Previews: Long Shot Clip, Rocketman, Dark Phoenix, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a new Long Shot clip, Rocketman, Dark Phoenix and more…

Long Shot Clip

Here is a brand new Long Shot clip. The film is about a journalist who reunites with his childhood babysitter as she is about to make a presidential run. Directed by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. Long Shot will hit UK cinemas on 3rd May 2019.

Rocketman Featurette

This featurette looks at Elton John’s involvement with biopic Rocketman. The film, featuring the music of John, stars Taron Egerton as the musician early in his career. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman will screen at the Cannes Film Festival before being released in UK cinemas on 22nd May 2019.

Fast & Furious: Hobbes & Shaw Trailer

A spin-off of the hugely successful Fast & Furious franchise, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw focuses on two of the favourite characters from later films. The two former enemies partner up to bring down a threat to humanity. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, and Vanessa Kirby, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is scheduled for release on 2nd August 2019.

Dark Phoenix Trailer

Above is the latest trailer for Dark Phoenix. A continuation of the latest X-Men series, Dark Phoenix concentrates on Jean Grey as she evolves in Phoenix. Regulars Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy return for the sequel. They are joined by newcomer Jessica Chastain. Dark Phoenix will hit UK screens on 5th June 2019.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Clip

Here is a new clip from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. In this latest episode, assassin Wick has a hefty price tag on his head. Director Chad Stahelski (John Wick and John Wick: Chapter Two) returns for the film, and is joined by Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, and Angelica Huston. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum will be released in UK cinemas on 15th May 2019.

Playmobil: The Movie Trailer

Here is the first trailer for Playmobil: The Movie. The film is based on the toy line of the same name. The film is about a sister who must rescue her younger brother when he disappears into the Playmobil universe. Featuring Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan, and Daniel Radcliffe, Playmobil: The Movie is set for release in UK cinemas on 9th August 2019.

Previews: Finding Dory Trailer, Triple 9 and More!

Much to see in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the first Finding Dory trailer, Triple 9, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and more…

Finding Dory Trailer

Here is the first Finding Dory Trailer. Finding Nemo is a modern Disney classic, so its sequel has to impress. From the looks of the Finding Dory trailer, the film has the same feel as its predecessor. Finding Dory is set to hit the big screen in Summer 2016.

Triple 9 UK Trailer

Triple 9 has a most enviable cast. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Anthony Mackie are among those who star in the crime thriller. When a group of corrupt cops are blackmailed by the Russian mafia, they must go to desperate measures to pull off a heist. Triple 9 will be released in the UK on 19th February 2016.

Zoolander 2 Poster

Zoolander 2 poster

Derek Zoolander and Hansel are doing what they do best in this poster for sequel Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are joined by Kirsten Wiig this time round, with a screenplay written by Justin Theroux. Zoolander 2 is out on 12th February 2016.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Trailer

This seems to have sprung from nowhere. Here is the unexpected trailer for belated sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. The sequel reunites the cast of the original, as the Portokalos family come together for another wedding. Also written by and starring Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 hits UK cinemas on 25th March 2016.

Bridge of Spies Clip

In this Bridge of Spies clip, Tom Hanks’s character James Donavan discusses his controversial forthcoming case with his family. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Mark Rylance and Alan Alda. Bridge of Spies is out in UK cinemas on 26th November 2015.

Victor Frankenstein Clip

In this clip from Victor Frankenstein, the famed scientist exhibits much enthusiasm for his work. James McAvoy stars as the title character, with Daniel Radcliffe as protégé Igor. The film, written by Max Landis, is a twist on the Mary Shelley classic. Victor Frankenstein hits UK screens on 3rd December 2015.

Previews: Spectre Trailer, The Revenant and more

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the final Spectre trailer, The RevenantThe Good Dinosaur and more…

Spectre Trailer

Here is the final Spectre trailer. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, alongside Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw. The film, which also stars Christoph Waltz and Monica Belluci, sees Bond on a rogue mission where he finds out the existence of a sinister organisation. Spectre is released in the UK on 26th October 2015.

The Revenant Trailer

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu returns from his Oscar-winning success with Birdman with The Revenant. Starring Leondardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter, the film is inspired by true events. The Revenant is set for release on 15th January 2016.

The Good Dinosaur Poster

The Good Dinosaur

Here is the poster for Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. The film poses the question of what if the dinosaurs never went extinct. Arlo the dinosaur makes an unlikely young human friend in the film. The Good Dinosaur will hit the big screens in the UK on 27th November 2015.

Victor Frankestein Video

In the above video, James McAvoy speaks about tackling the role of Victor Frankenstein, and working with Daniel Radcliffe (who plays Igor). The film is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, with a focus on the psyche of the scientist. Victor Frankenstein is put in cinemas on 4th December 2015.

Creed Trailer

Ryan Coogler directs Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Rocky spin-off Creed. Michael B. Jordan plays the son of boxer Apollo Creed, who tracks down Rocky Ballboa in Philadelphia. Creed is set for release in 2016.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of trailers this week, with Mortdecai, The Maze Runner, Maps to the Stars and more…

Mortdecai

Here is the first trailer for Mortdecai. The film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer on a mission to recover a stolen painting. The film will be released in January 2015.

The Maze Runner

Above is an introduction to the characters in upcoming action thriller The Maze Runner. Based on the best-selling novel, The Maze Runner is set in a post-apocalyptic world. The film will hit UK screens on 10th October 2014.

Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg’s latest Maps to the Stars is about the celebrity-obsessed culture. The film features an enviable cast, including Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. Maps to the Stars will be released in UK cinemas on 26th October 2014.

Love, Rosie

Love Rosie is a new British comedy starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. The film focuses on best friends Rosie and Alex who decide to attend university together in the US. Love Rosie is scheduled for release on 22nd October 2014.

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is out in cinemas now. The above video shows how to draw protagonist Dusty. No matter how good the instruction, mine would still turn out looking nothing like that. Although I did draw a good Mrs Potts once.

Horns

Well this looks unsettling. Supernatural thriller Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple and Max Minghella. The film hits UK cinemas on 29th October 2014, just in time for Halloween.

Film Review: Kill Your Darlings

kill your darlings

Based on incident concerning the Beat Generation, Kill Your Darlings is a sufficiently entertaining slice of history.

Allen Ginsberg, an aspiring writer, heads of to Columbia with the hopes of furthering his career. Whilst there, he meets Lucian Carr, whose striking personality and attitude strikes the attention of Ginsberg. When a major incident occurs, the lives of Ginsberg, Carr, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac…

John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings features a well-known protagonist, although the film revolves around less familiar events. It is interesting to see a depiction of these famous writers before they became acclaimed.

The film throws up some interesting elements during the course of the narrative. The main incident acts like a catalyst to explore the darker side to their lifestyles. It is almost like a device to consider the young writers’ ideas.

The film posits this period as exciting, and full of intellectual potential. However, Krokidas also emphasises the rivalry and pressure between the group of friends. The film does not offer a rose-tinted view of events; there is a seediness which is inescapable. Pacing in the film could have been stronger. There are moments were the narrative falters, with attention displaced on generating the mood.

Chaos in Kill Your Darlings is projected in a suitable fashion, although there is some repetition in scenes as Krokidas seems to overemphasise his point. The limited budget for the production seems to have limited locations. Music in the film is good.

Daniel Radcliffe offers an assured performance as Allen Ginbsurg. The actor is convincing in the role. It is Dane DeHaan who really shines as Lucien Carr. DeHaan is really exhibiting his range since last year’s Chronicle. Michael C. Hall is also good in a supporting role.

Kill Your Darlings offers good performances and purposeful reproduction of the period. Certainly worthwhile viewing for fans of the writers depicted.

Film Review: The Woman in Black

James Watkins’ adaption of Susan Hill’s novel is a decent supernatural horror. Not quite as unnerving as the stage play, the film nevertheless should satisfy those looking for a fright.

Arthur Kipps is a young lawyer tasked with travelling to a remote village in order to clear up some business with the sale of a house. With his young son reluctant to be parted from him, Kipps is met with hostility when he arrives in the village. When he visits the estate, he notices a mysterious woman in black…

The Woman in Black is a decent ghost story which is very disconcerting at times. There are some great scares, which are likely to disquiet even the most hardened of viewers. Director Watkins excels in generating tension; there are scenes in the film which are finely executed.

The film makes a few changes from the novel and stage play. Most of these are suitable, although there is a scene in The Woman in Black involving the car that is rather implausible and spoils the film to a certain extent. More of the action takes place in the village but away from the estate. This fills in some of the gaps of events only mentioned in the stage play. Otherwise, the film retains they key devices used to scare viewers.

The Woman in Black exudes an over-produced gothic atmosphere that is entirely in keeping with the tone of the film. Visual effects are thankfully kept to a minimum, with Watkins relying far more on sound and lighting to generate the apprehension and fear. The woman could have been less present and more vacillating in the first half of the film, in order to retain mystery. Notwithstanding, the film is still affective as a supernatural horror.

Daniel Radcliffe delivers a uninspiring performance as Arthur Kipps. In scenes of terror Radcliffe is fine, as he only needs to portray anxiety. It is the other scenes, when dialogue delivery is required, where is poor skills become apparent. Ciarán Hinds fairs better as Sam Daily, while Janet McTeer offers a good performance as Mrs Daily.

Although it has some flaws, The Woman in Black should appease those looking for a good fright. The easily scared will have a turbulent hour and a half.