a larger than life Gerard Butler towering above a tiny, sad African orphan at his feet – then you might be able to make it through the film's trailer. Marc Forster's biopic about Sam Childers – an ex-con who becomes a born-again missionary and builds an orphanage in the Sudan (with the aid of big guns) – speaks to the struggles of a man trying to escape his shady past. It also seems to speak of controversy for the film – which feels like Oscar bait – due to its "white savior" overtones (also see The Help for related hubbub). Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.
Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto stars in Trishna, Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, which trades the Long Depression era for contemporary India. The film centers on the star-crossed love story of Trishna (Pinto) and Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who find themselves torn between tradition, family, and the demands of the modern world. Trishna will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but so far no release date has been set for the U.S.