First Glance: “Honest Thief”


Liam Neeson has been busy. After already flexing his dramatic muscles in two earlier 2020 dramas (“Ordinary Love” and “Made in Italy”), Neeson gets back in crowdpleasing mode with his upcoming banger “Honest Thief”. And judging by the new trailer, the film has all the markings of a Neeson action-thriller right down to the signature gravelly-voiced one-liner “I’m comin’ for you.” Sound familiar?

Neeson plays a highly-skilled bank robber who the authorities have never managed to snag. But he turns over a new leaf once he meets and falls for Annie (Kate Walsh). Hungry for clean living, he prepares to surrender the money to police in exchange for a immunity. Two crooked cops and a shot federal agent later, Neeson finds himself framed for murder with two money-hungry detectives on his tail. I’m in.

“Honest Thief” opens October 9th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “Centigrade”


Calling director Brendan Walsh’s new film “claustrophobic” may be the understatement of the year. “Centigrade” is a film built on a suffocating premise. And as far as these types of tightly confined movies go, it’s a ‘based on a true story’ thriller that shows a lot of promise.

The film follows husband and wife Matt and Naomi (played by Vincent Piazza and Genesis Rodriguez). We don’t really know the cause, but the two of them find themselves stranded in a stalled car that’s buried under ice and snow. With both food and patience running out, the couple are pushed to the very edge in their attempts at surviving. Oh, and there are a couple of other interesting details in the new trailer I’ll let you discover for yourself.

“Centigrade” premieres in select theaters and on VOD August 28th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.


First Glance: “Sputnik”


Science-fiction, horror, suspense all rolled into one terrific looking movie. That’s my first impression of the new Russian thriller “Sputnik” from director Egor Abramenko. It was originally slated to debut at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival before joining the slew of other films pushed back due to the coronavirus. But thanks to IFC Midnight “Sputnik” is set to premiere in just a few weeks.

The first trailer looks like an intriguing mixture of “Aliens” and “The X-Files” set in the Soviet Union, 1983. A young scientist (Oksana Akinshina) is recruited by a top-secret military facility to study a mysterious parasite found in one of their cosmonauts (Pyotr Fedorov). Obviously that doesn’t turn out well at all. The trailer does a great job setting up the tone and atmosphere of what could be a chilling sci-fi treat.

“Sputnik” is set to premiere August 14th in select theaters and on VOD. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

First Glance: “Project Power”


Streaming giant Netflix is taking a pinch of action, a dash of science-fiction, and a sprinkle of superhero flavoring and mixing it all together in their new Original film “Project Power”. It comes from the directing duo of Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost and stars the interesting pair of Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Perhaps most intriguing is screenwriter Mattson Tomlin who is co-writer of the much anticipated Matt Reeves film “The Batman”.

The first trailer hints at a pretty wild story. Apparently a pill has been created that imbues whoever takes it with his or her own unique superpower. “You never know what your power is until you try it.” The catch is it only lasts five minutes meaning people are always wanting more. Of course there are some ugly side effects and of course dealers look to get rich off of abusers. Enter Foxx and Gordon-Levitt each playing characters with their own particular motivations.

“Project Power” premieres August 14th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

Great Images From Great Movies #17: “Dunkirk”


Truly great movies can leave indelible marks. It may be through an emotional connection to the story. It may be through a remarkable performance or a signature scene. But it can also be through the brilliant imagery a film can carve into your mind. That’s what this feature is all about – highlighting great images from great movies. Today we look at Christopher Nolan’s exhilarating World War II thriller “Dunkirk”.



(All images courtesy of Warner Bros.)

So what are your thoughts on “Dunkirk”? Which of these great images stick with you the most? Please share your favorites in the comments section below.

First Glance: “Tesla”


Maverick filmmaker Michael Almereyda is an interesting choice to make an idiosyncratic Nikola Tesla biopic. He writes and directs this quirky looking exploration into what became known as the “war of the currents”. And what better person to channel Almereyda’s unusual vision than Ethan Hawke. He plays the enigmatic inventor and electrical engineer whose ideas ended up being light years ahead of his time.

The new trailer for “Tesla” gives us a taste of what this trippy experimental film is going for. Breaking the fourth wall, peculiar painted backdrops, Google and Macs in the 19th century. Those are just some of the weird and stylish strokes we get. I can see “Tesla” really clicking with one audience and really falling flat for another. I’m anxious to see where I land.

“Tesla” comes out August 21st. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.