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June 2018

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OCEAN’S 8!

Ocean’s 8 hits theaters June 8th

OCEAN’S 8!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of WARNER BROS.

It took Danny and his boys eleven. But Debbie does it with seven. Amidst the madness of movie genre mashups, Hollywood finally gets the gender-swapping reboot oh so right with Ocean’s 8. And writer and director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) outdoes every Ocean’s iteration that has come before with these eight magic words — Sandra. Cate. Anne. Helena. Mindy. Sarah. Awkwafina. Rihanna.

Donning the naughty Ocean name and all the bad-assery that goes with it is Sandra Bullock as Debbie, the estranged sister who has spent the last five years under lockup, planning herself the perfect heist. Upon her release, Debbie reunites with old friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) and assembles a team of usual suspects — from pickpocket (Awkwafina), jeweler (Mindy Kaling), and tech support (Rihanna) to seamstress (Helena Bonham Carter) and seeming housewife (Sarah Paulson). Their target borders on a bit more glamour and danger than the casinos Debbie’s brother was so fond of, and the only place with more sparkle and more security than Las Vegas? The Met Gala.

In a bevy of brains and brawn, of glitz and couture gowns, Debbie’s dream team will attempt to seize an extravagant necklace of diamonds valued at 150 million dollars out from underneath the bobblehead of one Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). With high fashion comes high stakes in this charming caper, but this is one bet at the box office sure to win Warner Bros. the jackpot.

Ocean’s 8” hits theaters June 8th.

Adrift!

Adrift hits theaters June 1st (Pictured Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley)

Adrift!

  • By Jason Cook
  • Photo Courtesy of STX Films

The lineage of sailboat dramas stretch all the way back to the grand spectacles of Hollywood’s Golden age, when the bounty from mutinies were so great they did it twice. Films on the high seas have been a rare sighting since Waterworld. The Pirates films have to be mentioned, but can’t hold a candle to Master and Commander or Wind. More recently have been the smaller, human survivals, which are considerably less pricey, and thereby less risky, but no less beautiful. Take, for example, the stunningly photographed Kon Tiki, or the forlorn Redford in All is Lost. Now Baltasar Kormákur Samper (Everest) directs Shailene Woodley (Divergent, Pretty little Lies) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) in Adrift.

Based on a true story, the couple, both avid sailors, attempted to sail across the Pacific and run into one of the worst hurricanes on record. The nightmare of the approaching tidal wave, an image many of us have lost sleep over in spite of our lack of time aboard seafaring vessels, is once again exhumed from our collective subconscious and put on full display. Jung would bring more clarity on why this concept recurs in so many of us, but this theatrical experience is the closest most of us will ever come to bracing ourselves against the force of overwhelming change. Unless you consult with news headlines from the past two years. But I digress. Hold fast, for even this era we will survive.

Adrift” is in theaters June 1st.

TAG, YOU’RE IT!

Tag hits theaters June 15th (Pictured Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, and Jon Hamm)

TAG, YOU’RE IT!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of NEW LINE CINEMA

Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans. But Tag is what happens when you’re busy living life. Written by Rob McKittrick (Still Waiting…) and Mark Steilen (Shameless), New Line’s summer romp is based on a true story between friends and a game of tag that just wouldn’t quit.

For Joe Tombari and Mike Konesky, what started as a chase around the playground with friends soon evolved into an all-out war of strategy and subterfuge. College would inevitably press pause on their tagging tomfoolery, but when life brought these ten buddies back together, their game of tag got an instant reboot. Now they had work and family to juggle, so the men agreed to play only one month out of the year, a month of sheer anxiety where wives would become abettors and children their accomplices. The game has given these friends an excuse to stay an endearing part of each other’s lives, so this movie is not just a true story — it’s a love story.

The writers pack an extra punch by crafting their lead character Jerry into the only one of the bunch who’s never been tagged, making Jerry everyone’s prime target. With a cast that includes Jeremy Renner (Arrival), Ed Helms (Chappaquiddick), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isla Fisher (Nocturnal Animals), Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca), Leslie Bibb (Nobodies), and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), this movie most definitely means game on.

Tag” premieres June 15th.

GOTTI!

Gotti hits theaters June 15th (Pictured John Travolta as John Gotti)

GOTTI!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Everybody loves a good, ol’ American crime family: the Corleone’s from The Godfather, the Cody family from Animal Kingdom, the Sopranos from The Sopranos. But these types of families weren’t exactly invented; they were heavily influenced by real world families. One of the most notorious crime family are the Gottis, having been immortalized in books, documentaries, and even a reality show in the early 2000s. John Gotti, the head of the Gambino crime family, is getting the true Hollywood treatment this summer.

Gotti, stars John Travolta as the titular mob boss, while Spencer LoFranco (King Cobra) stars as his son, John Gotti, Jr. The plot details Gotti’s rise to power and his dominance of New York City’s underworld, as well as his relationship with his son. Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, stars as Gotti’s wife, Victoria Gotti. Also starring are Stacy Keach (Ray Donovan) as Aniello Dellacroce and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Agents of SHIELD) as Angelo Ruggiero.

The film had been in development for nearly a decade. Several directors and actors circled production until Travolta finally signed on to star. Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and Leo Rossi (Mafioso) co-wrote the screenplay, and Entourage actor Kevin Connolly will direct. Gotti had its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Travolta’s performance as the crime boss was praised.

Gotti” hits theaters June 15th.

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