John Boyega’s SMALL AXE: RED, WHITE, AND BLUE Film Gets a Trailer

Amazon Studios has released a trailer for John Boyega’s upcoming film, Red, White and Blue, which was directed by Steve McQueen. The film is one of five films being released under Amazon’s Small Axe film series.

Small Axe comes from McQueen, and the films tell real-life stories “about ordinary people showing courage, belief, and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative in their West Indian community.”

Red, White and Blue tells the true story of Leroy Logan, “a young forensic scientist with a yearning to do more than his solitary laboratory work. When he sees his father assaulted by two policemen, he finds himself driven to revisiting a childhood ambition to become a police officer; an ambition borne from the naïve hope of wanting to change racist attitudes from within. First, Leroy has to face the consequences of his father’s disapproval, never mind the blatant racism he finds in his new role as a despised yet exemplary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Force.”

Boyega is joined in the film by Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia) with talented newcomers Tyrone Huntley, Nathan Vidal and Jaden OshenyeRed, White and Blue was co-written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.

Red, White and Blue premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, December 4, 2020.

The Croods: A New Age Review

Rating:

7/10

Cast:

Nicolas Cage … Grug (voice)
Emma Stone … Eep (voice)
Ryan Reynolds … Guy (voice)
Catherine Keener … Ugga (voice)
Cloris Leachman … Gran (voice)
Clark Duke … Thunk (voice)
Leslie Mann … Hope Betterman (voice)
Peter Dinklage … Phil Betterman (voice)
Kelly Marie Tran … Dawn Betterman (voice)

Written by Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan

Directed by Joel Crawford

The Croods: A New Age Review

After seven long years of waiting, the Croods are back and … much different than you remember in the sequel The Croods: A New Age. Where 2013’s The Croods remains something of a minor animated classic brimming with the same heart and humor co-director and writer Chris Sanders lent to How to Train Your Dragon and Disney’s gallery of 90’s gems — namely Mulan, The Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast — in its story of a cave dwelling family desperately trying to survive amidst a dangerous and ever-changing world of weird creatures and treacherous locales, A New Age, as directed by first timer Joel Crawford, feels more like a weekend acid trip with the neighbors during which the titular family gets stuck in a tar full of madness.

A New Age finds everyone’s favorite modern stone age family encountering the cultured and sophisticated Bettermans, a father-mother-daughter trio who have mastered the art of farming and carved a virtuoso paradise out of a tree replete with dining room, separate bedrooms (!) and windows. Predictably, Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage) shrugs off everything he learned at the end of the first film — his acceptance of contemporary sensibilities and willingness to allow his children to make their own choices — and instead clashes with this newfound culture despite the obvious safety and comfort it affords.

To make matters worse, Eep (Emma Stone) and Guy (Ryan Reynolds) have become more romantic and, as all kids do, yearn to break away and explore the world on their own; or, at the very least, sleep somewhere outside of the family sleeping pile.

Cue the madness.

No, really. Cue. The. Madness. The Croods: A New Age devolves into something akin to a wild fever dream packed with lots of shouting, broad comedy and the type of wacky hijinks usually reserved for carnival fun houses. Is it funny? Absolutely. In fact, there are any number of moments that left me in stitches, including a bit where Grug joins Mr. Betterman (Peter Dinklage) in his literal mancave-cum-sauna and eventually spills his emotions amidst the overwhelming heat; a running gag involving Grug’s son Thunk (Clark Duke) and a window (the ancient equivalent of a TV); the scene in which Eep convinces the Betterman’s daughter, Dawn (Kelly Marie Tran), to explore the world beyond the wall surrounding her parents’ fortress of solitude, an adventure that leads to an unfortunate bug sting; and a mishap involving a stick and a seal chicken — or is it a chicken seal?

The zany adventures are rendered in gorgeous, jaw-dropping animation by the talented folks at DreamWorks who pack the picture with enough eye-popping color, vibrant imagery, land sharks, punch monkeys, and silly creatures to keep audiences visually stimulated for the film’s relatively brief 95-minute runtime.

And yet, despite the frequent jokes, madcap humor and impressive visuals, A New Age feels closer in spirit to Hotel Transylvania than its more nuanced predecessor. The film is entertaining, sure, but lacks the warmth and ingenuity of the original film and instead employs a whiplash-inducing pace to gloss over a rudimentary plot; and, worse, struggles to develop the Croods family in a satisfying way.

Grug, in particular, shifts from relatable, simple-minded fella just trying to do right by his family to an easily manipulated Homer Simpson-esque father figure driven by his own personal selfish needs. From a narrative standpoint, wouldn’t it be more interesting if he were the one yearning to break free from his family after adapting the ability to think in terms of more than just survival? And shouldn’t Eep, for all the excitement she displayed for Guy’s ingenuity in the original film, be more ecstatic about the Bettermans’ new age lifestyle? Her character still exhibits plenty of spunk, particularly in her endeavors to free Dawn from her familial prison, and during the action-driven finale in which the Crood women team up to form the “Thunder Sisters,” but mostly she throws angry tantrums when Guy focuses his attention elsewhere.

To be fair, after seven years, expectations might have been a bit to high, though watching all of these sitcom-y plot lines play out it’s easy to surmise that the makers of The Croods: A New Age returned to the well not out of some fundamental desire to continue the story, but because audiences demanded a follow up. As such, the results are indeed more but also wholly unnecessary; and the story concludes as most animated sequels do: with a handful of new, wackier characters drowning out the original pack.

In the end, you may wish for more time with the Croods and less time at the nuthouse.

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Our Friend Trailer Starring Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, & Dakota Johnson

Our Friend Trailer Starring Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, & Dakota Johnson

Our Friend Trailer Starring Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, & Dakota Johnson

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released the official trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s forthcoming comedy drama film titled Our Friend, featuring Jason Segel as his character tries to help out his two best friends cope with a life-altering situation by putting his life on hold in order to stay with them. Also starring Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson, the film will arrive in theaters and on PVOD on January 22, 2021. Check out the video in the player below!

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Based on Matt Teague’s award-winning 2015 Esquire article titled “The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word,” Our Friend tells the inspiring and extraordinary true story of the Teague family—journalist Matt, his vibrant wife Nicole and their two young daughters—and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

The film is being led by Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), and Dakota Johnson (How to Be Single, Suspiria). It will also feature Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale, Succession), Jake Owen, Denee Benton, Isabella Rice, and Ahna O’Reilly.

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Our Friend is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a script written by Brad Ingelsby. It is executive produced by Teague and Ingelsby along with Ridley Scott, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, and Ted Deiker. Kevin Walsh, Michael Pruss, Ryan Stowell and Teddy Schwarzman are also serving as producers. The film had its world premiere last year at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival with Gravitas Ventures acquiring its theatrical distribution rights.

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Taylor Swift Reveals Folklore Concert Film to Debut Tomorrow on Disney+

Taylor Swift Reveals Folklore Concert Film to Debut Tomorrow on Disney+

Taylor Swift Reveals Folklore Concert Film to Debut Tomorrow on Disney+

Award-winning global superstar Taylor Swift has officially released the full trailer for her surprise concert film titled folklore: long pond studio sessions, featuring Swift along with collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff as they give fans an in-depth look at the singer’s most recently released eighth studio album folklore. The concert film will be making its debut tomorrow on November 25, exclusively on Disney+. Check out the video in the player!

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In folklore: the long pond studio sessions, Taylor Swift, accompanied by co-producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff along with a guest appearance by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), performs each song in order of her critically adored, five star album, “folklore” and for the very first time, reveals the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs.

Pick up a copy of the folklore album here!

Directed by Swift, the intimate concert film was filmed in upstate New York in September 2020. The folklore album is described as a musical journey that allows us to cry and laugh, and during these trying times, makes us feel like we’re not quite so alone. They recorded “folklore” thousands of miles apart from each other and had never been in the same room together…

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Taylor Swift first gained recognition in 2006 when she launched her self-titled debut album which landed the number five spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for 157 weeks. Since then, Swift has released seven award-winning albums consist of Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation and the most recent one Lover, which had sold over 500,000 copies during its first week. After 15 years, 10 Grammy Awards and countless hit songs later, Swift has now become a household name in the music industry and a worldwide sensation.

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Neil Patrick Harris Joins Nicolas Cage in THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

Not long ago, it was announced that Nicolas Cage would play himself in a meta drama titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

Cage will play actor Nicolas Cage a character who “is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. He also occasionally talks to an egotistical 1990s version of himself who rides him for making too many crappy movies and for not being a star anymore.”

It’s been explained that Cage’s character is also “under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work and secretly hopes to show him a script on which he’s been working.”

While he bonds with the man, “Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee, and is recruited by the U.S. government to get intelligence. The situation spirals even more dramatically when the Mexican brings over Cage’s daughter and his ex-wife for a reconciliation, and when their lives are on the line, Cage takes on the role of a lifetime.”

This sounds like it’s going to be quite an interesting and exciting movie, and Cage will be joined by Neil Patrick Harris, who will play Cage’s agent in the story. The film also stars Tiffany Haddish as Vivian, an eccentric rogue government agent who forces superstar Nicolas Cage to go undercover in a crazy, offbook, last ditch effort to bring the cartel down for good.

The film project is set up at Lionsgate, and the script for it comes from Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, with Gormican attached to direct. I can’t wait to see how this movie turns out!

The Crown Season 4 Episode 9 and Episode 10 Recap

The Crown Season 4 Episode 9 and Episode 10 Recap

The Crown Season 4 Episode 9 and Episode 10 Recap

In the previous episode of Netflix’s The Crown, Princess Margaret learned of family members who her mother kept secret, and Elizabeth dismissed her press secretary for writing a scandalous article. In The Crown Season 4 Episode 9, a deadly avalanche pushed Charles and Diana to work on their marriage, and in The Crown Season 4 Episode 10, Thatcher faced a political challenge.

Trying

While on a ski trip, Charles got caught up in avalanche that killed his friend. In a meeting with Elizabeth and Philip, Diana confessed that the tragedy had made her realize that she could’ve lost Charles. She was still interested in saving her marriage. Diana committed to stop seeing Major Hewitt. She insisted spending their anniversary together at Highgrove. Charles had the place redecorated for her to get rid of signs of his love for Camilla. For their anniversary, he gave her a first edition book about her family lineage. She gave him a video of her performing a Broadway song for him. He confessed to Camilla that he’d hated the gift and wanted to be with her instead.

Charles was distant with Diana again. He had palace officials watch her to report on the second she was unfaithful. They saw Major Hewitt leave Kensington Palace in the early hours of the morning.

Resignation

The Crown Season 4 Episode 9 and Episode 10 Recap

Thatcher’s right-hand man resigned from Parliament. During his resignation speech, he denounced the direction Thatcher’s Parliament had gone. She met with members of her party, and they all told her the same thing. They couldn’t support her.

Eventually, Margaret Thatcher was voted out. After she left Downing Street, Elizabeth summoned her to Buckingham Palace. She appointed Thatcher to the prestigious Order of Merit.

New York Loves Diana

Diana was going on a solo trip to New York. She visited a hospital in Harlem on the tour. Some of the children in the pediatric AIDS ward were orphans. She hugged one of the boys after learning of the difficulty they faced with getting adopted because of the stigma. On the news, New Yorkers raved about Diana. However, the success of the trip angered Charles. He saw it as a slight to Camilla since it made her look inferior when compared to Diana.

Christmas at Balmoral

The Crown Season 4 Episode 9 and Episode 10 Recap

Both Diana and Charles tried to speak to Elizabeth alone at Balmoral during Christmas. However, Elizabeth brushed off Diana and scolded Charles. Philip found Diana hiding away before they were to take the family photo. He tried to encourage her, extoling the importance of the Crown above all else.

What did you think of the season finale of The Crown? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Netflix Considering Killer Klowns From Outer Space Sequel

Netflix considering Killer Klowns From Outer Space sequel

Anybody up for more Killer Klowns From Outer Space? Well, according to the Chiodo Brothers, who directed the 1988 cult horror film and are busy making the rounds for their latest flick, Alien Xmas, which is currently streaming on Netflix, there’s a good possibility we’ll be getting a sequel. Just not anytime soon.

“Look, MGM controls ‘Killer Klowns,’” Stephen Chiodo told ComicBook.com. “If [fans] write MGM and say, ‘Where’s our sequel? Where’s that property?’ There’s so many ways they can exploit this thing. It’s really the fan base… We have tons of ideas to really carry that through… So there’ll be hopefully something in the future.”

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Apparently, the duo are currently talking to Netflix about a sequel. Unfortunately, these things take time.

“We are talking to them. We’re talking all the time. Get this: we’ve been trying to do a sequel since we made the film and fans get angry with us. We don’t mention it too much, because they get angry. They say, ‘Oh, what’s the matter with you guys?’ But we’re trying. The business is just a bear, moves at a glacial pace. There’s interest, and it wanes and flows. You get some executives who really want to do it, then, all of a sudden, musical chairs. They’re out, a new regime is in, and they don’t get it. We’ll see how Alien Xmas does with the Netflix people. We’ll see if they can embrace our sensibility.”

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a satiric horror story about aliens who invade Earth disguised as clowns. The film stars Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson and John Vernon. The film is regarded as a cult classic thanks to its terrific blend of kills and sly humor. It currently holds a 75% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Chiodo Brothers are also famous for their stop motion and make-up effects on such cult favs as the Critters franchise, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Freaked, Elf and Team America: World Police.

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It’s all or Nothin’ in The Trailer For The MMA Drama BORN A CHAMPION with Sean Patrick Flanery and Dennis Quaid

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Lionsgate has released an intense trailer for a great looking MMA drama titled Born A Champion. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery as Mickey Kelly, who is one of the first American black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The story is set in the 1990s and it follows Mickey who gets pulled away from everything he loves and into an unsanctioned MMA tournament. His motivation behind this is the hope that he will be able to provide for his family and give them a better life. As you’ll see, it’s a rough road for him, but when it comes to inspirational movies like this, he’s sure to come out on top.

The rest of the cast includes Dennis Quaid, Katrina Bowden, Currie Graham, Costas Mandylor, Maurice Compte, Reno Wilson, and Ali Afshar. I enjoy movies like this and I liked what I saw in the trailer, so I hope that it ends up being a decent movie.

Born a Champion was directed by Alex Ranarivelo (Alpha Males Experiment, American Wrestler: The Wizard, The Dog Lover, Running Wild, Pray for Rain, Dirt, The Ride, and Bennett’s War). Lionsgate will release the film in select US theaters and on VOD starting January 22nd, 2021.

THE BATMAN – Jayme Lawson Shares Some Details Regarding Her Character, Bella Real

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The Batman actress Jayme Lawson recently opened up about the new character that she is playing in the movie. Lawson takes on the role of Bella Real, a politician who is running to become mayor of Gotham City.

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, she talked about acting opposite of stars like Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, and Colin Farrell and how keeping her nerves calm was rough for her. When asked about that, she said, “I don’t think I did. I still haven’t. To be quite honest, I am bluffing every day.”

That aspect of the actress goes right along with the type of character that she’s playing, who is in a position where she is faking it till she makes it. Lawson goes on to say:

“And I think that ties in with my character. She’s gotta fake it till she makes it. She’s running up against the big dogs. And so there’s not much transformation that’s happening when I show up on set. I am surrounded by a lot of great talent and I’ve just gotta fake it. So I will be as nervous as can be, but I can’t let it be known. So I just do what I’ve gotta do. It’s working out so far, so that’s good.”

Some fans are speculating that the name of Laweon’s character could be an alias for a bigger reveal, but we’ll have to wait and see. It’ll be interesting to so if there’s more to her character than meets the eye.

The Batman will tell a dark noir-style film that will lean into Batman in his detective mode. Reeves said that it’s going to tell a deep and psychological story. This will be a “year two” story for Batman that acknowledges his origin and how it’s still something that he’s “majorly struggling” with.

There will be a series of murders and crimes that start taking place in Gotham and as Batman investigates those things, they begin to reveal the darkness of Gotham City to him.

The film stars Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson. Gil Perez-Abraham (Orange is the New Black), Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), and Max Carver have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

The Batman is now scheduled to hit theaters on March 4th, 2022.

Everything Coming to and Leaving Plex’s Free Streaming Service

Plex offers a free streaming platform, and they recently revealed the content joining next month. Possibly the biggest title coming to the service is What Lies Beneath, but you tell me what has you excited.

Available December

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

  • Arrival

  • Attack the Block

  • Babel

  • Better Luck Tomorrow

  • Bewitched

  • Brothers

  • Delta Force 2: The Columbian Connection

  • Dear White People

  • Desperado

  • Drillbit Taylor

  • Driven

  • Duck, You Sucker

  • Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

  • Escape from Alcatraz

  • Escape from L.A.

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex

  • Flawless

  • Freedom Writers

  • Ghost in the Darkness

  • Happy Christmas

  • Home for the Holiday

  • Pompeii

  • The Running Man

  • Spanglish

  • Timecop

  • Trumbo

  • What Lies Beneath

  • Zodiac

Sadly, the service is losing access to some titles. Are you sad to see any of these titles leaving in December?

Leaving December

  • 6 Souls

  • A Hologram for the King

  • Along Came a Spider

  • Baby Geniuses

  • Bad News Bears

  • The Bank Job

  • Before We Go

  • Begin Again

  • Better Watch out

  • The Big Easy Big Eyes

  • Blue Valentine

  • Breakin’ All the Rules

  • Brothers

  • Buffalo ‘66

  • Burnt

  • Cabin Fever

  • Chuck and Buck

  • The Cold Light of Day

  • The Company Men

  • Coneheads

  • The Core

  • Dark Tide

  • The Dead Zone

  • Election

  • Ender’s Game

  • Enemy at the Gates

  • Everly

  • Fire with Fire

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

  • Gods and Monsters

  • Good Luck Chuck