Previews: Murder on the Orient Express Poster, More!

A cornucopia of film related goodness in this week’s preview, including the new Murder on the Orient Express poster, Flatliners, Early Man, and more…

Murder on the Orient Express Poster

Here is the brand new Murder on the Orient Express poster. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film is based on the classic Agatha Christie novel. Branagh also stars and has assembled a stellar cast; Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Johnny Depp to name a few. Murder on the Orient Express hits UK screens in November 2017.

Flatliners Trailer

Here is the latest trailer for the new Flatliners film. The film is about a group of medical students who experiment by stopping their hearts temporarily. Starring Ellen Page and Diego Luna, Flatliners will be released in UK cinemas on 29th September 2017.

Early Man Trailer

Early Man is the latest film from Nick Park. The film is about two cavemen who unite their tribe against a mighty enemy. The voice cast features a wealth of British talent, including Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and Timothy Spall. Early Man is set for release in UK cinemas on 26th January 2018.

Daddy’s Home 2 Trailer

The sequel to Daddy’s Home sees the protagonists’ fathers appear for Christmas vacation. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow join the returning cast, headed by Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. Daddy Home 2 will hit the big screen later this year.

Mudbound Trailer

Mudbound has received critical acclaim since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Dee Rees, the film is about an unlikely friendship between a black soldier and a white soldier when they return from war. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, and Jason Mitchell. Mudbound is screening at the BFI London Film Festival in October, and will launch on Netflix and selected cinemas on 17th November 2017.

Film Review: Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Boasting possibly the best soundtrack of 2015, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is illuminating, if not always engaging. F. Gary Gray’s film says as much about the era it is set in as it does about the group.

In 1987 in Compton, Los Angeles, a group of five young men come together to make music. When they produce a rap song on their own label, it grabs the attention of a music manager who helps get the group signed. N.W.A. achieve great success with their songs about their experiences, but this is not without controversy…

Straight Outta Compton tells the story of the formation and success of early 1990s rap superstars N.W.A. On one level, the film is a rags-to-riches tale of a group of young men from Compton who capitalise on the appetite of a new kind of music. Nevertheless, the film goes beyond the biographical tale to illustrate preoccupations of the era.

The film opens on Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright taking care of business. It is clear that Straight Outta Compton is going to be a straightforward biopic. The handheld camera is more suggestive of an action thriller than a drama. The film racks up the tension as it progresses, with elements of the group’s success causing rifts between key players.

The film also focuses on social issues at the time. There is reference in Straight Outta Compton to the mistreatment the group faces by the police, and how this informs one of their biggest hits. Other socio-cultural issues are at the forefront  Later in the film, fractions in the group and between record labels lead to the creation of some well-known acts and incidences. The only downside to the film is that it is a little overlong. Some of the appearances of famous artists in the final third, for example, might be amusing but are not really necessary. Performances in the film are good overall, with O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell standing out in particular.

Straight Outta Compton is a fitting portrait of N.W.A. and a great example of a layered biopic.

Straight Outta Compton is available on digital download now and on DVD and Blu-Ray from 11th January 2016.