Previews: Fantastic Beasts sneak peak, Me Before You and more!

Lots of film-related goodness in this week’s previews, including a Fantastic Beasts sneak peek, the Me Before You trailer and more…

Fantastic Beasts Sneak Peek

For the Harry Potter fans out there, a Fantastic Beasts sneak peek. Actors including Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston discuss their characters in the upcoming film. With a screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set for release on 18th November 2016.

Me Before You Trailer

Me Before You is an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel. The film features an array or British talent, including Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, and Matthew Lewis. The film concentrates on Lou, a young woman, and her burgeoning relationship with Will, you she acts as a caregiver for. Me Before You will be released in UK cinemas on 3rd June 2016.

The Finest Hours Trailer

Inspired by a true story, The Finest Hours tells the story of the a mission to rescue the crew of an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod. The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. The Finest Hours hits UK screens on 19th February 2016.

Hail, Cesar! Featurette

George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and others talk about the making of Hail, Cesar! in the above featurette. The Coen Brothers direct the Hollywood Golden Age-set comedy. With a magnificent cast, Hail, Cesar! arrives on UK screens on 4th March 2016.

Grimsby Clip

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy is Grimsby. The film is about a Grimsby football fan (Cohen) who reunites with his brother, a deadly MI6 agent (played by Mark Strong). Penelope Cruz and Rebel Wilson also star in the action comedy. Grimsby will be out in UK cinemas on 24th February 2016.

Film Review: The Monk

The Monk is one of those films that fall into the guilty pleasure category. Director Dominik Moll provides an entertaining ninety minutes of filmmaking.

Left on the doorstop of a monastery as a baby, Ambrosio is raised by the monks. Taking his vows as an adult, Capucin Ambrosio is well respected by his brothers at the monastery and the surrounding village. A recurring dream begins to torment him, not long before a new arrival joins the order…

The Monk is an adaptation of Matthew Lewis’ classic eighteenth-century text. Moll’s film brings to life the medieval era, with the haunting setting and some wonderful costumes. The use of colour is excellent, helping to create some striking contrasts. The special effects are hokey, but this adds to the film’s charm.

The Monk features all the traits of a gothic melodrama. The threat of the supernatural, duality, a preoccupation with transgression and ecclesiastical fervour are all showcased in the film. Given these themes, the narrative offers few real surprises. Nonetheless, the film sweeps viewers up in its exotic world.

Vincent Cassel is perfectly cast as Ambrosio. The actor brings a weight to the film, much of The Monk‘s tension is dependant on his stoic performance. Joséphine Japy brings an innocent quality to Antonia which is entirely necessary for the role.

The Monk is a wonderful slice of escapism. Even those with just a passing interest in the gothic should check it out.

The Monk was screened at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2011.