Stars of the Galaxy Hollywood Launches Blockbuster Season with Sequels, Remakes and a Few New Faces

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Stars of the Galaxy Hollywood Launches Blockbuster Season with Sequels, Remakes and a Few New Faces


Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


The summer season is upon us, and that means Hollywood pulls out all the stops with creative new ideas for the big screen.

Yeah, right.

Get your popcorn ready for a barrage of sequels and remakes. The Fast and Furious crew, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Cars gang, the talking apes and Transformers are all back along with Jack Sparrow, Spider-Man and the despicable Gru.

Among the new stars on the scene will be Captain Underpants, Wonder Woman and Gene, an emoji with an identity crisis.

Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer and Samuel L. Jackson will be along for laughs, and on the flip side, there will be some ancient crypts and houses you might want to avoid.

APRIL 14

* "Donald Cried" A Wall Street executive returns to his working-class Rhode Island neighborhood to bury his grandmother, loses his wallet and is forced to reconnect with his eccentric best friend from high school.

* "The Fate of the Furious": Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are back in the eighth installment of the Furious series.

* "The Ticket": The newfound ambitions of a blind man (Dan Stevens) who regains his sight threaten his relationships.

* "Frantz": Francois Ozon's black-and-white drama about a young German woman mourning the World War I death of her fiance, probing the mystery of the mysterious Frenchman (Pierre Niney) who visits the dead man's grave.

* "Spark": A teenage monkey (voice of Jace Norman) embarks on a mission to take back the Planet Bana from the evil General Zhong and find his own identity. Voices of Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon.

APRIL 21

* "The Lost City of Z": Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") stars as real-life British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. Fawcett was said to be the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and Sienna Miller co-star.

* "Unforgettable": This dramatic thriller stars Katherine Heigl as a woman who will stop at nothing to interrupt the plans of her ex-husband (Geoff Stults) and new fiancee (Rosario Dawson), who move into the home they once shared.

* "Free Fire": Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy star in this action comedy set in Boston in 1978 about an arms deal that goes wrong.

* "The Promise": An Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac), an American journalist (Christian Bale) based in Paris and an Armenian-born woman (Charlotte Le Bon) raised in France are entangled in a love triangle during the final years of the Ottoman Empire.

* "Born in China": John Krasinski narrates this documentary set in the wilds of China that captures intimate moments with pandas, golden monkeys and snow leopards.

APRIL 28

* "The Circle": What if the world's most powerful tech company decided society would be best served by everyone sharing even the most minute details of their lives with the world? Emma Watson is Mae, an up-and-coming star at "The Circle." With Tom Hanks and John Boyega. Dave Eggers wrote the screenplay of his best-selling novel of the same name.

* "How To Be a Latin Lover": After 25 years of marriage to a rich older woman, Eugenio Derbez finds himself dumped and having to move in with his estranged sister. With Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe.

MAY 5

* "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2": It's no secret that a family reunion is in the works. Kurt Russell enters the Marvel franchise as Ego the Living Planet, father of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill/Star-Lord. The Guardians reteam to the '70s tunes of "Awesome Mixtape #2," with Nathan Fillion joining the fun as Wonder Man.

* "3 Generations": Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon star in this drama about a family coming to grips with their daughter's decision to transition into a male.

MAY 12

* "Snatched": Goldie Hawn is the ultra-cautious mother and Amy Schumer the dreamer of a daughter taking a paradise vacation that turns into an outrageous jungle adventure. …

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