This summer get Rock hard as BAYWATCH makes the leap from TV to the movies, acquiring quite a few jokes along the way. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac “The Pebble” Efron join forces to patrol the sunny sands of The Bay. Usually that means hanging out, having fun and showing off the guns, but when a drug cartel tries to move in things get serious… deadly serious.
Okay, not deadly serious. Not even that serious, if we’re being honest. BAYWATCH is an adaptation in the spirit of 21 JUMP STREET and THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE, taking a look at a beloved cheeseball TV show and giving it new tongue-in-cheek life.
Joining The Rock and The Zac is a whole slew of impossibly attractive and incredibly charming people, like Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and - yes, of course - Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. Mixing affection for the original show with a wry and absurdist sense of humor, BAYWATCH is the beach party you wish you got invited to in high school. Well, you’re invited now!
In ALIEN we met the Xenomorph, a perfect organism, an unstoppable killing machine with molecular acid for blood and a disturbing and invasive form of reproduction. In PROMETHEUS we met the Engineers, mysterious cosmic beings who created the Xenomorph. Now, in ALIEN: COVENANT legendary director Sir Ridley Scott brings the two together and shows humanity just how fragile our place in the galactic ecosystem truly is.
A group of happy-go-lucky colonists head to a paradise-like planet, looking to spread humanity to the stars. But when they arrive on this brave new world they find that the beauty hides something terrifying, and that none of their hope and faith can keep them alive in the face of chthonian horrors from beyond.
With ALIEN: COVENANT Scott begins weaving together the disparate threads he created in ALIEN and PROMETHEUS, creating an overarching mythology of Lovecraftian proportions. As gorgeous as it is terrifying, ALIEN: COVENANT is unlike any franchise film in the modern era. The result of a unique vision, COVENANT is the kind of science fiction that engages the mind while also being the kind of horror that will scare you right out of your damn seat.
There’s a new mixtape and a new adventure in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, the sequel to the surprise smash hit space opera. The Guardians go into interstellar overdrive as they prove the only way to follow up saving the galaxy is to save it all over again. Also: Groot is a baby now.
This time the Guardians are a family, flitting about space tackling interdimensional beasts and star pirates. But when Star-Lord’s long-lost dad (played by cinematic legend Kurt Russell!) shows up, things quickly get complicated and the team finds itself tested in ways they never imagined.
Nobody saw GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - based on a truly obscure Marvel comic - coming, but the sequel is saddled with all kinds of expectations. Writer/director James Gunn is up for the challenge, cranking up the colors, intensifying the action, ramping up the stakes and doubling down on the laughs - while getting much more personal and human. VOL. 2 isn’t a “been there, done that” type of sequel, it’s a movie that reinforces everything we loved about the original and adds all sorts of new twists and turns.
What we loved were the characters, and they’re all back - Chris Pratt as the irrepressible Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as the badass Gamora, Dave Bautista as the sweetly confused Drax, Bradley Cooper as the cutely vicious Rocket and, of course, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot - but they’re joined by new members of the team. Star-Lord’s dad, Ego, brings along the antenna-ed Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and former baddies Nebula (Karen Gillen) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) switch sides to reluctantly keep the galaxy going. After all, they live here too.
All-new songs, same old characters, brand new fun: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 is here to save your summer.
You are opting in to a world without privacy.
In THE CIRCLE, based on the novel by celebrated author Dave Eggers, Emma Watson is a bright young woman named Mae who joins a rising tech company. She has hopes for the future - both her own, and the world’s - and she sees The Circle as the vehicle for all of those hopes. But as The Circle’s revolutionary technology allows people to livestream their every movement all day, every day, questions about the very future of human society and the right to privacy arise.
As Mae climbs the corporate ladder and willingly gives up more and more of her own privacy (“Secrets are lies,” is a motto at The Circle) she meets a mysterious older man - the legendary Tom Hanks - who warns her that what The Circle is doing will lead to the rise of a totalitarian surveillance state where everyone will cheerfully opt in to being spied on 24 hours a day.
A gripping thriller dealing with topics that are ripped from the headlines, James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of THE CIRCLE couldn’t come at a more relevant time. Is there a future to personal privacy… and can anything be done to save it?
Let’s talk about gun control. There are a lot of guns in FREE FIRE, and they are very definitely out of control. Alamo Drafthouse fave Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE, KILL LIST) is back with this fast and furious shoot-em-up that puts some of our favorite current actors into some very great ‘70s outfits and then has them spend 90 minutes shooting at each other.
Brie Larson (KONG: SKULL ISLAND, SHORT TERM 12), Cillian Murphy (BATMAN BEGINS, 28 DAYS LATER), Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE LONE RANGER) and more are trapped in a warehouse where an arms deal has gone very, very bad.
What follows is a frenetic, funny and fatal feature-length gunfight that is some of the best action filmmaking of this century. FREE FIRE is a barrage of bullets and a fusillade of fun.
Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who finds herself in relationship trouble with her sensible boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), and is forced to move back to her tiny hometown to get her life back on track. She reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a good-natured bar owner with a coterie of drinking buddies (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell), and resumes her drinking lifestyle.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a larger-than-life creature begins attacking Seoul, South Korea on a nightly basis, captivating spectators around the world. One night, Gloria is horrified to discover that her every move at a local playground is being mimicked on a catastrophic scale by the rampaging beast. When Gloria's friends get wind of the bizarre phenomenon, a second, more destructive creature emerges, prompting an epic showdown between the two monsters.
Deconstructing the monster movie genre in wildly imaginative ways, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES, EXTRATERRESTRIAL, OPEN WINDOWS) unleashes a fantastical tale that also triumphs as a wholly original and subversive romantic comedy. Featuring an empowering central performance by Anne Hathaway — playing a train-wreck fumbling toward redemption as she did in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED — COLOSSAL is that rare beast, the story of a woman battling for her survival and taking control of her own life in the shadow of two very different monsters on either side of the world.