Category Archives: Crime

HANGMAN (2017): New Trailer From Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow…

Hangman (2017), Karl Urban, Al Pacino
Hangman (2017), Karl Urban, Al Pacino

Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow are the stars of Hangman, a Johnny Martin directed thriller about a homicide detective and a criminal profiler on the hunt for a serial killer…

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman’s Se7en (1995) has me believing that in every serial killer movie, a member of the investigative team is going to die, or at the very least be targeted by the serial killer. I’m tuning in because of Pacino and the story. I actually haven’t watched a good serial killer drama since the earlier seasons of The Mentalist. I live in hope.

Hangman Release Dates

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BAYWATCH (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson
Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson

Random great one liners here and there are really the main highlight in the 2017 version of Baywatch. Directed by Seth Gordon and starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Aexandra Daddario, this is a film that made me laugh mostly when I watched the trailer. It’s unfortunate foe me that Gordon’s movie contains some seriously cringe worthy moments and dialogue. If you like that sort of thing then you’re in luck! I mean, people complained about Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones but David Hasselhoff’s appearance in Baywatch felt far more awkward, for me.

Am I crazy for thinking that the original Baywatch television series about a group of California lifeguards may have had a little more substance than this re-imagining? The first thing that disappointed me when the movie started is the the lack of sufficient character back story. How else was I going to connect with them and become invested if I hardly know a thing about most of the key players. 

It had never really occurred to me just how dissatisfied the Baywatch characters must have been with their own jobs. In Seth gordon’s movie they appear to be so unhappy that they assume the roles of police officers. Isn’t that illegal? Did the TV series take things this far and I just didn’t notice? Generally, I know that this is a movie and things have to be ‘bigger and better’ but for me it was definitely bigger and more ridiculous.

If I had to pick a favourite moment, in this movie, I choose the beautiful fireworks display towards the end. That’s really it because the trailer proved better than the finished product. A far too common trend with comedies, it seems.

Watch it only if you absolutely must.

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ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (2017): New Trailer From Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Shelley Hennig…

Roman J, Israel, Esq. (2017), Denzel Washington
Roman J, Israel, Esq. (2017), Denzel Washington

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy of Nightcrawler (2014)Roman J, Israel, Esq. stars Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Shelley Hennig in a story about a driven, idealistic defence attorney. One who, as a result of a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action…

Of course I’m in! Washington and Farrell,  such a promising pairing – and thats before one even mentions Mr. Gilroy, the man responsible for the movie that really should have resulted in an Oscar nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal.

Roman J, Israel, Esq. Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US); December 1st, 2017 (UK)…

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GOTTI (2017): New Trailer From john Travolta, Stacy Keach, Megan Leonard, Lydia Hull…

Gotti (2017), John Travolta
Gotti (2017), John Travolta

Directed by Kevin Connolly, John Travolta is the star of Gotti; the story of crime boss John Gotti and his son…

I want to see John Travolta do a good job. That’s my main reason for watching; that and my general curiosity about Gotti family story.

Stacy Keach, Megan Leonard and Lydia Hull also star.

Gotti Release Dates

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1922 (2017): New Trailer From Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Neal McDonough…

1922 (2017), Thomas Jane
1922 (2017), Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane, Molly Parker and Neal McDonough are the stars of 1922, another Stephen King book-to-movie adaptation. Set in 1922, Jane plays a simple yet proud rancher who conspires to murder his wife for financial gain and convinces his teenage son to participate…

I want to watch this one, especially to see the teenage son’s emotional journey. All I have to do before then is get over my intense dislike of the vilest of rodents; particularly since you would have noticed, they feature quite prominently. If they weren’t already enough put me on edge, the music in this trailer also plays its part.

Directed by Zak Hilditch; Kaitlyn Bernard, Dylan Schmid, Nikolai Witschl and Roan Curtis also star.

1922 Release Dates: October 20th, 2017 (US)…

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (2017): New Trailer From Ridley Scott, Starring Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Timothy Hutton…

All The Money In The World (2017), Michelle Williams
All The Money In The World (2017), Michelle Williams

All The Money In The World is the story of a left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy, that hatched a massive kidnapping plot in the 1970s. Directed by Ridley Scott; Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Timothy Hutton star…

To save one’s grandson and let the world know that you negotiate with terrorists or sacrifice your grandson so that no one ever thinks that they can demand and receive a ransom from you ever again.

Whatever Mr. Getty does or doesn’t do, it should be very interesting to watch, especially with such a talented and super engaging cast.

All The Money In The World Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US); January 5th, 2018 (UK)…

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BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 (2017): New Trailer From Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Jennifer Carpenter…

Brawl In Cell block 99 (2017), Vince Vaughn
Brawl In Cell block 99 (2017), Vince Vaughn

In Brawl In Cell Block 99, Vince Vaughn is a former boxer-turned-drug runner who ends up in jail after a deal goes sideways. Written / directed by S. Craig Zahler; Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter co-star…

My main reason for watching is the hope that Vince Vaughn is branching out and playing a character not too similar to the ones we’re used to seeing him play.

Brawl In Cell 99 Release Dates: September 2nd 2017 (US)…

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21 JUMP STREET (2012): For the Fun Action & Bromance…

21 Jump Street (2012), Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
21 Jump Street (2012), Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

My favourite thing about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s action / comedy 21 Jump Street is… I want to say ‘everything’ because I really had a great time watching this movie. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one thing, its of course the beautiful bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters. They play two under achieving cops who are sent back to high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring. It’s a good balance of comedy and action with a soft-ish centre of good old fashioned brotherly bonding.

In addition to co-stars Ice Cube and Johnny Depp, another highlight for me was recognising a younger Brie Larson among the cast. Watch 21 Jump Street for the fun bromance. Though it’s definitely not number one on my top ten bromance movies list (because Pineapple Express (2008) rules); it is a fun and funny ‘adults back in high school’ movie experience with a side of undercover cop action.

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