March Movie Release

Hello there!

Can you believe it’s March already? Anyway, besides it being my birth month(!) there are some great films coming out in March that we can look forward to. Also, a large amount of limited releases to some big films, so let’s start shall we?

 

3rd

Limited Release: Table 19

Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) – having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text – decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with 5 “random” guests at the dreaded Table 19. The rest of the cast includes Wyatt Russell, Amanda Crew, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant and Lisa Kudrow.

 

Limited Release: Headshot

Iko Uwais returns to his ass-kicking ways in this new action drama that sees him play a man who washes ashore with no memories after a serious head injury. As he tries to move on with the help of the doctor that helped (Chelsea Islan), his past comes back to haunt him and he must not only regain his memories, but fight back. I got the chance to see this last year at the Chicago International Film Festival, and while the film has some tonal shift problems, no one is watching this for the drama parts, they are watching for the highly entertaining and kick-ass fight scenes. Also the film has a little The Raid 2 reunion as Julie Estelle and Very Tri Yulisman appear. Also in the film is Sunny Pang.

 

The Shack (Drama – Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, Netter Productions)

Based on the novel by William Paul Young, the film follows a grieving man (Sam Worthington) who receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “the Shack.” The film continues the trend of religious films getting a limelight, and with a cast like this and a powerful trailer, I don’t see this film falling on the wayside. The film also stars Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Ryan Robbins and Octavia Spencer.

 

Before I Fall (Mystery Drama – Open Road Films, Awesomeness Films, Jon Shestack Productions)

Based on the novel by Lauren Oliver, February 12th is just another day in Sam’s (Zoey Deutch) charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing. The Groundhog Day with teenagers mystery angle may be enough to get some people in theaters, but I don’t think I’m sold on it. The film also stars Halston Sage, Diego Boneta, Elena Kampouris, Alyssa Lynch, Logan Miller and Jennifer Beals.

 

Logan (Action Adventure – 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Donners’ Company)

In the near future, a weary Wolverine (Hugh Jackman’s last performance) cares for an ailing Professor X (potentially Patrick Stewart’s last performance) in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant in Laura Kinney aka X-23 (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces. The film has done nothing but impress fans and media outlets – who saw over 40-plus minutes of the film – so now that we get to see the whole film, I can’t wait to see how they close out this big run for Jackman. Logan also stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Doris Morgado, and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

 

 

10th

Limited Release: Raw (Horror)

When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her. The French film has been making waves at film festivals and those lucky enough to see it, and based off the trailers, I can see why.

 

Kong: Skull Island (Action Adventure – Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures)

King Kong is back! The film follows a team going to uncharted territory, mainly, Skull Island where they encounter a myth – and king of the island: King Kong. The film looks absolutely great, and I can’t wait to see how they handle this new King Kong. Kong: Skull Island has an impressive cast of Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Toby Kebbell, Corey Hawkins, Thomas Mann, Jason Mitchell, Tian Jing, John C. Reilly, Shea Whigham, John Ortiz, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman.

 

17th

U.S. Release: T2: Trainspotting

Danny Boyle gets the band back together for the sequel to the cult following film Trainspotting. The film see the crew come back for some more misadventures.

 

The Belko Experiment (Action Thriller – High Top Releasing, BH Tilt, Orion Pictures, MGM, The Safran Company)

Written by James Gunn, in a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. The film looks absolutely crazy, and with the Battle Royal and Office Space comparisons floating around, it sounds like we’re in for a fun ride. Josh Brener, Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn, John Gallagher Jr., Sean Gunn, John C. McGinley, and David Dastmalchian also star.

 

Beauty and the Beast (Musical Fantasy – Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films)

An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a Belle (Emma Watson) who falls in love with a cursed and monstrous prince (Dan Stevens). This film has some major shoes to fill. Major. The animated to a lot of people, including myself, is a classic so hopefully it’s at least half-way descent. The film also stars Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Sline, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

 

 

24th

Limited Release: Wilson (Comedy Drama)

Based on a the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, who also scripts the film, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first film. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, Laura Dern and Margo Martindale.

 

Life (Sci-Fi Thriller – Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Skydance Media)

An international space crew discovers life on Mars. However, on their way back home the crew is put in danger from said lifeform. It should be interesting to see the film handles the material, but with a cast like this, I can’t imagine this being bad. At least one can hope. Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hiroyuki Sanada.

 

CHiPs (Action Comedy – Warner Bros., Primate Pictures)

Directed and written by Dax Shepard, the adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherllo (Michael Pena), as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles. There are already people saying this isn’t the CHiPs they grew up with, but the trailer makes the film look like a lot of fun to be honest. I wasn’t looking really forward to it, and I’m still not completely sold, but at least I’m looking forward to seeing what it could lead to. The film also stars Rosa Salazar, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Bell, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Jessica McNamee, Justin Chatwin and Vincent D’Onofrio.

 

Power Rangers (Action Sci-Fi Fantasy – Lionsgate, Saban Entertainment)

Based on the popular 90s show, a group of high-school kids are chosen to protect the world from an ancient evil with their new found super abilities. Look let’s face it, this has the chance of being cheesy as hell, but that’s kind of the point of Power Rangers, so that complaint won’t work. And honestly, the trailers so far have been pretty great – says the childhood fan in me. The film stars Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery, singer Becky G., and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.

 

31st

The Boss Baby (Animation – 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation)

Based on the book by Maria Frazee, a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. I’m not too excited about the film, it hasn’t really grabbed me, although I’m sure there will be an audience. The voice cast includes Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and ViviAnna Yee.

 

Step Sisters (Comedy – Broad Green Pictures, Los Angeles Media Fund)

An African American sorority girl resorts to desperate measures to get into a top law school. The film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Alessandra Torresani, Gage Golightly, and Matt McGorry.

 

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Biography Drama – Focus Features, LD Entertainment, Scion Films)

Based on the book by Diane Ackerman, the film tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain), who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. The trailer looks powerful, but I hesitate only because it looks like the trailer gave a bit too much away. The film also stars Daniel Bruhl, Michael McElhatton, Anna Rust, and Iddo Goldberg.

 

Ghost in the Shell (Action Crime – Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG)

Based off the popular anime film, a cyborg policewoman (Scarlett Johansson) attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker (Michael Pitt). The trailers have set a pretty good sense of the tone, and since I have no real connection to the anime, I think it looks pretty good. The film also stars Pilou Asbeek, Michael Wincott, and Takeshi Kitano.

 

What are you looking forward to?

June Movie Releases

Hi there!

 

Can you believe it’s already June! How the time passes by. Anyway, the second month of the Summer Movie Season goes into full swing and, just like May, brings with it some highly anticipated movies. Let’s take a look shall we?

 

 

3rd

Entourage

Yes, after years of talking about, the HBO show Entourage has made it to the big screen. The gang seems to be all together and is bringing some celebrity cameos too. I personally never watched the show, so I’m going to take a pass on this one. It also takes the privilege of getting the early release date, during the week.

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5th

Limited Release: Love & Mercy and Testament of Youth

Spy

Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy reunite with this action comedy. McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who steps up to take down a deadly arms dealer from releasing a dangerous bomb. I’ll admit I wasn’t looking completely forward to it, but after watching some of the trailers, I want to go watch it. Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Allison Janney also star.

 

Insidious: Chapter 3

Series writer Leigh Whannell takes over the directing duties on the third chapter of the Insidious series. The movie is said to be a prequel to the first movie and show how Tucker (Angus Sampson), Specs (Whannell), and Elise (Lin Shaye) got together and dealt with supernatural monsters. I liked the Insidious movies and look forward to see how this holds up against the rest. It also looks equally creepy and old school like the previous two.

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12th

Limited Release: Me and Early and the Dying Girl

Based off the book by the same name, the film has made some great waves and buzz on the film festival circuit and it’s now getting a limited release. I read the book, which I loved, and can’t wait to see how they adapt it to the big screen.

 

Jurassic World

A brand new installment to the beloved franchise comes with some beefed up CG and cast. The movie is set twenty years after the events of the first Jurassic Park where the dinosaur theme park has finally opened and has a new attraction: A genetically engineered dinosaur, of course, chaos ensues. The cast is pretty damn impressive enough to at least make you go watch it not for anything else (I’m speaking to all you non-Jurassic Park fans). Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson, and Judy Greer star. A nice plus, original Jurassic Park star BD Wong returns as Dr. Henry Wu.

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19th

Dope

Another film that made some waves and buzz on the film festival circuit is getting a big wide release. A coming of age comedy/drama that follows Malcolm and his friends dreaming of getting out of their neighborhood, end up in possession of something that takes them into an adventure that they didn’t see coming.

 

Inside Out

Pixar’s latest film takes us in the heads of their characters, literally. The film follows the emotions –Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black) – of a little girl. Pixar doesn’t seem to fail for the most part, so I’m in.

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26th

Limited Release: Big Game and Batkid Begins

Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane brings back the crass-talking, but lovable teddy bear, Ted, in a sequel to the hit comedy. This time Ted (MacFarlane) and John (Mark Wahlberg) have to work together to convince a court that Ted is actually a person so that he and his wife, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) can have a baby. The movie also stars Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, and Sam Jones. The movie will also have an appearance by Tom Brady.

 

Max

The movie follows a dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan that returns to the U.S and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. I didn’t know about this movie until I started doing the list. The movie also has a few big names like Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham and Jay Hernandez attached.

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What are you looking forward to?

March Movie Release

Hello there!

 

Can you believe it’s March already? Anyway, besides it being my birth month(!) there are some great films coming out in March that we can look forward to. Let’s start listing them shall we

 

(All releases date are based on IMDB and Box Office Mojo. The list has wide release and large limited releases.)

 

6th

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Faults: The movie follows an expert on mind control played by Leland Orser, who is hired by Claire’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) parents to take her away from a cult called Faults and try to break their grip on their daughter. The film is a combination of comedy, drama, and thriller and is produced by the team that made You’re Next and The Guest, which I’m huge fan of. The film is also directed by Winstead’s husband Riley Stearns which is nice to see.

 

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: The sequel to the surprising hit from a couple years ago that brings back the veteran cast of Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, and Dev Patel. This time they have Richard Gere added into the mix. I didn’t see the first film so I don’t think I’ll be catching this.

 

Unfinished Business: Vince Vaughn leads this comedy about a new business owner that takes his new associates (Tom Wikinson and Dave Franco) on a trip to close a big deal they need in order stop their business from going under. The movie looks pretty funny and has the characters going on some crazy adventures like getting involved in a police riot and being involved in some crazy drinking game.

 

Chappie: Neill Blomkamp’s new film has a world where crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force, but one droid, the titled Chappie voice by Sharlto Copley) is stolen and given new programming by Deon played by Dev Patel, and is the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Blomkamp has become a fast growing name and Chappie looks like another film that will get him up there. The film also stars Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman as a man trying to get Chappie and destroy him.

 

 

13th

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Run All Night: Liam Neeson plays an aging hitman that is forced to take on his former boss, played by Ed Harris, to protect his son (Joel Kinnaman) after a failed assassination attempt. The movie looks pretty good and honestly anything with Neeson kicking some ass is worth the price of admission. The stakes looked to stacked against the father-son duo as they have a hitman (Common) and corrupt cops (led by Vincent D’Onofrio) after them.

 

Cinderella: Kenneth Branagh brings a Disney princess to life in the ongoing live-action adaptations of old Disney films with Cinderella. Downton Abbey star Lily James is tackling the big role playing Cinderella with Helena Bonham Carter playing her Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett playing Lady Tremaine aka evil Stepmother, Richard Madden playing Prince Charming and Hayley Atwell playing Cinderella’s Mother, which it looks might be a bigger role in the live action adaptation than the animated film. I’m not quite sold on the film just yet after Maleficent and Snow White and the Huntsman both where a bit underwhelming.

 

 

20th

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Do You Believe?: Another religious film that has different stories converging together. I’m not a religious film type of guy, not because I don’t think they’re any good, but I’m not the demographic for that type of film. The films has some note-worthy names like Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Mira Sorvino, Ted McGinley and Cybill Shepherd.

 

Danny Collins: Al Pacino plays the title character who is an aging rock star who decides to change his life after he discovers a 40-year old letter written by John Lennon. The film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening, and Christopher Plummer. I’ve seen the trailer twice now and I’m not entirely convinced, but might give it a chance.

 

The Gunman: When you think Sean Penn do you think action star? Yeah, I don’t either, but that’s what we’re getting with Pierre Morel (Taken) directed action drama The Gunman that has Penn playing a former Special Forces soldier with PTSD that sets to clear his name to be with the one he loves. The movie is based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and the movie has a jam packed cast of Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, and Ray Winstone.

 

The Divergent Series: Insurgent: The sequel to Divergent, it brings back the cast of the first film and adds some new actors like Jonny Weston, Naomi Watts, and Octavia Spencer. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first film so I don’t know if I’ll continue to support the series.

 

 

27th

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Serena: Based on the book by Ron Rash, the film is set in North Carolina during the Depression and George Pemberton’s (Bradley Cooper) timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena (Jennifer Lawrence). The film out in a very limited release late last year but is getting another limited release in theaters this month. I haven’t really heard anything good about the film and have not read the book, so who knows what’s going to happen. The film also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, and Toby Jones.

 

While We’re Young: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a middle-age couple whose lives are overturned when they meet a younger couple enter their lives (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver). I saw the trailer to this, never hearing about it before, and I have to say this actually looks pretty good.

 

Home: The animated film follow Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien who is not liked by his own kind, who lands on Earth and meets Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and goes on a crazy adventure and finds out what it means to be different. The film looks like a fun time and is filled out by a voice cast of Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

 

Get Hard: Will Ferrell plays a millionaire who is committed for fraud and is bound for San Quentin so he turns to Kevin Hart’s character to prep him because he think Hart’s character is a criminal. The movie actually looks pretty funny and the odd couple of Ferrell and Hart looks like it works on screen.