Category Archives: Family

A WRINKLE IN TIME (2018): New Trailer From Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

A Wrinkle In Time (2018), Oprah Winfrey
A Wrinkle In Time (2018), Oprah Winfrey

Fantasy / adventure, A Wrinkle In Time is a story about a young girl called Meg. Meg is sent into space with her brother and a friend by three peculiar beings.  Together they must venture there to find Meg’s scientist father after his sudden disappearance. Directed by Ava DuVernay; A Wrinkle In Time stars Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…

Reasons to watch this movie include the story, which is completely new to me, the magic, the talented cast and the beautiful visuals. I’m liking Oprah Winfrey as the voice of the narrator, as well as the hint of a vibe similar to Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz. 

Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis,  Michael Peña, Bellamy Young and André Holland also star.

A Wrinkle In Time Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (US), 23rd March, 2018 (UK)…

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

Jumanji - Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black
Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle (2017), Jack Black

Four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji‘s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. They must  beat the game to return to Planet Earth with their lives. Directed by Jake Kasden, the stars of Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle are Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

All I remember about Robin Williams’ Jumanji (1995) is that the characters sported khaki attire and ran away from stuff in the jungle. This trailer looks very promising and I’m most excited about the humour.

Nick Jonas, Missi Pyle and Rhys Darby also star.

Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle  Release Dates: December 22nd, 2017 (US); December 29th, 2017 (UK)…

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GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2017): New Trailer From Domhnall Gleeson & Margot Robbie About A.A.Milne, Creator Of Winnie The Pooh…

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie

Goodbye Christopher Robin stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly MacDonald. It’s the new Simon Curtis directed movie that tells us the behind-the-scenes story of the life of celebrated author A.A. Milne; particularly how his son C.R. Milne inspired the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories…

I’ll be tuning in because I’m a fan of Pooh and friends. I also just want to watch a film about a father’s great love for his son.

This trailer has a dream-like feel. I also get the sense that Margot Robbie’s character is a ghost; no idea if that was intentional since I know extremely little about A.A. Milne’s life, at this point.

Goodbye Christopher Robin Release Dates:

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PADDINGTON 2 (2018): New Trailer From Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi…

Paddington 2 (2018) Ben Whishaw (Voice)
Paddington 2 (2018) Ben Whishaw (Voice)

Starring Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Brendan Gleeson and a handful more British actors, director Paul King is back with Paddington 2, a sequel to the 2014 animated family comedy. The story picks with Paddington who’s now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. He works odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday but unfortunately, the gift is stolen…

I haven’t seen the original Paddington (2014) simply because the mood for it never really struck. It’s probably time I did, particularly to see another example of how Britishness, British charm and the streets of London are portrayed on the big screen.

Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, and Julie Walters also star.

Happy Film Loving Paddington 2 Release Dates: November 10th, 2017 (UK); January 12th, 2018 (US)….

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THE BOSS BABY (2017): The Things I liked…

The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin
The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin

When I first realised that The Boss Baby was about a smart / adult-like briefcase carrying baby, I feared that as I watched the movie, I’d miss the only other smart / adult-like  baby I’d ever known and loved. I’m of course talking about the lovable Stewie Griffin of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy. Luckily though, as I watched the Tom McGrath directed animated movie, not for a single second did the delightful Stewie G. pop into my mind. There was simply too much engaging fun, imagination and general cuteness going on in The Boss Baby.

There’s certainly no doubting that the person behind the story of The Boss Baby (Marla Frazee) is an individual with a great imagination – not unlike the film’s main character, Timmy (Miles Bakshi) – and many other children you may or may not know. Naturally, kids are going to have a good time with The Boss Baby but you absolutely don’t have to be a kid to like it.

There were some things that happened in this movie that really reminded me that I was watching an animation, meaning that the rules of what may or may not happen in an everyday situation simply have be discarded completely. Usually I’m fine with suspending my disbelief but with this movie for some reason, I was sometimes less able.

My personal favourite animated films are still Finding Nemo (2003) and Ratatouille (2007)This movie, though not as well executed in every way as the aforementioned, it’s still a fun adventure. Another personal highlight for me was knowing that the dad character was being voiced by my favourite American talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel; a seemingly nice man whose voice I happen to find rather comforting.

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THE BOSS BABY (2017): New Trailer From Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow…

The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin
The Boss Baby (2017), Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Buscemi’s latest movie is The Boss Baby, an animated comedy about a suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby on a mission…

Who can think of a smart talking cartoon baby boy without the smartest talking cartoon baby boy in the world, Family Guy‘s Stewie Griffin coming to mind? I want  The Boss Baby to be good enough that I don’t think too much about Stewie. Here’s to hoping.

At least I like this trailer more than the first one, a good sign I think. Also I generally love Alec Baldwin’s comedy work so that too is a good sign.

The Boss Baby Release Dates: March 31st, 2017 (US); April 7th, 2017 (UK);  April 12th, 2017 (FR); April 20th, 2017 (GER)…

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SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr…

Spider-Man - Homecoming (2017), Tom Holland
Spider-Man – Homecoming (2017), Tom Holland

Starring Tom Hollan, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, Spider-Man Homecoming, the first spiderman movie starring Tom holland as the young web slinging superhero has a new teaser trailer…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

The truth is, I completely ignored the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. It just seemed far too soon after the Toby Magguire era. The question now iswhether I’m I ready for the Tom Holland phase. Robert Downey Jr.’s role may just convince me.

Zendaya, Donald Glover and Michael Keaton also star.

Spider-Man Homecoming Release Dates: July 7th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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THE BFG (2016): The Thing I Liked…

The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance
The BFG (2016), Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance

The idea of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) had me excited because I vaguely recall enjoying the story as a child. Having seen the Steven Spielberg directed film, it’s clear for me that this is one of those instances where the book may definitely be much better than the movie.

The lovely nostalgic walk down memory lane I’d been hoping for isn’t what transpired here. My biggest issue with Spielberg’s film is the pace which is so slow that at one point when the ‘bad giants’ were looking for a human child for their afternoon snack, I may have uttered the words ‘Just find her and eat her already, so that this massive let down can finally be over!’

Things didn’t get interesting and engaging for me until the part that takes place at the palace towards the end. Another positive is the narration at the very end.

Prior to my The BFG experience, I’d actually been thinking about re-watching the Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – but I’m no longer sure about that now. The BFG has reminded me that sometimes re-living stories and/or  re-watching films I loved as a child, especially if they were made with children as the target audience may result in those films not being well received by my adult brain. One such example would be The Never Ending Story (1984). I really wouldn’t recommend revisiting that.I  did and I ended up wishing that I’d let it remain as magical as my young brain remembered.

I just hope that children, the key target audience for The BFG have a good time when they watch. Should I finally muster the courage to re-visit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, I’ll certainly share my thoughts on here. Until next time…

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