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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SHADOW (2019): New Trailer From Director Yimou Zhang And Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng…

Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment
Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment

Yimou Zhang, celebrated director of Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004) has a new wuxia (martial heroes) action movie.

Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng and set in a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king; the military commander has a secret weapon, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself…

The visuals in this trailer are impressive and the story has me curious. Yet, I must still confess that I’m probably most looking forward to the spectacle of the ‘bladed umbrella weapon.’ I’m ready.

Qianyuan Wang, Jingchun Wang, Jun Hu, Xiaotong Guan, Lei Wu and Bai Feng also star.

Shadow Release Dates : May 3rd, 2019 (US)…

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Margot Robbie, Focus Features
Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Margot Robbie, Focus Features

There are a number of things including the history lesson that made me want to watch Mary Queen Of Scots; the story of the troubled relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart. 

Considering that director Josie Rourke’s film is a costume drama, I’d hoped to see lots of sumptuous clothing design, in addition to very well written dialogue delivered by great actors. The film’s trailer even had me expecting something not too far from as epic as director Shekhar Kapur and Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth (1998). Unfortunately for me, things didn’t quite transpire that way. 

Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Joe Alwyn and Guy Pearce, there certainly were a handful of well designed costumes to enjoy. Yet it’s the few moments of beautiful visuals – especially outdoor cinematography that proved most arresting for me. Even more so than the dialogue and general story editing which I have to admit had me less engaged and interested than I envisioned I’d be.

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Saoirse Ronan, Focus Features

It’s likely that in addition to finding the story more dull than anticipated, my interest also started to diminish in part because of how distressing sitting through the sexism and misogyny proved to be.

Just like my recent review of On The Basis of Sex (2018), another historical drama, it’s the part near the very end that I liked most about Mary Queen Of Scots. Meaning, everything from the moment the two royals finally meet. Actually, even with that said, I still choose the few visually arresting moments over the dialogue and this telling of the Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart story.

Watch Mary Queen Of Scots if you absolutely must. As for myself, I think it’s time I re-watched the great Elizabeth (1998).

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THE PERFECTION (2018): New Trailer From Allison Williams, LOGAN BROWNING, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber…

The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix
The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix

A sinister path with shocking consequences is what happens after a troubled musical seeks out the star pupil of her former school.

Directed by Richard Shepard,; Allison Williams, Logan Browning Alaina Huffman and Steven Weber are the star of Netflix’s latest horror / thriller…

I think I’m ready for this dark tale of envy, yet the creepiness looks quite intense. In other words, I can already see myself sliding away into my t-shirt like a tortoise retreating into its shell. Especially when that poor musicians body starts getting messed with.

Evelyn Chew, Glynis Davies, Winnie Hung, Graeme Duffy, Christina Jastrzembska, Stephen Chang and Milah Thompson also star.

The Perfection Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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WINE COUNTRY (2019): New Trailer From Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Datch…

Wine Country (2019), Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Amy Poehler, Netflix
Wine Country (2019), Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Amy Poehler, Netflix

Directed by and starring Amy Poehler, Wine Country is a new comedy centred around a 50th birthday celebration in Napa; a perfect situation for tensions from the past to boil over among a group of longtime girlfriends.

Other key cast includes Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Maya Erskine, Jason Schwartzman…

Wine Country looks so far like a less outrageous but still hopefully quite funny version of Girls Trip (2017). Bring on the female bonding!

Cherry Jones, Paula Pell, Sunita Mani, Ana Gasteyer and Greg Poehler also star.

Wine Country Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US)…

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ANNA (2019): New Trailer From Luc Besson, Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy…

Anna (2019), Sasha Luss
Anna (2019), Sasha Luss

Anna is writer /director Luc Besson’s story of Anna Poliatova; a striking beauty with a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill. Skills to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

Key cast includes Sasha Luss, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans…

I wish that the weapon sound effects in this trailer didn’t sound quite so exaggerated. Especially for the moment at 1:10 when the neck slicing using two plate halves happens.

Regardless of my one gripe, this seems quite promising and I look forward to finding out how Anna compares to hit female assassin TV show Killing Eve (2018), Angelina Jolie’s Salt (2010) and Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017).

Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov, Nikita Pavlenko, Anna Krippa, Aleksey Maslodudov, Eric Godon, Ivan Franek and Adrian Canalso star.

Anna Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US)…

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THE PERFECT DATE (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, Netflix
The Perfect Date (2019), Noah Centineo, Netflix

The Perfect Date, Netflix’s latest teen comedy / romance gave me a few more laughs than expected. Granted my expectations weren’t especially the highest to begin with. Yet, even with an only adequately engaging first third, I found director Chris Nelson’s film to be a fun, ‘easy viewing’ experience that left me with no regrets.

The Perfect Date story centres around teenager Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) as he goes about executing a smart new plan that will pay for his tuition just in case he gets into Yale university. It’s a plan that has him getting hired to be a stand-in boyfriend for any occasion.

While trying to balance his new venture and life’s other demands, Brooks ends up growing up in a way that often happens much later for many adults. In addition to the rather nicely executed coming of age theme, another key highlight is Centineo’s natural charm, and the evolution of his character’s relationship with his father.

The chemistry between the leads, Centineo and Laura Marano coupled with good dialogue and acting talent made their scenes together some of the most fun to watch and listen to.

Out of all the costumes Brooks wore throughout the film, including for his new business, my favourite is his initial Yale University interview outfit; a getup that to my surprise still amuses me every time I think of it.

Watch The Perfect Date if you’re intrigued. It’s really not that similar to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) and though not perfect, it’s quite fun, especially if you’re a teenager.

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STAR WARS – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019): NEW Trailer From Daisey Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Adam Driver…

Star Wars - The Rise Of The Skywalker (2019), Daisy Ridley
Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019), Daisy Ridley

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver, the trailer for Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker, the final chapter of the Star Wars saga is here.

Co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, other key cast includes Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Dominic Monaghan and Keri Russell…

Episode 9 may well be called ‘the final chapter’ but there’s without a doubt, many, many more Star wars movies to come.

A very cool trailer, of course. Also, that great jump by Ridley’s Rey really had me wanting to sign up for a gymnastics class. Granted it was a fleeting thought but for a second there, nothing was more true in my world.

Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker Release Dates: December 19th, 2019 (UK); December 20th, 2019, (US)…

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