Emmet And Friends Are Back In A Brand New Trailer For ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’

“The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, ‘The LEGO® Movie 2’, reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.”

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Arturo Castro

Release Date: February 8th, 2019

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Let The Games Begin In New ‘Bad Times At The El Royale’ Trailer

“Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.”

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Offerman, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

Hearts Beat Loud

 

Year: 2018
Directed by: Brett Haley
Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane

WRITTEN BY FIONA UNDERHILL

With ‘La La Land’ and ‘Sing Street’, we have been spoiled recently with a resurgence in movie musicals (not adapted from the stage), with original songs. ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ fits more into the ‘Sing Street’ model (along with John Carney’s other film musicals ‘Once’ and ‘Begin Again’), in that it doesn’t have full singing-and-dancing musical numbers, but rather is a quiet and gentle everyday tale, interspersed with songs. In this case, the songs arise from a father and daughter duo. Frank Fisher (Nick Offerman) is trying to connect with his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) in the summer before she moves away to college. The film deals with themes of change and loss; Frank is a widow and is also coping with the impending closure of the record store he has owned for nearly 20 years. Sam discovers a summer romance but knows it cannot last because of her moving away.

Of course, most of us are familiar with Nick Offerman from his iconic role as Ron Swanson in ‘Parks & Rec‘, so it is a revelation to see him as such a different character. I had not come across Clemons before, but she is a clear talent – not only as an actress, but also a singer. After blowing me away in Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’, I was really excited to see Sasha Lane again (here playing Sam’s love interest Rose) and I also cannot wait to see her in the upcoming ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’. The small cast is rounded out by Toni Collette as Leslie (the landlady of the record store and a potential love interest for Frank), Ted Danson as Dave, a failed Broadway actor and now owner of Frank’s favourite bar, and Blythe Danner as Frank’s mother.

The film is packed full of plenty of nostalgia – for Frank’s beloved vinyl, yes, but also both Frank and Sam looking back at the time they had with Sam’s mother before she died. She had also been a singer and at least part of Frank’s insistence on Sam singing with him, is an attempt to recreate his time playing with her. Some may view Frank’s attempts to start a band with his daughter as cringey desperation; for him to finally realise his life-long dreams. However, Offerman portrays the love and pride he has for his daughter and her talent so convincingly and heart-warmingly, you believe it is an altruistic act on his part. He does seem to genuinely be doing it in order to spend as much time as possible with her before she moves away. However, she is so invested in the med school she will be starting in the autumn that she is taking summer classes to get a head start. Things are complicated when Frank puts one of the songs they’ve recorded together online and it becomes something of a viral hit.

Some may complain (as they also did with ‘Ocean’s 8′) that this film is so low-stakes that you’re not invested. Yes, it is like slipping into a warm bath that gets very slightly choppy at times, but so what? Sometimes you want something purely feel-good, that will also occasionally have you shedding a tear. It is so refreshing to see an LGBT love-story told in such a positive way. Frank is completely comfortable asking Sam if she has a new “girlfriend or boyfriend” and he couldn’t be happier about Rose. Writer-director Brett Haley asked Clemons and Lane for their input into the dialogue for the scenes between their two characters, giving the relationship a more authentic feel.

The songs featured in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ deserve to be hits in their own right and to be in the Oscar conversation for next year, particularly as some of us are still feeling the sting of ‘Sing Street’ missing out on nominations. This film is just a lovely warm hug that features tender performances and sweet songs. It is a vulnerable portrayal of a father-daughter relationship that still feels real because it withholds from laying it on too thickly. It’s the sort of film you could confidently watch with your parents and there is something to be said for that. I sense this could be the feel-good hit of the summer and it could finally help British cinemas move on from the Shatest Growman, which can only be a good thing. Go and see it – you won’t regret it!

FIONA’S RATING:

4

 

It’s Time To Check-In In The First Trailer For “Bad Times At The El Royale”

“Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.”

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Offerman, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

 

The Heroes Of Bricksburg Reunite In First Teaser Trailer For ‘The LEGO Movie 2’

“The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, ‘The LEGO® Movie 2’, reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.”

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Arturo Castro

Release Date: February 8th, 2019

Witness The Birth Of The McDonalds Empire In A New Trailer For The Founder

The story before the Big Mac…

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Director John Lee Hancock appears to have been bitten by the biopic bug as he presents ‘The Founder, which takes to the big screen this Friday in the USA. Based on a true story, ‘The Founder depicts Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton, ‘Birdman‘ and ‘Batman), a cut-throat milk shake machine salesman who meets the McDonalds brothers, owners of a humble restaurant chain in California during the mid 50’s. Impressed by the brothers’ super speedy service and having recognised the huge potential this small enterprise had, Kroc takes ruthless steps towards acquiring a small time diner and creating a fast food empire. ‘The Founder‘ just reeks of irony.

The trailer gives suggestion towards a fast-paced, insightful film with Michael Keaton at his best, Ray Kroc’s portrayal is charismatic yet merciless and unrelenting. With Oscar nomination votes already in the ballot boxes, and the worlds’ press sharpening their pencils, I start to wonder whether or not Michael Keaton’s name gets a mention next week.

Reviewers and previewers alike have already suggested that this is the picture which births the emergence of the new ‘Trump Era’, exploring the theme of business success through the hard-nosed acumen of one person, as the trailer indicates it’s a “dog eat dog, rat eat rat” world. It would appear to me however that themes such as this are not new, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘The Social Network are two biopics of recent years which have looked at similar themes.

The Founder appears to be an interesting biopic of a very well-known institution, but with a largely untold history. I am excited to see where this film goes, with a great leading actor and talented supporting cast including Nick Offerman (The Lego Movie) and John Carroll Lynch (Shutter Island), I can’t see why anyone would want to give this a miss.

‘The Founder’ releases in UK cinemas on 17th February 2017

Written by Mark Putley

Why SING Is Going To Rock

Written by Dalton Brown

Scrolling through the “Upcoming Releases” section on IMDb, I came across a movie that looked very promising. The thing that caught my eye was not the title, but instead the leading actress; Scarlett Johansson. I guess you could say I’m a fan of her and the movies she’s in. I was particularly impressed with her performance in ‘Under The Skin’ and she also kills it as the Operating System in ‘Her’. Hell, even her character in ‘The Spongebob Squarepants Movie’ is entertaining. Needless to say, I like her and I think she could be one of the best actresses around today. I also think she’s very attractive too, so there’s that.

Getting back on track, she’s going to star in an upcoming movie alongside Taron Egerton, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Nick Offerman. The movie is titled ‘Sing’ and it’s an animated musical. Although plot details are kind of limited at present, it’s about anthropomorphic animals trying to help a koala save his beloved theatre. As you may have guessed, the plot didn’t exactly get my attention, but the cast certainly did.

Ever since I saw Taron Egerton in the awesome ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ movie, I’ve been rooting for him to star in more shit and it looks like my dream came true, as he’s not only going to be in ‘Sing’, but ‘Eddie The Eagle’ as well (both of which are coming out this year). ‘Eddie the Eagle’ comes out sometime in March, whereas ‘Sing’ releases later in the year, amid the festive frenzy in December.

The only thing I’m wary about is the fact that ‘Sing’ is an animated musical…but I’m also kinda excited about that too. I have rarely seen a good animated musical; most of them are pure garbage. No, I wasn’t a fan of ‘Happy Feet’, nor was I a fan of ‘Happy Feet 2’ either. Come to think of it, I don’t think I even saw ‘Happy Feet 2’. I don’t remember, there’s too many penguin musicals out there, like ‘The Pebble and The Penguin’, which was absolutely atrocious. Needless to say, animated musicals seem to bore me because I feel as if they’re missing that “charm” that makes musicals like ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ so entertaining and lovable.

I seriously think that ‘Sing’ will break the trend of bad animated musicals though, because the character designs look cool. There’s an elephant character in there, and when I saw that, I was sold (mainly because I love elephants). I’m just hoping that Egerton will be voicing the elephant because that would be a dream come true; a dream that I didn’t even know I had until five minutes ago, when I first heard about ‘Sing’. The other reason I think ‘Sing’ will be a success is because of the plot. It’s odd, for sure, but there’s potential for a great movie there. The poster, too, really caught my eye. Resembling the exterior of a Broadway theatre, with the names of the cast on the marquee; it’s simple, but I find it aesthetically pleasing.

To wrap this up, I think that this year is a very good year for movies, especially when it comes to animated films. 2015 was a pretty shitty year for animation, but with Disney’s ‘Moana’, Laika’s ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’ and an all-star cast lending their voices to ‘The Little Prince’, this year looks set to be a big improvement. I just hope that all of these movies deliver some fun, and I especially hope that ‘Sing’ is as phenomenal as it promises to be. Bring it on 2016, I’m ready!