Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Review
Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael Bay (Transformers, 13 Hours) and stars Mark Wahlberg (Patriot's Day, Ted), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Las Vegas), Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal, Red Dragon) and Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life). "Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth". One of the most critically panned franchises ever made but they continue to make money - will this be the first great Transformers film?
My Cousin Rachel (2017) Review
My Cousin Rachel is directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) and stars Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, Constantine) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games). "A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms". Released in the midst of summer blockbusters, can a small period drama like My Cousin Rachel shine?
The Mummy (2017) Review
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) and stars Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, Top Gun), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, X-Men: First Class) and Russell Crowe (Noah, Gladiator). "An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension". There's a lot riding on The Mummy - it's launching Universal's Dark Universe. Tom Cruise in a summer action flick - what could possibly go wrong?
Wonder Woman (2017) Review
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) and stars Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Keeping Up with the Joneses), Chris Pine (Star Trek, Hell or High Water) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Naked). "Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny". The DCEU set off on a rocky road - Man of Steel, BvS and Suicide Squad were all disappointments for many - will Wonder Woman have the power to break the curse?
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Review
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge is the 5th instalment in the franchise and is directed by Joachim Running and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki). The film stars Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt, Maleficent). "Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon". Is this a franchise to treasure or is it a sinking ship?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Review
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.LE.) and stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Spy) and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond). "Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not". Will King Arthur live up to its legendary title or will this adaptation slay the original tale?
Baywatch (2017) Review
Baywatch is directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) and stars Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Fast & Furious), Zac Efron (Bad Neighbours, 17 Again) and Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson). "Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay". The next film to ride on the nostalgia wave is Baywatch - will it fall or rise?
Snatched (2017) Review
Snatched is directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, The Night Before) and stars Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer) and Goldie Hawn (The First Wives Club, Overboard). "When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results". Can Schumer score again or was Trainwreck a one-hit-wonder?