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KLAUS (2019): New Trailer From Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Joan Cusack, Jason Schwartzman…

Klaus (2019), Netflix
Klaus (2019), Netflix

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


Klaus is the story of the friendship between a postman and toymaker Klaus. An unexpected friendship that eventually results in the delivery of a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Directed by Sergio Pablos, Klaus stars Joan Cusack, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman…

I definitely haven’t watched a Christmas movie in 2019 just yet but I am very much already in the mood for Christmas. In fact, my decorations went up just yesterday. Kidding, but I absolutely would if I’d bought them already.

Tucker Meek, Mila Brener, Sydney Brower, Sky Alexis, Kendall Joy Hall, Finn Carr, Bailey Rae Fenderson, Jaeden Bettencourt, Teddy Blum and Hailey Hermida also star.

Klaus Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (US)…

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TOY STORY 4 (2019): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack…

Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

Toy Story 4 is all about the revelation of just how big the world can be for a toy, especially after a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang and a road trip alongside old and new friends begins.

Directed by Josh Cooley; key cast includes Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack…

A lovely teaser trailer that ended nicely with comfort that is hearing Tom Hank’s voice as Woody. I vaguely recall the previous Toy Story films. Clearly time for a re-watch.

Laurie Metcalf, Kristen Schaal, Jodi Benson and Bonnie Hunt also star.

Toy Story 4 Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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WORKING GIRL (1988): The Things I Liked…

Working Girl (1988), Melanie Griffith
Working Girl (1988), Melanie Griffith

Directed by Mike Nichols, Working Girl stars Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. It’s a story about Tess McGill (Griffith), a secretary whose boss steals her big idea so she seizes the opportunity to take it back.

As the movie started, right away it was pretty clear to me that Working Girl was going to be ‘lifting’; a movie that left me happy and motivated. I knew this mainly because of the memorable Carly Simon song (‘Let The River Run’) in the opening sequence and the close shots of Lady Liberty.

Set in 1980s New York, there’s of course no escaping the big hair and shoulder pads. There’s also no getting away from the kind of sexism and office politics women were subjected to in the workplace at the time. It’s McGill’s navigation of these challenges as best she can that confirms why this film, though not perfect, it remains a favourite whilst having good re-watch value, particularly among the ladies. Nearly thirty years have passed since Working Girl was released and I’m glad to have finally seen it. It’s the sisterhood, especially towards the very end that happens to be my favourite thing and moment in this film. I also liked the movie’s depiction of what I recognised as ‘the power couple’.

One  thought that came to mind a few times as I watched is whether Melanie Griffith is really as softly spoken as her character. McGill is no ‘low talker,’ like in ‘The Puffy Shirt’ Seinfeld episode – but still… I wonder.

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SNATCHED (2017): There’s Something I Liked…

Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer
Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer

The trailer for Snatched, an action comedy about a mother / daughter adventure in South America had me a little hopeful.

Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and directed by Jonathan Levine, I didn’t like the end product as much as I’d hoped I would. There are a few welcome unexpected twists in the story and a funny piece of dialogue approximately every twenty five minutes that I enjoyed. Yet, overall, Snatched is slow in pace and largely unbelievable and not adequately fun or executed well enough. 

You may watch Snatched and find it less disappointing than I have, perhaps. However, should you want an action / comedy that isn’t necessarily completely believable yet executed in a way that makes the lack of believability a non-issue, try The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).

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