Motherless Brooklyn leads the new cinema releases December 6th 2019

Motherless BrooklynThis week, there are FIVE new films out for you to choose from, led by Motherless Brooklyn. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    Motherless Brooklyn
    Honey Boy
    The Wolf’s Call (aka Le chant du loup)
    Lucy In The Sky
    Ordinary Love

Motherless Brooklyn is set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, and follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve his friend’s murder. Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.

This looks like a brilliant movie and I can’t wait to see it.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Honey Boy comes from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, as award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams.

Fictionalising his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbour and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.

This looks to be a very quirky work, but I do want to check it out.

Director: Alma Har’el
Writer: Shia LaBeouf
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Laura San Giacomo, FKA Twigs, Natasha Lyonne, Maika Monroe, Clifton Collins Jr

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

The Wolf’s Call (aka Le chant du loup) revolves around a young submariner who has a unique hearing. He works as an acoustics and can recognize any sound. The fate of many people depends on his ability, and a mistake threatens the life of the entire crew of the submarine.

Trying to regain the confidence of his comrades, he conducts his own investigation of military provocation. It put the whole world at risk of a nuclear apocalypse. Now the elite combat team has to do everything possible to prevent a world war. They need to do the almost impossible, since the main command order is not subject to cancellation.

This certainly looks like an entertaining movie based on the trailer, so I am looking forward to it.

Writer/Director: Antonin Baudry
Stars: François Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Lucy In The Sky (with diamonds, hence the title of the film and how the trailer leads into the song by The Beatles) stars Natalie Portman in the titular role of Lucy Cola, a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a life-changing mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality… and you get a feel of that from this, even if it doesn’t delve much into the story… but then that’s why it’s just a teaser, and not a full trailer… even though it goes on for almost three minutes.

This film definitely has a ’70s vibe with her haircut and the style of the environment and everyone around her, so it also made me think of the era of Alien, and did make me wonder if it might be part of that canon, initially… but it’s not.

Director: Noah Hawley
Producers: John Cameron, Noah Hawley, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon
Screenplay: Brian C Brown, Elliott DiGuiseppi, Noah Hawley
Also stars: Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, Pearl Amanda Dickson

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Ordinary Love claims to be a film that takes an extraordinary look at ordinary love, but this is one of those trailers that basically shows you the entire film in one two-minute chunk.

And it looks like it stinks, so it’s saved me an awful lot of time, since we can see Tom and Joan (Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville) are a couple who are very deep in love, but Joan finds out she has breast cancer and what follows looks like exactly what we were expecting.

But then maybe Liam is trying to make something incredibly dull, just to take our minds off the time from earlier in the year when he outed himself as a racist?

Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Writer: Owen McCafferty
Also stars: David Wilmot, Amit Shah, Esh Alladi

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!