6-21-17

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? With humans and Transformers are at war, Cade Yeager forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an astronomer, and an Oxford University professor named to learn the secrets of why the Transformers keep returning to Earth.

WHO'S IN IT? Mark WahlbergAnthony HopkinsJohn GoodmanStanley TucciJosh DuhamelJohn Turturro

TRIVIA:

  • The movie opens today (Wednesday).
  • With a budget of $260 million, this is the most expensive Transformers film.
  • Michael Bay cast Freya, a British dog with epilepsy that many homes had rejected, in the film.
  • Michael Bay said that this will be the last Transformers film he will direct.
  • This was be the second Hollywood movie to be shot in Cuba after The Fate of the Furious (2017).

 

 

6-9-17

THE MUMMY (Action / Horror)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? An ancient Egyptian princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her doom and destruction.

WHO'S IN IT? Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella

TRIVIA:

  • The Mummy is meant to be the first installment in a Universal Monsters shared universe dubbed Dark Universe.
  • The London premiere of the movie set for June 1st was cancelled because of the Manchester bombing.
  • IndieWire's David Ehrlich has called it the worst film of Cruise's career.
  • The budget was $125 million. 

 

5-19-17

ALIEN: COVENANT (sci-fi/action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

WHO'S IN IT? Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride

 

TRIVIA:

  • It's the second film in the Alien franchise to contain nudity.
  • It was originally titled Alien: Paradise Lost.
  • Filming took place primarily in Australia and New Zealand

 

5-4-17

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (Sci-Fi / Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tries to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

WHO'S IN IT? Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Karen GillanKurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone

 

TRIVIA:

  • Kurt and Sly last starred together in Tango & Cash (1989).
  • The budget was $200 million.
  • Miley Cyrus and David Hasselhoff have cameos.
  • Director James Gunn said there were talks for David Bowie to appear in the film. Bowie died in January 2016.

 

 

4-28-17

THE CIRCLE (Sci-Fi)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

WHO'S IN IT? Emma WatsonTom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton

 

 

TRIVIA:

  • Based on the best-selling book by Dave Eggers.
  • The Circle marks Bill Paxton's final movie appearance. The star died in February.
  • The lead role of Mae was first offered to Alicia Vikander, but she chose to do Jason Bourne instead.

4-13-17

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? When a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime, the crew faces trials that will test them as never before.

WHO'S IN IT? Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell

 

TRIVIA:

  • This is the eight film in the franchise.
  • This is the first film in the series since the death of star Paul Walker.
  • Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton).
  • The budget was $250 million.

 

3-9-17

KONG: SKULL ISLAND (Action Adventure)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

WHO'S IN IT? Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, Corey Hawkins, John C. Reilly

TRIVIA:

  • Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons both dropped out of the movie and were replaced John C. Reilly and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Samuel L. Jackson repeats his line, "Hold onto your butts," from Jurassic Park.
  • The film is set in 1973.
  • It was shot in Hawaii.

 

3-2-17

BEFORE I FALL (Drama, Mystery)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A young woman is stuck reliving her last day alive over one inexplicable week.

WHO'S IN IT? Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals, Liv Hewson

 

TRIVIA: 

  • Based on the novel by Lauren Oliver.
  • Zoey Deutch is the daughter of actress Leah Thompson (Back to the Future, Caroline in the City) and director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink).

 

THE SHACK (Religious Drama)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called The Shack.

WHO'S IN IT? Sam Worthington, Graham Greene, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer

 

 

TRIVIA:

  • Based on the 2007 novel by Canadian author William P. Young.
  • Forest Whitaker was set to direct but dropped out.

 

LOGAN (Superhero / Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Logan/Wolverine comes out of hiding to protect a young mutant being pursued by dark forces.

WHO'S IN IT? Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant

 

TRIVIA:

  • The budget was $127 million.
  • The movie marks the las time Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine.
  • This is the third and final movie in the Wolverine trilogy.

 

2-24-2017

Get Out (2017) Poster

Certificate R    -   Horror | Mystery

Metascore: 83/100 (38 reviews)
A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate.
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THE BUZZ: Blissfully, comedian Jordan Peele's talent is everywhere these days, and this horror-thriller, which marks his directorial debut, demonstrates yet another facet to the funnyman's skill set. Serving also as the film's writer, Peele uses a story about an interracial couple's visit to a creepy family estate to showcase his sharp insight about contemporary conceptions and assumptions about race. I'm expecting some good chills here, mixed with some biting commentary about the way things are ... and the way things should never be (or so the movie's super compelling trailer leads me to believe). - Bret

Collide (2016) Poster

Certificate PG-13    -   Action | Thriller

 
An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Cologne high-speed Autobahn.
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THE BUZZ: Pretty much everything written on Eran Creevy's latest action movie focuses on the behind the scenes drama the project endured as it swapped studios (from struggling Relativity Media to Open Road Films) and faced a few release date switches. Chances for success seem limited, but we have enjoyed positioning the movie as a version of Crank where Nicholas Hoult's love for Felicity Jones is the only thing that keeps him from certain death.

Rock Dog (2016) Poster

Certificate PG    -   Animation | Comedy | Family

Metascore: 49/100 (9 reviews)
When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.
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THE BUZZ: Former Pixar storyboard artist and Toy Story 2 co-director Ash Brannon steers the first Chinese animated movie produced by an American studio; the thought here is to introduce the adaptation of the Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog to a global audience, but we sense awareness of the movie is quite low in the U.S.
 

Bitter Harvest (2017) Poster

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Certificate R    -   Drama | Romance | War

Metascore: 35/100 (15 reviews)
Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.
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THE BUZZ: The little-told story of the Ukraine Genocide of 1932-33 is dramatized by workingman director George Mendeluk.

As You Are (2016) Poster

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   -   Drama | Mystery

Metascore: 61/100 (5 reviews)
Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.
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THE BUZZ: This 2016 Sundance winner should find its audience in time thanks to the presence of Charlie Heaton ("Stranger Things") and Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games).

Punching Henry (2016) Poster

 - [Limited]

   -   Comedy

Metascore: 64/100 (5 reviews)
Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA when a veteran TV producer decides to make a show a

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