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    In The Tall Grass (2019) Trailer

    Based on Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella of the same name, In The Tall Grass tells the story about a brother and sister venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas, after hearing a young boy’s cry. However, they soon realize that there may be no way out.

    Releasing Date: September 20, 2019

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    Countdown (2019) Trailer

    Countdown  tells the story of a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. It tells her she only has three days to live. From there, she is on the run to save her life before time runs out and death closing in.

    Releasing Date: October 25, 2019

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    Like A Boss (2020) Trailer

    Like A Boss revolves around two friends who try to build a successful beauty company from the ground up. However, their friendship is tested with a buyout offer, putting them at war both professionally and personally. Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly, the movie has Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek in the lead roles.

    Releasing Date: January 10, 2020

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    The Aeronauts (2019) Trailer

    The Aeronauts (2019) is a biographical adventure film that tells the story about headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren. Set in 1862, the two are on a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. The movie is written and directed by Tom Harper and stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in the lead roles.

    Releasing Date: December 6, 2019

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    Just Mercy (2019) Trailer

    Just Mercy (2019) tells the story about young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. The movie tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of Stevenson appeals his conviction for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl.

    Releasing Date: December 25, 2019

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    Black Christmas (2019) Trailer

    Black Christmas (2019) tells the horrifying story of how the sorority girls of  Hawthorne College are being killed by a stalker during the holiday season. However, the killer soon realizes that this generation’s women aren’t going to be just hapless victims. They are will be fighting back.

    Releasing Date: 13 December 2019

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    Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

    Bad Boys For Life (2020) will see the return of old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two are now part of a newly created elite team from the Miami police department called AMMO. They will be teaming up to take down Armando Armas, the ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel.

    Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

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    Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Trailer

    Featuring cameos from a long list of celebrities, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is based on the famous internet talk show of the same name. The movie chronicles the road trip by Zach Galifianakis and his oddball crew to complete a
    series of high-profile celebrity interviews.

    Releasing Date: 20 September 2019

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    Tall Girl is a Netflix film that tells the story of the tallest girl in high school falling in love with a handsome foreign exchange student. Eventually, she gets entangled in a surprising love triangle, making her realize that she more than just her insecurities.

    Releasing Date: 13 September 2019

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    Prey (2019) Trailer

    Prey (from Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation, and Blumhouse Productions) is a terrifying thriller which follows two youngsters trying to escape the wrath of a mysterious force that lurks deep in the jungle. The movie features Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth in the lead roles.

    Release Date: 27 September 2019

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    Lucy in The Sky (2019) Trailer

    Lucy (played by Natalie Portman) is a female astronaut, moved by her first experience in space and on returning back to earth, sees her world as small and loses grip with reality. Directed by Noah Hawley, the plot unravels as Lucy tries to make it back into space amidst personal and professional challenges that arise due to her obsession.

    Release Date: 20 September 2019

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    GO! (2019) Trailer

    Jack (William Lodder) is obsessed with Go-Kart racing but must learn to control his recklessness on the track. GO! unfolds as an aspiring engineer, Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), best mate Colin (Darius Amarfio-Jefferson) and mysterious mentor, Patrick (Richard Roxburgh) come together to help him win the National Go Kart Championship.

    Release Date: 16 January 2020

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    Jexi (2019) Trailer

    Jexi depicts the life of young Phil who finds a sounding board in his virtual assistant which soon turns out to be his worst nightmare The comedy feature is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  The movie

    Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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    The Sound of Silence (2019) Trailer

     

    A successful house tuner helps his clients by calibrating the sound of their homes to match their moods until he comes across a client whose problems lie beyond the scope of his skills. The film is directed by Michael Tyburski and stars Peter Sarsgaard in the lead role.

    Release Date: 13 September 2019

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    Bombshell (2019) Trailer

    Bombshell follows the lives of three women who bring down Fox News Channel boss, Roger Ailes. The movie stars Margo Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles and is directed by Jay Roach.

    Release Date: December 2019

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    Blumhouse’s Invisible Man Wraps Filming

    by Kaylen Summers

    It has been a long time since Universal’s attempt to bring forth a ‘Dark Universe’ failed. However, one of the movies that was in preproduction during the time, has slipped out of development hell and has officially completed its filming. Director Leigh Whannell has announced that the production for the Invisible Man remake has officially concluded.

    It was through his twitter account that Whannell shared the news that The Invisible Man has wrapped production. The director, who is known for his most recent sci-fi flick Upgrade, shared a photo of himself on set holding the clapboard.

    Whannell had this to say in the photo’s caption “It is 6 am and freezing and raining here in Sydney but I am smiling because that is a wrap on the Invisible Man shoot. Thanks to all the amazing crew members who made it a joy to go to ‘work’ every day. Now it’s time to sit in a dark room and figure out what the hell we did.”

    Previously the most famous reimagining of the H.G Wells’ iconic novella came onscreen in the 1933 James Whale flick. Later several other loosely adapted versions also appeared such as 2000’s Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon. Blumhouse’s latest version will be setting the tale from a different perspective and will include Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid and Aldis Hodge.

    The movie will be centered around the character Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), who is locked in a violent and controlling relationship with a wealthy, brilliant scientist. She eventually manages to escape one night and disappears into hiding with the help of her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his young daughter (Storm Reid). But, with the news of her ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) committing suicide and leaving a large chunk of his vast fortune to her, Cecilia is forced to return back to the place again. As a string of eerie coincidences turn lethal and threatens their lives, she soon realizes that his death was faked. The movie rolls through her desperate moves to prove that she is being hunted by a person nobody can see.

    Even though Universal Pictures’ attempt to reboot its classic monsters on the big screen had found little luck, their latest approach will see Blumhouse Productions overseeing small-budget takes on these classic figures. Who knows. Maybe somewhere down the line, we might see some sort of shared universe. But for now, it’s one step at a time.

    The Invisible Man will hit theaters on February 28, 2020. Till then, check out this space for more updates.

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    In The Tall Grass (2019) Trailer

    by Kaylen Summers

    Based on Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella of the same name, In The Tall Grass tells the story about a brother and sister venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas, after hearing a young boy’s cry. However, they soon realize that there may be no way out.

    Releasing Date: September 20, 2019

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    Real Reason Why Jojo Rabbit Director Taika Waititi Decided To Play Hitler

    by Kaylen Summers

    Fans of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok will not have trouble recognizing director Taika Waititi. The maker of best Thor movie so far is coming back again, but this time with his new comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit. Teaming up with Fox Searchlight, the comedy is set in Nazi Germany and playing the role of an imaginary Adolf Hitler will be the director himself.

    In a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Waititi opened up about donning the infamous mustache. The director confessed that he was feeling “very nervous” about playing the Nazi dictator on screen.

    “It wasn’t my intention at all writing the script and it was actually something Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do. They encouraged me to play the role and I felt very nervous about that. But then I thought, ‘you know what? Once in a generation, an actor comes along who sort of changes the game…”

    When asked about the hardest part in playing Hitler, Waititi replied: “Just that he’s so ugly.” If you think that he is referring to the Nazi leader’s internal ugliness, then you are wrong. It turns out that Waititi had to shave his real mustache to wear a fake version of Hitler’s distinctive facial hair.

    “I didn’t feel comfortable growing one and walking around town on my days off.”

    You can’t blame him for that. The young actor Roman Griffin Davis who played the titular Jojo Rabbit was startled to see his director and co-star dressed as Hitler for the first time.

    “The first time I saw Taika in costume, I cried. He didn’t do anything, I just cried. It was a shocking thing,” the actor explained.

    Initially, the movie received a mixed reaction with a less-than-desirable 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, with more reviews, the rating soon increased to a more favorable 73%.

    Bringing in his signature style of humor and pathos, the director’s Jojo Rabbit is a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy, Jojo(Roman Griffin Davis). His world views are turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her attic. With only his thick-witted imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) to guide him, Jojo must find ways to confront his naive patriotism.”

    Waititi is not new to dressing up as odd characters. Over the years we have seen Waititi appear on the screen as a vampire, a giant, and even a friendly rock monster. There are also rumors that he will be appearing in some semblance of costume for the upcoming James Gunn Suicide Squad movie.

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    Goldfinch Falls at the First Hurdle

    by Emily Keen

    Time is hard for Dramas and Goldfinch figures have proved it. Where Jennifer Lopez’s thriller romp Hustlers swept a clean victory in its opening week, Goldfinch had the worst recorded opening numbers. The movie had a wide release across 2,542 screens. As per Box Office Mojo, the movie had the sixth worst opening for a debuting movie on almost over 2500 screens. It grossed at a weekend estimate of $2,640,000.

    Dramas do find it hard to soar even with an impressive cast ensemble like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort and Jeffrey Wright. An R rated one for that matter! The feature and could not impress the audience and hence lost the last ray of hope too- Verbal advocates!

    Goldfinch is a feature adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. The movie opened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival days before its theatrical run. It could not impress the folks there either.

    Goldfinch directed by John Crowley and written by Peter Straughan follows the life of a boy who loses his mother and how that shapes his life as an adult. The script swings across different timelines showcasing events from growing years of the protagonist’s life. It is intense and 150 minutes long. It at least needs a gripping plot to glue the minds swayed by the fad of event movies. It lacked the major element that is needed to survive in the theatrical marketplace of times.

    The film has earned a 25% rating on the tomatometer from critics and a 74% fresh rating from only 674 users. It is not a shock since very few people show up at multiplexes intending to witness a soulful drama.

    This is a third Warner Bros. of the month movie which saw a straight-up flatliner in the opening weekend. The movie has an IMDb average of 6.3 out of 10.

    Goldfinch was set to make an opening figure of $5M-$8M. But the predictions dropped to a shocking $3M since it mostly ran for empty theatres.   It stood at #8 on the September 13-15 weekend box office chart. Amazon streaming is the only option the movie is left with to redeem itself.

    It comes with a serious lesson for art-house dramas too. A festival opening might not be the best way to hype up a literary feature adaptation. Although many would argue, the deviation from the arcs of novel and poor handling of script caused it to crash hard.

    Stay tuned to Spotflik for more movie updates.

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    Spider-Man: Far From Home Beats Captain Marvel; Becomes 3rd Biggest Film in 2019

    by Kaylen Summers

    It seems like 2019 is the year fro Disney, as yet another film from it’s Marvel roaster is making its way to the top of the charts. Recent box office numbers are revealing that Spider-Man: Far From Home has surpassed the number three spot held by Captain Marvel for a while. In addition to that, the movie is also now the 8th highest-grossing film the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    So far, the Spider-Man sequel has earned $1,128,276,196 worldwide, overtaking Captain Marvel’s total gross of $1,128,274,794 worldwide. However, when it comes to domestic sales, it still stands tall at $426,829,839. In the second place, there is The Lion King which has made $533,992,775 domestically and $1,616,992,775 worldwide. Of course, these numbers are nothing compared with Avengers: Endgame, which still remains as the top-grossing movie of all time with $858,373,000 earned domestically and $2,796,274,401 worldwide.

    With the numbers laid out like this, there is no doubt that Disney is easily the strongest brand in all of the entertainment. However, given the recent split between Sony and Disney, this may get particularly magnified for the future entries in the Spider-Man franchise.

    Spider-Man: Far From Home features Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Zendaya (MJ), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio) in the lead roles. Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) are the other stars of the movie.

    The movie is the next chapter to Marvel’s Spider-Man series and the sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is on a European vacation with his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang. However, all plans turn upside down as he agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of the elemental creature attacking and creating havoc across the continent.

    Other top spot earned of 2019 include Toy Story 4 ($432,395,259 domestic, $$1,057,895,259 worldwide) at the fourth spot and Aladdin at number five ($355,088,567 domestic, $1,046,920,888 worldwide). Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw ($168,317,320 domestic, $740,917,320 worldwide) has made it to the sixth place and is so far the only non-Disney owned property in the list.

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    Ad Astra Review

    by Kaylen Summers

    To put it in a nutshell, Ad Astra is more of an Interstellar version of Apocalypse Now, with the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey, telling the story in the tone and inner monologues of a stereotypical Terrence Malick drama.

    There is no doubt that James Gray is successful in presenting a visually dazzling and thematically rich outer-space action drama. But, it will not be complete without Brad Pitt’s starring performance.

    The movie shows Pitt as Astronaut Roy McBride, a mystery man to most who know him. He is on a covert mission to save the world by talking up the seemingly impossible task of finding his astronaut dad (Tommy Lee Jones). His dad is thought to have died 16 years ago while working on an old mission to find alien life. Realizing that his dad is still alive, now Roy must defeat space pirates, combat some space primates, and sneak onto a ship to Neptune to finally get him back. Well, like every other movie hero, he does all of this deftly without breaking much of a sweat. (James Bond in space?!)

    While space-exploration themed movies like Gravity, Interstellar and Martian focus on the protagonist’s struggle to return back home, Ad Astra is relief in its core plot and theme. Rather than being just a journey across the universe, the movie is a rumination on loneliness under the guise of a space mission. It is about self-discovery and of course, there is the ‘save the planet from spontaneous electric storms’ part.

    To put it in short “Ad Astra” isn’t for everyone. Yes! there are many moments in the movie that are sure to set you off on an existential quest of your own. And if you’re a fan of Pitt, this is definitely a must-watch performance for you from him. However, what makes the movie really beautiful is how it makes you want to reach out to loved ones that you haven’t talked to in a while.

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