Category Archives: Drama

OFFICIAL SECRETS (2019): New Trailer From keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes…

Official Secrets (2019), Keira Knightley, Entertainment One UK
Official Secrets (2019), Keira Knightley, Entertainment One UK

Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes, Official Secrets is the true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gunn.

Director Gavin Hood’s drama / thriller focuses on Gunn’s role in leaking information to the press. Information about an illegal NSA spy operation created to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the Iraq war in 2003…

The music in this trailer leaves plenty to be desired. However, because Knightley, Goode and Smith are the stars, I’m in for the promise of good performances.

I want to see how Katharine manages to get away with it for the time that she does. I myself am very likely far to paranoid, appreciative of a clear conscience and a peaceful mind to ever contemplate such a thing.

Cowardice, yes, cowardice. Of course being a law abiding citizen has something to do with it too but also definitely cowardice. That’s the right word for my approach.

Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig, Rhys Ifans, MyAnna Buring, Katherine Kelly and Jack Farthing also star.

Official Secrets Release Dates: August 29th, 2019 (US); October 18th, 2019 (UK)…

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON (2019): New trailer From Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Utkarsh Ambudkar…

Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019), Jillian Bell
Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019), Jillian Bell

Written / directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo; Starring Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jennifer Dundas and Patch Daragh, Brittany Runs A Marathon is a new comedy / drama about Brittany Forgler, a hot mess of a New Yorker.

Brittany knows how to have a good time and during an early morning walk-of-shame, she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor’s office to score some Adderall, only she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted…

I myself have zero plans to run any marathon, ever – but that in no way means I’m not open to all the fun that comes with watching another person suffer through the process. Remember Run, Fat Boy, Run (2017)? I have no idea yet whether Brittany Runs A Marathon will be quite as fun, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Lil Rel Howery, Max Pava, Alice Lee, Erica Hernandez, Michaela Watkins, Adam Sietz and Dan Bittner also star.

Brittany Runs A Marathon Release Dates: August 23rd, 2019 (US); November 1st, 2019 (UK)…

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AFTER THE WEDDING (2019): New Trailer From Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup…

After The Wedding (2019), Michelle Williams
After The Wedding (2019), Michelle Williams

In After The Wedding, Isabel (Michelle Williams) is the manager of an orphanage in Kolkata, India. In desperate need of money to keep the orphanage afloat, Isabel travels to New York to meet a benefactor (Julianne Moore) whose life couldn’t be more different from her own.

Directed by Bart Freundlich; additional cast members include Billy Crudup, Will Chase, Abby Quinn…

I’m interested to watch Moore playing what looks like a somewhat sinister character. I’m also curious about Isabel’s lifestyle, especially since it’s so far removed from my own.

Then there’s the secret. I want to know what the seemingly dark, potentially life destroying secret is. I’m aware that I just made myself sound quite nosy – but I swear, I simply love a promising movie plot and a good trailer with wonderful actors.

Doris McCarthy, Azhy Robertson, Eisa Davis, Alex Esola, Eric D. Hill Jr. and Teea Loreal also star.

After The Wedding Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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THE PERFECTION (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams
The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams

Starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber, The Perfection is a ‘darker than you expect’ drama /horror / thriller. 

Directed by Richard Shepard, the story follows a musical prodigy who sets upon a sinister path that begins with her seeking out the current star pupil of her former school.

I kind of already knew based on the trailer that Shepard’s movie wouldn’t be the most comfortable of viewings. I just didn’t know that within ten minutes into the film, a thought that crossed my mind would be ‘Am I ready for this darkness?

The darkness that made me uneasy wasn’t anything to do with physical violence, though there is some of that here. It was about the negative energy / vibe that seemed so easy for the audience to see, yet the person the ill-intent was aimed toward appeared completely oblivious. 

As uneasy as this movie made me feel for a number of reasons, I also found it quite engaging, even though something about its execution felt a tad rough around the edges. Another way to say it would be ‘The Perfection is not like Green Book (2018)’. By this I mean, in The Perfection, every single scene didn’t flow perfectly without me having to pause and question any of the story, dialogue or general happenings. The acting was OK but I did not get completely lost in the world of the story.

Give Shepard’s movie a chance because it’s not quite what you think it’s going to be. You’ll definitely go on a ride that won’t be the most comfortable but everything kind of pays off in the most unexpected way.

There are also  one or two – perhaps more moments of stunning imagery. My favourite of which is at the top of this very post. 

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LUCE (2019): New Trailer From Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr…

Luce (2019), Octavia Spencer, Neon
Luce (2019), Octavia Spencer, Neon

Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth and Kelvin Harrison Jr. are the stars of Luce.

Directed by  Julius Onah, Luce is the story of parents to an adopted son from war-torn Eritrea. Said parents are forced to reckon with their idealised image of their son, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher…

This rather good trailer edit has me scared. Scared for myself, scared for Spencer’s character because no one is listening to her and scared for Luce’s parents. I’m also very curious about what the alarming secret actually is.

We all know Watts and Spencer are great actors, so I can’t wait to see what Harrison does with this role. They do say that dark characters are more fun to play, after all.

Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Norbert Leo Butz, Omar Brunson and Astro also star.

Luce Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (US)…

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AD ASTRA (2019): New Trailer From Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland…

Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox
Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox

Directed and co-written by James Gray; starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Liv Tyler, Ad Astra is the story of an Army Corps engineer (Pitt) who’s searching across the galaxy for his father; a man who disappeared twenty years prior.

He’s also on a mission to unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet…

It’s the very likeable Mr Pitt, a promise of good visuals and what looks like a moving story. Everything to like.

The father / son ‘love story’ part makes me think of Interstellar (2014). I’m sure the films are quite difference but I look forward to finding out.

Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean, LisaGay Hamilton and John Ortiz also star.

Ad Astra Release Dates: September 20th, 2019 (US)…

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FORD v FERRARI (2019): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe…

Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale
Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale

Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Caitriona Balfe, Ford v Ferrari is a new action / drama from Logan (2017) director James Mangold.

It’s the true story of the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966…

I like the pairing of Bale and Damon, and since this is an American movie, I guess we likely already know who ‘wins.’

I’m ready for the dialogue and humour. I also can’t help but wonder how differently the Italians might tell this story.

Ray McKinnon, Josh Lucas, JJ Feild, Noah Jupe, Stefania Spampinato, Tracy Letts, Wyatt Nash and Hélène Cardona also star.

Ford v Ferrari Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US &UK)…

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THE GOLDFINCH (2019): New Trailer From Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard…

The Goldfinch (2019), Ansel Elgort, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Goldfinch (2019), Ansel Elgort, Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, and directed by John Crowley, The Goldfinch is a new drama starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Finn Wolfhard.

After a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother, young Theodore Decker is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side, New York family…

I’m interested for reasons including this trailer looks great, my appreciation of most – if not all the actors involved and I can’t wait to see how well this movie says what it has to say about grief.

My only wish at this point is that young Theodore actually resembled grown up Theodore. He’s probably too young but Jacob Tremblay probably looks more like a younger version of Elgort and Thomas Mann looks more like a grown up Wolfhard. What do you think?

Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Aneurin Barnard, Peter Jacobson, Luke Kleintank and Peter Jacobson also star.

The Goldfinch Release Dates: September 13th, 2019 (US); September 27th, 2019 (UK)…

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