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Trailer Alert – Molly’s Game

If I told you an Olympic-class skier ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons would you believe me? What if I added in that her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob? Seems far fetched, right? Well luckily for movie fans, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Molly’s Game, which will serve as the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin (who also wrote the movie based on the book of the same name) stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, the aforementioned Olympic skier turned poker queen. This movie looks like a whole hell of a lot of fun, and stars Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd & Kevin Costner. Save the date, as Molly’s Game premiers November 22nd.

-Ryan

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Trailer Alert: A Wrinkle In Time

There are many things that I’m a sucker for when it comes to movie trailers, and A Wrinkle In Time hit the big ones. Chris Pine? Check. A sweet cover song? Show me a more sinister cover of Sweet Dreams than the one in the trailer and I’ll show you a liar. Visual effects that suck you in? Triple check. Plus, anytime you can develop a popular science fiction novel with a 9 figure movie budget, it’s always going to look wonderful. Now, will the story will be as wonderful as the visual aspects? We’ll have to wait and see, but the cast is stacked (the aforementioned Pine, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena & Oprah no known last name). I think the key for this movie, and most science fictions adaptations, is to stay as far away from the reviews as possible. You’re going to have to expand your mind to begin with, so basing your opinion off of someone else’s reaction would be a big mistake. A Wrinkle In Time opens March 9th, 2018.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

I don’t think the Mayweather/McGregor fight will ever be able to live up to the build, but there’s no denying that both guys (and Showtime) know how to hype up a big time event. The match is a little over 7 weeks away, and Showtime is pulling out the big guns with it’s latest trailer. It’s really just Mayweather & McGregor talking about themselves mixed in with training and fight footage, but both guys are so confident and so skilled that it makes for an enthralling trailer. Whether you love or hate them, you can’t deny that millions of people will be watching this fight on August 26.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert: War Machine

The Netflix takeover continues to roll full steam ahead, and we’re only two weeks away from War Machine premiering on the streaming platform. This movie had me at ‘Brad Pitt war movie’ but this new trailer has a lot to offer. Brad Pitt seemed to summon a few of Aldo Rayne’s mannerisms for his portrayal of fictional General Glen McMahon and this trailer has all the signs of a great performance. Rounding out the cast is Anthony Michael Hall, Ben Kingsley, Tilda Swinton and one of my favorite young actors Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond The Pines, The OA). War Machine beings streaming May 26th.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert/Movie Recommendation: Blood Father

Have you ever watched ‘Taken’ and wished that Liam Neeson would be replaced by an aging, recovering alcoholic and who moonlights as a tattoo artist out of his trailer? Have you also wished that the character would be played by Mel Gibson? Well if you have, then Blood Father is literally the movie for you. All jokes aside, Blood Father stars Mel Gibson as everything I’ve mentioned above, including being a neglectful father who is thrust back into his daughter’s life after she gets in with the wrong crowd and needs help. While the daughter (played by Jessica Jones’ Erin Moriarty) drives the plot, Gibson is the one who steals every scene. He has a mini monologue at the beginning of the movie that is clearly a reference to his real life troubles, and how he’s squandered away what could of been one of the greatest careers in Hollywood history. Once upon a time, Gibson was the guy you went to when you wanted a layup at the box office, but his personal demons got the best of him and almost exiled him out of show business for good. I’m glad he’s back here in some capacity though, because he’s a hell of an actor, and nobody does action/war movies better than Mel Gibson. While Blood Father might not get a lot of recognition, Gibson’s next effort, which he co-wrote and directed, received a 10 minute standing ovation at it’s world premiere in Venice on Sunday night. Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the real life story of US army medic Desmond Doss and his heroic feat during the battle of Okinawa in World War II, will be released on November 4th. For now though, check out Blood Father, and try to not to cheer too hard for a full fledged Mel Gibson comeback.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – Suicide Squad

One of the best things about award shows is that movie studios usually break open their wallets and debut some new footage during the commercial breaks. Last night was the MTV Movie Awards, and with that came a new, extended look at Suicide Squad. I haven’t seen Batman vs. Superman yet, but I’m glad that Suicide Squad looks more like ‘Deadpool’ than ‘Batman vs. Superman’. Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale pulled off the perfect dark, brooding superhero movie, and I don’t think we’re far enough removed from that trilogy to embrace a similar film. I think that’s why Deadpool did so well both financially and critically. It was fun and self deprecating, and I think that’s something that a lot of fans can get behind. I understand that people invest a lot of time and money into these movies, but a lot of the time there is nothing worse than multi millionaire actors and directors taking themselves too seriously. Suicide Squad just looks like a ton of fun, and I’m pumped to watch the likes of Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman take on the human psychopath Jared Leto. Spectacular cast, fun plot and a whole lot of action is going to equal a shit ton of money at the box office this summer.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – Batman vs. Superman (Final Trailer)

Batman vs. Superman is one of those movies that doesn’t need a trailer. You’re either going to see it or you’re not, and no trailer is going to sway you either way. With that said, it is kind of cool to see a little bit of the action in the movie, and everyone who hates Ben Affleck can swing their boners around and say ‘I told you so’. This movie is going to make a ton of money, and I genuinely think it’s going to be a good film. Is it going to be Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’? No, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be enjoyable. Batman vs. Superman comes out March 25th.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – Money Monster

In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. – IMDB

This movie had me at ‘Clooney’, but the trailer actually looks pretty good. In a way I’m all set with another ‘the government is horrible and ruins everything’ movie, but since the government is horrible and continues to ruin everything, I guess I’ll have to get used to movies like this. I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t all in on Clooney being a ‘bombastic TV personality’ who uncovers a bunch of lies and starts kicking ass. Throw in trailer cameos from Gustavo Fring and Jimmy McNulty and you’ve got the rarely used Average Nobodies Seal of Approval:

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-Ryan

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