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THE WHITE TIGER (2020): The Things I Liked…

The White Tiger (2021), Priyanka Chopra, Netflix
The White Tiger (2021), Priyanka Chopra, Netflix

The White Tiger, though not perfect, it’s a good movie with flawless performances.

Starring Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gourav; director Ramin Bahrani’s crime/drama tells the story of a poor Indian driver named Balram. Particularly his use of wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters.

There are several things to enjoy about The White Tiger. From the generally well-paced, compelling story, to its commentary on India’s socio-economic ills, and the broken systems that maintain them.

It was interesting to see the different paths the characters of The White Tiger took to survive. And where possible, drastically change their fate within said system. No wonder then, that none of the characters are angels.

Another thing to appreciate is how none of the main female characters in the story are stereotypically ‘helpless.’

After seeing the trailer several weeks earlier, I’d been looking forward to a story of epic proportions. I can now say that epic is not too far from the truth. However, there are things I wish were different about director Bahrani’s movie. For example, the way the story seemed to slow down at approximately three-quarters of the way. Secondly, the ending felt a tad abrupt and not as thoroughly satisfying. I was therefore left wanting, and reminded that the start of the movie was also awkward.

I’ve never read Aravind Adiga’s  bestselling book that inspired this movie. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that everyone who has read the book loves it more than the film.

Watch The White Tiger because it is a good story overall.

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BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY (2021): New Trailer From Allison Janney, Regina Hall, Mila Kunis…

Breaking News in Yuba County (2021), Alison Janney, MGM
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021), Alison Janney, MGM

Allison Janney, Regina Hall and Mila Kunis are the stars of new comedy/crime/drama. Breaking News in Yuba County.

Directed by Tate Taylor; the story follows Sue Buttons (Allison Janney), an underappreciated suburban wife who finds herself particularly comfortable with being at the centre of a news story after her husband goes missing.

The cast is great and I’m excited about all the quirkiness and comedy. There’s also that very special hairstyle on Regina Hall’s police officer character’s head. A look that’s already amusing me, probably more than it should. That’s the magic of the mullet I guess.

Awkwafina, Juliette Lewis, Ellen Barkin, Samira Wiley, Jimmi Simpson, Wanda Sykes, Chris Lowell, Matthew Modine, Clifton Collins Jr., Bridget Everett, Marcella Lentz-Pope and Dominic Burgess also star.

Breaking News in Yuba County Release Dates: February 12th, 2021 (US)…

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CHERRY (2021): New Trailer From Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Kelli Berglund, Jack Reynor…

Cherry (2021), Tom Holland, Apple TV+
Cherry (2021), Tom Holland, Apple TV+

Cherry is the latest crime/drama starring Tom Holland, Jack Reynor, Ciara Bravo and Kelli Berglund.

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo of Marvel’s Avengers movies; Cherry is the story of an Army medic with post-traumatic stress disorder who becomes a serial bank robber, after his drug addiction puts him in debt.

I’m curious about this; for reasons including a bank robber not wanting to be rude to ladies. Though, admittedly, I can’t deny that I was hoping to be more excited about this movie after seeing the full trailer, but I’m not.

Another movie about a polite/gentleman bank robber that comes to mind is Robert Redford’s The Old Man & The Gun  (2018).

Do you find yourself intrigued by Cherry? It’s OK if you just want to know why the movie is titled Cherry?

Thomas Lennon, Michael Gandolfini, Jeff Wahlberg, Pooch Hall, Forrest Goodluck, Adam Long, Fionn O’Shea, Suhail Dabbach, Jamie Brewer, Nicole Forester and Anna Colwell also star.

Cherry Release Dates: February 26th, 2021 (US), Apple TV+

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BROTHERS BY BLOOD (2020): New Trailer From Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman, Ryan Phillippe, Maika Monroe…

Brothers by Blood (2020), Matthias Schoenaerts, Vertical Releasing US
Brothers by Blood (2020), Matthias Schoenaerts, Vertical Releasing US

Brothers by Blood, a.k.a, The Sound of Philadelphia, a.k.a, Sons of Philadelphia are the three names for the latest action/crime/drama starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman and Ryan Phillipe.

Set within the Philadelphia mob; director Jérémie Guez’s movie is a tale of family, friendships and betrayal.

I’m honestly not sure how this one’s going to turn out. But what I can bet on is a good Schoenaerts’s performance. Fingers crossed that everything else around his performance falls into place. In which case I won’t have to suggest that you’re better off watching/re-watching The Drop (2014); a very good mob story and another notable Schoenaerts role.

Maika Monroe, Paul Schneider, Nicholas Crovetti, Antoni Corone, Felix Scott, Tim Ahern, Nigel Barber, James Nelson-Joyce, Stilian Keli and Carlos Schram

Brothers by Blood Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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NOBODY (2021): New Trailer From Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd…

Nobody (2021), Bob Odenkirk, Universal Pictures
Nobody (2021), Bob Odenkirk, Universal Pictures

When you help a woman who’s being harassed by a group of men, one of the things that can happen is you become the target of a vengeful drug lord.

At least that’s the case for Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) in new action/crime/drama Nobody.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller; additional key cast includes Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd.

The action sequences in this trailer appear fun, cleverly shot and funny. I’m looking forward to finding out the ways in which Nobody is different from Keanu Reeves’s very popular John Wick (2014). Perhaps it’s equally similar and different. Especially considering the revenge plot and the fact that both films share a producer.

Bring on the madness and let’s get back that ‘goddam kitty cat bracelet!’

J.P. Manoux, Paul Essiembre, Humberly González, Araya Mengesha, Gage Munroe, Paisley Cadorath, Aleksey Serebryakov and RZA also star.

Nobody Release Dates: February 26th, 2021 (US), March 5th, 2021 (UK)…

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LUPIN (2021): New Trailer Starrying omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Nicole Garcia…

Lupin (2021), Omar Sy, Netflix
Lupin (2021), Omar Sy, Netflix

Based on the early 20th century French detective novels by Maurice Leblanc; Lupin is a new seven part Netflix series about Assane Diop (Omar Sy), whose life was turned upside down as a teenager, when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Twenty five years pass and Assane decides to use ‘Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar’ as his inspiration to avenge his father.

I’m interested in what looks like a clever vengeance story. It’s just unfortunate that this dub job leaves much to be desired. For reasons including the voiceover guy being 1) American and 2) sounding nothing like Sy.

I generally don’t watch many dubbed movies. So I wonder, are dub jobs usually this disappointing? Hopefully Netflix will let us watch it in the language it was filmed, but with subtitles.

Additional key cast includes Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Nicole Garcia, Nicolas Wanczycki, Karim Lasmi, Pierre Rousselet and Cédric Meusburger.

Lupin Release Dates: January 21st, 2021 (US)…

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YOUR HONOR (2020): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia…

Your Honor (2020), Bryan Cranston, Showtime
Your Honor (2020), Bryan Cranston, Showtime

New Legal thriller Your Honor stars Bryan Cranston as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run accident that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.

Hope Davis, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are among the key cast.

I wonder if I’ll enjoy this more than I did Breaking Bad. One other relatively new crime/thriller that Your Honor brings to mind is the very highly rated and good Ozark.

Tony Curran, Hunter Doohan, Lilli Kay, Michael Stuhlbarg, Brittney Tamberg, Jock McKissic, David Maldonado, Keith Machekanyanga and Garrett Kruithof also star.

Your Honor Release Dates: December 2020 (US), Showtime…

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RATCHED (2020): The Things I Liked…

Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix

Is Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s latest crime/drama/mystery starring Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock and Sharon Stone good? I wouldn’t say no. Is it also well-acted, features some great dialogue and is visually pleasing because of the colour-rich cinematography and costume design? Yes. So, with all that said, why did I find it to be a tad taxing to watch this eight-episode mini-series through to the very end?

It certainly didn’t help that the show annoyed me almost immediately. All thanks to the overly dramatic music which persisted throughout episode one. I found no need for the music to be as loud and constant as it was. Luckily, the episodes that followed aren’t as overtaken by the music.

Ratched, the story of Mildred Ratched, a nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and monstrous to her patients opens quite well with some dark happenings. Besides Paulson’s performance and the great dialogue we get to enjoy as soon as we meet Ratched in episode one, I liked Finn Wittrock’s turn as the definitely disturbed Edmund Tolleson.

Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix

The whole cast performs very well but it’s Wittrock, Paulson and Sophie Okonedo’s performances that stood out most for me. The latter, particularly in the very last episode. Episodes two to eight contain some twists, turns and more monstrous happenings; some of which you may or may not see coming.

The main reason I’m not overly enthused by Ratched is because the series is the kind that features plenty of scheming, secrets and lies. The kind of scheming, secrets and lies that took me back to the likes of Desperate Housewives, a show I enjoyed mind you. Yet, with Ratched, even though the setting is different, I think I may have fully exhausted my enthusiasm for such stories. That is unless there’s something delightfully different and or the story doesn’t feel rushed which Ratched does, in parts.

In the end, The only reason I stuck with Ratched is to find out how it would end. I think the story will be a lot more impressive if you haven’t seen much out there like it before. As for the ending, I didn’t love it because I wanted a far cleaner conclusion; one with some finality to it. Still, I say give Ratched a chance if you’re curious. There are certainly some highlights to enjoy, even though most of the characters, especially Ratched are not so easily likeable.

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