Category Archives: Crime

THE GENTLEMEN (2020): New Trailer From Guy Ritchie, Starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery…

The Gentlemen (2020), Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, STX Entertainment
The Gentlemen (2020), Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, STX Entertainment

 Guy Ritchie’s latest action / crime movie The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farell and Michelle Dockery.

It’s the England based story of a very British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires…

Ritchie is the director of two of my favourite British films, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). So of course I’m watching this one. The cast and story looks great. The comes the cherry on top of rather posh British actors speaking in far less posh accents. Such fun!

Jeremy Strong, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Jason Wong, Brittany Ashworth, Christopher Evangelou and Eliot Sumner also star.

The Gentlemen Release Dates: January 1st, 2020 (UK), January 24th, 2020 (US)…

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BIRDS OF PREY – AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN (2020): New Trailer From Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor…

Birds Of Prey - And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn (2019), Margot Robbie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn (2019), Margot Robbie, Warner Bros. Pictures

The trailer for the long awaited DC Comics Harley Quinn movie, Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn. is finally here.

Directed by Cathy Yan, this new story starts after Quinn (Margot Robbie) splits up with the Joker and joins three female superheroes. Namely Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya. Their mission being to save the life of a little girl from an evil crime lord…

I’m in because maybe finally all the excitement and yelping with delight that was a result of me seeing Quinn in the Suicide Squad trailer can deliver on its promise. Fingers, toes and everything crossed. There’s still hope because Robbie is great.

Derek Wilson, Matthew Willig, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina, Rosie Perez, 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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UNCUT GEMS (2019): New Trailer From Adam Sandler, LaKeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Julia Fox…

Uncut Gems (2019), Adam Sandler, A24
Uncut Gems (2019), Adam Sandler, A24

Uncut Gems is comedy / crime / drama set in New York City’s diamond district. A place where you’ll find jewellery store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, Howard Ratner.

Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie; Starring Adam Sandler, LaKeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel and Julia Fox, Howard must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend…

I like energy, much of what I see in this trailer, and I need to know how things work out for Howard. I’m also in to see Sandler do well in a non- purely comic role.

The Weeknd, Jonathan Aranbayev, Jacob Igielski, Noa Fisher, Paloma Elsesser, Eric Bogosian, Keith Williams Richards, Tommy Kominik, Louis Anthony Arias and Sean Ringgold also star.

Uncut Gems Release Dates: December 13th (Limited Release) – 25th, 2019 (US)…

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FIRST LOVE (2019): New Trailer From Takashi Miike, Starring Becky, Sakurako Konishi, Masataka Kubota…

First Love (2019), Sakurako Konishi, Well Go USA Entertainment
First Love (2019), Sakurako Konishi, Well Go USA Entertainment

Starring Becky, Sakurako Konishi and Masataka Kubota new action / crime / romance, First Love has a young boxer and a call girl caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme.

Directed by Takashi Miike, all the exciting action takes place during a single night in Tokyo…

Apparently I’ve been missing out by never having seen a Takashi Miike movie.

I certainly can’t deny that the plot and style in this trailer has peaked my interest. Fingers, toes and everything crossed that I can stomach all the killing. I hear that since I’m generally un-phased by all the blood and killing in Quentin Tarantino’s signature works, I should be OK.

Jun Murakami, Nao Ohmori, Sansei Shiomi, Shôta Sometani and Seiyô Uchino also star.

First Love Release Dates….

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BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (2020): New trailer From Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig…

Bad Boys For Life (2020),(Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Bad Boys For Life (2020),(Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Sony Pictures Entertainment

In new action / comedy Bad Boys For Life, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are back as Marcus Burnett (now a police inspector) and Mike Lowery who’s in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, additional key cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig…

I’m really just in for the comedy duo that is the great Smith and Lawrence. The humour is what I recall most about the previous Bad Boys movies.

Joe Pantoliano, Happy Anderson, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo, Paola Nuñez, Sharon Pfeiffer, Jennifer Badger and Maria Z. Wilson also star.

Bad Boys For Life Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US); January 24th, 2020 (UK)…

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MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (2019): New Trailer From Edward Norton, BRUCE WILLIS, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

Motherless Brooklyn (2019), Edward Norton, Warner Bros. Pictures
Motherless Brooklyn (2019), Edward Norton, Warner Bros. Pictures

Motherless Brooklyn story of Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely 1950s New York private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome. Armed only with a few clue and his obsessive mind, Lionel is determined to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).

Additional key cast includes Willem Dafoe Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann, Alec Baldwin…

I like the first 30 seconds of this trailer most and I’m curious about how Lionel will use his unique mind to solve his friend’s murder.

Fingers crossed for an engaging t experience throughout.

Ethan Suplee, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bobby Cannavale, Dallas Roberts, Fisher Stevens, Cherry Jones and Robert Wisdom also star.

Motherless Brooklyn Release Dates: November 1st, 2019 (US) November 30th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE IRISHMAN (2019): New Official Trailer For The Latest Martin Scorsese Movie Starring Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino…

The Irishman (2019), Robert De Niro, Netflix
The Irishman (2019), Robert De Niro, Netflix

The new official trailer for The Irishman, the latest Martin Scorsese movie starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino is finally here.

The Irishman tells the story of a hitman’s recollection of his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa, an American former Labour Union leader…

I’m quite certain that this is one of the most highly anticipated Netflix releases. With Scorsese’s track record and a cast of legends. I look forward to seeing how well this turns out.

Anna Paquin, Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Jesse Plemons and Stephen Graham also star.

The Irishman Release Dates: November 27th, 2019 (US)…

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LYING AND STEALING (2019): The Things I Liked…

Lying And Stealing (2019), Theo James, Emily Ratajkowski, Vertical Entertainment US
Lying And Stealing (2019), Theo James, Emily Ratajkowski, Vertical Entertainment US

Crime / drama Lying & Stealing has Emily Ratajkowski as an aspiring Hollywood actress with debts, and Theo James as a gifted art thief who wants out of the game. To get straight to the point, I neither love nor hate Lying & Stealing. I was drawn to it mainly because I like the two lead actors.

The premise of Lying & Stealing is nothing new and this is part of the reason the movie isn’t especially notable. What I did like right away about director Matt Aselton’s film is the Yiddish proverb shown at the very beginning: ‘When a thief kisses you, count your teeth’. The second highlight for me is the scene with the bloody nose in the car towards the end – because it’s satisfying and nicely executed. Everything else in-between simply wasn’t bad enough for me to stop watching. In fact, the film seemed to become that little bit more engaging as the conflicts the protagonists were facing got closer to a resolution.

As for the parts of Aselton’s movie that stood out in a bad way, that would be the camera work at the very start of the opening party scene; ‘Unnecessarily dizzying’ is the phrase. So much so that I literally had to shield my eyes. Then there’s the movie’s single sex scene which had me convinced that the filmmakers must have been thinking something along the lines of: ‘OK guys. We have two incredibly attractive people here. It would be madness to miss out on featuring them in at least one intimate scene – even if it is gratuitous. Theo, Emily, let’s get to work!

Last and not necessarily least, the hue of the red wine in the movie. Is it me or was that particular hue of red especially unconvincing? I confess that I actually don’t drink alcohol, so maybe I shouldn’t be the one to comment – but still!

Watch Lying & Stealing, only if you really must.

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