Category Archives: Family

THE LION KING (2019): New Official Trailer Starring James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyoncé…

The Lion King (2019), Walt Disney Studios

Voiced by James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen and Beyoncé , to name just a few, the official trailer for the CGI / live-action version of The Lion King is here…

I’m happy to see that any previous concerns about how believable I’d find the CGI is more or less gone.

On a separate note, is it me or is the bass in James Earl Jones’s voice a little less pronounced than in the animated movie? Especially from 00:30 into the above trailer.

Shahadi Wright Joseph, Florence Kasumba, John Oliver and John Kani also star.

The Lion King Release Dates: July 19th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019): New Trailer From Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Allison Janney…

The Addams Family (2019), MGM
The Addams Family (2019), MGM

Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz , Oscar Isaac and Allison Janney are the stars of the remake of the story of a peculiar, ghoulish family, Addams Family .

Directed by  Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the story is based on the much loved characters created by Charles Addams…

I’m definitely not mad that this remake exists. However, I can’t help but feel disappointed because this is animated rather than a live action version. I’d just have loved seeing the real Charlize Theron dressed up as Morticia Addams. I’d simply have absolutely loved it!

Seeing the strangeness of the Addams family has reminded me of the almost equally strange main family in the Hotel Transylvania movies.

Nick Kroll, Aimee Garcia, Finn Wolfhard, Scott Underwood, Bette Midler and Elsie Fisher also star.

The Addams Family Release Dates: October 11th, 2019 (US); October 25th, 2019 (UK)…

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MY SPY (2019): New Trailer From Dave Bautista, Ken Jeong, Chloe Coleman, KRISTEN SCHAAL…

My Spy (2019), Chloe Coleman, Dave Bautista, STX Entertainment
My Spy (2019), Chloe Coleman, Dave Bautista, STX Entertainment

In Peter Segal directed family movie My Spy, Dave Bautista is JJ, a hardened CIA operative sent to surveil the family of a precocious 9 year-old name Sophie. In no time at all, JJ finds himself at the mercy of Sophie’s disarming charm and wit.

Other key cast members include Chloe Colman, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal…

I’m quite sure that My Spy will be the first movie I see with Bautista as the lead. It’s a little bit the story but really, it’s mostly the onscreen chemistry between Bautista and young Coleman that has me most curious.

On a side note, Dwayne Johnson definitely did cross my mind as this trailer played.

Michelle McLeod, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Nicola Correia-Damude, Laura Cilevitz, Sima Fisher, Ali Hassan and Marcus Cornwall also star.

My Spy Release Dates

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DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (2019): New trailer From Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, Benicio Del Toro…

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (2019), Michael Peña, Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (2019), Michael Peña, Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, Paramount Pictures

Dora And The Lost City of Gold is the latest from Michael Peña, Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria and Benicio Del Toro.

Directed by James Bobin and based on the Dora The Explorer children’s television series, a teenage Dora takes on the adventure of high school. However, Dora soon finds her self and some new school friends on a jungle adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold…

The fact that Dora is a teenager in this movie and not seven years old like in the series is an interesting change I didn’t expect.

I’m aware of Dora The Explorer but I’ve never actually watched a full episode of the TV series so I shouldn’t really be too attached to Bobin’s film. Yet, oddly enough, a part of me already misses the cuteness of seven year-old Dora. I know, I know, seven year-old Dora is a 2D animation but she’s still super cute.

AI already know that I’m going to try and fail to avoid comparing this movie to Hey, Arnold! The Jungle Movie.

Danny Trejo, Q’orianka Kilcher, Temuera Morrison, Isabela Moner, Madeleine Madden, Jeffrey Wahlberg and Christopher Kirby also star.

Dora And The Lost City of Gold Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (US); August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

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CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (2009): The Thing I Liked…

Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009), Isla Fisher
Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009), Isla Fisher

Confessions Of A Shopaholic is a P.J. Hogan directed comedy / romance about Rebecca (Isla Fisher), a college graduate who lands a job as a financial journalist. Rebecca’s job requires that she advises others about money; the only thing is, she doesn’t quite have her own finances together.

Being in the mood for an ‘easy viewing’ movie experience, film that didn’t ask too much of me is a key reason I watched Confessions Of A Shopaholic. It’s certainly not the best romantic comedy out there. Yet it has some charm. My favourite moment features John Goodman. Particularly when his character is seen dancing and it’s the punch line for one of the jokes in the movie. I also quite enjoyed Kristen Scott Thomas’s character as the Editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine. 

As for the fashion, there is a certain purple frilly top / dress seen towards the end of the movie that I liked. However something tells me that had I also fallen in love with more of the clothes featured, perhaps the whole film experience would be that little bit more memorable. Rather than mainly feeling like a mixture of scenarios that brought to mind similar situations that I’d already enjoyed watching in other movies. 

Whether you’re a shopaholic or not, there’s probably a little something to appreciate in Hogan’s film. Even if that thing is the general existence of movies that don’t ask too much of you.

Watch it if you’re curious.

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ALADDIN (2019): New Official Trailer Starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Billy magnassen…

Aladdin (2019), Naomi Scott, Walt Disney Studios
Aladdin (2019), Naomi Scott, Walt Disney Studios

Following the ‘Special Look’ Aladdin trailer released just over a month ago, we now have the official trailer with plenty more story and the characters played by Will Smith Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Billy Magnussen…

I’ll be honest, I’m happy to report that Smith is definitely looking less and less like a casting error. Who knew… besides the film makers, that is?

Up until 1:47 minutes into this new trailer, I’d completely forgotten that Aladdin is actually a musical. I guess now I’m most looking forward to the visuals and the parts without singing. That’s unless this movie somehow manages to revert my lifelong aversion to musicals. You never know…

Kamil Lemieszewski, Numan Acar, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban and Nasim Pedrad also star.

Aladdin Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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ALADDIN (2019): New Aladdin Trailer Featuring Will Smith As The Genie And Starring Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud…

Aladdin (2019), Naomi Scott
Aladdin (2019), Naomi Scott

Starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Billy Magnussen, finally, the new Aladdin trailer shows us what will smith will look and sound like as the famous genie…

Overall, I like this trailer and my favourite moment in it is the sight of Naomi Scott as Jasmine. What I can’t deny though is my immediate reaction after seeing Smith as the the genie. An undeniable sense that a massive miscasting may have taken place definitely came over me. However, I’ve decided to ignore that feeling and wait to see how the film actually is.

I of course wish that my reaction was undoubtedly positive and filled with excitement – both for the entirety of the trailer and afterwards. Nevertheless, who knows, perhaps I’ll look back and wonder what I was worried about in the first place, once I’m watching director Guy Ritchie’s movie. He is the man behind my favourite British film of all time after all… Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Numan Acar, Kamil Lemieszewski, Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari and Navid Negahban also star.

Aladdin Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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SMALLFOOT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

After being told his whole life that humans don’t exist, young Yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) finds evidence to the contrary and wants all his people to know. Except that things don’t quite go as he expected.

Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, I like the way Smallfoot flips the story of Yetis and humans by telling it from the perspective of Yetis. I also appreciated what Smallfoot had to say about the errors in the ways we tend to treat those we see as very different from us and how counterproductive the lies we tell to protect can sometimes become.

With other key cast including Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and James Corden, in terms of the film’s general execution, I’d say it’s somewhere between OK and OK-ish. Part of the reason is that I just didn’t find the writing as fun and good as the trailer led me to expect and hope. A part of me also wishes that Smallfoot didn’t have the musical numbers. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have minded so much if I felt that most of the songs and singing were great. 

The moment the film had me most engaged is towards the end and during the scenes when the Yetis were being pursued. If I had to pick the most memorable moment for me in the whole film, that’s definitely when a very everyday human item is amusingly referred to as ‘the scroll of invisible wisdom.’

Watch Smallfoot if you’re very, very curious.

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