First Glance: “Terminator: Dark Fate”

It seems the Terminator franchise is harder to kill than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg killing machine himself. I mean the pretty terrible “Terminator: Genisys” couldn’t even put the series down. And now the trailer for the sixth Terminator film has landed and lets just say it hasn’t exactly eased my skepticism.

After watching it something doesn’t feel quite right. Aside from crappy title, it’s hard to get too excited about what we see. Obviously the big plus is the return of Linda Hamilton and a token glimpse of Arnie, but the rest feels pretty familiar. The new model terminators show off a couple of fresh features but they also borrow from things we have seen before. It all left me kind of cold. There is still potential there but hopefully the second trailer will do me to raise my excitement level.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” hits theaters November 1st. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

First Glance: “Midsommar”

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Writer-director Ari Aster grabbed a ton of attention following his fine feature film debut “Hereditary”. It was a stunning jolt of energy for the horror genre. Now we get his much anticipated follow-up and it looks just as creepy but in a much different way. The movie is called “Midsommar” and its full of eerie imagery and a skin-crawling vibe.

The first good move Aster makes is casting the fabulous Florence Pugh. She plays a a young woman named Dani who shares a troubled relationship with her boyfriend played by Jack Reynor. We get hints of mental illness, something “Hereditary” explored deeply. Dani travels with her boyfriend and his loud-mouthed friends to Sweden to attend a folksy, flower-power festival that happens once every 90 years. As you can guess things get pretty….macabre.

“Midsommar” hits theaters July 3rd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

First Glance: “Crawl”

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Storms are bad. Don’t believe me, just look to Hollywood who over the past couple of years has given us such storm-related terrors as “Geostorm” and “Hurricane Heist”. And one thing these two films proved is that storm-centered movies can be bad for both the characters and the audiences.

Well now there’s a new storm a brewing and it looks like it has stirred up the alligator population in southern Florida. That seems to be the basic premise of “Crawl”, a disaster horror film that I instantly dismissed until I saw Sam Raimi’s name attached. It seems he is serving as a producer for this goofy but potentially fun woman vs. nature thriller. The trailer is out and so far….I’m kinda onboard.

“Crawl” hits theaters on July 12th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

First Glance: “The Farewell”

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Personally speaking, everything about the new trailer for “The Farewell” screams must-see. The film is written and directed by Lulu Wang and is based on a deeply personal story about her grandmother’s illness. The movie showed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the buzz that followed has me pretty exciting.

The film stars Awkwafina who I admit wasn’t my favorite thing about the mega-hit “Crazy Rich Asians”. But just from the trailer we get to see her showcase some real acting chops and a range I genuinely wasn’t expecting. I can’t wait to see how she does in this emotional story of family, grief, and juggling the balance between Eastern versus Western culture.

“The Farewell” hits theaters July 12th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

First Glance: “Ophelia”

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“Vengeance, madness, a kingdom lost”. There is certainly enough there to make for a solid Shakespearean period drama. But the question is can Australian director Claire McCarthy deliver in a satisfying way? I’m anxious to give her new film “Ophelia” a shot.

For me the cast is the main attraction. Daisy Ridley steps away from “Star Wars” to play the title character. We also get Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, and George MacKay as Hamlet taking somewhat of a back seat. The new trailer offers up some striking imagery and hints at a potentially good retelling.

“Ophelia” lands in American theaters on June 28th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or give it a pass.

RIP Peter Mayhew…

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Sad news broke yesterday following the death of Peter Mayhew. Fans of Star Wars know the name well. Mayhew played the lovable, loyal Chewbacca and his passing is truly heartbreaking. The 7-foot 3-inch Englishman portrayed the Wookie from Kashyyyk throughout the original trilogy, briefly in “Revenge of the Sith” and finally in “The Force Awakens”.

Several of Mayhew’s co-stars took time to share their thoughts.

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And these wonderful words from Harrison Ford:

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This one stings. Mayhew’s Chewbacca was a big part of my childhood and still dear to the heart of this huge Star Wars fan. Chewie lives on in the films, but Mayhew’s contributions to this beloved franchise and character will always be remembered and his loss felt for a long, long time.

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