Some fans may remember John Boyega way back in 2011 with the well received flick Attack the Block, but the 25-year-old actor became a bonafide star thanks to his work in the latest Star Wars films. Boyega is know stepping his game up another level as a producer and lead actor of Pacific Rim Uprising.
“What Pacific Rim does is it gives an answer to those monsters that we’ve grown up watching,” said Boyega who was seen in last year’s release Detroit. “So we love King Kong. We love Godzilla, but if they are going to attack us what would we have? We have the Jaegers, so seeing that face-off is like getting a ticket to the best boxing match ever!”
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Co-starring Scott Eastwood, Pacific Rim Uprising opens nationwide March 23.
Detroit, one of this year’s most critically acclaimed films, hits Blu-ray and DVD December 12 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The project spotlights the civil unrest which impacted the city in 1967. A huge portion of the film details the Algiers Motel Incident in which police officers used abusive questioning tactics to several Black teenagers and a white woman. Dubbed the Detroit Uprising, the event claimed the lives of 43 people and led to the burning and looting of over 2,500 stores. Algee Smith (Earth to Echo), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War) co-star in the feature.
Extras on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions include five featurettes (“The Truth of Detroit,” “The Cast of Detroit,” “The Invasion of Detroit,” “The Hope of Detroit,” “Detroit – Then and Now”) and the music video “Glow” (featuring Algee Smith and Larry Reed from The Dramatics).
Overwhelmingly negative reviews didn’t stop The Dark Tower from debuting at #1, as it made $19.5 million at the box office. Considering the flick was budgeted at $60 million, The Dark Tower should make a profit for Sony. Coming in second was Christopher Nolan’s epic WWII flick Dunkirk ($17.6 million). Charlize Theron’sAtomic Blonde dropped to seventh place in its second weekend. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. The Dark Tower – $19.5 million
2. Dunkirk – $17.6 million
3. The Emoji Movie – $12.3 million this weekend and to date it’s made over $49 million domestically.
4. Girls Trip – The sleeper hit of the summer makes $11.4 million. Domestically, the $19 million budgeted comedy grossed over $85 million.
5. Kidnap – Halle Berry flick has a weak debut with $10.2 million.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – This weekend it makes $8.8 million and it’s closing in on $300 million domestically.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens definitely raised John Boyega’s profile in Hollywood, and it helped him land the lead role in what could become a very prestigious — and possibly Oscar-winning — project. Boyega stars in Detroit, Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the 1967 Detroit race riots. The film is getting fantastic reviews, and Boyega is grateful that Star Wars has given him the chance to do a movie like this.
Steven Soderbergh went on a self-imposed hiatus from directing feature films (his last effort was 2013’s Side Effects), but now he’s back with the August 17 release Logan Lucky. The project once again features a collaboration with Channing Tatum (who starred in Side Effects and Magic Mike), and it features a return of the heist element featured in Soderbergh’sOcean Eleven films. This time out,two brothers (Adam Driver,Tatum) who attempt to abscond with money from a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Riley Keough, who delivered a standout performance in last year’s American Honey, and a scene stealing Daniel Craig co-star.
Coming out August 4 is Columbus, an indie film that centers on a Korean American named Jin (John Cho) who travels to Columbus, Indiana after his architecture scholar father slips into a coma. Haley Lu Richardson gives her finest performance to date as the youth who strikes up a friendship with Jin. Reminiscent of such walking and talking films like Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, Columbus is a filled with beautiful visual compositions from up and coming filmmaker Kogonada and excellent work from the two leads.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Detroit and the recent Blu-ray release Black Butterfly. Take a listen below for our August movie preview!!