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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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Trust me when I tell you that you are not prepared to watch the trailer for Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’

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Today has brought us excellent trailers for films like It Chapter Two and Top Gun: Maverick, so of course Tom Hooper’s adaptation of fucking Cats had to come along a ruin that. I cannot stress enough just how truly annoyed I am by the trailer for this godforsaken movie.

Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical of the same name, Hooper aims to “reimagine the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.”

The thing is, though, Cats doesn’t look “spectacular” at all — it looks creepy and dreadful. Like, even more so than It Chapter Two, which is a literal fucking horror movie. The images I witnessed while viewing the trailer will undoubtedly haunt me for the remainder of the day. Especially this one.

However, if this looks like your kind of thing, then good for you! I’m glad there are weirdos out there who enjoy entertaining themselves by watching humans in cat costumes run around on all fours for god knows how long while belting out show tunes. Certainly no judgment from me!

James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and Francesca Hayward all star in the nightmare of a film that is Cats, which will hit theaters on December 20.

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Tom Cruise shocks San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H with surprise ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer

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In a surprise appearance, Tom Cruise took the stage during Paramount’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 original, which finds Cruise reprising his iconic role as Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

“For 34 years, you guys have been very patient with me and I felt it was my responsibility to finally really deliver for you,” Cruise told the raucous Hall H crowd after being introduced by Conan O’Brien, who was leading the panel.

He added, “Everything you see in this film is for real. We’re working with the Navy. I wanted to give you an experience of being inside that aircraft,” before later referring to the movie as “a love letter to aviation.”

In addition to Cruise, Maverick‘s all-star cast includes the likes of Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, and Manny Jacinto. Joseph Osinski directed the film from a script written by Justin Marks.

Producers on the sequel include Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance Media. Tommy Harper, Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger are executive producers.

Top Gun: Maverick will fly into theaters on June 26, 2020.

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A new ‘It Chapter Two’ trailer finds the Losers Club facing off against Pennywise one last time

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Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for It Chapter Two, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 critically acclaimed box office smash based on Stephen King’s iconic horror novel of the same name.

Set 27 years after the events of the first movie, It Chapter Two stars Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stanley as they return to Derry to confront Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) one last time.

“Something happens to you when you leave this town. The farther away, the hazier it all gets,” we hear an adult Mike say as the trailer shows a flashback from the 2017 film. “But me — I never left. I remember all of it.”

Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor will all reprise their roles as the original members of the Losers Club from the first movie.

Muschietti directed It Chapter Two from a screenplay written by Gary Dauberman, based on King’s best-selling 1986 book. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producers, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg serving as executive producers.

It Chapter Two will float into theaters on September 6.

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