Category Archives: Drama

A QUIET PASSION (2016): New Trailer Featuring Cynthia Nixon As American Poet Emily Dickinson

A Quiet Passion (2016), Cynthia Nixon
A Quiet Passion (2016), Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon, a.k.a. Miranda Hobbes of Sex & The City  is playing celebrated American poet, Emily Dickinson. Directed by Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion tells the story of Dickinson’s early years as a school girl and later when she becomes a recluse and an unrecognised artist…

This one I want to see to learn about the strong, independent and smart Dickinson. I’d also love to watch Nixon in another role I can add to my list of  her best work.

Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine and Jodhi May also star.

A Quiet Passion Release Dates: April 7th, 2017 (UK); April  14th, 2017 (US)…

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017): New Trailer Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017): Frances McDormand
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017): Frances McDormand

The trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may start slow but it only gets better and better, so stick with it. Starring Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Caleb Landry Jones, this one is a dark comedy from the writer / director of  the rather memorable In Bruges (2008) – Martin McDonagh. The story of  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri centres around a mother who takes matters into her own hands with her local law enforcement representatives, after progress stalls in her daughter’s murder investigation…

Wasn’t that a good one? I forgot how much a fan of Frances McDormand’s work I am.

Lucas Hedges, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage and Abbie Cornish also star.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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JUNGLE (2017): New Trailer From Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell…

Jungle (2017), Daniel Radcliffe
Jungle (2017), Daniel Radcliffe

In Jungle, Daniel Radcliffe and Alex Russell are in a group of friends who trek into the Bolivian jungle with a fraudulent guide (Thomas Kretschmann).

Directed by Greg McLean, Jungle is based on a true survival story and adapted from the book by Yossi Chinsberg. I’m always happy to watch a movie that has people venturing into the dangerous jungle; I just won’t voluntarily do the same, ever because my imagination works too hard conjuring up images of  all the scary creatures that live there.

Jungle Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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SMALL CRIMES (2017): New Trailer From Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole, Macon Blair…

Small Crimes (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Small Crimes (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole and Macon Blair’s new E.L. Katz directed movie Small Crimes is all about a  disgraced former cop who just got out of jail. He  returns home looking for redemption but things don’t quite go according to plan…

I’m actually not that sure about this trailer. But I am a fan of  ‘that one from Game Of Thrones‘ (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Gary Cole. The latter whose work I’ve enjoyed in many of my favourite comedy / drama films and TV shows. To name just a few, Pineapple Express (2008), VEEP (2012) and The Good Wife (2009).

Small Crimes Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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THE WIZARD OF LIES (2017): New Trailer For Bernie Madoff Movie Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hank Azaria, Alessandro Nivola…

The Wizzard Of Lies (2017), Robert De Niro
The Wizzard Of Lies (2017), Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hank Azaria and Alessandro Nivola are the stars of The Wizard Of Lies, an HBO movie about Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme which is also known as the largest  financial fraud in United States history…

Of course I’ll be tuning in. De Niro is as watchable as ever, I’m excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer in a movie again and the story is so very intriguing. Even more so because I didn’t really pay close attention to the news when Madoff was all over it back in 2008.

I’m so ready for a good drama like this.

The Wizard Of Lies is directed by Barry Levinson.

The Wizard Of Lies Release Dates: May 20th, 2017 (HBO)…

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JACKIE (2016): The Things I Liked…

Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman
Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman

Starring ‘acting queen’ Natalie Portman and additional talented cast members that include Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt and Billy Crudup, I enjoyed taking in everything the camera focused on in director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.

The costume and visuals in Jackie are beautiful, especially if you love the 60s aesthetic and fashions. As I watched the story of the former First Lady’s experience in the wake of her husband, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I found myself feeling a little detached – both emotionally but mostly in terms of my enjoyment of the story structure. I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more I’d have enjoyed the film had it had a more traditional structure and been more than just about Jackie’s grief. My story preferences aside, Natalie Portman – of course delivered a brilliant performance and were it up to me, I’d have handed the Best Actress Academy Award to her.

I kind of see Jackie in a similar way to the way I see American Sniper (2014). By this I mean, both films as a whole are ok, but the lead actors performances are what really makes them worth watching. Back in 2014 I was completely ready to hand the best Actor Oscar to Bradley Cooper, but then I saw Eddie Redmayne’s work in The Theory Of Everything (2014) and that was that. The rightful owner absolutely got the golden statue.

Watch Jackie because ‘Lady Portman is fantastic.

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VOICE FROM THE STONE (2017): New Trailer Starring Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino…

Voice In The Stone (2017), Emilia Clarke
Voice In The Stone (2017), Emilia Clarke

In Voice From The Stone, Emilia Clarke plays a solemn nurse whose task it is to aid a young boy who hasn’t spoken since his mother passed suddenly. Also starring Marton Csokas and Caterina Murino, this Eric D. Howell directed thriller is set in 1950s Tuscany…

 

If I were in the mood to be completely ridiculous, I’d say that Emilia Clarke has been ‘typecast’ because this is the second film where she’s been ‘brought in to help an unwell young man recover’. The first film of course being 2016’s romantic movie, Me Before You. The real truth is, I’m far too wise and therefore know only too well that twice does not a typecast actor make.

Watching Voice From The Stone shouldn’t be difficult for me because it’s not exactly a horror film. Also, I love Italy and I’m far too young to know what Tuscany was like in the 1950s but I want to know, so…

Voice From The Stone Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith
Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith

I may have shed a tear or two because Collateral Beauty is a story about a father unable to function after his six year old daughter passes, but that doesn’t mean it was a ‘weepy’ holiday film done well.

Starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton,  Naomie Harris and Jacob Latimore, the signs that the David Frankel directed  movie wasn’t going to be the best experience overall, started with me finding myself irritated by Will Smith’s mourning face – within the first 20 minutes. Not really great since he spends at least 95% of the film wearing said face.

In addition to my apparent impatience with seemingly prolonged periods of misery, I was disappointed that Collateral Beauty didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped. There’s something about the pace and edit that didn’t sit well with me. Mainly however, I find myself leaning towards the quality of the story as another reason for why my experience was underwhelming. Perhaps I didn’t get to spend enough time with Howard (Smith)  before his tragedy. Had I done so, I may have cared more deeply about his distress. Most of the cast if not all are almost too talented for their performances to be the problem.

Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa
Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa

The few moments of humour between Winslet, Norton and Pena’s characters is my main highlight. I also liked the dialogue when Keira Knightly’s character is literally on stage and reading her lines to the young man played by Latimore. I was quite taken at this point. Beyond these few brief moments where I’m really engaged, the only other aspect of Collateral Beauty that made me happy is the imagery of New York City. I really do miss that place.

Watch this movie if nothing will stop you but I’d say don’t expect great things.

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