Category Archives: Crime

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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SUBURBICON (2017): New Trailer From Director George Clooney, Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac…

Suburbicon (2017), Julianne Moore, Matt Damon
Suburbicon (2017), Julianne Moore, Matt Damon

Directed and co-written by George Clooney, Suburbicon stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac in what looks like a 1950s set story about a home invasion that disturbs a quiet family town…

The humour plus the talents of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are my key reasons for tuning in. There’s also the 1950s iconography including the spectacles on Damon’s characters face to look forward to.

Glenn Fleshler, Jack Conley, Noah Jupe and Gary Basaraba also star.

Suburbicon Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US); November 23rd, 2017 (UK)…

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THE SNOWMAN (2017): New Trailer From Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer…

The Snowman (2017), Rebecca Ferguson
The Snowman (2017), Rebecca Ferguson

The snowman is the new crime / horror/ drama based on the bestselling book by Jo Nesbø and stars Michael Fassbender as detective Harry Hole. Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Directed by Tomas Alfredson; Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny and Val Kilmer also star…

I’m big fan of Fassbender and Ferguson. This looks so good to me I can hardly wait.

Additional supporting cast includes J.K. Simmons ,Jamie Clayton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, James D’Arcy, Toby Jones, and Sofia Helin.

The Snowman Release Dates: October 13th, 2017 (UK); October 20th, 2017 (US)…

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SHOT CALLER (2017): New Trailer From Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal…

Shot Caller (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Shot Caller (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Shot Caller is the new crime / thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal and Max Greenfield. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Coster-Waldau is a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime on the streets of Southern California…

The initial trailer for this movie didn’t look particularly great. Plus, I’ve seen enough prison drama movies to be able to guess quite accurately the way things will progress If nothing else, this movie will will be a good reminder of just how quickly one’s life can change because of one mistake. As a fan of Mr Coster-Waldau and lady Bell, I’m willing to give Shot Caller a chance.

Shot Caller Release Dates

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GHOST IN A SHELL (2017): The Things I Liked…

Ghost In A Shell (2017), Scarlett Johansson
Ghost In A Shell (2017), Scarlett Johansson

The problem with Ghost In A Shell  goes beyond whitewashing and the issue with the main character not being completely true to the original story.

Directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson and Juliette Binoche, the movie which is based on the popular Japanese manga story has some moving moments and a handful of satisfying action sequences. Nevertheless, the execution of the story just wasn’t great. I didn’t consistently feel present and invested in the protagonist’s struggle because of the way the story was told / edited.

Major’s (Johansson) response to the words ‘You’re what everyone will become one day’ along with her physical sacrifice towards the end were the most moving moments , for me. I will remember this movie probably mostly as a missed opportunity but also as a film where I enjoyed Juliette Binoche’s performance and loved the way Michael Pitt’s character / face was introduced. Last but not least it was certainly empowering to witness Major’s ‘get it done’ attitude in action.

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AMERICAN MADE (2017): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, Domhnall Gleeson…

American Made (2017), Tom Cruise
American Made (2017), Tom Cruise

The latest Tom Cruise movie American Made is a 1980s set story about a pilot who lands 2 jobs; one for the CIA and the other as a drug runner in the south. Directed by Doug Liman, Domhnall Gleeson, Caleb Landry Jones and Jesse Plemons also star…

I’m tuning in because this trailer looks good and I’m excited to see Cruise play a man of such questionable character. I also want to watch because it’s Tom Cruise, a.k.a great actor and excellent talk show host guest, especially on The Graham Norton Show. I’m also a massive Graham Norton fan. I digress.

American Made Release Dates: August 25th, 2017 (UK); August 29th, 2017 (US)…

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017): New Trailer From Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley…

Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Johnny Depp
Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Johnny Depp

Murder On The Orient Express has a very impressive cast list; one that includes, Kenneth Branagh who’s also the film’s director, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad – to name just a few.  Based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel of the same name, this mystery / crime / drama is set on a lavish train ride through Europe. A ride that has thirteen strangers stranded on a train and everyone is a murder. suspect. It’s up to Hercule Poirot (Branagh) to race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again…

The very talented cast, the fashion, cinematography and story are all great reasons to watch this version of Murder On The Orient Express. The filming style teased in this trailer is equally very appealing, along with Hercule Poirot’s accent; particularly the way he says ‘evil.’

Murder On The Orient Express Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (UK); November 10th, 2017 (US)…

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WIND RIVER (2017): New Trailer From Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal…

Wind River (2017), Jeremy Renner
Wind River (2017), Jeremy Renner

In Wind River, Elizabeth Olsen is an FBI agent who teams up with the town’s veteran game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan; Jon Bernthal and Kelsey Asbille also star…

This one appeals because I want to know if the town’s veteran game tracker (Renner) is the killer, plus I want to see more of the beautiful creatures at 1:55 in the above trailer; big cats are my favourite, after all.

Wind River Release Dates: August 4th, 2017 (US), September 8th, 2017 (UK)…

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