ALI & AVA (2021): New Trailer Starring Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia…

From writer/director Clio Barnard comes new England-set drama Ali & Ava; a story about two people, both lonely for different reasons, and for whom sparks fly.

Ali & Ava stars Claire Rushbrook, Adeel Akhtar and Ellora Torchia.

It’s the combination of the music and story editing that had me moved; no doubt in part due to the chemistry between the two leads. There’s also my general appreciation of stories about unexpected friendships.

Even with all the above stated, I’m still not sure whether I’ll end up watching Ali & Ava. However, as always, anything is possible as long as the right mood hits. Until that time arrives, I’m going to keep replaying this well-executed trailer.

What are your thoughts on director Barnard’s trailer? Are you moved, intrigued, just into the music, or something else?

Natalie Gavin, Shaun Thomas and Tasha Connor also star.

Ali & Ava Release Dates… March 4th, 2022 (UK)…

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (2021): The Things I Liked…

I’m glad that Sandra Bullock said yes to The Unforgivablea well-executed tale of one woman’s journey to reconnect with her sister after finishing a twenty-year prison sentence.

Directed by Nora Fingscheidt, what stood out immediately, in addition to the excellent performances, is how engaging the story is. I cared about Bullock’s character and couldn’t wait for everything to unfold. At the same time, the pacing and story edit are both so good to the point where I hardly found myself wanting things to move faster.

Then there’s the perfectly complementary musical score and the kind of tense moments that never have one too sure about how things will unfold.

Even though there is one moment where I felt the catalyst that was supposed to lead to a key character’s change of heart was insubstantial, The Unforgivable is still worth watching. 

See it for the generally well-executed story and because Viola Davis, Rob Morgan, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal make up the supporting cast.

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021): New Trailer Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe…

New action/crime/drama Nightmare Alley is director Guillermo del Toro’s latest audio-visual feast.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe, the story follows an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people. Little did he know that the psychiatrist he’s just hooked up with is far more dangerous than he is.

When big hitters like Cooper and Blanchett are involved, one pays attention. And as I often do, I watched the above trailer before reading the synopsis.

Considering how much is going on in just over a minute and a half of this trailer, plus Dafoe’s character’s non-stop dialogue, which I still haven’t really listened to yet, it’s no wonder I had some trouble keeping up. That’s probably part of the reason I wasn’t sure about just how appealing this movie is to me initially. That of course changed as soon as I learned about the ‘manipulation face/off.’

Now I have to watch to see just how intense it’s all going to get. And for the great colours and beautiful lighting, of course.

Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., Troy James, David Hewlett, Holt McCallany, Paul Anderson and David Strathairn also star.

Nightmare Alley Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US); January 21st, 2022 (UK)…

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THE LOST CITY (2022): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt…

Directed by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee; The Lost City follows Sandra Bullock as reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage.

While on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum), they both get swept up in a kidnapping attempt that results in a cutthroat jungle adventure. One that has an additional key cast that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

How fun does this look? And what a perfect entrance for Pitt’s character. I haven’t been this happy to see one of my favourites since Keanu Reeves showed up in the Always be my Maybe (2019) trailer.

I’m in for all the fun, the promise of amusement and the chemistry between this rather pleasant surprise of an ensemble.

Patti Harrison, Raymond Lee, Héctor Aníbal, Thomas Forbes-Johnson and Danny Radhames Vasquez Castillo also star.

The Lost City Release Dates: March 25th, 2022 (US)…

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HOUSE OF GUCCI (2021): New Trailer Starring Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Lady Gaga…

House of Gucci; director Ridley Scott’s latest crime/drama/thriller is all about the highly ambitious Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). Specifically, her impact on the Gucci family fashion empire. The kind of impact that ends up leading to betrayal, murder and revenge.

Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston are among the key cast.

I actually saw the initial teaser trailer for this movie several weeks ago, but I wasn’t especially excited then.

Now that trailer two is here, I’m still uncertain about how it will turn out. I mean, the seemingly unnecessary prosthetics, how overly dramatic it strangely feels, and if I’m fully honest, I’m in two minds about Gaga as Patrizia.

Still, I remain hopeful. Especially since this is a Scott movie, and I love Salma Hayek. Also, it should be interesting to see a version of the Gucci story that will help me relearn why, if I recall correctly, none of the Gucci family owns Gucci anymore.

Are you excited about House of Gucci?

Mãdãlina Ghenea, Camille Cottin, Reeve Carney, Eva Moore, Edouard Philipponnat, Vincent Riotta, Bianca Nappi, Luca Chikovani, Livio Beshir, and Johanna Santos also star.

House of Gucci Release Dates: November 24th, 2021 (US); November 26, 2021 (UK)…

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RED NOTICE (2021): The Thing I Liked…

I’m disappointed to say that ‘quite forgettable’ is the most fitting phrase for how I feel about Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, I had a telling ‘bad feeling’ within the first few minutes of the movie starting. The kind of feeling that let me know that Red Notice won’t be as fun and engaging as I’d hoped.

I was soon proven right when the question ‘Why am I bored?’ crossed my mind during the scenes before the forty-minute mark. The answer is, the lacking script/story edit, a Johnson/Reynolds dynamic that didn’t work for me right away, a performance by Gadot that fell surprisingly flat, and the fact that very little if anything about Red Notice played as adequately new and exciting. 

I was finally fully engaged and glued to the action taking place at around the fortieth minute. I wish I could say it was all good from that point on, but even though there were some clever/fun moments, overall, what Thurber’s film did most well for me is not what I expected. 

In addition to doing well at setting up a sequel that might be more fun, Red Notice brought to mind Daniel Craig’s best Bond films. No doubt because Craig’s films excelled in areas that Red Notice did not. Especially where great pacing, highly engaging dialogue, well-drawn characters and exciting action sequences are concerned. 

I needed Red Notice to be better. But I wouldn’t call it completely unwatchable. Give it a chance if you’re particularly curious. 

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THE UNFORGIVABLE (2021): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal, Vincent D’Onofrio

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Unforgivable (2021).


Directed by Nora Fingscheidt; The Unforgivable has Sandra Bullock as Ruth Slater, the perpetrator of a violent crime who’s just been released from prison

Sandy B. (I’ve heard Chris ‘Captain America’ Evans refer to her this way) looks incredible in this. I’m ready to watch her and all the movie powerhouses (Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal) flex their acting muscles in this story; the kind where a happy ending seems unlikely. But maybe the start of healing is what we’ll get.

I’ve missed Sandy B. So glad she’s back at her best.

Aisling Franciosi, Richard Thomas, W. Earl Brown, Linda Emond, Tom Guiry, Rob Morgan, Emma Nelson and Jessica McLeod also star.

The Unforgivable Release Dates: December 10th, (US & UK)…

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SWAN SONG (2021): New Trailer From Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close…

You wait ‘200 years’ for the most compelling story, and finally, it comes.

Written/directed by Benjamin Cleary; Naomie Harris, Glenn Close and Mahershala Ali are the stars of Swan Song, a new drama/sci-fi with a trailer so very intriguing that I dare not explain the premise, for it is best experienced…

To say that Ali is the perfect actor to play this role feels like an understatement. I am a massive fan of what he can do without words.

There’s no doubt that very big tears are going to flow while watching this one, but I suspect it will all be worth it.

I’m excited to find out if things turn out as Ali’s Cameron Turner expected. I sure hope the answer is yes. But considering that he signed up for something experimental, who’s to know?

In addition to season one of Ted Lasso (2020) and season one of The Morning Show (2019), this is definitely one of my favourites of all the trailers that Apple TV+ has ever released.

Tell me you’re as excited as I am about this very promising story. Tell me, at once!

Awkwafina, Lee Shorten, Nyasha Hatendi, Luke Camilleri, Adam Beach, Dax Rey, JayR Tinaco, Jessica Hayles,

Swan Song Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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