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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019), Jillian Bell
Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019), Jillian Bell

In comedy / drama Brittany Runs A Marathon, Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a New Yorker who doesn’t have her life together; a reality she’s forced to face after her rejected request for an Adderall subscription leads to the wake up call she’d been needing.

Also starring Michaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howery and Alice Lee; director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s film is well acted and does a good, believable job of capturing the ups and downs of one woman’s personal journey of transformation. A transformation that was necessary in order for her to finally take charge of her life and go after the things she wants.

There are indeed some humorous moments in Colaizzo’s movie. However, those don’t stand out for me quite as much as the parts that proved difficult to watch. Especially when Brittany was hurting, disappointed and particularly how those negative feelings affected the people closest to her.

Overall, for me, the best thing about Brittany Runs A Marathon, besides its general believability is getting to see someone achieve what they, at the start may have perceived as impossible. I’m also not mad that it had me reflecting on the gift of great friends. May we all recognise and appreciate them when they show themselves.

Lastly, for the shortest of moments as the movie played, the idea of running a marathon seemed like a good one. That was until I remembered how much I like my blister-less feet and intact toenails.

Watch it if you’re curious.

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WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020): New Trailer Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro PascaL, Robin Wright…

Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot

Patty Jenkins returns to direct the sequel to Wonder Woman (2017), Wonder Woman 1984

Pedro Pascal, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright are among the key cast…

Interesting…

How is Steve alive? Why 1984? This trailer isn’t bad but why did I think it would be as thrilling as the fantastic trailer for Wonder Woman (2017)?

Right now I only have the answer for one of those questions.

Kristen Wiig, Connie Nielsen, Spencer Trinwith, Jamal Alkhaldi, Chris Silcox, Rick Kelvin Branch, Justin Sisk and Thomas Clay Strickland also star.

Wonder Woman 1984 Release Dates: June 5th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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FREE GUY (2020): New trailer From Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery…

Free Guy (2020), Jodie Comer, Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox
Free Guy (2020), Jodie Comer, Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox

Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who realises that he’s actually an NPC (Non Player Character) inside a brutal, open world video game.

Directed by Shawn Levy, additional key cast includes Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery…

First of all, surely Reynolds is the the busiest actor right now, no? Second, right away I like the Howrey / Reynolds dynamic – and I’m intrigued by the the Reynolds / Coma chemistry.

I don’t really play video games so I had to look up the meaning of NPC but the premise is interesting and I like Reynolds so I’m definitely watching.

Britne Oldford, Owen Burke, Aaron W Reed, Leah Procito, Jamaal Burcher and Kenneth Israel also star.

Free Guy Release Dates: July 1st, 2020 (UK); July 3rd, 2020 (US)…

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GREED (2019): New Trailer From Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, David Mitchell…

Greed (2019), Steve Coogan, Film4
Greed (2019), Steve Coogan, Film4

Starring Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield and David Mitchell, Greed is a new Michael Winterbottom written / directed satire about the world of the super-rich.

Set in the celebrity filled world of luxury fashion, the comedy / drama is centred around the build up to a sixtieth birthday party in Mykonos, Greece…

A part of me wants to see this for Coogan’s character’s teeth alone. Mostly however, it’s the humour that has me interested. That and an inside look into the life of the super rich.

I wonder who this is really based on / inspired by…

Shirley Henderson, Jamie Blackley, Sarah Solemani, Pearl Mackie, Enzo Cilenti, Shanina Shaik, Polly Kemp and Asim Chaudhry also star.

Greed Release Dates: February 21st, 2020 (US & UK)…

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TROOP ZERO (2019): New Trailer From Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, ALLISON JANNEY, Jim Gaffigan…

Troop Zero (2019), Viola Davis, Prime Video
Troop Zero (2019), Viola Davis, Prime Video

Troop Zero, a new comedy / drama about a misfit girl named Christmas who has dreams of life in outer space stars Mckenna Grace, Allison Janney, Viola Davis and Jim Gaffigan.

Directed by  Bert & Bertie Troop Zero is set in rural 1977 Georgia where a competition offers Christmas the chance to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record; and so so begins the recruitment of Troop Zeroa makeshift group of Birdie Scouts…

It’s Janney, Davis and there’s humour, so I’m definitely interested. I’m perhaps even more intrigued since this looks like a far less emotionally taxing role for Davis than her usual. I wonder if she’ll cry at all. Maybe just a single tear.

Edi Patterson, Mike Epps, Charlie Shotwell, Ashley Brooke, Maureen Brennan, Rebecca Chulew, Johanna Colón, Milan Ray, Elton LeBlanc, Kenneth Wayne Bradley and Eric Bell Jr. also star.

Troop Zero Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US & UK)….

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PLUS ONE (2019): The Things I Liked…

Plus One (2019), Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, RLJE Films
Plus One (2019), Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, RLJE Films

Plus One is one of those ‘they’re definitely going to end up together but they just don’t know it yet’ movies.

Directed by Jeff Chan, Andrew Rhymer and starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid, the two leads play two friends who happen to be single during wedding season, and so they decide to go to the weddings they’ve been invited to as each other’s plus one.

I enjoyed the humour about all the things that often make weddings awkward and / or fun. Performance wise, I found Plus One completely faultless. The chemistry between Erskine and Quaid was great and I particularly enjoyed Erskine’s drunk acting / dancing and her characters testing yet endearing charm. 

I must confess that I had more fun with Plus One and the charming dialogue before the graveyard scene. A scene after which things became a little more serious and emotional. Overall though, I don’t regret watching Plus One because it has just the kind of charming quality I was after.

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MULAN (2020): New Official Trailer Starring Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li …

Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios
Mulan (2020), Yifei Liu, Walt Disney Studios

Mulan, the live-action Disney story about a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father has a new trailer.

Yifei Liu, Jet Li and Donnie Yen star while Niki Caro directs…

I’m surprised to find that I like the previous trailer better than this version. Something about it doesn’t have me quite as excited. Nevertheless, I’m still ready for the courageous, underestimated female warrior story.

Will Mulan cut off her beautiful dark locks as she does in the animated version of the movie? After seeing this trailer, I’m still not certain.

Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Ron Yuan and Yoson An also star.

Mulan Release Dates: March 27th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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TOGO (2019): New trailer From Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl…

Togo (2019), Willem Dafoe, Disney+, Walt Disney Studio
Togo (2019), Willem Dafoe, Disney+, Walt Disney Studio

Starring Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson and Christopher Heyerdahl , Togo is the true story of sled dog, Togo, a beautiful canine considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race as the 1925 serum run, but he did it anyway.

 Directed by Ericson Core; additional key cast includes Michael Gaston, Michael McElhatton, Jamie McShane…

Looks look we have ourselves an unforgettable underdog story. It also looks as though the time has arrived for movies about incredible dogs. First we had Call To The Wild (2020); then Little Q (2019) and now Togo.

It maybe the year of the pig but it’s definitely dog season.

Tom Carey, Malik McCall, Mark Krysko, Barb Mitchell, Michael Greyeyes, Thorbjørn Harr, Shaun Benson, Nikolai Nikolaeff and Steven McCarthy also star.

Togo Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US) / Dinsey+

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