Category Archives: Action

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (2021): New Trailer Starring Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran…

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), Kelly Marie Tran, Walt Disney Studios

Set in a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization; Disney’s latest animated action/adventure Raya and the Last Dragon tells the story of a warrior named Raya. And she’s determined to find the last dragon.

From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada; Raya and the Last Dragon stars Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran.

It’s still definitely early to call myself super excited after seeing this trailer. Yet, one thing I already love is the music. Not so much the vocal element but the instrumental and drums.

May the next trailer and finished film thrill and excite us all.

Raya and the Last Dragon Release Dates: March 12th, 2021 (US)…

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FATMAN (2020): New Trailer Starring Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste…

Fatman (2020), Mel Gibson
Fatman (2020), Mel Gibson

Fatman is a new comedy/thriller about what can happen to you when you’re Santa Claus and you disappoint the wrong child at Christmas. Said disappointed child can quite easily hire a hitman to end you.

Directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms; additional key cast includes Shaun Benson, Chance Hurstfield, Jordan Blais and Deborah Grover.

I often like to watch trailers before I read the synopsis, and this one certainly didn’t go where I thought it would.

I’m looking forward to the humour and what looks like a great performance by Goggins and young Chance Hurstfield who plays the aforementioned very, VERY disappointed child.

Paulino Nunes, Michelle Lang, Bill Turnbull, Robert Bockstael, Bill Lake, Michael Dickson, Joyce Rivera and Sean Tucker also star.

Fatman Release Dates: November 17th, 2020 (US)…

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MONSTER HUNTER (2020): New Trailer Starring Milla Jovovich, T.I. and Meagan Good, Tony Jaa…

Monster Hunter (2020), Milla Jovovich, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Monster Hunter (2020), Milla Jovovich, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Directed and co-written by Paul W.S. Anderson; Monster Hunter is the latest action adventure starring Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I. and Meagan Good.

Based on the video game by Capcom, the story follows Lt. Artemis (Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers as they fight for survival in a new world. One where they engage in a desperate battle against enormous enemies with incredible powers.

I’m not expecting anything particularly unique and new with this one. However, something tells me that I’ll enjoy the CGI monsters and seeing very believable action woman Jovovich do her thing.

Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung, Ron Perlman, Jannik Schümann, Hirona Yamazaki, Nic Rasenti, Nanda Costa, Aaron Beelner, Schelaine Bennett and Adrián Muñoz also star.

Monster Hunter Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (UK); December 30th, 2020 (US)…

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NEWS OF THE WORLD (2020): New Trailer From tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham,…

News of the World is a new adventure/drama where a widowed Civil War veteran (Tom Hanks) agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will.

Directed by Paul Greengrass; they travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.

Additional key cast includes Elizabeth Marvel, Helena Zengel and Mare Winningham.

I’m interested because it’s Hanks and I wonder if it will be anything like True Grit (2010).

Chukwudi Iwuji, Neil Sandilands, Christopher Hagen, Thomas Francis Murphy, Stafford Douglas, Fred Hechinger, Michelle Campbell and Clint Obenchain also star.

News Of The World Release Dates: December 25th, 2020 (US); January 1st, 2021 (UK)…

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FREE GUY (2020): New Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer…

Free Guy (2020), Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox
Free Guy (2020), Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox

Directed by Shawn Levy, Ryan Renolds’s new action/comedy Free Guy has a new trailer.

Also starring Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Joe Keery Free Guy has Reynolds an NPC (Non Player Character) inside a brutal, open world video game.

Interesting. I think I like the original trailer released back in December 2019 more than I do this one. Not that this is a bad trailer. However, this particular edit makes the ‘good guy’ aspect of Reynolds’s character feel especially contrived.

Perhaps I’m having trouble divorcing Reynolds from his Deadpool (2016) character ,and can’t fully buy him as his Guy character. It could also be that all my ‘good guy’ interest level has been assigned completely to Ted Lasso (2020). Maybe.

Or, maybe I’m completely wrong and end up loving this movie come its December 2020 release date. Maybe indeed.

Aaron W Reed, Kenneth Israel, Leah Procito, Owen Burke, Jamaal Burcher and Britne Oldford also star.

Free Guy Release Dates: December 11th, 2020 (US)…

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WANDAVISION (2020): New Trailer Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn…

WandaVision (2020), Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Marvel Entertainment
WandaVision (2020), Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Marvel Entertainment

WandaVision is a new TV-Series spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings and Kathryn Hahn, the story focuses on the characters Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff and The Vision.

Additional key cast includes Teyonah Parris, Randall Park and Shane Berengue.

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this trailer, but I definitely want to find out. Particularly since Scarlet Witch and The Vision are two Marvel characters I know very little about.

Now I’m wondering just how much of the series will be in black and white.

WandaVision Release Dates: November 20th, 2020 (US)…

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THE COMEBACK TRAIL (2020): New Trailer From Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jone, Zach Braff…

The Comeback Trail (2020): Robert De Niro, Zach Braff
The Comeback Trail (2020): Robert De Niro, Zach Braff

Directed and co-written by George Gallo; The Comback Trail is the latest action/comedy starring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jone and Zach Braff.

De Niro is one of two movie producers who owe money to the mob. So, to save themselves, they set up their ageing movie star (Jones) for an insurance scam. Only all does not go according to plan…

The humour and great cast are my reason. Looks like it’s going to be fun watching De Niro, Jones and Freeman share the screen.

Patrick Muldoon, Michelle Maylene, Malcolm Barrett, Eddie Griffin, Natalie Burn, Vincent Spano, Nick Vallelonga and Leslie Stratton also star.

The Comeback Trail Release Dates: November 13th, 2020 (US)…

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AVA (2020): The Thing I Liked…

AVA (2020), Jessica Chastatin, Madman Films

Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and John Malkovich; Ava is one of those films I watched to the very end for three reasons. Firstly because it’s Chastain, Farrell and Malkovich. Second, even though I wouldn’t call AVA good, I hoped to find something I’d like about it. Lastly, Each quarter managed to do just enough to hook me so I’d stay curious enough to want to find out how the next moments would unfold.

Directed by Tate Taylor; Chastain is Ava, a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organisation. While abroad on a high profile hit, things don’t go according to plan and soon our protagonist finds herself a target.

The main issue I found with Taylor’s film is the hugely underdeveloped story and dialogue. There are unfortunately next to zero impressively smart, surprising elements in Ava. A reality that made the movie feel like one of the most ‘basic’ action movies I’ve ever seen.

Even though the three leads can certainly act, none of it proved enough to save Ava. Everyone did the best they could with both the script and stunt direction. Yet, sadly, the action sequences much like the rest of the movie offer minimal delights.

The parts I did enjoy most are the last interactions between Malkovich and Farrell’s characters. It was also great to watch Farrell use his natural Irish accent in a movie again. The last time I saw him do that was in In Bruges (2008).

If you’re extremely curious about Ava, do what you must. Otherwise, maybe watch Atomic Blonde (2017) instead.

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