TO ALL THE BOYS – ALWAYS AND FOREVER (2021): New Trailer From Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Janel Parrish…

To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Netflix
To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Netflix

In To All the Boys – Always and Forever, Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back for the third and final story of Lara and Peter.

Continuing their romantic life, we’ll get to see both of them grow up while facing good and hard times with friends and family.

Directed by Michael Fimognari; additional key cast includes Janel Parrish, Madeleine Arthur, Lisa Durupt, Sarayu Blue.

The first instalment was a good teen movie. The second was OK. My fingers are crossed that this one will be a worthy finale.

Momona Tamada, Emilija Baranac, Kayla Deorksen and C. Ernst Harthand also star.

To All the Boys – Always and Forever Release Dates: February 12th, 2021 (US)…

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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2021): Trailer 2 Starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback…

Judas and The Black Messiah (2020), Daniel Kaluuya, Warner Bros. Pictures
Judas and The Black Messiah (2021), Daniel Kaluuya, Warner Bros. Pictures

Producer Ryan Coogler and director Shaka King’s biography, Judas and the Black Messiah has a second trailer.

Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons and Dominique Fishback; Judas and the Black Messiah is the story of the fateful betrayal of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

I’m going to need a box of tissues with this one. And this magnificent cast; Stanfield, Kaluuya, Fishback and Plemons; I cannot wait.

If it wasn’t already clear, because of all the movies that had to be moved from last year to this one, 2021 is going to be quite the year for film. I hope you’re ready.

Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, Jermaine Fowler, Martin Sheen, Ashton Sanders, Robert Longstreet, Dominique Fishback, Nick Fink and Darrell Britt-Gibson also star.

Judas and The Black Messiah Release Dates: February 12th, 2021, (US); February 26th, 2021 (UK)…

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PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (2020): New Trailer Starring Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi…

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020), Natasa Stork, Greenwich Entertainment
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020), Natasa Stork, Greenwich Entertainment

From writer/director Lili Horvát; Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is a new drama/romance about Márta (Natasa Stork), a 40-year-old neurosurgeon.

After Marta falls in love, she leaves her shining American career to return to Budapest and start a new life with the man. The only problem is, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

Who’s the one seeing/ imagining things, him or her? I sure hope the reveal/explanation is satisfying.

Also, on a random side note, I can’t help but wonder how much work it took to fall in that very unique and interesting way at 0:40 into this trailer. I suspect that plenty of rehearsal must have been required.

Viktor Bodó and Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy, Andor Lukáts, Zsolt Nagy and Péter Tóth also star.

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR (2021): New Trailer From Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan, Annie Mumolo, Damon Wayans Jr…

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2020), Jamie Dornan, Lionsgate
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2020), Jamie Dornan, Lionsgate

Starring Jamie Dornan, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo; Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is a new comedy about two lifelong friends who decide to leave their small Midwestern town, for the very first time.

Directed by Josh Greenbaum; friendship, romance and a villain’s evil plot are what can be expected in an adventure of a lifetime.

Damon Wayans Jr., Wendi McLendon-Covey, Michael Hitchcock and Kwame Patterson are among the additional key cast.

What a quirky little thing this one is. At the very least I have to see how it turns out.

I also find myself randomly wondering how many people this could potentially inspire to leave their small towns. I’m sure the answer will depend, in part, on how effective the villain is. I think we’ll be OK as long as the villain isn’t too much like the ones in Taken (2008).

Reyn Doi, Mark Jonathan Davis, Tom Lenk, Karen Maruyama, Hank Rogerson and Shantira Jackson also star.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Release Dates: July 16th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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LOSING ALICE (2021): New Trailer Starring Ayelet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, Gal Toren…

Losing Alice (2021), Ayelet Zurer, Gal Toren, Apple TV+
Losing Alice (2021), Ayelet Zurer, Gal Toren, Apple TV+

In new eight-part Apple TV+ series, Losing Alice, fascination spirals into a Faustian bargain (a pact whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or the soul).

All after an ambitious female film director (Ayelet Zurer) meets-and obsesses over-a younger femme-fatale screenwriter.

If someone told me that Zurer was related to Gal Gadot, I’d probably be inclined to believe them. I know that the likeness is mostly because of their shared hair colour and a very similar, if not the same accent, but still I see it

As for this enchanting trailer, I say well done, to the editor. I’m in for the intriguingly dark story. Especially since it looks like we’re going to get a brilliant Zurer performance.

Additional key cast includes  Lihi Kornowski and Gal Toren.

Losing Alice Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US), Apple TV+

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TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS – PENINSULA (2020): The Things I Liked…

Train to Busan Presents - Peninsula (2020), Lee Jung-hyun, Dong-won Gang,
Train to Busan Presents – Peninsula (2020), Lee Jung-hyun, Dong-won Gang

Train to Busan Presents – Peninsula, the sequel to my second favourite Korean film, Train to Busan (2016) has unfortunately not managed to escape the dreaded ‘sequel curse.’ The curse being that movie sequels are rarely, if ever, better than, let alone as good as the original.

Set four years after South Korea was devastated by a zombie attack, the story of Peninsula follows a former soldier who managed to escape overseas. The same soldier takes on a mission to go back. And to his surprise, there are survivors.

Had Peninsula been absolutely terrible, I’d have stopped watching and I probably wouldn’t commit any words to type about the experience. ‘Great’ is not a fitting word to describe Peninsula. Yet, there are a few moments in director Sang-ho Yeon’s movie that I’ll remember fondly. The first being the ‘daughter’s driving’ and the second involves a scene or two where the action is so intense that I had to pause to catch my breath.

As for specific elements that didn’t work well, part of what made Train to Busan great was the humorous moments. There’s sadly none of that in Peninsula. Furthermore, the zombie makeup looked as good as the first time. But the first movie had much better zombie action sequences.

Performance-wise, generally, everyone did well. Yet, they were let down by the film’s reliance on many very familiar tropes. The most frustrating moment of all frustrating moments in Peninsula concerns the use of an overly familiar trope to the most EXCESSIVE degree; to the point where it was r.i.d.i.c.u.l.o.u.s. Ridiculous!

If you haven’t already watched the original movie, please do so because it’s great. Now, try your best to forget that this new one exists. That is, of course, unless disappointing sequels happen to be your thing.

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MALCOLM & MARIE (2021): New Trailer Starring Zendaya and John David Washington

Malcolm & Marie (2021), John David Washington, Netflix
Malcolm & Marie (2021), John David Washington, Netflix

Director Sam Levinson’s latest drama/romance has Zendaya and John David Washington as Malcolm & Marie.

Malcolm & Marie is the story of a director and his girlfriend’s relationship. One that is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics’ responses

First and foremost, I love the lighting. It’s not often that black and white movies are as immediately appealing, visually as this.

I’m completely in for what looks like an intriguing relationship story and very promising dialogue. The kind of dialogue that would work brilliantly on a live theatre stage.

Thank goodness, we don’t have to wait too long for this one.

Malcolm & Marie Release Dates: February 5th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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BROTHERS BY BLOOD (2020): New Trailer From Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman, Ryan Phillippe, Maika Monroe…

Brothers by Blood (2020), Matthias Schoenaerts, Vertical Releasing US
Brothers by Blood (2020), Matthias Schoenaerts, Vertical Releasing US

Brothers by Blood, a.k.a, The Sound of Philadelphia, a.k.a, Sons of Philadelphia are the three names for the latest action/crime/drama starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Kinnaman and Ryan Phillipe.

Set within the Philadelphia mob; director Jérémie Guez’s movie is a tale of family, friendships and betrayal.

I’m honestly not sure how this one’s going to turn out. But what I can bet on is a good Schoenaerts’s performance. Fingers crossed that everything else around his performance falls into place. In which case I won’t have to suggest that you’re better off watching/re-watching The Drop (2014); a very good mob story and another notable Schoenaerts role.

Maika Monroe, Paul Schneider, Nicholas Crovetti, Antoni Corone, Felix Scott, Tim Ahern, Nigel Barber, James Nelson-Joyce, Stilian Keli and Carlos Schram

Brothers by Blood Release Dates: January 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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