BRAD’S STATUS (2017): Good…

Brad’s Status (2017), Austin Abrams, Ben Stiller
Brad’s Status (2017), Austin Abrams, Ben Stiller

Directed by Mike White and featuring notable performances from all the cast, especially Ben Stiller (Brad) and Austin Abrams, Brad’s Status is a good and moving comedy. One about a 47 year-old man caught up with feeling inferior about his life choices. Particularly when he compares himself to his seemingly far more successful friends.

I’m quite sure that watching this movie is going to put you through a mixture of emotions. You’ll laugh, smile be moved – and it’s likely that you’ll probably find yourself thinking, if not saying out loud: ‘Come on, Brad! you’re not seeing what’s right in front of you! If you’d only look and see!’

As frustrating as Brad’s attitude and behaviour may get at times, because many of us can relate to getting caught up with the perils of comparison, you’re going to want the best for Brad. And this is a small part of the reason you’ll continue to watch until the end. You’ll stick with it even though that jarring music at the beginning may have come close to forcing to hit the stop button.

Watch this movie because the story and performances are worthy.

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THE 15:17 TRAIN TO PARIS (2018): New Trailer For Clint Eastwood Movie…

The 15:17 Train To Paris (2018)
The 15:17 Train To Paris (2018)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 Train To Paris is the true story of American soldiers who discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train and take action.

Anthony Sadler,  Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone – the actual real life heroes play themselves…

I usually have a good feeling after watching the trailer for a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. I can’t say that I feel great after watching this one.

Before my seemingly massive reservations came to the fore, my first thought as the trailer played was that it might be too soon for me to watch this. Also, I just travelled on the Eurostar about a month ago. Granted that it was, thankfully,  a perfectly uneventful journey, if I were to board a high speed train tomorrow, I have an over-active imagination so I’d most likely be quite nervous.

Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer and  Ray Corasani also star.

The 15:17 Train To Paris Release Dates: February 9th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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THE WILDE WEDDING (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Wilde Wedding (2017), Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close.png

The Wilde Wedding, the Damian Harris written and directed movie about a retired actress who remarries for the fourth time had me feeling a tad disinterested immediately. Reason being, I found that I didn’t connect with the narrator at the beginning. I also felt that there were too many characters, none of whom proved particularly interesting.

For me, this film just plodded along and I continued watching in hopes that things would improve. Especially considering the main cast  – John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close.

I’m glad to say that things did get interesting and more dramatic somewhere past the halfway point. And I certainly didn’t anticipate the way it ended. However,  is it enough for this to be a movie worth recommending? Not really. It’s Complicated (2009) is more fun, in my opinion.

The thing that stood out most for me overall about this movie actually has nothing to do with the story, but rather the truth about one of the actors. I’m speaking of Australian actor Yael Stone, a.k.a. Lorna Morello from Orange Is The New Black. The lady is a wonderful actor especially in Orange Is The New Black and she’s clearly gifted with accents, for in this movie her character is convincingly British. 

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LEAN ON PETE (2017): New Trailer From Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Charlie Plummer…

Lean On Pete (2017), Charlie Plummer
Lean On Pete (2017), Charlie Plummer

Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and  Charlie Plummer are the stars of Lean On Pete, an Andrew Haig directed adventure / drama about a teenager who befriends fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

I’m interested in this movie mainly because I want to learn more about the impracticalities of having a pet horse sans stable/ barn. If something else about the movie ends up resonating with me, then great.

Amy Seimetz, Ayanna Berkshire, Steve Zahn and Thomas Mann also star.

Lean On Pete Release Dates: February 16th, 2018, (UK); March 30th, 2018 (US)…

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7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE (2018): New Trailer From Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan…

7 Days in Entebbe (2018), Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike
7 Days in Entebbe (2018), Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike

7 Days In Entebbe tells the story of four hijackers who in 1976 forced a plane to land in Entebbe, Uganda. All in the effort to free the dozens of Palestinians jailed in Israel.

Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan star while José Padilha directs…

Not that the stories are that similar but Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005) came to mind as I watched this trailer. If this movie is as good as that, I’ll be delighted. Delighted, I tell you!

7 Days In Entebbe Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (UK); March 16th, 2018 (US)…

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ALITA – BATTLE ANGEL (2018): New Trailer From Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Rosa Salazar…

Alita - Battle Angel (2018)
Alita – Battle Angel (2018)

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, co produced by James Cameron and starring Christoph Waltz, Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly and Eiza González, Alita – Battle Angel is an action-packed story. One set several centuries in the future and about hope, love plus empowerment.

The protagonist played by Salazar is a young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world…

Nice trailer. How absolutely beautiful was that moment when Ed Skrein’s character got smashed? I just can’t wait to see all the visual effects come together.

I’m going to confess that as soon as I saw James Cameron’s name, I couldn’t help but think ‘So this is why the next Avatar movie is delayed?’ I’m quite sure that’s nonsense but you understand.

Another thought that crossed my mind is, ‘Why do Alita’s eyes have to be so large?’ Perhaps it’s explained in the manga series that I’ve never read. Perhaps.

Michelle Rodriguez, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. also star.

Alita – Battle Angel Release Dates: July 20th, 2018 (UK & US)…

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JURASSIC WORLD – FALLEN KINGDOM (2018): New Trailer From Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum…

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom (2018), Chris Pratt
Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018), Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum are back in the J.A. Bayona directed Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World (2015).

New breeds that are more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before are to be expected…

I’m in for the special effects, what else?

Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Geraldine Chaplin also star.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom release Dates: June 8th, 2018, (UK); June 22nd, 2018 (US)…

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HAMPSTEAD (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson
Hampstead (2017), Diane Keaton, Grendan Gleeson

Hampstead is a story of unexpected love between a widow and a man who is technically homeless but not quite. It’s also a film you can watch without having to work too hard. The acting isn’t terrible and the story, though predictable, it moved along quite nicely and provided some small moments of amusement.

What I enjoyed most about Hampstead is the fact that Hampstead is a real place and one of the the most beautiful parts of London, England. It was great to see the beauty of Hampstead captured so well. Pparticularly during spring and summer.

Should I find myself watching it again, it will likely be so I can experience Hampstead the place on film once more. It’s worth it for that.

Another reason you you may watch could be if you’re a big fan of Keaton and /or Gleeson. Otherwise it’s an OK romance / comedy.

For me at least,  It’s Complicated (2009) is still probably my favourite of the mature romance category.

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