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BRIGHT (2017): The Things I Liked…

Bright (2017), Edgar Ramirez
Bright (2017), Edgar Ramirez

Directed by David Ayer (End Of Watch (2012) and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez, Bright is a buddy / cop movie set in a world where humans live alongside fantasy creatures. It’s also a film that isn’t quite all I wished it to be.

The issues I have with Bright start with the story. Perhaps the fact of fantasy and sci-fi not being my go-to genres has something to do with it but I just didn’t fully buy into the world the story occupies. I’m not even sure that the truth of how Orcs, elves, fairies and humans came to co-exist in LA let alone planet Earth was properly explained. Then there’s the fact that due to pacing and one or two other unfortunate factors, the movie did’t really get particularly interesting for me until ‘the cop shooting’ that happens approximately forty minutes in. Even then, I still found myself thinking about how much more I enjoyed End Of Watch, especially the story and co-star chemistry.

I’m certainly not saying that I think Bright is all bad – because if it were, I’d have stopped watching long before the end, the way I recently did with A Bad Mom’s Christmas (2017). The things I did enjoy about Ayer’s movie start with the vibrant graffiti in the opening sequence, followed by the impressive Orc prosthetics. Then there’s Noomi Rapace’s villain character, particularly the way she fought and dressed. Last but in no way least, I rather liked how well Edgar Ramirez wore his elf / vampire look. It was very much a greater highlight than expected.

A thought that entered my mind soon after I hit ‘play’ on Bright was, I bet Will Smith is super happy about not having to wear any Orc prosthetics or makeup. I know I would be. Who said that acting isn’t hard work?’

Give Bright a chance if you’re curious enough. Or you can always watch / re-watch End Of Watch, if not some other good buddy / cop movie.

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WATCH THE SUNSET (2017): New Trailer From Tristan Barr, Michael Gosden, Chelsea Zeller…

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Directed, written by and starring Tristan Barr plus Michael Gosden, Watch The Sunset is the story of a man whose past comes back to haunt him resulting in his estranged family becoming tangled in its web…

Watch The Sunset is a movie based on real events and shot in one take. The latter and this promising trailer is my reason for watching.  My fingers are crossed it’s great.

Chelsea Zeller, Annabelle Williamson and Catherine Dawson also star.

Watch The Sunset Release Dates

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CHAPPAQUIDDICK (2017): New Trailer From Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms…

Chappaquiddick (2017), Jason Clarke
Chappaquiddick (2017), Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke, Kate Mara and Ed Helms are the stars of Chappaquiddick, the John Curran directed biography of Ted Kennedy’s life and political career.

Kennedy’s life and career become derailed after his involvement in a fatal car accident that claims the life of young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne…

I’m intrigued because I want to see Jason Clarke in a leading role and Ed Helms  excel in a dramatic, non-comedic one.

Chappaquiddick Release Dates: April 6th, 2018 (US)…

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SICARIO 2 – SOLDADO (2018): New Trailer From Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Katherine Keener…

Sicario 2 - Soldado (2018), Josh Brolin
Sicario 2 – Soldado (2018), Josh Brolin

In Sicario 2 – Soldado, instead of Denis Villneuve, the director of the sequel for one of my favourite films of 2015 – Sicario is Stefano Sollima. 

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are back to a reality where the drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. Federal agent Matt Graver (Brolin) re-teams with Alejandro (Del Toro) to fight the war…

This isn’t a bad trailer and I’m happy to have caught a glimpse of Catherine Keener but something tells me that I’m going to miss Emily Blunt’s character. I could just be thinking this because I’m used to seeing her there as my own eyes among all the unsavoury happenings…

Perhaps Keener’s character will represent the spectator this time. Either way, I hope it’s a worthy sequel.

Sicario 2 – Soldado Release Dates: June 29th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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OCEAN’S 8 (2018): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna…

Ocean's 8 (2018), Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock
Ocean’s 8 (2018), Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock

Directed and co-written by Gary Ross, Oceans 8 is an all-female leading cast that stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean. Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

It looks as though Debbie is supposed to be a relation of Danny Ocean rather than a female Danny Ocean character, in a world where George Clooney’s Danny Ocean never existed. interesting.

I really want Ocean’s 8 to be good and my hopes are relatively high mainly because Cate Blanchett is in it. Such pressure on ‘queen Cate’.

Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathatway, Dakota Fanning, Samantha Cocozza and Olivia Munn also star.

Ocean’s 8 Release Dates: June 8th, 2018 (US); June 22nd, 2018 (UK)…

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7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE (2018): New Trailer From Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan…

7 Days in Entebbe (2018), Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike
7 Days in Entebbe (2018), Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike

7 Days In Entebbe tells the story of four hijackers who in 1976 forced a plane to land in Entebbe, Uganda. All in the effort to free the dozens of Palestinians jailed in Israel.

Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan star while José Padilha directs…

Not that the stories are that similar but Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005) came to mind as I watched this trailer. If this movie is as good as that, I’ll be delighted. Delighted, I tell you!

7 Days In Entebbe Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (UK); March 16th, 2018 (US)…

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HANGMAN (2017) Movie Review: Its…

Hangman (2017), Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Karl Urban
Hangman (2017), Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Karl Urban

Hangman, the thriller about a homicide detective and a criminal profiler hunting a serial killer is not a great movie. Starring Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow; within the first quarter of the film, it was already clear to me that the story wasn’t flowing as well as a thriller of this sort ought to, in order to be good – let alone great.

Something didn’t quite gel for me between the characters played by Urban and Pacino. Maybe it’s a lack of chemistry, perhaps the writing, or all the above and then some. I just knew that this wasn’t going to be a serial killer movie that would make me forget even for a second about Se7en (1995), one of the best of the genre.

As awkward as the story set up felt initially, things did pick up somewhat in terms of happenings that had me paying attention. Still, overall there really isn’t anything in Hangman that will having you insisting that others must watch. I’d usually say ‘watch it if you absolutely must’ at this point. However in this case, by ‘absolutely must’ I’d mean, so you can see for yourself how the film missed the mark in terms of story structure, seamless character background introductions and awkward dialogue that played a part in making generally good actors look bad.

Have you seen Hangman? If so, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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DEN OF THIEVES (2018): New Trailer Starring Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sonya Balmores…

Den Of Thieves (2018), Gerard Butler
Den Of Thieves (2018), Gerard Butler

In new action movie Den Of Thieves, a thief gets trapped between two sets of criminals while he’s planning a bank heist. Directed by Christian Gudegast; Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Sonya Balmores star…

I’m into this one because I’m curious about the dynamic between Butler and Jackson’s characters. I want to see how things pan out for the thief because if there was ever a great example of being ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’, this might be it. Lastly, this trailer makes me even more impatient for the sequel to The Equalizer (2014).

Den Of Thieves Release Dates: January 19th 2018 (US); February 2nd, 2018 (UK)…

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