Nocturnal Animals

Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, this one is sure to generate quite a bit of interest. The story centers on Adams’ character, who comes across her ex-husband’s novel, where she believes serves as a sort of symbolic revenge threat towards her. Based on the novel, Tony and Susan by Austin Wright.

This one looks like it could be really good with the talent attached. Along with Gyllenhaal and Adams, also attached are Michael Shannon, Armie Hammer and Laura Linney. The film is directed by Tom Ford (director of the Oscar-winning film A Single Man). If reviews are good, expect L2L to do a podcast on this one.

Interest Level: 5/5

Release Date: December 9, 2016

Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain is awesome, and this role is perfect for her. She plays the tough, no-nonsense character so well (Zero Dark ThirtyA Most Violent Year). This movie seems like it is going to play to these strengths.

Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, who is a gun-control lobbyist in DC. This film will surely offer up a lot of discussion points, and hopefully will also have great acting and not short the audience on character development. We shall see. Definitely excited for this one.

Interest Level: 4.5/5

Release Date: December 9, 2016

All Eyez on Me

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this one. I love movies about hip-hop (8 MileGet Rich or Die Tryin’Hustle & Flow). I wasn’t a very big fan of Notorious, but then again, I was never really a fan of Biggie Smalls in the first place. As a much bigger fan of 2pac, I am a little more intrigued by this one.

There’s no one of note attached to this film, besides Benny Boom. Boom (Next Day Air) is primarily a hip-hop music video director. So, at least we know he’s familiar with the industry. But directing a music video and directing a feature length film are two completely different things. Also, the title character is being played by Demetrius Shipp, Jr., who has little to none acting experience. But, what he does have going for him, he looks very much like the real Tupac Shakur. Unfortunately, that seems to be the only real reason why he was given this role, which is a shame. This is the same formula used in Nototious, which was not received very well.

This movie will definitely be seen, based solely on the popularity of the title character. But, I feel like they are going to regret not going with someone else to play Tupac Shakur, in order for it to be seen by the masses.

It’ll be interesting to see how critics receive this film, and how well it will do at the box office.

Interest Level: 3/5

Release Date: November 11, 2016