Following the ‘Special Look’ Aladdin trailer released just over a month ago, we now have the official trailer with plenty more story and the characters played by Will Smith Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Billy Magnussen…
I’ll be honest, I’m happy to report that Smith is definitely looking less and less like a casting error. Who knew… besides the film makers, that is?
Up until 1:47 minutes into this new trailer, I’d completely forgotten that Aladdin is actually a musical. I guess now I’m most looking forward to the visuals and the parts without singing. That’s unless this movie somehow manages to revert my lifelong aversion to musicals. You never know…
Kamil Lemieszewski, Numan Acar, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban and Nasim Pedrad also star.
New comedy The Art Of Self Defensestars Imogen Poots , Alessandro Nivola and Jesse Eisenberg
Directed by Riley Stearns it’s the story of Casey (Eisenberg) , a man who’s randomly attacked on the street and so begins a journey to learn self defense, with the help of a charismatic and mysterious Sensei.
The promise of comedy is why I’m interested and I definitely want to see Casey become less afraid. There’s also the fact that I already like Nivola’s character’s attitude. He reminds me quite a bit of Chris Messina’s Danny Castellano character in The Mindy Project.
Steve Terada, Phillip Andre Botello, Leland Orser, Josh Fadem, Elizabeth Howlett and Chris Lay also star.
In new comedy Good Boys, three sixth grade boys (11 / 12 year olds) ditch school and embark on an adventure that involves carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to get home in time for their first kissing party.
Directed and co-written by Gene Stupnitsky, Good Boys is co-produced by Seth Rogen and stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon…
As a fan of Rogen and Superbad (2007), I simply have to watch this one. I’m just hoping that this long three minute trailer didn’t show too many of the jokes.
Midori Francis, Enid-Raye Adams, Chance Hurstfield, Millie Davis, Benita Ha, Lina Renna and Vicky Lambert also star.
Amazing Grace is a new documentary presenting previously unreleased concert footage of Aretha Franklin with coir at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.
Directed by Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack; additional cast inlucludes Reverand James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin, Clara Ward, Alexander Hamilton, Bernard Pretty Purdie…
I myself don’t actually listen to much gospel music but I am interested because of Franklin’s legacy. I also want to know how the footage will be edited. Will we be watching the concert from start to finish or will the music be interspersed with Franklin’s story? I definitely have a personal preference.
IT,the horror / drama that centres around seven children in Derry, Maine who are terrorised by a monster in the shape of a clown called Pennywise is a story I first encountered when I saw the 1990 IT TV movie for the first time just two years ago. Having found it not at all scary, I was hoping that the latest version would be more terrifying.
The good news is, this new IT kind of is more scary. Director Andy Muschietti’s film features makeup, prosthetics and special effects that are objectively speaking, better and more unsettling than in the first movie. As for the real question of whether I personally was actually scared, I have to say no, not really. The reason is because clowns are still just cute to me overall – no matter how many teeth they may have. They remain in my heart and mind as providers of joy at children’s parties.
I say all the above not to take anything away from Bill Skarsgård’s rather engaging performance, because he played Pennywise rather well. I especially like the first time he meets young Georgie – precisely the second he stops fake smiling. I knew then that I was likely to see something memorable. Yet, even with Skarsgård’s great work, at no point during IT did I jump out of my skin or hide behind my hands. I just took in and appreciated the things that Muschietti’s movie did well. For example, casting Skarsgård, featuring generally convincing prosthetics, some good visuals, special effects and the commentary on bullying.
The only disappointment where special effects is concerned is regarding the scene with the blood in the bathroom. I don’t believe that the red colour and the consistency of the blood was quite right… not that I’m a specialist, of course.
The following is not a complaint, but since the adult counterparts of the children are not featured in the new film (because that’s what sequels are for), I can’t really speak on any instances of overacting on their part, as was the case in the first movie.
Watch IT because you love the bestselling novel by Steven King, the one on which the IT films are based. Watch it for Skarsgård’s performance, the clown attire / makeup and to see if you’re terrified. If you’re already scared of clowns, then you will need your hands to hide behind. Otherwise, enjoy.
From writer / director Josh Janowicz; Addison Timlin, Steven Strait, Mark Famiglietti and James D’Arcy are the stars of Life Like, a new sci-fi / thriller about a young attractive couple who acquire a life-like robot for guilt free help.
They just didn’t quite foresee that as a result, their perception of humanity would soon be forever altered…
I’m looking forward to what Life Like has to say and how it will say it. Based on what we’ve seen here, one thing is very clear. It’s all good choosing to have a robot, but to have an attractive one? Confirmed recipe for disaster.
Of all the A.I. movies I’ve seen so far, my favourite is still Ex Machina (2015). Fingers crossed that this one is close to as thrilling.
Drew Van Acker, Lisann Valentin, Hilary Barraford, Ellen Michelle Monohan, Akaash Yadav, Nicholas Baroudi and Justine J. Hall also star.