All posts by Giadreams (themoviemylife.com)

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THE WOMAN KING (2022): New Trailer From Viola Davis, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega…

The Woman King (2022), John Boyega, Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Woman King (2022), John Boyega, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Inspired by true events, The Woman King tells the story of one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. A place called The Kingdom of Dahomey.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood; Viola Davis, John Boyega, Sheila Atim, Hero Feinnes Tiffin and Shaina West star.

I happened to be familiar with the Dahomey before this trailer. And their story is certainly worthy of a historical epic.

I’m in for the impressive action in the above 2:35 seconds, a depiction of the courage it must have taken for the Dahomey to exist for as long as they did. Plus, Davis and Lynch, of course.

Thuso Mbedu, Jayme Lawson, Jordan Bolger, Adrienne Warren star. Masali Baduza, Makgotso M, Angélique Kidjo, Thando Dlomo and Jimmy Odukoya also star.

The Woman King Release Dates: September 16th, 2022 (US); October 7th, 2022 (UK)…

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THE FABELMANS (2022): New Trailer From Steven Spielberg, Starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle…

It’s that time again. Time for a new epic-looking movie from one of Hollywood’s most celebrated.

Starring Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano and Seth Rogen; The Fabelmans is set in post-World War II era Arizona in a family where a young man named Sammy turns to film, to help him see the truth after a shattering family secret.

I was already interested in watching how it is that films helped young Sammy. But now, knowing that this is the story of Spielberg’s own family, I just have to learn more about the origin story of one of the world’s most respected directors.

There’s also the brilliant cast o consider, particularly the ever-consistent Dano and Williams.

Additional supporting cast includes Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten, Judd Hirsch, Nicolas Cantu and Isabelle Kusman.

The Fabelmans Release Dates: November 23rd, 2022 (US); January 27th, 2023…

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BULLET TRAIN (2022): The Things I Liked…

Brad Pitt rarely letting his audience down with his movie choices is a major reason I watched director David Leitch’s latest, Bullet Train.

Also starring Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry and Sandra Bullock, the story of five assassins aboard a fast-moving bullet train proved too intriguing to resist. You can therefore imagine my disappointment when I realised that Leitch’s movie was not going to deliver. 

Despite some funny scenes, a handful of visually beautiful shots and camera angles, the story edit left me desperately wanting. I found the pace slow, tedious and inadequately engaging. 

The dialogue between Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Tyree Henry’s characters is the thing that made me realise the inspiration that seems to have come from Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino’s best work. Unfortunately, however, the film does not work as well as those classic examples of filmmaking excellence. And finding myself not liking much of the music featured only made matters worse.

Despite my obvious disappointment, I do have a couple of highlights to point out. Firstly, every scene with Hiroyuki Sanada as The Elder. Joey King’s character, even though she isn’t particularly likeable. Channing Tatum; what a welcome addition he proved to be. 

Lastly, Brad Pitt. He is always good, right? It’s the script and overall execution that let everyone down.

Even after all the above, if you still find yourself super curious about Bullet Train, watch it. There’s always a chance you’ll have more fun than I could.

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ME TIME (2022): The Things I Liked…

Me Time (2022), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix
Me Time (2022), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix

Me Time, director John Hamburg’s latest comedy about a dad who reluctantly decides to spend his me-time reconnecting with a childhood friend, does have some memorable scenes. 

To put it another way, I wasn’t feeling great about Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg’s latest buddy comedy until the scene with Sonny (Hart) and the mountain Lion cub about 35 minutes into the screening. Said scene is fun and guaranteed to have your full attention while you find yourself happy to be simultaneously scared and amused. 

There are other amusing moments scattered in Me Time. I just can’t say that I was adequately engaged by most of what happened as the movie played. Turns out that the story and how it’s written/ executed didn’t quite prove to be new or exciting enough for me. 

Furthermore, I found it hard to see Wahlberg as his character. And I’m half convinced that the story might have been better suited to characters at least a decade younger. Perhaps that way, a few of their choices might have proven more believable.

I still feel that a Hart and Wahlberg movie is a good idea. Me Time just wasn’t the right film.

In addition to the mountain lion moment, other highlights include the dialogue of the characters played by Andrew Santino, Jimmy O. Yang, and Shira Gross’s Dorit.

Give Me Timea chance if you must. You may find that it holds your attention far better than it did mine. 

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LOST OLLIE (2022): New Trailer Starring Kesler Talbot, Jonathan Groff, Gina Rodriguez, Jake Johnson…

The latest from Jonathan Groff, Kesler Talbot, Jake Johnson, Gina Rodriguez, Tim Blake Nelson and Mary J. Blige is the story of a lost toy name Ollie, the little boy who lost more than a best friend and their search for each other.

Lost Ollie is a Netflix mini-series that does sound a lot like a classic Disney movie that you’re likely very familiar with. However, Lost Ollie is different and not just because it’s live-action.

Sometimes I just have to feature a trailer because I love how super well-chosen the trailer music is. The Killers 2009 classic, All The Things That I’ve Done.

There is a small chance I might watch this, especially since I love the way at 00:10 into the trailer, Billy says:As long as these stars are near each other, we shall never be apart.’ How incredibly sweet is that accent?

How likely are you to watch Lost Ollie and why? And does the similarity to Toy Story (1995) only make you more curious?

Everett Andres, BJ Harrison, Zoë Noelle Baker, James Pizzinato, Paul Anthony, Isabel Birch, Benjamin Goas and Leandro Guedes also star.

Lost Ollie Release Dates: August 24th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE (2022): The Things I Liked…

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022), Daryl McCormack, Searchlight Pictures
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022), Daryl McCormack, Searchlight Pictures

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is as delightful as its charming trailer suggested.

You’ll be unsurprised to learn that the film’s main highlight is Emma Thompson, whose turn as Nancy Stokes, a 55-year-old widow seeking a sexual adventure and human connection is beyond fun to watch. 

Prepare yourself for a well-balanced script that features plenty of funny and perfectly awkward happenings to keep you engaged. And as invested as you’ll undoubtedly become in Nancy’s journey, you’ll also learn about the film’s namesake Leo Grande; whether through his interactions with Nancy, the hints in his quiet moments, or how he changes as the story progresses.

It’s certainly not difficult to like Daryl McCormack’s portrayal of Leo, especially once you see the care and empathy Leo displays in his dealings with Nancy.

In addition to making you laugh, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande will leave you with a handful of things to ponder on post-viewing. For example, the place that sex work currently has in society and the place it might have. There’s also the topic of the representation of female bodies in film, to name just one other.

Why not let yourself enjoy writer/director Sophie Hyde’s well-written hour and thirty minutes of engaging fun? After all, of all the movies filmed during the pandemic, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is arguably among the best.

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ME TIME (2022): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall, Andrew Santino…

Me Time (2022), Kevin Hart, Netflix
Me Time (2022), Kevin Hart, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Me Time (2022).


Directed by John Hamburg; new comedy Me Time stars Kevin Hart as a dad who reluctantly decides to spend his me-time reconnecting with an old friend. What results is a very different kind of weekend.

It’s not often enough that a movie trailer makes me laugh out loud. I’m happy to say that this one got me at least twice.

Also, Hart and Wahlberg? I definitely didn’t see this partnership comin but I’m in no way mad about it. Fingers crossed that it pays off close to as well as the Wahlberg/ Will Ferrell, or the Hart /Dwayne Johnson duos. Wouldn’t that be great?

Jimmy O. Yang, Carlo Rota, Melanie Minichino, Tahj Mowry, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Deborah S. Craig, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Chau Long, Thomas Ochoa, Kieran Roberts and Bottara Angele also star.

Me Time Release Dates: August 26th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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BLACK PANTHER – WAKANDA FOREVER (2022): New Trailer Starring Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira…

Black Panther - Wakanda Forever (2022), Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios
Black Panther – Wakanda Forever (2022), Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios

Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Martin Freeman are back for director Ryan Coogler’s long awaited second Black Panther movie, Black Panther – Wakanda Forever.

Due to nervousness about sadness that could have resurfaced because of Chadwick Boseman’s absence from a cast he led so very well, I paused before hitting play on this promising trailer.

However, luckily for me and likely anyone who appreciated what Boseman did as Black Panther, I find myself comforted by the very well-chosen trailer song.

Now I can’t wait to see this movie, and the tribute it will undoubtedly be to the man who portrayed T’Challa to perfection.

Additional cast includes Tenoch Huerta, Dominique Thorne, Winston Duke, Michaela Coel, Aleks Alifirenko Jr., Shalet Monique, Isaach De Bankolé and Gigi Bermingham.

Black Panther – Wakanda Forever Release Dates: 11th November 2022 (UK & US)…

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