This summer has fallen flat for me with regards to movie releases, there has just been nothing that I’ve been excited to see or thought “ooooh that looks good!” (Mamma Mia isn’t really my thing). But this autumn looks like its going to be a different story, after watching some truly engrossing three- minute movie trailers my ‘to watch’ list on my phone kept growing. Bearing in mind how expensive cinema tickets seem to be now, and the fact I’m no longer a student so I don’t get that sweet 20% discount, I’m pretty surprised I’ve found 5 films that I’m DYING to see on their release dates! Click on the films title or poster for a link to the trailer to see if you fancy adding any of these to your own ‘to watch’ list… happy watching!
14th September 2018 (USA) 7th December 2018 (UK)
Directed by Yann Demange and starring Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt
Set 1980’s Detroit, White Boy Rick showcases the true story of Ricky Wershe Jr who became a street hustler, FBI Informant, and an infamous drug kingpin all before the age of 16. The trailer alone is gripping; shotguns, cocaine, drug lords, Matthew McConaughey’s gravelly voice…personally, everything I look for in a film. On further research, I was surprised to see that White Boy Rick is only Demange’s second feature-length film, after directing ’71 in 2014. However, Demange did direct the gritty TV series Top Boy and Dead Set (the zombie apocalypse/ big brother mashup..it was actually pretty good despite the unusual premise). The three-minute clip features a great soundtrack (I Feel Love by Donna Summer), stunning costume design and some beautiful cinematography, setting the film up to be award-winning in my opinion.
19th October 2018 (USA) N/A (UK)
Directed and Written by Jonah Hill and starring Sunny Suljic
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut follows 13-year-old Stevie as he spends his summer immersing himself into the L.A. skate culture after making a new set of friends. The film doesn’t appear to sell itself on its cast, instead, Hill steps away from the star-driven comedy scene and focuses on telling a human story which takes place within a specific urban culture. The trailer almost has a docudrama feel as fisheye shots depict Stevie and his friends enjoying their summer skating around the streets of L.A. whilst the old school 4:3 ratio gives the film an authentic 90s feel. If you fancy a change from the star-studded, explosion filled, glossy Hollywood films that dominate the box office Mid90s definitely looks like it would be worth checking out (as soon as we get a confirmation for the UK release date!).
19th October 2018 (USA) 16th October 2018 (UK)
Directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Guess whos back, back, back again… yes that’s right, Michael Myers. The infamous villian returns for an 11th installment in the Halloween franchise. I wouldn’t usually be keen to see a horror film like this at the cinema (by ‘like this’ I mean ones where production companies keep churning out sequel after sequel to make a quick buck) however, after spending a year discussing the gender representations within the Halloween franchise in my dissertation I can’t help but be slightly intrigued. The trailer depicts some scenes that pay homage to the 1978 original, whilst the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie sets the film up to be a decent sequel. With so many sequels and remakes, it’s important to note that Halloween (2018) ignores every other film after the original, making it a follow-up, 40 years later!
16th November 2018 (USA) 9th November 2018 (UK)
Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Daniel Kaluuya
Widows stands out like a sore thumb for all the RIGHT reasons, mainly because the lead roles are all women of varying ethnicities and cultures (almost unheard of in Hollywood). Not only that, Widows is directed by academy award winner Steve McQueen (12 Years of Slave) whilst the screenplay is written by Gillian Flynn, the mastermind behind the novel Gone Girl. The trailer thrillingly presents how four women (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Eviro) are left to settle the debts of their dead husbands. After Oceans 8 (2018) and Ghostbusters (2016)…yawn.. it is so refreshing to see some badass women leading a unique and original screenplay. Widows looks like its going to be a beautifully shot modern-day thriller with a stellar cast of women who appear to avoid the sexualised ‘male gaze’…HALLELUJAH!
18th January 2019 (USA & UK)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis
M. Night Shyamalan merges together the narratives of two of his original screenplays; Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), creating a unique trilogy for an unsuspecting audience. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) each have a distinctive ‘power’ or psychological condition, depending on which characters perspective you look at it from, which is of great interest and concern to psychologist Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), ultimately resulting in an explosion of encounters. Like any M. Night Shyamalan storyline, it is pretty complex, making it difficult to explain the plot when it involves two previously assumed stand-alone films, however, if you enjoyed Unbreakable (2000) and/ or Split (2016) Glass looks like its gonna be a must-see for 2019!