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Summer movie preview: Blockbusters and indies reign supreme

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With great weather comes great films in the form of big-budgeted blockbuster franchises and surprise independent films, as things outside and at the box office slowly begin to heat-up. Now that the summer movie season is just around the corner, join us as we preview what’s to come over these next few months.

It Comes At Night (June 9)

A24 looks to continue their barrage of atmospheric and quality films with the release of the highly anticipated horror tale, It Comes At Night. Not much is given away from the teaser trailer that dropped a few months ago, but one thing is certain; we are in for a treat. With recent horror films released such as The Witch and The Blackcoat’s Daughter, A24 has proven to be one of the most dependable production companies as far as quality horror film distribution, and you can expect nothing less from It Comes At Night.

Dunkirk (July 21)

Christoper Nolan is back with his first film since Interstellar, Dunkirk. The upcoming war-drama is based on the astounding true story about a fight for survival as allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are hunted by air from the German army during World War II. Nolan has an immense talent for creating gripping, thrilling cinematic masterpieces. Dunkirk is not to be overlooked.

A Ghost Story (July 7)

A Ghost Story is yet another film being released by A24 and it is already generating lots of buzz from both critics and fans alike, who were lucky enough to have caught the film at Sundance back in January. The latest effort from director David Lowery stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, fresh off his Best Actor win for Manchester by the Sea, in search for the answers of life and its enormity. It may be a little too early to call, but A Ghost Story seems to have plenty of awards season potential.

All Eyez On Me (June 16)

All Eyez On Me is the latest biopic focusing on the musical icon, Tupac Shakur. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks to captivate audiences around the world taking on the larger than life role of the California rapper. With the critical and box office success of F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton still fresh in our minds, All Eyez On Me is definitely a film to be hyped for this summer.

Atomic Blonde (June 28)

What’s cooler than a John Wick sequel? How about a film that takes place set during the Cold War where an undercover agent must track down a list of missing double agents as well as investigate the murder of a fellow agent? Oh, and did we mention this agent is the one and only Charlize Theron? Atomic Blonde looks to be a fun and stylized action film along the lines of the highly successful John Wick franchise.

Baby Driver (June 28)

Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver who partakes in an almost impossible heist after being looped in with a dangerous crime boss. The premise sounds simple, but the trailer reveals something much more special—a perfect blend of action/comedy, plus a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, and so much more.

Spiderman: Homecoming (July 7)

Everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero is back on the big screen. After making his debut as the new Spider-Man in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland looks to bring a breath of fresh air to the beloved superhero franchise in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Much like its predecessors, Spider-Man: Homecoming features a young Peter Parker who must balance his normal life in high school along with his other identity as Spiderman. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role and the iconic Iron Man, while Michael Keaton will make his first appearance as The Vulture.

War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)

Three years have gone by since the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and now audiences are graced in what could be the final Planet of the Apes film for a while; War for the Planet of the Apes. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers, the franchise seems to take a darker approach with this installment. The premise is in the title, humans vs. apes for the world. Who will reign supreme? Man, or everyone’s favorite chimp, Caesar.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 4)

Prepare for even more epicness. Obviously. The best intergalactic group of superheroes are back and ready to rock audiences once more! We are, of course, referring to the intergalactic team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and the gang as they search for Peter Quill’s true parentage while facing some trials along the way. However, if you intend to see this film for the great soundtrack and Baby Groot only, it is totally understandable.

Alien: Covenant (May 19)

Connected directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece, Alien: Covenant is the second installment in the prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus and follows the Covenant crew as they head to what is believed to be a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. Unfortunately for them, they uncover a threat beyond their wildest imaginations and must attempt a harrowing escape before it is too late.

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Nicolas Cage to play Nicolas Cage in meta drama ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

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In a rather extremely unexpected development, Lionsgate is close to nearing a deal to acquire the rights to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a film that will find Nicolas Cage playing none other than Nicolas Cage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, centers on a fictionalized version of Cage who “is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.”

The plot only gets more bizarre from there, however, as Cage “is also under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire, who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work.”

It isn’t long, though, before Cage finds out that the billionaire “is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee,” and that he will need to go undercover for the United States government to gather intelligence.

Gormican and Etten’s script reportedly features references to Cage classics such as Face-Off, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gone in 60 Seconds, and is tonally similar to JCVD starring John Claude Van Damme and Get Shorty starring John Travolta.

Cage is currently in talks to join the meta movie project, which has Gromican attached to direct and Kevin Turen to produce along with Cage and Mike Nilon.

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ rounds out its cast as production gets underway in Hawaii

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Fox Searchlight announced Wednesday that it has acquired worldwide rights to Next Goal Wins, writer-director Taika Waititi’s follow-up to his World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, which opened in theaters last month.

Production is currently underway in Honolulu, Hawaii on the film, which stars Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss and tells the story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the most devastating loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001. With the 2014 World Cup approaching, the team recruits a down on his luck, maverick coach (Fassbender) to help turn their fate around.

In addition to Fassbender and Moss, the film’s cast also includes the likes of Oscar Kightley, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, and Kaimana in their debut role.

“I’ve just started production on my next film Next Goal Wins,” Waititi said in a statement. “We have such an amazing cast and crew behind this film, and I’m stoked to be partnering once again with the lovely people at Fox Searchlight Pictures.”

Waititi wrote the script for Next Goal Wins along with Iain Morris, based on the 2014 documentary of the same name. Jonathan Cavendish, Garrett Basch, and Waititi are producers, with Andy Serkis, Will Tennant, and Kathryn Dean executive producing.

“Taika is an incredible talent and master at bringing honesty and humanity to the surface in any story. We are thrilled to be working with him again on such an extraordinary true story of perseverance in the face of defeat. He has brought together a terrific group of actors, craftspeople and sports players to bring this unique story to life,” said Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, presidents of production at Fox Searchlight.

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Ben Affleck struggles with alcohol addiction, recovery in Gavin O’Connor’s ‘The Way Back’ trailer

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The Way Back, which finds director Gavin O’Connor reuniting with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck for what appears to be a heavier sort of sports drama that explores alcohol addiction and recovery.

Affleck stars here as Jack Cunningham, a one-time high school sports prodigy whose life is spiraling downward due to the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life for himself.

However, Jack’s opportunity for a better life eventually comes when he’s asked to go back to his alma mater to coach the basketball team, which has been underperforming and desperately needs new leadership in order to succeed this season.

Slowly but surely, the team starts to get their act together and manages to start winning some games, proving Jack’s ability to coach, but whether that’s enough to help him cope with his addiction and set him on the road to redemption remains to be seen.

Brad Ingelsby scripted the film, which is produced by O’Connor along with Gordon Gray, Jennifer Todd, and Ravi Mehta. Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman also star alongside Affleck.

The Way Back opens in theaters March 6, 2020.

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