Warner Bros. has us prepped for the summer with another installment of The Conjuring! Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) takes over the directing duties from James Wan (who serves as a Producer here). This time around, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) are investigating a case that puts them and an entire town in the spotlight. When a young man is arrested for a murder based on demonic possession, the Warrens are called in to find the truth. We’ll find out for sure when the film releases both in Cinemas and on HBO Max on June 4th.
Marvel’s continuing conquest of all forms of entertainment continue with the trailer for Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. This is an animated series that is going to air on Hulu. It’s about a super villain struggling with a mid-life crisis after his evil organization goes bankrupt and ends up getting sold to another evil organization. As much as I want to call him Gru, his name is apparently M.O.D.O.K.
Apparently, this series is not officially a part of the MCU but instead it takes place in some sort of parallel universe where everyone is animated and super villains sound like Patton Oswalt.
Anyway, the series drops on May 21st and here’s the trailer:
In this film, a young record company employee is sent to try to get an eccentric and washed-up rock star to break his contract. The rock star is played by Kelsey Grammer, which is …. well, it’s interesting casting. Grammer can sing but he still doesn’t seem like the former rock star type. Then again, who would have thought that Grammer would have been perfectly cast as a gangster nicknamed The Rumble? Seriously, I dare anyone to say anything about Grammer’s performance in Money Plane.
Anyway, here’s the trailer for The Space Between. This film opens on April 23rd and will start streaming on June 15th.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was not the only trailer to drop today!
There was also the trailer for Annette, an upcoming French musical that stars Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver! Annette is due to be the opening film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. According to the film’s press kit, “The film tells the story of a provocative stand-up comedian (Adam Driver) and his wife, a world-famous soprano (Marion Cotillard). Their glamorous life takes an unexpected turn when their daughter Annette is born, a girl with a unique gift.”
So, there you go. A comedian. A soprano. And a girl with a unique gift. I’ll watch Cotillard and Driver in anything. Here’s the trailer!
Riders of Justice is a Danish film, featuring Mads Mikkelsen as a soldier who comes home from Afghanistan after his ex-wife is killed in a train crash. When Mikkelsen receives information that the crash was not exactly an accident, he sets out for revenge. Though it may not be obvious from the plot description, Riders of Justice is apparently a dark comedy as well as being a thriller.
Riders of Justice proved to be a pretty popular film when it premiered in Denmark and was even nominated for several Danish film awards. (Again, you might not guess this strictly from reading a description of the film’s plot.) On May 21st, it’s finally going to be released here in the United States. I would suggest seeing the original now so that you can compare it to the inevitable English-language remake with Liam Neeson.
Here’s the trailer!
The Water Man is the directorial debut of actor David Oyelowo. I don’t know much about the film, beyond the fact that the critics who have seen it all seem to have liked it. The film will be released on May 7th. Until then, here’s the trailer:
I have to be honest.
Whenever I see any trailer for a film featuring Dylan O’Brien, my main reaction is one of relief. It doesn’t matter whether or not the film looks like it’s any good or not. Instead, I’m just relieved that Dylan’s still with us and still making movies. It’s only been five years since O’Brien was seriously injured during the filming The Maze Runner: The Death Cure. At the time, some reports speculated that O’Brien might never act again. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Dylan O’Brien is a good actor but I still don’t feel like he’s quite had his breakthrough film. The Maze Runner, for all of its success, always labored in the shadow of The Hunger Games and the Divergent films. Despite being better than the last few Bourne movies, American Assassin was not a hit. Love and Monsters had the misfortune to be released in the middle of a pandemic. Some day, though, Dylan O’Brien will get a project that will really allow him to show the world what he’s capable of doing.
I don’t know that Flashback is gong to be that project but the trailer certainly looks intriguing and properly creepy. Flashback features O’Brien as a man struggling with an unsolved mystery and literally entering his memories in an attempt to try to solve it. It co-stars Maika Monore and will be released on June 4th!
Here’s the trailer:
Earlier today, a lot of people on twitter got insanely excited when Helen Mirren showed up for a few seconds in the trailer for Fast & Furious 9. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Even before her casting was announced, Helen Mirren seemed like someone who belonged in a Fast & Furious film.
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the Fast & Furious films. They’re just so wonderfully over the top while at the same time, in their own strange way, being almost achingly sincere. When Dom starts talking about family, you believe that he means everything that he’s saying. I’m happy that, after being delayed by COVID and to make room for the original release dates for Hobbes & Shaw and No Time To Die, F9 is finally going to be released. While Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham apparently will not be appearing in this film, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez are back! And it also appears that Lucas Black will also appear in this film. A lesser franchise would have just pretended like Tokyo Drift never happened but the Fast & Furious films have always been surprisingly good when it comes to maintaining continuity from film to film. There’s none of this “Let’s just do a reboot and pretend like 75% of the franchise never happened” attitude. This isn’t Halloween. This is Fast and this is Furious!
Anyway, F9 will finally be released on June 25th and I’m sure that Leonard is already making plans to see it on opening night. I can’t wait to see it myself. Check out the trailer below:
Like many people, I was broken-hearted when it appeared that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was killed during Avengers: Infinity War. Then I was happy to see that he came back (in a fashion) in Avengers: Endgame! As for the upcoming Disney+ series featuring Loki …. well, let’s just watch the trailer and patiently wait for June 11th, shall we?
It looks good to me but, of course, you knew I was going to say that. I’m among those who feels that Tom Hiddleston can do no wrong so I’m going to be happy to see him in just about everything. Does this series make Loki the first Marvel villain to get his own MCU vehicle? Good for him. Who doesn’t love Loki?
As I’ve said before, both on this site and on twitter, I have mixed feeling about the upcoming Black Widow film. On the one hand, Natasha was my favorite member of the Avengers and I’m glad that she’s finally getting a solo film. On the other hand, it annoys me that she’s only getting a solo film after being killed off in Avengers: Endgame. Don’t even get me started on the screwed-up logic of her sacrificing her life when Clint was the one who had basically spent 5 years killing everyone that he met. Natasha may have made mistakes when she was a spy but at least she was never a serial killer!
Apparently, the Black Widow solo film takes place in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and it seems very likely that it’s also going to serve as an origin story for a character played by Florence Pugh, who may end up becoming the new Black Widow. I hope that’s not true but, from what I’ve heard, it seems probable. I’m not particularly excited about the prospect of that happening. I don’t want a replacement Black Widow. I want the original to come back to life and I want Clint to do the right thing.
To be honest, though, I’m now at a point where I just want to see the damn movie. That release date has been moved around so much that I no longer care whether or not the film’s any good or not. I don’t care whether or not they’re going to do the right thing and resurrect Natasha from the dead. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE DAMN MOVIE! Hell, I’ll even spend the extra 30 to see it in Disney Plus, I don’t care. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE!
Anyway, with all that in mind, Black Widow is going to be released on July 9th and it’s about time! Here’s the latest trailer: