Empire (Australasia) - - THE ULTIMATE SPRING PREVIEW -


_ 25 OCT

Who you gonna call for a su­per­nat­u­ral-themed kids’ movie? Jack Black, that’s who. This se­quel to 2015 hit Goose­bumps comes hot on the heels of last month’s The House With The Clock In Its Walls, prov­ing Black is the schlub­bier ver­sion of Dwayne John­son (i.e. in ev­ery sec­ond movie re­leased). Here he reprises his role of Goose­bumps au­thor R.L. Stine, bat­tling ven­tril­o­quist dummy Slappy who is hell­bent on cre­at­ing the Hal­loween Apoca­lypse. Eat your heart out, Michael My­ers.


_ 18 OCT At one point, this third re­make of the 1937 Hol­ly­wood ro­mance was go­ing to be di­rected by Clint East­wood and star Bey­oncé. But, af­ter years in de­vel­op­ment hell, it’s emerged as the di­rec­to­rial de­but of Clint’s Amer­i­can Sniper star Bradley Cooper, with Lady Gaga tak­ing the key from-nowhereto-big-time role and Cooper him­self ap­pear­ing as the de­clin­ing star who falls for her. Hav­ing been a straight mu­si­cal with Judy Gar­land and a rock mu­si­cal with Bar­bra Streisand, Cooper’s lo­cated his in the coun­try-andwest­ern scene. Ex­pect high-in­ten­sity bel­ters.


_ 26 DEC

Six years af­ter cram­ming more video -game ref­er­ences and cameos into a movie than you can shake a joy­stick at, di­rec­tor Rich Moore is back to take on on­line cul­ture with his love­able smasher-up­per Wreckit Ralph (John C. Reilly). Along with his sugar-rush­ing buddy Vanel­lope (Sarah Sil­ver­man), Ralph is in­tro­duced to a whole new world of screen­based en­ter­tain­ment as his ar­cade ma­chine is con­nected to the world wide web. Seems Dis­ney’s gone crazy with loan­ing out its other prop­er­ties here: ex­pect ap­pear­ances from Star Wars, Marvel and Mup­pets char­ac­ters, as well as ev­ery sin­gle Dis­ney princess in one room. DAN JOLIN, JJ

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