Category Archives: Drama

THE WAY BACK (2020): New Trailer From Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Da’Vinchi…

The Way Back (2020), Ben Affleck, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Way Back (2020), Ben Affleck, Warner Bros. Pictures

From director and co-writer Gavin O’Connor, The Way Back is a new drama starring Ben Affleck as Jack Cunningham, a former High School basketball phenom, who’s now struggling with alcoholism.

After being offered a coaching job where the team finally starts to win, Jack may finally have to start confronting his demons.

Additional key cast includes Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Rachael Carpani, Da’Vinchi…

This trailer feels a tad too long but it does look like a good movie with a great Affleck performance. I do rather enjoy stories of unexpected lucky breaks.

T.K. Carter, Al Madrigal, Lukas Gage, Caleb Thomas, Christine Horn, Chris Bruno, Marlene Forte and Melvin Gregg also star.

The Way Back Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (US); March 13th, 2020 (UK)….

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THE LAST RIGHT (2019): New Trailer From Michiel Huisman, Colm Meaney, Michael McElhatton, Brian Cox…

The Last Right (2019), Michiel Huisman, Entertainment One UK
The Last Right (2019), Michiel Huisman, Entertainment One UK

From writer / director Aoife Crehan, The Last Right is a new drama / comedy starring  Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney and Brian Cox.

Huisman plays New York-based Daniel who’s on a plane home to Ireland for his mother’s funeral, when he wakes up to find that elderly passenger Padraig has died in the next seat…

‘Come back and let me hit ya!

The Irish charm, Huisman’s accent, the humour and strangers connecting are the reasons I’m interested.

Niamh Algar, Jim Norton, Aidan O’Hare, Samuel Bottomley, Donna Anita Nikolaisen, Eleanor O’Brien, Bryan Quinn, Sarah Caitriona Lynch and Louise Mathews also star.

The Last Right Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (UK & IRE)…

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THE LAUNDROMAT (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Laundromat (2019),Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas
The Laundromat (2019),Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas

Steven Soderbergh’s latest drama The Laundromat is inspired by the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal;  The 2016 publication of leaked documents detailing financial and attorney / client information for more than two hundred thousand offshore entities. A leak that led to the eventual shut down of one of the largest providers of offshore financial services, Mossack Fonseca & Co.

Focused on educating and entertaining, I found Soderbergh’s film to be only partly successful at both. This is mainly because I had trouble staying engaged. Particularly, to my surprise, for much of Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman’s scenes. The way the film is written, structured and edited certainly didn’t help matters.

Soderbergh essentially shared the stories of some of the dealings of the offshore organisations / individuals who were helping the rich take advantage and get away with it. And they did it all with the help of the likes of Banderas and Oldman’s characters – the pair behind law firms like Mossack Fonseca & Co.

Eventually the whistleblower shows up; a character who, in real life has managed to remain anonymous, and this is where Soderbergh and the writers decided to get creative and give a face to the person behind the leak. It would be great to say that this is when things got really interesting. Sadly, no – due to the aforementioned story structure issues which resulted in the whole experience feeling quite disjointed.

The Laundromat felt like a series of very loosely linked stories that were somewhat entertaining on their own but together they didn’t make for a well put together finished product. Meryl Streep was of courser watchable, as always but that just wasn’t enough in the end.

Watch The Laundromat if you’re really, REALLY curious. 

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HOLIDAY IN THE WILD (2019): The Things I Liked…

Holiday In The Wild (2019), Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Netflix
Holiday In The Wild (2019), Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis, Netflix

Holiday In The Wild is a fairly enjoyable film focused on the drama / romance between an elephant conservationist named Derek (Rob Lowe), and Kate (Kristin Davis), a newly jilted woman who meet for the first time while in Zambia, Africa.

Well acted and shot, I enjoyed the beautiful footage of Zambia and its majestic animals – mainly the elephants. All the festive cheer was also very welcome; especially since I’ve been in the mood for Christmas for several weeks now.

I’d say that ‘easy viewing’ is definitely the phrase for director Ernie Barbarash’s movie. I had fun even though perhaps unsurprisingly, near the start of the film I couldn’t stop seeing Davis’s Kate as the most famous character she’s ever played. None other than Charlotte York of HBO’s Sex And The City, of course. As a Charlotte fan, I can’t say that I was too mad about that.

Watch Holiday In The Wild for that easy viewing, ‘Christmassy’ vibe – set in Zambia and with Elephants!

Lastly, let me know if you too found yourself really appreciating how good a son the character played by John Owen Lowe appeared to be.

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THE BANKER (2019): New Trailer, From Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Mackie, Nia Long…

The Banker (2019), Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Apple TV+
The Banker (2019), Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Apple TV+

Directed by George Nolfi, The Banker is a new drama based on the true stories of Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson).

Garrett, a revolutionary businessman was one one of the first African American bankers in the United States. Both Garrett and Morris dared to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream.

Additional key cast includes Nia Long, Nicholas Hoult, Jessie T. Usher…

I like the idea of Mackie, Jackson and Hoult on screen together. Looking forward to seeing their characters play the game and win.

Colm Meaney, Paul Ben-Victor, Gregory Alan Williams, Michael Harney, Taylor Black, James DuMont and Rhoda Griffis also star.

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

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THE PHOTOGRAPH (2020): New Trailer From Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, LaKeith Stanfield, Y’lan Noel…

 From Writer / director Stella Meghie, The Photograph is a new comedy / romance starring Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, LaKeith Stanfield and Y’lan Noel.

A series of intertwining love stories set in the past, the present and all about forgiveness, courage…

In the style of Joey Tribbiani at that Thanksgiving dinner in Friends: ‘Issa, good! LaKeith, Good! A very real looking depiction of a modern love story, good!’

Or, to put it another way, I can relate the more than one of the themes in this good looking trailer, and I like the cast.

Courtney B. Vance, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Teyonah Parris, Lil Rel Howery, Rob Morgan, Christopher Cassarino, Jamaal Burcher, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Wakeema Hollis also star.

The Photograph Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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LITTLE JOE (2019): New Trailer From Ben Whishaw, EMILY BEECHAM, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor…

Little Joe (2019), Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing
Little Joe (2019), Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Directed by Jessica Hausner; starring Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox and Kit Connor; in new drama / sci-fi Little Joe, Beecham plays Alice, a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder.

Employed at a corporation engaged in developing new plant species, against company policy, Alice takes a plant home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe…

The first, mood lifting, anti-depressant happy plant

I simply have to see precisely where this story goes. Especially after the creepy ‘Goodnight little Joe‘ line.

Phénix Brossard, Leanne Best, Andrew Rajan, David Wilmot, Goran Kostic, Yana Yanezic and Sebastian Hülk also star.

Little Joe Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US)…

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WOUNDS (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer
Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer

My favourite thing about the latest Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Armmie Hammer horror / mystery Wounds is how well writer / director  Babak Anvari captured the tension; especially in the first thirty minutes.

All about the the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar, I found that things started to go wrong for me when Hammer’s character made / didn’t make a decision that seemed so obvious to me. And because the rest of the story hung ever so loosely on his character’s decision – one that I did not buy, the film simply lost me and my trust.

In light of this, the real main issue with Wounds is that it barely makes sense. By the very end, I decided that Anvari’s movie is based on a script that needed much more work. Yes, there are moments that were well written and acted but the glaring gaps in the script were simply that, far too glaring. 

If you’re a die-hard Hammer and Johnson fan, then sure give it a chance if you’re especially curious, and also if you don’t mind swarming bugs. I definitely watched the swarming bugs scenes through my fingers. Otherwise, it’s very much the tension in the first half of the film that’s most notable. 

Have you seen Wounds, the film with the ‘very appealing’ name? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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