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My Hot Picks for Movies to Watch Out For!

I’ve been binge-watching film trailers on YouTube the whole day and thought of sharing with you guys my top favorites so far – the interesting ones that got me all excited to go watch them on the big screen! It’s just a shame that most of this films won’t probably be getting any local releases but I’m keeping my fingers crossed right now. Check these trailers out!

1. Krystal
Director: William H. Macy
Cast: Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, Rosario Dawson, William H. Macy, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, Felicity Huffman, Rick Fox, Jacob Latimore, T.I., Amy Parrish

Plot: A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her. (IMDb)

This kinda reminds me of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha’s The Rebound where the young guy fell for the older girl, they got together but at the end they’d realize their priorities in life. Hah! This looks cute and funny though! Nick Robinson looks absolutely adorable here!

US Release Date: April 13, 2018 (The film had its premier back in November 2017 at the Virgina Film Festival)

2. On Chesil Beach
Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. (IMDb)

Now, this looks absolutely fantastic! This is looking to be another Ronan’s possible entries to next year’s Oscars. I haven’t personally read the book but I’ve read a summary of it before and it’s really interesting and uhm, sad.

US Release Date: May 18, 2018 (The film had its premier back in September 2017 at the Toronto International Film Festival)

3. The Seagull
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen

An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Boris Trigorin, a successful novelist and her lover. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate who is in a relationship with Konstantin, falls in love with Boris. (IMDb)

Now, this one has Oscars written all over it! Based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, the film doesn’t lack in its star-power with former Academy Award nominees Benning and Winningham providing support for Ronan. Moss looks absolutely brilliant here as well! I hope they’d show this one locally!!!!

US Release Date: May 11, 2018 (The film will premiere on April 21, 2018 at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival)

4. Adrift
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. (IMDb)

I loved Shailene! Even the horrendous Divergent film series was made bearable by her. She’s also fantastic in Big Little Lies!  Now, I am hoping that this one will pick up steam and get her the attention leading up to next year’s Awards season. On to the film, I did a bit of a research and it tells me that the guy in the trailer (played by Claflin) was not really discovered along with his wife. Uhm, so there ya go…

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And of course, I am just waiting for Avengers: Infinity War three weeks from now and Love, Simon (whose books I’ve read but didn’t like) which is getting a late release here but I’m really excited to watch it because it’s gotten tremendous support and good praises from the film community!

 

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Review: Ruby Sparks (2012)

Ruby Sparks

From Director Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris of Little Miss Sunshine comes Ruby Sparks that centers on once-famous novelist Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) and his struggles to come up with another novel worthy of talk. Advised by his therapist to find inspiration, Calvin created Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan,) his fictitious girlfriend who mysteriously came to life. With Ruby, Calvin changed both for the better and for the worst.

I love the thought of Ruby popping right up tp Calvin’s life ins’t mind-nagging at all. I mean, despite it’s impossibility, it still created a realistic narrative of the relationship between them.

Kazan who also wrote the screenplay was really good in this. She provided subdued and funny, also annoying moments that adequately complimented Dano’s sublime performance.

Overall, the film sparks enormous creativity, although boxed by an impossible premise, its persistent storyline consistently developed from start to finish.

Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina

Rating: 8/10

Review: The Kids Are All Right (2010)

via wikipedia
via wikipedia

On DVD.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson

The Kids Are All Right has got to win something at the Oscars. This was my first reaction immediately after watching the film on DVD. It goes to show that you don’t really need to spend millions to create something as refreshing and as grandiose (story-wise) as this film. It is definitely a very, very good watch. It’s fresh, raw and very well acted.

Plot: Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) are lesbian couple who have each given birth to a child using the same sperm donor. Their youngest child Laser (Josh Hutcherson) was eager to meet his sperm donor Father but was very young to contact the facility so he asked his 18-year old sis Joni (Mia Wasikowska) to make the call and have them meet their biological father Paul played by Mark Ruffalo. The meeting went well and that’s the beginning of Paul’s entrance to the family.

Jules have a landscaping businnes and Paul asks her to landscape his garden. Jules immediately said yes but Nic thinks that it’s not a very good idea since they are initially uncomfortable with the idea of Paul spending time with the kids. While doing the work at Paul’s garden, Jules was very thankful and suddenly kissed Paul which end up in bed and they begin to have an affair.

At the dinner in Paul’s house, Nic discovered the affair when she found Jule’s hair in Paul’s bathroom and bed. She confronted Jules and regretfully admits the affair. Nic was distraught so as the kid who are angry at Paul and Nic.

Jules eventually addressed her family and begs for forgiveness. Joni went to college and Laser told his Mom’s not to break up because they’re too old. Both giggles at Laser’s comments and the film ended showing them smiling at each other.

The dinner at Paul’s house would have to be one of my favorite scenes in the film! Annet Benning has got to win the Oscars! She is FANTASTIC! While watching this film, I am a little bit embarrassed by Nic’s actuation –it was just amazing! I cried when Jules had her speech in front of the family apologizing, explaining marriage and all! With the line“Sometimes you hurt the one you love the most” which is indeed true. The whole ensemble was great except for Mark Ruffalo’s who’s presence I didn’t feel that much. I find no depth at all –or am I supposed to look for one? LOL.

I’d give this a 9.5/10 ratings.

2011 SAG Awards Best Dressed!

drum roll please….

Sofia Vergara

Sofia is always a hit flaunting her assets in the red carpet –this time, wearing a blue Roberto Cavalli gown. We Just totally LOVE her so we are declaring her the Ultimate Best Dressed of the night!

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Julie Bowen

Julie had a make or break challenge of the night choosing to wear a black Catherine Maladrino pantsuit complete with a plunging neckline and a low back. She WORKED it BIG TIME!

January Jones

We’re going crazy mad with beautiful January donning a Carolina Herrera dress! A back-to-back stunning red carpet appearance!

Claire Danes

She finally got it right in this Louis Vuitton gown with earrings and bracelets by Fred Leighton.

Amber Riley

‘girl is looking fine in this Anne Barge creation. Whoo! Total hotness,tbh.

Dianna Agron

Dianna is looking equally fine wearing a vintage Chanel gown!

Heather Morris

She look divine in this Romona Keveza peach gown with crystal embroided bodice! Way to go girl!

Lea Michele

Lea is a star who knows how to always work the red carpet – this time wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown with matching clutch.

Natalie Portman

Big time winner Natalie was as usual looking glam rocking this his Azzaro’s “Jungle” gown with matching $2 million worth of Tiffany &Co. jewelry!

Jennifer Lawrence

Winter’s Bone Lawrence was definitely a stand out with this hot pink Oscar de la Renta gown. Yes.’We HEART it!

Honorable Fierce Mentions!

Kim Kardashian in a Marchesa plum draped chiffon gown

Julianna Margulies in Yves Saint Laurent

Hilary Swank in nude Versace

Hailee Steinfeld in a mermaid style Prada gown with orange, pink, and black stripes

Jane Lynch in Ali Rahiimi with a Swarovski clutch

Annette Bening

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