Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales brings the iconic Jack Sparrow back to the big screen for his fifth adventure in the blockbuster franchise and attempts to right the wrongs of the past few films. Most would agree that the franchise got progressively worse after the groundbreaking first installment and many felt the magic of the world that director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp created was lost forever. While the new film looked like an utter cash grab, thankfully Dead Men Tell No Tales gets enough right to prove there are still Pirate tales worth telling.
As HBO’s hit fantasy epic Game of Thrones marches onward toward its inevitable conclusion – further distancing itself from George R.R. Martin’s source material in the process – fans have been speculating wildly about the upcoming confrontations that seem destined to occur. Luckily, this first trailer for Season 7 provides a glimpse at some of those moments.
After his scene-stealing debut in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is returning to the big screen for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new standalone film co-produced by Marvel Studios and Sony, who still own the film rights to the character.
Dwayne Johnson, the self-proclaimed “franchise Viagra” with an ever-growing list of huge opening weekends, will face his biggest box office challenge yet in just a few days, when his R-rated reboot of the cult television series Baywatch crosses swords with Johnny Depp and the return of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. That the films are targeting very different demographics goes without saying, but Disney’s long-running swashbuckler casts a wide net, and it should be interesting to find out if Johnson’s charisma can stand up to the lure of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Three years ago, writer-director Justin Simien’s Dear White People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to near-universal acclaim from critics, who lauded the film’s mix of satire and social commentary as it focused on black culture and identity at a fictional Ivy League college. But Simien wasn’t done yet, and he’s spent the past past few years retooling Dear White People as a television series, which recently made its debut on Netflix.
Alien: Covenant is the direct sequel to the mostly critically maligned franchise prequel Prometheus. While initially I aggressively despised Prometheus like most critics, since its release I’ve slowly started to appreciate the prequel’s bold and unconventional approach to its huge scale science-fiction story. The philosophical ideas presented were fascinating and unique and every shot in the film is quite stunning, despite the tonal mess – especially in the awful third act.
Get Out is the best reviewed movie of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes to date. This dark and unsettling break-out hit is deeply relevant to modern-day topics, captivating audiences with thrilling conflicts and danger at every turn. From the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on May 9, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on May 23, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
In June 2015 residents of Springfield, Missouri were shocked by the stabbing death of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman well-known to locals as the caring mother of a 17-year-old daughter suffering from muscular dystrophy, leukemia, and a string of other illnesses that had left her confined to a wheelchair. Even more astonishing was the news that came a few days later, when authorities announced that Dee’s Dee’s daughter Gypsy Rose and her boyfriend had been arrested for the murder.
Sylvester Stallone electrified moviegoers with the 1976 classic Rocky, but few people realize the tale of an ordinary guy stepping into the ring with the heavyweight champion was inspired by real-life events, when a New Jersey prizefighter named Chuck Wepner shocked the world by going toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali for fifteen grueling rounds. And although Wepner didn’t quite “go the distance” like his big screen avatar – he lost the bout via TKO with mere seconds left in the final round – his underdog story turned him into a hometown hero.
With the massive popularity enjoyed by HBO’s medieval fantasy saga Game of Thrones, a gritty reboot of the Arthurian legend was bound to come along sooner or later, and Warner Bros. made the seemingly inspired choice to tap Guy Ritchie for the job. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword reimagines the once and future monarch (Charlie Hunnam) as a smirking, streetwise hustler, the sort of rogue that would feel right at home in one of the gangster flicks that make up Ritchie’s most revered material, and this idea works far better than you might think.