Coming Soon Trailers: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson.

Coming Soon Trailers: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson.

Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther arrives alongside a stop-motion comedy and a biblical epic.

Coming Soon Trailers: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson.
No, not that Samson!

Did you know two other movies not called Black Panther are coming out this weekend?  I know, I was surprised too!  While I have seen some promotional material for Early Man, a stop motion comedy from the creators of Wallace and Gromit, I haven’t seen so much as a still for Samson, a biblical epic about the Old Testament philistine slayer.  While most people are gearing up for Marvel’s latest offering, some of these other films available in theaters and on streaming may just tickle your fancy as well.

Wide Release.

Black Panther.

T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda to become king after the tragic loss of his father.  Challengers arise to dispute his rule, and an old rival attempts to steal the secret behind both Black Panther’s power and the fantastic technology of Wakanda, the alien metal known as Vibranium.

See It?:  Heck yeah.  (Heck, we’ve even reviewed it already!)

This film is packed to the rafter with talent, has an enigmatic and powerful protagonist in Black Panther, and tells an intricate story.  My only reservation is that there are so many characters and great actors attached to this project that it may feel too busy for our first trip to Wakanda.  Talk about an embarrassment of riches!

Early Man.

Dug and Hognob are happy living the cave-man life, but an evil king named Lord Nooth takes over the land.  Nooth is planning on dragging everyone, including our blissful troglodytes, into the bronze age and forcing them to work in his mines.  Dug and Hognob must unite the people to save their low-tech way of life.

See It?:  Rent it.

I like Nick Park’s creations.  His Wallace and Gromit series is goofy, good-natured fun for kids, and Erik particularly liked Shaun the Sheep.  While Early Man feels completely random, its likely to be more family friendly fun.  Catch a matinee or wait for this to hit streaming and fire it up with the kids.

Samson.

The story of a Hebrew hero who possessed fantastic strength, but who was brought low by an ill-advised romance.  Can he reclaim his literally God given power and stand up for his people against the overwhelming forces of the philistine army?  Seeing as there are no Philistines around today, I’m guessing he probably can.

See It?:  Sure.

Seeing as I’m a sucker for Biblical epics, Billy Zane, and Hercules, Samson is not a heavy lift for me to recommend.  Sure, it looks tacky in places and the action sequences could use some more pizazz, but the parts of the film shown after Samson is betrayed look to be juicy.  Count me in.

Limited Release.

The Double Lover.

A troubled young woman falls for her charming psychoanalyst, but discovers that he is hiding a secret life from her.

See It?:  Yes.

This erotic drama may be on the artsy fartsy side, but the thriller aspect of it is captivating.

Video on Demand.

Defective.

One massive corporation is engaged in a social experiment where the residents of its territory live in a complete police state.  The police have absolute authority over life and death, which is problematic for Rhett and Jean, two siblings who must evade them after accidentally discovering a sinister secret that threatens to bring the company down.

See It?:  Nope.

A reverse Judge Dredd smashed together with evil Robo-Cop topped with mundane action sequences, questionable effects, and a prosaic dystopian plot.

The Great Buddha.

Two night shift workers amuse themselves by watching clandestine footage from their wealthy bosses network of hidden cameras.  The usual images of raucous parties and lavish sex turn into something darker and more terrifying the longer they watch.

See It?:  Yes.

A stylish and farcical neo-noir about two dolts who see more than they should and get in way over their head.  This has swagger and confidence that bleeds through the screen, and plenty of subversive themes to spare.

The Millionaires’ Unit

A documentary about the rise of American military air power during the first world war, featuring recreations of historical dogfights using replica WW1 planes.

See It?:  For Fans of Aviation.

A solid documentary with equal measures scholarship and red meat, if you like military planes, this is for you.

Looking Glass.

A couple who purchase an out of the way motel in the desert begin to notice strange happenings and even stranger visitors.

See It?:  Sure.

Equal parts voyeurism, noir tropes, and psycho call backs, this film isn’t inventing anything new, but it does weld together enough sundry bits to look entertaining.

Black Creek.

A group of friends head to a cabin in the woods to spread the ashes of Mike and Heather’s father who used to frequent the cabin.  The time for healing and reminiscing is cut short by a demon who begins to possess members of the group and force them to commit unspeakable acts.

See It?:  Yeah, actually.

Despite having a very cliche setup, this movie does quite a bit with it.  The visuals are cool, the stock characters are actually subverted in interesting ways, and the film manages a coherently creepy vibe throughout the trailer.  Good job!

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