Category Archives: Drama

GEMINI MAN (2019): New trailer From Will Smith, MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong…

Gemini Man (2019), Clive Owen, Will Smith, Paramount Pictures
Gemini Man (2019), Clive Owen, Will Smith, Paramount Pictures

Starring Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong; Oscar winning director Ang Lee’s latest is an action / drama / sci-fi movie about an over-the-hill hitman who faces off against a younger clone version of himself.

I’m always intrigued by movies where one actor plays two characters who have to interact with one another. How convincingly will the execution of the creative challenge be? I definitely hope the answer is excellent.

As for the actual story line, I like the idea of facing off with a younger version of myself. Well, as long as it’s not a super-fit young me and a fifty plus year-old version of me. In fact, I think I’m more curious to find out how my opinions and attitudes willhave changed.

Douglas Hodge, Ralph Brown, Theodora Miranne, Linda Emond, Tim Connolly and David Shae also star.

Gemini Man Release Dates: October 4th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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SKIN (2019): New trailer From Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Bill Camp, Mike Colter…

Skin (2018), Jamie Bell, A24
Skin (2018), Jamie Bell, A24

From writer / director Guy Nattiv, Skin stars Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Mike Colter and Bill Camp in a biographical drama about Bryon Widner.

Widner is a young a young man who, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves, he goes about turning his back on hatred, violence and the racist skinheads who raised him….

I like that I don’t already know how Widner’s story ends. I therefore look forward to finding out and comparing it to one of my favourites which also deals with a similar subject. Namely American History X (1998).

Vera Farmiga, Louisa Krause, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Kylie Rogers and Colbi Gannett also star.

Skin Release Dates: July 26th, 2019 (US)…

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WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): New trailer From Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Taissa Farmiga…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Brainstorm Media
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Brainstorm Media

Directed by Stacie Passon, We Have Always Lived In The Castle is a new mystery / thriller starring Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan and Taissa Farmiga.

Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, this is the story of Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian. Living in isolation after a family tragedy six years earlier, they welcome cousin Charles into their home. Charles is actually there to steal the family fortune; and for good measure, threaten the dark secret they’ve been hiding…

I think I can see cousin Charles’s strategy for stealing the fortune based on what’s shown in this trailer. Now I just want to know the nature of the hidden dark secret.

Paula Malcomson, Peter O’Meara, Peter Coonan, Stephen Hogan, Bosco Hogan, Anna Nugent and Joanne Crawford also star.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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SHADOW (2019): New Trailer From Director Yimou Zhang And Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng…

Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment
Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment

Yimou Zhang, celebrated director of Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004) has a new wuxia (martial heroes) action movie.

Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng and set in a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king; the military commander has a secret weapon, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself…

The visuals in this trailer are impressive and the story has me curious. Yet, I must still confess that I’m probably most looking forward to the spectacle of the ‘bladed umbrella weapon.’ I’m ready.

Qianyuan Wang, Jingchun Wang, Jun Hu, Xiaotong Guan, Lei Wu and Bai Feng also star.

Shadow Release Dates : May 3rd, 2019 (US)…

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Margot Robbie, Focus Features
Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Margot Robbie, Focus Features

There are a number of things including the history lesson that made me want to watch Mary Queen Of Scots; the story of the troubled relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart. 

Considering that director Josie Rourke’s film is a costume drama, I’d hoped to see lots of sumptuous clothing design, in addition to very well written dialogue delivered by great actors. The film’s trailer even had me expecting something not too far from as epic as director Shekhar Kapur and Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth (1998). Unfortunately for me, things didn’t quite transpire that way. 

Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Joe Alwyn and Guy Pearce, there certainly were a handful of well designed costumes to enjoy. Yet it’s the few moments of beautiful visuals – especially outdoor cinematography that proved most arresting for me. Even more so than the dialogue and general story editing which I have to admit had me less engaged and interested than I envisioned I’d be.

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Saoirse Ronan, Focus Features

It’s likely that in addition to finding the story more dull than anticipated, my interest also started to diminish in part because of how distressing sitting through the sexism and misogyny proved to be.

Just like my recent review of On The Basis of Sex (2018), another historical drama, it’s the part near the very end that I liked most about Mary Queen Of Scots. Meaning, everything from the moment the two royals finally meet. Actually, even with that said, I still choose the few visually arresting moments over the dialogue and this telling of the Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart story.

Watch Mary Queen Of Scots if you absolutely must. As for myself, I think it’s time I re-watched the great Elizabeth (1998).

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THE PERFECTION (2018): New Trailer From Allison Williams, LOGAN BROWNING, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber…

The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix
The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix

A sinister path with shocking consequences is what happens after a troubled musical seeks out the star pupil of her former school.

Directed by Richard Shepard,; Allison Williams, Logan Browning Alaina Huffman and Steven Weber are the star of Netflix’s latest horror / thriller…

I think I’m ready for this dark tale of envy, yet the creepiness looks quite intense. In other words, I can already see myself sliding away into my t-shirt like a tortoise retreating into its shell. Especially when that poor musicians body starts getting messed with.

Evelyn Chew, Glynis Davies, Winnie Hung, Graeme Duffy, Christina Jastrzembska, Stephen Chang and Milah Thompson also star.

The Perfection Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE PROFESSOR (2018): New Trailer From Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston…

The Professor (2019), Johnny Depp
The Professor (2019), Johnny Depp

From Writer / director Wayne Roberts, The Professor is a new comedy / drama about a professor’s new approach to life after he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Rosemarie Dewitt and Ron Livingston are among the key cast…

So far I can’t say that I’m especially a big fan of the edit of this rather long trailer – but it is Johnny Depp and I’d like for the finished product to be quite engaging and amusing.

Random thought… Is it just myself who can’t help felling as though the title ‘The Professor’ feels just a tad incomplete? I mean, as wrong as it may be, the word ‘Nutty‘ just keeps popping up as the missing piece. Can’t think why…

Justine Warrington, Danny Huston, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Odessa Young, and Michael Kopsa also star.

The Professor Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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TRIAL BY FIRE (2018): New Trailer From Jack O’Connell, LAURA DERN, Emily Meade, Joshua Mikel…

Trial By Fire (2019)/ Jack O’Connell, RoadsideFlix

Trial By Fire is the true and tragic story of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that could have proven his innocence were suppressed.

Directed by Edward Zwick, Trial By Fire stars Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade, Joshua Mikel…

It’s going to be sad but it’s O’Connell and Dern’s performances that are the reason I’m drawn to this one. I also wonder if I’ll be surprised by how those guilty of suppressing vital evidence that could have saved Willingham, may even begin to defend their actions.

Jade Pettyjohn, Jeff Perry, Chris Coy, Jason Douglas, McKinley Belcher III, Carlos Gómez, Rhoda Griffis and Elle Graham also star.

Trial By Fire Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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