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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.

Happy Film Loving

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THE HUNT (2019): NEW Official TRAILER Starring HILARY SWANK, Betty Gilpin, JUSTIN HARTLEY, EMMA ROBERTS, …

Hilary Swank (2019), The Hunt, Universal Pictures
Hilary Swank (2019), The Hunt, Universal Pictures

Starring Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank and Justin Hartley, the latest trailer for The Hunt, the story of twelve strangers chosen and kidnapped for the specific purpose of being hunted is here…

This intriguingly dark concept has me impatient to see the finished product. I mean, I don’t think that I’ve ever seen Swank look quite as terrifying as she does in the clip from which the above image was captured.

I say ‘bring on the entertaining madness’ because I think I’m ready. I think.

Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Teri Wyble, Ike Barinholtz, Glenn Howerton, Alexander Babara, Steve Coulter, Wayne Duvall and Sturgill Simpson also star.

The Hunt Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US & UK)… (Release now postponed / cancelled by Universal Pictures)

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UGLY DOLLS (2019): The Thing I Liked…

UglyDolls (2019)
UglyDolls (2019)

UglyDolls, an animated movie about ‘ugly dolls’ that confront what it means to be different and struggle with a desire to be loved is a film I wanted to enjoy more than I actually did. 

Starring Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts, Janelle Monáe, and Pitbull, the message about being ourselves and accepting ourselves regardless of perceived imperfections is delivered through a story that unfortunately didn’t succeed at keeping my attention. For that I blame the overall execution, including the pace and rhythm.

Looking on the bright side however, (no pun intended), there’s the colours and cuteness to enjoy. Except that unfortunately, colours and cuteness don’t equal to a worthy movie experience. Luckily for me, there are two or three songs I did like even though I think the opening track felt quite forced.

Watch UglyDolls only if if you really must. Otherwise, watch Zootopia (2016) instead. It’s loosely similar but so very good. 

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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 HUNT (2019): New Trailer From Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley…

The Hunt (2019), Universal Pictures
The Hunt (2019), Universal Pictures

Hilary swank, Emma Roberts and Justin Hartley’s new Craig Zobel directed movie, The Hunt is the story of twelve strangers. Strangers who wake up in a clearing but have no idea where they are or how they got there. The strangers certainly haven’t a clue that they’ve been chosen. Chosen for a specific purpose…

This looks to me like a case of paintball and deer, bison or other game just not cutting it anymore for hunting fans.

I’m looking forward to what the next trailer will reveal. We can probably expect quite a bit of horror.

Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Glenn Howerton, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Teri Wyble, Alexander Babara, Steve Coulter, Wayne Duvall and Sturgill Simpson also star.

The Hunt Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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UGLYDOLLS (2019): New Trailer From Emma Roberts, Janelle Monáe, Nick Jonas, Pitball…

UglyDolls (2019)
UglyDolls (2019)

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

Emma Roberts, Janelle Monáe, Nick Jonas and Pitbull are the stars of UglyDolls; a new Kelly Asbury directed animated adventure / comedy about free-spirited UglyDolls.

The UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved…

I’m in for the fun, smarts and expected usefulness.

Gabriel Iglesias, Wanda Sykes, Blake Shelton, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha also star.

Uglydolls Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US); August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

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IN A RELATIONSHIP (2018): New Trailer From Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dree Hemingway, Patrick Gibson…

In A Relationship (2018), Michael Angarano, Emma Roberts
In A Relationship (2018), Michael Angarano, Emma Roberts

In A Relationship is a comedy / drama set during one summer in the life of  two couples; one of whom may be breaking up, or not. Whilst the other are just at the beginning.

Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dree Hemingway and Patrick Gibson star while Sam Boyd directs…

This looks quite charming and so I’m in to see the ups and downs of young love in modern times. I’m also extra intrigued because – in this trailer at least, Angarano reminds me quite a bit of Shia LaBeouf.

In A Relationship Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (US)

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WHO WE ARE NOW (2017): New Trailer Starring Emma Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Jason Biggs, Zachary Quinto…

Who We Are Now (2017), Julianne Nicholson
Who We Are Now (2017), Julianne Nicholson

Who We Are Now is a Matthew Newton written / directed drama about an ex-con (Julianne Nicholson) trying to get custody of her son, with help from an idealistic young public defender (Emma Roberts).

Jason Biggs and Zachary Quinto also star…

The cast is good, I enjoy courtroom dramas and I’m curious about the human story. Particularly the challenges faced by the protagonist.

Who We Are Now Release Dates

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