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March 2017

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It’s Morphin’ Time!

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24th

It’s Morphin’ Time!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate

Back in 1993, the television world was blessed with what was called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a show about five teenagers who don the mantle of the five power rangers and fight the alien sorceress, Rita Repulsa. Since then, numerous iterations of the Power Rangers franchise have been created. And now, in 2017, the franchise receives a fresh reboot for the big screen in, Power Rangers.

The 2017 Power Rangers follows five “screw-up” teenagers as they located a spaceship that ends with them gaining the power of the ever iconic Power Rangers. Together, they take up the mantles of the Red (Darce Montgomery, A Few Less Men), Pink (Naomi Scott, The Martian), Blue (RJ Cyler, Me Earl and the Dying Girl), Yellow (Becky G, Empire), and Black (Ludi Li,  Monster Hunt) Rangers that make up the super-powered force meant to save our world from extraterrestrial forces. Especially the aforementioned Rita Repulsa, played by the iconic Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, the Hunger Games Series), who threatens to end them ant the world as we know it.

This reboot offers a darker imagining of the Power Rangers. The film also stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon and Bill Hader (Finding Dory) as Alpha 5. Original creator Haim Saban returns to produce. The franchise could be slated for five to seven movies total.

Power Rangers” blasts into theaters on March 24th.

Long Live Kong!

Kong: Skull Island hits theaters March 10th (pictured Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson)

Long Live Kong!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Long before the world was inhabited by men, it was inhabited by something else. But what monsters have we overlooked? Thought didn’t exist? Forgot about? In a reboot of the King Kong franchise, Kong: Skull Island, we’re about to learn how foolish it is not to remember that man might not be the most powerful being on this earth.

When an organization called Monarch discovers an island that may have an unknown species residing on it, a handful of members are deployed to investigate. This group includes James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston, High-Rise), Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson, The Legend of Tarzan), Bill Randa (John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane), and Mason Weaver (Brie Larson, the upcoming Captain Marvel), brought together for an expedition that will change everything. When Kong, the oversized gorilla himself, finds his island threatened by these humans, it’s an all-out war between man and animal for the only thing that matters: powers. But not every member of Monarch wants to defeat Kong. Some feel he, much like many misunderstood creatures, is worth saving.

Kong: Skull Island is the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, which began with a reboot of another popular monster movie, Godzilla. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (You’re the Worst), this iteration of Kong, along with Godzilla, will eventually lead to an epic, cinematic showdown between the two beasts, sometime in the future.

Kong: Skull Island” lands in theaters on March 10th.

PRIMAL LOGAN!

Logan hits theaters March 1st

PRIMAL LOGAN!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of 20TH CENTURY FOX

He was Rogue’s friend. Xavier’s protégé. Stryker’s weapon. The team’s Wolverine. And now the face we have yet to see — Logan. Played exclusively by Hugh Jackman for over a decade, Logan promises to unleash the primal, savage beast that is Wolverine once and for all.

The film exploits all the freedoms of an R rating with a dystopian look and a world-weary tone as Logan battles the darkness that has consumed his whole life. Those mutton chops have mellowed into a grisly beard, signs of an aging mutant with healing powers past their prime and the literal scars to show for it.

Although the trailer gives nothing away but a recluse Logan, an ailing Xavier, and a taciturn little girl, the comics clue us in that a girl with Wolverine blades and a Wolverine bite is X-23, Logan’s genetic clone. Battling her own violent tendencies, X-23 may seek revenge against the one man who has made her life a living hell or seek answers to the mystery surrounding her father. And as Jackman hangs up his claws in his final performance, Fox wastes no time in priming X-23 to potentially take over the Wolverine franchise.

Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), and Dafne Keen (The Refugees).

Logan” hits theaters on March 3rd.

The Last Word!

The Last Word hits theaters March 3rd (pictured Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried)

The Last Word!

  • By Jon Steely
  • Photo Courtesy of Bleecker Street

It’s always great to watch a show biz legend team up with a talented young movie star to bring a compelling chemistry to the screen. And when you add a great feature film concept — such as creating a false legacy to someday leave behind — to that chemistry, you’ll find yourself enjoying The Last Word, a delightful new comedy in which an unlikely friendship forms between Academy Award-winning screen veteran Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias) and the engagingly talented Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John).

Harriet (MacLaine) has retired from her days as a no-nonsense businesswoman, but has not given up her need to control everything she can. True to her control freak nature, Harriet has a brainstorm: to have her obituary written – while she’s still living – exactly the way she’d like to be remembered. To make this happen, she pays the local press to have a young journalist (Seyfried) write her obituary, declaring that she’s made positive impacts on people’s lives. But when the journalist learns that Harriet and her bossy ways have, in reality, had quite the opposite effect on people, the cantankerous-yet-lovable Harriet becomes determined to “find a youth to mold” in order to finally make a positive impact while she still can. Along the way, unlikely relationships develop and lives are changed. Check out the adorably charming trailer online and then go see this film!

The Last Word” opens in theaters on March 3rd.

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