A big week in movie releases across the board, with the major streamers each dropping a major release, while two awards contenders head to VOD and even theatres get a Liam Neeson western.
One Night In Miami
Regina King makes her directorial debut from a script by Kemp Powers adapting his own stage play, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. The film imagines the conversations had in a Miami hotel room between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke. The cast is phenomenal, and I’m really looking forward to what Regina King can do behind the camera. When he appeared on Dax Shepard’s podcast over the summer, Leslie Odom, Jr. revealed they consulted with Jim Brown (the only one of the four still alive) on what this MAY have been like, had the four had this sort of summit happened
Outside the Wire
Directed by Mikael Håfström, written by Rob Yescombe & Rowan Athale, starring Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, and Pilou Asbæk. The trailer touts it’s from “The people who brought you The Old Guard and Extraction,” two Netflix films from last year. Old Guard was better than expected, and Extraction was a fine action film. This looks like it pulls the best from both to give Anthony Mackie a good leading role he so richly deserves.
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise
Directed by Bennett Lasseter, written by Mitchell Winkie, starring Keean Johnson, Madeline Brewer, Rya Khilstedt, Ian Gomez and Bonnie Hunt. As a guy who’s made his living editing and producing audio content, and I can kinda feel for the guy. I’m interested, but it also seems like a very straightforward “Sick teens fall in love” sad drama that’s been weirdly popular the past decade.
directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow), written by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders), and stars Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ben Kingsley, Ben Stiller, Dulé Hill, Jazmyn Simon, Mark Gatiss, Mindy Kaling, Stephen Merchant and Lucy Boynton. I’ve been rolling my eyes at most “LOOK! We made a thing about covid! Awesome, right?” But naw, this one actually looks kinda fun maybe.
Directed by Vincent Paronnaud, written by Paronnaud, Léa Pernollet, Stephen Shields, David H. Pickering, starring Lucie Debay, Arieh Worthalter, and Ciaran O’Brien. I dig it. Survival horror with a red riding hood theme. Looks good and I can’t wait to fire up Shudder for this one.
Promising Young Woman
Written & directed by Emerald Fennell, starring Carey Mulligan, Connie Britton, Laverne Cox, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, Adam Brody, Alfred Molina, Sam Richardson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Max Greenfield. I won’t get into how the how, but I did already see this one and it is dark, twisted and definitely a film for and of our times. Mulligan is fantastic and owns every second of screen time she has.
News of the World
Directed by Paul Greengrass, written by Greengrass & Luke Davies, starring Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Mare Winningham, Elizabeth Marvel, Chukwudi Iwuji, Ray McKinnon, Bill Camp, and Thomas Francis Murphey.
Directed by Robert Lorenz, written by Lorenz, Chris Charles & Danny Kravitz, starring Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Teresa Ruiz and Juan Pablo Raba.