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If you want to know how strong the goodwill that Wes Anderson carries around is, all you have to do is look at the absolutely great and kinda bonkers cast for his new movie, “Isle Of Dogs.” In no particular order, F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood, all lend their voices to what is hopefully another winning picture from the filmmaker. Continue reading ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Trailer: Wes Anderson Goes To Japan at The Playlist.

Domhnall Gleeson certainly seems to be covering the “movies based on childhood favorites” bases pretty well. Next month, he’ll get dramatic telling the story behind the creation of Winnie The Pooh in “Goodbye Christopher Robin.” And after he goose steps around in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the actor will hop over to “Peter Rabbit,” where he’ll get into all kinds of hare raising trouble. Continue reading ‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer: Domhnall Gleeson Has Hare Raising Trouble at The Playlist.

A lot of movie stars are on a train. Someone gets murdered. The natural question: Whodunit? Probably Willem Dafoe. Esteemed actor-director Kenneth Branagh revives yet another long-forgotten piece of IP with the upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation, “Murder on the Orient Express.” No, I don’t know why either. Here’s the official synopsis for “Murder on the Orient Express”: What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. Continue reading ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Trailer: All Aboard For Star-Studded Mystery at The Playlist.

“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do [action movies]. I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f******-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on,’ ” Liam Neeson recently said about his late career resurgence as a man with a very special set of skills. Whether or not that means he’s going to punch his ticket on action flicks remains to be seen, he’s got at least one more coming with “The Commuter.” Co-starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, and directed by Neeson’s go-to action dude Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown,” “Non-Stop,” “Run All Night“), this actually plays like “Non-Stop” but on a train, with the story centering around a mild-mannered dude who gets caught up in a criminal’s complex plans. Continue reading ‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Rides Into Danger at The Playlist.

The narrative that we paint each and every time Adam Sandler deems us worthy to experience a “serious” (re: not terrible) performance from him needs to die. When there are so many talented and versatile performers in the world who would love to hold the clout Sandler does in Hollywood, the idea that we clamor to enthusiastically support Sandler’s non-just for the paycheck/only ever for the paycheck roles is embarrassing. Not pushing out trash on a consistent basis (with seemingly the knowledge of what it is) isn’t anything commendable. Continue reading ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Time To Meet The Dysfunctional Family at The Playlist.

2017 has been a lackluster year for animated films. There have been one too many saccharine, soulless products like “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village” that insult their young target audience by assaulting them with condescending lessons about the importance of teamwork. Soon, kids will likely get more of the same from “Ferdinand,” which was directed by Carlos Saldanha (the “Ice Age” franchise) and stars John Cena as the voice of a kindly bull who learns the importance of playing nice with hedgehogs (or something). Continue reading ‘Ferdinand’ Trailer: John Cena Gets Bullish at The Playlist.

Three things. 1) it’s interesting how Netflix plays by its own rules. If you look at any 2017 TV schedule, every network and cable channel have had their release dates listed for months, and often a trailer arrives several months in advance. Not Netflix. For example they just released the trailer for “Lady Dynamite” last week and it’s coming out in less than two months. The strategy is slightly different for Marvel’s “The Punisher,” but not by much. Continue reading ‘The Punisher’ Trailer: The Truth Must Be Taken at The Playlist.

The biggest problem facing “Wonderstruck” so far has been a respectful if somewhat muted reaction to the latest film by Todd Haynes. His new fantasy/drama debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where we liked it a bit better than most, calling it “a lovely wish-fulfillment movie” that will leave you “struck by wonder.” However, even with an appearance at the all important Telluride Film Festival, it hasn’t seemed to leap into the awards season conversation. Continue reading ‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer: Todd Haynes Unravels A Mystery at The Playlist.

There’s several ways you can look at “Jumanji,” a reboot of the franchise started in 1995 with Robin Williams, but quickly abandoned. One, the modern version features Dwayne Johnson, arguably the world’s biggest and bankable star, so it has that going for it. It also looks like a cross between “Kong: Skull Island” and “Land Of The Lost.” READ MORE: Dwayne Johnson’s 6 Best Movies, And Why He Is The Biggest Star In The World But what’s perhaps more interesting to us is the fact the film’s being directed by Jake Kasdan, the comedy filmmaker behind films like “Bad Teacher” “Sex Tape” and Judd Apatow’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” And like many filmmakers around him, Kasdan is making the ambitious leap into big-budget filmmaking with “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. Continue reading ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’: The Rock Goes Exploring In 2 New Trailers at The Playlist.

After a fifteen-year break, next spring the adventures of Lara Croft will once again grace the silver screen. The “Tomb Raider” reboot will have something of a Nordic flavor, bringing together the talents of Norwegian director Roar Ulthaug (“The Wave”) and Swedish star Alicia Vikander (“Ex-Machina,” “The Danish Girl”). While the young Oscar winner may seem a curious choice for the role, having established herself mainly in dramas and independent films that never suggested the rough and tumble physicality of Lara Croft, Vikander recently explained to EW that she’s portraying Lara at the start of her adventures. Continue reading ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer: Alicia Vikander Becomes Lara Croft at The Playlist.