Coming Soon Trailers: A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo, Strangers 2.
Four new wide releases arrive this week, including one of my most anticipated – A Wrinkle in Time.
Director Ava DuVernary delivers her universe bending sci fi opus, A Wrinkle in Time, this week. While I’m starting to get bummed that Disney owns EVERYTHING, I am still very excited for one of my all time favorite books to finally make it to the big screen. Also new this week, Gringo stars David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron in a dark comedy thriller set in Mexico and we get a long awaited sequel to the very creepy horror movie Strangers. Oh, and Hurricane Heist is a thing, if you need another crappy heist movie in your diet.
The VOD selections this week are less numerous than recent weeks, but they make up for quantity with quality. A strong documentary, a surreal crime thriller, and a richly atmospheric story from Venezuela are all worth your time.
A Wrinkle in Time.
Young Meg Murry’s life is falling apart after the disappearance of her father, a well known physicist. Three mysterious strangers approach Meg and her preternaturally gifted brother Charles with a chilling revelation: a dark force has imprisoned their father in another dimension and it is up to Meg and Charles to save him…and the whole of creation.
See It?: Yes!
A Wrinkle in Time is a difficult story to translate to the big screen. It’s an odd story about physics and metaphysics, filled with strange characters and distinctly lacking the big action sequences that would normally sell such a grandiose sci fi epic. I trust Ava DuVernay to pull it off, and she’s assembled a wicked cast. If nothing else, the trailer is filled with visual spectacle that may be the prettiest film of the year.
A mild mannered man on he edge of bankruptcy (David Oyelowo) is pulled into a web of deceit and intrigue during a clandestine trip to Mexico.
See It?: Yes.
David Oyelowo (Selma) plays our “in over his head” protagonist with just the right level of alarm and delightful shrieking. Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde) is a scene-dominating force and Sharlto Copley (Harcore Henry) is always a treat. It feels like the film is flying by the seat of its pants, but has the talent and bizarre premise to pull it off.
The Hurricane Heist
One security officer with a secret passcode is all that stands between dozens ruthless criminals and the US treasury deposit in rural Alabama. The thieves have planned to use a storm to cover their tracks, and everyone’s live is on the line when the storm becomes a raging hurricane.
See It?: Nope.
This brazen action fest feels more Sharknado than Fast and Furious. Leaning into southerner stereotypes, it’s just too over the top. Some may like the mindless spectacle, but the cheesy effects and silly action just don’t cal to me, especially with so many better heist movies due out this year.
Strangers: Prey at Night.
A couple on a road trip plan on staying with distant relatives in a secluded trailer park, but arrive to find it deserted. As they search for answers, they come across a clan of psychopaths in masks who make their night a living hell.
See It?: Sure.
I can’t say that this trailer does much new in the crazy strangers genre, as you can see many time-worn tropes on display front and center. What it does have is swagger and confidence, which makes many of the scares pop in a way that horror films with less polish can’t pull off. If you’re a fan of the genre, this looks promising.
Video on Demand.
The Terrible Two
A young couple move into a house with a dark history. The house claims the lives of their twin daughters and slowly begins to drive the couple insane. When the young mother becomes convinced that her girls have returned to her, the real horror begins.
See It?: Nope.
The premise is interesting, a fresh re-combination of many haunting/haunted house tropes. The execution is terrible, with clunky pacing, stilted dialogue and an overblown performance from the female lead. Avoid this house of horrors.
A documentary about the life and legacy of Chris Hondros, a photojournalist who covered many of the most desperate wars and conflicts of the 21st century.
See It?: Yes.
This documentary about Chris Hondros, a revolutionary photojournalist who covered many of the forgotten wars of the last two decades (and tragically died while covering the conflict in Libya) is every bit as haunting and beautiful as Hondros’ photos.
Los Angeles Overnight.
A failing actress is at the end of her rope until she overhears some shady characters talking about hidden money. She seduces a naive patron at the diner she works at and recruits him to help her steal the money. Things do not go according to plan.
See It?: Sure.
A weird and eccentric film that knows that it is weird and eccentric can either be free to do cool things or bog down in “auteur’s syndrome” where it becomes baroque and self-important. This film seems to have enough restraint to be the former. I’m hoping all of the references to David Lynch are paid off, because then you could have a very interesting dark comedy/crime story.
During the economic collapse unfolding in Venezuela, a young father must resort to increasingly desperate measures to keep his family together. When his family’s dilapidated home is scheduled for demolition, he is forced to believe in the rumor about a valuable but cursed relic being hidden somewhere in the crumbling house.
See It?: Yes.
Dripping with atmosphere and refusing to overplay its premise, this trailer gets its hooks in you. I want to see more, in the best way possible.