Category Archives: Drama

STAGE MOTHER (2020): New Trailer From Lucy Liu, Adrian Grenier, Jacki Weaver…

Stage Mother (2020), Jacki Weaver, Momentum Pictures
Stage Mother (2020), Jacki Weaver, Momentum Pictures

Lucy Liu, Jacki Weaver and  Adrian Grenier are the stars of new comedy/drama Stage Mother.

Directed by Thom Fitzgerald, Stage Mother is the story of a conservative church choir director (Weaver), who inherits her late son’s San Francisco drag club.

This one is for when the need for a feel good movie strikes. That happens more frequently than usual these days, and I’m not mad about that.

There’s also the fact that I’ve been a Lucy Liu fan ever since Ally McBeal. There’s also Jacki Weaver who just happens to be great in everything.

Mya Taylor, Lenore Zann, Anthony Skordi, Sofia Banzhaf, Eldon Thiele, Vox Smith, Oscar Moreno, Hugh Thompson and Allister MacDonald also star.

Stage Mother Release Dates

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SHE DIES TOMORROW (2020): New Trailer Starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley…

She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Kate Lyn Sheil, Neon
She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Kate Lyn Sheil, Neon

From writer /director Amy Seimetz; She Dies Tomorrow is a new thriller/comedy about Amy, a woman who think that she’s dying tomorrow. And to make things even more interesting, the thought/belief is contagious.

Starring  Kate Lyn Sheil; additional key cast includes Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton…

I’m sure that negative thoughts can indeed be ‘contagious.’ So I’m looking forward to where the story goes with this intriguing premise.

Also, I didn’t quite get a comedy vibe as this trailer played. Yet this movie is partly categorised as a comedy. Interesting…

Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Josh Lucas, Michelle Rodriguez, Adam Wingard and Madison Calderon also star.

She Dies Tomorrow Release Dates: July 31st / 7th August (Internet), 2020 (US)…

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THE NEST (2020): New Trailer Starring Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Anne Reid…

The Nest (2020), Jude Law, Carrie Coon

The Nest stars Jude Law as an entrepreneur whose family life begins to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.

 Written / directed by Sean Durkin; Carrie Coon, Anne Reid and Charlie Shotwell are among the key cast.

This looks like a very interesting character study. I know that Law can deliver the performance, so my fingers are crossed that the story proves thoroughly worthwhile as well.

Adeel Akhtar, Tattiawna Jones, Oona Roche, Michael Culkin, Abby Stretch, James Nelson-Joyce, Michel Alexandre Gonzalez and Bernardo Santos also star.

The Nest Release Dates: September 18th, 2020 (US)…

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TESLA (2020): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan, Hannah Gross

Tesla (2020), Eve Hewson, Ethan Hawke, IFC Films
Tesla (2020), Eve Hewson, Ethan Hawke, IFC Films

Starring Ethan Hawke and Eve Hewson, visionary inventor Nikola Tesla is the subject of Tesla, director Michael Almereyda’s new drama/biography. Particularly Tesla’s interactions with Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne, and Tesla’s breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

Additional key cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Hanna Gross and Josh Hamilton.

Ethan Hawke, this cool trailer edit and the greatness of Tesla himself are the reason I’m interested. It also helps that Almereyda’s film looks like no biography I’ve ever seen.

Lois Smith, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jim Gaffigan, Lucy Walters, James Urbaniak, Ian Lithgow, Donnie Keshawarz and Janelle Feigley also star.

Tesla Release Dates: August 21st, 2020 (US)…

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VALLEY OF THE GODS (2019): New Trailer From John Malkovich, Josh Hartnett, Bérénice Marlohe…

Valley of the Gods (2019), Josh Hartnett, Well Go USA Entertainment
Valley of the Gods (2019), Josh Hartnett, Well Go USA Entertainment

Starring Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich and Bérénice Merlohe; Valley of the Gods is a new drama that contrasts abundance and poverty through three separate storylines.

Written/directed by Lech Majewski; additional key cast includes John Rhys-Davies, Keir Dullea and Tokala Black Elk.

Hopefully this will be a good one story-wise but another key reason I’m interested is the visuals, set design and locations. I think I definitely spotted Rome’s magnificent Trevi Fountain.

I’m also happy to see one of my favourite Bond girls, Bérénice Merlohe (Skyfall (2012)) in this trailer. Fingers crossed it’s a great story. However,

Saginaw Grant, Joseph Runningfox, Steven Skyler, John A. Lorenz, and Marek Probosz also star.

Valley of The Gods Release Dates: August 11th, 2020 (US)…

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RESPECT (2020): New Trailer From Jennifer Hudson, Tate Donovan, Marlon Wayans…

Respect (2020), Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Hudson, MGM
Respect (2020), Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Hudson, MGM

The latest trailer for Respect, a Liesl Tommy directed Aretha Franklin biography starring Jennifer Hudson, Marlon Wayans and Forest Whitaker has finally arrived.

Besides the music and Hudson’s acting talents, I’m most looking forward to watching Franklin coming into her power.

Also, hopefully the way her most iconic song ‘Respect’ came to to be is captured in a way that’s as moving as what Rocketman (2019) did for my favourite Elton John single,’Your Song’

Lodric D. Collins, Tituss Burgess, Victoria Paige Watkins, Joshua Mikel, Marc Maron, Jamaal Burcher and Saycon Sengbloh also star.

Respect Release Dates: December 25th, 2020 (US)…

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (2020): The Things I Liked…

The King of Staten Island (2020), Pete Davidson, Universal Pictures
The King of Staten Island (2020), Pete Davidson, Universal Pictures

The King of Staten Island is a good film; as is the case with all Judd Apatow directed comedy/drama movies I’ve seen. To name just three: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and This is 40 (2012),

Starring Pete Davidson, Bill Burr, Marisa Tomei and Bell Powley, Apatow’s movie is about a young man named Scott (Davidson). Particularly his coming of age story after years of arrested development after losing his father in a hotel fire.

Based largely on Davidson’s personal story, The King of Staten Island is both moving and funny in all the right places. Scott’s emotional journey and personal growth is well drawn – making for a believable story. I enjoyed the jokes, even in the moments when Scott wasn’t especially likeable.

Everyone performed well but I was especially impressed by one of my favourite comedians Bill Burr’s dramatic turn as Ray.

As for some highlights, I particularly enjoyed all the jokes at the expense of Staten Island. And one of the most moving scenes is when Scott goes to pick up Rays children for the first time.

Overall, The King of Staten Island is worth watching for moving story about a young man who finally decides to live life on purpose.

If you’re a Judd Apatow and or a Pete Davidson fan, then definitely watch it if you haven’t already.

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DA 5 BLOODS (2020): The Things I Liked…

Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix

Da 5 Bloods, the Spike Lee-directed story of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam for two specific reasons, years after the war ended is a good film. One that really ought to qualify Delroy Lindo for at least an award nomination because his performance is powerful, heartbreaking and hard to forget.

Also starring Chadwick Boseman, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isiah Whitlock Jr., the men are there to find the remains of their fallen squad leader, and to locate the gold fortune he helped them hide many years earlier.

I enjoyed much of the way the story unfolded; including the use of flashbacks. There’s also the way important black leaders were highlighted in the movie at key points. Especially the leaders/freedom fighters who impacted the lives of the veterans around the time they were American soldiers in Vietnam. These moments helped me to better understand the characters and what was happening in the world at the time. I found Da 5 Bloods to be a moving, timely, engaging and certainly heartbreaking story that delves into the relationship between four veterans, their shared experience as black Americans and how that contributed to their lives during important times in American history.

Da 5 Bloods (2020), Delroy Lindo, Johnny Nguyen, Jonathan Majors, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods (2020), Delroy Lindo, Johnny Nguyen, Jonathan Majors, Netflix

One of the most delightful parts of Lee’s movie is at the very beginning when we get to see the comradery and brotherhood between the four men. Tensions do eventually follow, as expected. But those few minutes at the start had Da 5 Bloods feeling a little bit like the male version of Girls Trip (2017); a truth I have zero complaints about.

In terms of what I didn’t love about Da 5 Bloods, there are two main things in particular. Firstly, some of what I hoped would be surprise happenings/events were set up in a way that made it easy to guess precisely what was about to take place, especially if you’d been fully paying attention. For example, there’s one particular moment that involves a character walking in a very specific way during a disagreement between the four men – but seemingly for no apparent reason before a key distressing event takes place.

Second, who, while stealing, chooses to be extremely loud as they do it, unless they’re a bank robber wielding guns? That I’d understand. I think the four veterans were far too loud while retrieving the gold, even if they did think no one was around. It annoyed me that they weren’t more careful when it made perfect sense for them to be just that. I’m not saying that the story would have turned out differently if they had just lowered their voices and not let the bright shiny gold catch the light. But doing all they did certainly didn’t help, let alone make sense to me.

Da 5 Bloods reminds us of why Lee is a notable filmmaker. Generally, the story is well structured and engaging. So, watch it for a good Spike Lee movie experience, and because performance-wise, everyone did great, especially Lindo.

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