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RENFIELD (2023): New Trailer From Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Schwartz, Awkwafina…

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Ben Schwartz and Awkwafina; the trailer for director Chris McKay’s comedy/fantasy/horror Renfield is here.

The very promising story follows Renfield, the tortured aide to Dracula, history’s most narcissistic boss. 

After centuries of servitude, Renfield is now ready to see if there is life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness.

I like this angle on the Dracula story, especially considering that it’s a comedy. 

As for Hoult’s involvement, first he was ‘R’ in Warm Bodies (2013) and now he is Renfield. I just realised that, for me, there’s something about Hoult in ghostly face makeup that makes his characters that much more intriguing. I’m sure it’s more about his prowess at portraying vulnerability, or his facial features rather than the white face paint that draw me in. Either way, I’m excited and ready for the fun dialogue plus action that Renfield is promising to serve up. 

It will certainly be interesting to see the clever solution that Renfield settles on to end this unpleasant phase of his working life. Let’s wish the poor chap a lot of luck.

Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ben Schwartz, Brandon Scott Jones, Jenna Kanell, Caroline Williams, Adrian Martinez, Joshua Mikel, Choppy Guillotte, Dave Davis, Gissette Valentin, Taylor Shurte and Bess Rous also star.

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SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (2021): New Trailer Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michelle Yeoh…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Awkwafina, Marvel Entertainment
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Awkwafina, Marvel Entertainment

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest offering from Marvel Entertainment isn’t something I was expecting. But I sure am glad it’s here.

Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung; director Destin Daniel Cretton’s action/adventure/fantasy movie is based on a Marvel comic book, of course, and it focuses on a character named Shang-Chi who’s forced to deal with his past and the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.

So many reasons to be excited about this one. Firstly, I used to watch comedy series Kim’s Convenience. And it’s so great to see one of its stars (Liu) as the lead in a Marvel movie.

Second, I personally had zero prior knowledge of this story. befor ethis trailer. I therefore can’t wait to find out and enjoy all the ways Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is both similar to, and different from other Marvel movies.

Lastly, who could possibly resist the combination of a troubled father/son relationship, exciting fight choreography and all the usual ‘Marvel cool,’ and more? Not me!

Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu, Meng’er Zhang and Kelli Bailey also star.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Release Dates: September 3rd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE – SPONGE ON THE RUN (2020): New Trailer Starring Awkwafina, Keanu Reeves, Clancy Brown, Lori Alan…

The SpongeBob Movie - Sponge on the Run (2020), Keanu Reeves, Paramount Pictures
The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge on the Run (2020), Keanu Reeves, Paramount Pictures

Popular animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants has a new movie coming called The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge On The Run.

Directed by  Tim Hill this third SpongeBob movie stars Keanu Reeves, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Lori Alan…

I never religiously watched SpongeBob Squarepants growing up but I have always been quite curious. Maybe Keanu Reeves’s involvement will finally get me to remind myself about why it’s so loved.

Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Mr. Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Rodger Bumpass, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence and Veronica Alicino also star.

The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge On The Run Release dates: 2021…

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PARADISE HILLS (2019): The Things I Liked…

Paradise Hills (2019), Emma Roberts
Paradise Hills (2019), Emma Roberts

Starring Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eiza González and Milla Jovovich, Paradise Hills is not the kind of fantasy movie that I’d shout about so that no one misses out on the experience of seeing it. Yet, I wouldn’t say that it’s a completely terrible movie either. 

Set in a mysterious boarding school with a mission to transform wayward girls so that they fit heir surroundings’ exact desires, it was inevitable that some of the girls were going to resist and rebel. A rebellion led by Roberts’s Uma character because she has zero desire to marry the man her family insists that she does. 

What grabbed me immediately about director Alice Waddington’s film, besides a plot about rightful youthful rebellion is the generally visually pleasing colours, costume and set design. Paradise Hills has a general look and theme that reminded me of Melanie Martinez’s recent K-12 (2019) music film. I liked that the movie became more disturbing in a way that proved entertaining towards the end. I’m also glad for the one or two twists I didn’t see coming.

A definite downside to Waddington’s movie however is that something about the fantasy elements of the story and the films general  execution didn’t quite have me fully buying into everything that was happening. This is likely why I wasn’t as horrified as I perhaps should have been when the most disturbing things were happening.

I was still very much about the uprising and grateful for the thrilling moments in the second half. Yet there remained an air of  ‘this isn’t at all real’ and that truth very probably made me that little bit less invested emotionally in all that was happening. In other words, everything I needed wasn’t there to make me fully immerse myself and get lost in the story.

With that said, watch Paradise Hills you’re really curious.

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Jumanji – The Next Level (2019), Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Jumanji – The Next Level (2019).

It’s time for the final Jumanji – The Next Level trailer, starring Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black… 

I want to find out if the movie will have me as slightly confused as this trailer. I’m definitely in for the jokes, adventure plus Hart and Johnson’s beautiful bromance.

Awkwafina, Karen Gillan, Alex Wolff, Danny Glover, Madison Iseman, Danny DeVito, Colin Hanks, Ser’Darius Blain and Rhys Darby also star.

Jumanji – The Next Level Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US)…

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PARADISE HILLS (2019): New Trailer Starring Emma Roberts, Eiza González, Milla Jovovich, Awkwafina…

Paradise Hills (2019), Emma Roberts
Paradise Hills (2019), Emma Roberts

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Paradise Hills (2019).

A mysterious boarding school that reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings’ exact desires is the setting of new fantasy movie Paradise Hills.

Directed by Alice Waddington; Emma Roberts, Eiza González, Milla Jovovich and Awkwafina star…

The costume design has my attention, as does the casting. I’m quite curious about the on screen chemistry between all the actors.

Jeremy Irvine, Danielle Macdonald, Arnaud Valois, Karina Kolokolchykova, Hunter Tremayne, Gary Anthony Stennette, Liliana Cabal and Daniel Horvath also star.

Paradise Hills Release Dates: November 1st, 2019 (US)…

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THE FAREWELL (2019) New trailer From Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Gil Perez-Abraham, Diana Lin…

The Farewell (2019), Awkwafina, A24
The Farewell (2019), Awkwafina, A24

Starring Awkwafina and written plus directed by Lulu Wang, The Farewell is a new comedy about a Chinese family’s attempts at keeping their grandmother’s impending death a secret from her.

Also starring Diana Lin,  Tzi Ma and Gil Perez-Abraham, the story is centred around Billi (Awkwafina) who’s struggling most with keeping the secret…

I suspect that the grandma is fully aware of what ‘s going on. Just as her own daughter knows of the tradition, so does she.

I’m looking forward to finding out how the movie will come together, the execution of the mood and the way I’ll feel about it. Also can’t wait to learn some new things.

Ines Laimins, X Mayo and Jim Liu also star.

The Farewell Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US)…

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019): New Trailer From Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina…

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Angry Birds Movie 2 stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina and Peter Dinklage.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice, this time the cute, colourful flightless birds and the green devious piggies are taking their beef to the next level…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

I’m ready for all the colours, fun and the cuteness.

Sterling K. Brown, Bill Hader, Brooklynn Prince, Rachel Bloom, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods and Danny McBride also star.

The Angry Birds 2 Release Dates: August 16th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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