Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

The calendar in the real world may still have us in the wretched season of Spring, but in the film world the passing of Memorial Day puts us into the Summer Movie Season. Here is a preview for the notable releases for the first full month of the season.

It all gets wonderful with…

WONDER WOMAN – One of the most iconic heroes in comic history finally gets her own movie. Gal Gadot, who debuted this new version of the character in a supporting role in last year’s BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, returns as the Amazon warrior who finds herself mixed up in the First World War. Co-stars Chris Pine (STAR TREK), Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, and Elena Anaya. It is directed by Patty Jenkins, who last brought us the Oscar-nominated MONSTER in 2004.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE – Dreamworks Animation presents the first adaptation of the popular children’s books of the same name in which two students hypnotize their teacher into thinking he’s a superhero. Features the voices of Kevin Hart and Ed Helms.

CHURCHILL – Brian Cox transforms into Winston Churchill in this historical war drama. Co-stars Miranda Richardson and John Slattery.

THE MUMMY – Tom Cruise headlines this new version of a vengeful mummy back from the grave, which is also serving as the first film in Universal’s new series of connected monster movies. Co-stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe. Directed by Alex Kurtzman.

IT COMES AT NIGHT – This closed-quarters paranoia horror flick has a family isolated from an unnatural threat. Stars Joel Edgerton (WARRIOR).

CARS 3 – The latest offering from Pixar is also the third film in the CARS franchise, in which Lightning McQueen may be facing the end of his racing career. Stars the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Kerry Washington, Chris Cooper, and Nathan Fillion.

ROUGH NIGHT – The laziest title in film history fronts this black comedy where a group of women get into trouble at a bachelorette party in Miami. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Zoe Kravitz.

47 METERS DOWN – Matthew Modine and Mandy Moore star in this horror thriller in which a cage-diving trip goes wrong…surrounded by sharks.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT – Michael Bay is back for this fifth outing in the billion-dollar fighting robots from space franchise, in which the war with humans and the Transformers has escalated. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, and Anthony Hopkins.

THE BEGUILED – Sofia Coppola writes and directs this adaptation of the novel of the same where a girls’ boarding school during the Civil War takes in an injured soldier. Stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Kristen Dunst.

BABY DRIVER – Edgar Wright (SHUAN OF THE DEAD) directs this action comedy where a young getaway driver is hired by a veteran thief for one last job. Stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, and Kevin Spacey.

DESPICABLE ME 3 – Those adorable goddamn minions are back for their third (or is it the fourth?) film, this time supporting Gru (once again voiced by Steve Carrell) who is challenged by a former child star.

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING – The second reboot of the horror franchise.


Next month, Reel Speak previews the month of July.

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