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LITTLE WOODS (2018): New Trailer From Lily James, Tessa Thompson…

Little Woods (2018), Lily James, Tessa Thompson

Little Woods is the latest from Tessa Thompson and Lily James.

Written / directed by  Nia DaCosta, it’s a modern western / crime / drama about sisters Ollie and Deb who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives.

Ollie has been helping people in her town to access Canadian health care and medication. Eventually the authorities sense that something’s going on and Ollie decides to quit, except, then comes a desperate plea for help from her sister…

I definitely didn’t see the interesting pairing of Thompson and James coming. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story plays because sibling dynamics are often intriguing and I could be wrong but something tells me that there might just be some tragedy in store.

Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick, Elizabeth Maxwell, Luci Christian, Lawrence Varnado, and Alexis West also star.

Little Woods Release Dates

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VENOM (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Venom (2018), Tom Hardy
Venom (2018), Tom Hardy

Even though Marvel’s Venom is definitely not in my top five list of favourite superhero movies – or my top five list of Marvel movies for that matter, I still found a scene that I loved.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer; starring Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, I’m not sure that the worst thing about Venom is the performances. For me, the key issues exist in three areas, the story editing / script, the final version of the fully formed CGI embodiment of Venom and Venom’s actual speaking voice, All these elements left me less impressed than I’d hoped to be.

To give an example of my issue with the story, I know that Brock, who later becomes Venom is supposed to be an antihero but because of his highly inconsiderate behaviour during the Colton Drake interview early on in the movie, I think I had trouble fully being on his side after that. I mean, he’s still the protagonist and I didn’t want him to get hurt; yet I was reasonably annoyed for his girlfriend. As a result, it wasn’t actually until the desperate scene in the restaurant that I was most moved; both by how helpless Brock seemed in those moments and by Tom Hardy’s arresting performance.

Along with a less cartoonish looking CGI version of Venom and Riot, I really did expect a far slicker execution from Marvel Studios overall; one where the finished product hit all the right notes in terms of what makes a good film and had me feeling like: Yes! YES! I knew this would be good!instead of: ‘Yeah… it’s really not the best. What a shame.’

Watch it if you’re curious enough and if you’re a serious comic book fan, no doubt you’ll have a better time than I did.

For me, the title of ‘favourite superhero movie’ still belongs to The Avengers (2012).

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THE FAVOURITE (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Favourite (2018), Olivia Colman
The Favourite (2018), Olivia Colman

The story of the The Favourite is set in the 18th century and centres on England’s Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), whose close friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) steps in to govern England because the queen is too frail. 

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s film starts off relatively pleasantly even though the atmosphere is quite tense. The tension continues and things take a darker turn as the true motivations of the key players surrounding  the queen begin to emerge. As a result, I find myself feeling more and more sorry for Anne, especially in her unfortunately frail state and considering the tragedies she’s already endured.

Woven in with the tension and darkness is humour which I enjoyed and a noticeable amount of definitely gratuitous but also well placed profanity. I liked the central performances by Coleman, Weisz and Emma Stone. I’ve never seen Stone’s generally very sweet looking face and big beautiful eyes take quite the less than sweet look they do in this movie. As for Coleman, I always knew she was capable with comedy (Peep Showmy favourite sitcom of all time) and she really does well in this heartbreaking dramatic role. No wonder she’s already won the Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture.

The makeup and 18th century costumes on both the men and women did well in delivering some fun and entertainment. Especially considering that many men walked around in massive wigs, quite a lot of makeup and ladies, especially the queen wore dresses with rather puffy sleeves and skirts. 

The Favourite is not at the top of my list as far as movies about British royalty are concerned but I did have a good time. Watch it because it’s generally good and who knows, you might love it, even more so if you like rabbits.

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UNTOGETHER (2018): New Trailer From Jamie Dornan, Jemima Kirke, Alice Eve, Ben Mendelsohn…

Untogether (2018), Gemima Kirke
Untogether (2018), Gemima Kirke

Starring Jamie Dornan, Jemima Kirke, Alice Eve and Ben Mendelsohn; writer / director Emma Forrest’s Untogetheris a  new drama about a recently sober writer with a stalled career, who starts an affair with a successful writer.

All the while her sister finds herself drawn to a politically engaged rabbi while dating an agEing rocker.

I’m curious about this one because though this trailer doesn’t exactly have me yelping with joy, I’m curious to find out what the special thing about the story is. Specifically the thing that made all the talented actors involved say ‘yes’ to the script.

And who knows, with Valentines Day soon arriving, this may just be what I’m in the mood for around that time.

Billy Crystal, Lola Kirke, Scott Caan, and Jennifer Grey also star.

Untogether Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US)…

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HOTEL MUMBAI (2019): New Trailer From Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs…

Hotel Mumbai (2019), Dev Patel
Hotel Mumbai (2019), Dev Patel

Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs are the stars of new historical drama / thriller Hotel Mumbai.

Directed by Anthony Maras, the premise is the true story of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India at the Taj Hotel…

The stories of people working together to survive under extraordinary circumstances, that’s why I want to see this. It helps that this trailer looks good and the cast is reliable.

The beautiful images of India are an added bonus. Also, Hotel Mumbai kind of reminds me of Titanic (1997) – except that this time the terror isn’t because of an ‘iceberg, right ahead.’

Additional cast includes Anupam Kher, Angus McLaren, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Lauren Koopowitz also star.

Hotel Mumbai Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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VELVET BUZZSAW (2019): New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Billy Magnussen…

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal

Dan Gilroy, the director of my favourite Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler (2014) is back with a new crime / fantasy movie, Velvet Buzzsaw which stars Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette and Billy Magnussen.

After a number of art lovers help themselves to a series of paintings by an unknown artist, a supernatural force enacts revenge to punish all those involved for their greed…

I’m in for Gyllenhaal’s performance and who knows, maybe I’ll love what his does in this movie as much as I appreciate his great work in Nightcrawler.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the whole experience isn’t nightmare inducing. At time of writing, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t categorised as horror, so there is hope.

Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs, Peter Gadiot and Tom Sturridge also star.

Velvet Buzzsaw Release Dates: February 1st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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IO (2019): New Trailer From Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Danny Huston…

IO (2019), Margaret Qualley
IO (2019), Margaret Qualley

Directed by Jonathan Helpert; Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Danny Huston are the stars of IO. 

IO is a new sci-fi movie about one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth. A place where a young scientist has dedicated to find a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather than abandon their planet. Unexpectedly, she begins to question her decision following the arrival of another survivor…

I’m intrigued by the premise and I like Mackie, especially ever since I saw his great work in The Hurt Locker (2008).

Then there’s the fact that the last time I put my trust in Netflix and sat down to watch one of their sci-fi movies, namely Extinction (2018), I found myself wanting. I wish my expectations were higher with this, nevertheless move move forward with hope.

IO Release Dates: January 18th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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LITTLE (2019): New Trailer From Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley, Marsai Martin…

Little (2019), Regina Hall
Little (2019), Regina Hall

Written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism, Little is a new comedy starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley and Marsai Martin.

The story centres around a woman having difficulty with the pressures of adulthood, and somehow gets to relive the life of her younger self…

As a fan of both Rae and Hall, I’m definitely watching this one and I’m more than ready for the comedy, colourful fashion, boss action, etc.

Tone Bell, Caleb Emery, JD McCrary, Mikey Day and Abbie Gayle also star.

Little Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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