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Pete’s Dragon

It’s kind of funny when I find a remake, a Disney one, of a movie I haven’t even heard of before but alas, here we are. For those who still don’t know, this one is about the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. How do people not notice a dragon for all this time and how would it live where it did? I know it’s a Disney movie but I’m not sure if I can suspend belief on this one. A cast featuring the likes of Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford makes this worth a look. Pete’s Dragon releases August 12th, 2016.

Ben-Hur

If you would like to read my thoughts on the first trailer, click here. I haven’t seen the original because it’s over 3.5 hours long so I guess this one will have to do, assuming it’s nowhere near as long. While religious movies as of late have not exactly been good, this one might be the first good one. This does look less about religion and more Gladiator-y which could work here. While I’ve been a big fan of Jack Huston ever since Boardwalk Empire, it’s still a little weird to see him here. Morgan Freeman kind of stands out here too but I’m hopeful that all of this will work. I will say that I can definitely go without the music in the trailer. Ben-Hur releases August 19th, 2016.

Moana

I’m kind of a little late on this one but better late than never. Walt Disney Animation Studios has had a good run this year. First with Zootopia and now they have a new film called Moana. This one is about a young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson). This teaser trailer doesn’t really give much away here other than showing off Maui and his personality. Johnson kind of worked here as Maui. While the subject matter is not the most interesting to me, this might be worth a look. Moana releases November 23rd, 2016

31

Let’s end this on a more twisted note. This one is about five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. Who better to come up with this than Rob Zombie? I haven’t seen any of his movies personally but I’ve definitely heard a lot about them. I’m a fan of horror movies and this one appears to fall on the more gruesome side of the spectrum. That’s fine but as long as it isn’t too gratuitous but I’m guessing it will be. Malcolm McDowell appears as a character named Father Murder. Why would you not want to see that? 31 releases September 16th, 2016.

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