The final trailer for It: Chapter Two has arrived.
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with “IT Chapter Two,” the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.
IT CHAPTER TWO is directed by Andy Muschietti and stars James McAvoy, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Bill Skarsgård.
IT CHAPTER TWO releases in Australian cinemas on September 5, 2019.
Summary: When transgender prostitute Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is released from prison she leans straight away from her best friend and collegue Alexandra (Mya Taylor) that her boyfriend/pimp Chester (James Ransone) has been cheating on her… with a female.
This starts Sin-Dee on a mission across the grimy suburbs of Los Angeles as she tries to find Dinah (Mickey O’Hagan) and make her pay. Meanwhile, a taxi driver named Razmik (Karren Karagulien) is cruising the streets trying to find some transsexual fun while Alexandra is also trying to get all her friends together so they can come and watch her first performance as a singer.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th September 2015
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Sean Baker
Screenwriter: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cast: Angelique Banks (Angel), Krishne Chelliah (Kay-Kay), Julie Cummings (Officer Jules), Ian Edwards (Nash), Ana Foxx (Selena), Genesis Green (Pinkberry), Arsen Grigoryan (Karo), Clu Gulager (Ther Cherokee), John Gulager (Shower Head), Karen Karagulian (Razmik), Katja Kassin (John Prostitute), Scott Krinsky (Parsimonious John), Richie Lillard (Miss Willy), Alfred Lopez (Squirtel), Chelcie Lynn (Madame Jillian), Graham Mackie (Food Line Bob), Luiza Nersisyan (Yeva), Shanyce Nivaye (Toni), Mickey O’Hagan (Dinah), James Ransone (Chester), Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (Sin-Dee), Andrew D. Scoggins (WhiteBoy), Rae L. Siskind (Officer Ray), David Z. Stamp (John John), Jason Stuart (Joe the Doorman), Josh Sussman (Retch Chunder), Mya Taylor (Alexandra), Shih-Ching Tsou (Mamasan), Alla Tumanian (Ashken), James Williams (PooBear)
Runtime: 88 mins
OUR TANGERINE REVIEWS & RATINGS:
There is no doubt that Tangerine has set the indie film world alight. The film was the buzz at Sundance this year and that has resulted in this becoming the must see indie film of 2015. Having said that though the film also has its doubters, those that wonder can a film that was entirely shot on iPhones be worth watching? Then there are even those who are suggesting that Tangerine is little more than an advertising scoop for Apple trying to push just how good the cameras are on an iPhone.
Well doubters it is time for a little hush. While the idea of Apple wanting to use a film to promote their product is probably one that they have thought about a few times, it is highly unlikely they would have done so using a film that looks like Larry Clark has been set loose amongst L.A.’s transgender population. No this film is very much the brainchild of an intelligent indie filmmaker, Sean Baker, and cudos needs to be sent his way for thinking of such an unique way to make the film that he has created. The film does have some weaknesses but certainly not enough to make this a film you don’t want to watch.
The big question most people will be asking is how does a film shot on iPhones actually look? Well to be honest it doesn’t look any different to any other film you would see filmed digitally these days. The picture is crisp and the iPhone actually has its advantage as it allows Baker to get right up close and personal with his characters even in tight spots such as a car going through a carwash. As a result the audience certainly feels like they are part of the drama throughout the film.
The biggest weakness for Tangerine is the Baker doesn’t seem to know how to pace his dramatic moments. Early on everything is rush, rush, rush with the Sin-Dee Rella storyline and we only get glimpses of the stories revolving around Razmik and Alexandra. Then when the Sin-Dee story starts to run out of gas and it feels like Baker is just filling in time showing shots of her at bus stops etc the Razmik storyline picks up dramatically and the audience feels like they want to stay with it but instead they are made watch the ‘filler’ shots. The most disappointing part of the film though is the fact that you don’t really feel like Alexandra’s story is ever looked at as deeply as it should have been.
Still Tangerine has a lot of plusses working for it as well. Baker and his cast have kept this film so natural it does feel like you are watching a docco at times. Plus the Larry Clark reference earlier on was not a mistake, Tangerine feels like the kind of film that Clark was making early on his career – films like Kids and Bully. Tangerine isn’t just gritty it shows what life is like for a transsexual prostitute from giving oral sex in cars to having urine thrown on them… the film certainly doesn’t glam up the lifestyle. Baker also allows the film to explore topics such as why Sin-Dee is hurt even more by the fact that Chester cheated with a female, while one of the most powerful scenes of the film is when Razmik picks up a female mistakenly thinking she is a transsexual. Scenes such as this, plus the scene where all the characters come together in one place are what Tangerine makes memorable and shows that the film is more than just a gimmick.
Tangerine is not a film that is going to be everybody’s cup-of-tea. Some of the topics explored in this film are things that some people don’t want to be exposed to… and that’s okay. But at the end of the day Tangerine deserves more credit than just ‘good for a film shot on a phone’ because this is a film that has some wonderful acting performances and some good directing that makes this seem like one of the most natural films you will see this year.
Summary: A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th May, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Scott Derrickson
Screenwriter: C. Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson
Cast: Michael Hall D’Addario (Trevor), Vincent D’Onofrio (Professor Jonas), Clare Foley (Ashley), Ethan Hawke (Ellison Oswalt), Nick King (Bughuul/Mr. Boogie), Rachel Konstantin (Mrs. Stevenson), Victoria Leigh (Stephanie), James Ransone (Deputy), Juliet Rylance (Tracy), Fred Dalton Thompson (Sheriff)
Runtime: 110 mins
SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘SINISTER’:
Summary: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption – and revenge – after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy’s relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force – and the mayor’s worst nightmare.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Allen Hughes
Screenwriter: Brian Tucker
Cast: Sharon Anglea (Amber (voice), (Michael Beach (Tony Jansen), Justin Chambers (Ryan), Kyle Chandler (Paul Andrews), Ambyr Childers (Mary), Russell Crowe (Mayor Hostetler), Griffin Dunne (Sam Lancaster), , Shawn Elliott (Raul Barea), Frank Forunato (Body Man Kevin), James M. Jenkins (Jimmy (voice)), Chance Kelly (Murdock), Natalie Martinez (Natalie Barrow), Barry Pepper (Jack Valliant), Reynaldo Piniella (Bolton Teen Alex), William Ragsdale (Mr. Davies), James Ransone (Todd Lancaster), Ric Reitz (Mitch Rappaport), Alona Tal (Katy Bradshaw), Britney Theriot (Valerie), Luis Tolentino (Mikey Tavarez), Mark Wahlberg (Billy Taggart), Jeffrey Wright (Carl Fairbanks), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Cathleen Hostetler)
Runtime: 109 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Broken City’ Review:
While they might not be everybody’s cup of tea, sometimes it is nice to sit back and enjoy a good story that centres around political espionage and fraud. While ‘Broken City’ promises to be this years ‘Arbitrage’ it isn’t quite up to scratch.
‘Broken City’ begins with New York Police Department Detective Billy Taggert (Mark Wahlberg – ‘Ted’, ‘Contraband’) being found not guilty after he guns down a rape suspect, the ‘not guilty’ verdict is largely hated by the population who believes that Taggert should be charged with murder. While Police Commissioner Carl Fairbanks (Jeffrey Wright – ‘A Single Shot’, ‘The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete’) decides to stand Taggert down he finds a fan in Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’) who congratulates him on his work.
Time passes and now Taggert is dating actress Natalie Barrow (Natalie Martinez – ‘End Of Watch’, ‘The Baytown Outlaws’) who is the rape victim’s sister and he is running a Private Investigation company with the help of his assistant Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal – ‘Powers’ TV’S ‘Cult’). With the company running at a loss Taggert jumps at the opportunity when Mayor Hostetler hires him to investigate his wife, Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones – ‘Side Effects’, ‘Playing For Keeps’). But while Taggert believes it is a simple case of Cathleen is having an affair with Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘Argo’) he soon finds himself engulfed by a deadly game of politics and corruption.
While director Allen Hughes (‘The Book Of Eli’, ‘New York I Love You’) has the sense to make sure that this film doesn’t become your stock standard action film just because one of the supposed modern day action stars, Mark Wahlberg, is the leading man, you can’t help but feel that Wahlberg’s presence does indeed taint the film. Inside ‘Broken City’ is a great story waiting to come out but it is like Hughes knows that Wahlberg will be ripped to shreds if it comes down to an acting duel between himself and Crowe so instead he chooses to dumb the script, the result is a film that offers a little bit of suspense but nowhere near as much as it needed.
The cast are also badly let down by the weakened screenplay. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kyle Chandler are dangerously underused while Jeffrey Wright is horribly miscast as the Police Commissioner, it is a strange casting decision and one that leaves an actor in a role that he certainly isn’t believable in. Also distracting is Crowe’s bad wig and tan which is too much of a distraction not to be noticed.
‘Broken City’ does offer up the occasional twist and turn but sadly the script is a lot tamer than it should be.