Brand New Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Released

“From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson,  Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson

Release Date: January 18th, 2019

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The Secret of Marrowbone

Year: 2018
Directed by: Sergio G. Sánchez
Cast: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Kyle Soller, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg

Written by Tom Sheffield

The Secret of Marrowbone was released in UK cinemas earlier this month and if I’m being honest, I haven’t really heard much about it anywhere. I went into the film only having seen the first trailer (some time ago I might add) and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Sometimes I like to head to the cinema and watch a film I haven’t seen or read anything about because going in with no expectations can really make for some special surprises!

Set in 1969, the film focuses on four British children who flee to American with their mother, who then exile themselves from the rest of their town following the death of their Mother due to the fact they live in fear that someone is chasing them down – something that is explored throughout the film. Their self-exile is to ensure the authorities don’t split the family up as they wait for the eldest sibling, Jack (MacKay), to turn 21 and become a legal adult. Jack does his best to look after his 19-year-old sister, Jane (Goth), 18-year-old Billy (Heaton), and the youngest of the siblings, 5-year-old Sam (Stagg), but tensions rise between Billy and Jack as the exile begins to take its toll. The Marrowbone children make a friend not long after their arrival in America, local girl Allie (Taylor-Joy), but she doesn’t know much about the family or their situation and so is left to piece together their story through hearsay and trying to get Jack to open up to her. The families self-exile appears to be going swimmingly until a bullet pierces a window, which narrowly misses Jane, and she lets out an almighty scream for Jack and then… the film jumps forward to the following Summer.

This jump feels quite jarring at first until the film progresses and the events we seem to have skipped are slowly pieced together through shared dialogue between the siblings. The children all seem to have put that event out of their minds and we see them carry about their day-to-day lives living in their old, creeky house. Jack is the only one who leaves the premises, and he does so to sell homemade baked treats to a local store and get books for Sam, who is obviously homeschooled. We then learn through Sam that he thinks there’s a ‘ghost’ in the attic, and this is where the supernatural undertones become prevalent, with lots of weird occurrences around the house, and we learn the children have taken measures to keep the ghost at bay, with one tactic being to cover or hide every single mirror in the house. Delving any further into the story would spoil the incoming surprises, so I shall say no more!

George MacKay gives an exceptional performance as Jack. As the eldest child, his siblings rely on him for just about everything and you can really feel the weight of that responsibility on his shoulders. But it’s not until the third act that MacKay really blew me away for reasons I can’t delve into because it would be way too spoilery – but once you get to the final half hour of the film, you’ll see for yourselves what I mean. Anya Taylor-Joy also delivers another outstanding performance but that’s really no surprise after seeing her in The Witch, Split, and Thoroughbreds. She continues to be an exciting talent who we should all be keeping an eye on, and I’m excited to see her as Magik in New Mutants when it finally releases (if it stops getting pushed back!). The rest of the cast also deserve love and praise for their respective roles. especially Stagg who is a frequent scene-stealer from his older co-stars.

It’s clear to see what Sánchez was aiming for with The Secret of Marrowbone, luring the audience into thinking they know where the plot is going before he throws a game-changing twist into the mix, but in the end, it just comes off like the film fails to settle on a tone. Admittedly, it takes some mulling over afterwards to really appreciate the story, and I think I would really benefit from a second viewing knowing what awaits at the end- so I look forward to picking it up on Blu-ray when it’s released. Tone aside, I really loved what Sánchez did here, and whilst it’s nothing new in the world of horror/thriller/mystery films, it was still a surprise to watch the events unfold how they did.

Xavi Giménez’s stunning cinematography really captures the how isolated the family are and how claustrophobic the whole situation makes them feel. There are some stunning shots of the surrounding fields, cliffs and beaches, but it’s the scenes inside the house that were my favourite. The house is fairly large, as are the numerous rooms it holds, but a large number of scenes are close-ups of the characters, making the rooms feel small and formulating that underlying sense of claustrophobia that the Marrowbones must be feeling. It’s the little details that really make the largest impact in this film, and that’s even more reason for me to watch it again so I can try to pick up on things I might have missed.

The Secret of Marrowbone kept me guessing right until the very end, and I’m sat here a whole week later still thinking about it. The young cast have a wonderful chemistry which gives the story the heart and emotion Sánchez was clearly aiming for. I would definitely recommend seeking this film out when you can, but don’t set any expectations for it and just let the story unfold.

Tom’s Rating:

4

 

SDCC: First Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Released!

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass.

Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson,  Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson

Release Date: January 18th, 2019

Fiona’s March Round-Up

Written by Fiona Underhill

While the UK enjoys the quality of Oscar-nominated films such as ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Lady Bird’ in the first few months of the year, the first quarter can be something of a barren wasteland in US cinemas. We did get ‘Paddington 2’ in January and of course, there has been ‘Black Panther’, but other than that, there have been slim pickings to choose from. But, like buses, they can all suddenly come along at once and I’ve seen 5 films in the last week that have greatly improved my year in film. Below is a round-up of my movie-watching month, which has ranged in quality, but certainly hasn’t been boring!

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Gringo

(starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton & Thandie Newton)

‘Gringo’ stars Oyelowo as a businessman working for his friend (Edgerton) and his colleague (Theron) at a pharmaceutical company. The three of them go to Mexico on a business trip, which unbeknownst to Oyelowo is connected to the drug trade. There Oyelowo gets embroiled with drug dealers, traffickers, kingpins and mercenaries (including another great turn from Sharlto Copley) while trying to stay alive and ahead of the law. Although amusing at times, ‘Gringo’ has big tonal problems and inconsistencies. Theron is playing an unlikeable, edgy character, demonstrated by her saying things like “fat people are so funny” and Newton’s character is handled offensively at the end. Great cast, but disappointing execution.

Verdict: 4/10

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A Wrinkle in Time

(starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon & Mindy Kaling)

Despite its critical reception, I really enjoyed ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and crucially, so did my 8 year old (the target audience of this film). An adaptation of a beloved children’s book, we follow Meg Murry (Reid) on an adventure across space and time. With stunning visual effects and incredible costume, hair and make-up design; this film was a feast for the eyes. It also featured an emotional story, with two children on a quest to find their missing father and I struggled to hold it together towards the end. Featuring some astounding performances from the child/teen actors, I really loved this film and recommend it to families during the spring/Easter holidays.

Verdict: 8/10

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The Hurricane Heist

(starring Toby Kebell, Maggie Grace & Ryan Kwanten)

Last year’s ‘Geostorm’ spoiled us in terms of trashy disaster movies (a genre which I adore), but ‘Hurricane Heist’ is possibly even better, if you can believe it. Everything you need to know is right there in the title: it’s about a heist that takes place during a hurricane. I don’t know what else to tell you.

Verdict: 10/10

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Flower

(starring Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott)

‘Flower’ follows Erica (Zoey Deutch) a troubled 17 year old girl who spends her time giving blowjobs to men and then blackmailing them for money so she can try to bail her father out of prison. Her world is disrupted when her step-brother Luke (who she has never met) leaves rehab and moves in with her. Luke accuses a local man Will (Adam Scott) of having abused him while he was his teacher, so Erica and her friends set out to avenge him with some vigilante justice. Despite a strong cast, led by another winning performance from Zoey Deutch, this film was a little problematic, with unlikeable characters and will end up proving rather forgettable. I’m frankly getting a little tired of teen girl characters being written and directed by men.

Verdict: 6/10

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Final Portrait

(starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer & Tony Shalhoub)

The release date for this film has been all over the shop, but it’s now on UK Netflix and I managed to find one cinema showing it in LA. Directed by Stanley Tucci, it follows the sculptor and artist Giacometti (Rush) as he struggles to paint a portrait of his friend/muse James Lord (Hammer). And that is it – the whole plot. Frankly, the only thing that got me through this film was the long, lingering close-ups of Hammer’s face. One for die-hard fans only, I would suggest.

Verdict:  4/10

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Oh Lucy!

(starring Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami & Shiloi Kutsuna)

This film follows Setsuko (a sublime performance by Terajima), an unusual woman who does not view her job or relationships in the same way as her contemporaries. Her niece Mika (Kutsuna) persuades her to take English lessons from John (Hartnett), but then he abruptly leaves for LA, taking Mika with him. Setsuko and her sister Ayako (Minami) set out to track them down and end up on an adventurous road trip of sorts. I absolutely adored this film from director Atsuko Hirayanagi and appreciated the creation of a fully-realised, complex and unique woman as the protagonist. Seek this out – you won’t regret it.

Verdict: 9/10

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Thoroughbreds

(starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke & Anton Yelchin)

‘Thoroughbreds’ focuses on childhood friends Lily (Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Cooke), who have grown apart but are forced together when Amanda’s mother pays Lily to tutor her daughter. Set in the ultra-privileged world of private school Connecticut kids, this is an insight into a rarefied world. Lily and Amanda plot to kill Lily’s step-father with the help of local drug dealer Tim (one of Yelchin’s last roles). I appreciated the score and some of the camerawork in this film and the central performances are fantastic. Again, it’s a little difficult to fully engage with a film where everyone is terrible, but it’s stylishly done.

Verdict: 7.5/10

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Gemini

(starring Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz & John Cho)

‘Gemini’ is another film that seems to have had its release date majorly delayed because I first saw trailers for this over a year ago. An LA-set neo-noir (a genre that is very much up my street) focusing on the relationship between a celebrity, Heather (Kravitz) and her assistant, Jill (Lola Kirke), this is a mystery-thriller that is sure to intrigue. When Heather is murdered, Jill is immediately under suspicion and is pursued by Detective Edward Ahn (Cho), so she sets out to clear her name. The central performance by Kirke is incredible, but unfortunately there was not enough Cho for me. There is a delicious slice of black humour that runs through this film and it is a slightly ridiculous, but fun watch.

Verdict: 7.5/10

 Don’t forget to check out Fiona’s full reviews for Love, Simon and Journey’s End

First ‘New Mutants’ Teaser Trailer Has Dropped!

Yesterday over on his Instagram, Josh Boone announced our first look at the X-Men ‘New Mutants’ film in the form of a teaser trailer, and as promised it has just dropped!

Directed By: Josh Boone
Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga, Henry Zaga
Release Date: 13th April 2018

Synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Released

M. Night Shyamalan recently confirmed that pre-production will begin on on the upcoming ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ sequel, ‘Glass’, tomorrow! Now, Universal Pictures have released a brief synopsis for the film.

“Following the conclusion of ‘Split’, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum.”

Confirmed to appear in M. Night ’s third film in the ‘Unbreakable’ universe are Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, who will be returning in their respective roles, and newcomer Sarah Paulson.

‘GLASS’ IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO RELEASE JANUARY 18TH 2019

‘Glass’ Begins Filming Next Month Confirms Samuel L. Jackson

During a recent interview promoting his latest film, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’, Samuel L. Jackson confirmed that he begins filming for the ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ sequel, ‘Glass’, late next month.

“We start rehearsal on [September] 18th and I start shooting on the 25th.”

Confirmed to appear in M. Night Shyamalan’s third film in the ‘Unbreakable’ universe are Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, who will be returning in their respective roles, and newcomer Sarah Paulson, who was recently announced as a member of the cast.

‘Glass’ is currently scheduled to release January 18th 2019

Source: Collider

Maisie Williams And Anya Taylor-Joy Officially Cast In ‘New Mutants’

Hollywood Reporter have exclusively revealed that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy, who recently starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s brilliant ‘Split’, have both been cast in the upcoming ‘X-Men’ spin-off ‘New Mutants’ 

Williams is reportedly playing Wolfsbane, “a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.” Taylor-Joy has been cast as Colussus’ younger sister, Magik, who can teleport. There’s no news on other members other than the fact the studio are “making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors”.

Both these young actresses are a fine choice for this film, they are both extremely talented and it’ll be fantastic to see them both work together on something. Since her superb performance in ‘ The Witch’ in 2015, I had hoped we’d start seeing more of her. Williams is a fan favourite on ‘Game of Thrones’ and her stint on ‘Doctor Who’ last year was just brilliant, so a big screen appearance in an ‘X-Men’ spin-off is very much welcomed.

‘New Mutants’ will be directed by Josh Boone and it’s current scheduled release date is April 13th 2018, which is more than likely subject to change.

Written by Tom Sheffield

M. Night Shyamalan Confirms Split Sequel To Be Named Glass

M. Night Shyamalan has just confirmed over on his Twitter page that the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ AND ‘Split’ will be called ‘Glass’ and we are going to see “both films collide in this third film”. Many expected a third film announcement from Shymalan after the ending to ‘Split’ gave us a short clip of Bruce Willis in character as David Dunn from ‘Unbreakable’. He teased over on Twitter yesterday that he had a huge announcement that he couldn’t wait to tell us! 

In his tweets he also confirmed that “the iconic” Bruce Willis would reprise his role as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson will be back playing Elijah Prince (Mr. Glass), James McAvoy’s character Kevin Wendell Crumb (as well as all his other personalities) would be returning, and Anya Taylor Joy will return as Casey Cooke!

Shymalan confirmed that ‘Glass’ has a current release of January 18th 2019. 

Written by Tom Sheffield