HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA (2021): New Trailer From Selina Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Fran Drescher, Andy Samberg…

Hotel Transylvania - Transformania (2021), Sony Pictures Entertainment
Hotel Transylvania – Transformania (2021), Sony Pictures Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania – Transformania is the last chapter in the four-part animated movie series. This time, the monster family appears as you’ve never seen before and it looks like fun.

Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska; key cast includes Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn and Fran Drescher.

I wasn’t aware until this trailer that Adam Sandler is no longer voicing Dracula. Hopefully, I won’t miss his voice work too much.

I’m most looking forward to the fun animation but I’ll gladly take the humour too.

Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Hull, Brad Abrell and Asher Blinkoff also star.

Hotel Transylvania – Transformania Release Dates: July 23rd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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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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THE GOLDFINCH (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Goldfinch (2019), Ansel Elgort, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Goldfinch (2019), Ansel Elgort, Warner Bros. Pictures

The Goldfinch is a movie for which I had high hopes post trailer viewing. The primary reason is the reliable cast and intriguing themes. 

Starring Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulson; director John Crowley’s film is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. A story that follows Theodore Decker, a young boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An event that leads to him being taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side, New York family. And from there we get to see the highs and lows of young Theodore’s life as he grows up.

Not particularly’ is unfortunately the answer to the question of whether I enjoyed watching The Goldfinch. The only sort of good news is that I didn’t hate the performances. Yet, I can’t deny that the movie left me disappointed. 

The Goldfinch (2019), Sarah Paulson, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Goldfinch (2019), Sarah Paulson, Warner Bros. Pictures

Part of the problem is the two-and-a-half hour-long runtime which felt excessive. Second, young Oakes Fegley is a talented performer. However, it proved distracting to me, how little he resembled Ansel Elgort, especially since he’s supposed to play the younger version of Elgort’s character. 

The Goldfinch isn’t focused on grief the way I expected. Yet, I’m not mad at that. My issue is more that whatever the film had to say, it could have been better-executed story edit/structure-wise. The lack of satisfaction and the emptiness I felt during much of, and by the end of the movie took me back to that feeling of leaving a dinner party you’d been looking forward to with a largely empty stomach. 

Okay, there were one or two highlights, Young Decker’s relationship with Jeffrey Wright’s character and the tiny little crush I may have had on Aneurin Barnard’s character. Overall, I’m sure it’s unsurprising that I’m having trouble thinking of reasons to suggest you give The Goldfinch a chance. However, Tartt’s book is a Pulitzer Prize winner. So maybe read it if you haven’t already. 

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FATHERHOOD (2021): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Lil Rel Howrey, Alfre Woodard, DeWanda Wise…

Fatherhood (2021), Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd, DeWanda Wise, Netflix
Fatherhood (2021), Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd, DeWanda Wise, Netflix

Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, DeWanda Wise and Lil Rel Howrey are the stars of director Paul Weitz’s new drama, Fatherhood.

Based on a true story, Fatherhood follows a father who has to raise his baby girl as a single dad, following the untimely death of his wife.

Ten words: ‘I did not see that coming, and I love it!’

I’m moved and so excited to watch Hart do well in this role; the kind of part that seems so perfect for him. Then there’s Melody Hurd, who also seems great in the role of Hart’s character’s young daughter.

Paul Alexander Désiré, Rodney Alexandre, Christine Lan, Ryan S. Hill, John Iziomon, Ines Feghouli, Christopher Hayes, Julian Casey, Teneisha Collins, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Rachel Mutombo also star.

Fatherhood Release Dates: June 18th, 2021 (US), Netflix…

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VENOM – LET THERE BE CARNAGE (2021): New Trailer From Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris…

Venom - Let There Be Carnage (2021), Tom Hardy, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Venom – Let There Be Carnage (2021), Tom Hardy, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The time for the Venom sequel trailer has finally arrived.

Directed by Andy Serkis; the second instalment, Venom – Let There Be Carnage follows the complex, badass lethal protector Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy),while doing what he does best.

Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris and Reid Scott are among the key cast.

I feel as though I know what to expect with Hardy as Venom. so what I’m really looking forward to is Harrelson and Harris’s characters. As for the former, something tells me that Cletus Kasady is just kind of crazy character that Harrelson is has always been perfect for. Fingers crossed the special effects are as good as we need them to be.

Stephen Graham, Amber Sienna, Sean Delaney, Michelle Greenidge, Peggy Lu, Laurence Spellman, Otis Winston, Alfredo Tavares, Mel Powell and Etienne Vick also star.

Venom – Let There Be Carnage Release Dates: September 24th, 2021 (US)…

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I wasn’t even aware that it was Stan Lee narrating at first. I was moved when the music started at 0:36 seconds. Then the sight of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther happened, and I was reminded of the emotionally taxing mess that was 2020.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and particularly the first movie, along with its incredibly thrilling Comic-Con trailers are the reason that DC will always have a small piece of my heart. The largest part of my comic book movie appreciating heart, however, that’s allocated to Marvel Studios superhero movies because they get so many things too right to fail at being my favourite. 

That’s not to say that I consider every movie/series Marvel makes perfect. Their trailers, action sequences, the music they use and how much sense the execution of their universe makes strategy-wise is the most impressive to me. And that’s just me writing as someone who’s never read a Marvel comic book, or any comic book for that matter. I simply love movies as ‘the perfect amalgamation of all the arts’ that movies are.

To think that the above three minutes and ten second celebration has even more Marvel stories and characters for me to discover gives me much to look forward to. Even if I don’t love everything released, I know I’ll find something memorable. How can I not with two of my favourites, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie as fresh additions to the Marvel family?

Black Widow (2021), Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Marvel Studios
Black Widow (2021), Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Marvel Studios

Of all the Avengers movies I’ve seen so far, the action sequences I remember most fondly take place in Captain America – The Winter Soldier (2014). Specifically, the Nick Fury vehicular chase sequence and the epic elevator scene that follows soon after. Just thinking about it recently had me interrupting my writing session to click on Disney+ to re-watch the scene. Only, I ended up watching the whole movie and liking it even more than the first time. I also properly noticed Robert Redford’s character; how well written it is. No wonder he said yes to the part.

There are only two months to go until my first visit to the movie theatre for a Marvel film. It will probably be my second cinema visit in 2021 because the first movie on my list is A Quiet Place Part 2which comes out a month earlier. Which movie will mark your return to the theatre?

Black Widow, July 9th, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, September 3rd, 2021

Eternals, November 5th, 2021

Spider-Man – No Way Home, December 17th, 2021

Doctor Strange – In the Multiverse of Madness, March 25th, 2022

Thor – Love and Thunder, May 6th, 2022

Black Panther – Wakanda Forever, July 8th, 2022

The Marvels, November 11th, 2022

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Quantumania, February 17th, 2023

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol 3, May 5th, 2023

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LOCKED IN (2021): The Things I Liked…

Locked In (2021), Mena Suvari
Locked In (2021), Mena Suvari

It’s my curiosity about how thrilling movies set mainly in one location can be, that had me watching crime/thriller Locked In. The other motivation is Mena Suvari (an actress I’ll always appreciate because of American Beauty (1999), one of my favourites.

From writer/director Carlos V. Gutierrez, Locked In has some suspenseful scenes. It’s the suspense-filled moments that had me watching through to the very end. Even though by the halfway point, I’d already given up on the movie being the kind I insist others watch. 

The performances aren’t the problem. Locked In is simply not as clever as it needed to be for the viewing experience to feel worthwhile. There are parts of the film where I had to look away as if to signal to the room (since I was watching the movie alone) that what was happening on screen wasn’t up to standard. 

The suspenseful moments and the satisfying last scene are the parts that made me happy. If you’re especially curious about Locked In, then do what you must. Otherwise, how about Locke (2013)Carnage (2011) or Phone Booth (2002)All three are good movies set either completely or predominantly in one location.

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THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER (2021): New Trailer From Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Felicity Jones, Joe Alwyn…

The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021), Callum Turner, Studio Canal
The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021), Callum Turner, Studio Canal

When you’re a journalist and you come across a secret trove of love letters with no home address, there’s surely only one thing you can do, right? You decide to solve the mystery of the forbidden love and track down the lovers.

Such is the premise of director Augustine Frizzell’s drama/romance The Last Letter from Your Lover. A film that focuses on a pair of interwoven stories set in the past (1965) and present. Starring Callum Turner, Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley and Joe Alwyn The Last Letter from Your Lover is based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes.

The love story based in the past is the primary reason I’m interested. Then there’s Woodley’s character – Jennifer Stirling’s elegant style, plus my commitment to seeing her free of Alwyn’s seemingly hateful Laurence. Of course I’ll be there on Platform 2, Friday, at 7:15pm. Mind you, only to bear witness and nothing more.

Emma Appleton, Ben Cross, Ncuti Gatwa, Christian Brassington, Nabhaan Rizwan, Vilhelm Blomgren, Diana Kent, Ann Ogbomo, Alfredo Tavares, Louis James and Matt Mella also star.

The Last Letter from Your Lover Release Dates: July 23rd, 2021 (US); August 6th, 2021 (UK)…

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