SCOOB! (2020): The Things I Liked…

Scoob! (2020), Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on the children’s TV shows about a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, one who along with his teenage human friends solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures, I found Scoob! to be a well animated, fun adventure. It’s certainly not perfect, but it does have a rather engaging, silly central story and a watchable supervillain played by Jason Isaacs.

Also starring Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried; the first twenty-five minutes of Scoob! didn’t have me as confident about how the rest of the movie would be as I expected. Thankfully though, director Tony Cervone’s film did become more watchable.

Random thoughts that went through my mind as Scoob! played include:
‘This is all quite silly, but fun.’

Why is puppy Scooby’s nose was so oversized?’

If you liked the Scooby-Doo TV shows, then you’ll probably enjoy Scoob! So give it a chance should the mood for a silly nostalgic escape surface.

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THE CUBAN (2019): New Trailer Starring Ana Golja, Louis Gossett Jr., Giacomo Gianniotti and Shohreh Aghdashloo…

 

The Cuban (2019), Louis Gossett Jr, Ana Golja
The Cuban (2019), Louis Gossett Jr, Ana Golja

In new drama The Cuban, A naive pre-med student’s love of music is reignited after getting her first job in a nursing home, and developing an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician.

Directed by Sergio Navarretta, The Cuban stars Ana Golja, Louis Gossett Jr. and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

The last movie I saw with a Cuban theme (Chef (2014)) ended up being one of my all time favourites.

I’m into this one for the music and what it has to say about the nursing home experience. There’s also Giacomo Gianniotti who’s best known for his role as Dr. Andrew DeLuca in Grey’s Aanatomy.

The Cuban Release Dates

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CENTIGRADE (2020): New Trailer From Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent Piazza, Mavis Simpson-Ernst…

Centigrade (2020), Vincent Piazza, IFC Midnight
Centigrade (2020), Vincent Piazza, IFC Midnight

Trapped in their frozen vehicle after a blizzard, a married couple struggle to survive plunging temperatures and unforeseen obstacles.

Starring Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent Piazza and Mavis Simpson-Ernst, Centigrade is directed by Brendan Walsh.

I’m not 100 percent on what the best survival move is for this couple but I look forward to finding out. Right now, with my limited knowledge in the area, I feel as though completely staying in the car is tantamount to getting buried alive in an ice coffin, no?

I hope this one succeeds at remaining engaging considering what appears to be a single setting for the entire movie.

Centigrade Release Dates: August 28th, 2020 (US)…

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LOVE SARAH (2020): New Trailer From Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Bill Paterson, Shannon Tarbet…

Love Sarah (2020), Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn
Love Sarah (2020), Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn

Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Shannon Tarbet and Bill Paterson are the stars of Love Sarah. An Eliza Schroeder directed comedy/drama/romance about a young woman who wishes to fulfill her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London.

She goes about doing just that with the help of an old friend and her grandmother.

The cakes, London and Celia Imrie are my reason. I’m further intrigued because the bakery reminds me a lot of the the baked goods I used to walk by in the window of restaurant/bakery Ottolenghi on Upper street, North London. I say ‘walked by’ but I most certainly walked in a few times as well.

Shelley Conn, Grace Calder, Denise Welch, Lucy Fleming, Candice Brown, Kamontip Krissy Ashton and Pano Masti also star.

Love Sarah Release Dates: September 7th, 2020 (UK)…

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GREYHOUND (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Though brief and relegated strictly to the start, I did find myself moved by the romance at the beginning of Tom Hank’s latest war drama, Greyhound.

Past this almost throwaway moment in the movie, everything else that takes place in director Aaron Schneider’s World War II movie happens at sea. For Greyhound is a story that focuses on US Navy captain Ernest Krausemust as he leads an allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

As you might imagine, there are plenty of tense moments that will make it hard to look away from the screen. Moments that show us how tough a captain’s job is as he tries to avoid getting his ship and all his men blown up.

The acting is of course, faultless. However, I can’t deny that the visuals of the grey ships on the Atlantic; visuals that lasted for approximately 95 per cent of the movie had me yearning for difference.

Greyhound is one you watch because you love Hanks and you’re curious about just how well-executed the tense moments are.

Other than that, I’m almost one hundred per cent sure you’d enjoy Hank’s other movie set at sea much more. I’m of course speaking of Captain Phillips (2013).

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STAGE MOTHER (2020): New Trailer From Lucy Liu, Adrian Grenier, Jacki Weaver…

Stage Mother (2020), Jacki Weaver, Momentum Pictures
Stage Mother (2020), Jacki Weaver, Momentum Pictures

Lucy Liu, Jacki Weaver and  Adrian Grenier are the stars of new comedy/drama Stage Mother.

Directed by Thom Fitzgerald, Stage Mother is the story of a conservative church choir director (Weaver), who inherits her late son’s San Francisco drag club.

This one is for when the need for a feel good movie strikes. That happens more frequently than usual these days, and I’m not mad about that.

There’s also the fact that I’ve been a Lucy Liu fan ever since Ally McBeal. There’s also Jacki Weaver who just happens to be great in everything.

Mya Taylor, Lenore Zann, Anthony Skordi, Sofia Banzhaf, Eldon Thiele, Vox Smith, Oscar Moreno, Hugh Thompson and Allister MacDonald also star.

Stage Mother Release Dates

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SHE DIES TOMORROW (2020): New Trailer Starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley…

She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Kate Lyn Sheil, Neon
She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Kate Lyn Sheil, Neon

From writer /director Amy Seimetz; She Dies Tomorrow is a new thriller/comedy about Amy, a woman who think that she’s dying tomorrow. And to make things even more interesting, the thought/belief is contagious.

Starring  Kate Lyn Sheil; additional key cast includes Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton…

I’m sure that negative thoughts can indeed be ‘contagious.’ So I’m looking forward to where the story goes with this intriguing premise.

Also, I didn’t quite get a comedy vibe as this trailer played. Yet this movie is partly categorised as a comedy. Interesting…

Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Josh Lucas, Michelle Rodriguez, Adam Wingard and Madison Calderon also star.

She Dies Tomorrow Release Dates: July 31st / 7th August (Internet), 2020 (US)…

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BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (2020): New Trailer Starring KeanuReeves, SAMARA Weaving, Alex Winter…

Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Orion Pictures
Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Orion Pictures

A new trailer for Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and Samara Weaving’s new Dean Parisot directed Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face The Music just landed and it’s looking like fun.

I’m very much in and ready for this particular brand of silliness. I also rather like that this movie lands in the comedy, music and the sci-fi categories. It seems as though that’s not a thing that happens very often.

Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Kristen Schaal and Holland Taylor also star.

Bill & Ted Face The Music Release Dates: August 28th, 2020 (US)…

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