I have an appreciation for Adam Sandler. Not so much an appreciation of his many asinine comedies, (although his recent Netflix stand-up special was excellent), but an appreciation for an actor who can seamlessly switch from hilarious Happy Gilmore to pious Punch Drunk Love.
His latest venture looks extremely promising as he plays a dodgy, jeweller to the rich and famous who has to find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend. Early word suggests Sandler’s performance could net him an award with rave reviews at various film festivals.
Uncut Gems is written and directed by the Safdie Brothers whose previous venture Good Time, which starred Robert Pattinson, was an excellent, dark crime noir story and one of the best films of 2017.
Uncut Gems is scheduled for release on December 13th.
Here’s the first official look at Disney’s forthcoming Mary Poppins sequel, featuring Emily Blunt, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer and a 92 year-old Dick Van Dyke dancing on a table.
Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall, (Chicago, Into The Woods), and is a direct sequel to the 1964 original with Blunt taking over the title role from Julie Andrews. The main plot of the movie rattles along like so:
Set in 1935 London, Jane and Michael Banks are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper, Ellen. After Michael’s wife’s death, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep)
The story, which picks up 20 years later, is based upon the Mary Poppins books and as the trailer demonstrates is full of nostalgia, specifically with the return of Dick Van Dyke who plays the son of Mr Dawes Snr, the old bank owner, a character played by Dyke in the original movie. Marshall has kept true to the elements which made Poppins such a classic, opting to use hand drawn animated sequences rather than CGI.
Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled for release on 19th December.
This article was lifted from our sister site Sequels Prequels.
Below is the first official trailer for a new movie called Apostle, directed by Gareth Evans, (The Raid, Godzilla), and stars Michael Sheen and Legion’s Dan Stevens.
The period, horror will be released on Netflix on October 12th and marks new territory for the martial arts director, whose body of work so far has never ventured into the world of the supernatural.
The plot of Apostle rattles along like so:
The year is 1905. Thomas Richardson travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult demanding a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will rue the day it baited this man, as he digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.
Here’s the red band trailer for the forthcoming twisted, high-school movie Assassination Nation, starring Odessa Young and Suki Waterhouse.
The film, directed by Barry Levinson, is a black comedy about privacy, social media and hacking with hyper violent consequences. The plot rattles along like so:
Salem high school senior Lily Colson and her pals spend their time in a haze of social media and partying. When the people of Salem are targeted in a malicious data hack, all privacy is destroyed and lives are ruined as deadly secrets are exposed. The small town turns on each other and descends into violent chaos as they hunt for the culprit. Lily and her friends must band together if they want to survive the night in this satirical teen thriller.
Assassination Nation is scheduled for release on September 21st.
Here’s the first official trailer for Johnny Depp’s new movie City Of Lies, co-starring Forest Whitaker and directed by Brad Furman, (The Lincoln Lawyer).
The movie is based on the Pulitzer nominated novel LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan which examined the details surrounding the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G and the possible involvement of the Los Angeles police department in their deaths.
The trailer, like most these days, gives away a large portion of the plot which rattles along like so:
Former LAPD detective, Russell Poole joins forces with journalist Jack Jackson nearly two decades after the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. to find out the truth.
Many documentaries have been made theorising what happened and who was ultimately responsible for the deaths of these two young artists, but City Of Lies apparently only deals with the the case work of Poole. A man who unearthed a load of details and information about an alleged conspiracy involving the LAPD.
City Of Lies is scheduled for release on September 7th.
Here’s the second official Black Panther trailer from Marvel Studios. Directed by Ryan Coogler, (Fruitvale Station, Creed), it stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Basset, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis, to name a few.
The plot of Black Panther rattles along like so:
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. He soon finds his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda’s special forces—to prevent a world war
The Black Panter is scheduled for general release on February 16th, 2018.
Here’s the latest trailer for Warner Brother’s forthcoming movie Suicide Squad starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.
The trailer has a fun, anarchic feel and might be just the tonic the studio needs after the disaster which was Superman vs Batman.
The plot for Suicide Squad rattles along like so:
A secret government agency known as “Task Force X,” led by Amanda Waller, recruits imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat.
Suicide Squad goes on general release on August 5th.
Here’s the second eye melting trailer for the first person movie Hardcore Henry, starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky and Tim Roth.
The film is directed by first time Russian director Ilya Naishuller and the plot rattles along like so:
Hardcore Henry is a first-person perspective action film, in which the audience sees everything through the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from the brink of death as a cybernetic super soldier that remembers nothing about his past. He is trying to save his wife Estelle, who has been kidnapped by Akan, a powerful warlord with a plan for bio-engineering soldiers. In the unfamiliar city of Moscow, Henry tries to avoid being killed while discovering the truth behind his identity.
Hardcore Henry is scheduled for general release on April 8th.
It was a critical hit at last year’s Fantastic Fest and Toronto International Film Festival and now it’s picking up stellar reviews, with some critics describing it as the best disaster movie for a generation.
The plot of Norwegian film The Wave rattles along like so:
The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family.
No word on a UK release date.
It was once dubbed the most absurd and surreal photograph of the 20th Century, a snapshot from 1970 of a meeting which took place in the White House between the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon and one of the most iconic singers in history Elvis Presley.
Now that quirky story of exactly how that picture was taken is to be told in a Hollywood rendition of the meeting. Starring Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis the film will apparently explore the details behind the meeting, which were a lot stranger than the picture itself.
Elvis & Nixon is set for general release on April 29th.