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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi, the master of unarmed weaponry based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

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  • Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

  • Box office: TBC

  • Budget: $150 million

Cast

Simu Liu

Fala Chen

Awkwafina

Michelle Yeoh

Benedict Wong

Tony Leung

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Monday 16th August 2021
Where: El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Fun Facts

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first Marvel Studios film to have an Asian-led cast.
  • In 2014, Simu Liu tweeted Marvel Hey @Marvel, great job with Cpt America and Thor. Now how about an Asian American hero?”. Ironically, he scored the lead as Marvel’s Asian America hero years later!
  • This is the first Marvel film not to be executive produced by Stan Lee.
  • Michelle Yeoh played Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017). She plays a different character (Ying Nan) in this film, making her one of the very few actors to have two different roles in the MCU.
  • Lewis Tan was considered for the role of Shang-Chi but lost out to Simu Liu. Frankly, he still scored a lead role soon enough – as Cole Young in Mortal Korbat (2021)!

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Free Guy

A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

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  • Director: Shawn Levy

  • Box office: TBC

  • Budget: $100–125 million

Cast

Ryan Reynolds

Lil Rel Howery

Jodie Comer

Utkarsh Ambudkar

Taika Waititi

Camille Kostek

Joe Keery

Alex Trebek

New York City Premiere

When: Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Where: AMC Lincoln Square 13 Theater, New York City, NY

Fun Facts

  • This film marks Alex Trebek’s final cameo in film, following his death in November 2020.
  • Ryan Reynolds also served as a Producer on the film.
  • The film was initially scheduled for release July 3, 2020 however, it was postponed for release until August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This is one of the first films to be released under 20th Century Studios, following 20th Century Fox’s merger with Disney.
  • Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson, John Krasinski are amongst many actors to have a cameo in the movie!

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The Suicide Squad

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

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  • Director: James Gunn

  • Box office: TBC

  • Budget: $185 million

Cast

Margot Robbie

John Cena

Idris Elba

Viola Davis

Joel Kinnaman

Jai Courtney

Sylvester Stallone

Peter Capaldi

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Monday 2nd August 2021
Where: Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, California

Fun Facts

  • The Suicide Squad (2021) is not a direct sequel to Suicide Squad (2016). It instead, acts as a standalone film as a soft reboot to David Ayer’s film.
  • Will Smith dropped out of The Suicide Squad due to scheduling conflicts. That left Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney as the only cast members from 2016’s Suicide Squad to reprise their respective roles in James Gunn’s take.
  • Idris Elba was initially rumoured to replace Will Smith as Deadshot but it was later revealed that he was cast as a completely new character, Bloodsport.
  • Warner Bros. gave James Gunn full creative control over which DC characters he wanted to feature in The Suicide Squad.
  • During early stages of development, Mel Gibson was considered to direct.

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The Aeronauts

A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

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  • Director: Tom Harper

  • Budget: $40 million

  • Box office: $3.3 million

Cast

Eddie Redmayne

Felicity Jones

Himesh Patel

Tom Courtenay

Toronto Premiere

When: Sunday 8th September 2019
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

London Premiere

When: Monday 7th October 2019
Where: Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, London

New York Premiere

When: Wednesday 4th December 2019
Where: SVA Theater, New York City, NY

Fun Facts

  • The film is based on the book ‘Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air’ by Richard Holmes.
  • Eddie Redmayne sprained his ankle during filming. Whens hooting a scene on an air ballon he walked on a crash mat, and tripped over it resulting in the injury. He ended up having to wear a leg brace!
  • The film reunites Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who previously starred in 2014’s The Theory of Everything.

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Pain and Glory

A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him.

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  • Director: Pedro Almodóvar

  • Box office: $38.1 million

Cast

Antonio Banderas

Leonardo Sbaraglia

Penélope Cruz

Cecilia Roth

London Premiere

When: Thursday 8th August 2019
Where: Somerset House, Strand, London

Toronto Premiere

When: Friday 6th September 2019
Where: Ryerson Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

New York Premiere

When: Saturday 28th September 2019
Where: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York

Fun Facts

  • The film was inspired by Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963).
  • Filming took place in and around Madrid, Spain between April 2018 and February 2019.
  • This marks Latin Grammy winner Rosalía’s film debut.

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Good Boys

Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

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  • Director: Gene Stupnitsky

  • Box office: $110.9 million

  • Budget: $20 million

Cast

Jacob Tremblay

Midori Francis

Keith L. Williams

Will Forte

Brady Noon

Lil Rel Howery

Molly Gordon

Millie Davis

Texas Premiere

When: Monday 11th March 2019
Where: Paramount Theatre, Austin, Texas

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Wednesday 14th August 2019
Where: Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Fun Facts

  • Almost 300 child auditioned for the role of Thor but Brady Noon got the part thanks to his delivery of the line “four miles? How the fuck are we gonna get four miles?”.
  • The school used in the film is Jacob Tremblay’s school in real life!

  • Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg co-directed the film together. The former received directing credit.

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The Irishman

An old man recalls his time painting houses for his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.

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  • Director: Martin Scorsese

  • Budget: $159–250 million

  • Box office: $8 million

Cast

Robert De Niro

Harvey Keitel

Al Pacino

Bobby Cannavale

Joe Pesci

Anna Paquin

New York Premiere

When: Friday 27th September 2019
Where: Alice Tully Hall, New York City

London Premiere

When: Sunday 13th October 2019
Where: Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, London

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Thursday 24th October 2019
Where: TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Fun Facts

  • It took a lot of convincing for Joe Pesci to come out of retirement to appear in this film, but Martin Scorsese was persistent to have him fill the role as Russell Bufalino. Some say he was asked more than 40 times!
  • Robert De Niro also served as a producer on the film.
  • The film is based on the 2004 non-fiction book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ by Charles Brandt.
  • This is Martin Scorsese’s longest film, with a duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes!
  • Netflix bought the rights to the film for $105 million from Paramount Pictures and agreed to finance the film’s $$$ budget. The budget is said to be between $159-250 million because they needed more money to de-age the actors through CGI. The made just $8 million at the box office (as Netflix released it on the streaming platform just 30 days after the theatrical release), but had the potential of making at least $100 million if it had a usual 90-day theatrical run.

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The Kitchen

The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.

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  • Director: Andrea Berloff

  • Budget: $38 million

  • Box office: $16 million

Cast

Melissa McCarthy

Margo Martindale

Elisabeth Moss

James Badge Dale

Tiffany Haddish

Brian D’Arcy James

Domhnall Gleeson

Bill Camp

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Monday Wednesday 5th August 2019
Where: TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Fun Facts

  • East Harlem and The South Bronx in New York was turned into 1970s Hell’s Kitchen for filming!
  • The film is based on the DC/Vertigo comic series of the same name by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle.
  • Filming began May 2018 and concluded by September 2018.
  • The Kitchen marks Andrea Berloff’s directorial debut.
  • This is Elisabeth Moss’ third role in the DC universe. She previously voiced Arisia in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and also a little girl named Kimmy in Batman: The Animated Series.

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Tolkien

As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as Tolkien weathers the storm of a tumultuous courtship with Edith Bratt and the outbreak of World War I. These early life experiences later inspire the budding author to write the classic fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

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  • Director: Dome Karukoski

  • Budget: $20 million

  • Box office: $9 million

Cast

Nicholas Hoult

Anthony Boyle

Lily Collins

Patrick Gibson

Colm Meaney

Tom Glynn-Carney

Derek Jacobi

Craig Roberts

London Premiere

When: Monday 29th April 2019
Where: Curzon Mayfair, London

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Where: Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Fun Facts

  • The film is based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s early life, author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
  • This is Director Dome Karukoski’s first English language film.
  • The Tolkien estate disapproved of the movie, alike many adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s work. The family and estate issued a statement to make clear that they did not endorse the movie or its content.

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Zombieland: Double Tap

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

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  • Director: Ruben Fleischer

  • Estimated Budget: $48 million 

  • Box office: $122.8 million

Cast

Woody Harrelson

Rosario Dawson

Jesse Eisenberg

Zoey Deutch

Emma Stone

Avan Jogia

Abigail Breslin

Luke Wilson

Los Angeles Premiere

When: Thursday 10th October 2019
Where: Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Fun Facts

  • Each character is named after U.S. cities or states; Columbus, Wichita, Little Rock, Tallahassee, Nevada and Madison!
  • Zombieland: Double Tap was released ten years after the first Zombieland film.

  •  The film’s cast include an Oscar winning Emma Stone, and Oscar nominees, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.
  • The sequel’s main subtitle is named after the second rule in Zombieland (2009), which is “double tap”.

  • Filming began in January 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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