Previews: Logan Lucky Trailer, Stronger, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the Logan Lucky trailer, My Little Pony: The Movie, Stronger and more…

Logan Lucky Trailer

Here is the new Logan Lucky trailer. The films sees director Steven Soderbergh teaming up with Channing Tatum once again for this new action comedy. Tatum is joined by an enviable cast that includes Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, and Daniel Craig. Logan Lucky will hit UK cinemas on 25th August 2017.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Trailer

Here is the brand new trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film is set in the same world as the 1995 film, albeit updated to be a video game rather than a board game. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is scheduled for release in UK cinemas in December 2017.

My Little Pony: The Movie Trailer

Will this new film be as good as 1986’s My Little Pony: The Movie? Only time will tell. After Hasbro re-launched the toy and media franchise in 2010, a new new movie seemed inevitable. This new film features an all-star voice cast, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoworth, Live Schreiber, and Taye Diggs. My Little Pony: The Movie arrives on UK screens on 20th October 2017.

The Greatest Showman Trailer

The Greatest Showman is a new original musical. The film is inspired by P.T. Barnum, and celebrates the birth of show business. Hugh Jackman headlines, and is joined by Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. The Greatest Showman is set for release in UK cinemas on 1st January 2018.

Annabelle: Creation Poster

Here is the latest poster for Annabelle: Creation, which emphasises the creepiness of the doll. The film is a prequel, and details how the doll was brought to life originally. This latest horror is directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out). Annabelle: Creation hits UK screens on  11th August 2017.

The Dark Tower Featurette

This new featurette for The Dark Tower reveals a bit more about the main character in the film. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in the film, based on Stephen King’s novel. The Dark Tower is out in cinemas on 18th August 2017.

Stronger Trailer

Here is the trailer for drama Stronger. The film is based on the true story of the Boston man  whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston marathon bombing was broadcast throughout the world. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Masley, and Miranda Richardson. Stronger will be released later this year.

Film Review: Lights Out

Lights Out

David F. Sandberg’s feature debut Lights Out is a fun horror movie for those who like jump scares. The central idea is great, even if the overall film does not always live up to this.

There is something that attacks in the dark. Rebecca is pulled out of her independent world and back into family life when her younger brother is experiencing terrifying events at home. Rebecca wonders whether it is the same entity which plagued her younger years…

Lights Out is based on director David F. Sandberg’s short film of the same name. It is easy to see why the premise would work in a short film. The idea of something that only attacks in the dark taps into fundamental, prepubescent fears. It is certainly an idea worthy of exploration.

The problem with the film lies in the way in which the idea is executed. As Lights Out progresses, it feels the need to explain origin of the horror to viewers. This is understandable, as the supernatural activity needs a framework. Nevertheless, this detracts from the horror, and the plotting starts to feel lazy.

The opening sequence works very well as a set piece. There are also other sequences in the film that are finely executed. However, Lights Out is let down by the lazy characterisation and some poor dialogue. The very end of the film has an odd tone; given what has transpired, the characters seem to be less traumatised than expected.

Teresa Palmer delivers a suitable performance as Rebecca. Gabriel Bateman is decent as Martin, whilst Alexander DiPersia has to deliver some hokey dialogue as Bret. Maria Bello is well cast, even though she is better than the material.

Lights Out is the classic horror trope of having a better premise than screenplay. There are some good scares, but horror aficionados will want more.