THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (2018): New Trailer From Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosa Salazar, Gael García Bernal…

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018), Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018), Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosa Salazar and Gael García Bernalare the stars of The Kindergarten Teacher. A new drama about a New York teacher who becomes obsessed with one of her students who she believes is gifted.

The Kindergarten Teacher is directed and co-written by Sara Colangelo…

Such an interesting trailer. I’m drawn to it for reasons including Gyllenhaal and a need to find out if the young boy is indeed a prodigy. Maybe the teacher is mistaken – or worse mentally ill.

Assuming that the young boy is indeed gifted, my heart too would desperately want his father to come to his senses – but kidnapping…?

Parker Sevak, Michael Chernus, Anna Baryshnikov, Ajay Naidu, Daisy Tahan and Ato Blankson-Wood also star.

The Kindergarten Teacher Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US)…

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BEL CANTO (2018): New Trailer From Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Christopher Lambert…

Bel Canto (2018), Ken Watanabe
Bel Canto (2018), Ken Watanabe

Based on the best selling novel by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto is a new drama / thriller about a  world-renown opera singer who’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America. Things take an unfortunate turn when she becomes trapped in a hostage situation.

Directed by Paul Weitz; Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Christopher Lambert star…

I want to tune in because of Moore and Watanabe. My only concern is that the whole experience may fall short because it’s very obviously not Moore singing.

I wonder if I’d be as apprehensive if I thought the opera singer’s singing voice actually sounded like it could belong to Moore.

Thorbjørn Harr, Sebastian Koch, Melissa Navia, Bobby Daniel Rodriguez, Olek Krupa and Elsa Zylberstein also star.

Bel Canto Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US)…

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BLACK PANTHER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther (2018), Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther is a traditional superhero movie in the way that its’ a fun, partly humorous, definitely colourful and action-packed visual experience. It’s the classic story of a hero rising to defend the many from a destructive outside force. This time, instead of the main location being somewhere that’s recognisably the United States, the main setting is a fictional African nation named Wakanda.

Directed by Ryan Coogler of Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013), including all that this movie means in terms of representation, Black Panther is also memorable for me thanks to the great visuals and the ways in which the story is that little bit different from other superhero movies. There’s also the undeniable cool factor thats courtesy – in part of the stunt work, and shooting style.

I liked all the performances and particularly enjoyed seeing Andy Serkis in a role I wasn’t expecting him to play. The smart, empowered and powerful female characters were another highlight.

In terms of what’s next for the franchise, the way Black Panther ends certainly has me very intrigued about how the follow-up will unfold. Particularly since I’m  someone who’s quite aware of the nature of humans when it comes to power and resources.

No doubt you’ve probably already seen this one but in case you haven’t, watch it because it’s a good and fun… and Marvel.

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MANIAC (2018): New Trailer From Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux…

Maniac (2018), Jonah Hill, Emma Stone
Maniac (2018), Jonah Hill, Emma Stone

Maniac is a new Netflix mini-series about two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial.

Executive produced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, (Beasts Of No Nation (2015); Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux star…

I’m mainly intrigued because of how this reminds me of Inception (2010). I’d also certainly have been more excited if Fukunaga was for sure the writer / director but according to IMDb he simply executive produced the series.

Maniac also stars Sonoya Mizuno, Sejal Shah, Sally field and Billy Magnussen.

Maniac Release Dates: September 21st, 2018 (US) / Internet…

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PICK OF THE LITTER (2018): New Trailer For Documentary About Training Guide Dogs…

Pick Of The Litter (2018)
Pick Of The Litter (2018)

Directed by Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman, Pick Of The Litter is a new documentary  about a litter of puppies that are in training for two years, in order to become Guide Dogs for the blind.

I’d never really thought about how much work it takes for a Golden Retriever / Labrador to go from cutest puppy to certified Guide Dog for the blind. For this reason and to spend some time looking at the some of the cutest puppies out there, I must watch.

Pick Of The Litter Release Dates: August 31st, 2018 (US)…

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LIZZIE (2018): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Kim Dickens…

Lizzie (2018), Kristen Stewart
Lizzie (2018), Kristen Stewart

Directed by Craig William Macneill, Lizzie is a new psychological thriller about the  infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny and Kim Dickens star…

Well done, trailer maker! I’m now most excited to see Sevigny do a great job in this role –  Stewart too especially since I’m already thoroughly convinced buy her Irish(?) accent.

Jeff Perry, Jamey Sheridan, Ivylyn Nickel, Denis O’Hare and Fiona Shaw also star.

Lizzie Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US), November 18th, 2018 (UK)…

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EXTINCTION (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Extinction (2018), Michael Peña
Extinction (2018), Michael Peña

Directed by Ben Young and starring Michael Peña, Mike Colter and Lizzy Caplan, Extinction is a Netflix sci-fi thriller where a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becomes a reality.

What I’d really have loved to write at this point is that the tide has finally turned and at last we have a really good Netflix movie. Instead, the very best I can really say about Extinction is that the film’s full premise which quite rightly isn’t really completely revealed to the audience until towards the last third of the movie is exciting. When the revelation did finally come, I certainly hoped that I would have been more delighted.

The acting isn’t bad but the reason I found the all important revelation very underwhelming has a lot to do with the story / structure and the budget. I feel as though the story needed more development, particularly in regards to how a thriller could still be thrilling considering the unavoidable constraints linked to the specific nature of the story and the nature of the main characters involved. In that way perhaps Extinction wouldn’t have felt quite as hollow as it did to me.

I’m disappointed because instead of celebrating the film’s great execution, I’m left wondering how good such an exciting and relevant idea could have been in the hands of different people.

Watch it if you must. Otherwise there’s Minority Report (2002), which isn’t particularly similar to Extinction, but it is undoubtedly good.

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (2018): New Trailer Starring Stephan James, Regina King, KiKi Layne, Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal…

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Regina King
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk is the latest from Moonight 2016 director Barry Jenkins and the story of a Harlem based woman desperately scrambling to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime, while carrying their first child.

Based on the book of the same name by American novelist and social critic James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk stars Stephan James, Regina King, KiKi Layne, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein… 

I didn’t fully understand the significance of the title of this movie until I read the synopsis. I doubt there could have been a more perfect title.

As for the story, it would be great for it to end well, but considering the period in American history that it’s set, the chances aren’t great. Nevertheless, how beautiful is it that this trailer was released on Baldwin’s birthday, August 2nd.

Dave Franco, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris and Aunjanue Ellis also star.

If Beale Street Could Talk Release Dates: November 30th, 2018 (US); January 18th, 2019 (UK)…

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