A mini-mass of movie trailers – The Midnight Sky, Love and Monsters, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Once more to your streaming platform of choice, my friends, once more!

OK granted Shakespeare likely did not have that injunction is mind when he penned those immortal words, but they are fitting, oh so fitting, in a horror-scarred year when actual films in actual cinemas kept moving release dates like someone outrunning red hot lava, and even getting to the films that did make it to a theatre was complicated by all manner of issues such as social distancing and working from home.

While there is something sublimely wonderful about seeing a film with your fellow, (hopefully) non-plague stricken citizens in a cinema, it is also a delight to get in your PJs, pour yourself some wine and watch a film which, at its end, is mere metres from the comfort of your bed.

All three of these quite different films are releasing on streaming platforms which makes enjoying them from the comfort of your home more than happily possible and exactly the sort of activity than a socially constrained 2020 is made for.

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

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SNAPSHOT
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. (synopsis via Flickering Myth)

The Midnight Sky premieres on Netflix on 23 December.

LOVE AND MONSTERS

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SNAPSHOT
In a monster-infested world, Joel (Dylan O’Brien) learns his girlfriend is just 80 miles away. To make the dangerous journey, Joel discovers his inner hero to be with the girl of his dreams. (synopsis via Flickering Myth)

Love and Monsters released for streaming on 16 October in USA and Canada.

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

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SNAPSHOT
Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score. (synopsis courtesy Flickering Myth)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom premieres on Netflix on 18 December.

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