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LOVE, ANTOSHA (2019): New Trailer For Anton Yelchin Documentary…

Love, Antosha (2019), Anton Yelchin
Love, Antosha (2019), Anton Yelchin

At the heart of new Garret Price directed documentary Love, Antosha is Anton Yelchin, the talented young American actor who died suddenly after a freak accident on March 11th, 2016.

Featuring interviews with  J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg , Sofia Boutella, Kristen Stewart, to name just a few, Love, Antosha offers a portrait of the life and career of Yelchin. Exploring his successes and struggles so that viewers can know the extraordinary man the world was cheated from seeing grow old…

I’ll be watching this one because the level of upset I felt at the news of Yelchin’s untimely passing is something that took me by surprise. I really had to think hard about why I felt so deeply for the loss of an actor I hadn’t even seen in especially many films, let alone met.

I eventually concluded that there was just something about Yelchin’s spirit, his presence and the way he gave through his art. The vulnerability of the characters he played in the useful stories he chose to be part of. He really had a way of connecting with his audience through his character’s truth like no one else I’d seen.

In my efforts to come to terms with the great loss, I decided not to stay upset for too long, but instead to be grateful he was actually here at all. And like that I was able to smile.

Willem Dafoe, John Cho, Drake Doremus, Joe Dante, Jodie Foster, Ben Foster and Bryce Dallas Howard are also featured.

Love, Antosha Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (2019)…

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SOMEONE GREAT (2019): The Things I Liked…

Someone Great (2019), Gina Rodriguez
Someone Great (2019), Gina Rodriguez

Someone Great stars Gina Rodriguez as Jenny, a young woman who just went through a devastating break-up. She becomes determined to enjoy one last night in New York City with her friends, before moving to San Francisco for work. 

After you watched the trailer for this movie, just in case – like myself you were thinking that half the film would be set in New York City and the other half in San Francisco, you better forget about it. Someone Great happens entirely in New York and there are zero gorgeous images of the Golden Gate Bridge to be enjoyed here, sorry. 

Now that I’ve delivered the bit of news that probably only I care about, I enjoyed writer / director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s film more than I thought I would. In fact, I’ll even go as far as to say that this is my favourite of Rodriguez’s roles. She did a good job of selling the romantic connection, the devastation that followed when it all fell apart, as well as the bond between Jenny and her best friends, played by DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow.

Nicely edited and paced, Someone Great captures well, though semi-briefly the highs and lows of a passionate relationship in one’s twenties. I also enjoyed the sisterly, non-toxic female friendships plus the music and dancing. The talented LaKeith Stanfield’s performance as the love interest and Rosario Dawson’s small role were also definite highlights.

The only thing that frustrated me during Someone Great is when the momentum slowed down a little and I found myself thinking, ‘OK, OK! You’ve already established the intimacy between the three friends. So please move the story along!’ I may or may not have said that out loud.

The part I liked most overall is actually the voice over towards the end because it’s so beautifully written.

Watch Someone Great for the writing… and all the other reasons mentioned above.

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DOCTOR SLEEP (2019): New Trailer For Stephen King’s The Shining Sequel Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay…

Doctor Sleep (2019), Ewan McGregor, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doctor Sleep (2019), Ewan McGregor, Warner Bros. Pictures

Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Jacob Tremblay are the stars of Doctor Sleep, a new horror movie based on Steven King’s novel of the same name.

Set decades after the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his. Dan must try to protect her from a cult who prey on children with powers…

I’ve never seen The Shining and that’s mainly because it’s a horror movie and I’m scared. It’s not completely my fault though because at seventeen, my Media Studies teacher wouldn’t let the class watch The Shining because according to her, it was too scary. I myself had zero objections with her decision – especially since by that point, I’d already seen The Omen (1976), the film responsible for my general aversion to scary movies since the age of twelve.

As for whether I’ll watch Doctor Sleep? I may just. Especially if others find it to be less scary than The Shining.

The moments I like in this new trailer include when Dan says the words ‘The Shinning’ – the penny drops and I realise what this is.

There’s also my general happiness at seeing Rebecca Ferguson as a cast member. She’s been one of my favourites ever since Mission – Impossible 5, Rogue Nation (2015). As for Jack Nicholson standout star of The Shining, I’m not even sure he’s still acting but I definitely half expected that he’d show up in this trailer. He still might. Well, that’s assuming he wasn’t killed off; something I’d know had I actually seen the original movie.

Have you seen The Shining? Is it as scary as they say?

Zahn McClarnon, Bruce Greenwood, Carl Lumbly, Selena Anduze, Carel Struycken, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Nicholas Pryor and Selena Anduze also star.

Doctor Sleep Release Dates: October 31st, 2019 (UK); November 8th, 2019 (US)…

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ABOMINABLE (2019) New trailer Starring CHLOE BENNEt, SARAH PAULSON, ALBERT TSAI, Eddie Izzard…

Abominable (2019)
Abominable (2019)

Directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman, Abominable is a new animated adventure starring  Chloe Bennet, Sarah Paulson and Albert Tsai.

After teenager Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends embark on an epic quest to get him to his natural home. Not an easy task when a wealthy man and a zoologist want the exact opposite…

I’m getting King Kong and ever so slightly, The Never Ending Story (1984) vibes from this trailer. What I like most about this it, besides the idea of a yet with magical capabilities is the violin music that starts at 0:20.

Fingers crossed there’ll be plenty more to love upon release.

Abominable Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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OFFICIAL SECRETS (2019): New Trailer From keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes…

Official Secrets (2019), Keira Knightley, Entertainment One UK
Official Secrets (2019), Keira Knightley, Entertainment One UK

Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes, Official Secrets is the true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gunn.

Director Gavin Hood’s drama / thriller focuses on Gunn’s role in leaking information to the press. Information about an illegal NSA spy operation created to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the Iraq war in 2003…

The music in this trailer leaves plenty to be desired. However, because Knightley, Goode and Smith are the stars, I’m in for the promise of good performances.

I want to see how Katharine manages to get away with it for the time that she does. I myself am very likely far to paranoid, appreciative of a clear conscience and a peaceful mind to ever contemplate such a thing.

Cowardice, yes, cowardice. Of course being a law abiding citizen has something to do with it too but also definitely cowardice. That’s the right word for my approach.

Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig, Rhys Ifans, MyAnna Buring, Katherine Kelly and Jack Farthing also star.

Official Secrets Release Dates: August 29th, 2019 (US); October 18th, 2019 (UK)…

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LITTLE (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Little (2019), Issa Rae, Universal Pictures
Little (2019), Issa Rae, Universal Pictures

Little, the comedy about a woman struggling with the pressures of adulthood, and somehow gets to relive the life of her younger self is a movie that did not live up to the promise of the its great trailer. I actually enjoyed the Little trailer so much that for a few days there, I confess to playing it instead of uptempo music as I worked out.

Starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley and Marsai Martin, I knew things weren’t great when I found myself losing interest approximately 12 minutes in. The disappointment was so real for me that I actually became quite impatient for Martin’s young character’s arrival; all in hopes that my feelings about director Tina Gordon’s film would improve. They did not. Instead I felt a strong sense of disappointment coursing through me. Okay, maybe ‘coursing’ is a tad strong but I definitely wasn’t happy. In fact I’d best describe Little as mostly flat and bad, with moments of dodgy dialogue including some ‘definitely could have been better acting.’ 

I’m sure it didn’t help that once again, near enough all the best bits were featured in the trailer, leaving not much else to enjoy. And since the premise is far from fresh, the chances that Little would be a great experience weren’t the best. I still like Hall and Rae. I’m just not pleased with the end result of this movie that they made.

In terms of what I liked about Little, that would be everything before the twelfth minute, when I was still hopeful. I also enjoyed the back of Hall’s character’s striped blue shirt – including the joke that’s made at its expense. 

If you like Tom Hanks’ 1988 classic Big, the film that inspired Little,  watch it again instead. Unless you really need to see Little for yourself. Who knows, perhaps the end result would have been different – in a good way if Martin had been a teenager, as Hanks’ character was in Big. Perhaps 

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FROZEN 2 (2019): New Official Trailer Starring Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown…

Frozen 2 (2019), Walt Disney Studios
Frozen 2 (2019), Walt Disney Studios

In Frozen 2, the goal is for Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf is to learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. And so begins an adventure far in the forest…

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, key cast includes Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown…

I think I’ve seen Frozen (2013) but there’s a chance I only think I have because so many people talked about it a lot post release.

What I know for sure is that this trailer has me curious about the idea that Elsa may have to ‘save the world.’ On second thought, that probably sounds too super hero-ish, so chances are I’m completely wrong.

One more thing, I really like the vocals in this trailer. The results would be completely unrecordable, for sure; yet I wouldn’t mind trying to sing the featured song while backed by what sounds like a fantastic orchestra. Step aside Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)!

Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Groff also star.

Frozen 2 Release Dates: November 22nd, 2019 (US & UK)…

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON (2019): New trailer From Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Utkarsh Ambudkar…

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

Written / directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo; Starring Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jennifer Dundas and Patch Daragh, Brittany Runs A Marathon is a new comedy / drama about Brittany Forgler, a hot mess of a New Yorker.

Brittany knows how to have a good time and during an early morning walk-of-shame, she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor’s office to score some Adderall, only she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted…

I myself have zero plans to run any marathon, ever – but that in no way means I’m not open to all the fun that comes with watching another person suffer through the process. Remember Run, Fat Boy, Run (2017)? I have no idea yet whether Brittany Runs A Marathon will be quite as fun, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Lil Rel Howery, Max Pava, Alice Lee, Erica Hernandez, Michaela Watkins, Adam Sietz and Dan Bittner also star.

Brittany Runs A Marathon Release Dates: August 23rd, 2019 (US); November 1st, 2019 (UK)…

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