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HOUSE OF GUCCI (2021): New Trailer Starring Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Lady Gaga…

House of Gucci; director Ridley Scott’s latest crime/drama/thriller is all about the highly ambitious Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). Specifically, her impact on the Gucci family fashion empire. The kind of impact that ends up leading to betrayal, murder and revenge.

Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston are among the key cast.

I actually saw the initial teaser trailer for this movie several weeks ago, but I wasn’t especially excited then.

Now that trailer two is here, I’m still uncertain about how it will turn out. I mean, the seemingly unnecessary prosthetics, how overly dramatic it strangely feels, and if I’m fully honest, I’m in two minds about Gaga as Patrizia.

Still, I remain hopeful. Especially since this is a Scott movie, and I love Salma Hayek. Also, it should be interesting to see a version of the Gucci story that will help me relearn why, if I recall correctly, none of the Gucci family owns Gucci anymore.

Are you excited about House of Gucci?

Mãdãlina Ghenea, Camille Cottin, Reeve Carney, Eva Moore, Edouard Philipponnat, Vincent Riotta, Bianca Nappi, Luca Chikovani, Livio Beshir, and Johanna Santos also star.

House of Gucci Release Dates: November 24th, 2021 (US); November 26, 2021 (UK)…

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THE GUILTY (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Guilty, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keogh, Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke’s latest crime/drama/thriller about a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is well-acted, though not exactly perfect.

Director Antoine Fuqua’s film is intense, and I like that immediately it’s clear that Gyllenhaal’s character, Joe Baylor is far from the model police officer. I enjoyed how the intensity built up as the movie played, especially since the action takes place in two rooms. Nevertheless, at times I did find myself frustrated by the pacing. 

Another frustration is the story edit towards the end when we learn the truth of Keogh’s character. I’m not sure what could have happened differently. However, I am sure that the story edit in that moment and one or two others left me wanting. 

The most expected thing about The Guilty, besides a good performance from Gyllenhaal, is the increase in my appreciation for the work that first responders do. Especially the ones who do absolutely everything they can to help. 

I was surprised not to recognise any of the voices of the well-known actors. Specifically the ones the audience only get to meet through how they sound when they speak to Joe Baylor on the phone. I still can’t tell you which characters Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard played. Is it just me?

Give The Guilty a chance if you’re curious. The story will break your heart in multiple ways, and the intense moments are a highlight, even if you end up wishing for a slightly different story edit. 

If you want a brilliantly executed story set in one place, and where you only meet the other characters through their voice over the telephone, I can’t recommend Locke (2013) enough.

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SCREAM (2022): New Trailer From Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Jenna Ortega, Marley Shelton…

Director Wes Craven’s 1996 horror movie hit Scream has a new instalment.

Directed this time by Matt Bettinelli-Olpinand Tyler Gillett, Scream 2022 sees the return of Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette, along with new faces including Jenna Ortega and Marley Shelton.

This new story has Sidney Prescott (Campbell), one of the survivors of the original Scream movies returning to her home town; a place where a masked killer has been committing a fresh batch of vicious crimes.

Scream is one of the movies that made me realise that slasher horror films are the kind of scary movies that don’t give me nightmares. As such, I’m watching this, in part for the nostalgia and to find out if this too feels as ‘made for me‘ as the original.

I plan to get happily lost in the story, and hopefully not end up missing all the great characters in the first film. Especially those played by Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich and of course, Drew Barrymore, in th eperfect blond bob.

Will you be watching this new Scream movie, rewatching the 1996 Scream or both?

Melissa Barrera, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding and Kyle Gallner also star.

Scream Release Dates: January 14th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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THE GUILTY (2021) New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Burr, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke…

The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix
The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Burr and Paul Dano are the stars of director Antoine Fuqua’s latest, The Guilty.

And action/thriller, the story follows Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal), a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk. Baylor finds himself conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.

I’m pretty sure that Dano and Gyllenhaal are only ever in good movies. I sometimes say things like: ‘I didn’t know I missed (insert name of great actor) until this new trailer.’ But, I’ve been needing an intense Gyllenhaal film for a while now. And knowing that Fuqua, the director of the excellent Training Day (2001) and The Equalizer (2014) is behind this movie has me that little be more excited.

I also happen to have a special place in my heart for 911 responders. Nevertheless, I didn’t miss the part where this trailer states something along the lines of ‘there’s more to the story than meets the eye.’ I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how likeable Gyllenhaal’s character is by the end. I, for one, can’t wait to find out.

Byron Bowers, Riley Keough, Bill Burr, Peter Sarsgaard, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda, David Castañeda, Terence J. Rotolo, Edi Patterson, Adrian Martinez also star.

The Guilty Release Dates: September 21st, 2021 (US); October 1st, 2021 (UK)…

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STILLWATER (2021): New Trailer From Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin…

Stillwater (2021), Matt Damon, Focus Features
Stillwater (2021), Matt Damon, Focus Features

Matt Damon’s latest crime/thriller Stillwater has him as a skilled oil-rig labourer who gets on a plane to Marseille, France, after reciving a call from his daughter. An estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin) who’s in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

Directed by Tom McCarthy; additional key cast includes Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan and Ginifer Ree.

Based ob this trailer, I wasn’t sure about my level of interest in this movie at first. But then I remembered that it’s Damon,. Also, it’s from teh director behind the Oscar winning Spotlight (2015).

There’s also the fact that this trailer reminded me a lot of the real life story of a certain Miss A. Knox; not that I followed that particularly closely. I’m in to see the direction this story takes. Especially since I suspect we may find ourselves quite surprised; at least I hope.

Robert Peters, April Warren, Lena Harmon, Moussa Maaskri, Justin France, Ryan Music, Eric Starkey, Gary Sievers, Thomas Rivas and Leesa Neidel also star.

Stillwater Release Dates: July 30th, 2021 (US); August 6th, 2021 (UK)….

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FALSE POSITIVE (2021): New Trailer From Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Sophia Bush, Ilana Glazer…

False Positive (2021), Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, A24

New horror/mystery/thriller, False Positive stars Ilana Glazer (Lucy) and Justin Theroux as a couple who are finally expecting after months of trying.

Soon after learning she’s expecting a healthy baby girl, Lucy suspects that something isn’t quite right about her fertility doctor, and sets out to uncover the unsettling truth.

Directed by John Lee; Sophia Bush, Pierce Brosnan and Gretchen Mol are among the key cast.

Hello, total nightmare!

This is just the kind of thing to help settle any young woman/ future mother’s mind, isn’t it?

Besides horror that’s based around religion, body horror is one of the scariest things for me to watch. Only, with religion-focused-horror, I steer completely clear. Especially after watching The Omen (1976) at age twelve and subsequently not being able to sleep for an entire week. Whereas some body horror, like this one, I’m curious enough to consider watching. After all, it is Theroux and Bush.

Sullivan Jones, Josh Hamilton, Sabina Gadecki, Lucy Walters, Kelly AuCoin, Taylor Ortega, Francesca Faridany, Zainab Jah, S.J. Son and Nils Lawton also star.

False Positive Release Dates: June 25th, 2021 (US)…

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A QUIET PLACE PART 2 (2020): The Things I Liked…

A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Emily Blunt, Paramount Pictures
A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Emily Blunt, Paramount Pictures

A Quiet Place Part 2 is one of those rare sequels that didn’t leave me disappointed at the end. I found so much to love about Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Cillian Murphy’s movie that I’m contemplating watching it again in a few days. 

There’s lot’s of heart in this one. So much so that the word that lit up in my mind throughout most of the movie, and especially towards the end, is love; though perhaps not in the most obvious way. The acting is brilliant and you’re going to jump out of your skin a few times. You may even cry, once or twice.

Don’t be surprised if as soon as the movie starts, you find yourself confused and wondering whether the cinema has messed up and is playing A Quiet Place (2018) instead of A Quiet Place Part 2. They haven’t made a mistake, because soon enough, just about everything starts making sense, and after a slightly slower pace, it all picks up and becomes so engrossing and entertaining that you probably won’t see the end coming. 

As for what I wish was different about this movie, there are a few small things, two of which happen in act one. The first involves the placing of the baby in the box, then wading away in the water. This scene proved confusing, and distressing, in part because of the shot that follows it.

My other issue is with the arguably unnecessary pounding musical score that accompanies what happens after Blunt’s character says ‘Run.’ I feel that the same scene works better in the trailer, where it’s captured without music. Or, maybe the music that ends up in the film simply stood out a lot, and not in the best way. 

Overall, I’d say that the annoyances that come with A Quiet Place Part 2, in no way outweigh the fun and moving ride that this movie is. Watch it if you haven’t already. You may find that the word love lights up brightly for you, as it did for me.

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THE PROTÉGÉ (2021): New trailer Starring Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton…

The Protégé (2021), Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q, Lionsgate Movies
The Protégé (2021), Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q, Lionsgate Movies

The Protégé is a new action/crime/thriller with a vengeance story at its heart. One where Maggie Q and Michael Keaton play two of the world’s premiere assassins, a pair who must form an uneasy alliance.

Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Patrick and Patrick Malahide are among the key cast.

As a big fan of well-executed movie badassery, I’ve watched what happens between 18 and 27 seconds into this trailer 6 times. And not once did I succeed at staying quiet as the action unfolded. Clearly when an action sequence looks this impressive, audible displays of appreciation are involuntary.

I can’t wait to see Q do her action woman thing, while being directed by Martin Campbell, the man behind my favourite Bond movie, Casino Royale (2006).

Lili Rich, Ekaterina Baker, Madalina Anea, Ori Pfeffer, Jack Derges, Florin Piersic Jr., George Pistereanu, Gamba Cole and Velizar Binev also star.

The Protégé Release Dates: August 20th, 2021 (US)…

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