CocktailsandMovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap – 08/16/18

by Duwayne Tso

Cocktails and Movies and Trailers, Oh My!

Cocktailsandmovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap
Are you sitting in your cubicle with stacks of TPS reports to go through? Listening to that conference call where everyone is talking at the same time about nothing at all that matters? Stuck at the water cooler hearing how The Meg took a bite on the #1 spot this past weekend! Need something to watch with that flask in your desk and that burned microwave popcorn from the break room? Let us share movie trailers with you with this week’s The Thursday Trailer Tap

It has been a crazy and stressful last two weeks for me but I’m back! We are playing catch-up so this week’s article is humongous. We are getting a good look at movies coming out later this year and next summer. This week we have six great movie trailer, thirteen good movie trailers and two possible stinkers! We have THIRTEEN trailers we are seeing for the first time and EIGHT trailer for movies we have previewed for you in the past.

While El Jefe mixes himself another afternoon cocktail, let’s step up to the bar before he comes back. So open your special drawer, fetch that secret stash of booze you’ve got hidden away and come see what will be in store for us moviegoers in the coming months!

I have TWENTY ONE new trailers for you to sample from our Thursday Trailer Tap!

― C & M ―

47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter   

Studio: Entertainment Studios
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
Five backpackers, diving in a ruined underwater city, quickly learn they are not alone in the submerged caves.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-LOW. I am not a big fan of teaser trailers and this was mostly a reminder about the first one coupled with some scary shark footage. We cannot get an idea of what the sequel may look like. But, we can expect more people, more shark, and of course more blood!

― C & M ―

Arizona   

Studio: Imperative Entertainment
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This looks like it might be a pretty funny dark movie. I am a fan of Danny McBride and his brand of comedy had me chuckling. It has a good story that leaves different directions it could go. I like the supporting cast in this as well, they should provide solid performances. I hope we get a release date soon and another trailer even sooner.

― C & M ―

Bel Canto   

Studio: Screen Media
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Synopsis:
A world-renown opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This is a movie that could be pretty good. It has a great actress in Julianne Moore and a good actor in Ken Watanabe. Even though there is not a well-known supporting cast, they appear to be able to hold their own and do a good job. This has a good storyline that has a lot of suspense, drama, and emotion. And it looks like it will have a message to get out to the masses as well.

― C & M ―

Fahrenheit 11/9   

Studio: Briarcliff
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Synopsis:
Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out?

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. I have been eagerly awaiting this documentary since it was announced. So what you want about Michael Moore, but the guy does really good documentaries. I like his process to the situation, he is pretty fair about both sides of the topic. But, it is his investigative approach throughout the movie that is his forte. Giving the State of the Nation, this is definitely a movie that everyone should watch.

― C & M ―

Green Book   

Studio: Universal
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Synopsis:
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. Oooh, this looks amazing. I am a fan of Viggo Mortensen for years and a fan of Mahershala Ali since Moonlight. The fact that this is based on real people is something that I enjoy immensely. The story not only has a lot of drama & emotion but bits of humor in it. But, I think it is the story of how a friendship was formed despite the difference in race and class status during a trip to the Deep South. This is a movie that will have a powerful message and story to tell.

― C & M ―

Hunter Killer   

Studio: Lionsgate / Summit
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Synopsis:
An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. It seems that this movie may have a bit of potential to be a good movie. It is nice to see Gerard Butler change it up a bit and not be the sole focus and involved in all the action. The movie seems like a mixture of a lot of different movies that most of might know. It has a decent enough storyline, a good supporting cast, and from what I see some good naval battles and Navy Seal action sequences. It seems like this movie was more suited for the Summer Movie Season though.

― C & M ―

If Beale Street Could Talk   

Studio: Annapurna Pictures
Release Date: November 30, 2018
Synopsis:
A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. Wow! Barry Jenkins is definitely on a roll. I enjoyed Moonlight immensely but I think this movie might be even better. This is a beautiful shot trailer that has a lot of emotional depth to it. I love the subtle progression from budding romance to incarceration. The story is going to be chock full of emotion and drama that the viewer will be heavily invested in the characters. It is going to be interested to see how this movie ends, giving the times and legal system I am not getting my hopes up for a happy ending.

― C & M ―

King Of Thieves   

Studio: Working Title Films
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
A crew of retired crooks pull off a major heist in London’s jewelry district.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This has got my attention by being based on a true event. Plus, it is about the biggest heist in Britain history. I am loving this ensemble male cast of senior citizens as well. There are a number of gentlemen that I enjoy watching. Also, it reminds me of a much older version of Ocean’s 11 with all the joking around they are doing with one another.

― C & M ―

Lizzie   

Studio: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Synopsis:
A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This is the umpteenth version of the imfamous Lizzie Borden and the murders she committed. Even though, it touches on the same subject as other movies, this does look like it will be interesting. I think it has to do with the casting of Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. Chloe is great as Lizzie and the two ladies have good chemistry with one another. It will be interesting to see what or if they change parts of it, or expand on certain portions of the story. It will get my money when it comes out.

― C & M ―

Operation Finale   

Studio: MGM
Release Date: August 29, 2018
Synopsis:
15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This movie looks even better than I thought it would be after the first trailer. There is definitely going to be a lot more dramatic, emotional, and even psychological moments in this. I am loving the interactions between Sir Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac, that looks like it’s going to be a lot of fireworks between them. It looks like they will be giving ample time to the operation and the after-math, so we definitely should get our monies worth. I love movies like this because you get a behind the scenes look at some of the things they most people were not privy to or written about in the history books. This might have some Award nomination potential.

― C & M ―

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich   (Red-band)

Studio: Cinestate
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Synopsis:
All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This definitely took me back to the 90’s when this horror movies series was running rampant. I think I saw the first two but none of the many others that followed. The movie reminds me of all the great cheesy horror movies of the early 90’s. It has the look, the same type of acting, and the horror/blood sequences are spot on. This actually looks like it might be a lot of fun.

― C & M ―

Slaughterhouse Rulez   

Studio: Catalyst Global Media
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
An illustrious British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-LOW. Normally I would be a bit more excited about a British movie and even more so for a horror one. But, this movie looks pretty goofy and not in a good way. They do a good job of getting moviegoers interested by having Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in it. But, they are more the supporting characters as the teenagers seem be carrying the majority of the workload. Hopefully, we can get another trailer soon that is better and can change my A.F. rating for this.

― C & M ―

Smallfoot   

Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Synopsis:
A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This looks like it could be a nice hit with the kids. The animation is good, a bit more cartoonish for me taste. But, it is the story that really interests me. I love how they flip the Bigfoot legend around for humans. They were a lot of funny moments and it should be a good wholesome movie for families to enjoy together.

― C & M ―

Storm Boy   

Studio: Ambience Entertainment
Release Date:
Synopsis:
Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a highly emotional tale of a young boy growing up on the beautiful but uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia who unexpectedly rescues and then raises three orphaned pelicans. When he forms a close bond with them, he finds himself at odds with his fisherman father and his life takes a new and unexpected turn.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This looks like a very heart-warming movie. What’s not to like about a boy and his pets. Throw in a little father son dynamic and you got a good coming of age film. I like the fact that we are seeing the film in now and back then through the eyes of the young man as an old man. It is looking like the beginning of the New Year will have at least one pretty good movie to watch.

― C & M ―

The Happytime Murders   (Red-band)

Studio: STX Entertainment
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Synopsis:
When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. This movie is so extremely inappropriate but it had me cracking up so damn much. It is not just bad language, but the crazy scenes and the context the words are being used in. I cannot wait for the movie to get here because it’s probably going to be more fun the South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut movie was … and I love that movie!

― C & M ―

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms   

Studio: Buena Vista
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Synopsis:
A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I have been a fan of the Nutcracker ballet since I was a kid. It is good to see a movie that expands on that. The movie looks amazing and has a nice fairy tale feel to it. The SFX, sets, and costumes are all top-notch. There are a lot of good actresses in this, but it is the young lead Mackenzie Foy that is the center of the movie and she seems to be holding her own. It looks like the hits from Disney just keep on coming.

― C & M ―

Venom   

Studio: Sony / Columbia
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Synopsis:
When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. I am a fan of Marvel movies, and even despite it not being a MCU movie I am still excited to watch it. I am a bit upset they changed not only Venom’s origin but his costume. I do understand why they did it but still do not like it. They did get the interactions between Eddie and Venom right though. The SFX look great and the action sequence look like a lot of fun. I am not digging how the enemy reminds me of Iron Monger from the first Iron Man movie. Let’s hope their big fight is good enough to alleviate my concern about it. Regardless, I am going to enjoy watching the movie.

― C & M ―

What Men Want   

Studio: Paramount
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Synopsis:
A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This is the latest movie to be remade and given a gender switch to give it a different perspective. Unlike those other movies, it really works for this movie. I am loving how it is set in the Sports Agents market as I could not really get into the women advertising setting of the original. I love all the cameos that this movie has. It will be interesting to see what male thoughts will be up there on the big screen. I hope we do not end up looking too bad. Lol.

― C & M ―

Widows   

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Synopsis:
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. This movie look frickin’ awesome. I have been enjoying how women are getting more meaty movie roles lately, especially in a big movie like this. I love how they take center stage once their husbands are killed. Even they have not done anything like that before, they step up big time. It will be interesting to see how novices handle a big score like this. I love a good criminal heist movie and giving it a spin like this should make it even more interesting.

― C & M ―

For our Mixers with a more eclectic film palette, here’s a smaller movie you might miss out on.  This is something we here at CocktailsandMovies.com we like to call … an extra sip!

Climax   

Studio: A24
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. The latest movie from Gaspar Noe looks interesting. I like his last movie Enter The Void and this looks like it could be just as good. At the moment, it looks like a dance troupe that go bonkers after drinking spiked drink. It will be interesting to see what becomes of that, does it turn horrific and deranged or it just petty emotions and jealousy that come up. The former makes for a better movie, but we shall see.

― C & M ―

The Guilty   

Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Synopsis:
A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This movie reminds me of the movie The Call that came out a few years ago. Except the office does not leave the police station and all the action is heard by him through the phone. I think that hearing the action only and not seeing it adds a level of tension to it. I am interested in seeing another trailer to this, but I do not think we could learn anything more about the movie though.

― C & M ―

That’s all for this week’s Thursday Trailer Tap!  If you’ve got a new trailer you want us to feature on The Thursday Trailer Tap.  Send us the link at INFO@COCKTAILSANDMOVIES.COM and we’ll credit you for the find.

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