Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin
Since the capture of their leader, Solomon Lane (Harris), the Syndicate has changed its name to ‘the Acolytes.’ Outflanked, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team – Luther Stickell (Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Pegg) – lose a shipment of stolen plutonium to the Acolytes. They are able to trick their bomb-maker into revealing the identity of their leader, but the regular CIA call shenanigans on the IMF, with Director Erica Sloane (Basset) going over the head of IMF Secretary Hunley (Baldwin) to assign hatchet man August Walker (Cavill) to accompany, observe and, if necessary, eliminate Hunt, suspected of being doomsday cultist John Lark.
Directed by Peyton Reed Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas
In the wake of Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) is under house arrest, while Hank Pimm (Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Lilly) are in hiding. When Scott has a dream about Hope’s mother, Janet (Pfeiffer), he is dragged into their work to rescue Janet from the Quantum Realm. Unfortunately, keeping their work under the radar attracts the attention of shady tech dealer Sonny Burch (Goggins), and the mysterious, phase-shifting Ghost (John-Kamen).
Directed by Brad Bird Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener
Picking up directly from the end of The Incredibles, Mr Incredible (Nelson) and Elastigirl (Hunter) try to keep their children Violet (Vowell) and Dash (Milner) out of their battle with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). As a result, the battle runs out of control, and the government scraps the Superhero Relocation Program. In the Parr family’s hour of need, entrepreneur Winston Deavor (Odenkirk) and his sister, creative genius Evelyn (Keener), offer a ray of hope.
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring Dwaye Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan
Will Sawyer (Johnson) is an FBI hostage rescue agent who gets blown up, along with his partner Ben (Schreiber), a suicidal father and the man’s family (thanks, movie!) He loses a leg and his career, but gains a wife in military surgeon Sarah (Campbell). Flash forward, and Will is trying to support his family as a security consultant, and Ben has got him a job inspecting a new super-skyscraper complex – the Pearl – built by Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Long Ji (Han).
Directed by Gary Ross Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Armitage and James Corden
Paroled from prison, Debbie Ocean (Bullock) visits the grave of her brother, Danny, before recruiting her old partner in crime, Lou (Blanchett) to help her put together a crew. Recruiting jeweller Amita (Kaling), soccer mom and fence Tammy (Paulson), pickpocket Constance (Awkwafina), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), and disgraced fashionista Rose Weil (Bonham Carter), the pair lay out a plan to steal legendary diamond necklace the Toussaint from around the neck of actress Daphne Kruger (Hathaway) at the Met Ball (and perhaps, at the same time, get back at Claude Becker (Armitage), a smarmy art dealer who roped Debbie into a scam for which he then let her take the fall.)
Directed by J.A. Bayona Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B. D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum
Years after the collapse of Jurassic World, and with Isla Nubla having reverted to active volcano status, debates rage over whether the dinosaurs are deserving of legal protection, with Dr Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) taking the position that nope, fuck those guys. Claire Dearing (Howard) leads a campaign to protect the dinosaurs, and is tapped by John Hammond’s silent partner Sir Benjamin Lockwood (Cromwell) to take her staffers Franklin (Smith) and Zia (Pineda) back to the island, along with Owen Grady (Pratt) to save at least eleven species of dinosaurs and bring them to a new sanctuary.
Directed by Ron Howard, among others Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany
On the shipbuilding planet Corellia, young scoundrel Han (Ehrenreich) and his girlfriend Qi’ra (Clarke) try to escape the clutches of xeno-Fagin Lady Proxima (Linda Hunt). Qi’ra gets caught, but Han gets out by signing up for the Imperial military academy, given the surname ‘Solo’ as he has no people.
Directed by Nancy Meyers Starring Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro and Rene Russo
Ben (De Niro) is a retired widower. In order to fill the days, he applies for a ‘senior internship’ with an online fashion startup run by Jules (Hathaway), who is apparently regretting her decision to hire senior citizens as interns and basically gives him a chair to warm. Ben, however, is a doer, and finds work around the office, deploying his years of experience in life and business, and becoming immensely useful and popular as a result; a sort of office dad, but the cool type.
Directed by David Leitch Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Shioli Kutsuna and Jack Kesy
Wade Wilson (Reynolds) – aka Deadpool – is living the dream, killing bad guys for cash and living it up with his girlfriend Vanessa (Baccarin). Everything else is spoilers, so let’s put the breakline in here.
Directed by Joe Wright Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Kathy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Amanda Seyfried
Okay, so first up, this movie has already been reviewed by Skerryflower, so I’m not going to go into detail about the opening sections. However, I think the movie broke her about twenty minutes in, so…
After the establishing sections in the London Blitz, Peter is kidnapped along with a large number of other children by pirates in a flying galleon, who whisk them through some sort of vortex to Neverland, where they are greeted by a freeform, acapella rendition of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ performed by Blackbeard (Jackman) and his child slaves, who mined Neverland for ‘pixum’ (like fairy dust, but mined as crystals,) which Blackbeard uses to stay young.