Category Archives: Comedy

LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020): New Trailer Starrying Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker, Jessica Henwick…

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

New adventure/comdey Love and Monsters has Dylan O’brien as a young man learning to survive a monster apocalypse with the help of an expert hunter.

Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick are among the key cast, while Michael Matthews directs.

More than the apocalyptic storyline, I’m mostly in for the monster special effects.

Also, anyone else think of Tremors (1990) as this trailer played?

Ellen Hollman, Melanie Zanetti, Ariana Greenblatt, Larry Cedar, Damien Garvey, Tandi Wright, Amali Golden and Tasneem Roc also star.

Love and Monsters Release Dates: October 16th, 2020 (US)…

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THE CROODS – A NEW AGE (2020): New trailer From Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone…

The Croods – A New Age (2020), Universal Pictures

2013’s animated comedy/adventure The Croods has a good looking new sequel.

Directed by Joel Crawford; starring Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, The Croods – A New Age follows the prehistoric family once again. This time they’re challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.

Is it possible for this movie to look any more fun? I think not! I don’t remember the first croods movie released seven years ago very well but I know I liked a lot about it.

I’m ready now for a the adventure, humour and cuteness. So, thank goodness the release date isn’t a year away.

Catherine Keener, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman and Kelly Marie Tran also star.

The Croods – A New Age Release Dates: November 25th, 2020 (US); January 29th, 2021 (UK)…

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THE KISSING BOOTH 2 (2020): The Things I liked…

The Kissing Booth 2 (2018), Jacob Elordi, Joey King, Netflix
The Kissing Booth 2 (2018), Jacob Elordi, Joey King, Netflix

Director Vince Marcello’s sequel to hit teen movie The Kissing Booth (2018) focuses on Joey King)’s character Elle’s attempts to juggle a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi), while she’s also applying for college. Then there’s a new friendship with a handsome classmate that could really complicate things.

Considering how I felt about the first movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect with The Kissing Booth 2. Luckily, to my very pleasant surprise, I had a good time. Even though it’s still not perfect, I found this sequel to be funnier and certainly better written than the first movie. I found myself especially glad that I didn’t encounter any stand out bad acting moments.

I like how the story played out, including the moments that surprised me, big or small. As a long appreciator of good teen movies, this one I’ll remember fondly; thanks to the overall execution and the fact that it didn’t force me to question any of Marcello’s decisions. I was simply too busy enjoying the results.

Lastly, I’ve always appreciated the way good teen movies can transport us back to our teenage years (not that mine are extremely far behind me, mind you). As the characters grow up before our eyes, making mistake after mistake, I often wonder whether I was equally clueless at their age. Or was I close to being as wise as I feel I am today? I know what I want to believe. I also know what’s highly likely.

Give The Kissing Booth 2 a chance if you’re curious, and for all the reasons above.

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FREAKY (2020): New Trailer Starring Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Alan Ruck, Celeste O’Connor…

In new comedy/horror/thriller Freaky, Kathryn Newton plays Millie, a young girl in high school who, after swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer; she discovers that she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

Directed by Christopher Landon; Vince Vaughn, Celeste O’Connor, and Alan Ruck are among the key cast.

This looks like promising, silly fun.

Another thing that stands out is how much fun Newton must have had playing Millie. Particularly once she turned killer.

I’m in for the two Newton roles and the Halloween silliness. Who can believe that Halloween is so close already?

Uriah Shelton, Katie Finneran, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Dana Drori, Misha Osherovich, Mitchell Hoog, Melissa Collazo and Dustin Lewis also star.

Freaky Release Dates: November 13th, 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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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Starring Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Sam Rockwell, I was drawn to Disney’s partly-animated adventure/comedy The One and Only Ivan, because I knew that the ending was going to be a happy one. What I didn’t know until I saw the movie is that The One and Only Ivan is based on a true story.

Set in a circus at the mall, at the heart of the film is Ivan, a gorilla who’s trying to piece together his past as he and his elephant friend Stella plan to escape from captivity. Though director Thea Sharrock’s movie is quite predictable, I found that I didn’t mind too much. Especially since my main motivation for watching the film was to see a bunch of animals get their happy ending. 

There’s no denying that a faster pace would have helped my enjoyment overall. And it did prove arduous watching the animals get excited about their initial plan to escape captivity. Particularly considering how clear it was to adult viewers just how dangerous an actual escape would be for the animals. Perhaps, since The One and Only Ivan is ultimately a movie for children, it may be that the futility of the initial escape plan wouldn’t be so obvious to a young audience, meaning those scenes wouldn’t prove as taxing as they did for me.

The good news is that even with the elements that bothered me, I’m glad I stuck with The One and Only Ivan, because of the happy ending I wanted. 

As for the question of whether I’d call The One and Only Ivan a great Disney film. No. Yet it’s also not completely terrible. As such, if you’re curious enough, give it a chance. Just don’t leave your patience at the door – and remember, it is ultimately aimed at children. 

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ON THE ROCKS (2020): New Trailer From Sofia Coppola, Starring Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Bill Murray…

On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+
On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+

Set in New York City, the latest comedy/adventure from director Sofia Coppola stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans.

On the Rocks follows Laura (Jones), a young mother as she reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father .

Looks like a perfect role for Murray. The humour, setting and director are the reasons I’m most interested. I’m also invested in the story and need to find out what Dean is really up to.

Jenny Slate, Jessica Henwick, Barbara Bain, Nadia Dajani, Musto Pelinkovicci, Jules Willcox, Alexandra Mary Reimer, Evangeline Young, Chase Sui Wonders, Mike Keller and Ximena Lamadrid also star.

On the Rocks Release Dates: October 23rd, 2020 (US)/ Apple TV+…

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ETERNAL BEAUTY (2019): New Trailer Starring Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Billie Piper…

Eternal Beauty (2019), Sally Hawkins, Samuel Goldwyn Films

Written/directed by  Craig Roberts, Eternal Beauty is a new drama/romance starring Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water (2017), David Thewlis and Billie Piper.

Hawkins plays Jane, a woman who falls into a state of despair over her schizophrenia, and ends up encountering new sources of love and life with surprising results.

The cast is great and the writing sounds promising. I especially can’t wait for all the humour to surface and to see what Hawkins and Thewlis do with their very meaty roles.

Penelope Wilton, Banita Sandhu, Morfydd Clark, Rita Bernard-Shaw, Robert Pugh, Alice Lowe, Robert Aramayo and Ashley McGuire also star.

Eternal Beauty Release Dates: October 2nd, 2020 (US)…

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