Director: Tim Miller
Release: November 1st, 2019
As much as we want this movie to be good, we need to start mentally preparing ourselves for the truth; it won’t be. The first two were great, obviously, but the rest are trash, and this latest addition will be no different.
Director: Lulu Wang
Release: July 12th, 2019
I don’t know, I can see how some will enjoy this, but I don’t think it’s for me. Sappy comedies aren’t my jam, and Awkwafina isn’t really an actress, she’s more a one-trick comedienne, and I really don’t feel like watching her try her best.
Director: Claire McCarthy
Release: June 28th, 2019
I would watch this, but I think it might be the only chance I give Daisy Ridley. She’s been a fine Rey, but hasn’t really shown her talent anywhere; I guess she hasn’t had much of a chance, other than Murder of the Orient Express, which wasn’t a good film. She’s about to be free of the Star Wars franchise, we’re about to see her name everywhere, but much like Emma Watson, I don’t think she has what it takes to be a great actress, beyond being likeable in an iconic role. Watson turned out to be pretty awful; I don’t wish the same on Ridley, I just haven’t seen much yet, including her role as Rey, to convince me that she has chops. I’ll watch Ophelia with an open mind, I think many will, but she had better light up the stage.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Release: September 6th, 2019
I have some pretty strong feelings about this book, mostly that it’s a lesser King work and that it contains an event at the end that I don’t condone putting into writing. Not that I want books dumbed down in lieu of graphic content, and I wouldn’t stop reading a book because it contains under-age themes; I’ve read Lolita and it’s brilliant. But King adds in something for drama that I found unsettling and unnecessary, which gives me a bad taste where this story is concerned. As far as the movie version goes, it was fine; really scary, acted well by the kids, and they avoided the sex scene in question, so I support that. It just, again, isn’t King’s best stuff, and so didn’t make a special movie, other than its ability to frighten. I don’t need to watch more of this plot, I’ve already read it through and watched the kids’ portion on screen, there’s nothing more I need to see, I don’t want to witness the adults take their turn at the same events in the same creepy town. For those looking for scares, I think you’ll get what you ask for, but other than that I’m ready for the clown to die.
Release: August 22nd, 2019
This movie looks fine; scary and pretty interesting. But it also looks like a combination of way too many other modern horror films: Goodnight Mommy, Hereditary, It Comes at Night, Hold the Dark. And then, somehow, it’s also a combination of The Shining and Martha Marcy May Marlene. I don’t know, I’m not sure this film looks special enough, I think it might simply be a play upon what they know we’ve already been impressed by, with nothing new to add.
Release: May 24th, 2019
I feel like end-the-world comedies are a dime a dozen right now, but I kinda dig it. Let’s see what Netflix can do with the genre; I don’t have super-high hopes, but I think they can do OK.
Director: Ang Lee
Release: October 4th, 2019
This looks pretty dumb, like a too-late attempt at a sci-fi story someone might have thought of decades ago and shelved because it wasn’t original even then. Will Smith is washed up, sorry charlie, and I don’t want to see him as two different actors in the same movie; that’s two too many.
Director: Jon Watts
Release: July 2nd, 2019
Here’s the new trailer (teaser trailer here), and it has Endgame spoilers, so don’t watch if you haven’t seen that one yet. I like Holland as Parker, I’ll keep watching him in the MCU, but Homecoming wasn’t exactly my fav, so we’ll see.