Thursday, September 1, 2016

Black Forest (2012)

Number Rolled: 98
Movie Name/Year: Black Forest (2012)
Tagline: None
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 85 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Syfy, UFO International Productions
Producer: Jeffery Beach, John Cappilla, Cherise Honey, Phillip J. Roth
Director: Patrice Dinhut
Writer: Frank H. Woodward
Actors: Tinsel Korey, Dhaffer L’Abidine, Andy Clemence, Oliver James, Lally Percy, Sapphire Elia, Howard Charles, Ben Cross, Tobias Hewitt, Jesse Steele, Sarah Brown, Mike Straub, Velizar Binev, Evelina Popova

Blurb from Netflix: When tourists visit a European village and agree to observe a pagan ritual in the forest, they become trapped in an alternate fairy tale dimension.

Selina’s Point of View:
This is not the first film that has used the idea of people being trapped in fairy tale dimensions. Hell, TV shows even tend to pull off this recipe with some amount of success. I remember fondly the fairy tale episode of Charmed (1998-2006).

Normally, it’s difficult to fail the fairy tale recipe. Everyone knows all the stories, they see them as nostalgic. On top of that, even if people don’t love fairy tales, there’s still usually some warm and fuzzy feelings toward them. Due to that ingrained interest in those tales, it’s very difficult to screw the recipe up.

Black Forest managed to do just that.

I didn’t care about the characters, the actors barely seemed to be attempting to try to make anything believable and even the story was so lackluster that it was almost difficult to place the references as they were supposed to be.

There was nothing that saved this film for me. I simply did not enjoy it.

Cat’s Point of View:
I love a good fairy tale. Stories that give them a new spin or shine a different light on them appeal to me as well. The ones that shine the proverbial light into the darker aspects of fairies and their kin tend to appeal the most. The premise of this movie attempted to promise something like that. Unfortunately, I don’t think it delivered.

While I had mixed sentiments regarding the movie The Hallow (2015), which we recently reviewed; I feel it was more successful in accomplishing the goal of showing that things of the fairy world do go bump in the night.

Black Forest was a made-for-TV movie from the SYFY channel. Normally, I take this sort of movie with an extra grain of salt.  I expect these movies to be lacking in some areas, while hoping to find that diamond in the rough. This one was just rough.

It feels like this film just fell into the pitfall of taking itself too seriously. It wasn’t over-the-top enough to be one of those comedic gems like Sharknado (2013); and it wasn’t delivered with enough finesse to pull off an earnest attempt at suspending disbelief.

Some of the interactions between cast members just felt awkward, and it doesn’t seem like it was intentional. Most of it could be chalked up to the movie bearing the weight of a convergence of an inexperienced director and a fantasy horror script written by someone who is known for an impressive body of work in documentaries.

Giving credit where it is due, however, I think the effects for this movie were better than expected. The amount of blood and gore was also surprisingly minimal.

All in all, I wasn’t bored out of my mind – just a bit disappointed. My recommendation? If you’re looking for a horror-lite movie with training wheels to see if it might give your kids nightmares, maybe this one’s for you. Other than that, I would encourage seeking out something better for your time.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 27%

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 2.5/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 2/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

The Random Rating: PG-13

P.S. Three movies of the same name came out between 2010 and 2012. Because of that, the above image is most likely for the wrong Black Forest. The trailer below is the best that could be found, it's a trailer for two movies at once and not all the scenes represent the film we watched for this blog installment. If you know of a better image or trailer, please let us know in the comments below.

Update: The movie poster image for Black Forest has been fixed. 

Movie Trailer:

Monday, August 29, 2016

Top 20 Movies to Look Out For In September (2016)

According to: Selina

20 – The Good Neighbor (9/16)

Tag Line: You never know who’s watching.
Production Company: Anonymous Content, Ball & Chain Productions, Star Thrower Entertainment
Director: Kasra Farahani
Writer: Mark Bianculli, Jeff Richard
Actors: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Anne Dudek, Bailey Noble, Lili Reinhart, Mindy Sterling, Nik Dodani, Tamlyn Tomita, Dean Cameron, William Charles Mitchell, Billy Khoury, Ted King, Luke Spencer Roberts, Elyse Dinh, Hannah Elise Pilkington
Genre: Thriller
Rated: Unrated

This film kind of defaulted to my list because there was nothing else interesting, or even mildly amusing, that I wanted to see this month.

Basically, The Good Neighbor is just like Rear Window (1954), Disturbia (2007), and every other thousand films that follow the same basic plot. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both the aforementioned films, but the tropes are getting old. The only reason I’m even mildly interested by The Good Neighbor is because it seems to touch on what happens to the neighbor ‘spy’ when the story is over (the trailer focuses on a court trial involving one of the ‘spies’).

I don’t expect much from this film, but James Caan (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Get Smart, Las Vegas) is very, very good… so he might make it worth watching even if the minor twist doesn’t change the plot enough to matter.

19 – Who Gets the Dog (9/13)

Tag Line: Breakups can be woof!
Production Company: 2DS Productions
Director: Huck Botko
Writer: Matt JL Wheeler, Rick Rapoza
Actors: Alicia Silverstone, Ryan Kwanten, Randall Batinkoff, Michele Sweeney Abrams, Amy J. Carle, Paul Rawson, Rachel Cerda, Danny Rhodes, J. Anthony Kopec, Lamar Curtis, Asta Razma, Matty Ryan, Chris P. Demetriou
Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG

Watching the trailer for this film makes it absolutely obvious how it’s going to go. The main characters break up, they fight over the dog, the dog either gets sick or dies, and the fear/mourning brings the couple back together again. I really don’t foresee any twist to the story from what the trailer shows.

Still, it looks funny.

Alicia Silverstone (Angels in Stardust, Ass Backwards, Braceface) and Ryan Kwanten (Reach Me, True Blood, Knights of Badassdom) have very compatible comedic acting styles. Even before I saw the trailer, with just the IMDB page to inform me about the film, I knew the two actors would likely work well together.

This film didn’t make my list based on any interest in the plot, it was simply the actors involved that caught my eye.

18 – Blair Witch (9/16)

Tag Line: There’s something evil hiding in the woods.
Production Company: Lionsgate, Room 101, Snoot Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Actors: Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry, James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandex, Brandon Scott
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: R

I’ve never been a fan of the original Blair Witch Project (1999) film. Its sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000), wasn’t even in the same feel as the first one which always irked me. When I heard that they were making a third one, I wasn’t really all that interested, until I learned who the director was.

Adam Wingard (V/H/S, The Guest, You’re Next) is a great director. He’s done a lot of shaky cam, which isn’t my thing at all, and he was featured in the ABCs of Death (2012), which is not a film I enjoyed at all. However, even when he’s part of those type of projects that I dislike, he winds up creating something really amazing that actually speaks to me.

I don’t think I’ll be seeing the new Blair Witch in theaters, but I might catch it on TV or Netflix later on. Hopefully, Wingard will do something incredible with the third film of the series.

17 – When the Bough Breaks (9/16)

Tag Line: It all went wrong.
Production Company: Screen Gems, Unique Features
Director: Jon Cassar
Writer: Jack Olsen
Actors: Morris Chestnut, Jaz Sinclair, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi, Sue-Lynn Ansari, Glenn Morshower, Christina Bach, Heather Ashley Chase, Tom Nowicki, GiGi Erneta, Denise Gossett, Isabella B. Turner, Brett Baker, Ted Ferguson, Jeff Caperton
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Rated: PG-13

Before I get into the reason I chose this film, I want to make sure everyone knows this is not a remake of When the Bough Breaks (1947) or When the Bough Breaks (1993). Clearly someone is running out of ideas for movie titles because it’s getting ridiculous.

That being said, this film looks like it really rides the line between thriller and horror. I was fascinated by the trailer. It was sufficiently creepy.

Still not a film I’d shell out $18 to see in theaters, but I DO want to see it.

16 – Ithaca (9/9)

Tag Line: One message will change everything.
Production Company: Co-Op Entertainment, Apple Lane Productions, Pilothouse Pictures, Playtone, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance
Director: Meg Ryan
Writer: Erik Jendresen, William Saroyan
Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Molly Gordon, Jack Quaid, Gabriel Basso, Scott Shepherd, Alex Neustaedter, Alex Miller, Christine Nelson, Connor Berry, Kaira Klueber, Robin Skye, Lucia Scarano, Lois Robbins, Griffin Littles, Danny Jolles, Spencer Howell, Ethan Wasson, Nick Williams, Bridget Gethins
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG

What year is it?

The Spice Girls were on the radio while I was at a restaurant the other day, my husband is obsessed with Rubix Cubes, and Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks, Captain Phillips, Electric City) and Meg Ryan (In the Land of Women, Kate & Leopold, City of Angels) are in another movie together. What time machine have I stepped into?

Hanks and Ryan are known for their chemistry. In the 90s they starred together in: Joe vs. the Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and You’ve Got Mail (1998). It makes sense that when Ryan got the chance to direct her first full-length feature film that she would choose Hanks to star in it.

I’m not only looking forward to the on-screen chemistry, though. The story looks fascinating. It’s based on a book, The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, which was based on a mix of the original author’s life and Homer’s Odyssey. I haven’t read the book, but seeing World War II through the eyes of a messenger instead of through the eyes of a soldier or a victim, is something I’ve never seen before.

I really hope Ryan did right by the story and I’m looking forward to seeing how it came out.

15 – The Wild Life (9/9)

Tag Line: Just because you’re stranded… doesn’t mean you can’t make some friends.
Production Company: Illuminata Pictures, StudioCanal, nWave Pictures, uFilm
Director: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Writer: Lee Christopher, Domonic Paris, Graham Weldon, Daniel Defoe
Actors: Matthias Schweighofer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Aylin Tezel, Ghadah Al-Akel, Tommy Mergenstern, Melanie Hinze, Bert Franzke, Tobias Lelle, Gerald Schaale, Jesco Wirthgen, Jan Makino, Axel Lutter, Jan-David Ronfeldt, Colin Metzger, Yuri Lowenthal, Sandy Fox, Doug Stone, Ron Allen, Michael Sorich, Jay Jones, Marieve Herington, Dennis O’Connor, Jeff Doucette, Debi Tinsley, Laila Berzins, B.J. Oakie, Joey Camen, Kyle Hebert, Alexandra Jimenez, David Howard
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rated: PG

The story of Robinson Crusoe from the point of view of the animals.

This months is all about similar stories that have different perspectives, isn’t it?

I found the trailer for this film to be adorable and amusing. Between that and the unique perspective, how could I not want to see it?

14 – The Dressmaker (9/23)

Tag Line: Revenge is back in fashion.
Production Company: Screen Australia, Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Film Art Media, Embankment Films, White Hot Productions
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Writer: Rosalie Ham, P.J. Hogan, Jocelyn Moorhouse
Actors: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Caroline Goodall, Kerry Fox, Rebecca Gibney, Julia Blake, Hayley Magnus, Gyton Grantley, James Mackay, Shane Jacobson, Barry  Otto
Genre: Drama
Rated: Unrated

I’ll attempt to explain the presence of this film on my list without going into the topless Liam Hemsworth (Paranoia, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Duel) scene, but it won’t be easy. He IS my favorite Hemsworth brother.

That being said, the movie doesn’t look terrible. I’m not much for fashion, but there’s an underlying mystery/drama story going on through the trailer that intrigues me. THIS is what a trailer should be. It raises enough questions that I wind up wanting answers, but it doesn’t confuse me. Who did the woman supposedly kill? Did she actually kill him? Questions like that are what drive people to want to see a film.

Dramas aren’t usually my thing, but this one seems to have moments of comedy and mystery. I think that’ll make it much more interesting.

13 – Skiptrace (9/2)

Tag Line: Watch your backup.
Production Company: Cider Mill Pictures, Dasym Enetertainment, InterTitle Films, JC Group International, Talent International Media
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Jay Longino, BenDavid Grabinski, Wen-Chia Chang
Actors: Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, Bingbing Fan, Eric Tsang, Eve Torres, Winston Chao, Lanxin Zhang, Michael Wong, Jai Day, Youn Junghoon, Charlie Rawes
Genre: Action, Comedy
Rated: PG-13

I just want to see Jackie Chan (Police Story: Lockdown, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Karate Kid) and Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa, Movie 43, Walking Tall) play off each other. The images in my mind are probably funnier than what the movie will show, but still.

12 – I.T. (9/23)

Tag Line: Your life is not secure.
Production Company: Voltage Films, Friendly Films, Irish DreamTime, Mutressa Movies, 22h22, Fastnet Films
Director: John Moore
Writer: Dan Kay, William Wisher Jr.
Actors: Anna Friel, Pierce Brosnan, Stefanie Scott, Michael Nyqvist, James Frencheville, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Jason Barry, Austin Swift , Adam Fergus, Rico Simonini, Bruce Johnson, Melissa Veszi, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Brian F. Mulvey, David McSavage, Olivia Romao, John D. Hickman, Steve Hartland
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Rated: Unrated

Pierce Brosnan (The World’s End, Mamma Mia!, The World is Not Enough) is acting royalty. He is the king of any part he plays. It’s very rare for him to be in a film that I don’t instantly want to see just because he’s in it.

In this case, the plot also looks kind of interesting. It’s part ‘old guy in an action film of the month’ and part thriller, according to the trailer. It’s got the basic stalker tropes in it, but it’s brought into the era of automation in a way that I think will breathe fresh life into the recipe.

11 – Morgan (9/2)

Tag Line: Don’t let it out.
Production Company: Scott Free Productions
Director: Luke Scott
Writer: Seth E. Owen
Actors: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Michael Yare, Toby Jones, Chris Sullivan, Boyd Holbrook, Vinette Robinson, Brian Cox, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti, Crispian Belfrage, Amybeth McNulty, Jonathan Aris, Charlotte Asprey
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Rated: R

Does IMDB not categorize films as Sci-Fi or Fantasy anymore? Clearly Morgan is a Sci-Fi film – it includes “an artificially created humanoid being” (as written by IMDB itself), but the only genres listed are those written above.

Whatever the reason it was categorized as it was, Morgan looks like an awesome new hard Sci-Fi film. I’m not a HUGE fan of Kate Mara (House of Cards, The Martian, Man Down), but the story looks amazing anyway.

10 – Tell Me How I Die (9/16)

Tag Line: Knowing your fate is a real killer.
Production Company: Base Station, Big Block Media Holdings, Culprit Creative, Supergravity Pictures
Director: D.J. Viola
Writer: James Hibberd, Rob Warren Thomas, D.J. Viola
Actors: Nathan Kress, Virginia Gardner, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Ryan Higa, Mark Furze, Ethan Peck, William Mapother, Mark Rolston, Christopher Allen, Katie Booth, Shaun Brown, Daisun Cohn-Williams, Reiley McClendon, Wayne Alon Scott, Matthew Skomo, Pam Trotter
Genre: Horror
Rated: Unrated

The trailer for this film reminds me of Final Destination (2000). I really enjoy that kind of premonition-based recipe horror. I don’t expect much from it, but there is usually a twist that makes the good versions very interesting in the long run.

9 – Queen of Katwe (9/23)

Tag Line: One girl's triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.
Production Company: ESPN Films, Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Mira Nair
Writer: Tim Crothers, William Wheeler
Actors: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Madina Nalwanga, Russel Savadier, Esther Tebandeke, Peter Odeke, Maurice Kirya, Tebandeke Samuel, Charity Rose Pimer, Taryn Kyaze
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Rated: PG

Disney is a favorite production company of mine and this film looks like it’s right up the company’s alley. It’s heartwarming and inspirational and seeming to be on the feel-good side of things.

I don’t know that I would categorize chess as a sport, but the story still seems to be a very interesting one.

8 – Deepwater Horizon (9/30)

Tag Line: When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic.
Production Company: Closest to the Hole Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Leverage Entertainment, Lionsgate, Participant Media, Summit Entertainment
Director: Peter Berg
Writer: Matthew Michael, Matthew Sand, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul
Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, Ethan Suplee, John Malkovich, Joe Chrest, J.D. Evermore, Robert Walker Branchaud, James DuMont, David Moldonado
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Rated: PG-13

A lot of the films on my list this month are based on true stories. This is another one of them. In this case, the action involved makes the truth the story was based on seem even more fantastic. On top of that, if it were just an action film, I would immediately assume there was a happy ending, but that isn’t always the case when there’s truth involved (even if it’s just a little truth). I’m a sucker for a more realistic ending.

7 – The Magnificent Seven (9/23)

Tag Line: Justice has a number.
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Village Roadshow Pictures, Pin High Productions, Escape Artists
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Richard Wenk, Nic Pizzolatto
Actors: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes, Matt Bomer, Jonathan Joss, Cam Gigandet, Emil Beheshti, Mark Ashworth, Billy Slaughter
Genre: Action, Western
Rated: PG-13

Get ready to sigh.

This film is a remake of a remake. It’s a remake of The Magnificent Seven (1960), which was a remake of Seven Samurai (1954). Yes, Hollywood is so into remakes and reboots right now that they are double remaking things.

It’s because of that remake culture that’s diluting our movie lives, that I hate myself a little for wanting to see this film. Knowing the plot looks awesome should make me want to see the film’s predecessors. I should want to see the original, not the imitation.

It’s Vincent D’Onofrio’s (Daredevil, Jurassic World, Ass Backwards) fault. Ever since the first time I saw him, in Full Metal Jacket (1987), I’ve been mildly obsessed with him. He’s a phenomenal actor. Put him in a film with Denzel Washinton (Unstoppable, The Equalizer, American Gangster) and Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Her, What’s Your Number) and there’s no way I’m not gonna want to see it. That’s just playing dirty.

6 – Denial (9/30)

Tag Line: The whole world knows the holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it.
Production Company: Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Participant Media, Shoebox Films
Director: Mick Jackson
Writer: David Hare, Deborah Lipstadt
Actors: Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Gatiss, Jack Lowden, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings, Caren Pistorius, Andrea Deck, Maximilian Befort, Todd Boyce
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Rated: PG-13

I come from a Jewish family and my mother was always big on the idea that forgetting the past ensures that you commit the same mistakes in the future. As a result, I was always reading about the holocaust and World War II.

With racism and religious hatred being such a huge part of what’s going on in the world right now, I think that thought process is more important than ever. That makes this film necessary.

Holocaust deniers piss me off, but it’s important to know they exist. I mean, I get it. The holocaust was such a terrible thing that no one WANTS to believe it happened… but it did. Holocaust deniers are on the same level as those people who believe the world is flat again. I look forward to seeing this movie.

5 – 31 (9/1)

Tag Line: Death is the only escape.
Production Company: Bow and Arrow Entertainment, PalmStar Media, Protagonist Pictures, Spectacle Entertainment Group, Spookshow International, Windy Hill Pictures
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Actors: Meg Foster, Sheri Moon Zombie, Elizabeth Daily, Malcolm McDowell, Sandra Rosko, Richard Brake, Daniel Roebuck, Ginger Lynn, Jane Carr, Judy Geeson, Tracey Walter, Torsten Voges, Lew Temple, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, David Ury, Devin Sidell, Pancho Moler, Kara Gibson, Andrea Dora, Jermain Hollman, Esperanze America, Kevin Jackson, Michael ‘Red Bone’ Alcott
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: R

I’m a huge fan of Rob Zombie (Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses, The Lords of Salem). I will watch anything he writes or directs, I will listen to any music he makes… really I’ll just throw money at him to get to see his creations.

4 – Goat (9/23)

Tag Line: Cruelty. Brutality. Fraternity.
Production Company: Killer Films, Fresh Jade, RabbitBandini Productions
Director: Andrew Neel
Writer: David Gordon Green, Brad Land, Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts
Actors: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking, Brock Yurich, Will Pullen, Austin Lyon, Eric Staves, James Franco, Jamara Jackson, Taylor Brown
Genre: Drama
Rated: R

This film looks fascinating. I’m almost certain I can guess the ending, but that doesn’t changing anything. Hazing is a big issue in college circles and the way it seems to be portrayed in this film makes me want to watch it.

I suspect the ending will be very, very sad.

3 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (9/30)

Tag Line: Stay peculiar.
Production Company: Bulletproof Cupid, Chernin Entertainment, Scope Pictures, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission, Tim Burton Productions
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Jane Goldman, Ransom Riggs
Actors: Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Allison Janney, Kim Dickens, Elia Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Milo Parker, Ella Wahlestedt, Raffiella Chapman, O-Lan Jones, Pixie Davies, Lauren McCrostie, Aidan Flowers
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Rated: PG-13

I haven’t read the book this film is based on, but my mother has. She told me about it several months ago and said that it was something I’d probably enjoy. Judging from the trailer, she’s right.

I enjoy this kind of film that plucks a kid from normal surroundings and insists they’re special. I think it sends a really good message to children that watch it. It shows them that weird is good and that they can be the hero if they want to. Kids really need that message.

I look forward to both seeing the film and reading the book.

2 – Snowden (9/16)

Tag Line: The only safe place is on the run.
Production Company: Endgame Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment, KrautPack Entertainment
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone, Anatoly Kucherena, Luke Hardin
Actors: Scott Eastwood, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Logan Marshall-Green, Joely Richardson, Ben Schnetzer, Melissa Leo
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Rated: R

This is another film based on a true story.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Night Before, Premium Rush, Don Jon) was a great choice for Snowden and he seems to be taking to the part exceptionally well as far as I can see in the trailer. The cast working with him is filled with some of my other favorites as well: Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad, The Longest Ride, Fury), Nicolas Cage (Left Behind, Outcast, Rage), Shailene Woodley (Allegiant, White Bird in a Blizzard, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Timothy Olyphant (This is Where I Leave You, I Am Number Four, Rango) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Beyond, The Slap, American Horror Story).

With a cast like that, and an interesting story, this film looks like it’s going to be outstanding.

1 – The Girl with all the Gifts (9/23)

Tag Line: Our greatest threat is our only hope.
Production Company: Poison Chef, BFI Film Fund, Altitude Film Entertainment
Director: Colm McCarthy
Writer: Mike Carey
Actors: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Dominique Tipper, Anamarie Marinca, Lobna Futers, Sennia Nanua, Daniel Eghan, Anthony Welsh, Fisayo Akinade, Alex Reed
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Rated: Unrated

I fell in love with this film the moment I saw the trailer. It’s a new take on the zombie apocalypse recipe. It’s rare for there to be a NEW take on zombies these days, because the old takes are so popular. I am seriously considering shelling out the money to see this in theaters.

Movies to Look out For
According to: Cat

The 9th Life of Louis Drax .20
Snowden .19
Queen of Katwe .18
Ithaca .17
The Girl With All the Gifts .16
Sully .15
Zoom .14
Tell Me How I Die .13
The Disappointments Room .12
Milton’s Secret .11
Deepwater Horizon .10
I.T. .9
Morgan .8
Storks .7
Blair Witch .6
Mr. Church .5
Maximum Ride .4
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children .3
The Light Between Oceans .2
The Magnificent Seven .1