Dumbo Flies in the Full Trailer for Disney's Remake

So here’s the full length trailer for Tim Burton’s Dumbo, which looks…I don’t know. An awful lot of CG, as per usual with these Disney remakes. Also, I can’t help but think Dumbo looks sort of creepy in this (especially in that clown makeup). All the humans are to make up for the fact that the only characters who actually speak in the 1940 animated classic are Timothy Mouse (missing entirely in this version) and the other elephants. But people went nuts over the new version of “Baby Be Mine” heard in the first teaser, and maybe circus nostalgia is in right now (the recent success of The Greatest Showman), so I’m guessing this will probably be a hit.

Woody and the Gang Are Back in First 'Toy Story 4' Teaser

This weird teaser shows a new toy, Forky, being introduced but is basically just a glimpse of the toys again- Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky, the Potato Heads and Hamm are back for another movie, the first since 2010’s Toy Story 3, which was always the perfect ending. I had mixed feelings about them doing another one, but of course I’ll be seeing it, because you can’t not, if you’re a Toy Story viewer. Summer 2019, people.

I feel like this poster seems a bit ominous for Woody somehow- maybe he’ll be separating from the rest of the guys at the end of this one?:


'How to Train Your Dragon' Series Concludes With 'The Hidden World'

I’ve always liked this series, so I’m glad it got to end on its own terms. The Hidden World sees Toothless, Hiccup and the gang reunited for the final chapter, where Toothless attracts a mate in the female version of his species. This is the first film in the franchise to be distributed by Universal, which acquired DreamWorks in 2016. Be interesting to see how that affects the movie’s box office. It’s coming out February 22nd.

Natalie Portman is a Villainous Pop Star in 'Vox Lux'

This movie is sort of a last minute entry into the awards race this year, but it got pretty great reviews when it premiered in Toronto. The trailer makes it look like Portman’s the star, but apparently Neon is placing her in the supporting actress category for potential Oscar buzz, because most of this movie is about her younger self, played by a different actress (again, you cannot tell that from this trailer). It comes out December 7th.

Nicole Kidman Seeks Revenge in 'Destroyer'

As a longtime Nicole Kidman fan, I’m always in for a good performance from her, but this one reminds me of The Hours a little bit, where the excessive makeup might be distracting from the movie. Other than that, it’s supposed to be pretty good, according to the reviews, if somewhat relentless and grim. It’s coming out at Christmas, in case you’re in the mood for the exact opposite of holiday fun.

Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard Star in 'The Aftermath'

This post WWII drama is based on a book that I actually read, and it’s coming out next April. The romance in the book was a pretty slow burn, but obviously the movie is going to play that part up big-time, especially with the actors they cast. Actually, Skarsgard’s character is the most interesting one in the book, but I’m not sure if he has the chops to give him all the complexity he had on the page (I think he tends to get cast for his looks- he’s supposed to be German in this, but not sure that’s a German accent I’m hearing in this trailer).

Disney Revs Up Nostalgia With First 'Aladdin' Teaser

In a very similar fashion to the first Beauty and the Beast teaser, we hear the original Alan Menken score and hear the voice of the Cave of Wonders, as Disney counts on the profound love of Renaissance-era Disney films among millennials (especially those first four, in The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King) to gin up another billion dollar hit at the box office. I’d rather just watch the old movies, to be honest. There’s something weird and cynical about movies that exist solely to play off nostalgia and love of the old films- again, why not just re-release those old movies?

Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' Coming in December

A last minute surprise release was added to the 2018 calendar last week, as Clint Eastwood’s The Mule (written by his Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk) is suddenly slated to arrive in December. Eastwood actually stars in this, his first acting role in 6 years, and at age 88 too. As off as he might be in real life (I’ll never forget that empty chair moment at the RNC in 2012), it is admirable that anyone his age is still directing and starring in their own movies. Don’t know if this one will be any good or not, but you gotta give him that.

New Extended Look at James Wan's 'Aquaman'

I missed this one the other day, but here’s a 5 minute trailer for Aquaman, coming out in December. Curiously, this was WB and the DC Universe’s only movie this year. Looks pretty dumb if you ask me. I was one of the unfortunate few who saw the Justice League movie, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is not what I’d call a charismatic lead. Also, all the CG action looks like a video game in this.

New Look at 'Mary, Queen of Scots'

This is a better trailer than the first, which made it look pretty bad, but I’m still unsure on it. Also, Margot Robbie’s makeup in this is just SO distracting- I feel like the makeup department could have done a better job. It’s set to close the AFI Film Festival in November, which is kind of a hit and miss slot for premieres. There’s no telling on this one yet, but I don’t have a good feeling about it.