SummerMovies

ant-man-and-the-wasp-1200x800Ant-Man and The Wasp

Director: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Hannah John-Kamen, Evangeline Lilly, Walton Goggins, Michelle Pfeifer

The superhero sequel will feature the return of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, now joined by Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne suiting up as the Wasp for the first time. It’s one of the most anticipated films of the year, in large part because the first film had such a perfect blend of humor, action, and character-work.

The first Ant-Man film introduced us to Scott Lang as an ex-con who was trying to make his way in the world. Unfortunately, the events of Captain America: Civil War have made that more difficult. After all, not only did Ant-Man reveal himself to the Avengers, he was also broken out of a top-secret international prison. It’s clear the decision to side with Captain America has cost Scott greatly, and the trailer shows Lang under house-arrest, wearing an electronic tag to track his every move.

whitneyWhitney: Can I Be Me

Documentary

Director: Kevin Macdonald

“Can I be me?” was something Houston often asked during her early career, when her producer Clive Davis, sensing superstar potential, steered her towards the pop charts and away from the kind of funk and soul that would leave ‘mainstream’ (i.e. white) listeners flustered.

Director Macdonald uses the question as a kind of cipher with which to decode her relationships with four key figures in her life: Bobby Brown, the R&B loverboy (and later husband), Robyn Crawford her long-time female confidante and rumoured lover, and her mother and father, Cissy and John, both of whom were paid-up employees of Whitney Houston PLC.

Each one presented a challenge to Houston’s star persona. Brown was a link to the black street culture her early musical choices had disavowed, Crawford the on-the-quiet girlfriend whose very existence undermined her spotless pop princess credentials, while her parents’ dedication to their daughter’s wellbeing, as opposed to her money-making potential, looked more parlous with every accolade and cheque.

The film’s process of darting between time periods and topics in a join-the-dots search for answers has only limited success in untangling it. Most useful are the humane, perceptive interviews with Houston’s backing band and bodyguard, which bring more clarity to the situation than Dolezal’s footage, which is often barely discernible from a home movie.

MISSION-IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT-Layout-1Mission Impossible: Fallout

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Henry Cavil, Michelle Monaghan

The Impossible Mission Force is back for another round of action, but this time they have to deal with the consequences of a mission gone wrong. Now we finally get to see what the team is up against in the sixth installment of the franchise that has been going since 1996. Along with the action and intrigue, it’s interesting to see that Michelle Monaghan is being brought back for this sequel. The last time we saw Monaghan as Ethan Hunt’s love interest Julia, it was a quick moment at the end of Ghost Protocol to confirm that she was still alive after Ethan revealed her death was faked. It remains to be seen how big her role will be in this next adventure. Tom Cruise is pushing himself to the limits with the stunt work on this sequel. One of the stunts he performed resulted in an injury that broke his ankle and delayed production for a short time, but it looks like his pain will be worth it in the end.

superflySuperfly

Director: Director X

Starring: Trevor Jackosn, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Jennifer Morrison

The film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime’s White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as Adalberto. This project is staged to introduce something from the past to the a new generation.

Uncle-Drew-Kyrie-IrvingUncle Drew

Director: Charles Stone III

Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, Shaquille O’Neal , Lil Rel Howery

Desperate to win the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) recruits aging basketball legend Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving) as his secret weapon. Together they go on a road trip to recruit Uncle Drew’s old squad, now well into their 70s (played by Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie), to prove that the old guys can still win the big game. Given that the movie was inspired by a series of Pepsi commercials, you can expect lots of commercialism. There will also probably be plenty of comic violence, strong language, and sexual references. But this could be a slam dunk for teen basketball fans.