Synopsis: Explores the formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.
Release Date: May 10, 2019
Thoughts: I love a good biopic (emphasis on good) so there’s a certain spark of excitement generated by this first full trailer for Tolkien which seeks to give us a look at the life of the famed author before he wrote the novels that would captivate readers for generations. Long before he sketched out Middle Earth, created Hobbits, dreamed up Gollum, and conjured Gandalf, Tolkien grew up in the shadow of war and eventually found himself entrenched in it. I’m interested how the film will tie these experiences into his writing and already am liking the look and feel generated from what I’ve seen so far. Starring Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite) and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), I’m keeping my fingers crossed Fox Searchlight does better with this author biography than they did with their A.A. Milne fiasco Goodbye Christopher Robin.
Synopsis: An English teacher’s life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Thoughts: Julianne Moore has made some interesting choices in film as of late…and they haven’t always been good. Though the Oscar nominated star has been on the A-List for some time, in the last few years she’s popped up in several indies that skipped a theatrical run and it’s left me wondering who exactly is choosing her projects. Set to hit the mainstream again with October’s anticipated remake of Carrie, Moore has this little film coming out right at the beginning of a busy summer movie season. Though the premise looks promising and supporting cast nicely diverse (save for Mirror, Mirror’s blandly boring Lily Collins), I still would like to sit down with Ms. Moore and ask “what gives” as it relates to her film compass.
Synopsis: When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back.
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Thoughts: With the Twilight series wrapped up and the next film in The Hunger Games saga a year away, studios are trying to replicates the success of these films with their own franchise starters. Beautiful Creatures comes out in February and August will bring this latest mixture of teen romance filtered through a lens of the supernatural.
I guess I’m just a little worn out with these “Teen discovers they are destined for something dangerous/greater and must fight the malevolent forces that threaten them” types of films. I’ve yet to be impressed with leading lady Lilly Collins – her brain dead, mouth breathing, performances in Mirror, Mirror and Abduction don’t bode well for being at the center of a potential six film series. All the same, director Harald Zwart worked some kind of magic with 2010’s The Karate Kid reboot so maybe, just maybe, this will be a decent kickstarter of a movie.