Year of the Movie 2. May Edition

2016 The Year of the Movie 2? May Edition

May 6th

Captain America: Civil War

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy/ Science-Fiction, Superhero

Director: The Russo Brothers

Starring:Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johnansson, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Jeremy Renner

This is the power of Marvel these days. They place their movie for a certain week (first weekend of May often) and they watch everyone get out of their way really fast. Nobody wants to go head to head with Marvel and I don’t blame them. Your movie essentially gets buried by their advertising and hype.

Civil War is about the events that take place after Age of Ultron (2015) where there is a distinct division among the superheroes in regards to something called the Superhero Registration Act.

Marvel has been nailing these movies and by the looks of it, it has done so again. (Will they ever be stopped?) As long as they find ways to bring fans in, they’ll keep going. See, I thought I was done with Marvel after phase 2 when the X-Men did not come on board. I guess not. That’s okay, I’m really excited for this film. So far, the overseas results only add to my excitement.

IMDB: 8.5 of 60,000+

May 13th

Money Monster

Genre: Crime, Drama,Thriller

Director: Jodie Foster

Starring: Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Featuring a powerful and talented duo in Clooney and Roberts, this crime drama is another movie inspired by the 2008 market collapse. It focuses on if not true, certainly possible events which that crisis created. It destroyed people and created criminals, and hopeless masses in the process. The movie looks good and may be a welcome change of the superhero carnage which will likely dominate much of May.

The Lobster (2015)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Science-Fiction, Comedy

Starring: Colin Farrell

An indie-film featuring Colin Ferrell in a dystopian future where you either find a partner or get turned into an animal. It is absurd and if you like that type of comedy. This is a film for you.

The Angry Birds Movie– I knew that Battleship (2012) would come back to haunt us all. This is just the beginning. Angry Birds is a game you could play on your phone. I’ve never played it (not all that impressed with smart phones). The trailer doesn’t look horrible, but it doesn’t inspire much confidence either. I’m expecting this film to fail, but always the chance it is passable. (Not likely winning any awards with me.)

May 20th

Neighbors 2– Neighbors (2014) was pretty funny and the trailers for this movie don’t look awful. My issue with this film is that it feels like such a sequel. In that it doesn’t seem to push a new direction. Basically, it is the same story over again. There is little to no indication of character development.

The Nice Guys

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crow, Ty Simpkins

The more I see about this film, the more I hope it is a good movie. About a private eye and a hired goon who investigate the suicide of a once renown pornstar. All sorts of sordid madness follows them.

I’m excited for this film. It has a good cast, a competent director, the trailers seem to show a movie with a good mix of humor and some devious behavior which I’m all for.  (In a fictional form that is.) This movie is probably the film I’m second most excited for.  (Obviously first is Civil War.)


May 27th

X-Men: Apocalypse

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: James MacAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheriden, Hugh Jackman,Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac,

Despite what looks like Ivan Ooze as the villain known as Apocalypse. I am interested in this film. It continues the storyline of the new X-Men franchise (I think, these X-Men timelines are crazy.) It looks like all out war against Apocalypse. Bryan Singer is a talented individual who has proven time and again that he can make an awesome X-Men film. I believe this film is going to be another addition to this list. Though it may have more action than X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future’s Past. I’m excited and I hope you are too.


Alice Through the Looking Glass

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family

Director: Not Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helen Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman (RIP), Sacha Baron Cohen, Andrew Scott

The first Alice In Wonderland (2010) which was directed by Tim Burton was released with mixed opinions. Some of it was really neat, while other parts dragged a bit. This is the continuation of that story. It has a great cast, clearly still some direction from Burton.The movie looks colorful for sure, but could it actually be good?  I’m hopeful, but certainly have doubts.



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