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July 2017

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ATOMIC BLONDE!

Charlize Theron stars in Atomic Blonde (in theaters July 28th)

ATOMIC BLONDE!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of FOCUS FEATURES

The powder keg about to blow up this summer’s box office is Atomic Blonde, starring blonde bombshell herself Charlize Theron as British spy Lorraine Broughton. When an undercover operative turns up dead, Agent Broughton, an expert in intelligence collection and hand to hand combat, is sent to Berlin to retrieve a dossier of double agents. Her only ally is station chief David Percival (James McAvoy, X-Men: Apocalypse) in a city teeming with traitors out to thwart them.

Director David Leitch (John Wick) puts decades of stunt expertise on display, capturing some of the most stunning fight choreography with the sleekest of camera moves bathed in the sexiest of neon lights. It’s a spectacle of spycraft set to synth pop, all designed to make getting your ass kicked oh so titillating. Whether it’s a fridge door to the face, a leap off a ledge, or a stiletto to the neck, Charlize wields both her beauty and her brawn like a bad ass, proving that in any flick this summer, she’s the real wonder woman.

Atomic Blonde boasts dynamite performances from castmates John Goodman (Argo), Toby Jones (Wayward Pines), and Sofia Boutella (The Mummy). And if Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t proof enough, Charlize can now claim her throne as the ultimate action heroine since this blockbuster is about to go nuclear.

Atomic Blonde” blasts into theaters on July 28th.

A New Spidey!

Spider-Man: Homecoming flies into theaters on July 7th

A New Spidey!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Marvel

We’re now at our third installation of a new Spider-Man. Following the deal that returned Spidey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we saw this new webbed hero sling through Avenger’s battle in Captain America: Civil War. And now that he’s appeared in the MCU, he’s getting his own movie. What will be the best version yet: Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Now, we’ve had a few Spideys before with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but neither of their Spider-Mans were able to interact with any hero from the Marvel movies. Now, with Tom Holland bearing the red and blue, webbed suit, we see a Peter Parker who already knows of his powers and has to prove he’s worthy of the suit Tony Stark gave him. But things are hard for a teen. What with juggling school, girlfriends, and secret identities? Sometimes it becomes a little too much for one teenager to handle.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman join Holland and great cast, like Michael Keaton (Spotlight), Marisa Tomei (The Big Short), and Zendaya (K.C. Undercover). If you’re a Spidey fan like me (okay I’m a little more than a fan, cough, super fan, cough), then you can already tell how great this is going to be. And with future appearances in the Avengers movies, it looks like this Spider-Man is here to stay.

Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7th.

A Ghost Story!

A Ghost Story (starring Casey Affleck) hits theaters on July 7th

A Ghost Story!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of A24

Summers have always been the home for Hollywood blockbusters; from superhero films, to movie star-ridden action films, it’s a time to celebrate quantity over quality. However, there seems to be an increase in the “quality” aspect of American cinema. Indie production company darling A24 has a repertoire of soon-to-be classics (one of their most recent products, Moonlight, won critics all over and was given the Academy Award for Best Picture earlier this year). A new film with the now coveted A24 logo is A Ghost Story, a poetic story of life and time directed by David Lowery.

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) star in the film as a couple, C and M, who’ve just bought a nice suburban house. Their lives unravel after C dies in a car accident. He reappears as a ghost — classically (and some might say comically) in the form of a white sheet with blacked out “eyes” — and quietly and politely haunts M. As time moves on, so does the life of the house, as new occupants move in and out, and C watches as their lives unfolds.

A Ghost Story reunites Affleck and Mara, who both starred in Lowery’s debut film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Lowery wrote the film and started production immediately after completing Pete’s Dragon, a live-action Disney film and Lowery’s first studio film. A Ghost Story was financed by Pete’s Dragon profits.

A Ghost Story” hits theaters July 7th.

THE EMOJI MOVIE!

The Emoji Movie hits theaters on July 28th

THE EMOJI MOVIE!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of SONY PICTURES

The Emoji Movie goes beyond words as it takes us inside our smart phones to the digital downtown of Textopolis, where all our favorite emojis live and work. Funny man T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) stars as Gene, a mediocre emoji expected to carry on the family expression of Meh, but his delightful disposition makes him the ultimate misplaced modifier.

When the norm is to stick to one emotion, Gene is the emoji who emotes too much. After he delivers a disappointing everything-but-Meh face during an important text, he’s demoted to a lounge for loser emojis. That’s when his fellow emojis learn that their phone’s user wants to wipe the phone of its embarrassing bug, so Gene must race to autocorrect his mistake before Textopolis gets deleted for good. Rounding out the team are Gene’s handy sidekick Hi-5 and his hacking homegirl Jailbreak who help him maneuver through the phone’s perilous applications in search of the source code that will fix Gene’s glitch.

The other emojis are brought to life by the expressive voices of Anna Faris (Mom) as Jailbreak, James Corden (The Late Late Show) as Hi-5, and Sir Patrick Stewart (Logan) as Poop. For a story that doesn’t mince words about accepting someone for who they are, The Emoji Movie is sure to pack some punctuation.

The Emoji Movie” premieres on July 28th.

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