Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Positive Preview of June 2018 Movie Releases


June is almost here and if it follows the lead of May, it could be a real hot one. The best way to solve that problem is to hang out in an air conditioned movie theatre with a bunch of sweaty strangers. There are some exciting big event movies coming out in June, but as always, there are some less than appetizing movies threatening to appear as well. Except to be honest, I haven't screened any of them at this point, so every movie has a chance to be a cinematic classic. Since every movies has a chance to be great. I'm going to only bestow positive comments while previewing all the wide releases and significant movies coming our way.

June 1

Action Point (Paramount): The movie about a should-be-condemned theme park that attracts crowds by being more dangerous and has a marketing campaign  promising to have real stunts, finally gives you an answer to your mom's recurring question at the dinner table, "What are those Jackass boys up to now?"

Adrift (STX Entertainment): For fans of Shailene Woodley, it is awesome to see her back in a movie that will likely require some of her strong dramatic chops. For those that dislike Woodley, they get to see her trapped in the middle of the ocean.

Upgrade (BH Tilt): Leigh Whannell has proven to be a very talented writer and director of genre fare and he teams up with Blumhouse again in this violent actioner about a paralyzed man (Logan Marshall Green) who is given a computer chip that not only gives him the ability to walk again but to seek revenge on those who murdered his wife. This is a perfect B-Movie action plot and I have a lot of faith in Whannell to deliver here.

American Animals (The Orchard): A darker and more dramatic Ocean's 11 except you replace the casino money with a rare book and the eleven expert thieves with four naive and stupid college students. The cast also has some great rising stars in Evan Peters (X-Men: Apocalypse), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), and Blake Jenner (The Edge of Seventeen).

June 8

Hereditary (A24): Every year there seems to be an independent horror movie that has a trailer where the plot is hard to decipher but is captivating due to having imagery that chills your bones. My bones are still frosty after the first time that I saw this movie's trailer on the big screen, and while I am not really sure what is going on, this movie looks to have nailed the creepy atmosphere and is boosted with a lead performance by the great Toni Collette.

Hotel Artemis (Global Road): A movie about a secret, members-only hospital for criminals definitely makes me think about the world of John Wick, but that is a pretty great world to draw inspiration. This also has the vibe of feeling more like a dark comedic drama with action moments rather than trying to catch the John Wick magic. Plus this is stacked with an intriguing cast that could really make this concept shine with standouts in Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista (Guardian of the Galaxy and Blade Runner 2049 has won me over with him in supporting roles), Charlie Day, and Jeff Goldblum.

Ocean's 8 (Warner Bros.): A heist movie is a fun popcorn muncher when you've tired of the big CGI spectacles, or is just as fun when you aren't fatigued. This offers up a big event feel while being different than most of the other major releases of the summer. The cast alone should be a blast as we get to see Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson play off each other. This feels like a throwback movie, and I am excited to just spend some time with these stars having some fun. 

Won't You Be My Neighbour? (Focus Features): If you were a child at some point from 1968 to 2001 then you probably have a soft spot for the legendary man of kindness, Mr. Rogers.

June 13

Superfly (Columbia/Sony): It isn't a remake of Weekend at Bernie's or Armageddon but rather a popular movie from a subgenre (blaxploitation) that no longer exists. It also takes the style and feel of the original movie but modernizes the story to apply to themes and issue that are relevant today. Basically, all the creative reasons one should do a remake.

June 15

Incredibles 2 (Disney/Pixar): The title sells itself. The original was an amazing send-up on the super hero subgenre before said subgenre was dominating pop culture. It isn't only one of my all-time favourite animated movies but easily one of my favourite movies. There are very few movies that I feel really need a sequel, but I've been eager to revisit this world ever since the first time that I saw the original in 2004.

Race 3 (Yash Raj): If you loved Race 1 and 2, then I am sure this is the summer movie for you.

Tag (Warner Bros.): Finally, my dream that the game that I played with my friends when I was four years old would be turned into a big movie event has been realized.

Loving Pablo (Universal): There has been a lot of movies and TV series about Pablo Escobar but this may be the first that focuses on the trials and tribulations of his lover, Virginia Vallejo (Penelope Cruz). Plus Javier Bardem is not immediately recognizable as Pablo and looks primed for another stand-out performance. The real-life married coupled seems to have a pretty hot chemistry together.

June 22

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal): Dinosaurs!

Under the Silver Lake (A24): David Robert Mitchell is a director who will always be on my "super-excited to see what he does next" list after his terrific It Follows. This time he is doing a movie about a stoner goes on a mind-tripping mystery where he uncovers clues to find a girl who has suddenly disappeared. I love Andrew Garfield's latest phase of tackling interesting but smaller movies and his talents makes any movie worth watching. Riley Keough is a rising star who has already impressed in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, It Comes at Night, and Logan Lucky.

June 29

The Hustle (MGM): It is a gender-reversed remakes of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that now stars Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, and if that idea annoys you, then rest assured that the lack of a trailer means that we are just days away from the announcement that it is being moved to next January.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Sony/Columbia): Benicio Del Toro was incredible in the original and now, we get more of that incredibleness as he looks to be taking the lead role.

Uncle Drew (Lionsgate/Summit): Lil Rel Howery was hilarious in Get Out. Wow, Get Out was such a great movie, you should totally see it if you haven't yet.



Monday, May 28, 2018

The Breakdown of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', 'Cargo', 'Catching Feelings' and 'Forgive Us Our Debts'


It is the end of a long weekend in the United States and that means a big movie was just released. This time we go an even longer time ago in a galaxy far, far away with the origin story of a popular iconic movie character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. We review that big movie as well as three Netflix originals. We talk about the Martin Freeman starring Australian zombie movie called Cargo. We also have a South African romantic comedy in Catching Feelings. We finish our global tour with an Italian drama called Forgive Us Our Debts. From there, both Scott and I admit we are old and that maybe not all movies are targeted towards us. So, we discuss if a film critic should reviews movies that are not designed for their demographic or personal tastes. As always, we had a great time recording the show and we hope you loved it, and if you did then please spread the word to other movie fans.

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Question of the Week: What movie were you dreading to see but when you eventually did, you really liked it?

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Movie Ratings:

Cargo *** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Solo: A Star Wars Story *** (CS)
Catching Feelings **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Forgive Us Our Debts *** (CS & SM)

Summer Box Office Challenge:

Christopher's Picks:

1.
 Solo: A Star Wars Story $84 420 489
2. Incredibles 2
3. Mission Impossible: Fallout 
4. Ocean’s 8 
5. Equalizer 2 
6. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again 
7. Crazy Rich Asians
8. The Meg
9.  The Spy Who Dumped Me 
10. Teen Titans Go to the Movies 
Total: $84 420 489

Scott's Picks:

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2. Deadpool 2 $125 507 153
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp 
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
5. Skyscraper
6. First Purge 
7. Disney’s Christopher Robin 
8. Uncle Drew 
9. Mile 22 
10. Life of the Party $17 886 075
Total: $143 393 228

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Introducing Piper

Over the last few months, I've been asked if our family will ever get a dog again. The question was emphatically answered this weekend with the latest addition to the Spicer clan, Piper. She is an energetic and affectionate four month old puppy whose breed is unknown but may have some terrier and will probably grow up to be a big girl.

The house has felt a little empty since the passing of Summit in November, and everyone in the family was itching for a dog to love again. Emily has spent the last few months talking to breeders and also doing daily searches PetFinder. She discovered Piper from Paws United, a dog rescue organization operating out of London, Ontario. Piper has had a busy life already as she was first living with a homeless man who passed her off to a family that turned out to not be ready for a dog. Piper then was passed along to another family who was just as ill-equipped where she then was passed on to the rescue organization. For the last few weeks she has been living with a foster pet family. This weekend, we went there to meet Piper and instantly fell in love with her, so in less than 24 hours she became the newest Spicer.

Piper is fitting in fairly well. For a puppy that has been passed around as often she has been, it should not be a surprise that she has some pretty serious separation anxiety. After a few days, she is getting better at going into her dog kennel and sleeping there at night, but she still will bark and whine her dissatisfaction for a bit. I am pretty confident after a month of being in the family and it starting to become clear to her that she isn't being moved again, then her anxiety will go down.

The kids already adore her, and she plays well with others. Or at least, plays as well as an enthusiastic puppy can be expected to play. She has only knocked down Danika a few times and I've only heard a few cries over a foot being pounced on. Danika more often laughs over have her face being licked and watching the dog play tug of war. Everett was always pretty closed off over talking about dogs after Summit passed away (he is our introspective child), but he already admitted to me that he really did want another dog and is very happy with Piper.


Mittens is less thrilled about the arrangement. The day Piper arrived, she greeted her at the door with a hiss and then has camped upstairs ever since Sunday. When Mittens arrived on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (October), she hid behind the piano for a week because she wasn't happy about Summit being here. Summit never once showed any interest in chasing her, while Piper has lunged towards Mittens whenever they are in the same room. It will likely take quite a bit of time before they start playing cards together. At least, Mittens has had several months now to declare this her house and family, so she seems relatively content to prowl upstairs where Piper is not allowed. I remember way back in 2009 that our other cat Crosby was very anti-any-other-animal in the house, yet he eventually accepted Summit. My hope is that eventually Piper and Mittens will be in the same room.

As for me, I had mixed feelings about getting another dog up until this weekend. As I wrote a few times on this blog, I have had a hard time moving past the passing of Summit. Every day felt really weird not walking him or having him snuggle up against me as I wrote. I thought that I needed to finish mourning before I could get a new dog, because I feared I'd be comparing the next dog too much to Summit. I am well-aware that there will never be another Summit, so my thought was it would be hard to connect to the next dog.

I've finally realized that I will always miss Summit. He was our family. He was my dear companion. He played a huge part in my life for almost a decade. I will always love him. This weekend, I realized that I can still miss Summit but also have lots of love to spare for a new dog. Piper has already won me over, and I have to say it is pretty wonderful to be back on walks (losing Summit has led to me gaining over 20 pounds) and to have a dog sleeping by my feet while I write. I'm expecting another wonderful friendship.


Piper has proven to be a pretty teachable dog, though she will pull down mountains if she sees another dog. 'Sit' is really the only command that she has down pat, even then if she is excited then it takes a few seconds. We've only had one accident in house so far, though Everett thought it was just Piper staring at the fireplace rather than anything messy. At this point, we are trying to be vigilant with the commands, make sure to socialize her as much as possible, and we will be going to puppy training classes too. Summit was a great dog, but we learned with him that we may have stopped a little too soon with the training sessions.

It is amazing to have a dog again. It took only a few minutes to realize this was something my soul and emotional health really needed again. This also means that those who have really missed random dog barks in the podcast for the last 6 months will finally get your fix again (maybe even starting this Monday),

I've tried taking a few photos, but Piper being puppy means most turned out to either be a blur or way too close as she tried to kiss the iPhone. In the coming weeks, I am sure Piper will make a few appearances on this blog. If you live nearby and personally know me then Piper will definitely love to meet you formally.

It is mighty good to be a dog family again (unless you ask Mittens).


Monday, May 21, 2018

The Breakdown of 'Deadpool 2', 'Book Club', 'The Kissing Booth', 'Sometimes' and Remembering Margot Kidder


It is Victoria Day here in Canada and that means everyone gets a day off work if they know someone named Victoria or someone who has the letter 'a' in their name. Of course, the best thing to do on a holiday Monday is listen to movie reviews, so as always, The Movie Breakdown has your holiday needs covered. This week we have one of the biggest movies of the summer and a hotly anticipated sequel to one of the highest grossing R/18A rated movies of all-time in Deadpool 2. We also have another comedic movie geared towards adults but one with far less dismembering and no Ryan Reynolds in the still star-studded Book Club. We also have two Netflix Originals this week in the teenage romantic comedy that stars Joey King (and has a supporting role from 1980s teenage comedy queen Molly Ringwald) in The Kissing Booth and an Indian drama about HIV with a 12 Angry Men vibe in Sometimes. After all the movie reviews, we pay tribute to a major star from many 1980s childhoods and the gold standard for all cinematic Lois Lanes in Margot Kidder. If you love the show then please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans or going over to iTunes to give us a five star review.

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Question of the Week: Solo: A Star Wars Story soars into cinemas next week and is a prequel tale of an iconic movie character, Han Solo. What other movie character from an older movie would make for a great origin or prequel movie?

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Movie Ratings:

Deadpool 2 ***½ (CS)
The Kissing Booth *½ (CS & SM)
Book Club **½ (CS)
Sometimes **½ (CS & SM)

Summer Box Office Challenge:

Christopher's Picks:

1.
 Solo: A Star Wars Story 
2. Incredibles 2
3. Mission Impossible: Fallout 
4. Ocean’s 8 
5. Equalizer 2 
6. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again 
7. Crazy Rich Asians
8. The Meg
9.  The Spy Who Dumped Me 
10. Teen Titans Go to the Movies 
Total: $0

Scott's Picks:

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2. Deadpool 2 $125 507 153
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp 
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
5. Skyscraper
6. First Purge 
7. Disney’s Christopher Robin 
8. Uncle Drew 
9. Mile 22 
10. Life of the Party $17 886 075
Total: $143 393 228

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bad Fevers are Bad

Apologies for the relaunching of the blog turning out to be a lot like right before we launched the Facebook page and gave promises of an army of new articles and reviews. Luckily, Scott has been holding the team together for articles on the Facebook page, but that hasn't meant much here on the actual site where I am the sole writer. But as is the inevitable when having young kids and especially with one who occasionally withdraws from the bank of viruses that is elementary school, I caught me one of those new-fangled fevers to play around with in-between looking after kids and getting client work done. Since all those things take time and even more time when all you want to do is fall into unconscious, my other main activity was sleeping. Because when your body is melting and a marching band is riding elephants in your head and dinner refuses to stay put, there is really only one thing you covet, which is snuggling up in bed with a box of Kleenexes snuggled beside you and a bucket nearby. So, I did that.

Now, it is just sniffles, an occasional cough, and an irritated throat (it took the Once Upon a Time cancellation news real hard). Now, I'm catching up on all the things that got shoved to the "not a exploding priority" list while I was running on fumes, and the thing that got relegated to that list the most these past two weeks was writing articles on this site. As I catch up on everything, I hope that I can get the site back in working order in the coming days.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Breakdown of 'Life of the Party', 'Anon', 'Manhunt', and 'The Rachel Divide'


I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day and made sure to show some love to the wonderful woman that brought you into this world. But it is now Monday, so that means time for movie discussion on The Movie Breakdown. We've got four movie reviews for you this week, including the big new theatrical release in the latest Melissa McCarthy comedy, Life of the Party. From there we review three new Netflix Originals with the big one being Andrew Niccol's latest sci-fi thriller in Anon. John Woo is also back with his latest action film in Manhunt. We also have a documentary on the controversial Rachel Dolezal in The Rachel Divide. As well, we discuss if filmmakers and studios have a responsibility for positive and progressive depictions of gender and race in their movies. As always we hope you love the show and if you do, please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans or giving us a five star review on iTunes.

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Question of the Week: Next week is Deadpool 2 and Ryan Reynolds has gone on the record that the franchise has to be R-Rated (18A in Canada). What other movie franchise that has NEVER had an R-Rating or 18A rating would actually be improved if it did and why?

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Movie Ratings:

Anon *** (CS) & **½ (SM)
Life of the Party **½ (CS)
Manhunt ** (CS) & *** (SM)
The Rachel Divide **½ (CS & SM)

Summer Box Office Challenge:

Christopher's Picks:

1.
 Solo: A Star Wars Story 
2. Incredibles 2
3. Mission Impossible: Fallout 
4. Ocean’s 8 
5. Equalizer 2 
6. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again 
7. Crazy Rich Asians
8. The Meg
9.  The Spy Who Dumped Me 
10. Teen Titans Go to the Movies 
Total: $0

Scott's Picks:

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2. Deadpool 2 
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp 
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
5. Skyscraper
6. First Purge 
7. Disney’s Christopher Robin 
8. Uncle Drew 
9. Mile 22 
10. Life of the Party $17 886 075
Total: $17 886 075

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The Breakdown of 'The Week Of', 'Kodachrome', and 'Candy Jar'


Avengers: Infinity War has scared away the competition from the theatres, so The Movie Breakdown thought it was a perfect week to stay home and review three Netflix originals. The big one is the latest Adam Sandler comedy about a working class dad trying to find ways to afford his daughter's wedding in The Week Of. Then we have a star-studded road trip picture with big names Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen and Ed Harris in Kodachrome. We also have a high school romantic comedy about two teens that are forced to work together on their debate team in Candy Jar. From there, we look at the Academy expelling Roman Polanski from membership and discuss if the Academy has a moral obligation and if we should allow the evil deeds of the artist to affect their art. In other news, Avengers: Infinity War broke the record for highest domestic opening weekend and so, we discuss what other movie studios can learn from its success. It is a packed show, and we really appreciate you checking it out. If you love the show then please help us out by spreading the word to other huge movie fans/

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Question of the Week: Mother's Day is this upcoming weekend. Of course, you love your mom, but if for one day you had the power to replace her with any movie mom then who would you choose?

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Movie Ratings:

The Week Of *½ (CS & SM)
Kodachrome **½ (CS) & *** (SM)
Candy Jar ** (CS & SM)

Summer Box Office Challenge Draft Picks:

Christopher's Picks:

1.
 Solo: A Star Wars Story 
2. Incredibles 2
3. Mission Impossible: Fallout 
4. Ocean’s 8 
5. Equalizer 2 
6. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again 
7. Crazy Rich Asians
8. The Meg
9.  The Spy Who Dumped Me 
10. Teen Titans Go to the Movies 

Scott's Picks:

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2. Deadpool 2 
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp 
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
5. Skyscraper
6. First Purge 
7. Disney’s Christopher Robin 
8. Uncle Drew 
9. Mile 22 
10. Life of the Party


Monday, May 07, 2018

Aghast! Help Me, Pro Podcast Techie, You're My Only Hope!

I was going over last week's The Movie Breakdown episode and noticed once again the times that I have in the outline are off. So, I started fixing the time stamps for each segment. But then I discovered something, every time I hit refresh on the page and started listening to a segment again, the time stamp changes. It either started a bit earlier or a tad later than the time that I had just typed on the page. I am either the most incompetent time stamper ever or there is something wonky with the Internet Archive player. I haven't checked to see if the time stamps are consistent with my Window's media player and the iTunes player yet. Now, I've asked this is in the past but it is really driving me nuts, because I'd like to create an outline that is actually useable and accurate. Does anyone know why the timing for the player changes every single time? Up until now, I did not know seconds and minutes were a subjective thing that is determined by how a piece of software feels at the moment. I think I may need to start letting it have cookies after dinner now.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Positive Preview of May 2018 Theatrical Releases


May has traditionally been the month that kicks off the summer movies season that has all the big studios releasing their big movie events. But Avengers: Infinity War came a week early and went on to break the record for highest domestic opening weekend. Despite that major event, the movie studios have not decided to cancel May and are going to keep on releasing movies. May looks to be an interesting one with a pretty diverse slate that has the big franchise movies, some comedies, a few thrillers and even some smaller geared towards adults pictures. Now, not all of them are going to be good and some may even be awful, but since they are sight unseen at this point, I have decided to give all the new releases the benefit of the doubt. I am going to list all the major releases of May 2018 along with a positive comment about each movies' potential. 

May 4

Bad Samaritan (Electric Entertainment): This reminds me of the very chilling thriller Don't Breathe where this time we once again see an unsavory type break into a home where the owner is even more dangerous and hideous. Except this time, rather than it being one night the lead looks to be stuck in a cat and mouse game that spans days or weeks while also trying to solve a mystery of the missing girl. I like thrillers where the lead starts out not being so reputable but needs to rise and become a better person while also not dying, this looks like it could be fun and creepy time.

Overboard (Pantelion): Watching the trailer of this gender-swapping remake of the Goldie Hawn and Kirk Russell starring 1987 comedy, my mind started to drift to thinking about another movie, Keanu that had Anna Faris in a brilliant and hilarious cameo as herself. Faris can be really funny when in movies with good scripts. I think, I may rewatch Keanu this weekend.

Tully (Focus Features): I love previous Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody team ups in Juno and Young Adult, I love the wit and characters and how the places were lived in with those movies. Both Reitman and Cody don't seem to have the acclaim now that they did when they collaborated on those movies, but this looks like a very raw and funny look at modern motherhood and family. Plus Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis are heaping cups of absolute awesome, so this may be one of the true stand-out movies of the summer (so of course, it isn't released near Brantford this weekend).

May 11

Breaking In (Universal): "I'm just a mom. You have no clue what I'm capable of." Simply put, it is Gabrielle Union kicking bad guy butt to save her kids. I have a huge soft spot for b-movie-ish thrillers where an average person is forced to rise up against baddies and this trailer looks like a blast. Plus Gabrielle Union being back on the big screen is always a great thing.

Life of the Party (Warner Brothers - New Line): I still find Melissa McCarthy hilarious and she is one of the very best at physical comedy right now. There are little hints here that she may not be playing the same character she has done a billion times and playing someone who is a bit more sophisticated and smarter. Plus it has great actresses like Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph in supporting roles. I am also glad they showed restraint and didn't just market this as a Back to School remake.

Revenge (warning the link is to a very graphic trailer) (Neon): It looks like the type of bloody, dark, violent revenge tale that would have had midnight screenings across North America in the 1970s, and so it shouldn't be surprising this was a huge hit at the genre film festival Fantastic Fest. It now stands at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is a subversive and gory tale about female empowerment where the seemingly ditzy girl finds out her boyfriend is a jerk when he and his buddies try to kills her, so now she is going to make them pay, This is clearly a not for everyone movie but looks to be a hit for fans of violent and dark horror-ish thrillers.

May 15

Book Club (Paramount): It is great that talented women like Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen have landed a big studio movie. Plus you now know where you can take your mom out this weekend.

Deadpool 2 (Fox): I'm not one for hyperbole but this will be the greatest movie ever created. No big deal. I loved the original, which was irreverent, hilarious, action-packed, but also really sweet. Ryan Reynolds finally got the role that he is perfect to play and I kind of wish they would make a million of these, if only because we keep on getting a great marketing campaign every time. Reynolds has stated there may not be a third one, so expect some really big stuff to go down to pay off stories and likely set-up the X-Force franchise. Plus it is the comic book movie that gives the long-awaited debut of Peter.

Show Dogs (Global Road): It is 90 minutes long.

First Reformed (A24): I always love when an actor goes against type, so I am really intrigued to see Cedric the Entertainer in a very dramatic role. The story of a former military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) who is recovering from the death of his son is then faced with information about a potential attack by a radical environmentalist group is one that sounds like it could go down typical thriller routes but the trailer shows a deep and reflective movie that is more focused on the characters and their internal struggles. Always great to see Amanda Seyfried as well. This looks like it could be worth tracking down after getting your fill from the bigger studio fare.

May 25

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Buena Vista - Lucasfilm): We have all heard about the behind the scenes drama and everyone can admit we didn't need a Han Solo origin story, but come on, it is Star Wars and we are all going to see it. The visual look fantastic and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is genius. Plus Ron Howard will never stop being the filmmaker who gave us stuff like Rush, Cinderella Man, Apollo 13 (space!), Parenthood, Cocoon, Splash, and Willow (no, I haven't watched it since 1988, why?).

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (A24): The movie is a mix of coming of age tale set in 1977 punk era London, a fish out of water story, a love story about star-crossed lovers, and of course, an alien invasion adventure. There is a little bit for everyone. Plus it is based on a great short story by the terrific writer Neil Gaiman and has what looks to be a stand-out performance from the also very good Elle Fanning