A breakdown of the biggest movie news from the last week (25 October – 31 October).
Last Night in Soho (29 Oct)
Edgar Wright’s much-anticipated psychological horror Last Night in Soho was released this week to positive reviews. The film stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Matt Smith.
Army of Thieves (29 Oct)
Army of Thieves, the prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, was released on Netflix earlier this week. The film stars (and was directed by) Matthias Schweighöfer reprising his role as Ludwig Dieter, and features Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, and Jonathan Cohen in supporting roles.
Army of Thieves has received mixed-to-positive reviews and is available to stream now on Netflix.
The Unforgivable – Official Trailer (26 Oct)
Upcoming drama The Unforgivable gets its first official trailer. The film is set for a limited theatrical release on November 24, 2021 before landing on Netflix December 10.
The Unforgivable stars Sandra Bullock, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, and Viola Davis, and follows a woman attempting to rebuild her life after a lengthy prison sentence.
Lightyear – Teaser Trailer (27 Oct)
Pixar’s teaser trailer for the upcoming Toy Story spin-off practically broke the internet this week, offering fans a glimpse at the beloved Space Ranger’s origin story. Lightyear features the voice of Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, and is set to release on June 17, 2022.
Wendell & Wild – Teaser Trailer (28 Oct)
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are set to lend their voices to the two titular demons in this upcoming stop-motion comedy from Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas). The film is set for a release on Netflix in 2022.
House of Gucci – Second Trailer (29 Oct)
The upcoming biopic starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver got its second official trailer this week. House of Gucci is directed by Ridley Scott, and also features the likes of Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. The film is scheduled to release on November 24, 2021.
Josh O’Connor & Paul Mescal – The History of Sound (29 Oct)
Josh O’Connor (The Crown) and Paul Mescal (Normal People) have been cast in The History of Sound. The period romance will be directed by Oliver Hermanus, and document two young men (O’Connor & Mescal) as they travel across the USA during WWI in order to record the lives, voices and music of their countrymen.
The History of Sound is based on Ben Shattuck’s short story of the same name, and is described as a “universal love story”.
Jake Gyllenhaal – The Interpreter (30 Oct)
Gyllenhaal is set to star in upcoming Guy Ritchie War thriller The Interpreter. Gyllenhaal will play Sergeant John Kinley, who on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan teams up with a local interpreter called Ahmed. The film will chronicle the pair’s relationship and is set to begin shooting in January 2022.
The Rock – Red One (30 Oct)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been announced as the lead for Red One, an upcoming holiday adventure from Jake Kasdan. This marks the pair’s third collaboration, after Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its 2019 sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level.
Red One‘s script is being written by Chris Morgan (best known for his extensive work on the Fast and Furious franchise), and is expected to begin shooting next year ahead of the 2023 holiday season.
Brian Cox Takes Aim At Hollywood Stars (26 Oct)
Veteran actor Brian Cox released his autobiography this week, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, and in it he takes aim at numerous Hollywood stars.
Fellow actor Johnny Depp seems to take the worst of it, with Cox referring to him as “overblown” and “so overrated”. He then turned to Quentin Tarantino, expressing his disinterest in his work, before going on to criticize Michael Caine (apparently he has no range), Edward Norton (“a bit of a pain in the arse”), and Steven Seagal (“as ludicrous in real life as he appears on screen”).
To be fair, on those last two, he sort of has a point.
To Cox’s credit, he did have kind words to say about Morgan Freeman and the late Alan Rickman, but it doesn’t seem that he’ll be making any friends with Putting the Rabbit in the Hat.
Eternals Review Bomb (29 Oct)
Despite not yet having been officially released, Marvel Studio’s Eternals has fallen victim to review bombing. The latest entry into the MCU features a staggering ensemble cast of franchise newcomers, and was helmed by Academy Award-winning director Chloé Zhao.
Eternals isn’t just the first MCU film with an Oscar winner for a director, but it also features the MCU’s first openly gay superhero (Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos) and the first deaf superhero (Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari). This representation has prompted the review bomb, which has seen IMDb flooded with over 400 1-star reviews in the week leading up to the film’s official release. The biggest point of criticism is the film’s LGBTQIA+ representation.
IMDb have temporarily removed the audience rating section from Eternals’ page.