Man of Steel
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe
Man of Steel
Superman is back, and he has an even bigger enemy to face off against than before. No, he’s not dealing with some devious DC villain whose ready to make the humanoid from Krypton pay. No, as Clark Kent’s alter ego lay dormant, Christopher Nolan (and to some extent, the entire Marvel Universe) has come in and co-opted the superhero genre for their own. Now the question becomes if there is a place in the cinematic pantheon for an old school champion who doesn’t have a real post-modern manner. The choice of director - Zack Snyder - was genius. Here’s hoping the rest of this resurrection is just as savvy.
This is The End
Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
This is the End
As we mentioned before, the World is going to end in a lot of different ways this Summer, and this one has to be the most meta of them all. Seth Rogen and his collaborator Evan Goldberg (Superbad) have come up with an unique take on their previous short film - Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse - turning it into a comedy A-list compendium. From the trailer alone we see Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Emma Watson - and that’s just for beginnings. A look at the IMDb page promises even more insane cameos. And here’s the most surreal part: everyone is playing themselves.
The Bling Ring
Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Erin Daniels, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang
The Bling Ring
After winning critical acclaim for her first two films - The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation (for which she also earned an Oscar for screenplay) - Sophia Coppola’s career has hit a kind of snag. Her contemporized take on Marie Antoinette was a flop, and her awards season entry for 2010, Somewhere, went nowhere. Now she’s returned with a film that could put her back on top. Following the true life adventures of the fame whoring burglars who tracked celebrities via the web so they could rob their homes, the material here seems ripe for Coppola’s cynical if creative eye. She’s got the goods. Let’s hope this one delivers.
Mukunda Michael Dewil
Paul Walker, Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian, Welile Nzuza
After being touted as the next big thing circa the original Fast and Furious film’s release, Paul Walker went through a kind of professional purgatory before reconnecting with the manic muscle car franchise. Now he’s part of a huge action series that many see going on for years to come. Of course, this doesn’t mean Walker walks away from those projects that promise a paycheck. In this case, a tourist rents a car which ends up having connections to some local criminals. Sounds like perfect post-F&F fodder, right? Well, with rumors of this title going direct to DVD, this isn’t the blockbuster follow-up envisioned for the actor.
Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan Caroline Williams, Derek Mears
Enough, already. Enough with the Jason Voorhees wannabe known as Victor Crowley and Adam Green’s slapstick splatter ideas. Sure, it’s always fun to see genre icons like Daniel Harris, Caroline Williams, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, and Derek Mears up on the big screen. But if past installments in this slight scare franchise are any indication, we’ll get 20 minutes of introductory exposition followed by several excessive examples of bloodletting. On the plus side, Green is no longer behind the lens. He’s turned those duties over to his cameraman/cinematographer BJ McDonnell. As for the negative, well, Green still scripted.
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