HIGHLY ANTICIPATED. Although the streak of summer blockbusters have passed, these upcoming movies are sure to keep you entertained
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
Director Matthew Vaughn
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies this season, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens with the destruction of the secret organization’s headquarters at the hands of The Golden Circle. So, the British Kingsman teamed up with their U.S. allies, Statesman. The expanded cast is nothing short of impressive: There’s Julianne Moore playing the main antagonist, along with Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges as members of
Statesman. It may seem hard to top the craziness and the elegant “modern gentleman” vibe of the first “Kingsman” movie, but with this new, impeccable cast—and a global partnership with TAG Heuer—there’s no doubt that “The Golden Circle” will be spectacular.
Stars Sullivan Stapleton, Ewen Bremner, J.K. Simmons
Director Steven Quale
After having its release date pushed back five times, “Renegades” is finally set to hit theaters this September. It tells the story about a team of U.S. Navy SEALs on assignment in war-torn Europe to recover a hoard of gold at the bottom of a lake which used to be a town. As the story goes, the town was flooded to prevent the Nazis from taking the treasure. Fast forward to today,and we have the team of SEALsgoing rogue to retrieve the gold. Written by Luc Besson (of “Taken” and “The Transporter” fame) and Richard Wenk, this movie will definitely satisfy those of you who love action thriller films like “The Expendables” or “Die Hard.”
Stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan
Director Michael Cuesta
Based on Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name, “American Assassin” tells the story of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien). After losing his girlfriend in a terrorist attack, only minutes after he proposed, a devastated and angry Rapp finds himself in an interview with the deputy director of the CIA (Sanaa Lathan). In no time the grief-stricken man is sent to Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) for intensive training in black operations, which eventually leads the two on a mission to prevent a new world war breaking out in the Middle East. So, basically, just another day in the job of an entry-level assassin.
Stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev
Director Niels Arden Oplev
A lot of us might remember a 1990 movie also called “Flatliners” starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. The flick told the story of five medical students attempting to explore what lies beyond death by conducting experiments involving near-death experiences—until the consequences start catching up to them. This new movie will be a sequel to the 1990 flick and is also titled “Flatliners,” because why not. Kiefer Sutherland is set to reprise his role as Nelson Wright, and he will be joined by a list of impressive young actors and actresses including Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and James Norton.
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman
Director Patrick Hughes
If you’re looking for a good laugh, then this is the perfect movie for you. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is clearly a parody of “The Bodyguard.” It even uses Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in the trailer and imitates the 1992’s iconic poster—albeit here it’s Ryan Reynolds carrying Samuel L. Jackson. Reynolds plays the part of the bodyguard who’s tasked with protecting the world’s most notorious hitman (Jackson’s character) who is set to testify in front of the International Court of Justice. Problem is, the two are mortal enemies. Plus, there’s a bloodthirsty dictator (Gary Oldman) who will be causing a lot of trouble for the two and ultimately … force them to work together. Well, let’s see how that works out.
THE DARK TOWER
Stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor
Director Nikolaj Arcel
As a sequel to Stephen King’s novel series of the same name, “The Dark Tower” tells the story of Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who finds himself dragged into another dimension. There he meets Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), a gunslinger on his way to protect the Dark Tower which basically holds reality—actually all realities—together. And in their way stands one of King’s most charismatic villains: The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Expect a lot of intricacy (as befitting of a movie set in an extended universe created by Stephen King) and a unique mix of action, sci-fi, fantasy and western elements.