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

If you thought that the teaser trailer for Black Panther – Wakanda Forever was moving, prepare yourself for the official trailer from director Ryan Coogler; starring Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman and Lupita Nyong’o,

Thanks to the stunning visuals, very promising battle sequences and absolutely perfect music, I have played this trailer countless times since its release.

I must also admit that each time I’ve played it, I was unable to resist beating my chest as per what happens at 1:40 seconds into the trailer. There will be very few if any dry eyes in the cinema when this comes out. Lastly, how special is the musical core/soundtrack going to be.

I’m guessing the answer is Letita Wright, the question is, who’s performance are you most excited to see? I’m certainly excited to see Wright deliver. However, I can’t wait to see queen Bassett; an actor I’ve adored ever since Whats Love Got to do With it 1993 and Waiting to Exhale (1995).

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

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

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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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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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BLACK PANTHER – WAKANDA FOREVER (2022): New Teaser 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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THE GRAY MAN (2022): The Things I liked…

Thrills and action were promised. And thrilling action is precisely what Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Ryan Gosling’s latest, The Gray Man delivered.

A key highlight of the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed action/thriller is all the action sequences that made it impossible for me to look away for at least two-thirds of the movie. Even more so during the scenes set in Prague.

Evans as the bad guy in a story about the CIA’s most skilled operative’s uncovering of dark agency secrets is a fun surprise. I rather enjoyed his well-dressed turn as a psychopath. Gosling has always been fun to watch in action roles, and The Gray Man is no different.

And to think that my Friday wasn’t quite going to plan today. It turns out that all it took was to watch the first ten minutes of The Gray Man to have me cheering and ‘woohooing’ at the thrilling action, smile-inducing dialogue, rich visuals and heart-thumping musical score.

Undeniably, perfect is not the word to describe The Gray Man. However, it is a perfectly entertaining escape that isn’t so easy to turn away from, especially during the highly engaging action scenes. 

If you’re a fan of the cast and directors, I implore you to alter your mood and take in all the highlights mentioned above, including the fun camera work.

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BLACK ADAM (2022): New Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Noah Centineo, Pierce Brosnan…

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra; Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi , Noah Centineo and Pierce Brosnan are the stars of new action/fantasy/sci-fi, Black Adam. A character for whom unleashing his unique form of justice on the modern world is a key goal.

And who can blame him really, when nearly 5000 years ago, he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods-and imprisoned just as quickly.

I Can’t wait to see what Johnson brings to this. Even as fatigued as I am with the superhero genre, the hope and possible promise of some difference always has a way of making me sit up and pay attention.

Also, surely it’s a positive sign when something that happens in a movie trailer results in at least one loud ‘WOOO….’ from me. Let’s hope!

Uli Latukefu, Aldis Hodge, Marwan Kenzari, Joseph Gatt, Quintessa Swindell, Chaim Jeraffi and Jalon Christian are among the cast.

Black Adam Release Dates: October 21st, 2022 (US)…

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021): New Trailer Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe…

New action/crime/drama Nightmare Alley is director Guillermo del Toro’s latest audio-visual feast.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe, the story follows an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people. Little did he know that the psychiatrist he’s just hooked up with is far more dangerous than he is.

When big hitters like Cooper and Blanchett are involved, one pays attention. And as I often do, I watched the above trailer before reading the synopsis.

Considering how much is going on in just over a minute and a half of this trailer, plus Dafoe’s character’s non-stop dialogue, which I still haven’t really listened to yet, it’s no wonder I had some trouble keeping up. That’s probably part of the reason I wasn’t sure about just how appealing this movie is to me initially. That of course changed as soon as I learned about the ‘manipulation face/off.’

Now I have to watch to see just how intense it’s all going to get. And for the great colours and beautiful lighting, of course.

Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., Troy James, David Hewlett, Holt McCallany, Paul Anderson and David Strathairn also star.

Nightmare Alley Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US); January 21st, 2022 (UK)…

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THE LOST CITY (2022): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt…

Directed by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee; The Lost City follows Sandra Bullock as reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage.

While on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum), they both get swept up in a kidnapping attempt that results in a cutthroat jungle adventure. One that has an additional key cast that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

How fun does this look? And what a perfect entrance for Pitt’s character. I haven’t been this happy to see one of my favourites since Keanu Reeves showed up in the Always be my Maybe (2019) trailer.

I’m in for all the fun, the promise of amusement and the chemistry between this rather pleasant surprise of an ensemble.

Patti Harrison, Raymond Lee, Héctor Aníbal, Thomas Forbes-Johnson and Danny Radhames Vasquez Castillo also star.

The Lost City Release Dates: March 25th, 2022 (US)…

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