FULL OF HEROES. Heroes of all sorts are headed to the big screen in the upcoming months. Here’s what to look out for
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill
Director: Zack Snyder
TEAM PLAYERS. Set months after the events of “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Justice League” starts with Batman and Wonder Woman teaming up to assemble a team of metahumans including the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Why? To stop an invasion attempt from the planet Apokolips, which is led by Steppenwolf and his soldiers of Parademons, who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth. If you don’t understand what that means, that’s okay. Just know that it’s going to be a hell of a fight. And though you can’t see Superman in any of the trailers, rest assured, he’ll be back.
Blade Runner 2049
ALONG FOR THE RIDE. Probably one of the most anticipated movies this season, “Blade Runner 2049” is a sequel to the original “Blade Runner.” To refresh your memory, “Blade Runner” is a movie set in a dystopian future where genetically engineered replicants (who look just like humans) are sent to work in off-world colonies. Those who escape back to Earth are hunted by the Blade Runners. In the movie, Harrison Ford played a Blade Runner named Rick Deckard. Now, thirty years later, Deckard has gone missing and K (Ryan Gosling) is set to find Deckard after uncovering a secret that could end humanity. At an impressive 163 minutes, there’s no doubt that “Blade Runner: 2049” will be one long and thrilling ride.
ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. Things are really shaking up in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Set four years after the events of “Thor: The Dark World” and two years after “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the story starts with Thor being held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer Mjolnir. In order to return to Asgard in time to stop Hela (Cate Blanchett)—the Asgardian goddess of death—and the titular ragnarok, he must win a gladiatorial duel against an old friend, the Hulk. Joining Thor will be Asgardian warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Other familiar faces will include Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. As the fate of both were left hanging in “The Dark World,” get ready for more family trouble in “Thor: Ragnarok.”
The Mountain Between Us
LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS. A plane crash, freezing weather and snow storms are the perfect ingredients for a romance-disaster movie. At least it does in “The Mountain Between Us.” Based on the bestselling book by Charles Martin, the film centers on two strangers, Dr. Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and Alex Martin (Kate Winslet), who decide to charter a small plane to get home. But then the plane crashes in the middle of a mountain. With the pilot dead and the realization that help is not coming, the two have to embark on a treacherous journey across the wilderness in order to survive and get home.
Murder on the Orient Express
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe
Director: Kenneth Branagh
STUCK ON THE PUZZLE. There’re thirteen strangers on a train ride through Europe, among them is a murderer. But who is it and how can he be stopped before striking again? This basically sums up what “Murder on the Orient Express” is all about. Based on Agatha Christie’s book of the same name, the movie will have Kenneth Branagh directing, producing as well as starring as main character Hercule Poirot. Joining him is an impressive cast of stars including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe and more. There’s no doubt that with such a star-studded cast and with Agatha Christie’s timeless story, “Murder on the Orient Express” will be a highlight of 2017’s cinematic experience.
Only the Brave
Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
Director: Joseph Kosinski
REMEMBER THE HEROES. Telling the true story of the Yarnell Hill Fire that happened in Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, “Only The Brave” is a drama movie centered around the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite forest fire crew that saw 19 of its member killed while fighting the wildfire. The film delves into the personal lives of the men who ran towards danger and put their lives at stake. The cast features an impressive list of stars including Miles Teller, who was previously featured on DAMAN, along with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Taylor Kitsch and many more. Joseph Kosinski, director of “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy,” directed the movie, while Ken Nolan, who wrote “Black Hawk Down,” and Eric Warren Singer, who wrote “American Hustle,” collaborated on the script.