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ANNA (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Anna (2019), Sasha Luss
Anna (2019), Sasha Luss

The story of writer /director Luc Besson’s Anna is one that I don’t completely regret watching but I certainly didn’t love it either.

Anna stars Sasha Luss as Anna Poliatova; a stunning beauty with impressive secret skills and strength. Qualities that make her one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

I sat down to watch Anna with mild expectations of the film probably having similarities to Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017)The main difference I found between Anna and Atomic Blonde is that even though Anna is quite engaging overall, Anna unlike Atomic Blonde, left me feeling as though the whole experience was almost completely hollow. Very surface level and in some ways a tad silly.

It’s interesting because the acting wasn’t terrible. Therefore, I’m thinking the issue is the story edit which played a part in me having minimal emotional connection to Luss’s character’s journey. Of course I wanted her to win – always, but the the question of ‘why does this feel so frivolous?’ remained with me through to the very end.

Perhaps you’ll find Anna to be a better experience than I did. The fight scenes, though not the most polished I’ve ever seen, they are quite entertaining. Give it a chance and see if you’re especially curious. Or…

…watch Atomic Blonde instead.

Happy Film Loving

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THE GOOD LIAR (2019): New Trailer From Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey…

The Good Liar (2019), Helen Mirren, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Good Liar (2019), Helen Mirren, Warner Bros. Pictures

Director Bill Condon’s latest is The Good Liar; a London set drama starring Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen and Russell Tovey.

The Good Liar is the story of career con artist Roy (Ian McKellan). Roy meets his next target, Betty online and instead of the usual straightforward job, he finds himself in an unexpected complication…

Well done trailer maker!

Now that my immediate feelings about this well-edited two minutes and twelve seconds is out of the way… why do I feel as though she’s the one playing him?

It’s probably just my desire that she be smarter than his conman proclivities. Either way, this cast is fantastic and I can’t wait to go through the highs and lows in this story.

Mark Lewis Jones, Jim Carter, Jacqueline Ramnarine, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Celine Buckens, Bessie Carter and Aleksandar Jovanovic also star.

The Good Liar Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US)…

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ANNA (2019): New Trailer From Luc Besson, Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy…

Anna (2019), Sasha Luss
Anna (2019), Sasha Luss

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


Anna is writer /director Luc Besson’s story of Anna Poliatova; a striking beauty with a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill. Skills to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

Key cast includes Sasha Luss, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans…

I wish that the weapon sound effects in this trailer didn’t sound quite so exaggerated. Especially for the moment at 1:10 when the neck slicing using two plate halves happens.

Regardless of my one gripe, this seems quite promising and I look forward to finding out how Anna compares to hit female assassin TV show Killing Eve (2018), Angelina Jolie’s Salt (2010) and Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017).

Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov, Nikita Pavlenko, Anna Krippa, Aleksey Maslodudov, Eric Godon, Ivan Franek and Adrian Canalso star.

Anna Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US)…

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THE NUTCRACKER & THE FOUR REALMS (2018): New Trailer From Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy…

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018), Mackenzie Foy
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018), Mackenzie Foy

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms tells the story of a young girl who is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston; Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Mackenzie Foy star…

I couldn’t help but think of Alice In Wonderland as this trailer played. I’ve also just realised that I don’t think my childhood featured a moment when I learnt about The Nutcracker story, in which case I look forward to being surprised with it. it could also be that my memory is just bad.

Lastly, I think I may want that purple dress.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms release Dates: October 26th, 2018 (uk); November 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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WINCHESTER – THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT (2018): New Trailer From Jason Clarke, Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook…

Winchester - The House That Ghosts Built (2018), Helen Mirren
Winchester – The House That Ghosts Built (2018), Helen Mirren

In Winchester – The House That Ghosts Built Helen Mirren is an eccentric firearm heiress who believes that she’s being haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. Jason Clarke and Sarah Snook also star while Peter and Michael Spierig write / direct…

For some reason it crossed my mind after watching this trailer that there maybe an interesting twist in this story. I’m interested because it’s Helen Mirren and I’m hoping that the horrors are more like those in Crimson Peak (2015) rather than something that will induce nightmares for me.

Winchester – The House That Ghosts Built Release Dates: February 2nd, 2018 (US); March 2nd, 2018 (UK)…

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THE LEISURE SEEKER (2017): New Trailer From Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Kirsty Mitchell…

The Leisure Seeker (2017), Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren
The Leisure Seeker (2017), Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland and Kirsty Mitchell are the stars of The Leisure Seeker, a Paolo Virzi directed adventure / romance about a runaway couple on an unforgettable road trip in their faithful old RV…

Based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian, I’ll be watching because the actors are fantastic and I’ll no doubt be in the mood for something this sweet and adorable come release day.

The Leisure Seeker Release Dates: January 19th, 2018 (US); April 13th, 2018 (UK)…

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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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COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016) New Trailer From Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren…

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

Collateral Beauty is a movie all about how one man makes it back after a tragedy sets him off on a downward spiral. Directed by David Frankel, the talented cast includes Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton…

I can’t wait because I love ‘Lady Winslet’ That’s how I like to refer to my favourite actresses and generally any inspiring female. I’d say Lady Mirren too but she’s already a Dame, you see.

This movie  is definitely going to make some people cry. Not me though. (LIES!)

Michael Peña and Naomie Harris also star.

Collateral Beauty Release Dates: December 16th, 2016 (US); December 30th, 2016 (UK)…

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