Category Archives: Drama

STOWAWAY (2021): New Trailer From Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Shamier Anderson…

Stowaway (2021), Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Netflix
Stowaway (2021), Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Netflix

Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette and Shamier Anderson’s latest sci-fi/thriller is all about a mission to Mars that runs into a series of unintended challenges, after a stowaway is discovered on board.

Surely there’s no way that this ends well for all involved. I feel as though my heart just broke multiple times while watching this trailer. Still, I’m in for that special Kendrick, Collette and Kim magic.

I also want to see how it all unfolds because I could be wrong, but it seems as though some secrets are bound to come out.

Lastly, will this movie be as good as or better than Netflix’s other recent space movie, The Midnight Sky (2020)? I wonder.

Stowaway Release Dates: April 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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IN THE HEIGHTS (2021): new Trailer Starring Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dascha Polanco, Corey Hawkins…

In The Heights (2020), Anthony Ramos, Warner Bros. Pictures
In The Heights (2020), Anthony Ramos, Warner Bros. Pictures

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Polanco, Anthony Ramos and director  Jon M. Chu’s musical, In the Heights finally has a full trailer.

Set in Washington Heights, New York; the story focuses on a bodega owner’s mixed feelings about closing his store to retire to the Dominican Republic.

The reason I intend to give this a chance, even though I don’t love musicals is the thought that maybe this one won’t be so bad. Additionally, I tried but couldn’t sit through more than ten minutes of Hamilton 2020 because it moved too fast. My thought is that maybe this Miranda production will be different. Maybe.

Susan Pourfar, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Olga Merediz, Ariana Greenblatt, Stephanie Beatriz, Marc Anthony, Leslie Grace, Ken Holmes and Julia Harnett also star.

In The Heights Release Dates: June 18th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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JUPITER’S LEGACY (2021): New Trailer From Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Andrew Horton…

Jupiter's Legacy (2021), Leslie Gibb, Josh Duhamel, Netflix
Jupiter’s Legacy (2021), Leslie Gibb, Josh Duhamel, Netflix

In a drama that spans several decades; new action/adventure Jupiter’s Legacy is the story of a new generation of superheroes. One whose job it is to live up to their parents’ legacy and do their part in keeping the world safe.

Navigating the dynamics of family, power and loyalty, Jupiter’s legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb and Andrew Horton

This teaser reveals a minimal amount. Nevertheless, I have a feeling I’m going to be happy with this series. Well, just as long as it isn’t as bad as the last movie I saw with ‘Jupiter’ in the title. I’m of course talking about Jupiter Ascending (2015). A surprise disappointment that starred Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.

Elena Kampouris, Matt Lanter, Mike Wade, Tenika Davis, Meg Steedle, Anna Akana and Tyrone Benskin also star.

Jupiter’s Legacy Release Dates: May 7th, 2021 (US), Netflix…

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LOSING ALICE (2021): The Things I liked…

Losing Alice (2021), Ayelet Zurer, Apple TV+
Losing Alice (2021), Ayelet Zurer, Apple TV+

Losing Alice is a drama/thriller about the slow unravelling of the life of Alice, a talented film director whose career stalled after becoming a mother of three. Far from creatively satisfied, Alice is suffering largely in silence; that is until her eyes land on a new script she finds irresistible. One that results in a Faustian bargain with the potential to completely unravel her life.

The performances in Losing Alice are faultless. Not least of all, that delivered by the talented Ayelet Zurer who plays Alice. When I wasn’t busy taking in all the great performances, I was looking forward to the moment when I realised why the show’s title made perfect sense. All while also enjoying the very strong musical score. A score that helped keep me engaged in the moments when the camera would choose to linger longer than I might have preferred in some scenes. 

There are moments in Losing Alice when I became impatient for the unknown to be revealed. Yet, I couldn’t stop watching because I had to find out how complicated this particular female movie director’s life was going to get. After all, there are still very few female directors working while married and with children. Losing Alice does a good job of exploring the challenging predicaments that arise.

Watch Losing Alice if you’re curious, and definitely if you’re an aspiring director, female or not. You’ll probably appreciate the way the show reveals some of the behind-the-scenes reality of movie-making. 

Lastly, it’s not an english language production but the sound is very well dubbed, if that helps. Did I already mention the musical score?

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THE IRREGULARS (2021): New Trailer Starring Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari…

The Irregulars (2021), Thaddea Graham, Netflix
The Irregulars (2021), Thaddea Graham, Netflix

Netflix’s latest crime/drama/mystery The Irregulars offers a twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes story. This time, the focus is on a group of misfits who investigate a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Mr Holmes and Dr Watson.

Created by Tom Bidwell; some of the key cast includes Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw and Jojo Macari.

Writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is quite the gift that keeps on giving, no? Not only has the great Holmes been portrayed by the likes Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and more. But 2019 also delivered a movie about the detective’s teenage sister, Enola Holmes. And now this.

I anticipate fun ahead with this one. Especially if, like myself, you’re quite partial to a good mystery.

Ansu Kabia, McKell David, Sheila Atim, Harrison Osterfield, Clarke Peters, Royce Pierreson, Grant Crookes, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Manoj Anand, Charles Armstrong and Anthony Barclay also star.

The Irregulars Release Dates: March 26th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (2021): Final Trailer Starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan…

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Marvel Entertainment
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Marvel Entertainment

The final trailer for Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s Marvel Studios series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is out at last, and it looks great.

Full disclosure, I like the earlier trailers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, it wasn’t until this version that I finally became excited about the series. This trailer embodies more of that Marvel Studios trailer signature that I love so much.

My only hope now is that I enjoy this a lot more than I did WandaVision (2021).

Miki Ishikawa, Adepero Oduye, Desmond Chiam, Shane Berengue, John Gettier and Neal Kodinsky also star.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Release Dates: March 19th, 2021 (US), Disney+…

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CONCRETE COWBOY (2020): New Trailer From Idris Elba, Lorraine Toussaint Methodman, Caleb McLaughlin…

Concrete Cowboy (2020), Idris Elba
Concrete Cowboy (2020), Idris Elba

Directed/co-written by Ricky Staub; Concrete Cowboy stars Idris Elba, Lorraine Toussaint and Caleb McLaughlin.

Set in North Philadelphia; the drama focuses on a teenager’s discovery of the world of urban horseback riding, when he moves in with his estranged father.

I love the music and how unexpected this trailer is. I’m definitely in to watch as father and son heal their relationship.

I’m also ready to be immersed in this world that’s completely new to me; especially considering this story is based on the real life Fletcher Street Cowboys, a century-long tradition of black urban cowboys and horsemanship in North Philadelphia.

Lastly, I’m excited to watch young McLaughlin acting opposite one of my favourites, Monsieur Elba.

Jharrel Jerome, Method Man, Swen Temmel, Byron Bowers, Liz Priestley, Patrick McDade, Jennifer Butler, Charles W Harris III, Seyler Fox, Kristoffe Brodeur, Dominic Jackson and Aedan Jayce also star.

Concrete Cowboy Release Dates: April 2nd, 2021 (US)…

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TRUST (2021): The Things I Liked…

Truth (2021), Victoria Justice, Vertical Entertainment US
Truth (2021), Victoria Justice, Vertical Entertainment US

Trust, the new drama starring Matthew Daddario, Victoria Justice, Lucien Laviscount and Katherine McNamara has some notable high and low points.

The standout highlight in a story about a New York gallery owner and her husband, as they each face exceptional temptations, happens to be the beautifully lit shots of Paris, and particularly, New York City. So colourful and vibrant are said images, that for a moment I suspected the makers of Trust likely brokered a deal with the New York City Tourism Board. 

Additionally, Justice’s attire and the gorgeously lit Royal Bangladesh Indian Restaurant, the very one featured prominently in the film’s trailer are two other highlights. I can only hope the latter managed to survive the pandemic so I can visit in the future.

The acting isn’t terrible. But I did find the dialogue cringe-worthy in parts. A truth that made me realise that Trust is not at all as sophisticated as the movie it initially reminded me of, namely, Last Night (2010)

Other low lights include the less convincing moments in Laviscount’s Dublin accent and the editing. Particularly the decision to reveal an important piece of the puzzle at the very start; a decision that seemed unnecessary, at best. 

Overall director Brian DeCubellis’s film is one you watch if you’re curious about the highlights. And or, you’re a fan of the cast. Otherwise, I recommend Last Night (2010) instead; for an arguably smarter and more sophisticated execution of a similar story.

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