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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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THE MENU (2022): The Things I Liked…

There are many good things about director Mark Mylod’s comedy/horror/thriller, The Menu

The cast is fantastic, the performances faultless, and one can hardly go wrong with John Leguizamo, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Feinnes, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer and Nicholas Hoult on the same call sheet. Especially considering the delightfully rhythmic dialogue, plus the unexpected twists and turns.

Mylod’s story about a young couple who travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant, but end up faced with shocking surprises is fun and will leave you with plenty to talk about afterwards.

The topics I had to discuss immediately once the end credits rolled included Anya Taylor-Joy’s Margot character being my favourite. I enjoyed Margot’s disposition and every word that came out of her mouth. Hong Chau’s Elsa is also fun for similar reasons to Margot, but undoubtedly in part because of her memorable outfit.

The Menu (2022), Anya Taylor-Joy, Searchlight Pictures
The Menu (2022), Anya Taylor-Joy, Searchlight Pictures

The Menu does well at keeping the audience far from comfortable from the beginning because of the mystery surrounding what the evening has in store for both the audience and the characters. Yet, the part-horror characterisation is not nightmare-inducing. What it is, is a memorable movie experience.

I’m convinced that The Menu might have benefited from being a mini-series rather than a feature film. Specifically, because some moments felt inadequately fleshed out, resulting in my inability to buy into a handful of the decisions made by some characters.

Admittedly, I also eventually tired of Feinnes’s Chef Slowik character, distinctly how his pretentious and subsequently unlikable qualities manifest when he demands the attention of his guests.

Watch The Menu because it’s fun. Lastly, the things it gets right will probably leave you feeling glad that the movie exists. 

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THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD (2021): New tRAILER fROM Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry, Nicholas Hoult…

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Angelina Jolie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Angelina Jolie, Warner Bros. Pictures

Set in the Montana wilderness, Those Who Wish Me Dead is an action/thriller that stars Angelina Jolie as a survival expert tasked with protecting a teenage murder witness. one who’s being pursued by twin assassins.

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan; additional key cast includes Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Jake Weber, Tyler Perry and Tory Kittles.

Such a pleasant surprise to see Jolie starring in a movie again. Jolie and the fact that I’m generally partial to productions about first responders is the reason I’m watching.

Lora Martinez-Cunningham, James Jordan, Laura Niemi, Finn Little, Alma Sisneros, Dylan Kenin, Matt Medrano and Medina Senghore also star.

Those Who Wish Me Dead Release Dates: May 13th, 2021 (UK); May 14th, 2021 (US)…

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NEWNESS (2017): The Things I Liked…

Newness (2017), Nicholas Hoult
Newness (2017), Nicholas Hoult

Newness is a movie I watched because its writer/director Drake Doremus is behind my favourite film by the late and brilliant Anton Yelchin. The movie I’m referring to is of course, Like Crazy (2011); a story that captures well an example of the ups and downs of young love. Especially when only one of the parties live in the country they met.

Doremus’s newer film and the subject of this post is Newness. Another story of young love. Only this time the focus is on two millennials navigating a relationship affected by the challenges that come with modern life’s social media-driven hookup culture.

Well edited and performed by Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, I must admit to not enjoying Newness as much as I did Like Crazy. The main issue being, I simply didn’t connect with Hould and Costa’s characters as much as I needed to. It was unfortunately around the twenty-minute mark that I realised I was bored and thinking ‘Why, oh why is this movie two hours long?

Due to my failure to connect adequately with the key characters, no matter the editing or how delightfully naturalistic the performances, I still thought ‘I’m sure I’d have enjoyed this story far more had it been a documentary. Perhaps then it would have felt somehow more substantial and impactful. Particularly so since Newness is a lot like a modern-day dating case study, just not an especially engaging one.

My favourite moment in the movie is an emotional one that finally happens at approximately one hour 14 minutes in.

Overall, I say watch Newness if you’re very curious. Perhaps you’ll find far more to love than I did. Otherwise, watch what I feel is the better Doremus movie, Like Crazy. It’s the one that made me a big Yelchin fan and why I was so sad to learn of passing back in 2016.

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THE GREAT (2019): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley…

The Great (2020), Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Hulu
The Great (2020), Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Hulu

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


Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning are the stars of new comedy / drama The Great.

A ‘sort of based on a true story’ tale of a royal woman from rural Austria, who marries an Emperor. Only she finds out that her life is not quite what she’d imagined and she’ll have to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia.

Additional key cast includes Phoebe Fox Adam Godley, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge…

I’m in for the power struggle, the costumes, plus the entertaining silliness and word play.

Gwilym Lee, Paul O’Kelly, Bayo Gbadamosi, Michael Odin Cartwright, Charlie Price, Christophe Tek, Phill Webster, Sacha Dhawan and Sebastian De Souza also star.

The Great Release Dates: May 15th, 2020 (US)…

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THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (2019): New Trailer From Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay, Charlie Hannum, Russell Crowe…

The True Story Of The Kelly Gang (2019), Charlie Hunnam
The True Story Of The Kelly Gang (2019), Charlie Hunnam

Set during 1870s Australia, The History Of The Kelly Gang is a new crime / biography about Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities

Based on the novel by Peter Carey, director Justin Kurzel’s key cast includes George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam…

It’s not so much the story of all the killing that interests me, or even the Ned Kelly legend. I mostly want to to find out how well the finished product comes together with the mix of Hoult, Hunnam and Crowe.

Essie Davis, Orlando Schwerdt, Thomasin McKenzie, Earl Cave, Marlon Williams, Sean Keenan and Louis Hewison also star.

The History Of The Kelly Gang Release Dates

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X-MEN – DARK PHOENIX (2019): New Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender…

X-Men - Dark Phoenix (2018), Jessica Chastain, Sophie Turner, 20th Century Fox
X-Men – Dark Phoenix (2018), Jessica Chastain, Sophie Turner, 20th Century Fox

Director Simon Kinberg’s X-Men – Dark Phoenix has a good looking new trailer.

Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Sophie Turner, X-Men – Dark Phoenix is all about their team member Jean Grey’s new incredible corrupting powers and how the rest of the X-Men deal with it…

I’m in to enjoy the stunning visual effects and find out if Jean Grey will fully embrace her dark side. Before doing all that though, I’m a tad behind so I just need to watch all the movies after X-Men First Class (2011).

Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Ato Essandoh, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Summer Fontana also star.

X-Men Dark Phoenix Release Dates: June 7th, 2019 (UK & US)…

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TOLKIEN (2019): New Trailer From Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Mimi Keene…

Tolkien (2019), Nicholas Hoult
Tolkien (2019), Nicholas Hoult

Tolkien is the new biography / drama about J. R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins and Mimi Keene; director Dome Karukoski’s film will explore the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among fellow outcasts at school…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

On account of fantasy not being my favourite genre, though I am quite curious about this Tolkien story, I’m more excited for big fans of the The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies.

I kind of just need to find out if I react to Tolkien the same way I did to The Lord Of The Rings movies.

Tolkien Release Dates: May 3rd, 2019 (UK); May 10th, 2019 (US)…

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