At the end of 2012’s “Magic Mike,” the eponymous stripper has left the bump-and-grind world, and now the rest of the gang is looking to follow suit. But, of course, not without one final momentous performance that will bring the house down at a stripper convention—yes, these exist—in Myrtle Beach. Along the way, the gang meets up with old friends, make new ones, and pick up some hot new moves. Some exciting new names have also joined the cast, including Elizabeth Banks and professional dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss. Maybe the XXL in the title isn’t such an exaggeration.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
When the word “Avengers” was uttered in the first Iron Man movie back in 2008, Marvel fans have been asking: “Where is Hank Pym? Where is Ant-Man?” Well, it’s 2015 and the superhero known as the first founding member of The Avengers and the creator of Ultron finally gets his own movie. Actually, this movie will feature two Ant-Mans: Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglass) who passes the torch to reformed criminal Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in order to save the world. Naturally, actual ants will also play a part and fans can also expect cameo appearances from several Marvel Cinematic Universe regulars.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
More than two decades after the first “Jurassic Park” thrilled audiences all over the globe, a new wave of dinosaur-mania is set to sweep the world. In “Jurassic World,” the dream of building a fully-functional dinosaur theme park is finally fulfilled, with wideeyed visitors getting up close and personal with the previously extinct creatures. But it wouldn’t be a “Jurassic Park” movie without scientists going just a bit too far and inadvertently setting loose a man-eating nightmare. Of course, the ever present scientistadventurer will set things right. Alas, it won’t be our favorite dinosaur-wrangler Sam Neill, but the wisecracking Chris Scan Pratt is set to impress.
THE MOST IMPOSSIBLE MISSION YET
The Impossible Missions Force (IMF) finally meets its match in the shadowy Syndicate. So, it falls upon Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his own team to drag the Syndicate (which, by the way, was the regular villain in the original “Mission: Impossible” TV series from the ’60s) out into the light and bring them down for good. As can be expected from a “Mission: Impossible” flick, there will be plenty of intense fights, thrilling chase scenes (Tom Cruise did all of his own driving stunts) and nigh-impossible action sequences such as the widely popular scene where Ethan Hunt climbs outside flying airplane (which was also done by Cruise himself Scan without special effects or stunt doubles).
RETURN OF THE GOVERNATOR
The fifth film in the “Terminator” franchise, “Terminator Genisys” will reboot the entire series, create a new timeline and even start a new trilogy. Yes, the first movie hasn’t even launched yet, but two sequels are already planned for the near future. “Genisys,” however, is more concerned with the past—time travel to the past, to be exact. This allows for a team-up between Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor (the franchise’s original heroic duo) along with the eponymous Terminator (played by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger). Will this mark a revival for the Terminator series? Judgment day will fall in early July.
HOOKING UP WITH CAPTAIN HOOK
It would seem that nowadays even fairy tale characters couldn’t escape the origin story treatment. This time around, viewers will be treated to the back-stories of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. “Pan” follows the journey of a young orphan as he is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds danger and adventure, new friends and new foes, as well as a close companion who will eventually become his arch-nemesis. Despite its dark undertones, “Pan” was conceived as a fun movie, full of colors and wonder to captivate children and adults alike.
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