Category Archives: Mystery

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): New trailer From Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Taissa Farmiga…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Brainstorm Media
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Brainstorm Media

Directed by Stacie Passon, We Have Always Lived In The Castle is a new mystery / thriller starring Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan and Taissa Farmiga.

Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, this is the story of Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian. Living in isolation after a family tragedy six years earlier, they welcome cousin Charles into their home. Charles is actually there to steal the family fortune; and for good measure, threaten the dark secret they’ve been hiding…

I think I can see cousin Charles’s strategy for stealing the fortune based on what’s shown in this trailer. Now I just want to know the nature of the hidden dark secret.

Paula Malcomson, Peter O’Meara, Peter Coonan, Stephen Hogan, Bosco Hogan, Anna Nugent and Joanne Crawford also star.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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THE HIGHWAYMEN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

The Highwaymen (2019), Woody Harrelson, Kevin Costner
The Highwaymen (2019), Woody Harrelson, Kevin Costner

The Highwaymen, the story of the two police officers who came out of retirement to catch infamous bank robbing outlaws Bonnie & Clyde is a movie I don’t regret watching.

The reason I watched the film at all was my curiosity about the retelling of the famous Bonnie and Clyde story from the perspective of the officers who ended their bank robbing and killing spree. That along with my general appreciation of both Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson’s talents. In fact the dynamic between Costner and Harrelson is my favourite thing about director John Lee Hancock’s movie. I also enjoyed the exchanges between the highwaymen and other law enforcement officers.

In terms of the thing or two that I enjoyed less about The Highwaymen, I wish it had moved a little faster and/ or contained  a tad more excitement. At the same time though, considering the fact that the two highwaymen had just come out of retirement, I may have been asking for a little too much.

Watch it if you’re really curious. Just don’t be surprised if you  find yourself getting distracted quite easily.

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ANNABELLE COMES HOME (2019): New Trailer From Vera Farmiga, Mckenna Grace, Patrick Wilson…

Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Mackenna Grace
Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Mackenna Grace

New horror / thriller Annabelle Comes Home stars Vera Farmiga, Mckenna Grace and Patrick Wilson.

At first all is well in the home of demonologists Ed and Loraine Warren. That is until Annabelle, a possessed doll with the power to awaken evil spirits is let out from behind the sacred glass.

Based on the story by James Wan, Annabelle Comes Home is directed / co-written by Gary Dauberman…

I haven’t seen any of the other Annabelle movies but this trailer makes me curious and Grace is a wonderful young Actor.

Emily Brobst, Madison Iseman, Steve Coulter, Katie Sarife, Eddie J. Fernandez, Sade Katarina, Michael Cimino, and James William Ballard also star.

Annabelle Comes Home Release Dates: June 28th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN (2019): New Trailer From Natalie Dormer, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Steve Coogan…

The Professor And The Madman (2017), Steve Coogan, Mel Gibson
The Professor And The Madman (2017), Steve Coogan, Mel Gibson

From director Farhad Safinia; starring Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Steve Coogan and Natalie Dormer, The Professor And The Madman is the origin story of the principal historical dictionary of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary.

After Professor James Murray started the dictionary in the mid 19th century, he soon received more than 10,000 entries from Dr. William Minor. A man who happened to be a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum…

In all my years of appreciating the beauty of the English language, not once have I given a single thought to the founding of the English Dictionary. As a fan of words I sure hope this one is a tale even more interesting than this trailer suggests.

My fingers are also crossed that all the logophiles and lexicographers will have a good time.

Jennifer Ehle, Ioan Gruffudd, Jeremy Irvine, Aidan McArdle, Brendan Patricks, David Crowley and Kieran O’Reilly also star.

The Professor And The Madman Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US)…

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MIDSOMMAR (2019): New Trailer From Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Jack Reynor…

Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24
Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24

From writer / director Ari Aster, Midsommar is a new horror / mystery starring  Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper and Jack Reynor. 

Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend…

First of all, I really rather like the illustrations in this trailer. I’m also interested because of the cast and my curiosity about the young woman’s initial reluctance. Clearly sometimes, if not all the time, one really ought to trust one’s instincts.

Archie Madekwe, Julia Ragnarsson, Björn Andrésen, Anna Åström and Henrik Norlén also star.

Midsommar Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US), August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE HIGHWAYMEN (2019): New Trailer From Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates…

The Highwaymen (2019), Woody Harrelson, Thomas Mann, Kevin Costner, Netflix
The Highwaymen (2019), Woody Harrelson, Thomas Mann, Kevin Costner, Netflix

In new crime / drama The Highwaymen, Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are two police officers who have come out of retirement to catch infamous bank robbing outlaws Bonnie & Clyde.

Directed by John Lee Hancock; additional key cast includes Kathy Bates, Thomas Mann, Kim Dickens, John Carroll Lynch…

I haven’t watched a Bonnie & Clyde movie for a long time and I definitely don’t remember the story focusing mainly on the officers trying to catch the outlaws. As such, I’m rather looking forward to this seemingly fresh perspective.

I also didn’t realise I’d missed seeing Kevin Costner in a movie until I saw him here. How can I not miss him when I loved his character in Hidden Figures (2016) so much?

W. Earl Brown, David Furr, and Brian F. Durkin also star.

The Highwaymen Release Dates: March 29th, 2019 (US)…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Highway Men (2019)

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THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (2019): New Trailer From Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz…

The Curse Of La Llorina (2019), Linda Cardellini
The Curse Of La Llorina (2019), Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez and Raymond Cruz are the stars of The Curse of La Llorona, a new Michael Chaves directed horror / mystery.

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, a social worker and her small children are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm after they ignore the warnings of a troubled mother…

In the name of my mission to watch more scary movies this year, I’m drawn to this one because of Cardellini. I mean, did you see how well she sold the moment that happens soon after 1:00 into this trailer? Wonderful actress!

Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola and Madeleine McGraw also star.

The Curse of La Llorona Release Dates: April 19, 2019 (US); Mar 3rd 2019 (UK)…

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FIRST REFORMED (2018): The Thing I Liked…

First Reformed (2018), Ethan Hawke
First Reformed (2018), Ethan Hawke

In First Reformed, Ethan Hawk is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor who’s plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future, after a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her deeply troubled husband.

Hawkes notable performance and the special way the movie’s dialogue shines a light on some of the more challenging experiences of the human condition are reasons why director Paul Schrader’s film was worthwhile for me. Challenges including the anguish experienced by those grappling with their religious faith or more generally, those lacking in hope for the future. 

All of First Reformed is engaging but a particularly memorable scene is the face to face conversation between the Reverend and the very troubled husband. I enjoyed listening to the interesting questions asked, some of which are literally answered and some answered through the films impressive execution which features some unexpectedly dark turns.

As a Hawke fan and a general lover of good movies, I say give First Reformed a chance and who knows, you may even find yourself feeling comforted by the knowledge that at some point, you too asked the same questions. And so, in that way, First Reformed is about you / everyone.

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