|Ryan Gosling goes searching for stylised violence in Only God Forgives.
The Hangover Part III
Although the second instalment of the franchise saw the guys quite literally repeating the formula by heading down to Bangkok for a spot of retracing their steps after another night out on the tiles, the third instalment arrives with the promise of a premise that might thankfully be a little more removed from the previous two. Surprisingly for a film of this stature, not much is really known about it contents thus far.
The storyline sees the Wolfpack setting out in search of Mr. Chow after Doug is kidnapped by a criminal seeking to recover 21 million dollars from the diminutive hustler as the crew of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong all return, along with new additions John Goodman, and Melissa McCarthy. Huge box office is predictably predicted. The quality of the final product remains anyone’s guess.
Premieres 29 May
Only God Forgives
Here offers the welcome reteaming of Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling, reuniting for a crime drama set in Thailand. Powerful crime boss (Kristin Scott Thomas) seeks vengeance for the murder of her son, who has been offed while running a Thai boxing club that has been covering for a lucrative drug smuggling operation. With Gosling playing the other sibling, things are bound to go pear shaped in a flurry of stylised violence.
Premieres 7 June
The Big Wedding
After Silver Linings Playbook reminded audiences that Robert De Niro could actually still act, here we have something that appears to be a familiar sight of the once brilliant actor dressing down for a paycheck. When their adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) announces his upcoming wedding to Missy (Amanda Seyfried), happily divorced parents Don (De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) pretend that they are still married in order to stay on the good side of their son’s mother-in-law. With Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, and Topher Grace co-starring, all signs point to an enjoyable experience, but reviews have been lackluster.
Premieres 7 June
Once again trading on the goodwill accumulated by the one-two punch of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, director M. Night Shyamalan returns after the disastrous The Last Airbender with the one-two punch of Will Smith and his son Jaden. Here they play father-and-son space travellers who crash-land on a desolate planet Earth 1,000 years in the future. All they now need to do is fight to find a way back home in this sci-fi action thriller.
Premieres 14 June