Movie of the Week: The Mummy

Ever hear the phrase “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?” That should be the moral of this week’s featured film for this woman seeks to bring hell on earth! Princess Ahmenet was once destined for greatness until circumstances robbed her of her chance to achieve them and so she was buried deep beneath the sands of Egypt. Millennia later, her slumber was disturbed by an unsuspecting individual who will now play victim to her wrath upon the Earth and her wrath is practically biblical! Once a beautiful and powerful ruler-to-be, Princess Ahmenet is now The Mummy!

Director: Alex Kurtzman

Screenwriters: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Courtney B. Vance, Jake Johnson and Marwan Kenzari.

What am I expecting to see?: This movie is set to be quite the kickstarter for Universal Pictures as they unveil their new Dark Universe movie-monster franchise. Truth be told, I’m not holding my breath for something awesome with this remake of The Mummy, I happen to be familiar with the previous remake-turned-trilogy from 1999 and I’m not a Tom Cruise fan, but the fact that director Alex Kurtzman chose to reboot this franchise with a female Mummy fascinates me enough to give this a try. Best case-scenario: this movie will sell me on this new Dark Universe franchise.

Movie of the Week: Wonder Woman

For too long, the fight against the forces of evil has been spearheaded by men. The greatest heroes who have fought for humanity against foes driven to bring hurt and pain to the innocent are great men, but still men. The time has come for a woman to rise against those who would do harm to those who cannot protect themselves. It is time. It is her time! The Princess of Themiscyra, with shield on one arm, a sword in her hand, and a mystic lasso at her hip will rise to bring an end to the war that will end all wars. Diana’s crusade for justice is only the beginning of a journey that will place her in a league of her own. This is the story of a new age of heroism. This is the tale of Wonder Woman.

Director: Patty Jenkins

Written by: Allan Heinberg

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Florence Kasumba, Ewen Bremmer, and Saïd Taghmaoui.

What am I expecting to see?: The last three films produced from the DCEU have underwhelmed to say the least, especially the films that flew under Warner Bros. and DC Comics from last year, so Wonder Woman is going in with an advantage of a low-bar already set. In the limited time we’ve seen her in the role already, Gal Gadot has done enough to sell audiences on her as Wonder Woman and now that she has this feature film to elevate herself, I’m hoping that she has clout to seize this initiative of being a powerhouse film hero in her own right.

Movie of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The swashbuckling Disney franchise that set sail on the high seas 14 years ago will come to a close (finally)! Captain Jack Sparrow has lived an “exhilarating” life to say the least. One could call it a true Pirates Life but his greatest adventure before him draws back to the past when Captain Salazar leads an army of the dead across the seven seas on the hellbent mission to exterminate every able bodied man or woman who sails under pirate colors. Salazar, like many, bears a grudge against Captain Jack and our heroic and plucky pirate hero’s only salvation is a mythic artifact that could turn the tides of the ocean forever. Sailing into theaters this weekend is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Directors: Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning

Writer: Jeff Nathanson

Staring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Steven Graham, Kevin McNally, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Sir Paul McCartney, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley

What am I expecting to see?: I honestly love the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the kooky lead character of Captain Sparrow but this franchise needs to end in the worst way and I thank heavens that Dead Men Tell No Tales will end it! I hope this is entertaining, it brings the right amount of closure to this series and it ends on a high note. This is a great cast of actors and I don’t want to see any of their talents go to waste. I’ve been looking forward to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for a while now and I hope it is everything that I ask for.

 

Movie of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Finally, they’re back! Marvel’s rag-tag team of intergalactic outlaws rides again and audiences could not be more excited! After saving the universe from the wrath of Ronan the Accuser, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and now, Baby Groot, traverse the spaceways for the second installment of their adventures doing a bit of good, a bit of bad and/or a LOT of both! This time, their adventures lead this team to old and new friends and foes. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on of my most anticipated films of the year and the perfect film to kick off the summer season IMO.

Director: James Gunn

Writer: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

What am I expecting to see?: Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t perfect but it was entertaining enough to win me over and I for one could not be more excited for Vol. 2, especially with all of the glowing acclaim the film has received earlier this year. I go into the week, ready for what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has to offer, the surprises, the obvious, and the unexpected. BRING IT ON A-HOLES!

Movie of the Week: Kong: Skull Island

2017 will mark the fourth year in which one of the most famous movie monsters of all time has ever graced the silver screen. In 1933, 1975 and 2005, audiences the world over has seen different takes of the enormously proportioned primate who reigned supreme over his domain only to be captured and felled in the domain of man. This weekend marks Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ turn to bring the giant ape to the big screen as a team of explorers ventures out into uncharted territory teeming with danger and atop the pyramid of Skull Island is a king whose reign about to be challenged by an unforeseen enemy: modern day man. Kong: Skull Island bows into theaters this week.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Screenwriters: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connelly

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Tian Jing, John Ortiz and Toby Kebbell

What am I expecting to see?: The producers behind this movie have big plans for this film and I hope that this movie does enough to see these plans come to fruition. I want this movie to honor the Kong movies that came before it while doing everything it can to make a proper mark for itself. I don’t expect it to reach the epic levels that Peter Jackson’s King Kong reached in 2005 but I for one hope that Kong: Skull Island has its fun.

Movie of the Week: Logan

I was just a young boy, young tween to be accurate, when I first saw Hugh Jackman in a major motion picture. He starred in a live-action adaptation of the highly acclaimed Marvel Comics series X-Men, portraying the series’ most iconic and recognized character, Wolverine. Fast forward 15 years later, and the end of an era has been marked. I practically saw every X-Men movie to date and Hugh Jackman has made an appearance in all of them as the metal-clawed, age-resistant, cigar smoking, berserker, amnesiac mutant hero we’ve all come to know him by and this weekend, he will take his final turn sporting those indestructible claws and slashing his way through cinemas. This week, I will see Hugh Jackman, in his final appearance, as Wolverine or by his more preferred name Logan.

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Dafne Keen.

What am I expecting to see?: The first time Wolverine was given his own standalone film, it tanked. Badly. The second time, slightly better but still lacking. This time, there is a lot riding on making this right since this will be the last time we will see Hugh Jackman in the skin of his iconic character. In addition, Logan marks the final time Patrick Stewart will hold the role of Professor X, so this movie needs to hit all its marks if the studios want to say that they sent Hugh Jackman’s era as Wolverine out on a high note.

Movie of the Week: The LEGO Batman Movie

Let’s see how February 2017 at the movies kicks off with what I like to consider a quasi-superhero animated adventure flick. I consider Batman a cinematic draw considering the success and reward the character has given studios over the years and The LEGO Batman Movie must be poised to capitalize off the success of The LEGO Movie, and reach audiences of all ages in this animated spin on the legendary comic character. Basically, this movie follows a brick version Bruce Wayne as he tries to juggle his responsibilities as Gotham City’s celebrated Caped Crusader and new foster parent to orphan Dick Grayson.

Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Zack Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Seth Green, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz.

Director: Chris McKay

Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington

What am I expecting to see?: Ideally, a crowd-pleasing combination of wit and humor mixed with some degree of action and adventure. I think this movie has great potential to be a hot item for a while and I believe that The LEGO Batman Movie can deliver on every promise it will make to its audience.