I am currently suffering from The crown withdrawal after finishing Season 4 and (like pretty much everyone) predicting we’ll see Emmy nominations for Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) and Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles). I also strongly agree with this suggestion that Erin Doherty deserves her own Princess Anne spinoff series (please get there ASAP, Netflix). It is spectacular.
I’m not quite ready to commit to a new streaming series just yet, so I went through the backlog of movies that I queued; I tried to get into Queen’s Gambit but honestly i don’t get the hype about this movie, the dialogue is so awkward. I even went so far as to open a real physical book yesterday (lol) before restarting season 1 of The crown (hi Claire Foy and John Lithgow!). At least we still have The Mandalorian to look forward to every Friday.
Great new trailers this week and a few second trailers / teasers for some highly anticipated films whose theatrical debuts have been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
One night in Miami
Oscar / Emmy / Golden Globe winner Regina King makes her feature film directorial debut with One night in Miami, an adaptation of the play of the same name by Kemp Powers in 2013. It tells the fictional story of a reunion of Muhammed Ali (then still known as Cassius Clay), Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X, then that they reunite after Ali’s 1964 fight against Sonny Liston. Powers also wrote the screenplay. The film is generating huge Oscar buzz (obviously, with a powerhouse like King at the helm) and has already received critical acclaim at the Toronto and Venice film festivals. Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge are the stars. One night in Miami hits theaters on Christmas Day and debuts on Amazon Prime Video on January 15.
Walk in chaos
In a future dystopia, Viola (Daisy Ridley) crashes onto a planet of men who are affected by something called “The Noise” which makes all of their thoughts visible. All the other women are dead, at least that’s what we’re told (I mean I’ve watched more than one future dystopia sci-fi movie in my life). Based on the trilogy of books by Patrick Ness, Walk in chaos also stars Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas and David Oyelowo. It is set to hit theaters on January 22.
Wonder Woman 1984
Warner Bros. announced last week that Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters and on HBO Max on December 25, and we’ve got a new ‘main’ trailer to tell us about, with new previews of Cheetah from Diana, Steve, and Kristen Wiig (‘I want to be a Supreme Predator’ on , girl).
Not all movies are about future dystopia or superheroes, guys! Melissa McCarthy stars in this wacky comedy about a woman who must prove to an AI (voiced by James Corden) who is thinking of destroying Earth that humanity is worth saving. Girrrrl, good luck. Bobby Cannavale and Bryan Tyree Henry also star (and I was especially happy to see Sam Richardson, the funniest person in the Veep casting not named Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Super intelligence arrives at HBO Max on November 26.
Look, I can’t stop the tide of Christmas movies, so sit back and accept them for the next two weeks. This one looks pretty cute, with Jillian Bell as the fairy godmother in Eleanor’s training. She tries to help a 40-year-old single mom who made a wish that didn’t come true. Isla Fisher and Jane Curtin (yes) also star in Godmother, which arrives at Disney Plus on December 4.
Justice League: Director’s Cup
The first full teaser of Zack Snyder’s cut from Justice League shows us Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Superman, Cyborg and The Flash with Leonard Cohen’s version of “Hallelujah” playing – which seems a little too slow for an action movie? I watched the trailer at 1.5 speed and with all due respect to the late great Mr. Cohen, it felt more suited to me. You know the backstory of the Snyder Cut; it will reach HBO Max in 2021.