Movies Summer 2023

Posted on May 25, 2023 at 8:00 am

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Lots of great movies coming our way! Of course the usual blockbusters and sequels and a new Pixar, and, as always, what I am most looking forward to is being surprised by some new director or star or filmmaker I don’t know now but will soon be unable to imagine the world without.

Some highlights about what’s coming:

JUNE

Past Lives A love story across time and distance.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse The sequel to the unexpected hit and winner of the Animation Oscar.

Flamin’ Hot Eva Longoria directed this origin story of a janitor who came up with the idea for spicy Cheetos.

Elemental You just know Pixar will make us all cry again in this story of a girl made of fire who falls for a guy made of water.

The Flash One of DC’s most popular superhero characters gets his own movie.

Asteroid City We don’t know much about Wes Anderson’s latest, but we do know that the visuals will be filled with dazzling visual details and quirky characters.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Harrison Ford as Indy. Time travel. Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Enough said.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but an animated sea beast!

JULY

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Barbie Writer/director’s film about the world’s most popular doll has a spectacular cast including Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, America Ferrara, Alexandra Shipp, John Cena, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Dua Lipa, and Michael Cena, and Dame Helen Mirren.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning: Part 1 Chases, explosions, fake-outs, saving the world, and Tom Cruise performing crazy stunts and running very fast.

Theater Camp This festival darling about theater kids looks adorkable.

Oppenheimer The story of the brilliant man who created the most powerful bomb the world had ever seen, with Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, and Florence Pugh.

The Haunted Mansion One of Disney’s most popular attractions inspired this thriller starring Rosario Dawson and LaKeith Stanfield.

AUGUST

Meg 2: The Trench Jason Stratham is back and so is that gigantic sea monster.

Gran Turismo Is this every gamer’s dream? A gamer got so good he became a real race car driver in this film based on a true story.

Blue Beetle In this DC story, Xolo Maridueña plays the title superhero and his alter ego, Jaime Reyes.

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Also coming: the raunchy comedies “Joy Ride” and “No Hard Feelings,” another Transformers movie, another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, a new Dracula movie (set aboard ship!), and an R-rated movie about dogs!

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Happy 2023! These Movies Are Coming!

Posted on December 31, 2022 at 8:00 am

Happy New Year!  Lots of great movies to look forward to in 2023. As usual, we have more information about big blockbusters that have been in the works for a while than about smaller films that may still be in production. I always look forward to seeing more from my old favorites, but as I say every year what I enjoy most is knowing that there will be some filmmakers I’ve never heard of who will surprise and delight me in the new year. Watch for Jonathan Majors, already one of my favorites ever since “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” in two giant sequels, “Creed III” and the new Ant-Man film. And watch for Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren in two blockbuster sequels as well: “SHAZAM” and “Fast X Part 1.”

Here are some of the films we are already excited about. (Release dates tentative)

Comic Book Movies

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2022 MARVEL.

SHAZAM:Fury of the Gods (December)

Helen Mirren!

Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 (May)

Deadpool 3 (September)

Sequels and Remakes

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (June)

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are back!

John Wick: Chapter 4

Fast X Part 1 (May)

The series is going out with a two-part bang. It’s still about chases, explosions, and family.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning (July)

Chases, explosions, secrets, and Tom Cruise.

Creed III (March)

Jonathan Majors plays an old friend who gets into the ring with Creed.

Magic Mike: Last Dance (February)

Salma Hayek gives the dancers their dream shot.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Harrison Ford is back!

Avatar 3

The forest people and the sea people versus the sky people, part 3 of 5.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part One (June)

Sequel to the Oscar-winning animated multi-verse Spidey story.

Book Club 2 (May)

Jane Fonda, Mary Steenbergen, Diane Keaton, and Candace Bergen reunite for another movie about golden age antics.

Fantasy Games

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (March)

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Owlbear! Dragons! Chris Pine!

The Super Mario Brothers Movie (April)

The classic video game comes to animated life with the voices of Charlie Day and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Intriguing New Ideas

Barbie (July)

Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was so well done I can’t help but look forward to her take on Mattel icon Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

When You Finish Saving the World (January)

“The Social Network’s” Jesse Eisenberg wrote and directed a film that looks like it will break all our hearts. But in a good way.

Missing (January)

The clever “Searching” all took place on the computer screen of the frantic father played by John Cho. This follow-up stars Nia Long and Storm Reid.

Sharper (February)

Julianne Moore and Sebastian Stan star in a movie about a con.

Emily (February)

Loosely inspired by the writer Emily Bronte, whose passionate story “Withering Heights” continues to thrill readers.

Linoleum (February)

Jim Gaffigan plays the host of a failing children’s science TV show who has always dreamed of being an astronaut.

Revolution (February)

In the 1970s, a church finds its congregation.

Mama Mafia (April)

Toni Collette inherits the family’s Mafia empire and turns things around with the help of Monica Belluci.

Asteroid City (June)

It’s a new Wes Anderson movie. So I’m guessing it will be quirky, curated, and a bit pretentious but worth seeing.

No Hard Feelings (June)

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Jennifer Lawrence and Broadway star Andrew Barth Feldman (“Ratatouille the Musical”) plus Matthew Broderick, Ebon Moss-Bacharach (“The Dropout”), and Natalie Morales in an R-rated comedy about a woman hired to advise a socially awkward young man.

Renfield (April)

Remember Dracula’s sidekick? No? Well, here he gets his own story, with Nicholas Hoult falling in love with Awkwafina and Nicolas Cage as the vampire.

For the Family

Elemental (June)

Pixar asks whether Fire and Water can find a life together.

Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again (December)

An animated sequel to the popular series.

The Little Mermaid (May)

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A live action remake starring Halle Bailey.

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Trailer: Cyrano, Starring Peter Dinklage

Posted on October 7, 2021 at 9:56 am

This new version of the play about the man who can only woo the woman he loves through letters signed by someone else looks gorgeous, and swooningly romantic. For earlier versions, see Jose Ferrar in “Cyrano de Bergerac” and Steve Martin’s modern update, “Roxanne.”) Peter Dinklage has all of the dash and world-weariness we want to see in the character and up-and-coming stars Hayley Bennett and Kelvin Harrison, Jr. look like they will cross over into well-deserved mega-stardom from this film. Can’t wait.

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Trailer: She Ball

Posted on July 8, 2021 at 6:57 pm

Nic Cannon produces and stars in “She Ball.” On a mission to save his Inglewood community center, Avery Watts (Cannon) enlists a talented basketball player, Shelby (Melody Rae), to help him win the grand prize in a street ball tournament. Together, Avery and Shelby challenge local politicians, gangs and their own stereotypes to save their community. She Ball is produced by Nick Cannon, Chris Brown and Bryan “Birdman” Williams, and features new music from Chris Brown, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Roddy Rich, Stevie Wonder and Kierra Shierd

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