Category Archives: Fantasy

DOLITTLE (2020): New Trailer From Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard…

Dolittle (2020), Robert Downey Jr, Universal Pictures
Dolittle (2020), Robert Downey Jr, Universal Pictures

New Fantasy / comedy Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland, Michael Sheen and Marion Cotillard in a retelling of the Doctor little story.

A Stephen Gaghan directed tale about a physician who discovers that he can talk to animals and based on a character created by Hugh Lofting…

The animals and Downey Jr’s talents are why I’m interested – and naturally, I’ll of course be comparing this to the 1998 version starring Eddie Murphy.

Antonio Banderas, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Jessie Buckley, Selena Gomez, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, and John Cena also star.

Dolittle Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US); February 7th, 2020 (UK)…

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JUNGLE CRUISE (2020): New Trailer From Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Jack Whitehall…

Jungle Cruise (2020), Emily Blunt,Dwayne Johnson, Walt Disney Studios
Jungle Cruise (2020), Emily Blunt,Dwayne Johnson, Walt Disney Studios

Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons and Jack Whitehall are the stars of Jungle cruise, a new fantasy / adventure based on Disneyland’s theme park ride.

A ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals, reptiles, and with a supernatural element…

Looks like quite a fun cross between, Tarzan, and Jumanji. Also, just yesterday I was thinking, ‘I haven’t seen Emily Blunt in a while…’ And now, here she is.

Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramírez, Veronica Falcón, Andy Nyman, Raphael Alejandro, Mark Ashworth and Quim Gutiérrez also star.

Jungle Cruise Release Dates: July 24th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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K-12 (2019): The Things I Liked…

K-12 (2019), Melanie Martinez
K-12 (2019), Melanie Martinez

Starring, written and directed by Melanie Martinez, K-12 is a fantasy / horror / musical about two best friends and their mission to take down an oppressive schooling system. A schooling system where students are force fed medication to stop them from revolting / leaving and teachers are more concerned with exerting their authority than anything else. 

K-12 is essentially Martinez holding a mirror up to several of America and society’s recent and long standing ills and social injustice issues. Issues including but not limited to bullying, transphobia, police brutality, suicide, women’s rights, body image and racial discrimination. K-12 also features several positive and  uplifting messages that many of her young fans no doubt appreciate. For example…

‘The greatest power we will hold is that of acceptance’

‘Any strain we face will transform itself into a crystal rainbow in divine timing’

K-12 (2019), Emma Harvey
K-12 (2019), Emma Harvey, Hair by William Scott Blair

Having not really been aware of Martinez and her music prior to K-12, I was drawn to her aesthetic, the creativity and humour in the K-12 trailer. The world Martinez’s film occupies is visually interesting. I enjoyed the costumes, hair and endless pink – a feature reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). 

The music in K-12 certainly isn’t bad either – even though I have to admit that there was a point where it all started sounding the same. Yet, even with that said, a week has passed since I watched K-12 and I can’t deny that I wrote this entire review while listening to all the film’s music. Some things just grow on you,I guess. The vocals and production on Wheels On The Bus and Strawberry Cupcake are two key highlights.

There was definitely a  point when it felt like the film could have been 30 minutes shorter. Still, I don’t regret watching K-12. It’s quite the filmic and musical achievement for the young (24) and talented Miss Martinez. On another note, I think my not especially beady but certainly observant eyeballs may have noticed a continuity error regarding a cut on a character’s arm that materialized on her upper arm, only for it to be misrepresented on her forearm a short while later.

You can watch K-12 on Melanie Martinez’s YouTube channel. It’s free and also definitely more than a whole load of pink, puffy sleeves and baby doll dresses.

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THE SECRET GARDEN (2019): New Trailer From Colin Firth, Maeve Dermody, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx…

The Secret Garden (2020), Colin Firth, Studio Canal
The Secret Garden (2020), Colin Firth, Studio Canal

The Secret Garden is a movie version of  novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book of the same name.

Starring Colin Firth, Maeve Dermody, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx, it’s a Marc Munden directed story about a young orphan girl who discovers a magical garden hidden at her uncle’s house…

I vaguely remember reading The Secret Garden at school, but I somehow only recall the basics. I.e. ‘There was a girl. There was a secret garden.

I’ll watch this to be reminded, but also definitely to enjoy the visulas of the beautiful flowers and greenery.

Jemma Powell, Amir Wilson, Sonia Goswami, Jackson Kai, Edan Hayhurst, Lee Starkey, Tommy Surridge, Chloe Stannage, Isis Davis, Abdul Hakim Joy and Anne Lacey also star.

The Secret Garden Release Dates: April 17th, 2020 (UK)…

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STAR WARS – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019): New Official Trailer 2 Starring Daisy Ridley, ADAM DRIVER, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o and…

Star Wars - The Rise Of The Skywalker (2019), Daisy Ridley
Star Wars – The Rise Of The Skywalker (2019), Daisy Ridley

The latest trailer for Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker just landed.

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver are the main stars of this promising final chapter of the Star Wars….

I must admit that he start of this trailer had me thinking that maybe this was a non-official, fan-made edit because I didn’t expect the older clips. The latter half is great, of course; especially thanks to the final revelatory image at the end. My hand definitely went to my mouth in surprise.

What are your thoughts on this new trailer edit? Let me know in the comments.

Co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, Other key cast includes Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Dominic Monaghan and Keri Russell…

Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker Release Dates: December 19th, 2019 (UK); December 20th, 2019, (US)…

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NOELLE (2019): New Trailer From Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Billy Eichner, Shirley MacLaine…

Noelle (2019), Anna Kendrick, Disney+, Walt Disney Studios
Noelle (2019), Anna Kendrick, Disney+, Walt Disney Studios

In new family / fantasy Christmas movie Noelle, Santa Claus retires but his son (Bill Hader) gets cold feet about taking over. It therefore falls to his daughter Noelle (Anna Kendrick) to take over the family business.

From writer / director Marc Lawrence; additional key cast members include Shirley McLaine, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty…

Watching this trailer just transported me to a place where I’m dressed in elf pyjamas and have a warm cup of coco in my hands.

I’m ready for all the Christmassy goodness plus that special Kendrick humour.

Alison Araya, Lina Renna, Chelah Horsdal, Alvina August, Michael Gross, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lee Shorten and Diana Maria Riva also star.

Noelle Release Dates: November 12th, 2019 (US & UK…), Disney+ / Internet…

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K-12 (2019): New Trailer From Melanie Martinez, Emma Harvey, Zión Moreno, Zinnett Hendrix…

K-12 (2019), Melanie Martinez
K-12 (2019), Melanie Martinez

Read my spoiler-free movie review of K-12 (2019).


In K-12, a bewitching pair consisting of a brave-hearted girl and her charming best friend set about taking down an oppressive schooling system.

Written, directed by and starring Melanie Martinez, K-12 is a fantasy / musical / horror film, with additional key cast that includes Emma Harvey, Zión Moreno and Zinnett Hendrix…

I’m really just curious about this particular brand of seemingly creepy, definitely creative and hopefully rather entertaining ‘madness’. I also want to know more about the K-12 schooling system and precisely how it’s going to be taken down.

Genesis Ilada, Megan Gage, Jesy McKinney, Vilmos Heim, Quei Tann, Maggie Budzyna and Marsalis Steven Wilson also star.

K-12 Release Dates: September 6th, 2019 (Internet)…

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EXTRA ORDINARY (2019): New Trailer From Maeve Higgins, Will Forte, BARRY WARD…

Extra Ordinary (2019), Will Forte
Extra Ordinary (2019), Will Forte

Maeve Higgins, Will Forte and Barry Ward are the stars of Extra Ordinary, a new comedy / horror / fantasy directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman.

Extra Ordinary is the story of a sweet, lonely driving instructor who has a love/hate relationship with her supernatural powers. She ignores the constant spirit related requests from locals; that is until one particular request…

There’s no denying it. The satanic element gives me the heebie jeebies but the humour, the humour has my attention.

Claudia O’Doherty, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler, Risteard Cooper, Emma Coleman, Carrie Crowley, Siobhan McSweeney and Valerie O’Connor also star.

Extra Ordinary Release Dates: September 13th, 2019 (US)…

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