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Final Trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes is here 

20th Century Fox posted the final trailer for the third film, which features Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his pals facing off against Woody Harrelson, a “ruthless colonel” out to end the Ape kind. The trailer also gives a great deal of screen time to a mysterious child who rolls with Caesar and crew. War for the Planet of the Apeshits theaters on July 14th.

 The third movie in the rebooted sci-fi action series promises an “epic” showdown between apes and man, and this trailer certainly doesn’t hold back on the spectacular action. The trailer also gives a great deal of screen time to a mysterious child who rolls with Caesar and crew. Not all humans are bad!.

The film follows Rise of the Planet of the Apes(2011) and Dawn of the Planet of theApes(2014). It’s directed by Matt Reeves, whose previous credits include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield, and who will next helm the standalone Batman movie for DC. 

It stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, and Judy Greer.

War for the Planet of the Apeshits theaters on July 14, 2017.

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The First Trailer for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is here

The trailer for Stephen King’s highly anticipated film adaptation is finally here. 

Earlier this year Stephen King (Author of The Dark Tower novels) revealed the first poster for the movie with a caption “Pilgrims, there are other worlds than these, come with us on this adventure.” Since then we’ve been anticipating the teasers,  posters and trailers. Yesterday, two new character posters were released and now we have the first official trailer before it’s release date in August.

The first  character poster is of The Gunslinger/Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who can be seen wielding his two trademark six shooters, and the second is of villain Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey).

The Dark Tower poster for Idris Elba as The Gunslinger 

The Dark Tower poster for Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black

The Dark Tower sees Idris Elba as King’s The Gunslinger/ Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, in an epic mix of fantasy, horror, and western styles set in a realm known as Mid-World. 

Being the last living member of the knightly order of gunslingers, Roland’s fabled quest is to find The Dark Tower that is rumoured to be the nexus of all universes before it’s destroyed by The Man in Black, Walter; a warlock who has already reigned destruction on the people of Mid-World.

News that The Dark Tower TV series starring Idris Elba is reportedly in the works which will fill in the Gunslinger’s backstory. 

The Dark Tower’s released date has been pushed back to August 4th. 

Synopsis : 

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters a Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

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“Industreet” Nigerian Music Oriented TV series gets a release date

Sceneone Productions has finally given us a release date and a trailer for the newly anticipated TV series “Industreet”. 

Created and directed by Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly know as JJC Skillz. Co-written and produced by A-list Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele-Bello popular for her role in “Jenifa”

“Industreet” is a music oriented show based on the African entertainment scene inspired by JJC Skillz, The TV show focuses on the hustles on the streets and survival in the entertainment industry. “Industreet” features K-Switch, Mo-Easy, Linda EjioforDaddy Freeze of Cool FM, Lydia Forson, Tina Mba, Kunle Coker, Akah Nnani, Bondo Krazzy, Vivian Metchie, Leo Ugochukwu among others. The TV series will make its debut exclusively on Funke Akindele’s streaming platform, Sceneone TV.


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My 2017 Most Anticipated Movies

​​Though four months have passed, 2017 seems to still hold a number of great films yet to be released. Of course, January, February especially March and April have offered some powerful films to kick-start the year, mostly in the Horror/Thriller genre, and despite the fact that 2016 may have raised the bar for movies generally, it appears that 2017 may become an even bigger year for movie fans everywhere. However this list will not be limited to any specific movie genre, as various movies have grabbed the attention of many cinema goers and managed to land on everyone’s 2017 watch-list. From already released trailer and soundtracks accredited to these movies, in no particular order here are my top anticipated movies for the year: 

Thor: Ragnarok 

With his slight disappearance and appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron and a cameo in Doctor Strange, we are excited to see what the Norse God of Thunder has been up to since his departure from earth. Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Thor,  Tom Hiddleston (Loki),  Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif), and the Three warriors and an all new set of cast members with Cate Blanchett as Hela (villain), Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum. Thor Ragnarok will definitely be an exciting superhero movie to watch out for. 

Release Date: November 3rd 

Spiderman: Homecoming 

After his debut in Captain America: Civil Wars, Tom Holland was introduced to the World as the new Spiderman/Peter Parker. With Sony and MCU finally cutting a deal and Spiderman finally under the Marvel umbrella, it’s safe to say Tom Holland might just be the best version of Spiderman to date, with Robert Downey Jr taking on his role as Tony Stark (Iron Man), a mentor and benefactor to Tom Holland Spiderman character stuck between the life and hurdles of a teenager and becoming a superhero. The film’s plot looks plenty fun. Michael Keaton will be playing the villain and bad guy (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture).

Release Date: July 7th

Wonder Woman

One thing I agreed with in DC’s Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was Gal Godot’s role as Wonder Woman  as she stole every scene she appeared in, with its official solo movie and Wonder Woman making history as the first solo female superhero movie. From the first look at the trailer, Wonder Woman promises to be plenty exciting.

Release Date : June 2nd 

Justice League

So for all DC comic fans and all superhero fans, Justice League looks to be an interesting film. The movie premise is set after the BVS: Dawn of Justice with events and many of the characters set Post-BVS. We’ll finally see DC’s Justice League match its power with Marvel’s Avengers. It is safe to say (regardless of the backlash towards BVS and Suicide Squad) that Cinema goers, Movie fans and Superhero fans will definitely be checking this movie out once it is released.

Release Date: November 17th

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

In 2014, the Guardians of the galaxy took the world by storm, it was inevitable that a sequel would be released eventually. The Galaxy’s misfits are ready to save the galaxy yet again in this upcoming sequel, with an incredible trailer released, I can’t wait to watch this particular movie (my #1 must see for the year). Oh!  and Groot!!

Release Date: May 5th

Blade Runner 2049

The first Blade Runner (1982) is one of the best science fiction films ever to be made by Ridley Scott, after almost three decades Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve (Director of the Arrival and Sicario) partner together in this upcoming sequel. Harrison Ford will be back as Deckard and all new cast members that include Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright. This sequel promises to be just as good as the first.

Release Date: October 6th

The Dark Tower

Just like all Stephen King’s  novels turned films, which has produced some of cinema’s greatest films. The Dark Tower is the latest of one to come out, seeing Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in lead roles on their quest. This is a definite must watch for me.

Release Date: July 28th

Isoken


Isoken is a Nollywood feature film, written, produced and directed by Jade Osiberu. The movie tells the story of self discovery that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and bonds that unites families in touching, dramatic and sometimes funny ways. It stars Dakore Akande, Funke Akindele-Bello, Joseph Benjamin, Damilola Adegbite, Tina Mba, Patrick Doyle.
Release date : June 16th

10 Days in Sun City 

10 Days in Sun City is a Nollywood movie written and produced by Ayo “AY” Makun. It is a story of love, passion, drama and culture with a generous dose of comedy. This time around Akpos takes us on an exciting adventure to the Sun City, South Africa. With an impressive set of cast members that include Nollywood’s A-list actors like RMD,  Adesua Etomi, Mercy Johnson, Ayo Makun, Uti Nwachukwu, Gbenro Ajibade, Alex Ekubo and Yvonne Jegede. From Hollywood, Miguel Nunez Jnr. And the sensational Amanda DuPont and Celeste Ntuli from South Africa to name a few.
Release date: June (TBD) 

The Mummy

 We all know Tom Cruise is big on Action movies, big personalities, and amazing stunts.. I personally can’t wait to see how this movie turns out,  since we know Cruise personally demanded that some scenes be shot in actual zero gravity, it’s safe to say “The Mummy” might just have us gripping our seats in theatres worldwide.

Release Date: June 9th 

Dunkirk 

Acclaimed Director of The Dark Night, Interstellar and Inception Christopher Nolan returns with his latest film “Dunkirk” set in WWII, I can’t wait to see what Christopher Nolan brings to the bring screen with this one. 

Release Date: July 21st
War for the Planet of the Apes 

Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and the apes are embroiled in a war against an army of humans. As the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The war pits Caesar against the humans’  leader, a ruthless Colonel, in an encounter that will determine the fate of their species and Earth’s future.

Release date: July 14th 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell no tales 

Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old rival,Armando Salazar, who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle, and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar.

Release date: May 26th

 

Transformers: The Last Knight 

It will be the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series, and a direct sequel to 2014’sTransformers: Age of Extinction. The film is being directed by Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from Age of Extinction alongside Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro from the first three movies. This film marks the final picture in the franchise directed by Bay. 

    In the absence of Optimus Prime, a battle for survival has commenced between the human race and the Transformers. Cade Yeager forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord, and an Oxford professor to learn why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth.

Release date: June 23rd

There you have it,  Those are my most anticipated movies for 2017. What movies do you think will garner a lot of attention this year? And what movies can you not wait to watch?! 



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Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy.

Director: Morten Tyldum 

Rating: PG-13

Running time: 116 minutes

Verdict: A corny, smooth sci-fi ride made watchable by Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishbourne.

Plot: The starship Avalon is transporting over 5,000 colonists and crew in hibernation pods to the planet Homestead II, a journey taking 120 years. Thirty years into its journey, the ship encounters an asteroid belt, during which time the ship suffers a mechanical failure.The malfunction awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years too early.

Passengers is one of those movies that leaves you unsatisfied after seeing it. You’re left feeling weird and you hardly reflect on the movie itself and then there are so many questions (what if……?) that you ask yourself concerning the movie’s plot. You even go as far as trying to fill in the blanks that you feel are present. 

Passengers is the story of intergalactic travel and romance between two passengers on a spacecraft- Avalon (a broken DNA strand/Helix-looking starship). Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), a mechanical engineer is woken up from his suspended animation and hibernation when the spaceship enters a meteor shower and gets hit by a huge meteor fragment in transit on a 120-year intergalactic journey from Earth to a new planet, Homestead II carrying 5258 colonists – passengers and crew members. Jim soon discovers that he awoke from hibernation 90 years too early due to a computer malfunction and that he’s all alone in the middle of space with no human interaction and pending imminent death without ever reaching the designated planet. 

In full panic mode, Jim tries everything to get back in hibernation mode. He tries to fix his cryopod so that he can go back to sleep but he fails at this and he cannot reach any crew member because he needs superior level clearance ID to do so. Soon coming to terms with his lonely life on Avalon, he indulges in the available facilities for entertainment- playing virtual games and he makes a friend out of the cheery android bartender, Arthur (Michael Sheen)

 A year goes by and his life is exactly the same, with a grown beard and suicidal thoughts. He sets his eyes on a “sleeping beauty” (minding her own sleep in her own pod)- Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), an ambitious journalist/writer from New York. He looks her up on the computer, and he starts to read all her works, watch her application videos for the Homestead programme and eat breakfast by her pod while falling in love with her — OK,  at this point it feels weird and awkward, I mean he is being borderline creepy. It is so creepy that it doesn’t feel romantic but like some sort of obsession and some sort of sickness- love? Who knows. After what seems to be quite an unconvincing short battle with his conscience on whether to wake her up or not, he does eventually. He wakes her up against everything moral for selfish reasons and dooms her to his exact same fate- life and death on an empty spaceship before reaching their destination. 

At this point in the movie, writer John Spaihts decides to draw us away from the “Sci-Fi’ness”of the movie (not that there’s much anyway) and throws in what I call a tale of Adam and Eve. A classic love story of 2 lonely people who fall for each other. 

Pretending that her interrupted hibernation was an accident, he commiserates with her when she finds out she’s woken too early and he pretends to give her space and cultivate their friendship. Aurora not happy with what’s going on soon sees that not much can be done and begins a mutual relationship and romance with Jim. Preston’s actions might be understandable, in the circumstances, but they are certainly not excusable. The film does little to deplore Jim’s choices and to examine the level of desperation and depravity, instead it goes ahead to play out a classic Hollywood love story. With little or no character build up around these two characters, it’s safe to say that writer John Spaihts was relying on the awesomeness that is both Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as actors but even they couldn’t save this film’s plot. The chemistry between Pratt and Lawrence is fresh but doesn’t strike a balance. The moral dilemma is brushed aside, and at times left to function as the regulation obstacle to the couple’s blossoming relationship than a moral and humane issue to be explored in its own right.

Soon this budding romance comes crashing down when Aurora discovers she was woken by Jim and not by accident, they avoid each other- Aurora taking laps around the ship and Jim entering full engineer-mode and finding things to fix, create or plant and the rest is history. Unknown to these lovers all along, the spaceship’s systems had been failing which makes me think- Jim’s the engineer, he sees the robots malfunctioning,  why isn’t he questioning their malfunction or doing anything about it.  It takes another figure to come into the picture before things begin to look really bad. Deck chief and crew member (Laurence Fishbourne) thrust awake from hibernation failure as well, is bent on looking for the source of the problem, we soon discover how sick he is with just few hours left to live he gives some advice on finding the problem and fixing the craft’s nuclear core, and other stuff.

The first almost 90 minutes of the film is discarded for a ‘bigger’ problem at hand, which is saving the ship from exploding. The about-to-explode ship suddenly changes everything between the pair. Aurora’s justified hatred is belittled almost like a mood swing, thrown aside. With the ship now in full failure mood and about to explode, Aurora and Jim work together, engaging in finding replacement parts and fixing everything fixable, complete with flying bolts and various sacrifices being proposed and made to keep the ship from exploding, this is where the fimmakers seem to get the idea of redeeming Jim (which I found really cheesy). Jim goes out of the ship to open the trapped door to the reactor where the source of the problem resides but he’s faced with the decision to sacrifice himself for everyone and everything on the ship “I have to hold the door open” he says………….. Aurora later replies “if you die, I die” with Jim telling her “there are 5000 other people on the ship Aurora, we have to do this” and we see the sacrificial scene play out, shifting gears and turning the last 30 minutes of this film into a disaster-action Sci-fi drama.

Jennifer Lawrence does a great job of showing the horror of finding out Jim woke her up. She masters every light or heavy scene with the kind of performance expected of an Academy Award winner, Chris Pratt does a fine job of playing the lovable scruffy looking engineer, even with the weight of his selfish decision hanging in the air. Casting Pratt was a good choice in a way because we are expected to not feel contempt towards this imperfect perpetrator of selfishness as he is just another person banished to a life he didn’t ask for. His hard-to-shed image of a lovable oaf matures into that of a lovable hottie, as it is very difficult to hate the person that is Chris Pratt but despite this difficulty it’s hard to look past the decisions of the character he plays and not hate him. 

In the played out sequence of the “Rom-Drama,” Aurora falls for Jim, finds out the truth, get angry and avoids Jim and falls back in love with him after his sacrifice. When given the choice to return to sleep- (the medical-scanner pod in the infirmary) she insists on staying with him. The woman abandons her hopes, plans and future to live out the rest of her days with him- (here, I paused and thought..Oh well she’s a big girl. She has made her decision).

Let’s be sincere here, in another universe, the plot might have been made more palatable with a well written and fully covered script that raised questions of ethics, morality and gender. Unfortunately, the writing is bad and the script sets out to rehash the plot every few minutes finally turning what’s supposed to be a Sci-fi drama to a failed attempt at a romantic drama. Rather than giving a better understanding to the dynamics of the relationship between this selfish person and his wronged victim who are doomed to live under the same roof until death, we are given the dynamics of the workings of a spaceship, its many technical glitches and a budding love story. But worse awaits, with the starry-eyed pretence that life might magically flourish with only these two to keep each other company (how would just two people survive?! With the same cycle for so long?). 

My problem is not with Pratt’s Jim character’s act of selfishness  or why he did it-(we clearly know why), or how Aurora was able to live with the knowledge of what he did to her and how she chooses to forgive him-all of which could have made for a better compelling story. The problem is the laziness with which the movie has been wrapped in a sheath of love. The film’s tagline “There is a reason they woke up” now seems so lame. Well, yes there is – but it turns out it’s not something you can really build a movie around except we were talking about the imminent danger of the spacecraft exploding.

Passengers” strong points include its futuristic production design- the visuals are great and the set design of the starship Avalon is sleek and stunning. The scenery is arresting —a futuristic pristine-like mega mall with state-of-the-art  rooms and facilities. And of course, the interstellar setting, gravity-esque space walks and a terrific scene which aptly demonstrates zero gravity. The casting of Jennifer Lawrence against Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishbourne is great. Finally, the experience and effects after watching this movie doesn’t stand anywhere in comparison to the slew of exceptional sci-fi movies like Gravity, Interstellar, or The Martian even. So if you’re interested in a good space and spaceship movie, Those three should do the trick. 

Overall rating: 5/10

Just for humour, I’m a Nigerian and the classic way this movie would have played out, if there were two Nigerians and one medical-scanner pod, would be a situation where both Nigerians would both be willing to share the pod for the rest of the journey. Imagining that and the whole drama that would have been around the two is so funny. No one wants to die here. 😀


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“IT” (2017) Trailer #1 Review 

New Line Cinema has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming adaption remake of Stephen King’s horror novel “IT” .

Pennywise is reborn and played by Bill Skarsgård in this remake. I have indeed read the book (Though it took time.. Phew! ) but now that the infamous clown is back and with such a fine and really scary trailer (Although we’ll be graced with more trailers in the next few months), I simply cannot wait to see this movie.

Synopsis 

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with the biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.


IT is set to hit theatres September 8th, 2017. 


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A Ghost Story Trailer #1 Review 

A24 has released a trailer for upcoming supernatural drama “A Ghost Story,” four months before it opens on July 7. From the trailer we see a distraught Rooney Mara dealing with the tragedy of her deceased spouse played by Casey Affleck, often manifested as a simple ghost in a bed sheet. We see life through the eyes of the ghost. I for one I’m happy about the the unusual depicting of a ghost in a sheet,  it’s quite relatably different from the usual haunting of human spirits as ghosts. After seeing the poster and trailer, I got hooked in and I can’t wait to see this movie. It looks to be one of the best films of 2017. 

Synopsis 

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and theenormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try and reconnect with his bereft wife.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2017 but it is scheduled to be released in theatres on July 7, 2017.


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Spiderman: Homecoming Trailer #2 Review- More Humour, Action, Iron Man, and the Vulture

A new Spiderman Homecoming trailer is upon us guys!  And we have a clearer understanding of what’s going on compared to Trailer #1 released in December. The past couple of days Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment has graced us with posters from the upcoming Spiderman movie. Now we’ve been graced with a new trailer.

Sony released the #2 trailer over an hour ago and the extensive trailer gives a closer look at Peter Parker’s new suit courtesy of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). Peter Parker wants to join the Avengers and be exactly like Iron Man who’s his benefactor in this new Spiderman movie but Tony Stark wants him to “be better” and “be just the friendly neighborhood Superhero/Spiderman” for now. The Vulture is played by Michael Keaton and from the trailer he seems to be doing a great job at selling this villain, which is another highlight of this movie. I personally love the whole mentor and mentee relationship going on between Tony Stark and Peter Parker and I’m looking forward to it, Peter’s Humour is great.. Ultimately this is a great trailer for the upcoming movie, certainly clears a lot of loopholes from the first trailer. 

Synopsis:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


Spider-Man: Homecoming is set hit theatres on July 7, 2017.  



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18 Books to Read Before Going to See their 2017 Movies 

Hey guys!  I’ve been away for a while, been really busy but I’ll try to makeup for lost time and make a new timetable so I can get to post from time to time. 🙂


This year Hollywood is adapting a slew of books -fiction and non-fiction into movies. Some of these books you are familiar with already. If you are anything like me, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. Sometimes, even after seeing the movie. So before “The Circle” or “The Dark Tower” hit theaters this year, be sure to read the book so you know what everyone’s talking about. I’ve compiled a list of books to read before their book-to-movie adaptations are out this year. 

P. S: Some of these movies have been released. New movie release dates tend to be added or shuffled around throughout the year, so some of the dates here might change.  

 HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly 

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Hidden Figures is a non-fiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly.  It is a biography that follows the lives of human computers and mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson employed by NASA who helped launch the program’s first successful space mission.

In the movie, we see three talented and determined women cross their profession’s gender and race lines, proving that anyone can be a hero even if they’re not in the spotlight. 

Movie poster 

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner.

Directed by: Theodore Melfi.

Release date: January 6th,  2017.

          LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane

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Live By Night is a crime novel by Dennis Lehane published in 2012. It follows the story of a man during the prohibition era in the United States in 1926 that gives rise to endless network of underground distilleries, gangsters and corrupt cops.  Joe Coughlin defies all his proper upbringing as the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain by climbing a ladder of  organised crimes- from a petty thief to being the Gulf coast most successful rum runner. Live by Night give the full gangster tale package dealing with whether someone can still be involved in the crime world and still be a good person at heart.

Movie poster 

Starring: Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina.

Directed by: Ben Affleck 

Release date: January 13th,  2017. 
   

 A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron 

A Dog’s Purpose is a comedy drama directed by Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-foot Journey) based on the novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. The story follows a Dog named Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad). The life and death of Bailey and his reincarnation as different breeds belonging to different owners and how the canine existence h intersects with that of a young boy (Ethan) who rescued him in 1962.  

Starring: Dennis Quaid plays Adult Ethan, K. J Apa as young Ethan, Josh Gad as the voice of Bailey.

Directed by: Lasse Hallström 

Release date: January 27, 2017.

         FIFTY SHADES DARKER by E. L. James 

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Fifty Shades Darker is a 2012 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the second installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that follows the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. Fifty Shades Darker deals with Christian’s past lovers and continues the lovers will they/won’t they relationship picking up after the events of the first movie Fifty shades of Grey. Fifty Shades Freed completes the trilogy, and will also be made into a film to be released in 2018.

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Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden.

Directed by: James Foley 

Release date: February 10th, 2017.

           BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver 

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Before I Fall is a 2010 young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver. Samantha a 17 year old teenager is forced to relive the day of her death every day for a week following a car crash seemingly caused by a mysterious, outcast student her friends have been torturing. In an attempt to understand why this is happening to her, as well as trying to change her fate, she takes new actions each day, some of which are out of character and surprise her family and friends. The book is the basis for the film of the same name.

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Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, Elena Kampouris.

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Release date: March 3rd, 2017. 

            THE SHACK by William P. Young 

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The Shack follows the story of a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

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Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Emily Holmes, Gage Munroe, Meghan Charpentier,  Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara, Alice Braga. 

Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine

Release date: March 3rd, 2017.


THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE by Diane Ackerman 

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The Zookeeper’s Wife is a non-fiction book written by the poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman. The book draws on the unpublished diaries of Antonina Żabiński. It recounts the true story of how Zookeepers Jan Żabiński, director of the Warsaw Zoo and his wife Antonina saved the lives of 300 Jews who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto following the German Nazi invasion of Poland during World War II on September 1, 1939. The Zookeeper’s wife will shed light on what was a mostly unknown story hidden in the diaries of Antonina Zabinski before the book came out in 2007.

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Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Brühl.

Directed by: Niki Caro

Release date: March 31st, 2017.

                   WONDER by R. J. Palacio

The upcoming movie is adapted from R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel of the same name. It follows the story of a boy August Pullman who was born with a facial difference that previously prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now starting fifth grade at prep school, he just wants to be treated as an ordinary kid- but his classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The book begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga, Millie Davis, Ali Liebert, and Daveed Diggs. 

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky 

Release date: April 7, 2017.

           LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann

The upcoming chronological film chronicles the real story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon- only to disappear alongside his son during his search in 1952. Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by David Grann. 

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century.


Starring:
Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson.

Directed by: James Gray

Release date: April 14, 2017.

            THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

The Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, links users’ personal emails, social media accounts, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. When Mae is hired to work there, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks,  John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton.

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Release date: April 28, 2017.

  EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

The story follows two teens-A quarantined girl who’s allergic to basically everything and the boy next door, despite that the girl suffers from a rare disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything, falling in love with the boy next door becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken. The movie is based on author Nicola Yoon’s hit YA novel. 

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Res guera, Taylor Jackson. 

Directed by: Stella Meghie

Release date: May 19, 2017.

  MY COUSIN RACHEL By Daphne DuMaurier

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. The movie is based on the 1951 novel of the same name.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Frair.

Directed by: Roger Michell

Release date: July 14, 2017.

         THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King 

Stephen King’s magnum opus is a series that follows”gunslinger” Roland Deschain as he moves through a magical society- an Old West-like landscape in search of the titular Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick.

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

Release date: July 28, 2017.

                      IT by Stephen King

A from Stephen King’s 1986 iconic novel, the upcoming horror drama tells the story of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous clown being, who exploits the fears and phobias of his victims. Now adults, they return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers, an evil without a name: It. 

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, and Jack Dylan Grazer round out the cast.

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

Release date: September 8, 2017. 

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US by Charles Martin 

A pair survive a plane crash in the mountains, where they are forced to trust each other and find safety while badly injured. The forthcoming romance-disaster film stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as surgeon Max Payne and writer Rachel Knox who both survive a plane crash, but are left stranded in the wilderness with injuries and harsh weather conditions.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba

Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad

Release date: October 20, 2017.


         RED SPARROW by Jason Matthews

Set in modern-day Russia, the book follows a young woman who is drafted against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service. When she’s assigned to operate against a CIA officer, the twoagents get caught up in an atmosphere of deception and attraction that threatens their careers. The movie is based on Jason Matthew’s novel of the same name.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joely Richardson, Charlotte Rampling.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence 

Release date: November 10, 2017.

MURDER ON ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie 

Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A “respectable American gentleman” lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside… Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Derek Jacobi, Marwan Kenzari, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Sergei Polunin.

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh 

Release date: November 22, 2017.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel 

This war drama chronicles the post-traumatic stress disorder that many soldiers face as they attempt to adjust to civilian life after returning to the United States from Iraq. The movie is based on David Finkel’s novel of the same name. will feature a star-studded cast, including Miles Teller, Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer. Jason Hall will make his directorial debut with the film, which is expected to hit theaters sometime later this year. An exact premiere date is still TBD.

Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer. 

Directed by: Jason Hall

Release date: TBD (expected to hits cinemas later this year). 


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