Previews: Logan Trailer, Loving, and more!

Plenty of great previews this week, including the new Logan trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Loving, and more…

Logan Trailer

Here is the first Logan trailer, the latest film in the X-Men series. The film is set in the future, and sees Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart reprise their roles. Logan is directed by James Mangold, who helmed 2013’s The Wolverine. The film is set for release in cinemas in 2017.

Loving Featurette

Loving tells the true story of the Richard and Mildred Loving, who fought for their right to live as an interracial couple in late 1950s America. This featurette sees the the cast of the film, including Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, discuss the characters and the wider background. Loving will be released in UK cinemas on 3rd February 2017.

A Cure for Wellness Trailer

This trailer for A Cure for Wellness looks intriguing. The film is a psychological thriller from director Gore Verbinski. A young executive is sent to a remote wellness centre to retrieve his company’s CEO. Starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs, A Cure for Wellness is set for release in early 2017.

Collateral Beauty Poster

Collateral Beauty poster

Here is the latest poster for Collateral Beauty. The film is about an advertising executive, and the group of colleagues who get him to confront his grief. The film features a stellar cast, including Will Smith, Edward Norton, and Helen Mirren. Collateral Beauty will be out in cinemas on 26th December 2016.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

So for most of this first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it seems as if Marvel are withholding Baby Groot. But, have no fear, they deliver at the very end. The eagerly anticipated sequel sees the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy reunite. Brand new footage of James Gunn’s film can be seen at screenings of Doctor Strange (released on the 25th October). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on 28th April 2017.

The Accountant TV Spot

Here is one of the latest TV spots for The Accountant. The film had its European premiere in London’s Leicester Square this week. The Accountant stars Ben Affleck as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous organisations. The film hits UK screens on 4th November 2016.

Film Review: Birdman

Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is an immensely satisfying black comedy which is skilfully crafted and finely executed.

Riggan, who hit the big time playing film superhero Birdman, is trying to make a comeback on Broadway. Directing and starring in a new play, Riggan must contend with family, co-actors, and his superhero past…

Director and co-writer Alejandro González Iñárritu has created a marvellous piece of cinema with Birdman. González Iñárritu controls the action with precision, but makes everything look endlessly natural and unrehearsed.

Birdman marries its different themes well. The film works on different layers; as a meta comedy, as surreal gameplay, and as tragic drama. Birdman is well paced, unfolding in a manner that is both engaging and unpredictable.

Comedy in González Iñárritu’s film is tight. There are lots of amusing asides to real actors and indeed the actors playing in the film. Part of the amusement arises from the film playing absurd situations straight; the comic effect here is most successful. Drama in the film works well also, thanks to the strength of performances. The script at times has an almost old-fashioned, rapid-fire quality to it, which is very welcome.

Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is a marvel. Lubezki captures both the claustrophobic freneticism of backstage, and the wonderfully abstract visuals of the more surreal sequences. The lack of obvious editing gives the film an energetic feel.

In this film about a former superhero star making a comeback, Michael Keaton is fantastic. The protagonist delivers a tour de force performance, serving as a timely reminder of what a great performer Keaton is. Acting is faultless across the board, with Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis delivering strong performances.

Birdman has hitherto received significant critical attention for good reason. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film is essential viewing. 

Film Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is nothing short of charming. The film boasts a great script and excellent performances, and should be enjoyed by all.

On a small island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, a young boy and girl fall in love. The pair decide to run away together, to trek across the island. Various factions of authority begin to search for the young pair, as a storm is set to hit the island…

Moonrise Kingdom is ultimately a satisfying picture, and one that is difficult to fault. The screenplay,by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola is fantastic. The children in the film feel well-developed and authentic. Their interactions with both their peers and the adults are both amusing and believable. The beauty of the screenplay is the way in which it effectively ties in additional strands to the central narrative. These plots are definitely secondary to the main focus on Sam and Suzy, yet work well to inform and give the supporting cast depth.

Moonrise Kingdom presents an image of childhood which is utterly convincing. The seriousness with which Sam and Suzy approach their situation seems entirely fitting. Most viewers will be able to recollect the gravity of seemingly important issues from the childhood. Moreover, the young people in the film are depicted has having intellect and strong personalities, something that too often is missing from other child characters in movies.

Anderson has captured a sense of a 1960s childhood whilst retaining his own style. All the familiar Wes Anderson traits are present in Moonrise Kingdom. The off-beat style associated with the filmmaker is apparent throughout the film, including the memorable use of music.

Performances are fantastic overall. Jared Gilman stands out in particular as Sam. Gilman brings a solemnity to the role that works perfectly. Kara Hayward is also great as Suzy. The supporting cast is populated with big names; Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton are well cast in their respective roles.

Moonrise Kingdom will entertain and amuse audiences with its charm. One not to miss.