Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in May:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Opens May 5

Set two-to-three months after the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their new-found family together, while helping Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) learn more about his true parentage and stopping an enemy who threatens to destroy the entire galaxy. The returning cast members include Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Karen Gillan. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.

3 Generations
Opens: May 5

Teenager Ray (Elle Fanning) realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother Maggie (Naomi Watts), lesbian grandmother Dolly (Susan Sarandon) and absent father Craig (Tate Donovan) must learn to accept him for who he is. The cast also includes Sam Trammell (True Blood).

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Opens: May 12

The young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) runs the back streets of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to decide when to become involved with his power. Throwing in with the Resistance and an enigmatic young woman named Guinevere (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern (Jude Law) — who murdered his parents and stole his crown — and become king. The film also stars Djimon Hounson, Eric Bana and Katie McGrath (Merlin and Supergirl).

Opens: May 12

A contemporary tale about a teen whose loyalties are tested when an annual lowrider event forces him to choose between his father and his criminal brother. The cast members include Demian Bichir, Theo Rossi, Melissa Benoist, Cress Williams and Eva Longoria.

Paris Can Wait
Opens: May 12

When her director husband is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman takes a jaunt with his business associate, a charming Gallic rogue who is happy to squire her on a tour of some of the finest meals in Provence. The film stars Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard.

Alien: Covenant
Opens: May 19

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which includes Walter (Michael Fassbender), an android similar to David, a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. It soon reveals itself to be a dark and dangerous world inhabited by the original David and monstrous creatures that start to hunt them. The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce.

Everything, Everything
Opens: May 19

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything. The cast also includes Anika Noni Rose.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens: May 26

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is pursued by an old nemesis, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle (aka The Bermuda Triangle), and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack must seek the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar. The film also stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise), Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, David Wenham, Martin Klebba and Keira Knightley.

Movies coming out in June will be posted at the end of May.

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Gifted Program

The Black List, a collection of Hollywood’s best screenplays that have yet to be produced or picked up by a production company or studio [not to be confused with the NBC TV series of the same name], conducts at least a few staged readings a year. The goal of those readings is to get the screenplays (aka scripts) made into features (aka box office films).

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a staged table reading of Gifted with Armie Hammer (from the box office movies The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Social Network) and Gina Rodriguez (from Jane the Virgin) as the leads. Just this year, that screenplay was finally released in the theatres, starring Chris Evans (Captain America himself) and Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate.

Left to Right: Cooper Thornton as Narrator; Gina Torres, Gina Rodriguez, Armie Hammer, Mckenna Grace, Frances Fisher and Michael Beach

What’s most interesting about a film that comes out of The Black List is how a virtual table read can still feel intimate, but once the film is made, emotions come out in different ways.

With Gifted, the story is about a young girl with a mathematical mind who is pushed into a normal elementary school to learn to socialize. The movie has an emotional punch without action, but with the action, it’s more haunting.

When I first “saw” Gifted at that table read, I don’t remember crying, but as I watched the film the other week, it was a waterworks from beginning to end.

Gifted was released in theatres on April 12 and was written by Tom Flynn. The film also stars young actress Mckenna Grace (she plays the daughter of President Tom Kirkman on Designated Survivor), Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock and Under the Tuscan Sun).

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On April 22, the Hallmark Channel movie The Perfect Catch will debut at 9 PM.

When her high school boyfriend, a superstar baseball player, returns to town, a single-parent (Nikki Deloach from Awakard and the Hallmark Channel movies A Dream of Christmas and Christmas Land) finds the inspiration to reinvent her struggling diner and revisits the past to find something even better for the future.

The film also stars Andrew Walker (from the Hallmark Channel movies Love on Ice, A Dream of Christmas and Date with Love).

Here is a trailer for The Perfect Catch.

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The HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will debut on April 22 at 8 PM.

Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne (Damages) will star in the small screen adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed book that tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.

Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

Here is a trailer for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:

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The new made-for-TV movie Like Cats & Dogs will debut on the Hallmark Channel on April 15 at 9 PM.

Lara (Cassidy Gifford from The Gallows) is a dog lover, while Spencer (Wyatt Nash from Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge) is a cat lover. Spencer and Lara could not be more different. So when Go BnB lands them – and their pets – in the same lake house vacation rental over summer, they will have to figure out a way to get along without killing each other.

Here is a trailer for Like Cats & Dogs.

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The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate will debut on April 9 at 9 PM.

When the former attorney-turned-therapist helps her close friend, Pam, sell the estate of Pam’s parents, she falls head-first into a harrowing mystery. Without notice, Pam disappears on a “dream vacation.” But that dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare for Hailey (Kelli Martin), who’s convinced her long-time friend is a victim of foul play.

Here is a trailer for Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate.

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The Hallmark Channel movie Moonlight in Vermont will debut on April 8 at 9 PM.

After fast-paced New York City high-end real estate broker Fiona Rangely (Lacey Chabert) gets dumped by her boyfriend, she escapes to her family’s quaint Vermont Inn for a few days to slow down and evaluate her life. When her ex-boyfriend Nate shows up at the Inn with a brand new girlfriend, Fiona quickly devises a plan to win him back: pretend the handsome and very laid-back head chef Derek (Carlo Marks from Chesapeake Shores) is her new boyfriend! Much to the surprise of Derek — and to Fiona herself — in pretending to be in love, Fiona realizes she’s been thrown a curveball: her busy and scheduled life may not be what she really wants, discovering that sometimes the best things in life can’t be rushed and are worth the wait.

Here is a trailer for Moonlight in Vermont.

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