Category Archives: Crime

TAKE ME (2017): New Trailer From Taylor Schilling, Pat Healy, Alycia Delmore…

Take Me (2017), Taylor Schilling
Take Me (2017), Taylor Schilling

In new comedy Take Me which stars Taylor Schilling, Pat Healy (also the director) and Alycia Delmore, a fledgling entrepreneur who specialises in high-end simulated abductions is hired. The mysterious client wants a weekend kidnapping, offers a handsome payday but…

I sure hope the twist isn’t that the victim has a twin sister.  That would most certainly be too obvious and obviously bad.

Take Me Release Dates: May 5th, 2017 (US)…

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017): New Trailer Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017): Frances McDormand
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017): Frances McDormand

The trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may start slow but it only gets better and better, so stick with it. Starring Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Caleb Landry Jones, this one is a dark comedy from the writer / director of  the rather memorable In Bruges (2008) – Martin McDonagh. The story of  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri centres around a mother who takes matters into her own hands with her local law enforcement representatives, after progress stalls in her daughter’s murder investigation…

Wasn’t that a good one? I forgot how much a fan of Frances McDormand’s work I am.

Lucas Hedges, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage and Abbie Cornish also star.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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SMALL CRIMES (2017): New Trailer From Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole, Macon Blair…

Small Crimes (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Small Crimes (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole and Macon Blair’s new E.L. Katz directed movie Small Crimes is all about a  disgraced former cop who just got out of jail. He  returns home looking for redemption but things don’t quite go according to plan…

I’m actually not that sure about this trailer. But I am a fan of  ‘that one from Game Of Thrones‘ (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Gary Cole. The latter whose work I’ve enjoyed in many of my favourite comedy / drama films and TV shows. To name just a few, Pineapple Express (2008), VEEP (2012) and The Good Wife (2009).

Small Crimes Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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BABY DRIVER (2017): New Trailer From Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Jamie Foxx…

Baby Driver (2017), Ansel Elgort
Baby Driver (2017), Ansel Elgort

Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lilly James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is the new action / crime / thriller about a young getaway driver who has been coerced into taking part in a heist job that’s doomed to fail….

What a great role for Elgort to land. I want to see this simply because it looks good. Jon Berthal, Eiza González, Flea and Sky Ferreira also star.

Baby Driver Release Dates:  August 11th, 2017 (US); August 16th, 2017 (UK); August 31st, 2017 (GER)…

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THE ASSIGNMENT (2016): The One Thing I Liked…

The Assignment (2016), Michelle Rodriguez
The Assignment (2016), Michelle Rodriguez

My instincts after I watched the trailer for the latest film from Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, The Assignment was correct. By which I mean, it’s not very good. In fact, this is one of those movies you should probably watch if at all, whilst doing something else. Reason being, you may find yourself in serious trouble for not respecting your own time enough.

Directed by Walter Hill, the story centres around a hitman (Rodriguez) who is turned into a hit woman (Rodriguez), without prior consent. Therefore, vengeance must follow against ‘The Doctor’ (Weaver) responsible.

I know, I know, the clue about how this film would turn out is in the trailer – but something still had me tuning in and that is the interesting plot. If only it could have been executed more effectively overall.

The Assignment (2016), Sigourney Weaver
The Assignment (2016), Sigourney Weaver

An important question at this point is probably whether The Assignment is one of those movies that’s so bad it’s good? No is my answer to that. With most bad films that I find myself able to sit through until the end, there’s usually some semblance of good within. In this case that would be Sigourney Weaver’s character, ‘The Doctor.’ As dodgy as most of the dialogue is, she had a few lines that amused me. One of them being:

‘I’ve never concerned myself with my partner’s pleasure.’

With that line, what she means is exactly what you think she means. 🙂

The Assignment, steer clear if you can.

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BRIGHT (2017): New Trailer From Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace…

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Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton’s new movie, Bright is directed by David Ayer and set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. Smith plays a human cop who’s forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for…

I’m going to think positively about this movie for three reasons. The first  two being that the story is intriguing  and this trailer looks promising, even though it shows very little. Lastly,  Ayer’s last movie (Suicide Squad (2016) was far from great, but he did make several before that are still celebrated today; Fury (2014), Training Day (2001) and End Of Watch (2012) to name just three.

There I was thinking that orcs only existed in Warcraft (2016)

Edgar Ramírez, Lucy Fry, Ike Barinholtz and Kenneth Choi also star.

Bright Release Dates: December 2017 (US & UK)…

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I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (2017): For The Well Drawn & Acted Character Peculiarities

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017), Melanie Lynsky
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017), Melanie Lynsky

Starring Melanie Lynsky, Elijah Wood, and Devon Graye, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a movie about Ruth, a depressed woman and her pursuit (with help from her neighbour) of the degenerate criminals responsible for burglarising her house.

An interesting mix of comedy, thrills and drama. It’s the peculiar eccentricities and general weirdness of most of the characters that kept me watching. Especially as it became abundantly clear that Ruth and her obnoxious neighbour are dangerously out of their depth.

The comedy in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is mostly the kind that made me smile or chuckle a little, instead of the kind that might threaten to split my sides. There were points where I found myself thinking, ‘Really, woman? Where’s your instinct for self preservation? Where?!’ But then I remembered that Ruth is quite frustrated, depressed, off her medication and absolutely unbalanced in a very believable way – thanks to a good performance by Lynsky. Written and directed by Macon Blair, this is a movie you watch to see something a little different.

As well as causing me to hide behind my fingers a few times, Macon’s movie had me thinking about how scary it can be when you’re new to living alone. I also found myself understanding and empathising with Ruth’s frustrations. However, compared to her, my general sense of self preservation is, how do I say… stratospheric.

The parts I enjoyed most are the first and last third of the movie. Besides Lynsky and Wood, my other favourite performance came courtesy of Christine Woods who plays what looks like the highly medicated stepmother of the degenerate son.

Good movies that came to mind as I watched I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore include The Voices (2014) and The Lobster (2015), mainly because of the darkness but also the humour. Watch it for the realistic humour and character eccentricities.

Taylor Tunes, Jane Levy, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Gary Anthony Williams and also star.

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THE ASSIGNMENT (2016): New Trailer From Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub…

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The Assignment is the latest Crime / Action / Thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub. Having fallen into the hands of a rogue surgeon known as ‘The Doctor’, hitman Frank Kitchen is turned into a hitwoman, and naturally, revenge follows…

Is the concept of The Assignment interesting, ridiculous or both? I want it to be good but I can’t say that this trailer gives me plenty of confidence. Especially once the sound editor became trigger happy with those trailer sound effects from 53 seconds in.

The Assignment Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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