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Snatched hits theaters May 12th (pictured Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn)


  • Photo Courtesy of 20TH CENTURY FOX

In her first movie role since 2002, Goldie Hawn reminds us of how much we’ve missed her as she plays a mom who goes missing in her latest flick. With an endless list of laugh-out-loud street cred like The First Wives Club, Overboard, and Death Becomes Her, Goldie proves her worth in comedy gold with another scene-stealing performance in Snatched.

Dumped by her boyfriend right before their vacation to South America, Emily guilts her mother Linda into joining her on a trip to paradise. But Linda’s overprotective quirks clash with Emily’s adventurous antics when she warns her daughter not to fall for some gorgeous man in a foreign country. Emily’s broken heart makes her an easy target, and mother and daughter soon find themselves captured deep in the jungle, all the while fighting with each other on how to get away from their getaway.

Directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), this comedy of errors makes no mistake employing the hilarious talents of Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish), Christopher Meloni (Underground), Joan Cusack (Shameless), and Tom Bateman (Jekyll and Hyde) as the love interest. And by pairing the irreverent timing of Amy Schumer with the effervescent charm of Goldie Hawn, a kidnapping comedy like this one is sure to capture our hearts.

Snatched” hits theaters May 12th.


Baywatch hits theaters May 25th


  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Paramount

Imagine a crowded, glitzy Los Angeles beach – Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica. It’s a beauty sunny day. A boat speeds by. A helicopter zooms overhead. The iconic theme song, “I’ll Be There,” plays as the city’s finest lifeguards spring into action to save the day. Clad in red bikini bathing suits, there’s Pamela Anderson, Nicole Eggert, Yasmine Bleeth and Carmen Electric. Sure, David Hasselhoff is there too, but this show is all about plenty of drama and beautify women.

Zoom forward to 2017 as Baywatch moves from the little screen to the silver screen in summer’s most anticipated reboot. This time it’s all about the guys – two of Hollywood’s hottest: Zac Efron as Matt Brody, a disgraced Olympian swimmer looking to respark his brand by becoming a lifeguard, and Dwayne Johnson, his boss and the leader of an elite lifeguard team. If it sounds like this is more action-comedy than action-drama, it’s because it is.

But fret not, this film has four huge things going for it. There’s been a burgeoning genre in recent years of nostalgic TV transforming into successful spoof – 21 Jump Street. The director, Seth Gordon, is proven when it comes to winning audience while earning laughs – Identity TheftHorrible Bosses. Zac Efron has starred in a string of completely watchable, sexy bro movies – NeighborsDirty Grandpa. And most of all, this new Baywatch doesn’t look to take itself too seriously, playing into the absurd that made the original truly sizzle.

Baywatch” opens nationwide on May 25th.

Guardians Vol. 2!

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5th

Guardians Vol. 2!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Marvel

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his team of intergalactic misfits are at it again. The first time around, their shared enemy of Ronan the Accuser saw them join forces despite being the unlikeliest of friends, catapulting them from nobodies to celestial heroes.

Alongside Peter, there’s Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a bad-ass, green, orphaned assassin and possible love interest of our hero; Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a big, muscly brute with a heart of gold; Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a machinegun-wielding bounty hunter trapped in the body of a raccoon; and Groot (Vin Diesel), formally an anamorphic tree now chopped down to a twig who can only speak one phrase, “I am Groot.”

If Guardians of the Galaxies feels like something different, it’s because it is. It doesn’t fit into its fellow Marvel Comics superhero movies (Iron ManCaptain AmericaThorThe Hulk – just to name a few), and that’s part of its beauty; it’s free to do as it pleases, no matter how quirky. It’s got a wonderful, throwback feel thanks to its wonderfully throwback soundtrack – completely justifiable in being pre-1988 as that’s the year Peter Quill was abducted from earth with his Walkman tape deck in pocket. And, while its characters are on a mission, they’re also satirical and at times satisfyingly self-aware.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opens nationwide May 4th.

Legendary Arthur!

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters May 12th

Legendary Arthur!

  • Photo Courtesy of WARNER BROS.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword boasts a film of family infighting and fanciful sword play. Applying his usual wit and whimsy, director Guy Ritchie takes the reins of this period piece to make a medieval adventure for modern times. Who better to pit the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes against the badassery of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and revel in how much fun storming the castle can be.

Ritchie roughs up the Arthurian legend by unraveling the classic into a riches to rags story. A young Arthur loses the throne to his murderous uncle Vortigern, who slays his father in true Hamlet savagery. Toughened by growing up on the streets, Arthur realizes his birthright when he finally pulls that mighty sword from its stone. But Excalibur is imbued with a special power, one Arthur must master if he’s ever to oust the usurper and ascend from rogue to royalty.

The film wields a cast of star power with Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) in the title role, Jude Law (The Young Pope), Eric Bana (Troy), Djimon Hounsou (Wayward Pines), and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere. Charlie Hunnam is majestic in his portrayal of King Arthur, but it’s director Guy Ritchie that makes this film rule.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” swings into theaters on May 12th.

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