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.
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.
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.
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.
Told through hilarious and insightful interviews with producer Alan Yentob, Mel Brooks – Unwrapped is a new documentary that promises a look back at the legendary career of award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Mel Brooks.
Mel Brooks – Unwrapped also features footage of Yentob following Brooks in his day-to-day life…
I must confess that Brooks is an artist I know of more than I know about.
I’m definitely now quite curious after seeing this fun trailer. Especially since I rather enjoyed this particular brand of silliness
The long awaited trailer for a stand-alone Black Widow Marvel movie is here.
Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and Robert Downey Jr., the story focuses on Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in her quests between the films Civil War (2016) and Infinity War (2018).
Directed by Cate Shortland, additional key cast includes William Hurt, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle…
The fight scenes and action look very promising indeed – and as always, we have another well executed Marvel trailer.
I especially love the music that starts at 0:32 seconds; so unexpected and brilliant, it hits me right in the chest / heart area. I can’t wait!
Michelle Lee, Nanna Blondell, Olivier Richters, Ahmed Bakare, Jade Ma, Yolanda Lynes and Shaina West also star.
Tall Girlis a high school movie that’s engaging, well-acted and feels extra special because it’s the story of Jodi (Ava Michelle), a teenage girl who just happens to be more than six feet tall.
Directed by Nzingha Stewart, it’s also the first movie about the ‘tall girl high school experience’ that I know of. This key difference, along with the promise of comedy and Griffin Gluck – the now grown up young actor who was brilliant in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999) are the reasons I just had to tune in.
In terms of the film’s comedy categorisation, I did laugh a few times but I’d say I was moved more than I was amused. Besides the stage-time moment that seemed to reference the Kanye West / Taylor Swift 2009 Grammy Awards situation, and one or two of Jodies’s exchanges with her father (Steve Zahn) at the dinner table, I had fun overall but there aren’t many especially amusing moments in Tall Girl that spring to mind.
As for the scenes that moved me, they include every effort that Jodie’s father made to help his daughter, Jodi’s relationship with her sister, her best friend; and of course the scene at the end with the ‘wooden school bag.’
Watch Tall Girl for a well-executed look at a very specific high school experience. There’s also beautiful messages about self acceptance, inner beauty and a timely reminder of the challenge that is effective parenting.