Director David Zellner’s 2014 feature Kumiko, The Treasure Hunterwas a visual and atmospheric thriller that only gets better with time, and having him take on the Western genre sounds like an absolutely great idea. Damsel,co-starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, should, even at its worst, be interesting.
This time out Zellner co-directs the feature with his brother Nathan (they co-wrote Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter) in the story about a pioneer named Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) who travels through the Wild West to marry his true love Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). Accompanying him on his journey is a drunkard named Parson (David Zellner) and a miniature horse named Butterscotch. From the looks of the trailer, Damsel is not a by the numbers Western, and hopefully the Zellners’ blend of comedy and darkness will give us another memorable cinematic experience.
Pattinson received some of the best reviews of his career with last year’s Good Time (Wasikowska was last seen in The Man With The Iron Heart). The feature hits theaters June 22nd via Magnolia Pictures. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) will continue to see his star rise thanks to his lead role in SuperFly, a modern day remake of the 1972 feature. The project, which features music from Future (his single “Walk On Minks” can be heard on the film’s official site), also puts a spotlight on the diverse and artistically flourishing city of Atlanta.
“I think Atlanta is to the world what New York was in the 70s,” said Jackson. “I think it was the hub for music, for creativity, even movies. Every movie now is shot in Atlanta. It’s a great place to be. It’s the fashion. It’s the women. The hair. My hair I feel like it’s a huge piece of his character – his superhero uniform. His hair. His jacket. His boots. So I think it was very important to do it in Atlanta.”
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SuperFly, co-starring Jason Mitchell, opens nationwide June 15.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
Though Deadpoolproved Ryan Reynoldswas tailor made for the titular role (actually he proved that in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the original film had its share of flaws. With respect to Ed Skrein, Ajax wasn’t the most memorable of villains, the non-linear structure, at least for me, was a bit too jarring.
With the origin story out of the way, Deadpool 2 flies in a much different and more liberating dimension. The merc with a mouth is still annoying (and at times funny) as can be, but this time out he has a worthy adversary in a tough guy from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin).
Determined to kill a powerful young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) for his own, understandable motivations, Cable is a force of nature who the seemingly indestructible Deadpool can’t even stop. After a botched mission with his X-Men buddies Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) to reign in Russell, Deadpool eventually bonds with the kid. Vanessa’s (Morena Baccarin) desires to start her own family brings paternal yearnings from our hero, so it’s easy to see why he’ll risk life and limb for this troubled kid.
After assembling a ragtag group he calls X-Force (Zazie Beetz as the luck infused Domino is particularly memorable), Deadpool is ready to save Russell, defeat Cable, and become the ultimate team leader in the process. Since Deadpool is unpredictable as they come, things immediately go south, leading to a ton of destruction and carnage in the process.
Fans of the character will undoubtedly love both films, but even if you get annoyed by Deadpool’s constant chatter (like most of his colleagues), Deadpool 2 is engaging and often eye-popping action fare. David Leitch, who directed one can’t miss sequence from the otherwise blah Atomic Blonde, takes over the directing duties of original filmmaker Tim Miller and does an excellent job. A chase sequence spearheaded by Beetz is bordering on sensory overload, and it’s terrific (the final fight, though not as memorable as the chase, is also finely tuned). Thanks to an excellent ensemble (though Leitch pays a bit more attention to the newer characters, the Deadpoolreturnees each have their small moments to shine) and a first rate screenplay (Reynolds is a co-writer), Deadpool 2is a creative highpoint in the comic book genre.
Unpredictable to the core and filled with more easter eggs and self-referential jokes than one can imagine, Deadpool 2succeeds on all fronts (the end credits are also to die for), proving that the sophomore slump isn’t part of the merc’s verbose vocabulary.
Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto and Jodie Foster in HOTEL ARTEMIS to be released by Global Road Entertainment.
Jodie Foster is back on the silver screen with Hotel Artemis, a flick set in the not too distant future of Los Angeles. Foster plays the Nurse, a woman who runs an exclusive emergency room that treats criminals.
The film’s art-deco, film noir infused aesthetic gives Hotel Artemis a distinct, eye-catching look, and Foster had nothing but praise for filmmaker/writer Drew Pearce. “Best first time director I’ve ever worked with actually,” said Foster, whose last feature directing effort was 2016’s Money Monster.. “Most prepared. Had everything in his head. A complete vision. He really loves old Los Angeles. He’s not a native. He just came here and fell in love with it and I grew up here and I feel that same way. This film really reflects that.”
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Hotel Artemis, co-starring Dave Bautista and Sofia Boutella, opens nationwide June 8.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is not just the origin story of Han Solo and his best buddy Chewbacca. Donald Glover takes on the role of Lando Calrissian, a role that was originally played in The Empire Strikes Back by Billy Dee Williams.
“I just love the way it looks,” said Glover. “It feels like a very edgy film and I feel like there is enough there to satisfy anybody who has wondered about Han or Lando. There’s so much about Han in this movie that you connect with . . . I just hope that people can really connect and they’re interested in this world because I would love to be a part of this world again. It’s really great.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-starring Alden Ehrenreich, opens May 25.
The Con Is On, which stars Pulp Fiction actors Uma Thurman and Tim Roth, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital July 24 via Lionsgate. The project centers on a con-artist couple named Harriet and Peter (Thurman, Roth) who attempt to pull off a jewel theft operation in Los Angeles to pay off a gangster (Designated Survivor’sMaggie Q). Alice Eve co-stars as Peter’s ex-wife, with Parker Posey (Superman Returns) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) rounding out the ensemble. The feature was previously titled The Brits are Coming.
It’s great to see Uma Thurman and Tim Roth ham it up in the trailer, and Alice Eve, who’s usually one for dramatic fare (The Stolen, Cold Comes The Night), also looks like she’s having a good time. We’ll be checking out the Blu-ray closer to its release date, but until then, check out the trailer and tell us what you think!