Category Archives: Drama

OUR FRIEND (2019): New Trailer From Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck…

Our Friend (2019), Casey Affleck, Jason Segel
Our Friend (2019), Casey Affleck, Jason Segel

Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel and Casey Affleck’s latest drama is Our Friend. A story about the support a couple gets from their best friend after they receive life-altering news.

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; Additional key cast includes Gwendoline Christie, Cherry Jones and Marielle Scott.

I find myself surprised by this mix of actors is. It’s perhaps most surprising because of Segel, an actor I always picture first in comedy films (Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), I Love You, Man (2009) and This is 40 2012), rather than dramas.

I’m in forJohnson’s performance and to see how this friendship triangle story is navigated. I say ‘triangle’ but there’s also the forth element; Segel’s character’s girlfriend who’s waiting for him to return.

Ahna O’Reilly, Violet McGraw, Reed Diamond, Azita Ghanizada, Michael Papajohn, Ritchie Montgomery, Isabella Kai, Chandler Head and Jennifer Pierce Mathus.

Our Friend Release Dates

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THE PRINCESS SWITCH 2 – SWITCHED AGAIN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again (2020), Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix
The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again (2020), Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix

When I decided to watch The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again, I wasn’t expecting great things. I was hoping for a sort of watchable Christmas movie experience that I’d be able to get through with a smile on my face, in part thanks to the Christmas filled mise en scene.

Instead, what happened within 10 minutes of the viewing experience gave me a strong urge to reach for my phone and do other things while it played. I definitely could have aborted the whole experience, but something told me to leave it playing. Nothing improved with time, of course. But at least it made the room look extra ‘Christmassy’.

What exactly is wrong with The Princes Switch 2 – Switched Again? Let’s just say that it’s the kind of story and execution that’s really best enjoyed by preteen girls/children. I should have known.


Nevertheless, in the event that, like myself, you often leave less than great Christmas movies playing in the background because you like the ambience they help create, maybe, for that reason alone, hit play on The Princes Switch 2 – Switched Again. You could even leave it playing with the volume down while you pick a Christmas soundtrack to blast through your home. Now that’s an idea.

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LET THEM ALL TALK (2020): New Trailer From Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen…

Let Them All Talk (2020), Meryl Streep, HBOmax
Let Them All Talk (2020), Meryl Streep, HBOmax

Directed by Steven Soderbergh; new comedy/drama Let Them All Talk stars Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan and Dianne Wiest.

This time we get to see Streep as a famous author who goes on a cruise with her friends and nephew, in an effort to find fun and happiness while coming to terms with her troubled past.

I’m always ready for another Streep performance. Also looking forward to the humour and finding out the reason for the tension between Bergen and Streep’s characters.

Lucas Hedges, Saskia Larsen and Pete Meads also star.

Let Then All Talk Release Dates: December 10th, 2020 (US)…

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ON THE ROCKS (2020): The Things I Liked…

On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+
On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+

On the Rocks is one of those pleasant and relatively easy viewing experiences you look for every now and then. It’s the story of Laura (Rashida Jones), a young mother who’s reconnecting with her larger-than-life playboy father (Bill Murray).

Written/directed by Sofia Coppola, I enjoyed the father-daughter relationship between Murray and Jone’s characters most. I also appreciated the New York setting, a place I’ve rarely hesitated to visit; plus Marlon Wayan’s performance in a non-comedy role.

Overall, I can’t say that I love On the Rocks completely. But it does have some very well written scenes you can enjoy. I found it most fun during the first two thirds. It’s just unfortunate that in the final third, I started to lose interest a little, in part because I just wanted the truth to be confirmed already and for the ending to have been more satisfying, dramatically speaking. Another lowlight of the final third is the non-committal attempts Jones and Murray’s characters made to turn off the ringing phone in Mexico.

Luckily, something did stand out in a good towards the end and that is the beautiful, well-lit shot of Jones’s character sporting a yellow dress while walking past a bonfire on the beach.

If you’re curious, save On the Rocks for when the mood for an entertaining and easy viewing experience hits.

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TINY PRETTY THINGS (2020): New Trailer Starring Kylie Jefferson, Anna Maiche, Brennan Clost, Damon J. Gillespie…

Tiny Pretty Things (2020), Netflix
Tiny Pretty Things (2020), Netflix

Young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. This is daily life at an elite ballet academy in Netflix’s new drama/mystery/thriller series, Tiny Pretty Things.

Key cast includes Kylie Jefferson, Damon J. Gillespie, Anna Maiche and Brennan Clost.

I’m intrigued for three reasons. Firstly, Black Swan (2010), the only other ballet movie/series I’ve ever seen was great. Second, the outsider story is interesting. I want o see how things turn out for young Neveah (Kylie Jefferson). And lastly, just how many people does the killer intend to murder and how surprised will I be when I find out who the killer is?

By the way, the character who gets pushed off the roof isn’t Lilly Collins; I checked.

Shaun Benson, Barton Cowperthwaite, Bayardo De Murguia, Lauren Holly, Casimere Jollette, Daniela Norman and Michael Hsu Rosen also star.

Tiny Pretty Things Release Dates: December 14th, 2020 (US)…

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BLACK BEAR (2020): New Trailer From Aubrey Plaza, Sarah Gadon, Christopher Abbott…

Black Bear (2020), Aubrey Plaza, Momentum Pictures

From writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine; Black Bear stars Aubrey Plaza as a filmmaker at a creative impasse. One who seeks solace from her tumultuous past at a rural retreat, only to find that the woods summon her inner demons.

Additional cast includes Sarah Gadon, Christopher Abbott and Alexander Koch.

Plaza’s character looks like quite the manipulator. In which case I sure hope that the seemingly innocent character played by Gadon gets out of there in one piece. I mean, my favourite line in this trailer did come out of her mouth: ‘No! It’s that I can’t stand the thoughts about the world that you have!’

Excited for a good, dramatic example of the experience of movie making.

Paola Lázaro, Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Kim, Shannon O’Neill, Grantham Coleman and Lou Gonzalez also star.

Black Bear Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (US)…

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WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (2020): New Trailer From Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, John hamm, Christopher Walken…

Wild Mountain Thyme (2020), Jamie Dornan, Bleecker Street
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020), Jamie Dornan, Bleecker Street

Written/directed by John Patrick Shanley; Wild Mountain Thyme is the latest drama/romance starring Emily Blunt, John Hamm, Jamie Dornan and Christopher Walken.

Blunt and Dornan are star-crossed lovers in Ireland, a pair who find themselves caught up in their family’s land dispute.

It’s strange but earlier in the afternoon, a few hours before I came across this trailer, I was thinking about how long it’s been since I saw a new trailer starring Emily Blunt.

I’m in because it’s Blunt, even though I have to admit to not being a big fan of the way this trailer is edited. Largely because it’s oddly jumpy, awkward, and I’m also not so sure about the Blunt/Dornan chemistry. Anyone else see what I see?

Lastly, I keep reading the title of this movie as Wild ‘Mushroom’ Thyme. I just hope I didn’t type that unintellay somewhere.

Jon Tenney, Dearbhla Molloy, Danielle Ryan, Lydia McGuinness, Abigail Coburn, Darragh O’Kane and Martin F Ward also star.

Wild Mountan Thyme Release Dates: December 11th, 2020 (US)…

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THE PRINCESS SWITCH 2 – SWITCHED AGAIN (2020): New Trailer From Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Suanne Braun…

The Princess Switch 2 - Switched Again (2020), Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix
The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again (2020), Vanessa Hudgens, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again (2020).


In 2018’s The Princess Switch, while competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia, a Chicago baker bumps into a prince’s fiancée who happens to look just like her. Some things happen and soon enough, the baker and the princess switched lives.

In the sequel The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again, Vanessa Hudgens and Nick Sagar return and this time, something happens that requires the doubles to switch again, particularly before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.

 Directed by Mike Rohl; additional key cast includes Suanne Braun and Lachlan Nieboer.

I’m watching for two reasons; to help get myself in the mood for Christmas, thanks to all those gorgeous decorations and attire. And to enjoy Hudgens’s rather pleasant accent.

It was likely quite the challenge to play three characters. But I imagine, probably also fun.

Mark Fleischmann, Grant Fergusson, Adele Lupton, Grant Crookes, Ricky Norwood and Jess Fergusson also star.

The Princess Switch 2 – Switched Again Release Dates: November 19th, 2020 (US)…

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