Marvel’s amazing run of great movies is at an all-time high with Avengers: Infinity War, and it’s safe to bet that Ant-Man And The Wasp won’t break that momentum. Despite a major creative change (original director Edgar Wright left and was replaced by Peyton Reed), Ant-Man turned out just fine when it was released in 2015.
The just released trailer offers us a ton of The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), and since the original film mainly focused on Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) journey, it’s great to see she’s more than just a sidekick in the sequel. The trademark one-liners are also littered about in the trailer, and though the two superheroes are not battling Thanos, the stakes are definitely high in their new mission. Utilizing the Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock classic “It Takes Two” in the trailer is also a plus!
Ant-Man and The Wasp, co-starring Michael Pena, opens nationwide July 6. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
12 Strong, the true story of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit who was sent to Afghanistan in the days after 9/11, hits Blu-ray May 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Chris Hemsworth, seen last year in Thor: Ragnarok, is Captain Mitch Nelson, the leader of the outfit that spearheaded this dangerous mission. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña co-star in the feature. The project is based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers.
Along with learning more about the inner workings of this military mission, one of the sequences I’m interested in checking out is the cavalry style charge that’s featured in the flick. Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about the visual aesthetic behind 12 Strong:
Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission” and “Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Moment.”
Michael Peña and Dax Shepard seem like the perfect pairing for a cop buddy comedy, and the comedic team headlined the Warner Bros. comedy CHIPS earlier this year. Based on the popular 1977 TV series of the same name, CHIPS hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 27.
Shepard, who also penned and directed the film, is Jon Baker, an undercover Federal agent who belileves a multi-million dollar heist may have been coordinated by actual police officers. Pretending to be part of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Baker lays down the law with Frank “Ponch” Poncharello (Peña). “Ponch,” a former motorbiker is attempting to put his marriage back together, and his off the cuff antics initially throws Baker off his game.
Special features on the Blu-ray disc include several featurettes (“This Is Not Your Dad’s CHIPS,” “Practical Pursuit,” and “Ducati: The Perfect Bike”), commentary from Dax Shepard, and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “This Is Not Your Dad’s CHIPS” featurette.
Click on the media bar below to hear Dax Shepard shaping his version of CHIPS and making it a “new thing.”
It’s all Dan Aykroyd’s fault. Back in the ’80s, he rewrote the ’60s cop show Dragnet for the big screen — but as a comedy. Then came Charlie’s Angels. After that, The A-Team and 21 Jump Street. And now, here come Ponch and Jon, playing it for laughs as CHiPs hits movie screens for the first time. Writer/director Dax Shepard has reimagined the ’70s TV staple as a raunchier, riskier big-screen comedy, and he also stars in the movie, alongside Michael Peña. For Shepard, it was a labor of love, because he was a huge fan of the original show, and he wanted to give it the completely new spin, like Christopher Nolan did with the Batman franchise. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dax Shepard)
On this week’sCinemAddicts, we review the Oscar nominated documentary I am Not Your Negro. Directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the project centers on the writings of essayist and social commentator James Baldwin. Most of the feature is culled from Remember This House, Baldwin’s unfinished book about his friendship with Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X,Medgar Evers, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Also covered on this week’s show is director/writer John Michael McDonagh’s (Calvary) entirely watchable but disappointing War On Everyone. The Albuquerque, New Mexico set tale centers on corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña) who end up in a criminal enterprise that may be completely over their heads. Theo James and Caleb Landry Jones co-star as their adversaries. Though the film has a few funny moments and is far from boring, this slapdash movie simply didn’t hit its target.
I also briefly reviewed Wheeler, a documentary style drama about an earnest singer-songwriter (effectively played by Stephen Dorff) who journeys to Nashville for the first time.
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