There a few movies I’d like to see in the theater being released this year. I’m not sure I will get a chance to see them all, but here is a brief description and its major cast.
Dunkirk is about Allied soldiers who find themselves surrounded by the German Army during World War II. It is written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy who I think are phenomenal actors. I’ve already watched Peaky Blinders twice now. It also has Kenneth Branagh (the actor who has done many Shakespeare movies and convincingly I might add) and Harry Styles (I only know him for being the ex-boyfriend of Taylor Swift and singer of One Direction that I’m not into, but hopefully this movie will catapult him into a different spotlight).
Battle of the Sexes is about the infamous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the 1970s. It is written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It stars Emma Stone (The Help and Birdman) and Steve Carrell (Can it get any better than 40 Year Old Virgin or Incredible Burt Wonderstone?) as well as Elizabeth Shue (forever tied to The Karate Kid) and Sarah Silverman (hilarious in A Million Ways to Die in the West).
Wind River is about an FBI agent who tracks a killer with the help of a game tracker on an Indian Reservation. It is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan. He’s the actor who played the Deputy in Sons of Anarchy. He is responsible for writing Sicario, which is a great movie from start to finish, and Hell and High Water, which I have to still watch. It stars Jon Bernthal (Fury and Sicario), Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister to the Olsen twins that starred in Godzilla), and Jeremy Renner (anyone remember his role as Jeffrey Dahmer? Or the more notable role in Hurt Locker?).
The Mountain Between Us is about two people stranded after their plane crashes. They must come together to survive when they realize no one is coming to rescue them. It is an adaptation from the book by Charles Martin and scripted by J. Mills Goodloe. It stars Kate Winslet (Red headed beauty in Titanic and Orange haired crazy in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus, and Pacific Rim). It also has Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Family Stone) and Beau Bridges (Max Payne and Bloodline).
Gook is about the time right before and during the Los Angeles riots in 1992. Two Korean American brothers form an unlikely friendship with an 11 year old African American girl. The brothers find themselves having to band together to defend the store with the girl during the riots. It is written and directed by Justin Chon. It stars Simone Baker (American Horror Story), Justin Chon (Twilight series), Curtiss Cook Jr. (Bull), and David So (You Tube).
Thor: Ragnarok is about the fictional superhero who fights for his own survival on the other side of the universe, and must also save the Asgardian civilization from a new threat, Hela. It is directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson and story by Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, and Stephany Folsom. It stars Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek), Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris and another ex of Taylor Swift), and Cate Blanchett (the spell bounding portrayal as Queen Elizabeth). It also includes Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Ferdinand is about a bull mistaken for a dangerous beast. He is captured and is determined to return to his home with the help of a team of misfits. It is an adaptation from the book by Munro Leaf. It is directed by Carlos Saldanha. It stars Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie), Kate McKinnon (SNL who does a superb job portraying Justin Bieber), and David Tennant (menacing as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones).