Category Archives: Crime

THE GOOD NURSE (2022): New Trailer From Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Kim Dickens, Nnamdi Asomugha…

New biography/crime/drama The Good Nurse follows an infamous caregiver who finds themselves implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients.

Directed by Tobias Lindholm; Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich and Nnamdi Asomugha are among the key cast.

I’d been missing seeing Redmayne on screen, so I’m watching this for that reason and the chilling fact that this is based on a true story.

As someone who has resisted looking up details about the truth about these characters, I’m now especially curious to understand the thinking behind the ‘one neck, two heads’ artwork above. I’m scared that the truth is far darker than this trailer suggests. There’s of course, also a chance that I’m seriously overthinking matters. Still, I’m cautiously excited to find out.

Malik Yoba, Ajay Naidu, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Maurice J. Irvin, Jennifer Regan, Gabe Fazio, Brooke Stacy Mills and Alix West Lefler also star.

The God Nurse Release Dates: October 26th, 2022 (US)…

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GLASS ONION – A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY (2022): New Trailer Starring Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista…

Daniel Craig is back as everyone’s favourite Southern detective, Benoit Blanc. Directed once again by Rian Johnson, Glass Onion – A knives Out Mystery. takes us to Greece for Blanc’s next case.

Get ready for a bunch of intriguing new characters played by Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Madelyn Cline, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jessica Henwick.

I like that the cast mix feels quite unexpected here. And if the finished film is close to as captivating as this trailer, I’m going to be very happy indeed.

Lastly, remember how Chris Evans’s Knives Out (2019) character Ransom Drysdale had people rediscovering their appreciation for cable knit sweaters? Well, what are the chances that Bautista’s speedos will do something similar? Maybe?

Glass Onion – A Knives Out Mystery Release Dates: December 23rd, 2022 (US & UK)…

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BLACK BIRD (2022): New Trailer From Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta…

Black Bird (2022), Paul Walter Hauser, Apple TV+
Black Bird (2022), Paul Walter Hauser, Apple TV+

New crime/drama/thriller series, Black Bird has Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene, a man sentenced to 10 years in a minimum-security prison. A sentence that could be reduced to zero, if he’d just do one not quite so little thing.

Elicit a confession from Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser,) a suspected serial killer so that the FBI can find the bodies of as many as eighteen women.

I can’t even begin to guess if Keene will get out of this alive, especially knowing how prisonguards in TV shows and movies tend to stir up trouble and inappropriately exercise their power. Then there’s the assumption that the FBI care whether Keene survives. I mean, he does seem to be, you know, a full-on criminal.

I’m into this because of the cast and this rather well-edited trailer, even if it is tinged with some sadness since Liotta is no longer with us.

I see a pair of perfectly rich roles for Egerton and Hauser, plus some incredibly tense scenes coming our way. Scenes that are ideal for fans of great prison dramas and mob/crime stories.

Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta, Sepideh MoafiTrazi Lashawn, Christopher B. DuncanJake McLaughlin, Robert Diago DoQui, Alexander Babara, Cecilia Leal and Rachel Whitman Groves also star.

Black Bird Release Dates: July 8th, 2022, Apple TV+

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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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HOUSE OF GUCCI (2021): New Trailer Starring Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Lady Gaga…

House of Gucci; director Ridley Scott’s latest crime/drama/thriller is all about the highly ambitious Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). Specifically, her impact on the Gucci family fashion empire. The kind of impact that ends up leading to betrayal, murder and revenge.

Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston are among the key cast.

I actually saw the initial teaser trailer for this movie several weeks ago, but I wasn’t especially excited then.

Now that trailer two is here, I’m still uncertain about how it will turn out. I mean, the seemingly unnecessary prosthetics, how overly dramatic it strangely feels, and if I’m fully honest, I’m in two minds about Gaga as Patrizia.

Still, I remain hopeful. Especially since this is a Scott movie, and I love Salma Hayek. Also, it should be interesting to see a version of the Gucci story that will help me relearn why, if I recall correctly, none of the Gucci family owns Gucci anymore.

Are you excited about House of Gucci?

Mãdãlina Ghenea, Camille Cottin, Reeve Carney, Eva Moore, Edouard Philipponnat, Vincent Riotta, Bianca Nappi, Luca Chikovani, Livio Beshir, and Johanna Santos also star.

House of Gucci Release Dates: November 24th, 2021 (US); November 26, 2021 (UK)…

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RED NOTICE (2021): The Thing I Liked…

I’m disappointed to say that ‘quite forgettable’ is the most fitting phrase for how I feel about Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, I had a telling ‘bad feeling’ within the first few minutes of the movie starting. The kind of feeling that let me know that Red Notice won’t be as fun and engaging as I’d hoped.

I was soon proven right when the question ‘Why am I bored?’ crossed my mind during the scenes before the forty-minute mark. The answer is, the lacking script/story edit, a Johnson/Reynolds dynamic that didn’t work for me right away, a performance by Gadot that fell surprisingly flat, and the fact that very little if anything about Red Notice played as adequately new and exciting. 

I was finally fully engaged and glued to the action taking place at around the fortieth minute. I wish I could say it was all good from that point on, but even though there were some clever/fun moments, overall, what Thurber’s film did most well for me is not what I expected. 

In addition to doing well at setting up a sequel that might be more fun, Red Notice brought to mind Daniel Craig’s best Bond films. No doubt because Craig’s films excelled in areas that Red Notice did not. Especially where great pacing, highly engaging dialogue, well-drawn characters and exciting action sequences are concerned. 

I needed Red Notice to be better. But I wouldn’t call it completely unwatchable. Give it a chance if you’re particularly curious. 

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THE GUILTY (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Guilty, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keogh, Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke’s latest crime/drama/thriller about a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is well-acted, though not exactly perfect.

Director Antoine Fuqua’s film is intense, and I like that immediately it’s clear that Gyllenhaal’s character, Joe Baylor is far from the model police officer. I enjoyed how the intensity built up as the movie played, especially since the action takes place in two rooms. Nevertheless, at times I did find myself frustrated by the pacing. 

Another frustration is the story edit towards the end when we learn the truth of Keogh’s character. I’m not sure what could have happened differently. However, I am sure that the story edit in that moment and one or two others left me wanting. 

The most expected thing about The Guilty, besides a good performance from Gyllenhaal, is the increase in my appreciation for the work that first responders do. Especially the ones who do absolutely everything they can to help. 

I was surprised not to recognise any of the voices of the well-known actors. Specifically the ones the audience only get to meet through how they sound when they speak to Joe Baylor on the phone. I still can’t tell you which characters Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard played. Is it just me?

Give The Guilty a chance if you’re curious. The story will break your heart in multiple ways, and the intense moments are a highlight, even if you end up wishing for a slightly different story edit. 

If you want a brilliantly executed story set in one place, and where you only meet the other characters through their voice over the telephone, I can’t recommend Locke (2013) enough.

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THE BATMAN (2022): New Trailer Starring Zoë Kravitz, Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano…

The Batman (2022), Robert Pattinson, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Batman (2022), Robert Pattinson, Warner Bros. Pictures

From director Matt Reeves; the trailer for The Batman, Robert Pattinson’s first film where he’s suited up as the caped crusader is out – and I have semi-unexpected thoughts.

This trailer does have some highlights. However, the best I can say after watching it is that I’m hopeful the movie turns out great. I say this because right now, this specific trailer edit just isn’t giving me close to the levels of excitement that Christopher Nolans’s Batman trailers did – not that a great trailer is the guarantee of a fantastic film, of course.

Also, I must admit, it’s definitely not lost on me that I wasn’t initially in love with the first trailer for this very movie when it was released in October 2021 either, but it did eventually grow on me, mostly. As such, who knows how I’ll feel in a week or so when I rewatch this edit with new eyes.

Maybe then I’ll change my mind about Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman being the key feature of this trailer that has most effectively commanded my attention.

Are you still excited about The Batman movie after seeing this trailer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Con O’Neill, Max Carver, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Charlie Carver, Alex Ferns, Amy Clare Beales, Jimmy Star and Mark Killeen also star.

The Batman Release Dates: March 4th, 2022 (US)…

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