Big-bud­get block­busters to look out for

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES CROOT

The re­lease of dou­ble hit Beauty and the Beast and Ghost in the Shell has marked the start of the tra­di­tional Hol­ly­wood block­buster sea­son. With Easter and the school hol­i­days ap­proach­ing here are some of the big-bud­get flicks you can look for­ward to over the next few months.

THE LEGO BAT­MAN MOVIE

The break­out star of The Lego Movie, Will Ar­nett’s Bat­man’s solo spin-off fi­nally of­fers a mostly fam­ily friendly take on Gotham’s favourite vig­i­lante. This time he has to learn to share his Bat-space with young ward Robin and bat­tle The Joker. The im­pres­sive vo­cal cast also in­cludes Michael Cena, Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, Rosario Daw­son and Ralph Fi­ennes.

FATE OF THE FU­RI­OUS

The once seem­ingly dead fran­chise that keeps go­ing from strength to strength steps up an­other gear with the ad­di­tion of Char­l­ize Theron and He­len Mir­ren into the high-oc­tane mix. Ru­mour has it that the ac­tion this time will be set in New York, but most in­ter­est will cen­tre on how the fran­chise gets on with­out the late Paul Walker.

THE BOSS BABY

Alec Bald­win voices the ti­tle char­ac­ter in this an­i­mated ad­ven­ture about a suit-wear­ing, brief­case-car­ry­ing baby who pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the das­tardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Other mem­bers of the voice cast in­clude Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kim­mel and Tobey Maguire.

GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (APRIL 25)

The Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse car­ries on its merry way with the re­turn of cin­ema’s break­out stars of 2014. Groot, Gamora, Drax and Rocket are this time help­ing in the search for Peter Quill’s true parent­age. Nathan Fil­lion and Kurt Rus­sell are new ad­di­tions.

SNATCHED (MAY 18)

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in this com­edy about a young woman who, af­ter be­ing dumped by her boyfriend, per­suades her ul­tra-cau­tious mother to travel with her on an ex­otic hol­i­day. The film is Hawn’s first since 2002’s The Banger Sisters.

KING ARTHUR (MAY 18)

Sher­lock Holmes‘ Guy Ritchie di­rects this lat­est take on the le­gendary Bri­tish King. Sons of An­ar­chy‘ s Char­lie Hun­nam is the man wield­ing the sword.

THE CIR­CLE (MAY 25)

Emma Wat­son teams up with Tom Hanks for this sci-fi thriller about a woman who lands a dream job at a pow­er­ful tech com­pany, only to un­cover a ne­far­i­ous agenda that will af­fect the lives of her friends, fam­ily and hu­man­ity. It was also Bill Pax­ton’s fi­nal film role.

PI­RATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (MAY 25)

When Johnny Depp wasn’t battling Australian of­fi­cial­dom, he was mak­ing this fifth in­stal­ment of the ac­tion­ad­ven­ture fran­chise. This time, his Jack Spar­row is search­ing for Po­sei­don’s tri­dent, while try­ing to avoid the at­ten­tions of Javier Bar­dem’s Cap­tain Salazar.

WON­DER WOMAN (JUNE 1)

DC’s Ama­zon princess fi­nally gets the big-screen treat­ment in this Bat­man vs Su­per­man pre­quel which sees her leav­ing her is­land home to ex­plore the world. Chris Pine and Robin Wright join Gal Gadot for the en­su­ing ac­tion.

THE MUMMY (JUNE 8)

Tom Cruise takes over from Bren­dan Fraser in this re­boot of Univer­sal’s mon­ster fran­chise. This time it is an an­cient ‘‘princess’’ who is awo­ken and plans to wreck havoc around the globe.

CARS 3 (JUNE 22)

Owen Wil­son’s Light­ning McQueen is back and aim­ing to prove to a new gen­er­a­tion of rac­ers that he’s still the best race car in the world. Join­ing the vo­cal cast this time are Cas­tle‘ s Nathan Fil­lion and Scan­dal‘ s Kerry Washington.

DE­SPI­CA­BLE ME 3 (JUNE 29)

This third out­ing for Gru and his girls sees the emer­gence of the for­mer mega­lo­ma­niac’s twin brother Dru. South Park’s Trey Parker is set to play the movie’s big bad – Balt­hazar Bratt, a for­mer child star ob­sessed with the char­ac­ter he played back in the 1980s.

SPI­DER MAN: HOME­COM­ING (JULY 6)

Fol­low­ing his in­tro­duc­tion in last year’s Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War, Tom Hol­land’s Peter Parker at­tempts to bal­ance his life in high school with his ca­reer as the web-sling­ing su­per­hero. Ex­pect Robert Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark to at least make an ap­pear­ance.

The Boss Baby and The Lego Bat­man Movie have ar­rived in movie theatres in time for the school hol­i­days.

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