Friday, 31 March 2017

Our CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What's hot and what's not in Las Vegas

The major film studios have gathered in Sin City this week to preview their upcoming films. But are there really any sure bets for multiplexes in 2017/18?




We look at what's hot and what's not with the latest buzz from this years CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.




Blade Runner: 2049

Denis Villeneuve's (Sicario) sequel to the neo-noir classic is reportedly visually stunning, with a few sly nods to Ridley Scott's 1982 original and an impressively creepy Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). Sign us up. (Sony Pictures and Warner Bros)



Dunkirk

The Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) World War II drama – pictured above – is looking epic in every sense of the word. (Warner Bros)



Aquaman

The superhero film hasn't even shot yet, but that didn't stop Warner Bro and DC Entertainment from showing images of from the film's production design. This dreamy, arresting underwater world looks like it could be a comic book breakthrough. Fingers crossed. (Warner Bros)



Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) is looking badass as a Cold War spy. A new action hero is born. (Focus Features)



The Beguiled

Dreamy, sultry, and gloriously Southern. This erotic drama certainly looks to weave a spell. (Universal Pictures and Focus Features)



Downsizing

Sure to go down as Alexander Payne's (The Descendants) most bizarre film. Matt Damon (The Martian) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) star as a couple who decide to shrink themselves in order to live the good life. The 10 minutes that screened were by all accounts out there, but hilarious and compelling. (Paramount Pictures)



The House

Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy) and Amy Poehler (Inside Out) star in Andrew Jay Cohen's feature debut comedy about parents who turn to crime to pay for their kid's college has the marking of an R-rated summer comedy smash. (Warner Bros)



The Mummy

Breathing new life into their classic creature features, Universal Pictures latest reboot looks scary, sexy and cool. While Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) arguably looks a tad too adrenalized, this remake won't be skimping on the jump scares. (Universal Pictures)



Baywatch

A gag where Zac Efron's (That Awkward Moment) dim bulb life guard examines a dead man's genitals is apparently worth the price of admission alone. (Paramount Pictures)



Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

The filmmakers would have us believe that Jumanji is a beloved property. That may or may not be the case, but the combination of Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas), Kevin Hart (Ride Along), Jack Black (School Of Rock) and Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy) in skimpy shorts should certainly translate into a big global hit. (Sony Pictures)




Wonder Woman

Potentially another lacklustre entry in the DC Expanded Universe, but Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) has star power to spare. (Warner Bros)



Annihilation

Hard to know what exactly is going on in this Natalie Portman (Black Swan) thriller, but reports suggest it looked pretty scary. (Paramount Pictures)



Spider-Man: Homecoming

A lot more coverage of Michael Keaton (Birdman) as the villainous, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hating Vulture. Tom Holland (The Impossible) has a wide eyed appeal that could offer a fresh take on a familiar hero, but after five different Spider-Man movies, there is arguably a risk of fatigue. (Sony Pictures)




Despicable Me 3

By the numbers preview for the animated sequel. Regardless, this sequel will almost certainly make a ridiculous amount of money. (Universal Pictures)



Suburbicon

George Clooney (The Monuments Men) takes a cudgel to Eisenhower era conformity. It looks offbeat, well shot, and very, very bloody. (Paramount Pictures)



Valerian

French director Luc Besson's (Léon: The Professional) passion project is looking a lot The Fifth Element (1997). There are outrageous aliens, a French director colour palate, and Rihanna (Battleship) in a nurse's costume. Looks dangerously out there. (STX Entertainment)



The Dark Tower

Some seemingly cool standoffs between Idris Elba (Prometheus) as a heroic gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as the villainous Man in Black. But the plot is reportedly convoluted and is set to open in a crowded summer season. This may just be for die hard fans of Stephen King. (Sony Pictures)



Justice League

Zack Snyder obviously got the memo that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) needed a humor injection, but the quip happy trailer still seemed like a pretty joyless affair. (Warner Bros)




Molly's Game

Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) makes his directorial debut in this thriller about a corner cutting entrepreneur (Jessica Chastain) who dreams up a high stakes poker game. Tough to see how this one breaks out barring awards buzz. (STX Entertainment)



The Book Of Henry

Is it a film about a boy genius? Is it a mystery? Or is it an awards bait drama? Who knows. What it looks like though is a mess. (Focus Features)



Geostorm

Woeful digital effects and an utterly derivative plot, this Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) starring disaster movie looks like Sharknado (2013) on a slightly bigger budget. (Warner Bros)



The Emoji Movie

Why? Just why? (Sony Pictures)

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