Director: John Andreas Andersen
This is simply The Wave but with an earthquake; same producers, same lead actor, similar setting, similar plot. And I liked The Wave, it was a well-made disaster flick, Joner knows how to play it, I just don’t know if I want to watch it again.
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Release: February 8th, 2019
I have a feeling that this movie, like many others, will be a very crappy American version of a much better foreign film. Cold Pursuit is a remake of In Order of Disappearance, and much like Oldboy (2013), the remake of the phenomenal Oldboy (2003), I think it will fail in deliver. It looks cool, the story is there, they ought to know what to do, but they will mess things up, that can be almost guaranteed on account of how often it’s happened before. The same director did do both movies, so maybe there’s a chance it works, but I just wouldn’t bet on it.
Director: Brady Corbet
Release: December 7th, 2018
It’s like Black Swan meets A Star Is Born meets The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and if that isn’t a movie you want to see I don’t know how to help you. What’s more, Natalie Portman and Jude Law are two of the best actors in film history, two of the absolute best, and I’d stand in line to see them in a project together; Closer and Cold Mountain were too long ago.
Director: Susanne Bier
Release: December 21st, 2018
Oh come on. Really? Really?! Do they think we didn’t just watch A Quiet Place, do they think we won’t notice that they changed sight for sound and kept the rest, do they not understand that we are smarter than that?! I feel like boycotting this movie, not just not watching it, it feels like something more extreme must be done to prevent idiocy on this level from ever happening again. My god. And I just realized that this is the woman who directed Serena, the flop of all flops. She casts Sandra Bullock as the savior of her career and of this terrible plot? Not even Trevante Rhodes and Lil Rel Howery can save the day; please, let’s never talk about this film again.
Director: Joe Cornish
Release: March 1st, 2019
This looks brilliant, as I think British people would say; aren’t they just the coolest? Really, British people are better than other people, it’s something to do with the accents and the dry humor, or maybe with the rain, who knows. But this movie looks done right, aimed at kids and their families in a way that promises entertainment for everyone. And then Rebecca Ferguson & Patrick Stewart pop in for good measure? Sign me up.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Release: December 25th, 2018
This isn’t Kidman’s usual type of role, which just might be the perfect thing for her. Recently she’s been delivering peak performances (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled), but she’s never been one of my favorite actresses, her characters are all too breathy & flustered & melodramatic. But this role looks like it might challenge her in exactly the way that will bring out her best, and I’m ready to watch.
Director: Bill Oliver
Release: November 16th, 2018
What a dumb premise, and I feel bad for anyone who falls for it. It’s a stupid, YA, no talent idea that won’t be elevated to something else, mostly because this cast couldn’t possibly do that.
Director: James Kent
Release: April 26th, 2019
Kent’s only other feature is Testament of Youth, which I really liked, and which features some excellent young actors who have since become, or were in the process of becoming, stars. I think he will handle this period nicely, and these actors are good enough to pull off these roles, there’s no doubt about that. What I worry about is that we just saw the entire film, minus the ending, so we’ll only be waiting on the main character’s final choice, we already know most everything else. A period piece, WWII, a different angle, this cast; I’m there for all that, but does this film have anything else to offer other than what we can easily see on the surface, that’s the question we’ll need to have answered.