Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Week 4 of the MONTH OF MADNESS brings an intriguing science fiction epic and two really unappealing updates of old TV series (TIME TO SEE LOGAN OR BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AGAIN!). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/17/2017): Life, Power Rangers, CHiPS
Hugh Jackman is done playing Wolverine. As Logan continues to do well at the box office, it seems so weird to think that we’ve seen Jackman as the X-Man for the last time. Perhaps only Sean Connery as James Bond has so indelibly taken a popular culture character and married it to his own identity. For 17 years, Jackman embodied the character from the first time we saw him cage fighting in a bar in X-Men to his farewell in Logan. Not too shabby for a song and dance man.
X-Men was most people’s first exposure to Jackman, but his talents are far from merely dicing people in super hero films. He’s a consummate Broadway actor; an old-fashioned song and dance man, as I said. He’s hosted the Tony Awards on four occasions; winning an Emmy for one of the shows. He most famously got to put his musical gifts to use on screen as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Jackman’s only Oscar nomination. He’s an outstanding dramatic actor, you need only watch The Prestige and Prisoners back-to-back to see the amount of range he has. His good nature also makes him a gifted comic actor, which I think has been best shown in the underrated Real Steel and Eddie the Eagle (where, yes, he is playing Wolverine as a ski jumping coach, but it WORKS!). It’s always possible that a payday or Ryan Reynolds stalking him to be in a Deadpool or X-Force film could give us another Jackman as Logan turn, but his career is far from over just because he’s said farewell to his most famous alter ego.
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I try to make it a policy not to pre-hate movies (I reserve the right to occasionally diverge), with the exception of the Transformers series as directed by Michael Bay. The Transformers were, and are to many people in my generation, an integral part of our childhood memories and Bay has despoiled them. If they’d ALL been awful from the start I’d understand it more, but the first film was not bad. It was flawed, but I got my chills moment of Peter Cullen’s voice emerging from a live-action Optimus Prime. Since then, they’ve been crude, noisy, unbearably long, stupid, occasionally racist, degredations of everything that made the Transformers cool. Also there’s been a weird move to make Optimus Prime act less and less like Optimus Prime until apparently he’s just the villain in this film. I say apparently, because this trailer is weird. It’s shot like a documentary of the life of a little girl who likes bots until things get splodey at the end. Oh and in case you thought anything has changed, Grimlock barfs up a hatchback. It’ll make a billion dollars. Whenever they pry Bay from this franchise, if they even manage to get a genuine fan in the director’s chair, I don’t think you could undo the damage. But since there will be one a year now, we’ll probably find out. Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Week 3 of MARCH MADNESS has the biggest film of the month and two EXTREMELY polar opposite bits of counter programming for those of you who aren’t staying home to watch the actual March Madness. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/17/2017): Beauty and the Beast, The Belko Experiment, Trainspotting 2
After last August’s Suicide Squad, the next installment on DC’s road to Justice League is the Wonder Woman solo film. The third trailer for the film is the best yet, focusing on Diana’s origin and her her first journey to the world of men during World War I. I have had issues with some of the dialogue in past scripts, but this seemed much better, focuses, and this film has looked gorgeous since it was unveiled at Comic Con. It’s got a tough spot on the summer schedule surrounded by Pirates 5 and Transformers 5, but if things keep looking this good and franchise fatigue finally sets in on either the bots or Jack Sparrow, WW could carve out the beginnings of a franchise of its own. Starring Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis as Ares, Wonder Woman is scheduled to open June 2, 2017.