Mother Gets a Trailer

We have been anxiously waiting to get our first look at Darren Aronofsky's Mother. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Kristen Wiig and Ed Harris.

A teaser trailer was released on Monday. The full trailer will out on August 8th. There are now trailers for trailers.

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Mother will play at the Venice Film Festival and will be in theaters on September 15th.

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Call Me by Your Name Gets a Poster

The first poster has been released for Luca Guadagnino’s already much acclaimed Call Me By Your Name which was a a huge hit at Sundance and is already a potential major Oscar candidate.

The story follows a teenager (Timothee Chalamet) living in Italy in the 1980s with his academic parents. Along comes a handsome grad student (Armie Hammer) who stays over the Summer to help out. So begins a summer romance between the two men.

It currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a whopping 98 score on Metacritic.

Call Me By Your Name will screen at Toronto in September and opens in theaters on November 24th.

Suburbicon Gets A Trailer

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Directed by George Clooney, Suburbicon is an upcoming crime horror-thriller film written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac.

Paramount is positioning Suburbicon for an Oscar run. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the Venice International Film Festival. It is also scheduled to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The trailer released today gives us a better idea of the plot of Suburbicon. Thinly described on IMDB as a home invasion rattles a quiet family town.  

42nd Toronto International Film Festival Announces Line-up

TIFF announced their line-up for this years film festival. Toronto, Telluride and Venice are important stops before breaking into Oscar contention. Some good films will be going to Toronto this year. Including the premiere of the Winston Churchill film Darkest Hour. A movie that could give Gary Oldman an Oscar nomination. Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell also made the list. Along with Darron Aronofsky's Mother and George Clooney's Suburbicon,

A few hits from Sundance are also making it to Toronto. Including Call me by Your Name and Mudbound. Rumor had it that Netflix acquiring Mudbound ruined its Oscar chances, but it looks like they are pushing forward with an awards campaign.

Here is the full list of films playing Toronto: (links will take you to more info on the film)

A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, Chile

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France

Battle of the Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France

C'est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United

Kingdom

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium

Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier,

Canada

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United

Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women | Angela Robinson,

USA

Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg

The Catcher Was A Spy | Ben Lewin, USA

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Martin

McDonagh, USA

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA

Victoria and Abdul | Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA

The Toronto Film Festival will run September 7-17.

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The Shape of Water Gets a Trailer

Guillermo Del Toro is back with another film about the relationship between man and best. Pan's Labyrinth remains one of the greatest films of all time. Not sure Del Toro can repeat the same magic. It stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon.

The Shape of Water will be released on December 8th.

Review of Dunkirk

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk doesn’t waste anytime. It gets right to the action. No time for character development, no time for introductions and no time for senseless drama. You are overwhelmingly immersed in this epic at the first frame. This film about the Dunkirk evacuation is not your conventional war movie. Nolan throws you right into the middle of the race against time to rescue hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from a beach in northern France in the early summer of 1940.

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Right from the start Hans Zimmer’s score sucks you into the action. This puts you right there with teenage soldier Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) as he races to get off the Dunkirk beach. We are put into a small boat driven by Mark Rylance, a skipper sailing across the Channel. One of the civilian boats called to safe the stranded soldiers. We are also in the cockpit of Tom Hardy’s fighter plane as he fights to provide air support to the rescue efforts on the beach

These are the three separate storylines that take place in three different time frames. One week on land, one day at sea and one hour in the air. Nolan plays with the timeline of each story to give us incredibly suspenseful drama that conveys the panic, terror and endurance of these soldiers. Nobody gets back story or a history of their experiences. No heroic speeches.

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Dunkirk has so little dialogue that it could worked have worked with none at all. The sounds of the war are enough to highlight the terror. In fact, the few words that are spoken are in a heavy British accent that for me it was pretty much unintelligible. From what I could gather Tommy meets another solider played by Harry Styles. Not sure why Styles was cast with this group of mostly unknowns, but he is credible as one of the desperate survivors.

Nolan likes shooting on film and despises CGI. He uses real WWII planes and boat replicas which accounted for much of the films budget. Hundreds of extras were used to represent the thousands on the beach without the use of CGI. Nolan shot the entire film using IMAX cameras, which are big, bulky and added to the challenge of shooting in the air and underwater. He accomplishes it all with tremendous detail.

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There is no question that Dunkirk looks and sounds great. Non-stop action from start to finish. Never a dull moment. Without a doubt it is the best movie of the year so far. If there is anything critical to say about Dunkirk it would be the lack of character history. I would have cared more about their fate if I know a little bit more about who they were and where they came from. It was difficult to get the feeling of despair on the beach that was no doubt felt in real life. One scene of a soldier seemingly swimming to his death is the only time we see the hopelessness. Dunkirk is not the greatest war movie if all time, but it certainly belongs on the list of one of the best.

I don’t know how Dunkirk can get ignored at Oscar time. It can easily get nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography.

My Grade: A-  

Only the Brave Trailer

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Everyday its another trailer for the Fall/Winter season. Today its Only the Brave. A film based on the elite crew of firefighters who battled Yarnell Hill Fire, a wildfire in Prescott, Arizona in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 members of their team.

Only the brave stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

Only the Brave is scheduled to be released on October 20th by Sony Pictures. The film was originally set to be released by Lionsgate on September 22, 2017, but a disagreement between Lionsgate and production company Black Label Media saw the distribution rights change to Sony.