By Caleb Fox, Chris Ranta, and Guuto Dolal
Logan – Guuto Dolal
Logan is the next instalment in the X-Men film universe, and the final time that Hugh Jackman will portray Wolverine. Coming off the great critical and financial success of last year’s Deadpool, Fox has given this film the R-rating it deserved, and it seems like director James Mangold will take full advantage of that. What little footage shown in the trailers foreshadows gory, brutal action, and an honest telling of the Old Man Logan story, which inspired the film. With Patrick Stewart also retiring from the X-Men series after this movie, Logan is expected to be an emotional roller-coaster featuring the R-rated Wolverine action that fans have craved for years.
Kong: Skull Island – Guuto Dolal
Jordan Vogt-Roberts sophomore effort Kong: Skull Island is the latest film in the historic King Kong franchise and the newest addition to Legendary’s “MonsterVerse.” This project has a stacked cast, featuring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C.Reilly. With ties to Godzilla already made, the studio is counting on Kong: Skull Island to be successful in jumpstarting their “MonsterVerse”. Vogt-Roberts seemed to have looked to the past to help him, as the footage seen so far seems to be inspired by classic war films like Apocalypse Now. King Kong also looks bigger than ever and he has never been more intimidating. It’s exciting to see what’s in store for this legendary character and franchise.
T2: Trainspotting – Chris Ranta
Twenty years after the first film, director Danny Boyle and the original cast (Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner to name a few) have reunited to catch up with Mark, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie – what’s not to love? Boyle’s original Trainspotting is one of my favourite films, so from the get-go, I’m already on board. What really sells me are the positive reviews from the UK, and a thrilling trailer that seems to promise the same style and madness as the first one as well as a twisted nostalgia trip for fans. Choose life. Choose T2: Trainspotting.
The Belko Experiment – Chris Ranta
I won’t lie, there is really only one major reason why I want to go see The Belko Experiment, and that’s because the screenplay was written by James Gunn. While he is mostly known for Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn has also tried his luck in horror and splatter films as well. He has done a lot of work with independent horror studio, Troma, and directed the 2006 horror-comedy Slither. His background really shows in the trailer, as the film looks just as twisted, insane, brutal and fun as I would expect from him.
Beauty and the Beast – Caleb Fox
After the phenomenal success of 2016’s The Jungle Book, Disney is looking to pull off another successful live-action adaptation of an animated classic. With a fantastic cast and promising trailers, this film looks to be a delight for long-time Disney fans who grew up loving the original. If the filmmakers can pull off the careful balancing act of remaining faithful to the source material while updating and changing the story enough to succeed as a live-action adventure, then audiences will be in for a treat.
Power Rangers – Caleb Fox
Continuing the theme of 90’s nostalgia, children of that era can look forward to a new live-action Power Rangers film charging into cinemas this month. The TV franchise upon which the film is based is not of a particularly high quality, so it’s easy to imagine audiences enjoying the hell out of this movie even if it’s terrible. Hopefully, Power Rangers will deliver a joyful blast of flashback inspiring action for fans who fondly recall watching the show in their youth. It’s not the kind of film that you want to be intelligent, innovative, or thought provoking; it’s the kind of film that you just want to be a whole lot of fun.
(Featured Image – Logan, 20th Century Fox)