This week we take a look at Frozen 2, American Son, Uncut Gems, El Camino, Dollface, Sweetheart, Primal, Wounds, Criterion #1000, Godzilla: The Complete Shōwa Era Films, The King’s Man, and Martin Scorsese’s latest The Irishman.
This looks like it’ll make a bazillion dollars, which is to say it looks like Frozen. Elsa and Anna appear to be going on an epic quest to find the source of something something fantasy adventure. I know that sounds maybe cynical but Disney is the current master of deceptive marketing so who knows what any of these shots are really telling us?
What I can tell you is that Alfred Molina, Evan Rachel Wood, Martha Plimpton, and Sterling K Brown have all joined the voice cast. That’s an impressive lineup added to an already impressive lineup.
Frozen 2 will be in theatres on 22nd November.
It’s not unusual for a play to be made into a movie, but I can’t recall the last time I heard that a play was adapted into a film with literally the entire cast and director staying on to do it.
American Son is an acclaimed play in which the son of a mixed race couple is missing and all the conversations you might expect a play about that situation to have it apparently has. Kerry Washington is a gifted actress so here’s hoping it’s good.
American Son will land on Netflix on 1st November.
I’m pretty sure this is where I am supposed to write "Adam Sandler like you’ve never seen him before" but I’ve seen him with a beard before and I’ve seen him act his pants off before.
The Safdie Brothers seem like they might be on a roll as Sandler looks like he might be as on fire here as Robert Pattinson was in their last feature Good Time.
Uncut Gems will arrive in theatres on 13th December.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
I’ve always thought the endings of Breaking Bad were basically perfect (yes, it had two), but there is definitely more to mine from Jesse Pinkman’s story. El Camino will pick up right after Jesse has escaped the gang holding him as a slave and follow him, presumably, trying to reclaim some semblance of a life.
I, for one, can’t wait.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will premiere on Netflix and in limited theatres on 11th October, and will reportedly make its way to AMC a little later on.
Kat Dennings is always a win. Dollface looks like a ton of weird fun. It’s debuting on Hulu in the US on 15th November. No word on a Canadian release but presumably on a CTV/Crave channel.
A woman washes up on a beach, shipwrecked. She’s alone and has to forage for food and shelter. Also, there’s a monster on the island that comes out at night. That’s a great setup for a monster movie so colour me intrigued.
Kiersey Clemons stars in Sweetheart which is going straight to on-demand on 22nd October.
Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage makes a ton of movies. Not all of those movies are going to be solid gold, but some of the ones that aren’t solid gold are still pretty great. Just read the official synopsis for this one:
When Frank Walsh, a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it’ll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank’s precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the assassin breaks free – and then frees the jaguar – Frank feverishly stalks the ship’s cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, right up until the thrilling, unpredictable climax.
Kevin Durand is the bad guy, Michael Imperioli is the government guy, and Famke Janssen is the doctor on hand because the bad guy has a condition. This is exactly my kind of schlock.
Primal, which is a perfectly dumb name, will be released on 8th November.
As horror concepts go, I’m kind of surprised that "cursed cellphone" hasn’t come up already? This movie looks like exactly the kind of schlock I might love if it’s handled by a good director, and Babak Anvari’s previous effort, Iranian horror film Under the Shadow, I really liked. Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, and Zazie Beets are all interesting performers that could really sell the "my phone is out to get me" plot, too.
Reviews on this are mixed so far and it’s debuting on Hulu in the US and Netflix everywhere else on 18th October.
Godzilla: The Shōwa-Era Films (Criterion #1000)
Having watched all of these movies this year on The Criterion Channel I can re-confirm that they are a ton of fun, plus 1954s Godzilla is a straight up masterpiece. This is the 1000th entry in the Criterion Collection and I can’t think of a better addition to the canon to celebrate that milestone than this one. The Shōwa Era Godzilla Films will be available on Criterion Blu-Ray in October.
The Kings Man
The Kingsman franchise is becoming a pretty reliable one for highly stylized and fun action (all while wearing bespoke suits) and I, for one, enjoy the hell out of them. This prequel looks like it’s going to continue with the trend, and maybe it’ll do for Ralph Fiennes what it did for Colin Firth (turn him into a new action god).
This is a great trailer, with a perfect needle drop, but you know what it doesn’t show? Stanley Tucci as this era’s Merlin, or Tom Hollander playing three different world leaders. With that cast what do you have to say no to?
The King’s Man is scheduled for a Valentines Day 2020 release, so now you have the perfect plans for your date night.
Martin Scorsese is a living legend of film and he’s back collaborating with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. That’s a hell of a lineup. The film chronicles the life and career of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, an alleged hitman for the mob. having already screened for audiences at NYFF this one is getting quite a lot of praise so far. Not surprising giving the talent involved but we’ll have to wait to find out.
The Irishman has a limited theatrical run starting 1st November before dropping on Netflix on the 27th of the same month.
This was a pretty good week for trailers but which are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments or on social media.
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