Category Archives: Movie Trailer

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Movie Trailer – Mom and Dad

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Director: Brian Taylor

Starring: Anne Winters, Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair

Release: January 19th, 2018

The only way you could get me to watch this movie would be to tie me up Clockwork Orange style.  I’ve seen bad movies, I’ve seen Nick Cage movies, I’ve seen zombie movies, but god help me, I will not see a combination of the three.


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Movie Trailer – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Director: Lasee Hallstrom, Joe Johnston

Starring: Mackenzie Foy, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Keira Knightley

Release: November 2nd, 2018

I really enjoyed Beauty and the Beast; I know a lot of critics gave it a hard time.  And I even understand that, Emma Watson was horrendous, but I was able to enjoy the rest, from the bright reimagining to the original music.  I’m willing to see another Disney film done in the same vein, and I like the duo of directors who they put in charge.  I think this will be something I can watch with my kids but also enjoy myself.


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Movie Trailer – Chappaquiddick

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Director: John Curran

Starring: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Kate Mara

Release: April 6th, 2018

This movie is a mistake; of casting, of content, of assumption in our interest.  It’s one giant mistake.  I really liked The Painted Veil and Tracks, but this film won’t work in the way that those ones did, I’m fairly certain.


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Movie Trailer – Alita: Battle Angel

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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Release: July 20th, 2018

Based on a Manga comic, this film version looks like an odd mix of graphic novel and action flick, of robots and humans in a world gone nutty, of Sin City and Ghost in the Shell.  It’s not my style, so I’ll comment on something that I usually focus on in whichever film I see; the acting.  Christoph Waltz was someone we all thought was a great actor when Tarantino brought him to our screens, but literally every movie he does is either terrible or just annoying.  His talent has yet to transcend, and I’m beginning to wonder if he’s simply not as good as we thought he was.


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Movie Trailer – Overboard

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Director: Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg

Starring: Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria

Release: April 20th, 2018

In the words of Samir Nagheenanajar, “This is horrible, this idea.”  Truly, this looks like the worst movie ever made, shame on anyone who thought it was a good concept.  Anna Faris, I used to think you were kinda funny, now you’ve lost me completely.  Good luck sleeping at night, knowing that you lost one fan from Ohio.


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Movie Trailer – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Director: Ol Parker

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Jeremy Irvine

Release: July 20th, 2018

And I love ABBA, I promise you I do, I know all their songs, I used to sing them while washing dishes when I was young, but I don’t think I can take this movie.  I didn’t see the last one, maybe it’s excellent, maybe I should go back, perhaps you can convince me.  After all, I used to listen to their greatest hits on road trips with my dad; I credit him and things like that for making me into a renaissance man who can enjoy musical theatre just as much as pro football.  But I’m also a film critic, and these stories seem too cheesy to be allowed.  I do adore Lily James though, so maybe I can be tempted to give the original a chance so that I can watch the sequel and enjoy her immense talent.  We’ll see.


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Movie Trailer – Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Starring: Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent

Release: January 19th, 2018

This is the studio that was formed by former animators for Studio Ghibli, and you can see the style perfectly, looks like nothing has changed.  And that’s a good thing, Ghibli is amazing, I don’t care if other studios steal the visuals from basically the best animation in the world, as long as their films are just as strong.  I want my kids to see this ASAP; I think it’s so important to share something other than Disney with them as they develop their tastes.


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Movie Trailer – Gringo

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Director: Nash Edgerton

Starring: David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron

Release: March 9th, 2018

These actors are great and these actors made a bad choice.  Also, this feels like a favor from Brother Joel to Brother Nash, not an actual movie.  Pass.


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Movie Trailer – Sicario 2: Soldado

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Director: Stefano Sollima

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener

Release: June 29th, 2018

I want to like this, I truly do, because I thought Sicario was so phenomenal.  But, seriously, they’re just doing the first movie a second time, down to the last screenshot, explosion, sweeping cinematic effect, and helicopter ride.  There is nothing new here, it’s the exact same thing, why would we want to watch that again minus Emily Blunt?  We can just re-watch the original; she’s in that one.  At the same time, I like this style, this grit, this story, I want it to be good.  I’m just not sure it can be, not without Blunt, Villeneuve, and some unique content.


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Movie Trailer – Ocean’s 8

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Director: Gary Ross

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling

Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Awkwafina

Release: June 8th, 2018

So. Many. Thoughts.  Let’s start with Gary Ross, who is an odd choice for director, as he’s only done four movies: Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games, Free State of Jones.  A strange mix, although he’s a writer as well, and he wrote this film, so give the guy credit for trying.  Next, I didn’t actually really like the original trilogy of Clooney movies; they’re OK, but they’re kinda silly/sloppy/strange, so I’m not excited about a reboot.  And then, it’s an all-female reboot to boot, which I know makes anyone who complains about it a sexist, but I can’t help myself, I need to complain just a little.  We don’t need this movie, we didn’t need a Ghostbusters remake; if you would like to make an empowering, feminist, feminine film by all means yes, do it, please, make it strong, raise you voice.  But why only piggyback off past successes?  Maybe the answer is that they don’t think they can get an audience, that our patriarchal world will deny it, and that’s a legitimate point.  But still, I’m sorry, I just don’t want to see this movie. Take these actresses, because some of them are very talented (not all, obviously), and create something original.  Not a bachelorette comedy or vacation flick, but something real, and I’ll be there to watch it.