2015’s Sicario, from Director Denis Villeneuve, was a spectacular film and fairly self-contained. However, where there’s potential money to be had, sequels will follow. So now, we have Day of the Soldado. Villeneuve, who was busy with last year’s magnificent Blade Runner 2049, has passed the directorial reins to Stefano Sollima and original Writer Taylor Sheridan returns to pen the sequel. Does Day of the Soldado live up to Sicario’s legacy or does it cower in its shadow?
Co-Writer-Director Gary Ross revisits Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven universe to deliver Ocean’s Eight, a heist film with a female bent. Does this film capture the fun spirit of the original or is it time for the Ocean’s franchise to just pack it in?
2015’s Jurassic World was…not a good film. Its sequel, Fallen Kingdom, is directed by J.A. Bayona with a script from Derek Connolly and the first film’s director, Colin Trevorrow. Does this film improve on the previous one or is it an even bigger disaster?
In 2015, The Force Awakens resurrected the Star Wars franchise and became the highest-grossing domestic film of all-time. Now, Writer-Director Rian Johnson brings audiences the eighth film in the Skywalker family saga, The Last Jedi. Does this film re-hash the past or forge a new path into the future for Star Wars?
35 years ago, Blade Runner hit theaters and became a cult hit later on video after failing at the box office. In the process, it became one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. Now, Director Denis Villeneuve along with original Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, (as well as co-writer Michael Green), present Blade Runner 2049, a sequel that takes place 30 years later. Does 2049 live up to the first film’s legacy or does it find a way to surpass it?
The subtitle of the fifth—fifth!—Pirates of the Caribbean movie is Dead Men Tell No Tales and, y’know, they really shouldn’t, because they suck.
Twenty years ago, Director Danny Boyle and Writer John Hodge adapted Irvine Welsh‘s novel, Trainspotting, and the film became the highest grossing limited release film of 1996 and a cult hit. Now they are back with the sequel and we all know how sequels made decades later always turn out great, right? Right? How does T2 fare?
It’s that time of year again when the temperatures remind those in denial that maybe the Earth is getting hotter and everyone seeks shelter in the air-conditioned sanctuary that is the local multiplex. But what to watch once you’re there? Well, I’m here to clue you in on twenty-two of the films I’m most curious about this summer. Like with my Fall Preview last year, this will be a curtailed affair, so I won’t be slamming too many films as unwatchable, but in looking at the calendar, I don’t see many egregious offenders—for once. Maybe that means movies are getting better? But it’s probably more because Paul Blart 2 is a spring release.
As always, I’ll list the films in order by release date, but of course, those dates are always subject to change. 2015 is shaping up to be a movie year for the ages and it all begins with a minor indie release called: