Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Reel Preview: The Year in Film 2017 - Episode I

The bad news about the first month of the year is that it is traditionally the place where unwanted movies are released; a Movie Siberia where films deemed not good enough for the summer months and no-way-in-hell-good-enough for Oscar Season go to quietly die. But the good news is there are a few notable late 2016 awards-hopefuls which move from limited to wide release in the first couple weeks of January. Here is a preview for the leftovers and the first batch of new films for 2017.

The leftovers:

LIVE BY NIGHT – The last time Ben Affleck was behind the camera, he won Best Picture for ARGO. This time he brings us a 1920’s gangster flick based on the novel of the same name. Co-starring is Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, and Scott Eastwood (son of Clint).

SILENCE – Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is back…this time with a film that he’s been trying to make for decades. Andrew Garfield (HACKSAW RIDGE) and Adam Driver (THE FORCE AWAKENS), play 17th century priests who travel to Japan to rescue their mentor, played by Liam Neeson.

THE FOUNDER – Michael Keaton seems to be determined to get an Oscar; appearing in an awards-hopeful for the third year in a row…this time playing Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s. It is directed by John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE).

A MONSTER CALLS – Based on the novel of the same name, this fantasy drama has a young boy befriending a tree-like monster. Stars Sigourney Weaver and Emily Blunt. Liam Neeson provides the voice of the monster. Acclaimed director JA Bayona (A MONSTER CALLS) directs.

HIDDEN FIGURES – The story of Katherine Johnson, the African American mathematician who calculated the flight trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo space programs. Co-stars Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, and Kirsten Dunst. It is directed by Theodore Melfi (ST. VINCENT).

...And the new films:

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS – This fifth (!) entry in the franchise of warring vampires and werewolves has Kate Beckinsale returning to the role.

MONSTER TRUCKS – Lucas Till (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS), plays a high school student who befriends a strange subterranean creature who has a knack for powering trucks. Co-stars Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, and Barry Pepper.

XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE – Vin Diesel returns to the extreme-sports turned international spy character in this third film of the franchise. Co-stars Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, and Samuel L. Jackson.

SPLIT – M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, SIGNS, UNBREAKABLE) is back with a horror-thriller in which James McAvoy (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) plays a kidnapper with 24 different alternate personalities.

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER – In what seems like the 865th film in this franchise, Milla Jovovich returns to the role in humanity’s final battle against the hordes (promises, promises). Shitty director Paul WS Anderson is back to direct.

I AM MICHAEL -  In this true story, James Franco plays a gay activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor. Co-stars Zachary Quinto (STAR TREK), and Emma Roberts.


Next month, Reel Speak previews the month of February.

No comments:

Post a Comment

A few rules:
1. Personal attacks not tolerated.
2. Haters welcome, if you can justify it.
3. Swearing is goddamn OK.