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THE INTRUDER (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Intruder (2018), Dennis Quaid, Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Intruder (2018), Dennis Quaid, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The promising trailer, my curiosity about Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, plus the fact that I hadn’t seen the esteemed Dennis Quaid in a movie in a while are my reasons for watching director Deon Taylor’s drama / mystery, The Intruder. A story in which a young couple buy a beautiful new home, only to find that the previous owner is having more than ‘a little trouble’ letting go of his former residence. 

I can’t say that my expectations were particularly high to begin with, since this type of movie has been made many times before. Yet, I must admit that I found Taylor’s film more thrilling than expected – and Quaid’s performance is very much my favourite thing about The Intruder. I found his performance quite scary, especially considering Good’s overly trusting wife character.

As the movie played, there may have been a couple of moments where I wondered, ‘Did it really  make sense for that character to make that move?’  And by ‘that character’ I’m mostly referring to the one played by Joseph Sikora. Nevertheless, even with the moments of failed suspension of disbelief, I still had fun.

Perhaps give The Intruder a chance – if the mood for some easy-viewing thrills strikes. It may not be extraordinary, but that doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate Quaid’s quite frankly, horrifying performance and have a good time.

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DON’T LET GO (2019): New Trailer Starring David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson…

Don't Let Go (2019), David Oyelowo
Don’t Let Go (2019), David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo, Storm Reid and Mykelti Williamson star in Don’t Let Go, a new mystery / thriller directed by Jacob Estes.

Oyelowo plays uncle Jack, a man whose family dies in what appears to be a murder and he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece…

A good trailer. The premise is compelling and my heart strings have been pulled. Now I’m just hoping for a well paced time travelling story and memorable performances.

Daniel R. Lawson, Omar Leyva, Shinelle Azoroh and Byron Mann also star.

Don’t Let Go Release Dates: August 30th, 2019 (US)…

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JACOB’S LADDER (2019): New Trailer From Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Sikora…

Jacob's Ladder (2019), Micahel Ealy, Vertical Entertainment US
Jacob’s Ladder (2019), Micahel Ealy, Vertical Entertainment US

Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie and Joseph Sikora are the stars of Jacob’s Ladder, a new David M. Rosenthal directed mystery / horror.

A remake of the 1990 movie of the same name, this is the story of Vietnam War veteran Jacob Singer (Ealy), a man struggling to maintain his sanity after returning home…

The mystery and seeing Ealy in what looks like his most intense role yet; these are the reasons I’m interested. I also know and like Williams because of Grey’s Anatomy a TV show that is very like my forever favourite.

William Tokarsky, Kevin L. Johnson, Michael Aaron Milligan, Dwayne Boyd, Desmond Phillips, Ben Bladon, Patti Schellhaas and Lane Miller also star.

Jacob’s Ladder Release Dates

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KNIVES OUT (2019): New Trailer From Daniel Craig, Chris vans, LaKeith Stanfield, Ana De Armes, Jamie Lee Curtis…

Knives Out (2019) Daniel Craig, Lionsgate Movies
Knives Out (2019) Daniel Craig, Lionsgate Movies

Knives Out is a new drama / mystery starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armes, LaKeith Stanfield and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Directed by Rian Jones of Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017), the a detective (Craig) investigates the death of the patriarch of an eccentric, combative family…

The interesting cast list is the reason I want to see this. My fingers are crossed. Especially since in Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s recent Murder Mystery (2019) movie, it was the ‘murder mystery’ portion of the film that I found least engaging.

Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, Riki Lindhome and Raúl Castillo also star.Christopher Plummer,

Knives Out Release Dates: November 27th, 2019 (US); November 29th, 2019 (UK)…

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READY OR NOT (2019): New Trailer From Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O’Brien…

Ready Or Not (2019), Samara Weaving
Ready Or Not (2019), Samara Weaving, Fox Searchlight

Andie MacDowell, Adam Brody, Samara Weaving, and Mark O’Brien are the stars of new horror / comedy Ready Or Not.

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, a bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new family force her to play a terrifying game of hide and seek…

Talk about a worst nightmare scenario. I want to know more about the crazy in-laws. How will their madness be further explained?

Ready Or Not kind of feels like a cross between Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) and something else… but I don’t know what.

Henry Czerny, Melanie Scrofano, Nicky Guadagni, Kristian Bruun, Elyse Levesque and John Ralston also star.

Ready Or Not Release Dates: August 23rd, 2019 (US); September 27th, 2019 (UK)…

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AD ASTRA (2019): New Trailer From Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland…

Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox
Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox

Directed and co-written by James Gray; starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Liv Tyler, Ad Astra is the story of an Army Corps engineer (Pitt) who’s searching across the galaxy for his father; a man who disappeared twenty years prior.

He’s also on a mission to unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet…

It’s the very likeable Mr Pitt, a promise of good visuals and what looks like a moving story. Everything to like.

The father / son ‘love story’ part makes me think of Interstellar (2014). I’m sure the films are quite difference but I look forward to finding out.

Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean, LisaGay Hamilton and John Ortiz also star.

Ad Astra Release Dates: September 20th, 2019 (US)…

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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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