Category Archives: War

SUMMERLAND (2020): New Trailer Starring Gemma Aterton, Penelope Wilton, GUGU MBATHA-RAW, Tom Courtenay…

Summerland (2020), Gemma Aterton
Summerland (2020), Gemma Aterton, IFC Films

Summerland stars Gemma Aterton as Alice, a reclusive writer living on the seaside cliffs of Southern England during World War II. Alice’s life is unexpectedly changed after meeting Frank, a young boy she reluctantly takes in after he’s evacuated from London.

Written / directed by Jessica Swale; additional key cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton and Tom Courtenay.

I’m drawn to this one for young Frank’s journey; from feeling unwanted and being all alone to finding the perfect new home.

Another draw is the little hints of humour and the musical score.

Amanda Root, Siân Phillips, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Lawrence, Sally Scott, Jessica Gunning, David Horovitch, Karl Farrer and Toby Osmond also star.

Summerland Release Dates: July 24th, 2020 (UK); July 31st, 2020 (US)…

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DA 5 BLOODS (2020): New Trailer From Spike Lee, Starring Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser, Delroy Lindo, Jean Reno…

Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix

Today is the day for something new from Oscar winning director Spike Lee.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno, Delroy Lindo and Paul Walter Hauser; Da 5 Bloods is the story of four African American veterans battling the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam. The men are there on a mission to find remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

My mind’s already trying to race with ideas of how the story is likely to end. I’m in for what will likely be another creatively noteworthy film by from Lee.

I’m also watching for Boseman’s performance and images of vietnam.

Jasper Pääkkönen, Clarke Peters, Mélanie Thierry, Van Veronica Ngo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jonathan Majors, Norm Lewis, Rick Shuster and Mav Kang also star.

Da 5 Bloods Release Dates: June 12th, 2020 (US) / Netflix…

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JOJO RABBIT (2019): The Things I Liked…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Jojo Rabbit, a comedy / drama about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home is a movie I found more and more impressive as it played.

Director and co-writer Taika Waititi really did a great job of bringing humour to one of history’s darkest times. Jojo Rabbit is as funny and smart as others have been saying. I appreciate the way it reminds us of just how easily a young mind can be shaped; while also showing us that young minds are smart enough to figure things out for themselves, given the right circumstances.

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Roman Griffin Davis, Fox Searchlight

I watched Waititi’s movie mainly because of the very intriguing and clever premise, the comedy categorisation, the fact that everyone told me to and the brilliant cast. A talent list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Waititi himself and Sam Rockwell, to name just a few.

Besides the cleverness and notable performances, the colours and beautiful imagery will stay with me when I think of Jojo Rabbit. As will the super cute and talented young actors, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates. There’s also the way Jojo Rabbit reminds me of another brilliant World War 2 drama / comedy. Namely Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997).

Watch Jojo Rabbit because it’s good – and see exactly why Waititi deserved the win for 2020’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

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GREYHOUND (2020): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham…

Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Greyhound is a new war drama starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue and Stephen Graham.

Directed by Aaron Schneider and co-written by Hanks, it’s the story of World War II US Navy skipper Ernest Krausemust who must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

I’m in because it’s Hanks and I want to see how how Commander Ernest Krausemust and hopefully many of his men end up making it out alive.

Also, the last time Hanks played a character at sea in Captain Phillips (2013) I had a great time.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Karl Glusman, Maximilian Osinski, Matthew Zuk, Lee Norris, Tom Brittney, Rob Morgan, Grayson Russell, Devin Druid, Dave Davis, Michael Benz and Craig Tate also star.

Greyhound Release Dates

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WAITING FOR ANYA (2020): New Trailer From Anjelica Huston, Noah Schnapp, Jean Reno, Sadie Frost…

Waiting For Anya (2020), Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Vertical Releases
Waiting For Anya (2020), Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Vertical Releases

Based on a true story; starring Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Sadie Frost and Noah Schnapp, Waiting For Anaya is a new Ben Cookson directed wartime drama. The story of Jo (Schnappp), a young shepherd along with the help of the widow Horcada (Huston) as the help to smuggle Jewish children across the border from southern France into Spain, during World War2.

Additional key cast includes Frederick Schmidt, Thomas Kretschmann, Nicholas Rowe, Gilles Marini…

The moving and well edited trailer grabbed my attention and now I’m compelled to find out if Anya and her father are reunited.

Tómas Lemarquis, Joséphine de La Baume, Elsa Zylberstein, Urs Rechn, William Abadie, Jean-François Balmer, Raj Awasti

Waiting For Anya Release Dates: February 7th, 2020 (US); February 14th, 2020 (UK)…

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THE LAST FULL MEASURE (2019): New Trailer From Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer, Jeremy Irvine…

The Last Full Measure (2020), Sebastian Stan, RoadsideFlix
The Last Full Measure (2020), Sebastian Stan, RoadsideFlix

Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer and Jeremy Irvine are the stars of The Last full Measure the story of Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr., who was awarded the nation’s highest military honour for his actions on the battlefield, thirty four years after his death.

From Writer / director Todd Robinson; additional key cast includes Bradley Whitford, Ed Harris, Michael Imperioli…

I’m simply curious to find out why it had to take thirty four years for Pitsenbarger, Jr. to get the recognition he deserved. I also haven’t seen Stan in a leading role before so this should be interesting.

Diane Ladd, William Hurt, Alison Sudol, Linus Roache, John Savage, Peter Fonda, Robert Pine and Amy Madigan also star.

The Last Full Measure Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US)…

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A HIDDEN LIFE (2019): New Trailer From Terrence Malick, Starring August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist…

A Hidden Life (2019), August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, FoxSearchlight
A Hidden Life (2019), August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, FoxSearchlight

Written / directed by Terrence Malick, new drama / biography A Hidden Life is the story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian peasant farmer and an unsung hero, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Additional key cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist…

I’d never heard of Franz Jägerstätter until today. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how the esteemed Malick approaches this story, visually and otherwise. Fingers crossed for some kind of a happy ending.

Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Matthes, Karl Markovics and Franz Rogowski also star.

A Hidden Life Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (UK)…

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1917 (2019): New Trailer From Sam Mendes, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, Mark Strong…

1917 (2019), Benedict Cumberbatch, Universal Pictures
1917 (2019), Benedict Cumberbatch, Universal Pictures

1917 is the latest drama from Oscar winning director Sam Mendes.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden and Mark Strong, it’s a story set at the height of the First World War. Precisely when two young British soldiers are given an impossible mission in a life or death race against time…

Talk about a love story! What a thoroughly intense predicament.

Bring on the award nominations for one of my favourite directors who has been silent for a while but clearly very busy.

I wonder if my guess is correct in thinking that the brother racing to deliver the message doesn’t make it so his friend carries on instead. I’m sure that what ever the truth, this will still be a memorable audio visual experience.

Andrew Scott, Robert Maaser, Anson Boon, Gerran Howell, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Teresa Mahoney, and Justin Edwards also star.

1917 Release Dates: December 25th, 2019 (US); January 10th, 2020 (UK)…

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