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DARK WATERS (2019): NEW TRAILER From Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman…

Dark Waters (2019), Mark Riffalo, Focus Features

In Dark Waters, Mark Ruffalo is a corporate defense attorney who takes on a chemical company with a lengthy history of environmental pollution.

Additional key cast includes Anne Hathaway, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman…

As a Ruffalo fan, his role in Spotlight (2015 ) where his character fought tirelessly for abuse victims came to mind almost immediately as this trailer played. Then follow ed Julia Roberts’s great work in Erin Brockovitch (2000).

I’m ready to discover any additional similarities and / or differences between the three; as well as to learn more about the DuPont chemical leaks.

Tim Robbins, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Camp, Louisa Krause, Kevin Crowley, Daniel R. Hill, Lisa DeRoberts, Denise Dal Vera, Chaney Morrow and Marc Hockl also star.

Dark Waters Release Dates: November 22nd, 2019 (US); January 24th, 2019 (US)…

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THE KING (2019): New Trailer From Robert Pattinson, Timothée Chalamet, BEN MENDELSOHN, Joel Edgerton…

The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, NetflixThe King (2019), Timothée Chalamet, Netflix
The King (2019), Timothée Chalamet, Netflix

In new historical drama The King, Timothée Chalamet stars as Hal, a.k.a King Henry V of England. Previously a wayward prince, Hal ascends the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, chaos and inherited war against France.

Directed by David Michôd; key cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Lily Rose Depp…

Wow! Hello brilliant cast. Cannot wait for all the super acting and all the tensions that stem from being surrounded by people who under estimate you.

Sean Harris, Dean-Charles Chapman, Thomasin McKenzie, Ivan Kaye, Tom Glynn-Carney and Edward Ashley also star.

The King Release Dates: November 1st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Chris Evans, Netflix
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Chris Evans, Netflix

The Red Sea Diving Resort, the historical thriller starring Chris Evans, Michiel Huisman, Alessandro Nivola, Hayley Bennett and Alona Tal is more than two hours long, but it didn’t quite feel that way for me.

Set in the early 1980s, writer / director Gideon Raff’s movie is based on the true story of the international agents and brave Ethiopians who used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan, as a front to smuggle thousands of Jewish Ethiopian refugees to Israel. 

I enjoyed Raff’s film because it’s well acted, well paced and features a fair amount of nail-biting moments. The entire film is based on the perspective of the main agent, Ari Levinson (Evans). As such we unfortunately don’t really get to know much about the film’s Ethiopian characters. We don’t get to know much about Ari and his team of agents either. This would have been far more noticeable and / or problematic for me, had it not been for Ari and fellow agent Sammy’s (Nivola) friendship. Though still very lightly drawn, it is partly through their relationship that we get to learn a little (still definitely only a little) more about two key people behind the mission. 

The Red Sea Diving Resort absolutely kept me entertained  but because of the focus on keeping the missions interesting rather than clearly painting the characters, I was left with many questions; some of which – and more have been answered by this article… ‘The Real Heroes Of the red Sea Diving Resort Rescue.’

Watch it if you’re curious.

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HARRIET (2019): New Harriet Tubman Biography Starring Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn…

Harriet (2019), Janelle Monae, Cynthia Erivo, Focus Features
Harriet (2019), Janelle Monae, Cynthia Erivo, Focus Features

From director and co-writer Kasi Lemmons, Harriet is a new historical drama based on the biography of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman.

Starring Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, Janelle Monáe and Joe Alwyn, the story focuses on Tubman’s escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad…

Based on this trailer, I can tell I’m going to appreciate the dialogue, inspiring heroism and love. I can’t wait to see Erivo deliver what looks like an awards worthy performance.

Clarke Peters, Tim Guinee, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Leslie Odom Jr., Tory Kittles, Deborah Ayorinde and Omar J. Dorsey also star.

Harriet Release Dates: November 1st 2019 (US)…

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THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT (2019): New Trailer From Chris Evans, Michiel Huisman, Haley Bennett, Alona Tal…

The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Chris Evans
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019), Chris Evans

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019).


Chris Evans, Michiel Huisman, Hayley Bennett, and Alona Tal star in writer / director  Gideon Raff’s historical thrilller, The Red Sea Diving Resort.

Set in the early 80s, this is the true story of the international agents and brave Ethiopians who used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel…

I simply want to know how this story ends and to learn about the agents involved. People doing admirable things that are far from my own reality.

Alessandro Nivola, Greg Kinnear, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ben Kingsley, Chris Chalk, Alex Hassell and Schelaine Bennett also star.

The Red Sea Diving Resort Release Dates: July 31st, 2019 (US)…

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SEA OF SHADOWS (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About The Vaquita – The World’s Smallest Whale…

Sea Of Shadows (2019), National Geographic

Sea Of Shadows is a new documentary about the world’s smallest whale, the vaquita, A species that’s near extinction due to illegal poaching by Mexican cartels and the Chinese mafia.

Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio; directed by Matthew Podolsky, Richard Ladkani and Sean Bogle, Sea Of Shadows documents the fight against this illegal multi-million-dollar business by environmental activists, the Mexican navy and undercover investigators…

I’d have eventually made time for this film but knowing of DiCaprio’s involvement certainly helps, especially after Before The Flood (2016).

I hadn’t actually heard of the vaquita until now. Now that I know, I sure hope that some vaquita are at least safe in a sanctuary of sorts, as the fight continues.

Sea Of Shadows Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US); September 27th, 2019 (UK)…

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ONE CHILD NATION (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About China’s One Child Policy…

One Child Nation (2019), Amazon Studios
One Child Nation (2019), Amazon Studios

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang are the directors of One Child Nation, a documentary that aims to uncover the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by it.

I don’t personally recall having ever heard any Chinese nationals referring to China’s one child rule as a positive thing, so this should be interesting.

One Child Nation Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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MIDWAY (2019): New Trailer From Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson…

Midway (2019), Patrick Wilson
Midway (2019), Patrick Wilson

Director Roland Emmerich’s Midway stars Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore and Woody Harrelson, in the story of the WWII clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Based on the real-life events of the heroic feat, the focus is on the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds…

I’m not usually one to gravitate towards war movies but the arresting visuals in this trailer have my attention.

I’m also interested in the hierarchical politics that had to take place, particularly how it was handled by the people on the ground.

Aaron Ekhart, Nick Jonas, Alexander Ludwig, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss, Jake Weber, James Carpinello, Jake Manley, Luke Kleintank and Keean Johnson also star.

Midway Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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