Netflix Release First Trailer For J.C. Chandor’s ‘Triple Frontier’

“Make no mistake, this is not a military operation. See Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal attempt to rob one of the world’s most violent cartels in Triple Frontier — on Netflix and in select theaters. Coming this March.”

 

Directed by: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal

Release Date: March 2019

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New Trailer For Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Released

“Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the story of Tish, a newly-engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Cast: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Dave Franco

Release Date:  January 18th, 2019

The Equalizer 2

Year: 2018
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman

Written by Tom Sheffield

Full disclosure before I start this review, I only watched The Equalizer for the first time a few hours before heading to the cinema for an early screening of this sequel. I really have no excuse as to why it took me so long, I’d only ever heard good things about it and now I can see why! It’s safe to say that I was well and truly ready for the sequel once it had finished and I had high hopes for it seeing as Denzel agreed to return for his first ever sequel.

Following his killing spree in the first film, Robert McCall (Washington) is now a Lyft driver in Massachusetts and lives in a small complex. McCall spends his days listening and talking to passengers, and by night he helps out the less fortunate as a righteous vigilante. After his closest friend is murdered, McCall makes it his personal mission to find those who killed her and deliver his own justice. The incoming hurricane isn’t the only storm brewing…

Much like the first film, the plot is very slow paced. Clocking in at just over two hours long, the first half of the film is spent focusing on McCall’s day job and the people he meets. We are also introduced to McCall’s neighbour, Miles (Sanders), who is a young and talented artist who has taken a wrong turn in life following the death of his brother. McCall takes Miles under his wing to help steer him on to the right path, and it’s this unexpected friendship that is a strong focus in the first half of the film. Once McCall learns of the death of his best friend the pedal hits the metal and McCall’s ferocious revenge begins.

Denzel yet again manages to completely embody the character of McCall. We didn’t learn all that much about his character in the first film, but this sequel gives us a little more insight into his mysterious past and also shows us a more fatherly-figure side to him. We know he’s a very protective person, but his relationship with Miles allows us to see a deeper side to him. Ashton Sanders delivers a solid offering as troubled teenager Miles. We learn about his background during his conversations with McCall, and we witness the struggles and dangers Miles puts himself in as he continues to make the wrong decisions in life. Pedro Pascal is a fantastic addition to this sequel, but the less said about his character in this review the better the film will be for you!

Oliver Wood, who’s previous cinematography work includes the Bourne series, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Safe House, has delivered some career-best work here. Fuqua and Wood have paid close attention to each shot, but there’s one shot in particular that revolves around McCall’s car that I had to restrain myself from punching the air because it was so quick and so smooth that when it’s available on home release I will be going straight to that scene to watch again and again. If you’ve seen it, or will be seeing it, you’ll know instantly which scene I am referring to.

Antoine Fuqua has managed to re-capture a lot of what I loved about the first film without making it feel like a copy and paste job. With the slow-motion ‘situation assessing’ shots and the brutal justice McCall serves, all it felt like the film was missing was Batman’s cape and cowl. Denzel putting on the batsuit really wouldn’t have felt out of place in this film – and I mean this is a sincere compliment. Whilst it takes a while for the action to kick off, the wait feels worth it as once it starts it rarely stops to let you breathe.

With some incredible action set pieces that rival the bloody killing spree in the first film, The Equalizer 2 proves itself a worthy sequel (even if a plot point or two are incredibly cliché and predictable). Denzel is on form once again, delivering both really touching moments and brutal fight scenes that will make you think twice about ever messing with him. Unlike most films these days, The Equalizer 2 doesn’t end with some sequel baiting tease and if this is the last time we see McCall it will be a fitting farewell, but something tells me that more of McCall’s past could come back to haunt him and we could be blessed with an Equalizer trilogy.

 

Tom’s Rating: 

4.5

First Trailer For Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Has Arrived

“Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the story of Tish, a newly-engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Cast: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Dave Franco

Release Date:  January 18th, 2019

Denzel Washington Starts Tying Up Loose Ends In The First ‘Equalizer 2’ Trailer

“Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?”

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman,  Melissa Leo

Release Date: July 20th, 2018

Eggsy Is Suited And Booted In The First Teaser Trailer For Kingsman: The Golden Circle

After a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ teaser was released last week by Taron Egerton over on Twitter, Kingsman fans have been waiting for the trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s brilliant and hilarious ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, which was released in 2014. 

Then yesterday another teaser hit the web, this time it was to announce the trailer! (Yes, an announcement trailer for a trailer) We got a quick look at Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum), and Ginger (Halle Berry), and a shot of what looks like Kingsman HQ being blown to smithereens!

The trailer debuted on the Conan show overnight and now it’s here! 

The trailer doesn’t show much that we didn’t already know from the synopsis. Kingsman HQ is destroyed and Eggsy meets the US equivalent of the Kingsman, named the Statesman. It looks like thinks don’t get off to a good start as Agent Tequila wrangles with Eggsy and Merlin. We also get our first look at Harry, who we thought had died in the first ‘Kingsman’, but now he’s donning an eye patch and looks ready to kick some more ass. This sequel looks like it’s taken everyone thing I loved about the first one and dialled it all the way up to 100! I’m excited to see how Vaughn has tried to top himself with this one.

“When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…”

Written by Tom Sheffield