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TINY PRETTY THINGS (2020): New Trailer Starring Kylie Jefferson, Anna Maiche, Brennan Clost, Damon J. Gillespie…

Tiny Pretty Things (2020), Netflix
Tiny Pretty Things (2020), Netflix

Young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. This is daily life at an elite ballet academy in Netflix’s new drama/mystery/thriller series, Tiny Pretty Things.

Key cast includes Kylie Jefferson, Damon J. Gillespie, Anna Maiche and Brennan Clost.

I’m intrigued for three reasons. Firstly, Black Swan (2010), the only other ballet movie/series I’ve ever seen was great. Second, the outsider story is interesting. I want o see how things turn out for young Neveah (Kylie Jefferson). And lastly, just how many people does the killer intend to murder and how surprised will I be when I find out who the killer is?

By the way, the character who gets pushed off the roof isn’t Lilly Collins; I checked.

Shaun Benson, Barton Cowperthwaite, Bayardo De Murguia, Lauren Holly, Casimere Jollette, Daniela Norman and Michael Hsu Rosen also star.

Tiny Pretty Things Release Dates: December 14th, 2020 (US)…

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BLACK BOX (2020): The Things I Liked…

Black Box (2020), Mamoudou Athie, Prime Video
Black Box (2020), Mamoudou Athie, Prime Video

Black Box, a horror/mystery/sci-fi film about what happens to Nolan, a single father after he loses his wife and his memory in a car accident is a film I don’t regret watching.

Starring Mamoudou Athie (Uncorked (2020), Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, and from writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour; the story centres around an agonising experimental treatment that causes Nolan to question who he is.

What I like most about Black Box is the unexpected direction the story takes at its most interesting and engaging point. I also enjoyed all the performances. Especially Athie and Christine’s. The latter of whom did a great job of playing a child who’s had to grow up far to fast.

As for what I like least about Black Box, that would be the first third of the movie because it played/felt a tad flat. Thankfully, once we get to around the thirty five minute mark, things get very interesting indeed, through to the very end.

Give Black Box a chance if you’re curious. Especially for the last two thirds and good performances.

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THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (2020): New Trailer Starring Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, T.R. Knight, Zosia Mamet, Rosie Perez…

The Flight Attendant (2020): Kaley Cuoco, HBO
The Flight Attendant (2020): Kaley Cuoco, HBOmax

In new HBO series The Flight Attendant, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) Cassandra Bowden, a flight attendant who wakes up in her hotel room in Dubai, hungover from the night before and with a dead body lying next to her.

Too scared to call the police, Cassandra continues her morning as if nothing happened.

Steve Yockey; additional key cast includes Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, T.R. Knight and Zosia Mamet.

Since the end of hit NBC series The Big Bang Theory, I’m just realising that I must have missed Cuoco quite a bit. Especially considering how happy I find myself to see her in this promising new trailer.

I hope it ends up as engaging, funny and fun as it should be. So far my favourite line is: ‘Did you bring me to 3C’s funeral?‘ It happens soon after 1:17 into the trailer.

Merle Dandridge, Nolan Gerard Funk, Michelle Gomez, Audrey Grace Marshall, Colin Woodell, Griffin Matthews and Yasha Jackson also star.

The Flight Attendant Release Dates: November 26th, 2020 (US), HBOmax

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RATCHED (2020): The Things I Liked…

Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix

Is Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s latest crime/drama/mystery starring Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock and Sharon Stone good? I wouldn’t say no. Is it also well-acted, features some great dialogue and is visually pleasing because of the colour-rich cinematography and costume design? Yes. So, with all that said, why did I find it to be a tad taxing to watch this eight-episode mini-series through to the very end?

It certainly didn’t help that the show annoyed me almost immediately. All thanks to the overly dramatic music which persisted throughout episode one. I found no need for the music to be as loud and constant as it was. Luckily, the episodes that followed aren’t as overtaken by the music.

Ratched, the story of Mildred Ratched, a nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and monstrous to her patients opens quite well with some dark happenings. Besides Paulson’s performance and the great dialogue we get to enjoy as soon as we meet Ratched in episode one, I liked Finn Wittrock’s turn as the definitely disturbed Edmund Tolleson.

Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix

The whole cast performs very well but it’s Wittrock, Paulson and Sophie Okonedo’s performances that stood out most for me. The latter, particularly in the very last episode. Episodes two to eight contain some twists, turns and more monstrous happenings; some of which you may or may not see coming.

The main reason I’m not overly enthused by Ratched is because the series is the kind that features plenty of scheming, secrets and lies. The kind of scheming, secrets and lies that took me back to the likes of Desperate Housewives, a show I enjoyed mind you. Yet, with Ratched, even though the setting is different, I think I may have fully exhausted my enthusiasm for such stories. That is unless there’s something delightfully different and or the story doesn’t feel rushed which Ratched does, in parts.

In the end, The only reason I stuck with Ratched is to find out how it would end. I think the story will be a lot more impressive if you haven’t seen much out there like it before. As for the ending, I didn’t love it because I wanted a far cleaner conclusion; one with some finality to it. Still, I say give Ratched a chance if you’re curious. There are certainly some highlights to enjoy, even though most of the characters, especially Ratched are not so easily likeable.

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ENOLA HOLMES (2020): The Things I Liked…

Enola Holmes (2020), Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix
Enola Holmes (2020), Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix

Enola Holmes, a drama/mystery about the teenage sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes is not a terrible film.

Focused on Enola’s search for her newly missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter), which then leads to the teenager becoming a super-sleuth in her own right, Millie Bobby Brown is great in the lead role.

Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin as Enola’s big brothers Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes are also quite entertaining to watch; as are the moments of fun dialogue. Yet, overall, it’s really during the first two or three action sequences that I had the most fun.

Director Harry Bradbeer’s movie is quite engaging at first. It’s just that once the film’s first action sequence had taken place, I found myself disappointed because, not too long afterwards, my engagement started to drift, only to peak again during other physical scenes.

A young woman’s journey to choosing her path in life, regardless of pressures from many around her is what Enola Holmes is really about. I generally enjoy stories like these. Neverthless, even though there are moments in this movie that I’ll remember fondly, the story edit and pacing didn’t leave me as content with the finished product as anticipated.

Watch Enola Holmes if you’re curious. It is quite charming and Sam Claflin is great at playing unlikably cantankerous aristocrats. If you’ve seen him in The Riot Club (2014), you understand.

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REBECCA (2020): New Trailer From Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley hawes…

Rebecca (2020), Lily James, Armie Hammer, Netflix
Rebecca (2020), Lily James, Armie Hammer, Netflix

Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes and Kristin Scott Thomas are the stars of new drama/mystery Rebecca.

Directed by Ben Wheatley and based on the best selling book by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is the story of a young newlywed who arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. A place where she finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca.

The visuals a a key reason. I haven’t read Du Maurier’s book but I imagine this movie will be good, especially since Scott Thomas is involved.

Ann Dowd, Sam Riley, Bill Paterson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Lewis Jones, Ben Crompton, Jane Lapotaire, Jeff Rawle, Lucy Russell, Bryony Miller and John Hollingworth also star.

Rebecca Release Dates: October 21st, 2020 (US)/Netflix…

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ENOLA HOLMES (2020): New Trailer From Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter…

Enola Holmes (2020): Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix
Enola Holmes (2020): Millie Bobby Brown, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Enola Holmes (2020).


Enola Holmes, the teen sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes is the focus of the latest crime/mystery/drama starring Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Claflin.

Directed by Harry Bradbeer; Enola sets off to find her newly missing mother and in the process becomes a super-sleuth in her own right.

First of all, am I the only one who had no idea that Mr. Holmes had a sister?

I’m definitely watching this one to learn more about Enola and to see the Cavill/Claflin on screen chemistry play out.

Also, I’ve never watched Stranger Things on Netflix so this will be my first Bobby Brown movie. Lastly, as a long time fan of Bonham-Carter’s quirkiness in general, this should be fun.

Fiona Shaw, Adeel Akhtar, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susan Wokoma, Burn Gorman and Jay Simpson also star.

Enola Holmes Release Dates: September 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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DEATH ON THE NILE (2020): New Trailer From Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Russell Brand…

Death on the Nile (2020), Gal Gadot, 20th Century Studios
Death on the Nile (2020), Gal Gadot, 20th Century Studios

Following Murder on the Orient Express (2017), a new murder mystery movie directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is here. Gal Gadot, Russell Brand, Armie Hammer and  Rose Leslie are among the key cast.

Death on the Nile has Hercule Poirot (Branagh) investigating the murder of a young heiress while, while he’s on vacation on the river Nile.

I still need to watch Murder on the Orient Express. I’m a little intrigued by this new story but in truth, I’m mostly interested in the style and elegance on that boat.

Tom Bateman, Adam Garcia, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Nikkita Chadha and Ali Fazal also star.

Death on the Nile Release Dates

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