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THE GOLDFINCH (2019): New Trailer From Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard…

The Goldfinch (2019), Ansel Elgort, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Goldfinch (2019), Ansel Elgort, Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, and directed by John Crowley, The Goldfinch is a new drama starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Finn Wolfhard.

After a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother, young Theodore Decker is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side, New York family…

I’m interested for reasons including this trailer looks great, my appreciation of most – if not all the actors involved and I can’t wait to see how well this movie says what it has to say about grief.

My only wish at this point is that young Theodore actually resembled grown up Theodore. He’s probably too young but Jacob Tremblay probably looks more like a younger version of Elgort and Thomas Mann looks more like a grown up Wolfhard. What do you think?

Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Aneurin Barnard, Peter Jacobson, Luke Kleintank and Peter Jacobson also star.

The Goldfinch Release Dates: September 13th, 2019 (US); September 27th, 2019 (UK)…

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AQUAMAN (2018): The Things I Liked…

Aquaman (2018), Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. Pictures
Aquaman (2018), Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. Pictures

In director James Wan’s latest, Jason Momoa is Aurthur, a.k.a Aquaman, a man who reluctantly begins a journey to take his rightful place as heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and become a hero to the world.

Considering how DC Comics’ recent films have turned out, Wonder Woman (2017) being an exception; as much as I enjoyed the Aquaman trailer, I made sure to not get too excited.

Having now seen it, even though Aquaman is not my favourite super hero movie, there is definitely some fun to be had by watching. For example, I found Momoa quite delightful, thanks to his aesthetic, physicality and charisma. If I had to choose though, it’s definitely the underwater special effects in Aquaman that I loved most. From the toothy flesh eating creatures to the beautifully lit colours of the deep, I couldn’t help but be reminded to look forward to the upcoming C.G.I-rich Avatar movies… whenever director James Cameron is ready.

Other key highlights in Aquaman include the action sequences in Sicily, Willem Dafoe’s performance and Nicole Kidman’s rather convincing fight sequences. Maybe I’m really into seeing Kidman fight because I don’t remember having seen her fight like that in a movie before. Either way, I remain impressed. 

In terms of the elements I wish weren’t quite so about Wan’s movie, that would be the romance between Aurthur and Mera. ‘Forced’ is the word because I simply didn’t buy it. I also noticed a few awkward instances regarding the placement of music as well as some less than inspiring dialogue. Lastly, we have Manta; he’s simply not the best superhero villain I’ve ever been exposed to.

By the end of Aquaman, I was just glad that I found more things to enjoy than not. Plus, I’m happy for DC Comics because things seem to be turning around.

Watch it if you’re not too Team Marvel.

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BOY ERASED (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Boy Erased (2018), Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges
Boy Erased (2018), Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges

Boy Erased is a biographical drama based on a specific time in the life of Garrard Conley, a Baptist preacher’s son who as a teenager was forced to take part in a church-supported gay conversion program. A disturbing and damaging practice that I’m sadly unsurprised to learn still continues today. 

Besides standing out for being a heartbreaking true story that’s well acted and directed, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton’s latest movie features a number of scenes that I won’t soon forget. 

My very favourite one is a scene so moving that it made me realise I don’t actually recall the last time I wanted a person’s all important phone call to be answered so desperately. 

My second favourite scene takes place just before the one with the phone phone call. It’s a moment that had me hoping that every parent with a strong willed child recognises the value of their child’s will. Especially when the child chooses to question what appears as nonsense – at the most crucial time, regardless of who may be spewing it.

Boy Erased definitely has a number of unfortunate things that happen in this story; meaning you really won’t be laughing much, if at all. Still, I did find the experience worthwhile for the insight into what can occur at gay conversion camps and for the aforementioned well executed and memorable scenes which take place towards the end.

Watch it if it intrigues you enough and also because it’s more hopeful than you may think.

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DESTROYER (2018): New Trailer From Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford…

Destroyer (2018), Nicole Kidman
Destroyer (2018), Nicole Kidman

Starring Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford and directed by Karyn Kusama, Destroyer is the story of the moral and existential odyssey of an LAPD detective named Erin Bell.

Bell decides to reconnect with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace…

I’m in for what looks like a really good Kidman performance and to understand the nature of the wrongs that led to Bell needing to make peace.

Tatiana Maslany, Shamier Anderson, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy and Toby Huss also star.

Destroyer Release Dates: December 25th, 2018 (US); January 25th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE UPSIDE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Upside (2017)


The Upside is a remake of French film The Intouchables (2011), the story of the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman star while Neil Burger directs…

There’s no denying it, The Intouchables  is a great movie and could have done without a remake. At the same time though, I think I may actually have fun seeing how different this remake is to the original. I could also be wrong about that last statement but I don’t mind finding out. Furthermore, I want to see what comedian Kevin Hart can do in a more dramatic role.

Julianna Margulies, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan and Aja Naomi King also star.

The Upside Release Dates: January 11th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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AQUAMAN (2018): New Trailer From Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park…

Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard
Aquaman (2018), Amber Heard

In Aquaman, Jason Momoa is Arthur; a man who learns of his position as heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Arthur must step forward to lead his people and become a hero to the world.

Directed by James Wan; key cast includes Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park…

I’m in for the visual spectacle and to see Momoa do a good job.

The cast also includes Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe.

Aquaman Release Dates: December 14th, 2018 (UK); December 21st, 2018 (US)…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Aquaman (2018).

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BOY ERASED (2018): New Trailer From Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges, Joel Edgerton…

Boy Erased (2018), Joel Edgerton
Boy Erased (2018), Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton is the director and a co-star in Boy Erased, a new drama / biography based on the true story of Jared Conlon, a Baptist preacher’s son who was forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.

Additional key cast includes Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges…

This trailer is beautiful, the cast is brilliant and the story worthwhile. I’m looking forward to this one and more from Edgerton as director.

Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, William Ngo and Jesse LaTourette also star.

Boy Erased Release Dates: November 2nd, 2018 (US)…

Read my spoiler free movie review of Boy Erased.

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HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (2017): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Alex Sharp…

How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp
How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Alex Sharp are the stars of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a John Cameron Mitchell directed comedy / romance about an alien. An alien that’s touring the galaxy but breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe – the London suburb of Croydon…

I’m in for the alien activity and the costumes. I also can’t say that I didn’t find the line in the official synopsis about Croydon amusing.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties Release Dates: May 18th, 2018 (UK)…

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