CocktailsandMovies.com Thursday Trailer Tap – 09/21/17

by Duwayne Tso

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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 IT scared away the competition for the 2nd week in a row! 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. Now that the summer season is a distant image in our rear-view mirror, we have gotten a lot more movie trailers to view for this week’s The Thursday Trailer Tap

This week we are getting good looks at movies coming out this Fall and early 2018. This week we have SEVEN trailers we are seeing for the first time and SIX new trailers for movies we have previewed in the past. This week we have trailers about a blind woman getting her eyes open in more than one way, the kidnapping of the Getty heir, a zombie musical, horror movie version of Home Alone, a beloved children’s book is brought to life, kids are sucked into a video game, two man to be the top dog at the old age home, a young man investigates the murder of his friend, a woman becomes a Russian spy, an elderly woman reminiscences about her past through his diary, a woman befriends a created imprisoned by the U.S. government, the beginning of how Lara Croft became the Tomb Raider, and two kids from different eras try to solve a mystery!

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 THIRTEEN new trailers for you to sample from our Thursday Trailer Tap!

– C&M –

All I See Is You     

Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Synopsis:
A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This movie reminds me slightly of The Ticket that came out last year, although this looks more interesting. Blake Lively is on a bit of streak lately with her movie choices and Jason Clarke has been providing good consistent performances even more so as a bad guy. This trailer shows us the couple and the regaining of her eyesight but it still keeps the mystery and suspense of what the MacGuffin for the movie is about.

― C & M ―

All The Money In The World     

Studio: Tris-Star
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Synopsis:
A left-wing paramilitary organization in Italy hatches a massive kidnapping plot in the 1970s.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This looks great! I love how they begin with opulence and prestige of being a Getty, but then transitions to having the name but not actually being one. Michelle Williams gives a great performance as the mother trying to get back her son. It is good to see Mark Wahlberg venture outside his comfort zone with this role. The story is very interesting and suspenseful, and it will be interesting to learn more about the Getty kidnapping. The high point albeit brief was Kevin Spacey as Getty, and when you learn that he won’t pay the ransom. That gave me chills!

― C & M ―

Anna And The Apocalypse     

Studio: Blazing Griffin
Release Date: TBD
Synopsis:
A girl and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. I have mixed emotions about this. I like a good zombie movie but as a musical, I am not so sure. It reminds me of a cross between Shaun Of The Dead and Warm Bodies, with the addition of the dance and music. It is innovative in that regards, but I am not sure there are a lot of movie viewers that like both genres and want to see a mash-up of that. I am hoping the next trailer can help make up my mind.

― C & M ―

Better Watch Out     

Studio: Well Go USA
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Synopsis:
On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This looks like a good twisted version of Home Alone. I like how they add the babysitter crush into the mix, which gives our hero an opportunity to save and impress the girl. Although from the looks of it, he may take it a little too far. This is definitely going to be a lot of bloody violence to it, perhaps even a bit of torture. This are two essential ingredients to a good holiday movie. Well at least in my mind that is.

― C & M ―

Ferdinand     

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Synopsis:
After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. I like the first trailer more as this trailer gives the impression that they have updated the story with childish humor. What have they done to that childhood classic story I so enjoyed? The animation is pretty good and it still brings across important life lessons for kids. It does have an Ice Age feel to it’s characters and that is not something I really like too much.

― C & M ―

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle     

Studio: Sony / Columbia
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Synopsis:
Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they choose.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. I was not a fan when I heard they were going to make a sequel to Jumanji. Even more so, when I saw the teaser trailer that had a Power Rangers vibe to it. But, now I am excited to see it. I love how they bring the video game feel to it that any gamer will recognize and appreciate. The real kicker is the fact that they have three lives, which means everyone is probably going to die a few times. This movie has a lot of action and humor, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

― C & M ―

Just Getting Started     

Studio: Broad Green Pictures
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Synopsis:
A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run about an ex-FBI agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-LOW. This has more of a Grumpy Old Men feel to it then it does Midnight Run. The cast for this is great but it does seem like they are trying too hard or phoning it in. I like the part of the movie that deals with each guy trying to outdo the other and be the top dog. But, it’s the part that they team-up to take on the mob that seems unrealistic. There are some funny lines but also lines that fall flat. I am hoping that the next trailer can fix the things I do not like about the movie.

― C & M ―

November Criminals     

Studio: Lotus Entertainment
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Synopsis:
A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This looks like it be a good movie provided if it does not fall into the pitfalls of teenage/young adult movies. I have been a fan of Ansel Elgort since The Fault In Our Stars, so it’s good to see that he is getting some good lead roles. I like how the storyline could easily be pulled from a headline from today, so it is something that may be appealing to movie-goers. I like a good criminal investigation and it should be interesting to see how an untrained teenage goes about it.

― C & M ―

Red Sparrow     

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Synopsis:
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM-HIGH. This is a great teaser trailer. It definitely could easily be a Black Widow origin story with the spy training and action. It has that La Femme Nikita feel to it, with just a smidgen of Atomic Blonde to take it up a notch. Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrong in my eyes, I even liked her in Mother! It will be interesting to see her as a spy and as kind of a villain. I can’t wait to see what a full trailer shows us.

― C & M ―

The Secret Scripture     

Studio: Vertical Entertainment
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Synopsis:
A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. This is like The Notebook but more dramatic and emotional than romantic. Rooney Mara looks great in this movie, she is definitely becoming an amazing actress with her diverse acting roles. It is good to see Vanessa Redgrave as the older version. I feel like the men are nowhere near the same level as the ladies’ acting. It will be interesting to see how she remembers the things that happen and what her diary says. This could definitely provide for some interesting twists.

― C & M ―

The Shape Of Water     

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Synopsis:
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. From the first teaser trailer I saw, I have been eagerly awaiting for this movie to debut. Everything about it looks like it will be a wonderful and beautiful movie. Sally Hawkins is amazing despite not being able to talk, she expresses so much emotion with her looks and gestures. Michael Shannon is always great when he gets to play the bad guy. The supporting cast is great, particularly Doug Jones who is playing the creature. Guillermo Del Toro always creates such beautiful fantasy worlds and characters. I can not wait to see how this magical story ends.

― C & M ―

Tomb Raider     

Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Synopsis:
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

Anticipation Factor: MEDIUM. Reboots have not had a good track record of late. Add the fact that video game movie adaptions have an even worse track record and you have quite a bit going against this movie. I like Alicia Vikander, she’s a great actress but definitely does not have the Tomb Raider feel to her like Angelina Jolie did. This movie does have a lot of the things that the Tomb Raider video game was known for in terms of action and figuring out the clues. Walton Goggins is always a good choice to play a villain. I am hoping that Alicia slowly grows on me in future movie trailers.

― C & M ―

Wonderstruck     

Studio: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Synopsis:
The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

Anticipation Factor: HIGH. I like this movie a lot. I love how this mystery is being told from two different eras as well as in two different visual styles. Todd Haynes does a great job of crafting a beautiful movie. I am impressed by the talent of the two young leads, Millicent Simmonds and Oakes Fegley. They do a wonderful job of holding our interests in their respective storylines. It will be an interesting adventure ride to see how these two stories are connected and how Julianne Moore fits into each of the storylines.

― 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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