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Fast and Furious 6

Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Chris Bridges, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, John Ortiz
24 May
Fast and Furious 6


When last we left this franchise, it was practically dead in the water. Then part five took the car racing theme to demented, dizzying heights, adding the Rock and a heist angle to the RPMs and MPGs. Now, Universal has already got the next two installments primed and ready to roll. Everyone is back (including a presumable dead Michelle Rodriguez whose appearance was hinted at in a teaser at the end of the last installment) and the story involves pardons for past crimes in return for the taking down of a cruel criminal mastermind… and his female second-in-command. Guess who?


 

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The Hangover III

Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, John Goodman
24 May
The Hangover III


Who knew this was a planned trilogy? One assumes director Todd Philips is pulling a bit of a Wachowski here, turning a huge initial hit ala The Matrix into a mildly cohesive three part arc. In this return to Vegas, the Wolf Pack are dealing with more than mad criminals. Sure, there’s a pissed off mobster (in the form of John Goodman) and borderline hate crime Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) is back as well. But in this final piece of the Hangover puzzle, Zach Galifianakis’ Alan Garner is off his meds and running on his own internal insanity. Yikes!


 

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Epic

Director: Chris Wedge
Cast: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles
24 May
Epic


There’s a problem with naming your animated film Epic. It becomes a shorthanded way for critics to either compliment, or complain about, the final product. Apparently, the title author William Joyce gave to his saga—The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs—wasn’t commercial enough for the masterminds behind the Ice Age films. Yes, Blue Sky is back and looking for another profitable franchise, adapting the Rolie Polie Olie writer’s work of young reader fantasy. After the way in which his The Guardians of Childhood was handled by Dreamworks (the excellent Rise of the Guardians), this could be good.


 

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Before Midnight

Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
24 May
Before Midnight


It’s like the fictional version of the Up! series. Every nine years, writer/director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) meets up with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to tell the story of Jessie and Celine, and what their life is like now that they are finally a couple. For some, the talky walking tours of various international locales (Paris, Greece) offer up clear character studies of modern relationships. Others have not been so impressed. Early buzz has this is, perhaps, the best installment in the series. Of course, one wonders if we’ll see another Before in another nine years.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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