THE WIZARD OF LIES (2017): New Trailer For Bernie Madoff Movie Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hank Azaria, Alessandro Nivola…

The Wizzard Of Lies (2017), Robert De Niro
The Wizzard Of Lies (2017), Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hank Azaria and Alessandro Nivola are the stars of The Wizard Of Lies, an HBO movie about Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme which is also known as the largest  financial fraud in United States history…

Of course I’ll be tuning in. De Niro is as watchable as ever, I’m excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer in a movie again and the story is so very intriguing. Even more so because I didn’t really pay close attention to the news when Madoff was all over it back in 2008.

I’m so ready for a good drama like this.

The Wizard Of Lies is directed by Barry Levinson.

The Wizard Of Lies Release Dates: May 20th, 2017 (HBO)…

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G

EARLY MAN (2017): New Trailer From Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams…

Early Man (2018)
Early Man (2018)

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy. Directed by Nick Park, this animation / comedy / adventure is set during the time of the dinosaurs and woolly mammoths…

I loved Chicken Run (2000) and so would just adore it if this were as good if not better. Since the same people are behind both films, there’s definitely a good chance.

Early Man Release Dates: January 26th, 2018 (UK)…

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G

SING (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Sing (2016), Singing & Dancing Pigs
Sing (2016), Singing & Dancing Pigs

Besides the fun clips in the trailer, I found Sing to be quite forgettable. The story is based on the numerous characters involved in a singing competition, which if successful will help the organiser save his failing theatre.

The reason I didn’t completely enjoy Sing, even though I was moved and amused in parts is because I just didn’t find the story and most of the characters that entertaining or interesting; something to do with how stereotypical most of them are, I’m sure. The fact that I’m also that person who doesn’t enjoy watching televised singing competitions surely has something to do with it. Additionally, there’s a part of me that didn’t buy into Matthew McConaughey’s voice and / or performance as the Koala.

Sing (2016), Matthew McConaughey
Sing (2016), Matthew McConaughey

The main highlight about Sing, for me  has nothing to do with the music. I loved the mommy piggy (Reese Witherspoon) and her ingenuity when no one else was available to take care of her piglets. I also adore her performance partner, another cute piggy; you know, the one in the red sequinned leotard and gold sequinned sweatsuit that you fell in love with in the trailers.

You’ll very likely have a better time watching sing if you enjoy singing competitions. If you’re not that person, I hope you like it anyway, should you decide to tune in.

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G

MOANA (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Moana (2016) Cute Baby Moana
Moana (2016) Cute Baby Moana

What I like most about Moana is that it’s a well told story about a young girl who’s brave, strong and courageous enough to follow her heart. Set in Ancient Polynesia and starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, JeRmaine Clement and  Nicole Scherzinger, Moana also scores quite highly on the ‘animated cuteness’ factor, particularly baby Moana.

Cinderella (2015) is still my favourite Disney movie, in large part because of how much I enjoyed the recent live-action remake. If I had to choose between Brave (2012) and Moana for the preferred Disney story about the adventures of a courageous young girl, Brave definitely wins. I just found the characters more entertaining, the story personally more relatable and engaging. Nevertheless, I say watch Moana because it’s good – and who knows, it may end up being your favourite.

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G

JACKIE (2016): The Things I Liked…

Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman
Jackie (2016), Natalie Portman

Starring ‘acting queen’ Natalie Portman and additional talented cast members that include Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt and Billy Crudup, I enjoyed taking in everything the camera focused on in director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.

The costume and visuals in Jackie are beautiful, especially if you love the 60s aesthetic and fashions. As I watched the story of the former First Lady’s experience in the wake of her husband, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I found myself feeling a little detached – both emotionally but mostly in terms of my enjoyment of the story structure. I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more I’d have enjoyed the film had it had a more traditional structure and been more than just about Jackie’s grief. My story preferences aside, Natalie Portman – of course delivered a brilliant performance and were it up to me, I’d have handed the Best Actress Academy Award to her.

I kind of see Jackie in a similar way to the way I see American Sniper (2014). By this I mean, both films as a whole are ok, but the lead actors performances are what really makes them worth watching. Back in 2014 I was completely ready to hand the best Actor Oscar to Bradley Cooper, but then I saw Eddie Redmayne’s work in The Theory Of Everything (2014) and that was that. The rightful owner absolutely got the golden statue.

Watch Jackie because ‘Lady Portman is fantastic.

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G

COCO (2017): New Trailer From Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Renee Victor, Anthony Gonzalez…

Coco (2017), Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel
Coco (2017), Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel

Coco is Disney Pixar’s latest animated comedy / adventure. Starring Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Renee Victor, it’s all about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) and a century-old mystery that leads to an extraordinary family reunion…

I like the sound of Coco. Perhaps even more than that, I’m excited about the promise of a great new film about listening to your heart and going towards your dreams.

Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.

Coco Release Dates: November 22nd, 2017 (US); December 8th, 2017 (UK)…

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VOICE FROM THE STONE (2017): New Trailer Starring Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino…

Voice In The Stone (2017), Emilia Clarke
Voice In The Stone (2017), Emilia Clarke

In Voice From The Stone, Emilia Clarke plays a solemn nurse whose task it is to aid a young boy who hasn’t spoken since his mother passed suddenly. Also starring Marton Csokas and Caterina Murino, this Eric D. Howell directed thriller is set in 1950s Tuscany…

 

If I were in the mood to be completely ridiculous, I’d say that Emilia Clarke has been ‘typecast’ because this is the second film where she’s been ‘brought in to help an unwell young man recover’. The first film of course being 2016’s romantic movie, Me Before You. The real truth is, I’m far too wise and therefore know only too well that twice does not a typecast actor make.

Watching Voice From The Stone shouldn’t be difficult for me because it’s not exactly a horror film. Also, I love Italy and I’m far too young to know what Tuscany was like in the 1950s but I want to know, so…

Voice From The Stone Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith
Collateral Beauty (2016), Will Smith

I may have shed a tear or two because Collateral Beauty is a story about a father unable to function after his six year old daughter passes, but that doesn’t mean it was a ‘weepy’ holiday film done well.

Starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton,  Naomie Harris and Jacob Latimore, the signs that the David Frankel directed  movie wasn’t going to be the best experience overall, started with me finding myself irritated by Will Smith’s mourning face – within the first 20 minutes. Not really great since he spends at least 95% of the film wearing said face.

In addition to my apparent impatience with seemingly prolonged periods of misery, I was disappointed that Collateral Beauty didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped. There’s something about the pace and edit that didn’t sit well with me. Mainly however, I find myself leaning towards the quality of the story as another reason for why my experience was underwhelming. Perhaps I didn’t get to spend enough time with Howard (Smith)  before his tragedy. Had I done so, I may have cared more deeply about his distress. Most of the cast if not all are almost too talented for their performances to be the problem.

Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa
Collateral Beauty (2016), Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peńa

The few moments of humour between Winslet, Norton and Pena’s characters is my main highlight. I also liked the dialogue when Keira Knightly’s character is literally on stage and reading her lines to the young man played by Latimore. I was quite taken at this point. Beyond these few brief moments where I’m really engaged, the only other aspect of Collateral Beauty that made me happy is the imagery of New York City. I really do miss that place.

Watch this movie if nothing will stop you but I’d say don’t expect great things.

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G

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