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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Christmas Chronicles (2020), Kurt Russell, Netflix

Thoughts that entered my mind while watching The Christmas Chronicles 2:

Yeah! Kurt Russell delivers another fun musical performance, a key highlight.’

My, my; that Santa coat is still as beautiful as the first time I laid eyes on it.’

I’m so glad this movie is better than the first one. Thanks to the story and a good performance by young Darby Camp.’

I’d love that star as my own personal light. Also looks like a perfect ornament.’

Considering the year that 2020 has been, The Christmas Chronicles 2, along with a few other good seasonal movies this year are precisely what my festive season mise en scène obsessed self have been needing.

It’s a fun adventure for Christmas fans of all ages. Especially, thanks to how positive it is and the way it fully embraces the Christmas spirit. From the engaging adventure story about saving Christmas to the stunning decorations and fun special effects.

Watch The Christmas Chronicles 2. Particularly if, like me, you’re into how beautiful the festive season makes everything look, and all else I’ve mentioned.

The only things I liked a little less than would have been ideal are the performances by the big brother character and the naughty elf. Both were okay. However, just not as fully believable at times as young Camp the others.

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CHAOS WALKING (2021): New Trailer From Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas…

Chaos Walking (2021), Daisy Ridley, Lionsgate Films
Chaos Walking (2021), Daisy Ridley, Lionsgate Films

Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen Daisy Ridley and Nick Jonas’s latest adventure/sci-fi movie is Chaos Walking.

Directed by Doug Liman; the story is set in a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

Additional key cast includes David Oyelowo, Kurt Sutter and Cynthia Erivo.

It seems that the trend for movies where women are scarce is here to stay. As a lady myself, I’m not quite sure how to feel about that. Nevertheless, I do want to see where this plot takes us.

What I know for sure is this, I wouldn’t be glad about being the only woman left.

Demián Bichir, Óscar Jaenada, Bethany Anne Lind, Olunike Adeliyi, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos and Tara Nicodemo also star.

Chaos Walking Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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ARCHENEMY (2020): New Trailer Starring Joe Manganiello, Glenn Howerton, Skylan Brooks, Zolee Griggs…

Archenemy (2020), Joe Manganiello, RLJE Films
Archenemy (2020), Joe Manganiello, RLJE Films

Archenemy follows Max Fist (Joe Manganiello), a man who claims to be a hero from another dimension. And since he fell through time and space to earth, he finds that he has no powers; plus no one has believed his stories. That is until he crosses paths with a local teenager named Hamster.

Co-written and directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer; Glenn Howerton, Skylan Brooks and Zolee Griggs are among the key cast.

This one I’m giving a chance to because it has that underground, gritty vibe that Jamie Foxx’s rather fun Project Power (2020) had.

I also want to know more about if/when Max will be able to return to his dimension – and I’m in for another deconstructions of the superhero movie genre. So far, In addition to Archenemy and Project Power, there’s Prime Video’s The Boys; a series that’s been recommended to me a few times now. Are there any others?

Lastly, isn’t the shot in the above image just great? I’m sure it has a special name in movie making circles but the last time I recall seeing something similar and loving it was in the trailer for another superhero movie, Fantastic Four (2015).

Paul Scheer, Mac Brandt, Kieran Gallagher, Amy Seimetz, Joseph D. Reitman, Amje Elharden and Christopher Guyton also star.

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

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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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LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020): The Things I Liked…

Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien
Love And Monsters (2020), Dylan O’brien

Love and Monsters is a fun/funny comedy/adventure about a young man named Joel and his hero journey; a journey where he learns how to survive a monster apocalypse to get to his girlfriend who’s eighty miles away.

Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick; it’s the monster special effects that grabbed my attention in the trailer. And let me say, they did not let me down. The images of giant snails and other oversized creepy crawlies had me watching some of the action through my t-shirt. Yet, I still found those scenes oddly thrilling and fun. Of course, ideally, I’d have liked to be less of a wuss. But I guess I now have a slightly better understanding of the kind of thrills some people get when watching scary movies. Particularly since there’s no denying that giant bugs are often gross and undeniably scary.

The humour in the introductory voice-over in the first third of the movie is one of the key highlights. The other highlights include any encounters with oversized creatures which are both well-choreographed and scary; the latter especially if you’re not into bugs of any size. The only part I didn’t love so much is around the middle of the film, once Joel finds himself alone once more. It may be my impatience acting up here but the pacing seemed to slow down a tad. And the way the editing milked a very key moment for our hero just really annoyed me.

Still, I’d watch part two if it were coming. I mean, yeah, I don’t love bugs but for the first time in my life, being scared was actually fun. I honestly didn’t think that was possible for me.

Watch Love and Monsters because it’s fun. It’s a good hero’s journey/ coming of age story with exciting monsters and heroics.

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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 (2020): New Trailer From Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Julian Dennison, Tyrese Gibson…

The Christmas Chronicles (2020), Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Netflix
The Christmas Chronicles (2020), Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020).

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn are back for The Christmas Chronicles 2.

Directed/co-written by  Chris Columbus and also starring Julian Dennison plus Tyrese Gibson; this time Kate Pierce is now a cynical teenager. One who finds herself unexpectedly reunited with Santa Clause when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas forever.

Russell’s beautiful beard and gorgeous Santa coat are two things that stood out in a good way in the first The Christmas Chronicles movie.

I also recall a big brother character who seemed too old to be as ‘into Santa’ as he was. He doesn’t appear to be n this movie, and it’s great to see that Santa’s beard and coat haven’t changed one bit.

As for how much fun I’m likely to have with this sequel, let’s just say that based on this trailer, I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Judah Lewis, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Patrick Gallagher, Darby Camp, Michel Issa Rubio, Teya Wild, Amanda Cleghorn, Christy St. John, Jahzir Bruno, Megan Serena Trainer and Romy Sanchez also star.

The Christmas Chronicles 2 Release Dates: November 25th, 2020 (US), Netflix…

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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 25th, 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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