At the risk of flushing all of my critical cred right down the toilet, I will confess I don’t hate the first Cars. And Cars 2, while insane, is sort of fascinating in its madness. It’s not good, but I have watched it more than once. On the advice of my attorney, I will not comment on my physical or emotional impairment at the time of these screenings.
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It’s been a rough year and at the end of 2016 nothing would be more needed and appreciated by American audiences than a good ol’ comedy. It’s too bad the first trailer for Robert De Niro’s The Comedian isn’t, um, very funny.
“You take the baton from the ones who’ve come before, and you carry it as far as you can. And maybe you hand it off.”
As far as movie premises go, you can do a lot worse than “Groundhog Day meets a second, other thing.” That line of thinking brought us the ingenious Edge of Tomorrow (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers), Nacho Vigalondo’s bewitching Timecrimes (Groundhog Day meets The Strangers), and the eminently underrated Source Code (Groundhog Day meets Jake Gyllenhaal hunting a terrorist inside of the internet, I think). The new trailer for the upcoming concept-drama Before I Fall makes no bones about its premise, a marriage of the classic Bill Murray comedy and an after-school special about bullying — whether it can hold its own among the previously mentioned films, only time will tell.
If you’re going to fight a Rebellion, you better have some rebellious soldiers. That’s why Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is the key to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this winter’s big Star Wars standalone film, supposedly the first in an ever expanding cinematic universe of spinoffs from the main movie saga (that continues next December with the still-untitled Episode VIII).
Even with a little bit of distance from their initial release, there’s not a lot to enjoy about the Star Wars prequels. They’re still poorly acted, overly reliant on CGI, and too bogged down in origin stories instead of developing new characters for us to care about. That being said, give credit to George Lucas for writing a powerful arc for Senator Palpatine. Palpatine’s methodical dissolution of the Old Republic — and our mounting horror as we watch him convince the galaxy to give up freedom in exchange for a false sense of safety — aren’t enough to save the Star Wars prequels entirely, but they do represent some of the smartest writing of Lucas’ career.
We haven’t seen much of Jessica Chastain this year, her only two 2016 feature credits being The Huntsman: Winter’s War (be honest, did anyone see that?) and the upcoming gun control drama Miss Sloane out later this month. But sometimes the world bestows upon us gifts in dark times, and today’s gift was the beautiful trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, and, naturally, Daniel Brühl.
Paramount's upcoming kids' flick Monster Trucks sounds like the sort of project that was conceived as a goofy pun and then reverse-engineered from there. You see, we colloquially refer to motor vehicles outfitted with oversize suspension and larger tires as "monster trucks" due to their large size and monstrous appetite for smaller, weaker trucks. But this film imagines a fanciful scenario in which an odd beast makes a home inside the engine of a truck, which the creature then controls using its slimy tentacles — quite literally, a monster truck! Everybody still with us? Good.
The first trailer for Kong: Skull Island debuted at Comic-Con back in July, offering a sneak peek that was more visually exciting and intriguing than we could have possibly hoped, clearly evoking classic war films like Apocalypse Now and The Thin Red Line — you know, but with a giant ape. After a week of teasers and images preparing us for Kong’s revival, a new official trailer has arrived online heralding a bigger, badder return for the legendary movie monster.
There are few things I’m more excited about right now than the start of Janelle Monae’s acting career. The R&B funk singer made her big screen debut earlier this year in Barry Jenkins Moonlight, which she is wonderful in, and next up she’ll crack some quips in Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures. That film, which also stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, is the next thing I’m most excited about.