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Although I live in the UK the previews here are based on the US movie schedule. These are what I consider to be the films worth looking forward too this year and some that I could personally give a miss. There are many films coming out this year and this is just a snippet. As they are previews I could of course be proven wrong on their quality when the films are actually released but as of now these are what I consider to be hot or not!
While I am not convinced that we still need Arnie reprising his Terminator role in this alternative timeline to the other films, apparently his previous guise will be explained. Alan Taylor (Thor: the Dark World; Game of Thrones) is directing so the film is in safe hands. One thing is for certain. Even if the film is not successful another sequel/reboot/prequel will be back!
I was sad when Edgar Wright left the project due to creative differences with Marvel. Peyton Reed is now directing. He is most famous for 'Bring It On' and 'Yes Man'. In the movie world I consider Wright to be a giant and Reed to be.. well.. erm.. an ant! With that in mind then perhaps Reed will surprise me and pull off a great film against insurmountable odds.
Levi Miller is Peter Pan, Hugh Jackman is Blackbeard, and Garret Hedlund is Hook. A great cast and a good trailer and a terrific director in Joe Wright (forgetting the boredom fest that was 'Anna Karenina' ), this should be a great family film this summer.
Okay so I am not a great fan of Adam Sandler and Kevin James (see 'Grown Ups' as an example) who return together in this, but I am a video game fan and so this film of video game characters attacking New York kind of appeals to the geek inside of me. Could well be awful. Could possibly be pixel perfect.
Magic Mike XXL
The original Steven Sodbergh directed film was a bore so why they needed to continue the story of Channing Tatum's stripper is a mystery to me. Yes Channing Tatum was a stripper before he became a movie star, yes he has a good body, but it doesn't mean I want to see him gyrating on the cinema screen, extra large or otherwise.
The Fantastic Four
Not a lot is known about the plot of the film at this point but the film is sure to be better than Tim Story's efforts in 2005 and 2007. The director Josh Trank previously directed ace superhero (ish) 'Chronicle' and with a young, fresh cast including Miles Teller as Mr Fantastic and Jamie Bell as The Thing (!) this should be... fantastic!
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
An adaptation of the 1960's tv series the film stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, agents of UNCLE and fighters of THRUSH (no, not that kind of thrush madam, see your doctor for that). Movies based on tv series are not always successful (see Sgt Bilko, The Dukes of Hazzard, Thunderbirds, The Avengers) but the Mission Impossible movies have been great so who knows. Watch it with your auntie for no other reason than it would be funny to do so. No? Okay, sorry.
Hitman: Agent 47
The first Hitman movie was critically slated by the critics but I enjoyed it. I have played all of the Hitman video games and loved them. Therefore I will enjoy this. Hopefully. Rupert Friend takes over the role of the genetically engineered assassin working for the mysterious organisation known as 'The Agency'. We are all aware that video game adaptations are not well received (Super Mario Bros, Far Cry) but I enjoyed the Lara Croft movies despite another critical backlash from critics, so my hopes are high for this. Sure to be a hit!
From director John Hillcoat (The Road) comes this tale of a group of crooked cops trying to get away with a heist. A strong cast includes Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie and Kate Winslet.
Maze Runner: the Scorch Trials
A sequel to 'The Maze Runner' this continues the adaptation of James Dashner's YA series of books. Our teen heroes have now escaped the deadly Griever infested maze known as The Glade and are now on the run in an Earth ravaged by solar flares. The first film was great, refreshingly free of romance with a focus on character and action. A film worth getting lost in then.
Johnny Depp stars as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton as John Connolly. Childhood friends, they grow up to be worlds apart, Bulger the godfather of the Irish mob and Connolly as a major figure in the FBI. Based on a true story this tale of dirty deals and murder should be a gripping watch.
The latest from director M. Night Shyamalan. While I have enjoyed his later, critically derided films 'The Happening' and 'Last Airbender' he is clearly a director who has fallen short of the promise he showed with 'The Sixth Sense' and 'Unbreakable'. This is the story of a brother and sister sent to their grandparents for a week. The siblings discover that the elderly couple are involved with something deeply disturbing. Probably the village committee then. I hope the film is good, the premise is intriguing, but M Night has promised us much before and then disappointed us.
Let me know what you are most looking forward too below and add a comment if you think I am wrong in my choices, or if there is another film scheduled that I should have mentioned.