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Which Upcoming Movies You Won’t Pay To See?
Some movies coming out this year like Star Wars: Episode VIII and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have big dollars signs written all over it. Then there are poorly reviewed, critical flops which could still rake in a sizable stack of cash, we’re looking at you Transformers: The Last Knight. There will also be high budget behemoths starring A-list actors that’ll crash and burn. Here are 5 films that might be domestic box office bombs in 2017.
This year has plenty to offer fans of superhero movies. The cinematic universes expanding and superheroes battling each other is all the rage. Also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned in the sequel Out of the Shadows (Full Review Here). For the rest of the superhero movie lineup, here’s a personal take on how they all stacked up.
Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard is the first of eight film adaptations of video games from Ubisoft Movie Studios.
The new studio’s approach to producing video game movies is to prioritize what is the best artistic angle to serve the franchise that is being adapted. The upcoming movie lineup includes Tom Clancy’s The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy attached to the lead role.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marks the first Star Wars movie outside of the main saga.
After four weeks of summer reshoots which has been speculated to restore a “sense of fun” to the film, Rogue One is set to take fans on a nostalgic trip back in time before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Guardians of the Galaxy were a relatively unknown Marvel Comics superhero team a few years ago.
After the success of the 2014 sci-fi space adventure film, it wouldn’t be a surprise if moviegoers could now identify each of the Guardians from seeing only their silhouettes.
Director James Gunn has been revealing fascinating details on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and answering fan questions on social media.
The Girl on the Train (2016) Review
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans
The Girl on the Train is a missing persons mystery that manages to be somewhat satisfying despite the lack of genuine thrills.
Adapted from Paula Hawkin’s novel, The Girl on the Train is about psychological manipulation. It reveals how memories and perception is impacted by isolation, abuse and emotional anguish. The story is a deeply troubled portrait of female characters primarily told from an unhinged woman’s point of view.
In case you missed it, this post is part of MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur on Foreign Language Films (2013-present).
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien won the award for best director at the 68th Cannes Film Festival for his brilliant work in 2015’s The Assassin. Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s unique vision transcends The Assassin from a martial arts film into an art-house cinematic experience. However, I wouldn’t expect The Assassin to be highly influential in the wuxia genre, not because it isn’t deserving to be, but it purposely avoids many traditional tropes and conventions for what makes for a crowd pleasing, popular martial arts film that few directors and movie studios would likely follow in his forward thinking footsteps.
Pixar’s line up of sequels includes the summer blockbuster Finding Dory and will carry through 2019 with Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and the long-anticipated The Incredibles 2. From 2020, there are no further sequels planned. Pixar president Jim Morris recently shared some thoughts about why certain sequels don’t happen. “Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris explains. “A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”
What do you think about Pixar’s approach to making sequels? Which Pixar movie would you love to see a sequel?
Movie Roundup is a feature where I give quick impressions on some films I recently watched and/or on movie related topics.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) (Non-Spoilers)
Director: Dave Green
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney, Brian Tee, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Gary Anthony Williams, Stephen Farrelly
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ kid-friendly action and cheesy, slap-stick humor is aimed at a younger target audience. If you no longer wake up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons or the phrases “Cowabunga” and “Turtle Power” don’t illicit nostalgia, it could be a tough movie to sit through.
This post is originally written for MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur on Heist Movies. For all the reviews in this feature, check out Movie Rob’s site.