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By John Serba | email@example.com
I hear it every year: "May isn't summer!" Well, it is in Hollywood. That's been the tradition for decades, as blockbuster season was stretched into the months when tulips bloom and kids are still in school. (And an argument can be made that the season is starting even earlier, with smashes such as "Beauty and the Beast," "Deadpool" and the "Fast and Furious" movies making summer-type money in April, March and even that former dead zone, February.)
Well, like it or not, the cinematic summer of 2017 has begun, with the debut of the latest Marvel Movie, and it won’t end until we’re all exhausted and sweaty and limping into Labor Day. I’ve rounded up a whopping 44 movies due in the following four months, navigating and/or sidestepping manipulative marketing campaigns and/or using my cinematic intuition to determine whether we should be looking forward to them or not. Therefore, the following list of the most anticipated and least anticipated movies of the season - and one that falls somewhere in between - in order of release date. (And of course, I include the following disclaimers: No, I’m not reviewing movies before I see them, just talking about them like you and your friends do when you see a trailer. And yes, release dates are subject to change.)
Most anticipated: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'
Six months have passed since "Doctor Strange," the previous film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Six months. It felt like an eternity - a time when we nearly forgot that superhero movies even existed. Well, our long and terrible tenure of suffering is at an end with "GOTG 2," the hotly anticipated return of Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) and their humanoid pals, who will do some stuff in space, and maybe figure out who Star Lord's (Chris Pratt) dad is, and eventually bump into the Avengers in "Infinity Wars," a title that accurately reflects how long this franchise will continue. Writer/director James Gunn ("Slither") proved himself more than capable of helming a zillion-dollar action-packed tentpole with the first "Guardians," which was a megahit; one thinks he can only get better at it, right? (Now playing)
Most anticipated: 'Norman'
I'm a closet Richard Gere fan - his work in smaller films such as "The Hoax" and "Arbitrage" showcase his range, far beyond the restrictions of his distinguished-gentleman Hollywood persona. (And of course, there's also the masterpiece "Days of Heaven," which stands on its own.) There's hope that "Norman" will be added to the list of Gere's strong, under-the-radar movies; he plays a wannabe go-getter who never gets anywhere, until he befriends a politician, and wedges his way into notoriety. (Now playing in limited release)
Most anticipated: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'
A.k.a. "Guy Ritchie's Throne of the Rings." Cons first: Origin story (sigh). Same old characters. The last significant cinematic reference to Camelot was Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy grieving terribly. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" sets the bar too high. Pros: Hey, there's a guy from "Game of Thrones" in this! Nice to see the former Mr. Madonna working. It'll be stylish, even if it's stupid. Somewhere in the middle: Star Charlie Hunnam, who pulls the sword out of the stone, and has agreeable, vaguely charismatic screen presence. I smell a mild commercial flop. (May 12)
Most anticipated: 'Snatched'
The big story here is the return of Goldie Hawn, who hasn't been in a movie since 2002's "The Banger Sisters." She teams up with love-her-or-hate-her (I enjoy her work, thank you) comedienne du jour Amy Schumer, playing a mother-daughter duo kidnapped during their South American vacation. Sure seems like they'd have good chemistry, doesn't it? (May 12)
Most anticipated: 'The Wall'
Inventory note: This is not to be confused with "The Great Wall," nor is it a remake of "Pink Floyd: The Wall." It's an Iraq War story starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena as soldiers trapped by a sniper behind the thing in title. Doug Liman, one of the day's better action directors (see: "Edge of Tomorrow," "The Bourne Identity"), is behind the camera. (May 12)
Most anticipated: 'Alien Covenant'
So 2012's "Prometheus" was a perfectly fine movie (I'm ignoring its many loud - very loud - critics right now), but for a chapter in the "Alien" saga, it featured too many slow-of-mind characters and not enough phallic-headed slime-drooling creatures with little vicious mouths inside their bigger vicious mouths. (And just the right amount of terrifying automated-abortion-chamber sequences, thank you.) "Covenant" is a sequel to that, again directed by Ridley Scott, and right there on the poster is the creature we love to hate. Fist pump? Fist pump. (May 19)
Least anticipated: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul'
The fourth film in the franchise based on the popular kids-book series is perhaps a reboot, considering the star of the first three, Zachary Gordon, is 19, and has aged himself out of a job - and I don't think "Diary of a Wimpy Adult" is nearly as marketable. Anyway, Jason Drucker now plays the title kid, stuck on a (wait for it) road trip (ugh) for his "Meemaw's" 90th birthday, and all he wants to do is attend a video game convention. The film answers the whatever-happened-to-Alicia Silverstone question, if anyone was asking. (May 19)
Least anticipated: 'Everything, Everything'
Brace yourselves, it's "The Fault in Our Stars" meets "Bubble Boy"! Nicola Yoon's bestselling young-adult novel stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue from "The Hunger Games") and Nick Robinson as teens who are in love, but can't touch each other. See, she's trapped in a plastic bubble due to an immunodeficiency, and is severely allergic to almost everything. Will there be more crying, or more swooning? We'll soon find out! (May 19)
Most anticipated: 'Wakefield'
Am I the only one who could watch Bryan Cranston in anything (even possibly something as dumb as "Power Rangers")? He headlines this drama, playing a man who suffers a nervous breakdown and hides in his attic, unbeknownst to his wife (Jennifer Garner). (May 19 limited, expands after)
Least anticipated: 'Baywatch'
Yes, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are in the credits, but the exact nature of their roles surely is one of the most heavily protected pre-release secrets in Hollywood history. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (hot off "The Fate of the Furious") and Zac Efron (hot off, uh, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates") headline the latest TV-adaptation-turned-crude-yukfest (see also: "21 Jump Street," "CHIPS"), which is rated R for a bunch of naughty stuff (bad words, naked people). Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach and Alexandra Daddario fill bathing suits in supporting roles. Is life too short for this? Probably. (May 25)
Least anticipated: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'
Johnny Depp will never run out of hyperbole, it seems. This marks movie No. 5 in which he slurs and sashays about as Capt. Jack Sparrow, who's in trouble, as usual, with ghosts and ships and leviathans of the deep, and all that. The film is written by five people and directed by two, stars three-quarters of Hollywood (Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, and Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom return to the series) and cost three-quarters of a billion American dollars, which is probably a conservative estimate, considering the previous (and thoroughly blah) "Pirates" reportedly racked up a production tab nearly $400 million, which is the movie's most interesting quality. Haven't all the buckles been swashed at this point? (May 26)
Most anticipated: 'War Machine'
Netflix is pumping a lot of money into its original films these days - the reported budget for this Afghanistan war film starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Michod ("Animal Kingdom") is $60 million. The movie is a satire about the political rise and fall of a four-star general (Pitt), using late journalist Michael Hasting's book "The Operators" as its basis. Of course, it makes sense when cruddy Adam Sandler comedies go direct to Netflix, but "War Machine" promises scope and ambition, prompting film traditionalists like myself to ask whether it should skip the theatrical experience and go direct to our TVs. Hmm. (May 26)
Most anticipated: 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie'
Why is this anticipated? Because I already dumped on "Wimpy Kid," and need to balance out this list's karma. The kids-book series - about two young pranksters who hypnotize their school principal and render him the embarrassing title character - becomes an animated movie, which is always a crapshoot because it takes an army of producers, writers and directors to turn 25 pages of material into a feature. (Please note the creative blah-ness of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.") Jordan Peele, Kevin Hart, Kristen Schaal and Ed Helms provide voiceovers. (June 2)
Most anticipated: 'Paris Can Wait'
Eleanor Coppola - wife of Francis Ford Coppola, mother of Sofia Coppola - does what not enough filmmakers are doing nowadays, casting Diane Lane in a lead role. She plays the wife of a movie producer (Alec Baldwin) on a travelogue-style trip from Cannes to Paris with a friend (Arnaud Viard). This is Coppola's debut fiction film; you'll recall, she directed "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," one of the great movie-business documentaries. (Limited release May 12, wide June 2)
Most anticipated: 'Wonder Woman'
"Elektra," "Supergirl," "Catwoman," uh, "Tank Girl" - the list of superheroine movies is short and shameful. So the pressure's on "Wonder Woman" to be bigger than just another summer tentpole - it needs to be a beacon of femininity in the genre's pervasive boy's club, and offer young girls the role model and action figure they crave. Working for it is director Patty Jenkins, who helmed the unforgettable "Monster" (which won Charlize Theron an Oscar), and star Gal Gadot, who showed significant charisma as a guest star in the otherwise cruddy "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis and Chris Pine have supporting roles.) Here's hoping the seriousness of the "Justice League" franchise doesn't smother it. (June 2)
Most anticipated: 'It Comes at Night'
The genius of "Krisha," Trey Edwards Shults' no-budget directorial breakthrough, was how he directed a domestic character drama like a horror movie. He follows it with a real horror movie, a paranoid thriller starring Joel Edgerton as the patriarch of a family surviving after an "unnatural threat terrorizes the world." "Krisha" was so good (it's streaming on Amazon Prime), and inspires enough confidence in Shults, I'm gonna stop reading about it right now, and let the movie surprise me. (June 9)
Most anticipated: 'The Mummy'
Tom Cruise wraps himself in old toilet paper and shuffles around moaning - if only it were true! Instead, he headlines a modern action thing, playing a Tom Cruise Character involved with the awakening of an ancient Egyptian princess (Sofia Boutella), who isn't particularly happy about being conscious. Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance co-star. If it's as popcorny as other recent Cruise vehicles, you could do a lot worse. (June 9
Most anticipated: 'My Cousin Rachel'
Am I the only one who could watch Rachel Weisz in anything (even "The Mummy" (1999))? She headlines this period costume drama, playing a mysterious woman suspected of murder by her cousin (Sam Claflin). I dunno, Weisz kills it in every movie she's in. (I'll let myself out now.) (June 9)
Least anticipated: '47 Meters Down'
SUIT NO. 1: Hey, you know that Blake Lively movie from last year? The one where she wears a bikini the whole time and a shark tries to eat her?
SUIT NO. 2: "The Shallows"?
SUIT NO. 3: Yeah, that one. Gimme the numbers on that.
INTERN (Googling furiously): It earned $119 million on a $17 million budget.
SUIT NO. 1: OK. Gimme one of those. Who’s available?
SUIT NO. 2: Mandy Moore. But she hasn’t been in a movie in 10 y-
SUIT NO. 1: She look good in a wetsuit? In a shark cage stuck at the bottom of the ocean?
SUIT NO. 2: I guess so-
SUIT NO. 1: GREENLIT! Don't spend too much time or money on it, and make sure the MPAA ratings description includes the words "intense peril." Now, what was that flick with the kids breaking into the blind guy's house…?
Most anticipated: 'All Eyez on Me'
Will Hollywood do justice to Tupac Shakur? It's taken long enough for this biography to get made - it went through the hands of veteran directors Carl Franklin, John Singleton and Antoine Fuqua before finally landing with music video veteran Benny Boom. First-time actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. will play Tupac, which feels like a gamble, so he better be gifted. (June 16)
Least anticipated: 'Cars 3'
That roar you hear isn't the sound of auto racing - it's the collective groan emanating from moviegoers wishing the next Pixar release wasn't the third film in the studio's least interesting and creative franchise. (Grade-schoolers are probably thrilled.) Familiar voices Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy will be complemented by newcomers Nathan Fillion, Armie Hammer and Cristela Alonzo; the story will focus on a challenge to Lightning McQueen's championship reign following a debilitating accident. Pixar honcho John Lasseter says it'll be more like the first "Cars" than the spy-movie shenanigans of "Cars 2," words that comfort us slightly, I guess. (June 16)
'Rough Night' courtesy photo | Sony/Macall B. Polay
Least anticipated: 'Rough Night'
"The Hangover" meets "Bad Moms" with a dash of "Very Bad Things" for this comedy, and I can't get to the next sentence without groaning over that description. Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon and Demi Moore (!) star in this yukfest about a bachelorette party that goes terribly wrong when the male stripper ends up dead. Hey, maybe there's a comparison to be made to "Weekend at Bernie's" as well? (June 16)
Most anticipated: 'The Beguiled'
After "Lost in Translation," any Sofia Coppola film should be highly anticipated. "The Beguiled" is a remake of a 1971 Clint Eastwood movie, but from the female characters' point of view, and more sinister and creepy: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell star in the Civil War-era drama (IMDb labels it a Western - nice!) set at a girls' boarding school in the South, where sheltered lives are disrupted by the arrival of a wounded Union soldier. This could continue a creative renaissance of sorts for Kidman, after "Lion" (which netted her an Oscar nod) and HBO's acclaimed series "Big Little Lies." (June 23)
Least anticipated: 'Transformers: The Last Knight'
So far, all the "Transformers" movies have debuted near the July 4 holiday, which is appropriate, because they remind me of fireworks being exploded by delinquents on my block at 2 a.m. on a weeknight. You'd think director Michael Bay would release these explosion-fetish films at a different time of year, so the plethora of explosions on the screen wouldn't blend in with all the other explosions exploding above our heads, which feel like they're exploding. Whatever. Either way, these movies exist, and they make gigantic piles of money, so Bay keeps making them.
I've avoided pre-release hype and trailers in an attempt to preserve my sanity, so I'll assume "The Last Knight" is about giant robots endlessly beating on each other in front of corporate logos. Mark Wahlberg returns, Anthony Hopkins joins the fray and Bay leaves the franchise after this one, moving on to tiny costume dramas about love during wartime, no doubt. (Don't worry, other filmmakers will engineer the money train in the future; the movies can only be an improvement.) We should celebrate his exit by doing something very, very quiet, because we know he'd hate it. (June 21)
Most anticipated: 'Okja'
Another major film release goes direct to Netflix - major for fans of "Snowpiercer," that is. Director Bong Joon-ho's follow-up to the aforementioned cult favorite will debut at Cannes before its in-home streaming debut, which makes those of us who aren't going to France for a highly exclusive festival bummed that we can't see the film on a big screen. Grrr. Ahn Seo-Hyun plays a young girl who's best friends with a giant animal named Okja, which is wanted by a loony CEO played by Tilda Swinton (who stole scenes in "Snowpiercer," as well as almost every other movie she's ever been in). Lily Collins, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal co-star. (June 28)
Most anticipated: 'Baby Driver'
Edgar Wright is one of the most gifted and original voices of the cinema, and has amassed a cult of appreciators for his work, which includes "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and the relentlessly creative "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." He returns on a wave of good buzz with "Baby Driver," starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver stuck on a doomed job; it co-stars Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm. I'm stoked. (June 28)
Most anticipated: 'Despicable Me 3'
Those who break out in hives when exposed to anything Minion-related should pop a Benadryl and leave the room right now. I have a soft spot for them, and welcome a third "Despicable Me" warmly - partly because they're better movies than 2015's so-so "Minions" spinoff. Gru (voice of Steve Carell) returns to confront a new nemesis, voiced by "South Park"/"The Book of Mormon" creator Trey Parker. (June 30)
Least anticipated: 'The House'
Name the last Will Ferrell movie that was any good (and "The Lego Movie" doesn't count). Right. It's been a while. He and Amy Poehler co-star in this R-rated comedy, playing parents who lose their daughter's college fund and try to get it back by opening an illegal casino in their basement. Good luck with that premise, which sounds like a great "SNL" skit, but a whole movie? I'm skeptical. (June 30)
Most anticipated: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
The millennium's third Spider-Man franchise launches, and it's hard not to feel a little cynical about Hollywood, right? I guess star Tom Holland's extended cameo in "Captain America: Civil War" was endearing, and here, he teams up with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man to kick Michael Keaton's villain, the Vulture, in the tail. Sony Pictures worked a pretty much unprecedented deal with Marvel/Disney to tie the webslinger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that's why this exists. This brings to mind Gene Siskel's standard for movie excellence, which asked whether a movie is more interesting than a documentary about the same actors eating lunch - is "Spider-Man: Homecoming" more interesting than a documentary about Sony suits and Disney suits hashing out a deal over lunch? (July 7)
Most anticipated: 'A Ghost Story'
Somewhere among the summer blockbusters, there springs an art film or three, like orchids from a crack in the parking lot. David Lowery, who did a reasonable Terrence Malick impression with "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," squeezes in his passion projects in-between Disney remakes (last year's "Pete's Dragon," 2018's "Peter Pan"). Here, he directs recent Oscar winner Casey Affleck in this offbeat supernatural drama; Affleck plays a ghost, literally draped in a white sheet, trying to connect with his wife (Rooney Mara). Consider it an oasis from the seasonal noise. (July 14)
Most anticipated: 'War for the Planet of the Apes'
Remember that brilliant battle sequence with the long tracking shot in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"? Remember how amazing the special effects and Andy Serkis' motion-capture performance were? That's why "War for the Planet of the Apes" - which continues the series, chronicling the events prior to those of the 1960s/'70s franchise - may be my most anticipated movie of the summer. Matt Reeves is a brilliant director, and if he balances spectacle and substance like he did with "Dawn," this could be the season's most stimulating thrill machine. (July 14)
Most anticipated: 'Dunkirk'
Even the worst Christopher Nolan film (probably his previous one, "Interstellar") is still pretty good. He returns with a World War II epic about the battle in Dunkirk, France, where a group of Allied soldiers were surrounded by the Germany army. It's rated PG-13 (for "intense war experience," per the MPAA), so don't expect "Saving Private Ryan"-style carnage. It stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles (of boy band One Direction, he said, before tripping and falling into a bottomless pit). We'll buy a ticket to see what hopefully new and inventive stuff Nolan brings to the table for a well-worn genre. (July 21)
Most anticipated: 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'
Anticipate this one so we can figure out what the hell that ridiculous title means. And because Luc Besson directs, and when he does that, we end up watching something with at least a modicum of vision and eccentricity. The film is based on a French comic book, and stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan as space-hero types trying to save the universe and all that. Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Clive Owen and Rihanna support. Besson promises it's even goofier than "The Fifth Element." We'll be the judge of that. (July 21)
Most anticipated: 'Atomic Blonde'
Director David Leitch was an uncredited co-director of "John Wick," which was a brilliant action film. His partner, Chad Stakelski, went on to helm "John Wick: Chapter 2," which was even more brilliant, and Leitch split to shoot "Atomic Blonde," in which Charlize Theron plays an MI6 Cold War agent who surely kicks all manner of tuckus. Everything about this movie - which is surfing some good buzz from its premiere at the SXSW film festival - points towards pepping our spirits in the dog days of summer. Note: Leitch's next directorial effort is a little movie probably nobody will go see called "Deadpool 2." (July 28)
Most anticipated: 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'
Subliminal title: "Al Gore: I Told You So." This is the most high-profile documentary of the year, a follow-up to 2007's "An Inconvenient Truth," which followed ex-veep Gore as he educated people about the fact of climate change. This time, cameras follow him as he travels the world trying to influence policy. (July 28)
Most anticipated: 'The Dark Tower'
Stephen King's beloved series of novels went through the wringer in order to hit the a/v medium, passing over J.J. Abrams' and Ron Howard's desks, through Russell Crowe's people and past HBO, who wanted to make it a series. Columbia Pictures finally scooped it up, signed director Nikolaj Arcel (German language Oscar nominee "A Royal Affair") and hired Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, a post-apocalyptic cowboy tracking down Matthew McConaughey's Man in Black. (Aug. 4)
Most anticipated: 'Detroit'
Director Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Hurt Locker," "Point Break") fearlessly tackles an intense story about an intense time in American history, and releases it in another intense time in American history. John Boyega (Finn in the new "Star Wars" movies) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon in the "Avengers" films) star in this dramatization of the police raid that incited the infamous 1967 Detroit race riots. (Aug. 4)
Least anticipated: 'The Emoji Movie'
It was bound to happen, wasn't it? This animated comedy is set in the city of Textopolis, where one misfit emoji - he can express multiple emotions instead of just one - with the voice of T.J. Miller yearns to be like everyone else. The pre-release material includes the phrase "app-venture," and the movie's tagline is "not easy being meh." Patrick Stewart is the voice of Poop. Can you even? I can't. (Aug. 4)
Most anticipated: 'Wind River'
Seeing Taylor Sheridan, who scripted 2016's extraordinary "Hell or High Water," in the credits is enough to bump "Wind River" into anticipated territory. He writes and directs this drama about a murder investigation on an American Indian reservation. Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner drop their Avengers duds to lead the cast. (Aug. 4)
Least anticipated: 'Annabelle: Creation'
No movie preview list can exist without a token cheapie horror movie, and this time, it's the inessential, hotly anticipated by no one follow-up to 2014's "Annabelle," which was about a creepy doll doing creepy stuff. The sequel - and you can tell it's a sequel because the title includes a colon followed by a nonsensical subtitle - is also about a creepy doll doing hopefully slightly different creepy stuff. The scariest thing about this is the prospect of sitting through it. See also: "Amityville: The Awakening" and "Wish Upon." (Aug. 11)
Least anticipated: 'The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature'
One can only assume the first "Nut Job" concluded with a crippling life-or-death cliffhanger (I didn't see the movie), considering it's the only reason for the sequel to exist. Except, maybe, to give Katherine Heigl another opportunity to voice an animated squirrel, which might be her best role in years. Late August can be a wasteland at the ol' cineplex sometimes. (Aug. 11)
Most anticipated: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'
Perhaps I'm feeling charitable toward this late-August (Bad Sign No. 1) action-comedy (Bad Sign No. 2) from "The Expendables 3" director Patrick Hughes (Bad Sign No. 3) because the poster features Ryan Reynolds carrying Samuel L. Jackson in a clear parody of the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston cornball moment from "The Bodyguard." Reynolds is the bodyguard protecting Jackson's renowned hitman as he testifies in international court. It's good to see Salma Hayek in this, because at least she's not doing "Grown Ups 3" (yet). (Aug. 18)
Adam Driver, seen here in "Star Wars," will star in "Logan Lucky." (Courtesy photo | Lucasfilm/Industrial Light and Magic via AP)
Most anticipated: 'Logan Lucky'
A-list director Steven Soderbergh reunites with his "Magic Mike" star Channing Tatum for a heist comedy set during a NASCAR race. Adam Driver (some silly franchise called "Star Wars") and Katherine Waterston ("Inherent Vice") co-star; further down the cast list are Hiilary Swank, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Dwight Yoakam. I'll bite. (Aug. 18)
Vaguely anticipated: 'Tulip Fever'
Is this ever really coming out? This period drama starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") has been tossed on and off the release schedule like a hot potato. One can see how this story set "during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam" about a forbidden love affair between a married woman and the man commissioned to paint her portrait might not ignite our interest like an M-80 (or even a sparkler), and director Justin Chadwick managed to render "The Other Boleyn Girl" and a Nelson Mandela biopic (starring Idris Elba) exquisitely boring. But Vikander and co-star Christoph Waltz are enough to draw people in. I think? (Aug. 25)
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