Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2017

Happy 2017!  As we leave a tumultuous 2016 behind, a look ahead to the year in movies.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (May 5)

Hooray! The gang is back for more intergalactic shenanigans. This time baby Groot joins in as Rocket’s sidekick. Plot details are still mum, but are they really necessary? Marvel’s hot streak seems unending and the stakes are relatively low for these characters. Here’s to a good time at the movies this summer!

Get Out (February 24)

 A black man (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents (played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) in their small, racially homogenous town. Things seem alright until he meets the town’s few black residents; who act as if they’re under a trance. Get Out is the directorial debut of Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele. Check out the trailer here.

The Lego Batman Movie (February 10)

Okay, it’s mainly an attempt to sell more toys. But so was The Lego Movie. Lego Batman must take care of his new charge, Robin, while saving Lego Gotham from Lego Joker. From the trailer, it looks like the same irreverent fun as The Lego Movie. It features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Rosario Dawson.

Alien: Covenant (May 19)

While Prometheus was underwhelming, the Alien franchise remains the best in sci-fi horror. The newest entry is a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to the 1979 Alien. A ship is stranded on the planet the Prometheus crew crash landed on, and there they discover the xenomorphs and meet the android David. Here’s a link to the redband trailer.

Blade Runner 2049 (October 6)

The long awaited sequel to the sci-fi classic has arrived. Thirty years after the first, 2049 stars Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner who unearths a secret with a devastating impact. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Deckard. The film is also is directed by Arrival helmer Denis Villeneuve, which bodes well for a thoughtful and exciting film. Check out the recently released teaser here.

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Dark Hearts: Top 5 Rom Coms Gone Wrong

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Valentine’s Day approaches, and if that makes you feel glum, do not despair. Do not cry into a pint of rocky road.  We’ve got your back and brought an extra spoon.  Top 5 Rom Coms Gone Wrong (Fatal Attraction memorial).  Here are five films that begin with a meet-cute, a manic pixie dreamgirl, or a serendipitous meeting.  But end with a boiled rabbit and a trail of bodies.  As you dig into that pint, just be happy love has never made you this crazy.  However, if you happen to be taking notes while watching, make sure the object of your obsession is worth it.  It doesn’t end pretty.

Getting by in LaLa Land: Film Noirs set in Los Angeles

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As seen in the movies, its most famous export, Los Angeles is the place where dreams go to die.  In contrast to the tough but aspirational New York City, Los Angeles is deadly and cynical.  It’s a city where the picturesque exteriors and the schemers within them make it the perfect location for film noirs.  Inspired by Michael Mann’s intense Collateral, I look at the Top 5 L.A. Noirs.  The movies on this list feature conflicts between dreamers and schemers, desperate fame seekers, and smoggy skylines.