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BLACK AND BLUE (2019): THE THING I LIKED…

Black And Blue (2019), Naomie Harris, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Black And Blue (2019), Naomie Harris, Sony Pictures Entertainment

In Black and Blue, the latest action / drama starring Naomie Harris, Harris plays a rookie police officer whose body camera captures a corrupt cop shooting a drug dealer. What I hoped would have followed is a truly engrossing, gritty and desperate race against time to get the footage in the right hands.

The race and subsequent pursuit does happen. It’s just that the end result isn’t as gripping as I’d hoped. The acting isn’t bad, but the story and execution certainly could have been stronger. Especially since soon after the film started and throughout, it felt as though something important was missing, and nothing refreshingly clever and / or new happened.

I really wanted Black and Blue to join Training Day (2001) on my list of favourite cop movies. However, even though both films share commonalities in theme / story, the gap between the two movies is simply too large – because Training Day is far more engrossing, cleverly written and well executed. Plus, Ethan Hawke’s character didn’t make any decisions that had me mad. Whereas Harris’s character did some thing’s that could hardly be excused by her rookie status. Or maybe I’ve simply watched too many cop movies.

I did actually like aspects of the way Black ad Blue handled Harris’s character’s ‘identity crisis,’ which really says more about her acting than anything else. Also, there were moments within Black and Blue that had me thinking, ‘Yes! This is when things really get good‘. But the movie never went to the point of having a scene that I could choose as my favourite moment.

Watch it if you’re super curious. Otherwise, maybe just rewatch Training Day.

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SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL (2020): New Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg, Alan Arkin, Winston Duke, Post Malone…

Spenser Confidential (2020), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix
Spenser Confidential (2020), Mark Wahlberg, Netflix

Spenser Confidential has Mark Wahlberg as an ex-felon named Spenser who returns to Boston’s criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.

Directed by Peter Berg, additional key cast includes Winston Duke, Alan Arkin Colleen Camp Post Malone …

The preise may not be the freshest but I like Wahlberg, I’m curious about Malone’s acting, and the Wahlberg, Duke and Arkin dynmic.

Colleen Camp, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Gaston, Marc Maron, Iliza Shlesinger, Hans Marrero, Cassie Ventura, James DuMont, Hope Olaide Wilson, Leah Procito and Kip Weeks also star.

Spenser Confidential Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (US) / Netflix…

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THE LOVEBIRDS (2020): New Trailer Starring Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp…

The Lovebirds (2020), Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paramount Pictures
The Lovebirds (2020), Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paramount Pictures

In new crime / comedy / drama The Lovebirds, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are a couple trying to clear their name after being pulled into a bizarre murder mystery. Will their relationship survive the night following the day’s unexpected events?

Directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick (2017); additional key cast includes Anna Camp, Paul Sparks, Kyle Bornheimer…

I’m not yet sure that I’m sold on the premise / believability of this movie just yet, but I do want it to be good.

Also, it’s probably safe to say at this point that Hollywood currently has a thing for murder mysteries right now. First Murder Mystery (2019), Then Knives Out (2019), now The Lovebirds – and I’m probably forgetting another one or two. Maybe.

Joe Chrest, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Moses Storm, Blaine Kern III, Andrene Ward-Hammond, Jaren Mitchell, Matthew Rimmer, Catherine Cohen, Rebecca Chulew and Kelly Murtagh also star.

The Lovebirds Release Dates: April 3rd, 2020 (US); April 24th, 2020 (UK)…

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BIRDS OF PREY (2020): New official Trailer Starring margot Robbie, Mary elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Chris messina…

Birds Of Prey (2020), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Birds Of Prey (2020), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

The latest trailer for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in DC Universe’s Birds Of Prey just arrived…

It’s a good looking trailer that certainly has me excited to experience the entirety of Robbie’s performance; emotional and physical.

Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Derek Wilson, Rosie Perez, Matthew Willig, Charlene Amoia, Isabel Pakzad and Ali Wong Also star.

Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn Release Dates: February 7th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (2020): New Trailer From Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason leigh…

The Woman In The Window (2020), Amy Adams, 20th Century Fox

Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh
are the stars of new Joe Wright directed mystery / drama, The woman In The Window.

Also starring Wyatt Russell, it’s the story of Anna, an agoraphobic woman living alone in New York. Anna begins spying on her new neighbours only to witness a disturbing…

I’m in for the fantastic cast and all the mystery and darkness.

Actually, at first I thought this was going to be purely about one woman’s struggle with agoraphobia – which would have been fantastic. Still, I’m not too disappointed because this still looks great.

Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry, Liza Colón-Zayas, Mariah Bozeman, Fred Hechinger, Diane Dehn, Daymien Valentino, Milanee Gordon, Ben Davis and Jeanine Serralles also star.

The Woman In The Window Release Dates: May 15th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2020): New Trailer From Carey Mulligan, Adam Brody, Connie Britton, Laverne Cox…

Promising Young Woman (2020), Carey Mulligan, Focus Features
Promising Young Woman (2020), Carey Mulligan, Focus Features

Promising Young Woman is a new revenge story starring Carey Mulligan, Adam Brody, Laverne Cox and Connie Britton.

Written / directed by Emerald Fennell; Cassie (Mulligan) is traumatised because of a tragic past event and so decides to seeks vengeance against men who cross her path…

I’m mostly curious about what Mulligan will bring to the role. Something also tells me that it’s going to be interesting to see all the different excuses made by the so-called ‘nice guys.’

Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Molly Shannon, Angela Zhou, Sam Richardson, Steve Monroe, Alison Brie, Max Greenfield and Alfred Molina also star.

Promising Young Woman Release Dates: April 17th, 2020 (US)…

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BLACK WIDOW (2020): New Trailer From Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh…

Black Widow (2020), Scarlett Johansson, Marvel Studios
Black Widow (2020), Scarlett Johansson, Marvel Studios

The long awaited trailer for a stand-alone Black Widow Marvel movie is here.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and Robert Downey Jr., the story focuses on Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in her quests between the films Civil War (2016) and Infinity War (2018).

Directed by Cate Shortland, additional key cast includes William Hurt, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle…

The fight scenes and action look very promising indeed – and as always, we have another well executed Marvel trailer.

I especially love the music that starts at 0:32 seconds; so unexpected and brilliant, it hits me right in the chest / heart area. I can’t wait!

Michelle Lee, Nanna Blondell, Olivier Richters, Ahmed Bakare, Jade Ma, Yolanda Lynes and Shaina West also star.

Black Widow Release Dates: May 1st 2020 (US & UK)…

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THE CONFESSION KILLER (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About American Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas…

The Confession Killer (2019), Henry Lee Lucas, Netflix
The Confession Killer (2019), Henry Lee Lucas, Netflix

The Confession Killer is the story of Henry Lee Lucas, a man who in the early 80s, confessed to the murder of hundreds of people…

I didn’t know anything about Lucas before now, and based on the clips shown in this trailer, he kind of looks like a ‘bad actor.’ Dare I say, quite unconvincing. Perhaps it’s just the way his face rests.

If the whole thing was indeed a hoax, I can’t wait to hear how his mental state is explained.

The Confession Killer Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US)…

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