THE GRIZZLIES (2020): New Trailer Starring Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart and Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan…

The Grizzlies (2020), Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan
The Grizzlies (2020), Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan

From director Miranda de Pencier, new biography The Grizzlies is set in a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America.

Starring Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart and Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan; at at the centre of the story is a group of Inuit students’ whose lives are transformed when they’re introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

I’m in because it’s a true story and I want to see that happy ending for all involved. Perhaps I’ll even pick up some knowledge about lacrosse.

Natar Ungalaaq, Eric Schweig and Will Sasso also star.

The Grizzlies Release Dates

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THE SECRET – DARE TO DREAM (2020): New Trailer From Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O'Connell…

The Secret – Dare To Dream (2020), Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, RoadsideFlix

The Secret – Dare to Dream is a movie adaptation of writer Rhonda Byrnes’s self-help book The Secret. The one that focuses on the power of positive thinking.

Director Andy Tennant’s key cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell, Celia Weston…

I haven’t read The Secret, but I’ve heard some arguments for and against it.

Whether this movie will have people believing even more in the power of manifesting what you want into your life or not, I looking forward to finding that out.

Sarah Hoffmeister, Aidan Pierce Brennan, Chloe Lee, Katrina Begin, Sydney Tennant, Samantha Beaulieu, Rosemberg Salgado, Jessie Terrebonne and Betsy Borrego also star.

The Secret – Dare To Dream Release Dates: April 17th, 2020 (US)…

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THE HUNT (2020): New Trailer Edit Starring Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Justin hartley, Emma Roberts…

The Hunt (2020, Betty Gilpin, Universal Pictures
The Hunt (2020, Betty Gilpin, Universal Pictures

The Hunt, a movie that had its trailer campaign and release cancelled in 2019 following two mass shootings in the States now has a new trailer edit and release date.

The story about twelve strangers who are chosen and kidnapped for the specific purpose of being hunted is directed by Craig Zobel. And the key cast includes Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, Justin Hartley…

I found the original trailer for this movie pretty compelling. This new one isn’t bad but I much prefer the darker more mysterious angle that featured terrifying music. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to seeing Gilpin’s character do her absolute worst and delight her audience.

It was good to learn that this movie hasn’t been changed at all following all the controversy. Only the marketing’s changed. so fingers crossed it ends up being worth the delay.

Steve Coulter, Wayne Duvall, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Teri Wyble, Alexander Babara, Sturgill Simpson, Ike Barinholtz and Glenn Howerton also star.

The Hunt Release Dates: March 13th, 2020 (US)…

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TO ALL THE BOYS – P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU (2020): The Thing I Liked…

To All The Boys P.S. I Still Love You (2020), Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Netflix
To All The Boys P.S. I Still Love You (2020), Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Netflix

My thoughts on To All The Boys – P.S. I Still Love You isn’t at all dissimilar to how I felt about 2018’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before; a drama / romance where a teenage girl’s secret love letters get exposed. 

I’m still technically not the target market but I don’t completely regret watching director Michael Fimognari’s latest film either. With the movie’s two protagonists now officially in a relationship, we get to see Lara Jean (Lana Condor) have to decide between new boyfriend Peter (Noah Centineo) and another recipient of her love letters, John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) who just showed up.

How Lara Jean handles the situation doesn’t result in things going especially smoothly. Instead we get to see her and Peter make more of the common mistakes of young love (not that adults are immune, of course). My non-teenage self found watching said mistakes a tad frustrating. Yet not so much that I wanted to stop watching. It’s no wonder then that I like the last quarter of the film best, since that’s when the young characters finally wise up and balance is finally restored.

I’m quite certain that almost all the teenage girls out there who have a Centineo crush or not don’t need me to tell them to watch this movie. That’s because they already did and / or are watching it for the 4th time right now. I tuned in because I didn’t dislike the first one, which I think I definitely prefer. I prefer it in part because it had more going on than just the main love story.

Another reason I watched Fimognari’s film is there’s always room in my life for some ‘easy viewing’ movies and as non-teenager, this is certainly that for me.

Watch it if you’re curious. 

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THE GREEN KNIGHT (2020): New Trailer Starring Deve Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton…

The Green Knight (2020), Dev Patel, A24
The Green Knight (2020), Dev Patel, A24

Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton are the stars of The Green Knight, the fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight.

Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table accepts a challenge from a mysterious ‘Green Knight’. The Green Knight dares any knight to strike him with his axe if he will take a return blow in a year and a day…

Directed by David Lowery, additional key cast includes Barry Keoghan, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie…

The visuals, general mood and the hunger for power certainly have my attention. I want to find out how The Green Knight fairs in the end.

Aaron Edo, Erin Kellyman, Helena Browne, Ralph Ineson, Emilie Hetland, Anthony, Morris Megan Tiernan and Noelle Brown also star

The Green Knight Release Dates: May 29th, 2020 (US)…

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THE FRENCH DISPATCH (2020): New Trailer From Wes Anderson, Starring Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss…

The French Dispatch (2020), Timothée Chalamet, SearchlightPictures
The French Dispatch (2020), Timothée Chalamet, SearchlightPictures

From writer / director Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch is a love letter to journalists and a new comedy / drama about a collection of love stories published in The French Dispatch magazine.

Key cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss…

I liked Anderson’s last film The Grand Budpest Hotel (2014). I therefore hope that this too will be amusing and a feast for all the senses.

Bill Murray, Cécile de France, Léa Seydoux, Benicio Del Toro, Rupert Friend, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe and Edward Norton also star.

The French Dispatch Release Dates: July 24th, 2020 (US); August 28th, 2020 (UK)…

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RESISTANCE (2020): New Trailer From Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy…

Resistance (2020), Jesse Eisenberg, IFC Films
Resistance (2020), Jesse Eisenberg, IFC Films

New drama / biography Resistance is the story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Written / directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, key cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy

Having recently seen Eisenberg in The Art Of Self Defense (2019) where for much of the film he’s far from empowered, I like that in Resistance his character appears to be brave, heroic and taking charge.

Matthias Schweighöfer, Bella Ramsey, Géza Röhrig, Karl Markovics, Félix Moati, Alicia von Rittberg, Vica Kerekes, Tobias Gareth Elman, Kue Lawrence, Christian Clarke and Aurélie Bancilhon also star.

Resistance Release Dates: March 27th, 2020 (US)…

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BOMBSHELL (2019): The Things I Liked…

Bombshell (2020), Charlize Theron, Lionsgate Movies
Bombshell (2020), Charlize Theron, Lionsgate Movies

I was vaguely aware but definitely didn’t follow the Fox News / Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal of 2016. 

Set predominantly in the Fox News offices in New York, Bombshell focuses on the experiences of three women in particular (Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and Kayla Pospisil), while they were employed by Ailes. 

With such a great cast that features Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Kate McKinnon and John Lithgow, it was clear right away that Bombshell wouldn’t disappoint performance-wise.

Instead, it was the distracting prosthetics work on Nicole Kidman’s chin that first stood out as ‘not quite right‘. Secondly, due to how the story is structured, by the end it felt as though I hadn’t quite watched a complete film – but rather snippets of specific days in a much bigger story. A story that I may have enjoyed more and felt more connected to, had it dived deeper into the backgrounds of the key characters. Maybe it would have worked better divided into several parts of a mini-series.

Bombshell (2020), Nicole Kidman, Lionsgate Movies
Bombshell (2020), Nicole Kidman, Lionsgate Movies

The last way in which Bombshell ‘isn’t quite right’ is actually through no fault of its own. I had some expectations about seeing a few scenes displaying ‘heartwarming female solidarity‘ between the key characters. A truth that seems more than a tad silly now, especially considering the social climate and apparent rivalries at the Fox News offices.

Overall, director Jay Roach’s movie did a good job of keeping my attention throughout; thanks in large part to the performances which really are the best thing about Bombshell. The prosthetics, particularly on Lithgow are also great.

Watch Bombshell for the ‘inside look’ at how disturbing things really were at Fox News. Just don’t make my mistake and go in expecting too much of the aforementioned heartwarming sisterly stuff’

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