Category Archives: Drama

THE ARTIST’S WIFE (2019): New Trailer From Bruce Dern, Lena Olin, Juliet Rylance…

The Artist's Wife (2020), Lena Olin, Bruce Dern
The Artist’s Wife (2020), Lena Olin, Bruce Dern

Lena Olin, Juliette Rylance and Bruce Dern are the stars of new Tom Dolby directed drama The Artist’s Wife.

It’s a story in which Claire (Olin) finds herself in the middle of a late-life crisis. A crisis that begins when her renowned abstract artist husband (Dern) is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before he completes the paintings for his final show.

Almost right away I thought of The Wife (2018) because both movies are about wives who sacrifice plenty in order to prioritise their husband’s careers.

I’m curious about what Dolby’s film has to say about Alzheimer’s and the creative person. I also want to see this particular experience of the ever supportive wife.

Caryn West, Tonya Pinkins, Catherine Curtin, Stefanie Powers, Avan Jogia, Ravi Cabot-Conyers and Clare Louise Frost also star.

The Artist’s Wife Release Dates

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UNCORKED (2020): New Trailer Starring Courtney B. Vance, Niecy Nash, Matt McGorry, Mamoudou Athie…

Uncorked (2020), Mamoudou Athie, Matt McGorry, Netflix
Uncorked (2020), Mamoudou Athie, Matt McGorry, Netflix

When you’re trying to balance your dream of becoming a master sommelier, but your father wants you to take over the family business.

This is the predicament of young Elijah (Mammoudou Athie) in Uncorked. A new drama written / directed by  Prentice Penny and also starring Courtney B. Vance, Matt McGorry and Niecy Nash.

I’m because Nash and Vance are great plus I want to see the ‘demanding parent’ come to their senses. All so a happy compromise can be reached.

I’m also looking forward to the humour and at least one person’s dreams and hard work finally coming to fruition.

Additional supporting cast includes Sasha Compère, Hélène Cardona, Kelly Jenrette, Jennifer Pierce Mathus, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Bernard David Jones,Daniel Johnson, Gil Ozeri and Djinda Kane.

Uncorked Release Dates: March 27th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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THE THIRD DAY (2020): New Trailer From Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson…

The Third Day (2020), Jude Law, HBO
The Third Day (2020), Jude Law, HBO

Naomie Harris, Jude Law, Emily Watson and Katherine Waterston are the stars of new drama The Third Day.

A story where the line between reality and fantasy starts to blur for a man who visits a mysterious Island off the British coast.

My love for a good mystery has me intrigued. Especially considering how very creepy some of the residents of ‘paradise’ appear to be.

I now find myself wondering which ‘British island’ this was actually filmed on.

Paddy Considine, Gianni Calchetti, Amer Chadha-Patel, Mark Lewis Jones, Richie Lawrie, Charlotte Gairdner-Mihell, Joe Blakemore, Freya Allan, Tom Lawrence and Will Rogers also star.

The Third Day Release Dates: May 11th, 2020 (US)…

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JOJO RABBIT (2019): The Things I Liked…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Jojo Rabbit, a comedy / drama about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home is a movie I found more and more impressive as it played.

Director and co-writer Taika Waititi really did a great job of bringing humour to one of history’s darkest times. Jojo Rabbit is as funny and smart as others have been saying. I appreciate the way it reminds us of just how easily a young mind can be shaped; while also showing us that young minds are smart enough to figure things out for themselves, given the right circumstances.

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Roman Griffin Davis, Fox Searchlight

I watched Waititi’s movie mainly because of the very intriguing and clever premise, the comedy categorisation, the fact that everyone told me to and the brilliant cast. A talent list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Waititi himself and Sam Rockwell, to name just a few.

Besides the cleverness and notable performances, the colours and beautiful imagery will stay with me when I think of Jojo Rabbit. As will the super cute and talented young actors, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates. There’s also the way Jojo Rabbit reminds me of another brilliant World War 2 drama / comedy. Namely Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997).

Watch Jojo Rabbit because it’s good – and see exactly why Waititi deserved the win for 2020’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

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UNORTHODOX (2020): New Trailer Starring Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch…

Unorthodox (2020), Shira Haas, Netflix
Unorthodox (2020), Shira Haas, Netflix

Unorthodox stars Shira Haas as Esther, na young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman. Esther flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life in Berlin.

Additional key cast includes Amit Rahav and Jeff Wilbusch.

This one will teach me a few things and remind me to appreciate my freedoms.

Aaron Altaras, Tamar Amit-Joseph, Ronit Asheri, Dina Doron, Alex Reid, Eli Rosen, Langston Uibel and Isabel Schosnig also star.

Unorthodox Release Dates: March 26th, 2020 (US)…

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GREYHOUND (2020): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham…

Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Greyhound is a new war drama starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue and Stephen Graham.

Directed by Aaron Schneider and co-written by Hanks, it’s the story of World War II US Navy skipper Ernest Krausemust who must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

I’m in because it’s Hanks and I want to see how how Commander Ernest Krausemust and hopefully many of his men end up making it out alive.

Also, the last time Hanks played a character at sea in Captain Phillips (2013) I had a great time.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Karl Glusman, Maximilian Osinski, Matthew Zuk, Lee Norris, Tom Brittney, Rob Morgan, Grayson Russell, Devin Druid, Dave Davis, Michael Benz and Craig Tate also star.

Greyhound Release Dates: May 8th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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MILITARY WIVES (2020): The Things I Liked…

Military Wives (2020), Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Transmission Films
Military Wives (2020), Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Transmission Films

Miltary Wives is a movie I don’t regret watching. Set in England and directed by Peter Cattaneo of The Full Monty (1997, it’s a story about the relationships between a group of women who form a choir to lift their spirits while their partners are away serving in Afghanistan.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas (Kate) and Sharon Horgan (Lisa), I wanted to see Military Wives for a better understanding of what life can be like for the wives. Also, both Thomas and Horgan are great dramatic and comedy acting talents. Talents whose skills really shone through during the funny and the tension filled moments between Kate and Lisa.

Another reason I was drawn to Military Wives is the music I heard in the trailer. Particularly Cindi Lauper’s brilliant Time After time. A song I definitely selfishly wanted performed in its entirety at least once in Cattaneo’s film. We do get to hear Lauper’s song sung by the choir, just unfortunately for me, not fully – let alone more than once.

As for what I liked a little less about Cattaneo’s film, I did notice a few moments in the first half when some of the comedy quips by a couple of the wives (not Thomas or Horgan) felt a little wooden and not particularly well timed. The other downside is that there isn’t much that’s particularly new about Military Wives. I didn’t learn much Iabout the military wife experience that I wasn’t already aware of. Plus, the plot is quite reminiscent of 2003’s Calendar Girls. Both movies are funny and feature women working through their differences so they can deliver something for the greater good.

The best moments for me, besides the humour and the music is whenever the camera was on the two leading ladies. I enjoyed watching women taking care of each other. All the singing, especially when the choir’s skills had improved even had me contemplating joining a singing group. I didn’t because I’m busy but the idea was nice for a while.

Also, if it helps, the most heavily featured song in Military Wives, the one performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the end is written by hit making song writing duo Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.

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ALMOST LOVE (2019): New Trailer Starring Michelle Buteau, Kate walsh, Colin Donnell, Scott Evans…

Almost Love (2019), Kate Walsh, Scott Evans, Vertical Entertainment
Almost Love (2019), Kate Walsh, Scott Evans, Vertical Entertainment

Almost Love is a new comedy / drama starring Michelle Buteau, Kate Walsh, Scott Evans and Colin Donnell.

 Written / directed by Mike Doyle; the subject matter is romance in the smartphone era.

The humour, promising cast are why I’m intrigued. It helps that I’m already a fan of Buteau, Clarkson and Walsh.

Brian Marc, Augustus Prew, Patricia Clarkson, Pun Bandhu, Zoe Chao, Nadia Dajani, Lino Del Core, John Doman, Sienna Hubert-Ross and Gareth Keegan also star.

Almost Love Release Dates: June 26th, 2020 (US)…

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