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 Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro
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).
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
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.
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
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
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 Gillan, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone
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.
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 Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.