Dwayne Johnson Is The Rock Again In The First Trailer For Stephen Merchant’s ‘Fighting With My Family’

Fighting With My Family is a comedy-drama written, executive produced and directed by Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winner Stephen Merchant, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar Paige and her family of professional wrestlers”

The film is inspired by the Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings.

Wrestling has always kept this family together — but now it could tear them apart.

Directed by: Stephen Merchant

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Stephen Merchant, Vince Vaughn, and Jack Lowden

Release Date: 1st March 2019

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Calibre

Year: 2018
Directed by: Matt Palmer
Cast: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Olivia Morgan, Tony Curran, Kate Bracken

Written by Hunter Williams

In the ‘Making of Shadow of a Doubt’ (1943), one of Hitchcock’s colleagues discussed Hitch’s fascination with bringing a sense of menace to a small, everyday American town.  The wholesomeness of urban neighborhoods is juxtaposed by the dangers of being in the deep city. 75 years later, Matt Palmer in his directorial debut, ‘Calibre’, employs the same painful suspense with the vast landscape of Scottish Highlands as the backdrop to a small village mystery.

Vaughn (Jack Lowden) says goodbye to his fiance, Anna (Olivia Morgan), before leaving with a lifelong friend, Marcus (Martin McCann) for a weekend long hunting trip. The village is small and dreary, having the majority of the town’s citizens couped up in bars during the day and barn houses during the night. If It weren’t for the village’s reputation of being a well-known hunting center, the place would be abandoned. While settling in, Vaughan and Marcus make friends with the ladies and enemies with the old, scruffy power holders of the town. It is the worst impression that could’ve been made in the event that something goes wrong.

Nothing could prepare them for what follows.

It was obvious from the beginning, ‘Calibre’ was a debut effort. This isn’t a criticism so much as it is an observation. Netflix’s recent film additions have been increasingly made up of indie filmmakers whose vision outdo the budget available to them outside of such an opportunity. It’s why reviewing films like ‘Calibre’ are becoming more important as the market continues to change rapidly in new and innovative ways.

In Palmer’s case, it works to his advantage. ‘Calibre’ exercises patience in Györi’s creping photography, only moving when the camera is an extension of an object within the film. It makes the story feel dense, despite its rather short run time of 100 minutes. This slow-moving pace builds tension within basic scenes, leading to an explosive final act that makes whatever came before it looks like a half measure in what’s considered thrilling.

The ending, while admittedly predictable, feels refreshingly dark in that it wasn’t afraid to force characters into bold choices. Sure, uncovering the mystery is satisfying. Adhering to moral conventions of law and death can *still* work. But, Matt Palmer disregards what’s easy for what is haunting.

The “resolution” to the mystery is as bloody as it is sad, which is why the final shot captures Vaughn’s traumatic weekend by staring the camera directly into his eyes as though he acknowledges that the audience, too, was complicit to the horror and yet nobody did anything.

Hunter’s Rating:

3

A Rivalry Becomes A War In The First Trailer For ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1.  Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Directed by: Josie Rourke

Cast: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, David Tennant, Guy Pearce

Release Date: January 18th, 2019