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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.