Synopsis: A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined.
Release Date: TBA 2014
Thoughts: Reminding me of a movie I may have seen in the mid 90’s when Euro comedy imports were all the rage, Cuban Fury looks as harmless as all of those other films…and just as skippable. Though stars Nick Frost (The World’s End) and Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires) will probably make this a few notches better than the rest, overall I can’t see this picture becoming the kind of sleeper hit like Strictly Ballroom or The Full Monty were back in the day. On the other hand, never underestimate the power of a feel good picture of the underdog getting its day…if the release is timed right Cuban Fury could be the very thing audiences will respond kindly to after a season of heavy Oscar material.
Synopsis: A comedy centered on an aspiring singer who becomes a reality-show sensation.
Release Date: TBA 2013
Thoughts: Though it smacks of one of those feel-good movies from the 80’s that we wind up revisiting with abject horror twenty years later; it’s hard to deny that this true life story about a UK man that wowed audiences on Britain’s Got Talent doesn’t look enormously appealing. That’s partly due to its lead actor, Tony winner James Corden (who will be traveling Into the Woods in 2014) who clearly has the stuff to make audiences stand up and cheer. Director David Frankel (Marley & Me) knows a thing or two about sleeper hits after directing The Devil Wears Prada and the film has a certain pedigree behind it that could bode well for good word of mouth. I’m leaning toward putting this into the category of Must See this holiday season only because I think my Grinch-y heart would be more the better for it.