Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Reel Preview: The Year in Film 2016- Episode V

This year, the Movie Gods scheduled the month of May in a nice bookend; with a massive superhero team-up film beginning the month and ending it. In-between those, there are plenty of intimate arthouse flicks and slick action thrillers. Here now is a complete preview for the notable films in the month of May…

It all gets marvelous with…

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – The latest installment in Marvel’s series of superhero films has Captain America (Chris Evans) and his fellow Avenger Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), at odds when the government decides to regulate super-powered people…all while another enemy rises. The massive and impressive cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Martin Freeman, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Bruhl, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Paul Bettany, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, and William Hurt. It is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who also directed CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

A BIGGER SPLASH – In this erotic thriller, Tilda Swinton plays a famous Bowie-like rock star whose time-off is interrupted by some old friends. Co-stars Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson (50 SHADES OF GREY).

MONEY MONSTER – Jodie Foster returns to the director’s chair. In this thriller, George Clooney plays a TV host who is taken hostage while on the air. Co-stars Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, and Dominic West.

HIGH-RISE – Based on the 1975 novel of the same name, Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s Loki), plays a tenant in a London skyscraper where class warfare leads to anarchy. Co-stars Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, and James Purefoy.

LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT – Yet another shot at the last temptation of Christ. Ewan McGregor (young Obi-Wan from STAR WARS), plays Jesus Christ, and he is joined by Tye Sheridan (MUD), and Ciaran Hinds (THERE WILL BE BLOOD).

THE DARKNESS  - Kevin Bacon leads the way in this horror film about a family terrorized by a supernatural force.

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP – This romantic comedy is loosely based on the Jane Austen novel Lady Susan, in which Lady Susan (played here by Kate Beckinsale), seeks refuge to avoid rumors. Co-stars Chloe Sevigny (ZODIAC).  

I AM WRATH – In this action thriller, John Travolta plays a husband who seeks revenge for the murder of his wife. Co-stars Christopher Meloni, Sam Trammel, and Rebecca De Mornay. Directed by Chuck Russell (THE MASK, ERASER, THE SCORPION KING).

THE NICE GUYS – Shane Black (IRON MAN 3, KISS KISS BANG BANG) directs this slick-looking stylish buddy cop/mystery comedy with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as the buddies.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE – It had to happen sooner or later.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – The sequel to the 2010 ALICE IN WONDERLAND which was directed by Tim Burton. Burton steps aside and takes a producing role, and James Bobin, who directed the last two MUPPET movies, steps into the director’s chair. Mia Wasikowska reprises her role as Alice who returns to Wonderland, and she is joined by Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall…and the late, great Alan Rickman in his final role.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE – May closes out the month with another big-ass superhero epic. Bryan Singer (X-MEN, X2), returns to the world of mutants…this time under threat from the oldest and most powerful mutant of all time. The big ol’ cast includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, and Olivia Munn.


Next month, Reel Speak previews the month of June.

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