Monday, August 2, 2021

Trailer Roundup: July 25-31

August 4

 


Paris Hilton can cook...kind of. Check your smoke detector and get ready -- Cooking with Paris comes to Netflix August 4th!
 

August 5

 


New Season of Departure is streaming August 5 on Peacock. A new season of Departure follows Kendra Malley (Emmy® Award winner Archie Panjabi) as she’s recruited to investigate the derailment of an experimental high-speed train in rural Michigan. Pressure mounts for Kendra and her team to crack the puzzle as the small town reels in shock, and the world demands answers. Their investigation reveals a plethora of disconnected events and a range of potential suspects with believable motives: a disillusioned employee, a local anti-technology politician, the tech mogul who developed the train’s software...and even a man with ties to a Mexican drug cartel. As she works to sort through the chaos, Kendra must reckon with the inner tension that emerges between the investigation and her emotions.
 

August 6

 


9 Stories, 9 Emotions and one incredible journey. Navarasa is truly a cinematic marvel and a landmark moment of cultural pride for the Tamil entertainment industry, as the finest and most acclaimed talent has come together to bring this project to life. The most prolific actors, directors, musicians, writers, producers and technicians from the industry, and beyond, have collaborated to make this incomparable dream a reality. While the spectacular creative community of Tamil cinema came together for this one-of-a-kind project, many leading icons of the industry graciously offered their services pro-bono contributing the proceeds from the films towards the well-being of film workers in Tamil cinema impacted by the pandemic. Navarasa premieres on 6th August only on Netflix.
 

August 12

 


In this all-new grown-ass comedy, Ms. Pat and her family find themselves uprooted, leaving Atlanta, GA for Plainfield, IN. This chaotic, but lovable family keeps it very real as they navigate the ups and downs of moving to a new...less diverse...neighborhood.
 

Hold onto your butts and get ready for the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
 

August 13

 


This isn’t your average revenge flick. A filmmaker heads to Hollywood in the early ‘90s to make her movie but tumbles down a hallucinatory rabbit hole of sex, magic, revenge - and kittens. Brand New Cherry Flavor — a new limited series starring Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, Eric Lange, Jeff Ward and Manny Jacinto — premieres August 13.
 

August 18

 


Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Dennis Nilsen, confessed to killing 15 people in 1983. Over a five-year period, he picked up vulnerable young men, lured them back to his home and strangled them, before disposing of their bodies under the floorboards. Set against the backdrop of 1980s Britain, when mass unemployment drew young men to London in search of their fortunes, only to find themselves destitute and easy prey, and weaving together interviews from police, journalists, survivors, bereaved families, and - for the first time - the killer’s own voice, this feature length documentary explores how Nilsen was able to get away with multiple murders and attacks, unchallenged, for five years.
 

August 20

 


A Cheng is a kind-hearted debt collector who meets the debt-ridden Hao Ting. A Cheng becomes deeply attracted to her after seeing her uncomplainingly care for her ailing father and learning that she is shouldering the debt on her own. He eases her burden with a tailor-made repayment scheme: debt reduction in exchange for dates with him. When she has lowered her defenses enough to accept A Cheng's heart, a series of events lead to a bumpy road ahead.
 

Scotland’s about to get a whole lot louder! The official trailer for The Loud House Movie is here. Join the Louds as they head to Scotland for an unforgettable family adventure filled with castles, bagpipes, kilts... and a dragon?! #TheLoudHouse The Loud House Movie, only on Netflix.
 

August 22

 


Chapelwaite premieres Sunday, August 22nd. Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody) who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. Based on the Short Story 'Jerusalem's Lot' by Stephen King.
 

August 23

 


Tune in to catch me on MTV’s newest hilarious series, ‘Messyness’ kicking off it’s week-long special event on August 23rd at 7PM ET/PT.
 

August 25

 


Live Hallangen is found dead in Skarnes, but all of the sudden she wakes up on the autopsy table and the questions begin: No one (really) dies in Skarnes - do they? Post Mortem: No one dies in Skarnes launches August 25th.
 

A collision of terror like you've never seen. American Horror Story: Double Feature premieres 8/25, streaming next day on FX on Hulu.
 

The "world's greatest spy" is back (his words, not ours). New season of Archer premieres August 25th on FXX and next day on FX on Hulu. In season 12 of FXX‘s comedy Archer, “Sterling Archer“ and gang face a new threat: a spy conglomerate known as IIA (International Intelligence Agency). With a limited number of spy jobs up for grabs, can the Agency compete against the soulless vultures of IIA, or will our mom-and-pop spy agency be the next to get swallowed alive?
 

August 26

 


Little Women: Atlanta Season 6 trailer. The ladies of Little Women: Atlanta are back and the season picks up right where we left off with our favorite ladies - Ms. Juicy, Moni, the Tiny Twinz Amanda & Andrea, Abira and newcomer Tamera– as they take charge of Hotlanta while pursuing their dreams during the pandemic.
 

August 27

 


SEE is set in a brutal and primitive future, hundreds of years after humankind has lost the ability to see. Season 2 premieres August 27 on Apple TV+. In season 2, Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) struggles to reunite his family. His estranged brother Edo (Dave Bautista) has captured Baba’s daughter Haniwa, vowing to exact his revenge against his brother. Meanwhile, the threat of war looms between the Kingdom of Paya and the Trivantian Republic, drawing Baba and his family directly into the center of the conflict.
 

It's a whole new world for Arlo and his one-of-a kind pals when they set out to restore a run-down New York City neighborhood — and make it their own. I  Arlo is available on Netflix August 27!
 

Couples navigate the twists and turns of Life After Lockup. With freedom comes new challenges — parole restrictions, family feuds, and managing new marriages and old flames. Will they stay together and stay out of prison? Life After Lockup Premieres August 27 at 9/8c.
 

D.P. soldiers have one mission: pursue the deserters. Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan have their first assignment: To bring them back "safe and sound". D.P. August 27, Only on Netflix
 

August 30

 


Lucy Lawless stars in this contemporary Australian detective drama as retired cop Alexa Crowe. With her old boss regularly asking for her insight on cold cases and a young police data-analyst eager to be mentored--whether Alexa wants to or not--Alexa can't seem to stop solving crime.
 

August 31

 


Welcome to The Arconia. We’re all neighbors here, but if I were you, I wouldn’t trust anyone. Only Murders In The Building streams 8/31, only on @hulu.
 

September 3

 


The new Paramount+ Original Movie The J Team is streaming September 3 exclusively on Paramount+! When their beloved dance studio undergoes a change in management, JoJo and her friends learn that individuality and sparkle are the keys to victory as they prepare and compete for the top prize at the All-Star Regional National Dance Competition.
 

The series premiere of The D'Amelio Show is September 3, 2021, only on Hulu.
 

September 5

 


The game’s not over: BILLIONS® is back with all-new episodes, only on SHOWTIME®. Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhodes have been unscrupulous adversaries and underhanded allies, but nothing has prepared them for the ruthless machinations of billionaire Mike Prince, who’ll use everything – and everyone – at his disposal to come out on top. As alliances get ripped apart and new enemies rise, everyone gets roped into the conflict and consequences be damned. BILLIONS®, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, returns September 5, Sundays at 9 PM – only on SHOWTIME®.
 

November 19

 


This profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance, and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible — and truly change the world. Based on the true story, King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams (Will Smith), an undeterred father raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time — Venus and Serena Williams — who will alter the sport of tennis forever. Witness a father's vision for his children's future, his unconventional methods, and his love as he executes a brilliant plan to take his daughters from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage. Starring two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, see King Richard November 19, 2021, in theaters and on HBO Max via the Ad-Free plan; available on HBO Max for 31 days from the theatrical release.
 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Trailer Roundup: July 18-24

July 28

 


Big adventures come ’n’ small packages. #ChipNDaleParkLife, an Original Series, starts streaming July 28 on @DisneyPlus. #SummerOfDisneyPlus
 

July 29

 


The summer of love has never been hotter! Nikki Glaser hosts FBOY Island where three gorgeous women must decide: is he an FBOY? Or a Nice Guy? The steamy games stream July 29, only on #HBOMax.
 

August 1

 


Four Black men. 25 years of friendship. One last name. Get ready for our all-new Original dramedy #JohnsononBounce. Coming August 1st.
 

August 3

 


The three-part documentary, Obama: In the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the country grapples with its racial history. Through the story of one man irrevocably bound to the history of a country, the documentary reflects on the country's past and present national identity. Obama: In the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union premieres August 3 at 9pm ET on HBO Max, with additional parts airing at the same time on August 4 and 5.
 

August 4

 


This school year, secrets aren’t the only thing at stake. Someone will make them pay for all the trouble they’ve caused. Vengeance, served cold on August 4th.
 

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami. Watch the documentary series saga on August 4th, only on Netflix.
 

August 6

 


In this new action thriller, the life of a happily married man (Lior Raz) is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident in Tel Aviv. Grief-stricken and confused, he searches for his wife's killers. With the help of an ex-lover (Sanaa Lathan), he uncovers disturbing truths about his beloved wife and the secrets she kept from him. Watch Hit & Run, only on Netflix.
 

They’re little, they’re wild, and they’re back! Get ready to go a little wild with all new episodes of Madagascar a Little Wild, coming to Peacock on August 6th! Join the fun on Peacock jr where you can find lovable characters, world-class animation, nursery rhymes, and curious monkeys.
 

August 8

 


UFO is a four-part docu-series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Glen Zipper exploring our fascination with unidentified flying objects, and what clandestine influence the American government, lucrative private companies and the military may have in shielding the truth behind extraterrestrial phenomena to further their own agendas. Watch the premiere on Sunday, August 8 at 9/8c on SHOWTIME.
 

August 11

 


In each episode of Bake Squad, four individually brilliant bakers will battle it out to see whose dessert will be chosen for someone’s extra special big day. These bakers have been personally selected by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi, who built an empire on delicious cookie dough. For her next sweet trick, Tosi has built this squad of bakers who have one mission and one mission only: Make dessert dreams come true! High hopes, high temperatures, high stakes...all courtesy of the Bake Squad. Bake Squad launches on August 11, only on Netflix.
 

August 12

 


Do not discount the voices of young people. #HomeroomOnHulu, directed by Pete Nicks and produced by Ryan Coogler, premieres August 12.
 

Welcome to AlRawabi School for Girls. Where things are never what they seem. Class starts on 12 August. Only on Netflix.
 

Streetwear without culture… is just fashion. Welcome to the playground, where ten visionary designers must prove their chops in style, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurship – or face elimination. Guided by street-style icons A$AP Ferg, Offset, Cardi B, Wiz Khalifa, Dapper Dan, Bobby Hundreds and more, they’ll compete for a single grand prize: an industry co-sign, a feature on streetwear platform StockX, and $150,000. They’ve got to keep it on-trend, fresh and authentic – who will rise up to the challenge? #TheHype Stream The Hype on August 12 on HBO Max.
 

Ex-Rated begins streaming on Thursday, August 12 on Peacock. Hosted by Andy Cohen, EX-RATED is a revealing social experiment that looks at sex and relationships in a whole new light – it will be hilarious, shocking, awkward and even informative. The series challenges adult singles of all ages and backgrounds to face raw, candid feedback on everything from their personality to sexual prowess and relationship skills in order to find out where they went wrong and how they can improve.
 

STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.
 

August 13

 


Valeria and friends are back with a second round of love & drama.
 

Dreams become nightmares on August 13th. A filmmaker heads to Hollywood in the early ‘90s to make her movie but tumbles down a hallucinatory rabbit hole of sex, magic, revenge - and kittens. The new limited series, Brand New Cherry Flavor, is only on Netflix on August 13th.
 

Guillaume Lucchesi had drawn a line under the terrible tragedy which saw the two people he loved the most die: Sonia, his first love, and Fred, his brother. Ten years later, Judith, his new lover, suddenly disappears. To find her, Guillaume will have to face all the truths hidden by his family and friends, as well as the ones he’d decided to ignore. For better, but mostly for worse. The new Netflix series based on the Harlan Coben best seller Gone for Good. On Netflix, August 13.
 

August 14

 


Follow the high seas journey of Fena Houtman as she and her crew of Japanese samurai evade great dangers and unlock her family secrets.
 

August 15

 


Sometimes it’s not about winning inside of the ring, but who you are outside of it. Heels premieres August 15 on STARZ.
 

August 18

 


Wake up, Nora! Your second season starts August 18. Awkwafina stars as Nora Lin in this scripted series based on her real-life beginnings in Queens, New York. Raised alongside her cousin by her dad and grandma, Nora leans on her family as she navigates young adulthood in outer-borough New York City.
 

August 20

 


The Chair follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University. Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of color at the university. Starring Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor, Bob Balaban, Nana Mensah, David Morse, and Everly Carganilla, The Chair premieres on Netflix August 20th. Watch The Chair, only on Netflix.
 

August 22

 


The Walking Dead returns August 22 on AMC. Stream it August 15 on AMC+.
 

August 23

 


Face your demons. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf premieres August 23, 2021 worldwide on Netflix.
 

August 25

 


Father. Brother. Husband. Liar? Who is Nick Brewer really? Watch Clickbait, only on Netflix.
 

August 26

 


Family matters bring the McKellans closer together as new relationships, unexpected obstacles and a milestone birthday lead to major life lessons.
 

September 3

 


Watch The J Team streaming on Paramount+ on SEPTEMBER 3RD!!!!
 

September 10

 


Director James Wan – architect of “The Conjuring” universe – returns to his roots with a completely new and original horror thriller. Paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, Madison's (Annabelle Wallis) torment worsens as she discovers that her waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities. #MalignantMovie
 

All bad things must come to an end. The final season of Lucifer premieres on Netflix September 10th.
 

September 12

 


In this all-new SHOWTIME Original Series, a complicated and compromised chief of police (Jeff Daniels) is forced to decide how far he’s willing to go when the son of the woman he loves (Maura Tierney) is accused of murder. Starring Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney. Watch the premiere on Sunday, September 12 at 10/9c on SHOWTIME.
 

Slasher: Flesh & Blood follows a wealthy, dysfunctional family that gathers for a reunion on a secluded island only to learn they’ll be pitted against one another in a cruel game of life and death, all while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer. Nothing is what it seems and no one is safe as the tension – and body count – ratchets up. Premieres Sept. 12 on Shudder.
 

September 16

 


The Harper House, an all-new Paramount+ Original animated comedy, follows an overconfident female head of a household as she struggles to regain a higher status for herself and for her family of misfits after losing her job and moving from the rich side to the poor side of an Arkansas small town. To save money, they’ve moved into their inherited Victorian fixer-upper, the historic Harper House. Stream the first three episodes of The Harper House on Thursday, September 16, exclusively on Paramount+. Then, starting Sept. 27, stay tuned for new episodes each Thursday.
 

September 17

 


With a new headmistress, new uniform and a new attitude - it's time for change at Moordale Secondary. Reopening our doors on September 17. See you there!
 

Lenard “Charlamagne” McKelvey and executive producer Stephen Colbert bring you Tha God’s Honest Truth, premiering September 17 on Comedy Central. Be sure to subscribe for more!
 

October 12

 


You just can’t keep a Good Guy down. Chucky premieres Tuesday, Oct. 12, on both USA Network and Syfy.
 

October 17

 


Get a first look at what's to come with a scene from the new season of Fear the Walking Dead, coming this fall.
 

November 7

 


Starring multiple Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall as America’s favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan, the special event series DEXTER: NEW BLOOD will premiere Sunday, November 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the series finds him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons. Joining Hall, the cast also includes Julia Jones (The Mandalorian), Alano Miller (Sylvie’s Love), Johnny Sequoyah (Believe), Jack Alcott (THE GOOD LORD BIRD) and Clancy Brown (The Crown, BILLIONS). Reuniting Hall with original series showrunner Clyde Phillips, DEXTER: NEW BLOOD is currently in production on 10 one-hour episodes in Western Massachusetts.
 

Coming Soon

 


One of Us is Lying Streaming Soon on Peacock. Based on Karen M. McManus’s New York Times best-selling novel, One of Us is Lying is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
 

Developed by Emmy® Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters” and “Ninjago”) the CG-animated series STAR TREK: PRODIGY is the first “Star Trek” series aimed at younger audiences and will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
 

In this prequel to Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe. Army of Thieves is coming soon, only on Netflix.
 

When a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, those who fall find themselves in a strange world. La Brea comes to NBC this fall.
 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Trailer Roundup: July 4-10

July 14

 


My Unorthodox Life is a new Netflix reality series centered around the personal and professional life of fashion mogul Julia Haart, a former member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community turned CEO of Elite World Group, and her family. Since taking the reins of a global talent empire, Haart has been on a mission to revolutionize the industry from the inside out – all while being a mother of four. Her children include Batsheva, a TikToker who got married at 19, Miriam, an app designer carving her own path, Shlomo, a future lawyer navigating dating in New York City, and Aron, a high schooler torn between two conflicting cultures. They're unconventional and unstoppable. Watch My Unorthodox Life beginning July 14th only on Netflix.
 

July 15

 


Since 2011, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have redefined the horror genre with various chapters of “American Horror Story” featuring a creepy asylum, a coven of witches, a traveling freak show, a haunted hotel and the apocalypse itself. The new anthology series premieres July 15, exclusively on FX on Hulu.
 

July 16

 


Paul McCartney and Rick Rubin. History in the making. #McCartney321 is coming to Hulu July 16.
 

What does it feel like to be one of the best tennis players in the world? An intimate look inside the life of one of the most gifted and complex athletes of her generation offers insight into the tough decisions and ecstatic triumphs that shape Naomi Osaka as both an elite global superstar and a young woman navigating a pressure-filled world. Watch Naomi Osaka, only on Netflix.
 

July 18

 


Chasing a myth takes a legend, and a community. 100 Foot Wave, an HBO original documentary series, premieres July 18 on HBOMax.
 

July 23

 


This summer, a 92 minute thirst for blood begins. Kingdom: Ashin of the North, A Kingdom Special Episode, Coming July 23, only on Netflix.
 

July 27

 


No plan. No friends. No MyDrugs. For Moritz, shit is about to get real. Buckle up for season 3! How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is back July 27. Only on Netflix.
 

July 29

 


Christina Milian plays an aspiring singer on a journey to find herself in paradise -- but what she actually finds is her ex-fiance (Jay Pharoah), his new bride (Christiani Pitts) and a hunky fling (Sinqua Walls) in the destination rom-com we all need right now. Produced by Alicia Keys and Directed by Steven Tsuchida. Watch RESORT TO LOVE, only on Netflix, July 29.
 

Now the Autobots must team up with the Maximals to confront the Decepticons, who have joined forces with the Predacons, in the race to find the missing AllSpark. However, the Predacons are in control of the Golden Disk, a mysterious artifact which has a personal connection to Megatron and gives him an untold advantage over his enemy, Optimus Prime. Which faction will triumph in the final battle that will decide the fate of Cybertron's future? Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Kingdom, coming July 29 only on Netflix.
 

August 3

 


Original factual television series featuring the most recent information and proof exposing the most top-secret government projects that handled contacts with and cover-ups of, extraterrestrial presence on Earth.
 

August 4

 


If you try to bury the past, it could end up burying you. Season 2, August 4th.
 

August 6

 


With better luck, choices, or posture, Josh Corman could’ve been a rock star. Now he teaches fifth grade, and struggles to find happiness and meaning in a world that sometimes feels short on both. Watch Mr. Corman, premiering August 6 on Apple TV+.
 

Who is Val Kilmer? He's Batman. He's Iceman. He's Jim Morrison. And he's a lifelong filmmaker. Get re-acquainted with the legend on August 6.
 

Virginie lives on a farm with her children Laura (15) and Gaston (7) and raises locusts as a high-protein crop. Life is hard: money worries and practical problems are piling up, tensions with her kids and neighbors are running high. But everything changes when she discovers the locusts have a taste for blood. On Netflix August 6.
 

August 10

 


New Season of Wild ‘N Out premieres Tuesday, August 10 at 8PM on VH1!
 

August 11

 


It’s the summer before Elle heads to college, and she’s facing the hardest decision of her life: whether to move across the country with her dreamy boyfriend Noah or fulfill her lifelong promise to go to college with her BFF Lee. Whose heart will Elle break as The Kissing Booth trilogy comes to an end? Watch The Kissing Booth 3 only on Netflix August 11.
 

August 12

 


“Chrisley Knows Best” Season Nine Premieres Thursday, August 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT on USA.
 

“Growing Up Chrisley” Season Three Premieres Thursday, August 12 at 9:30pm ET/PT on USA.
 

August 20

 


A devastated husband (Jason Momoa) vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter (Isabela Merced).
 

August 22

 


Chapelwaite premieres Sunday, August 22nd. Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody) who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. Based on the Short Story 'Jerusalem's Lot' by Stephen King.
 

August 25

 


Post Mortem – Ingen dør på Skarnes. Streaming på Netflix 25. august.
 

September

 


Chastain, Isaac, and a reimagining of a classic. Adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish classic, and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage re-examines the show’s iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
 

September 22

 


Seven Japanese anime studios bring their unique talent and perspective to Star Wars: Visions, a collection of animated Original Short Films, streaming September 22 on Disney+.
 

September 30

 


Will love be what they hold onto in life again or will they adapt to the system to become adults? Love 101 returns with a second season on September 30th.
 

Coming Soon

 


Baki Hanma trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world! Baki Hanma coming soon, only on Netflix.
 

Are you part of this family or not? Succession returns this fall on HBO Max.
 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Hotchka Movie Review: Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

© Amazon Prime Video

Without Remorse is the latest attempt to ignite the Tom Clancy universe nobody has been asking for.
by Jeremy Fogelman

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, Brett Gelman, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Colman Domingo, Todd Lassance, Cam Gigandet, Luke Mitchell and Guy Pearce

So how many reboots have there been for the ‘Tom Clancyverse’ (which I think is actually called the ‘Ryanverse’) over the years? In the movies first it was Alec Baldwin playing Jack Ryan, then Harrison Ford, then reboot #1 with Ben Affleck and reboot #2 with Chris Pine, and of course there’s the TV show with John Krasinski that’s still going. That Chris Pine movie was not good, although it had an entirely original script, unlike the first movies. It’s a move that’s potentially very risky, and ultimately, maybe impossible to avoid.

Tom Clancy's Without Remorse comes from director Stefano Sollima and writers Taylor Sheridan and Will Stapes, ostensibly being adapted from the 1993 book of the same name by Clancy. However, other than the main character being named John Clark, nothing is remotely the same. The book is about a white guy who has to deal with a bunch of pimps and early 90s nonsense -- naturally I’m unsurprised that the movie handles it differently.

Here John is played by Michael B. Jordan, and the movie starts off with him leading a team of fellow Navy SEALs on a secret mission to Syria to rescue a mysterious hostage from Russians. Back at home, we get a slight amount of character development with John and his pregnant wife Pam (Lauren London), his various interchangeable team members, and his superior officer Karen (Jodie Turner-Smith).

The movie actually “starts” with a classic “fridging” moment when a bunch of masked soldiers kill everyone on John’s team and invade his home -- they kill his pregnant wife and seriously injure him. John manages to kill all but one of the men but sees his face (Brett Gelman) before they escape. It’s a classic very bad driving motivator for a character -- his pregnant wife is killed so now he’s going to get results by “any means necessary”.


Cue scene with Karen with clunky dialogue about serving America while being black, which feels forced in there because the fact that John and Karen are black has nothing to do with anything else in the movie. John gets sent on a mission to find his killers by CIA officer Robert (Jamie Bell) and the Secretary of Defense (Guy Pearce), so there are quite a few good actors here completely wasted.

We get perhaps one scene where Michael B. Jordan gets to act, when he’s momentarily screaming in grief, and then it’s mostly acceptable action scenes and muddled conspiracy nonsense for the rest of the movie. The “twists” of the movie, if they can charitably even be called that, are unoriginal, uninteresting, and mostly nonsensical. Just typical “we’re all pawns” sort of talk.

If you’re hoping for exciting action scenes, it’s probably also disappointing because they’re all fairly repetitive and milquetoast. Nothing remotely John Wick adjacent here -- and nothing that really takes advantage of the lead actor’s inherent charisma. We even get a mid-credits tease for the next movie in the franchise, which I recognized as a reference even though it felt a lot like the post-credits tease of the Super Mario Brothers movie, except that this sequel might actually get made (it’s technically been announced).

Unfortunately I really do have the majority of the issues on the very weak script, and it’s hard to say enough about that. Taylor Sheridan has done some decent writing, but he’s also done some clunkers, and Will Staples has only a little -- neither has done this sort of spy/conspiracy writing, and although there’s a first time for everything, the conspiracy here is really just 'nothing sauce'. I could even forgive it if the action scenes were exciting and dynamic, but they’re really just okay. It’s too bad, I was hoping for a better franchise opportunity for Michael B. Jordan, but I’m sure he’ll find something else in the future.

Without Remorse has a run time of 1 hour 49 minutes and is rated R for violence. The film is streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Hotchka Movie Review: The Outside Story

© Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Outside Story is a charming story of finding life outside technology.
by Jeremy Fogelman

Cast: Brian Tyree Henry, Aunita Mani, Sonequa Martin-Green, Olivia Edward, Asia Kate Dillon and Rebecca Naomi Jones

Sometimes you can tell a movie has a “message” or a lesson to be told, and sometimes it’s explicitly spelled out by one of the characters. Usually these messages aren’t particularly clever or inventive, and often fall in the “yes, everyone agrees that nice weather is nice” category of mild revelations. At worst, this can come across preachy and angry, ruining the message and potentially making people think the opposite. But on the other side of things, sometimes you might find yourself agreeing after all.

The Outside Story comes from writer/director Casimir Nozkowski in his first feature film, and stars Brian Tyree Henry as Charles, a dude living in a decent apartment in Brooklyn. As we start off the movie, Charles has just broken up with his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green) after she kissed another woman. Charles has the fascinatingly morbid job of editing together in memoriam montages for celebrities in advance of their potential deaths, which is one of those jobs you never think about existing but make sense when you think about it.

We see snippets of how they met and connected, helping build a reason for us to experience the same feelings of loss as Charles. But the real conceit of the movie happens as mild tension begins to build up -- first Charles runs out of his apartment for a random reason, getting let back in by neighbors who he vaguely recognizes and exchange pleasantries. Then the hammer drops, and Charles realizes he forgot his apartment keys without any shoes on-- and naturally his phone is down to only 25% charge.

So at first it’s the typical sorts of things, trying to call the landlord, trying to find a charger he can borrow, etc. For the introverted Charles, it’s difficult because his neighbors barely recognize him in the first place. Charles manages to get his upstairs neighbor Andre (Michael Cyril Creighton) to let him use the fire escape as an attempt to get into his own apartment, but this reveals hidden depths about Andre he never knew.


Similarly Charles connects another of his neighbors, a young girl named Elena (Olivia Edwards from Better Things) as he begins to realize how much of the outside world he’s never noticed in his own neighborhood. Much of the movie is pushing Charles toward utilizing these realizations and revelations about his failed relationship, and he even manages to befriend a local traffic cop (Sunita Mani) in a very unusual way for him.

One of the real strengths of this movie is the lead performance by Brian Tyree Henry, who helps showcase Charles’ pain, discomfort, and slow internal emotional change. The restricted nature of the movie’s setting, just one local neighborhood, mostly on and inside the same building, actually maintains the sort of revelations for the audience as Charles. We also slowly see the outside world in the same way, which is a good way to mirror it.

There is this underlying lesson to this modern day fable about over-reliance on electronic devices and staying inside too much -- even if there’s an oddly uncomfortable unintended connection to the lockdowns of 2020. Although maybe I can’t blame the movie for not anticipating how millions of people would have to stay inside for their safety, not just their introverted nature.

Overall the movie has a light, breezy charm, and the lead performance works well enough that once we actually get into the conflict of the failed relationship, we actually care about it. For an indie movie with a “message”, it doesn’t pound you over the head with it and makes you feel like maybe you had a nice time with the movie after all.

The Outside Story has a run time of 1 hour 25 minutes and is not rated.

Get it on Apple TV

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Trailer Roundup: June 27-July 3

July 1

 


Smother is Streaming on Peacock July 1. When Val Ahern’s (Dervla Kirwan) husband Denis (Stuart Graham) is found dead at a foot of a cliff the morning after a family party, Val begins to interrogate the events that unfolded the night before. Val explores Denis’s relationships with his family in order to find out who might have been responsible for his brutal, shocking death. The deeper Val delves into her family’s secrets the more she realizes how her late husband’s controlling, manipulative behavior had a deep effect on each member of the family.
 

July 2

 


The trilogy begins in Shadyside, 1994. In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations ​may all be connected — and that they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine’s best selling horror series, the trilogy follows the nightmare through Shadyside’s sinister history.
 

July 9

 


This Way Up is a comedy drama about moving on, moving forward and trying to find happiness. Written by Aisling Bea, she also stars as the charming and funny Aine, who is trying to pull her life back together after a “teeny little nervous breakdown". This Way Up also stars Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi, Indira Varma and Kadiff Kirwan.
 

July 23

 


She loves what we fear. Start streaming #PlayingWithSharks from @NatGeo, an Original Documentary, July 23 on #DisneyPlus.
 

Lindy is a beautiful, sardonically-funny woman with a painful secret: Due to a lifelong, rare neurological disorder, she experiences sporadic rage-filled, murderous impulses that can only be stopped when she shocks herself with a special electrode device. Unable to find love and connection in a world that fears her bizarre condition, she finally trusts a man long enough to fall in love, only to find him murdered the next day. Heartbroken and enraged, she embarks on a revenge-filled mission to find his killer, while also being pursued by the police as the crime's prime suspect.
 

Nadja and her ten-year-old son are on an overnight flight from Germany to New York when a group of terrorists violently take control of the plane and threaten the lives of the passengers. Suddenly Nadja faces an impossible choice - should she reveal her dark side and the inner monster she has kept hidden from her son for years in order to save him? The hunters become the hunted in this action-horror from director Peter Thorwarth, starring Peri Baumeister and Dominic Purcell.
 

The Final Battle Begins. Will the Guardians of Grayskull save Eternia and the fate of the entire Universe? The end is only the beginning. Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 premieres July 23, only on Netflix. #ThePowerReturns
 

July 24

 


She’s never been this animated. Tig Notaro: Drawn, the new HBO comedy special, premieres July 24 at 10 pm on HBO Max. #HBO #TigNotaroDrawn
 

July 28

 


Bad tattoos walk in. Great tattoos walk out. Top artists transform tattoo disasters into stunning cover-ups, with designs chosen by clients' loved ones. Watch Tattoo Redo, on Netflix July 28.
 

July 30

 


In the automotive world, John DeLorean rose from engineer to executive to icon. But under the hood of his self-created legend lies darkness and deceit.
 

August

 


Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody) who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. Based on the Short Story 'Jerusalem's Lot' by Stephen King. Chapelwaite - Coming to EPIX Summer 2021.
 

August 1

 


The cast and writer/director of The Suicide Squad join John Cena and Nicole Byer for a very special episode of Wipeout on 8/1.
 

August 4

 


As Gotham Garage's star rises, Mark broadens his business strategy beyond "upgrade and trade" as he courts clients with big ideas and deep pockets.
 

August 10

 


Don't miss the SERIES PREMIERE of FANTASY ISLAND, TUESDAY, August 10th, only on FOX!
 

August 13

 


Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (BooBoo Stewart) return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma (China Anne McClain) and Hades (Cheyenne Jackson) will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it's up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in their most epic battle yet. The Royal Wedding coming Friday, August 13th.
 

Following a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett, an American tourist, finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy – and on the run for his life.
 

August 18

 


Nora and the fam enjoy a quiet day in Queens. Awkwafina is Nora from Queens returns August 18 on Comedy Central.
 

August 20

 


Sandra Oh is The Chair. Premiering August 20th.
 

August 22

 


Based on her own life, the second season of WORK IN PROGRESS picks back up with McEnany’s character Abby in the wake of her breakup (and almost out of almonds). A 46-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke, Abby begrudgingly accepts that she’s too busy to kill herself. In fact, she’s just starting to get her head above water… when a global pandemic converges with a family emergency and forces her into uncharted territory. Starring Abby McEnany. Watch the Season 2 premiere on Sunday, August 22 at 11/10c on SHOWTIME.
 

The Walking Dead returns for Season 11 on Sunday, August 22.
 

September 22

 


Seven Japanese anime studios bring their unique talent and perspective to Star Wars: Visions, a collection of animated Original Short Films, streaming September 22 on Disney+.
 

September 24

 


The Galactic Empire has brought peace to thousands of worlds, but the beliefs of one man now threaten their very existence. Foundation premieres September 24, only on Apple TV+.
 

Coming Soon

 


Revenge is worth the wait. Season 4 of Yellowstone returns to Paramount Network this Fall.