Resort To Love – NR – Comedy, Romance – Netflix
A romantic comedy about aspiring pop star Erica (Christina Milian) who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious Mauritius island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown. She tries to keep their past relationship a secret from his bride-to-be Beverly, but Erica rediscovers her feelings for her ex, Jason (Jay Pharoah), despite his brother Caleb’s (Sinqua Walls) attempts to keep them from falling back in love. In this warm and funny romantic story that explores the bonds of love and family, the question soon becomes will Erica sing at Beverly’s wedding – or her own?
Alicia Keys, Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah, Steven Tsuchida, Maggie Malina, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Tabi McCartney, Dana Schmalenberg
The Green Knight – R – Action, Fantasy – Nationwide
An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, THE GREEN KNIGHT tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.
Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, David Lowery, Barry Keoghan, Dev Patel, Ralph Ineson, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston
Twist – R – Drama, Remake – VOD / Digital
Inspired by Charles Dickens’s iconic novel Oliver Twist, this action-fueled crime-thriller set in contemporary London follows the journey of Twist (Raff Law), a gifted graffiti artist trying to find his way after the loss of his mother. Lured into a street gang headed by the paternal Fagin (Oscar® winner* Michael Caine), Twist is attracted to the lifestyle — and to Red (Sophie Simnett), an alluring member of Fagin’s crew. But when an art theft goes wrong, Twist’s moral code is tested as he’s caught between Fagin, the police, and a loose-cannon enforcer (Lena Headey).
Jason Maza, Sophie Simnett, John Wrathall, Michael Caine, Lena Headey, Rita Ora, Raff Law, Noel Clarke
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‘Should I Watch This’? New Movie and TV Review Site ‘Taste’ Has The Solution
Posted on July 27, 2021, 9:00 am
When it comes to picking the next movie or TV show, ‘should I watch this?’ may be the ultimate question. With your discerning taste and thousands of streaming options, it can be difficult to decide if something is ‘worth the watch’. After hours of scrolling through menus, decision fatigue can set in, and you may find yourself needing a second opinion.
It’s easy to look up public and critic ratings on ‘IMDb’ and ‘Rotten Tomatoes’, but online community ‘Taste’ believes it’s also important to hear from ‘those who share your personal taste’. With hundreds of thousands already using its app, the New York-based startup focuses on movie and TV reviews from like-minded users.
Taste has just launched a new website, allowing movie lovers to join this community directly from their web browser.
Taste founder John Lin explains; “We believe that the people most qualified to help you decide what to watch, are those who love the same things you do. Our app has been connecting like-minded people, helping them discover the hidden gems that would’ve otherwise been missed.”
It takes seconds to create a profile, starting with a quiz to ‘calculate your taste’. The platform then finds users with strikingly similar interests and highlights their reviews. This allows you to search across thousands of films & shows to compare two ratings, the first from ‘Users Like You’ & the second from ‘All Users’.
Useful lists like “Top Rated (among ‘Users Like You’)” and “Hidden Gems” also help identify the titles that match your unique taste. So next time you’re stuck in front of the Apple TV flip-flopping between options… check with your community on Taste first.
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The Golden Trailer Awards Announces Winners of the 21st Annual Awards Show
Posted on July 26, 2021, 9:00 am
The Golden Trailer Awards announced the winners of the 21st annual awards ceremony last night from Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greenville, Tennessee. The ceremony ran from 7-9pm EDT and the streaming version can be viewed at Goldentrailer.com.
The GTAs recognize the best trailers and marketing for movies and tv/streaming series along with the talented professionals who create the work. The 21st annual awards show was dedicated in appreciation of all the medical professionals, first responders and frontline workers who kept our country functioning throughout Covid’s economic shutdown. Due to the pandemic, this year’s wider than usual eligibility window allowed for content created between April 2019—April 2021 to be considered for the awards.
This year’s show was hosted by Tennessee’s own Leanne Morgan, who has just embarked on headlining her own 100 city comedy tour, selling out venues across the country. Morgan said, “This beautiful event is particularly special because of the incredible talent of everyone involved— those who created the trailers that were honored, and the team who produced the awards as well.”
Presenters included Josh Black, Nashville-based stand up comedian, and Jesslee, rising country-pop music artist from NBC’s The Voice, with actor and comedian Neal Reddy from Netflix’s Queer Eye rounding out the line up.
GTA co-founder Monica Brady said, “Congratulations to all of this years’ honorees and nominees, the talent we continue to see each year is unparalleled and we’re grateful for everyone who came out in support of the heroes in healthcare, food service, transportation, emergency services, and more who went to work (while we worked from home) and kept us all going.”
The jury consisted of top-level directors, producers, actors, writers, executives and advertising creatives. This year’s winners are:
BEST OF SHOW A Quiet Place: Part II “Keep Listening”, Paramount Pictures, Create
Best Action 1917, Universal Pictures, Motive
Best Animation/Family Soul “Chicken Soup”, The Walt Disney Studios, The Hive
Best Comedy Palm Springs “Loop”, Hulu, ZEALOT
Best Documentary The Painter and the Thief, NEON, JUMP CUT
Best Drama Queen & Slim, “Revolution”, Universal, Wild Card
Best Fantasy Adventure Black Widow – “Control”, Disney / Marvel, MOCEAN
Best Horror A Quiet Place: Part II “Keep Listening”, Paramount Pictures, Create
Best Independent Trailer Uncut Gems “Bet on This”, A24, GrandSon
Best Music Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom “Attention”, Netflix, GrandSon
Best Thriller Joker “Open Mic”, WARNER BROS., JAX
Best Video Game Trailer Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, “Cinematic World Premiere Trailer”, Ubisoft, Buddha Jones
Golden Fleece Capone “Gangster”, Vertical Entertainment, Sequence Creative
Most Original Trailer Cherry “Memory”, Apple TV+, Rogue Planet
Best Summer 2021 Blockbuster Trailer F9, “Path”, Universal Pictures, AV Squad
Best Teaser JoJo Rabbit Teaser, Searchlight Pictures, Motive
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Movies Coming Out This Weekend – July 23rd
Posted on July 23, 2021, 9:00 am
Old – PG13 – Thriller, Suspense
A chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Kylie Begley, Nolan River, Alexa Swinton, M. Night Shyamalan, Eliza Scanlen, Alex Wolff, Rufus Sewell, Emun Elliott
Snake Eyes – PG13 – Action, Adventure
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him. Based on the iconic G.I. Joe character, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and Iko Uwais as Hard Master.
Henry Golding, Samara Weaving, David Ellison, Iko Uwais, Robert Schwentke, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Úrsula Corberó, Andrew Koji
Midnight In The Switchgrass – R – Thriller, Cime
While in Florida on another case, FBI agents Helter (Willis) and Lombardo (Fox) cross paths with state cop Crawford (Hirsch), who’s investigating a string of female murders that appear to be related. Lombardo and Crawford team up for an undercover sting, but it goes horribly wrong, plunging Lombardo into grave danger and pitting Crawford against a serial killer in a twisted game of cat and mouse.
Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch, Megan Fox, Randall Emmett, Lukas Haas, Michael Beach, Welker White, Alan Horsnail
Joe Bell – R – Drama. True Story
The true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.
Mark Wahlberg, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Jake Gyllenhaal, Larry McMurtry, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Maxwell Jenkins, Morgan Lily
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Hollywood Archive: Matt Damon
Posted on July 21, 2021, 9:00 am
Matt Damon is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Ranked among Forbes’ most bankable stars, the films in which he has appeared have collectively earned over $3.12 billion at the North American box office, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions. He made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza. He came to prominence in 1997 when he and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and earned Damon a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He continued to garner praise from critics for his roles as the title character in Saving Private Ryan, the antihero in The Talented Mr. Ripley, a fallen angel in Dogma, an energy analyst in Syriana, a corrupt Irish-American policeman in The Departed, and race car driver Carroll Shelby in Ford v Ferrari.
Damon is also known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise and as a con man in the Ocean’s trilogy. Damon has also performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films, and has established two production companies with Affleck. He has been involved in charitable work with organizations including the One Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Water.org.