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LegendLegend
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Studio: Universal
Director: Brian Helgeland (42, A Knight’s Tale)
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, and Taron Egerton.
Plot: From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance.

Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins. (Official Facebook Page)

Thoughts: What is better than Tom Hardy? Two Tom Hardy’s- In duel roles that already earned him a British Independent Film Award and have many thinking he’ll get an Oscar nom. As mentioned above, he takes on the roles of the Krey twins, infamous London gangsters. The trailer was intriguing, but honestly, I just want to see Legend to see how Hardy juggles the roles. It is always interesting to see how directors and actors handle having one person in two leading roles.

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The MartianThe Martian
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator)
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Naomi SCott, and Mackenxiee Davis.
Plot: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.

With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. (Official Facebook Page)

Thoughts: Based on the witty, fast paced, and “super science-y” novel by Andy Weir, I am very excited to check out The Marian. I can’t wait to see how the science is presented in the movie. The novel was very well researched and goes into great detail with the scientific processes that are presented. The casting is fantastic. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Matt Damon as the wisecracking Watney. The script was penned by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin in the Woods), and directed by the legendary Ridley Scott.

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InsurgentInsurgent
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Robert Schwentke (RED, The Time Traveler’s Wife, R.I.P.D.)
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Octavia Spencer
Plot: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. (Official Website)

Thoughts: The first movie in “The Divergent Series” was a little hit and miss for me. It had an interesting future/sci-fi world and enough going on to get my attention, but sadly it also had some logic leaps and a perplexing ending. (next comment includes spoilers for the first movie) After taking some hits, the good guys saved the day. They defeated the “evil” Jeanine and stopped her plan. Then for unexplained reasons, they let her live and they fled. That is very frustrating as our heroes (Tris & Four) were very willing to kill their enemies- heck, earlier in the movie, Tris even had to kill a brainwashed friend. Now in the new movie they are fugitives on the run from Jeanine. Wait, really?

I just hope the movie isn’t the first one recycled and doesn’t follow the recent book adaptation trend of just being a middle entry in a series that has absolutely no beginning or end. Nothing is more frustrating for this viewer than a movie that just ends with no resolution.

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Poster Amazing Spiderman 2

Release Date:  May 2, 2014
Studio:  Sony Pictures
Director:  Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Felicity Jones.
Plot: We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

Thoughts: The Amazing Spider-Man was not a perfect movie by any means, but it was a big step int he right direction. Garfield was able to capture the heart of Peter Parker and the movie had the charm of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The sequel is stepping up the stakes and throwing the s#*t into the fan. I’m excited that they aren’t holding back anymore. Give us the big Spider-Man film we all want to see. I just hope they don’t spend the whole time building towards future films (they have already announced 2 more Spider-Man solo films along with 2 spinoffs; The Sinister Six and Venom).

Excited to websling around the city again? Annoyed that there is another installment of the franchise already? Sound off in our comments.

Release Date: May 24, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Justin Bartha.
Plot: The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Thoughts: I don’t think anyone saw the trailer for the first Hangover and thought to themselves “I see this becoming one of the funniest and most successful comedy trilogies of all time.” But here we are, four years after the first movie with two sequels and countless box office dollars later.

Now, the second movie in the series was a huge let down creatively. Story-wise it was identical to the original (save for a new setting), and all of the jokes felt tired and used. The trailer for Part III gives me a lot of hope that they recognized the mistakes of the second one and improved on them. Right from the description, “..no wedding. No bachelor party,”

Yeah, I’ll be there.

MAN OF STEEL

Release Date: June 14, 2013
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen)
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, and Richard Schiff.
Plot: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.

But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Thoughts: I can not wait for Man of Steel to come out. Seriously. I know next to nothing about the movie. I’ve seen the trailer and we all know the very basics; origin story, Zod, and the suit looks a bit different. But I absolutely love the fact that I really don’t know much about the plot.

This is the polar opposite of the advertising of Iron Man 3, a movie that I have not seen but I feel like I know every beat of the movie. The cast is top notch, I love Snyder’s visual style, and more so than the actors that have come before him, Henry Cavill looks the part of Superman without even being in the suit.

Is it June 14th yet?

Release Date: January 4, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: John Luessenhop (Takers)
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae and Richard Riehle.
Plot: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…

Thoughts: When Lionsgate first announced the plot of the movie [SEE: Texas Chainsaw 3D Poster and Plot Details] I thought it was weird; “Even with the “3? in the title, this movie is not a sequel to the two modern rebooted movies in the series from the Platinum Dunes (the 2003 Jessica Biel starring The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning). No, Texas Chainsaw 3D is a direct sequel to the 1974 original, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Ironically, this would mark the third direct sequel to the original film after 1986?s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 from the original director Tobe Hooper and 2004?s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.” And I still think it is weird. Why not just craft a stand alone story with Leatherface? That what the actual story feels like. It doesn’t feel like a direct sequel that picks up moments after the original. I’d prefer it if it was just “after” the other movies and stood on its own feet.

There is a lot of good horror left in a character like Leatherface. Texas Chainsaw 3D really does just seem like more of the same. Why not change it up a bit? Have Leatherface go on a massacre in Dallas or Houston. Hell, at this point I’d rather see “Leatherface in Space” than another movie with a bunch of young people in an old mansion in the middle of nowhere getting put on hooks and cut up with a chainsaw.- even if it is now in 3D. Ugh.

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