In the Fifty Shades franchise’s final installment, Anastasia and Christian (with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprising their roles) are married and enjoying their honeymoon when Jack Hyde, Ana’s former boss, comes back into the picture to destroy their relationship. The film is just as absurd, and that premise would imply, and that’s the best compliment I could give a film like this. It’s Cinemax After Dark with higher production value.
The “SAW” franchise is one of the most successful, and iconic horror franchises of all time. Throughout the mid-late 2000s, Lionsgate would crank out a new film every Halloween in hopes of dominating the box-office. What initially began as a psychological thriller, eventually sparked the birth of a sub-genre crudely referred to as “torture-porn.” And finally, seven years after Saw 3D (dubbed “The Final Chapter” for home-video release), Lionsgate is back with a soft-reboot titled “Jigsaw.”
The Florida Project, the new highly-anticipated film from Sean Baker (Tangerine), stars Brooklynn Prince (in a breakout role) as a young girl in Orlando, Florida, who spends her summer engaging in mischief and going on adventures with her ragtag friends while the adults around her struggle with hard times living in a motel on the outskirts of Walt Disney World.
Warner Brothers’ second adaptation of the beloved Stephen King novel, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), follows a group of misfit kids that come together when a monster (taking the form of a clown) begins terrorizing and preying upon the town’s children.
Girls Trip is perhaps the biggest surprise of the year, and by far the most memorable film I’ve seen this summer. In the R-Rated raunch-fest, four life-long friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish-in a breakout role) head over to the New Orleans’ Essence Festival for a weekend of debauchery as hilarity ensues.
Atomic Blonde is the breath of fresh air this summer desperately needed. Amidst all the latest franchise-installments and box-office-bombs is Atomic Blonde: a thrilling, expertly-crafted (not to mention feminist) spy thriller. In the film, Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an undercover M16 agent sent to Berlin during the Cold War to recover a top-secret list of double agents.
68 Kill, adapted from the graphic novel of the same name, stars Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) and AnnaLynne McCord (Excision) as Chip and Liza, a young couple whose plan to steal $68,000 from Liza’s sugar daddy leads into something more deranged and violent.
Fresh out of the Sundance Film Festival comes another dark comedy from graphic novelist, Daniel Clowes (author of the source material for the 2001 cult-film Ghost World) who teams up with director, Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), for a cynical, offbeat dramedy about an anti-social man (Woody Harrelson) who re-connects with his ex-wife (Laura Dern) and his teenage daughter (Isabella Amara).
After leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man, director Edgar Wright returns to the big-screen with an original script, over 20 years in the making.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver, (Ansel Elgort) who is coerced by a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) to take part in a heist that quickly goes south. The twist here being, he is a music fanatic whose life syncs up to the tunes on his iPod. The simplest way to describe Baby Driver is “La La Land meets The Fast and the Furious”. It’s high-speed thrills often paired with a playful soundtrack, all done in Wright’s signature flashy style.
Rough Night stars Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz and Ilana Glazer as a group of girlfriends who reunite in Miami for a bachelorette party, only to accidentally kill a male-stripper amidst their hard-partying. ‘Hangover’ and ‘Very Bad Things’ comparisons aside, Rough Night sets up a fun premise with a cast of very talented actresses, who are all energetic and fun to watch.