X-Men: Dark Phoenix leads the new cinema releases June 7th 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix
This week, there are FOUR new films out for you to choose from, led by X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix
    Gloria Bell
    Last Summer
    Late Night

X-Men: Dark Phoenix was delayed until 2019, along with The New Mutants, which seems to have disapeared off the face of the Earth, but now is scheduled for April 10th 2020, according to IMDB. That’s better than the rumour that both films were getting cancelled.

Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

Originally, this looks alright, but when I saw the ‘Final’ trailer, and… since seeing Trailer No.2, last time, and after watching X-Men: Apocalypse again recently on Channel 4, this new film just looks sooooooooooo familiar. Have they actually done anything new?

Just a case of blowing everything up, and then you know they’ll be fine afterwards by the time the credits roll.

Also, this looks like it could be Hans Zimmer‘s final superhero score, as he initially decided to retire from composing superhero movies after having worked on scores for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman 1984, but director Simon Kinberg, who has produced a number of big X-Men films including Logan, convinced him to work on this film.

Writer/Director: Simon Kinberg
Story: John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum
Creators: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Also stars: Evan Peters, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Jonigkeit

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Gloria Bell is played by Julianne Moore, and the titular free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at dance clubs in Los Angeles.

Naturally, she finds someone (John Turturro), but my God, this looked boring as hell. Maybe if you’re also in your 50s, it’s meant to appeal to you?

Director: Sebastián Lelio
Writers: Alice Johnson Boher, Sebastián Lelio
Also stars: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Alanna Ubach, Sean Astin, Michael Cera, Rita Wilson, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, Caren Pistorius

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Last Summer

During a long hot summer in the 1970s, four boys roam free through a neglected rural paradise, until a tragedy strikes that sets them against the adult world and changes their lives forever.

If you enjoyed Stand By Me, maybe you’ll enjoy this as it looks exactly the same. I’ll pass.

Writer/Director: Jon Jones
Stars: Noa Thomas, Gruffydd Weston, Rowan Jones

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Late Night centres around Emma Thompson as Katherine Newbury, a late-night talk show host who suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show and has to work out why, and it looks like it’ll be going to newbie Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the film).

However, while everyone in this seems to be enjoying themselves, to me, it looks like complete junk.

Director: Nisha Ganatra
Also stars: Megalyn Echikunwoke, Amy Ryan, John Lithgow, Ike Barinholtz, Hugh Dancy

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!



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