Annabelle: Creation (2017) Review
Annabelle: Creation is directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and stars Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Deliver Us From Evil), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Stephanie Sigman (Spectre, Miss Bala) and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Lantana). "Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle". Can the Annabelle films pull a 'Ouija' with a sequel that improves massively on the first not-so-good film?
The Emoji Movie (2017) Review
The Emoji Movie is directed by Tony Leondis (Igor, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch) and features the voices of T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, Deadpool), James Corden (Into the Woods, Gavin & Stacey), Anna Faris (Mom, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters). "Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji". Have the creative team managed to put together a convincing narrative surrounding emojis or is this one big corporate cash-grab?
Atomic Blonde (2017) Review
Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick) and stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster), James McAvoy (Split, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Kingsman: The Secret Service). "An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents". Can "Atomic Blonde" be more than just kick-ass?
47 Metres Down (2017) Review
47 Metres Down is directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, Storage 24) and stars Mandy Moore (Tangled, A Walk to Remember) and Claire Holt (H2O: Just Add Water, The Originals). "Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive". With "The Shallows" last year and now "47 Metres Down", shark films are making a comeback...will they return to the standard "Jaws" set in 1975?
Descendants 2 (2017) Review
Descendants 2 is directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Hocus Pocus) and stars Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie, Hairspray Live!), Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce (Jessie, Jake and the Never Land Pirates), Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm, K.C. Undercover). "Mal returns to the Isle of the Lost to find her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, teaming up with Harry, the son of Captain Hook, and Gil, the son of Gaston". The Descendants are this decade's answer to High School Musical...is the sequel actually any good?
Girls Trip (2017) Review
Girls Trip is directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5) and stars Regina Hall (Scary Movie, Law Abiding Citizen), Queen Latifah (Hairspray, Chicago), Jada Pinkett Smith (Bad Moms, Gotham) and Tiffany Haddish (Keanu, All Between Us). "When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush". Best night ever? or will it be forgotten by the morning?
Dunkirk (2017) Review
Dunkirk is directed and written by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) and stars an ensemble cast that includes Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Inception), Mark Rylance (The BFG, Bridge of Spies), Tom Hardy (Legend, Mad Max: Fury Road), Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and pop sensation Harry Styles. "Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II". Dunkirk is the first guaranteed awards contender of the year. Is it overhyped or is it truly incredible?
The Big Sick (2017) Review
The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter (You're Whole, Hello, My Name is Doris) and stars Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Adventure Time), Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks, What If), Holly Hunter (The Incredibles, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age). The Big Sick is an early awards frontrunner, can a romantic comedy really compete in the awards race?
Cars 3 (2017) Review
Cars 3 is the directorial debut from Brian Fee who previously worked in the art department for most Pixar releases. The film features the voices of Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris, Marley & Me), Armie Hammer (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Lone Ranger), Larry the Cable Guy (Cars) and introduces Cristela Alonzo to mainstream audiences. "Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world". The Cars series is almost unanimously seen as Pixar's worst, can Cars 3 elevate the franchise?
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Review
War for the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and stars Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games, Zombieland). "After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind". War for The Planet of the Apes is set to conclude the series...will it go out on a high note?
Despicable Me 3 (2017) Review
Despicable Me 3 is directed by Kyle Balda (Minions, The Lorax), Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me, Minions) and the directorial debut from Eric Guillon. The film features the voices of Steve Carell (The Office, The 40 Year-Old Virgin), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) and Trey Parker (South Park). "Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist". Quickly becoming one of the most prosperous animated franchises, can Despicable Me 3 continue the hot streak?
Baby Driver (2017) Review
Baby Driver is directed and written by Edgar Wright (The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent), Lily James (Cinderella, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Law Abiding Citizen) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). "After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail". Baby Driver is the most critically acclaimed film since Get Out - will it live up to sky high expectations or are those expectations a little unrealistic?
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and stars Tom Holland (The Impossible, Captain America: Civil War), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes), Zendaya (Shake It Up!) and Laura Harrier. "Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges". Third time's the charm? With the guidance of Marvel, can Sony finally perfect Spider-Man?