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. May 12th is another sacrificial lamb week. No one wants to take on the money printing juggernaut that is Marvel/Disney’s Captain America: Civil War. The highest profile film, George Clooney’s Money Makers, had not been released to critics at the time of this writing, which is not a good sign at all. A number of smaller films are opening, some with great reviews, so your best option, if you’re not seeing Civil War again, is to try one of them. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/12/2016) – Money Monsters, The Lobster and More
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. May 5th is the first weekend in May and that means it’s Marvel’s weekend. The Disney/Marvel partnership has a death grip on this weekend that’s not likely to evaporate any time soon. This year, the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with Captain America: Civil War. Three other smaller, indie films are also opening, but I’m not sure in how many theaters, because most will be showing Captain America on anything big enough to catch the projector’s image. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/5/2016) – Captain America: Civil War
Variety broke the story that Robert Downey Jr. has been added to the cast of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. We don’t know how big the role is in the film, or if he’ll be suiting up, but the comics have explored the natural bond between the two characters as inventors in the past. Also leaked this week was that the film’s villain looked to be the Vulture and Michael Keaton was in negotiations to join the cast, but those seem to have broken down.
What strikes me as weird is that Marvel would let this leak so soon before Captain America: Civil War. Obviously, it implies that Stark is going to survive the conflict. If they stick to the comic storyline, that would be the case, but the MCU has been known to flip some things on their head. I don’t know why they didn’t sit on this until after the release of the film. At any rate, Robert Downey Jr. was not contracted for anything further than Avengers: Infinity War I & II so Disney must be paying him a metric ton of money to appear in the film. It also cements the Spider-Man solo films firmly in the MCU even with Sony’s quasi-involvement, Marvel is clearly making the creative decisions. Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for release on July 7, 2017.