Previews: Rules Don’t Apply Trailer, Morgan and More!

Lots of trailers, posters and clips this week, including the Rules Don’t Apply trailer, a clip from Morgan, Same Kind of Different trailer and more…

Rules Don’t Apply Trailer

Here is the Rules Don’t Apply Trailer. Warren Beatty writes, directs, and stars in the Golden Era-set film. With Alden Ehrenreich in the cast, the film is instantly reminiscent of this year’s Hail, Cesar!. Ehrenreich stars as the driver to Beatty’s Howard Hughes. The film features a stellar cast, that includes Lily Collins, Alec Baldwin, and Matthew Broderick. Rules Don’t Apply is coming soon to cinemas.

Morgan Clip

This clip from the upcoming Morgan gives a bit of insight into the title character. The film stars Kate Mara as a troubleshooter sent to a remote location to investigate an accident. Also starring Paul Giamatti and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film is produced by Ridley Scott. Morgan is out in UK cinemas on 2nd September 2016.

Arrival Poster

Arrival PosterThis is one of a series of posters for new ski-fi thriller Arrival. The film is about a mystery spacecraft that arrives on Earth, and the team who are sent to investigate. Denis Villeneuve directs the film, which stars Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner. Arrival lands in UK cinemas on 11th November 2016.

War on Everyone Trailer

The Guard director John Michael McDonagh’s latest film combines dark humour with a buddy cop movie. War on Everyone stars Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña as New Mexican cops who set out to blackmail every criminal that crosses their paths. War on Everyone will hit UK screens on 7th October 2016.

Moana Trailer

Disney latest animation Moana is about a South Pacific teenager who sails on a daring mission to save her people. The film features the voice of Dwayne Johnson, and songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Moana is directed by Disney dream-team Ron Clements and John Musker. UK cinemagoers will have to wait until 2nd December 2016 to see if the pair can recreate their earlier magic.

Hell or High Water Trailer

Hell or High Water is a new crime thriller from the writer of Sicario, Taylor Sheridan.  The film stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as robbers who meet their match in Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges. Hell or High Water hits UK screens on 9th September 2016.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Poster

Miss Peregrine Poster

This poster is a visual feast. Director Tim Burton always delivers on the imagery front. Based on the book by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children looks like it will be weird and wonderful. Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson, the film will be released in UK cinemas on 30th September 2016.

Same Kind of Different as Me Trailer

Uncomfortably reminiscent of The Blind Side, Same Kind of Different as Me is based on the book of the same name. The film stars Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear as a couple who befriend a homeless man (played by Djimon Hounsou). Some of what is shown seems risible, but the film will probably appeal to fans of the book. Same Kind of Different as Me is set for release in 2017.

Film Review: The English Teacher

The English Teacher

The English Teacher is a light comedy drama that most viewers will find suitably entertaining.

Linda is a high school English teacher lives a predictable existence; hoping to inspire kids during the day and getting lost in books in the evening. When a former student returns to town, Linda is keen to help him realise his dream of becoming a playwright…

Director Craig Zisk’s The English Teacher is an adequately convincing feature debut. The film focuses on teacher Linda, and how a chance encounter shakes up her monotonous life. The plot of the film is rather meagre, concentrating on a love triangle of sorts.

There is comedy to be found in The English Teacher, although this tends to be light humour rather than all-out hilarity. Zisk keeps the tone light for the most part, shifting to a more reflective atmosphere for the final third. The use of a narrator is a good introduction to the character of Linda and the themes of the film. It is nevertheless overused in the film’s finale.

The strength of The English Teacher is in its protagonist. Linda is an interesting character; one written with suitable nuance. It is a shame that the film is not more of a character study, as it would have been more engaging to explore Linda’s traits and life in greater depth. Given that the narrative offering is light, The English Teacher would have been stronger to concentrate on Linda rather than the foibles of high school drama.

Julianne Moore is convincing as the literature-engrossed Linda. Nathan Lane brings some laughs as fellow teacher Karl, while Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins are given little to do. Michael Angarano is well cast as the young playwright Jason.

With its quasi-appropriation of literary tropes, The English Teacher indicates sharpness behind the fluff. It is a shame that the film does not capitalise on this.

The English Teacher is out on DVD from Monday 3rd March 2014.

Film Review: Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love is a twee romantic comedy drama which is suitably engaging. The reliance on literature works for the most part, although some viewers may find the film overly saccharine.

Samantha is looking for fun, she avoids romantic relationships entirely. Her younger brother Rusty is the opposite; he is head over heels for a girl in his class. Their father, meanwhile, struggles to move on from their mother, who is now married to someone else…

The aspect of Stuck in Love that stands out the most is the reversal of stereotypical gender roles. This is how the film differentiates itself from others of the same ilk. The inversion is made clear from the first quarter or so of the film; it is not a point that Stuck in Love relies upon or feels the need to emphasise later.

Instead, the film develops the standard preoccupations of romantic comedy dramas. Stuck in Love features the same exploration of the ups and downs of romantic and familial relationships as many of its predecessors. The film is predictable in places, and cloying in others. There are moments when an emotional response is strived for. Some of these scenes are touching. Others feel more contrived, with slow zoom, meaningful dialogue and addition of the score.

Writer-director Josh Boone is clearly fond of literature. This is a vein that runs prominently throughout the film. He can overindulge the peccadillo for quotes and references to books and writers. Occasionally, these are cute.

Stuck in Love features some great casting, particularly Jennifer Connelly and Lily Collins as mother and daughter. Greg Kinnear meanwhile is strong as William.

Perhaps not as deep as it aims to be, Stuck in Love never bores viewers or feels as if it is dragging. However, the film does not really engender a strong response either.

I Don’t Know How She Does It Trailer

I Don’t Know How She Does It is released in the UK on 16th September 2011. From the trailer, it looks as if Sarah Jessica Parker is in full-on Carrie Bradshaw mode, narrating the film and speaking directly to the camera. It seems as if this role was meant for Parker, with the character almost an extension of Carrie (being a New York writer), but with young children (something that Parker can identify with). Whether I Don’t Know How She Does It will be any good or not is unclear at this point, I guess we’ll have to see when it comes out. The film also stars Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan.