Watch The First Trailer For David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut ‘The Water Man’

45-year-old actor David Oyelowo is perhaps best known for his portrayal as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 film, Selma.

Now, he’s set to make his directorial debut with the upcoming adventure-drama, The Water Man.

The story follows the adventures of a young boy named Gunner Boone (Lonnie Chavis) who moves to a small, rural town with his mother (Rosario Dawson) and his father (Oyelowo). When his mother’s illness worsens, Gunner attempts to seek out the local legend known as the ‘Water Man,’ who is said to be able to cheat death.

So what attracted Oyelowo to this story?

I grew up loving family films that have adventure, fantasy and jeopardy whilst never patronizing their young protagonists. As a father to four children I want to share films with my kids that both entertain and equip them for the highs and lows that lie ahead. I relish watching films with them that both transport our family to a different world and then leave us having meaningful conversations. I love films that do that, so I set out to make one for them, other families and hopefully, the whole world!

The movie is expected to hit theaters on May 7. It first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and that is where RLJE picked up the rights.

Check out the trailer below…

Saoirse Ronan, David Oyelowo And Sam Rockwell Set To Star In Murder Mystery Film

Murder mystery films are hot right now, thanks in large part to the success of Knives Out, which was released around Thanksgiving in 2019. The film was a hit with critics and made over $300 million worldwide.

Now other studios are trying to cash in on the murder mystery train. It was announced this week that Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell and David Oyelowo are set to star in an upcoming murder mystery thriller from Searchlight Pictures.

Tom George is on board to helm from a script by Mark Chappell. The story is set in 1950s London, where a desperate Hollywood film producer sets out to turn a popular West End play into a film. When members of the production are murdered, world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and overzealous rookie Constable Stalker (Ronan) find themselves in the midst of a puzzling whodunit within London’s glamorous Theatreland and sordid underground.

No word on when production will begin, but with the leads attached and the script complete, it’ll likely be sometime within the next few months.

It should be a successful film. That’s a lot of talent listed above. Not sure if it’ll be more dramatic or more comedic, but Rockwell’s characters usually have a little bit of humor to them, so we’re assuming he will be providing the comedic relief.

Movie Review: Interstellar (2014) – Like the Grapes of Wrath in space

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I’m sure the people who made Interstellar are still shaking their heads about how they got their butts handed to them by Big Hero 6 opening weekend. Sitting firmly in the number 2 spot, Interstellar is making money, but I’m sure it was a lot less money than Paramount intended.

Matthew McConaughey takes a break from filming pretentious Lincoln commercials to play Joseph “Coop” Cooper, a widowed engineer with ace piloting skills. For some reason, despite being an ace pilot, he’s farming corn with his father-in-law (John Lithgow) and two kids, 10-year-old Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and teenage Tom (Timothée Chalamet). The planet is dying and schools are teaching farming, while everyone is waiting to suffocate from air filled with gas. Stuffed into the movie are info-dumps where old people talk, documentary style, about how it used to be before we ruined the planet. Now, the people on Earth have two goals. Farm corn and find another planet…probably to farm more corn. So, because the best person to send into space is a corn farmer, Coop is sent along with sexy copilot Amelia (Ann Hathaway), an astrophysicist (David Gyasi), a geographer (Wes Bentley), and some robots to find a new place to live.

The effects in this movie are awesome and it does have it’s moments of gripping the edge of your seat thrills. It’s a thrill ride, while at the same time, just a bit depressing. This is not Star Wars. It’s more like the Grapes of Wrath in space. From Coop’s rural dystopia, to his travels into space, everything has an air of desperation and depression.

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It almost seems like someone tried to stay as close as possible as to what the real apocalypse would look like. Forget old testament stories of lightening coming down from the sky and mass floods, if there is an end to the world, this is what it will look like. People slowly dying off because we can no long make food and the chemicals we put in the atmosphere are coming back to get us. In that, this movie is highly realistic.

This movie is scientifically cutting edge and I wish they’d just focused on that, rather than sticking all this sticky sweet sentimentality and messages of hope into it. That’s where it falls flat for me. I feel like the director is in the audience punching me in the face, screaming “cry, already!” while I’m sitting there saying, “but I want Mathew McConaughey to die!”

Matthew McConaughey was a big problem for me during this movie. His good ole boy “awe shucks’ charm feels like a poor fit for such a desolate, depressing place. He has this air of cockiness that you just can’t shake, whether he’s playing an aging cowboy with Aids or a dude who refuses to move out of his parent’s basement. In those roles, it worked, while in this one, I found it distracting.

Interstellar is a decent movie, but it’s also a bit forgettable, as far as I’m concerned. While it did a great job when it came to the science, I felt that it fell apart when it came to the human connection. Regardless, it’s still a film that’s worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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