This Week In Trailers: Foosballers, Saint Frances, Higher Love, The Cordillera of Dreams, Olympic Dreams

/Film | 1/18/2020 | Christopher Stipp
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go for the gold with Nick Kroll, try to become more of an adult, play that game that many people relegate to their basements, deal with the opioid crisis, and examine modern-day Chile.

Alex - Thompson - Something - Sublime

Alex Thompson is delivering something sublime.

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and ****-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

Trailer - Stand - Pull-quotes - Charm - Movie

This trailer is making its stand using pull-quotes and charm. It’s heavy on the narrative, but that’s very much welcomed for a movie examining multiple emotional silos here: pregnancy, intimacy, maturity, family issues, and many gnarly feelings. It’s a charmer, for sure, and won me over by the end.

Director Joe Heslinga has provided us with the Natty Light of documentaries and I, for one, am delighted.

Documentary - Dive - World - Table - Soccer

This award-winning documentary takes a deep dive into the underground world of professional table soccer, following six of the top players as they prepare for the Tornado World Championships. Through an ensemble cast of quirky characters and obsessive fans, “Foosballers” explores the sport’s rich and relatively unknown history – covering its meteoric rise in the 70s during the Million...
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