Previews: Hellboy Trailer, Pain and Glory, More!

A profusion of films in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the new Hellboy trailer, Pain and Glory, Mid90s and more…

Hellboy Trailer

Above is the brand new Hellboy trailer. The film is set in England, where the title character has to take on an ancient sorceress. Hellboy stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Daniel Dae Kim, and Sasha Lane. The film hits UK screens on 11th April 2019.

Pain and Glory Trailer

Pain and Glory is the latest film from Pedro Almodóvar. The veteran filmmaker’s latest is about a film director in decline as he experiences a number of encounters from his past. With a cast that includes Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, Pain and Glory will be released in UK cinemas on 23rd August 2019.

Little Trailer

Here is the trailer for Little. The film is a reversal of the Big/13 Going on 30 bodyswap comedy, with the adult being the one who returns to childhood. Little is based on an idea by Marsai Martin, who stars alongside Regina Hall and Issa Rae. The film is directed by Tina Gordon, with a screenplay by Tracy Oliver and Gordon. Little is out at UK cinemas on 12th April 2019.

Rocketman Trailer

Taron Egerton plays Elton John in this new Rocketman trailer. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film is a biopic of the legendary singer. Egerton has recorded some of Elton John’s most famous songs for the film, which counts John among the executive producers. Rocketman will hit UK cinemas in May 2019.

Mid90s Trailer

Here is the trailer for Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s. Hill also wrote the film, which is a coming of age tale about a young boy in 1990s Los Angeles. The film stars Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, and Lucas Hedges. Mid90s will be released on UK screens on 12th April 2019.

The Curse of La Llorona Poster

The Curse of La Llorona is a new horror about a weeping woman caught between heaven and hell. The film counts James Wan among its producers, and is the directorial debut of Michael Chaves. The Curse of La Llorona is set for release on 3rd May 2019.

Lords of Chaos Trailer

Lords of Chaos has been getting rave reviews, as well as some notoriety for how graphic it is. The film tells the semi-true story of the birth of Norwegian black metal with the band Mayhem. Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, and Sky Ferreira, Lords of Chaos will hit UK screens on 29th March 2019.

Under the Silver Lake Trailer

Under The Silver Lake is the new film from writer-director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows). The film stars Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough. The film is a neo-noir about a man who discovers a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment complex’s pool. Under the Silver Lake will be released at cinemas and on Mubi from 15th March 2019.

Film Review: Larry Crowne

A rare directorial feature from Tom Hanks, Larry Crowne is a warm-hearted comedy. It is likeable in its inoffensiveness and an enjoyable watch.

Larry Crowne is a popular colleague at the retail store he works at. When he loses his job, he decides to go to college, having joined the navy from school instead of going to university. Enrolling in a public speaking course at the community college, Larry meets interesting new friends as well as teacher Ms Tainot…

Larry Crowne is unlikely to have an astronomical impact on cinema. It is, however, a fun movie that should charm audiences. There was always a danger that the film would succumb to unadulterated schmaltz, given its premise, genre and stars. Larry Crowne manages to steer clear of this for the most part, thanks to the screenplay by Hanks and Nia Vardalos. The film is cute without being too cheesy.

The comedy in the film is light with occasional bursts. This is as expected, and in keeping with the tone of the movie. There are some amusing references, as well as some delightful banter. Larry plays the straight man to the amusing ensemble cast more often than not. Ms Tainot and her interactions with her class are a good source of humour.

Some of the themes touched upon by Larry Crowne are very contemporary; the effects of the recession on middle-aged men will be pertinent to today’s audience. Nevertheless, the film has a timeless quality. Aside from a few references, no doubt Larry Crowne will be just as enjoyable for audiences of the future.

Hanks brings a light touch to his direction. There are some nice shots, Larry looking at Lamar and Bella in his rear window for example. This scene in particular is suggestive of the replication of Larry’s adolescent journey. Parallels between Larry’s choices and that of a young adult are clear, although it is never overtly referenced. This is a nice touch, with the film appearing like a love letter to Hanks’ character in 1988’s Big (whether intentional or not).

Tom Hanks is as amiable as ever as the title character. Julia Roberts brings her usual charisma as Ms Tainot. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is also appealing as Talia, while Wilmer Valderrama is amusing as Dell Gordo. Casting is great, with George Takei bringing laughs as Dr Matsutani. Dave Mack is underused as Michael.

Larry Crowne‘s brand of comedy and romance will not appealing to everyone. However, the film is lovingly crafted, and is an entertaining diversion.