Previews: Flatliners Trailer, Girls Trip, More!

This week’s preview of coming attractions features the new Flatliners trailer, Girls Trip, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and more…

Flatliners Trailer

Is it a remake of the 1990 movie, or is it a sequel? This new Flatliners trailer reveals a lot about the plot, but does not answer the question resolutely. The film stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna as medical students who decide to experiment with near-death experiences. Flatliners will hit UK cinemas on 29th September 2017.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Trailer

This movie looks like a lot of fun. Action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard is about a notorious hitman who has to be guarded Trailerby a top protection agent. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Gary Oldman. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is out in UK cinemas on 18th August 2017.

The Mountain Between Us Trailer

Here is the new trailer for The Mountain Between Us. The film is a thriller about two strangers who become stranded on a mountain following a crash. Based on the novel of the same name, the film is directed by Hany Abu-Assad, and stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. The Mountain Between Us is released on UK screens on 6th October 2017.

Girls Trip Poster

Here is the new poster for Girls Trip. The film is about four long-time friends who head down to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. The film stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish. Girls Trip is out in UK cinemas on 26th July 2017.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Featurette

This Spider-Man: Homecoming featurette focuses on the Spidey Suit. The film stars Tom Holland in the title role. He is joined by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, as well as Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei. Spider-Man: Homecoming launches onto UK screens on 5th July 2017.

Scribe Trailer

Here is the trailer for political thriller Scribe. The film is about a middle-aged man who is hired by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone-tapped conversations. François Cluzet, Scribe is released in UK cinemas and on demand from 21st July 2017.

Film Review: Little White Lies

Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies is an amusing and thought-provoking comedy drama. At 154 minutes however, the film feels overlong; half an hour could have been trimmed and the effect would still be the same.

Restaurant-owner Max and his wife Véro invite their group of friends to their beach house for vacation; a yearly tradition. After their close friend Ludo is seriously injured in an accident, the group still decide to go on holiday. Ludo’s condition seems to have an impact on the group, as tensions rise and secrets come out…

Little White Lies provides a good mix of comedy and drama. The last section of the film is overly emotional, but this can be forgiven for the laughs that Canet has provided up to this point. There is nothing particularly original or spellbinding about Little White Lies, it is simply a film that effectively balances comedy and drama to create an enjoyable watch.

Aside from the dramatic accident at the beginning of the film, incidents are all rather normal and commonplace. The events that take place and the issues that come to light are all fairly identifiable, especially to those of a similar age as the characters. The beauty of Little White Lies lies in Canet’s fantastic writing. Situations are humorous, dramatic or endearing precisely because they seem so natural.

The film is a real character-driven feature. Despite the size of the ensemble cast, each character is given sufficient depth. The group of friends are a diverse bunch, yet it is clear why they are friends, as well as the bonds that tie them together. Although there is an initial selfishness in leaving for a holiday when their friend is so ill in Paris, all of the characters are depicted as multi-dimensional. Actions may sometimes be startling, but none of the group can be described as wholly good or bad.

Canet captures the beauty of his surroundings in Little White Lies. The locations are idyllic, and certainly are a successful tourism advert for the region. Moreover, given the setting, everything looks so placid and natural, a stark contrast to the opening club scene. The soundtrack is also great.

François Cluzet is aptly cast as Max. Cluzet accurately portrays the frustration of the character, and accentuates peculiarities. Benoît Magimel is solid as Vincent, a character struggling between personal feelings and public appearance. Marion Cotillard is great as Marie, bringing the right level of emotion to the character.

Little White Lies is a commendable slice of life picture, boasting great writing and performances. Those undeterred by the duration will find the film rewarding, if a little prolonged.