Friday, February 21, 2014

Release dates announced for "LEGO Movie" sequel, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "Run All Night", "Tarzan"

Several release date announcements have occurred in the last two weeks, mostly by Warner Bros., so I decided that it was time to write about all of the movies that have been dated. Warner Bros. announced the release dates for five of their upcoming releases in the past two weeks, so that gives a clearer picture of what the company is going for. Here's the breakdown.

The first film that was given a release date doesn't even have a title yet. Columbia Pictures recently announced the release date for the untitled upcoming film from Cameron Crowe. The plot synopsis says that the film is about a military man who relives his past triumphs at an Air Force base while reconnecting with his long lost love while at the same time, falling for another woman. The film will be released on December 25, 2014. Columbia is obviously positioning this as an Oscar contender and I truly believe that it will be one. I'm interested in the film already. The project stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and Danny McBride.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was once supposed to be a major blockbuster, but I'm not sure that it will be one now. The Guy Ritchie spy thriller is now set to be released on January 16, 2015, which is just in time for the MLK weekend. According to some comments on Deadline, the industry now views MLK weekend as a valid option for films and a massive moviegoing weekend. We'll see. I'm interested in the thriller, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that my interest is not as high at this point. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris and David Beckham.

Next up is Run All Night, the latest Liam Neeson thriller. Warner Bros. will release the thriller which tells the story of a hitman who must take on his former boss to save his family. Sounds like an interesting pulp thriller. The film will be released on February 6, 2015, which is the perfect spot for the film. Run All Night is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop) and stars Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Harris, and Common. I'm actually excited for this one, but I still wish that Neeson would do a few more serious movies.

Next up is Focus, a Will Smith and Margot Robbie-led comedy. The Warner Bros. romantic comedy tells the story of an aging man who becomes the mentor for a younger woman. However, the two become romantically involved and things get complicated. By the way, all of these synopses are from IMDb. Warner will release Focus on February 27, 2015. This doesn't sound like something that I will care much about, but in the end, it could be alright.

This is a project that I know extremely little about. Last week, Columbia announced that they would release Grimsby, a comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen on July 31, 2015. And that's all I've got for you. There's no plot synopsis or anything.

Another massive blockbuster on Warner Bros. upcoming slate is their reboot of Tarzan. While there's no plot synopsis for the film yet, I'm excited based on the cast and the director alone. Tarzan will be released by Warner Bros. on July 1, 2016 and will star Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. The director of the film will be David Yates from the Harry Potter movies. I'm actually pretty excited for this one.

And finally, The LEGO Movie 2 will be released on May 26, 2017. The first one was absolutely hilarious and though I know very little about the sequel, I can only hope that it will be as good as the first one. Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan are writing the film and hopefully Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will return. No word on the cast at this point.

That's it for now. I'll be back soon with Oscar Predictions, more Oscar Month reviews and even some box office updates.

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