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What May Movies Are You Looking Forward To? 

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May is upon us, which means the year is somehow almost half over. May is officially the start of summer in the movie world, so at the beginning of each month we’re going to give you an extensive rundown of the movies you can see, both independent and mainstream. Due to the fact that movies, especially the independent ones, are all over the shop in terms of regional release dates, we’ve made it simpler by assembling this list in alphabetical order. Check out the information, trailers, vote in the poll and make sure to comment and tell us about your most anticipated movies this month! Enjoy!

After Earth

After Earth
Director:

M. Night Shyamalan

Writers:

Gary Whitta & M. Night Shyamalan

Stars:

Will Smith, Jaden Smith & Isabelle Fuhman

Synopsis:

A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, 1000 years after events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

The Monolith Predicts:

Oh boy, Shyamalan. The beginning of his career seemed so promising with the excellent The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. However, as many of you are aware, it seems that these were just flukes and Shyamalan is mostly a hack. After Earth looks promising in its footage, but it’s hard to shake the doubt that follows the director. While I like the Smith family, the fact that the father and son are starring in a film together has garnered a lot of ire from people. Hopefully, Shyamalan’s destroyed reputation and his desperate need for a hit will give him the drive to succeed with this film.

 

Aftershock

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Director:

Nicolas Lopez

Writers:

Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolas Lopez & Eli Roth

Stars:

Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart & Ariel Levy

Synopsis:

In Chile, a group of travellers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare.

The Monolith Predicts:

Eli Roth produces, stars in and co-writes this hot Chilean mess. Reports from film screenings state that it’s a terrible film and unsuccessful in almost any area it attempts to excel in. While that seems overly harsh, I’m yet to see any footage that convinces me the film will turn out otherwise. It’s a nice concept, but ultimately the execution looks to be piss poor all around. Reports that Roth has succumbed to his ego over time are suddenly holding water right about now.

 

Assault On Wall Street

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Director:

Uwe Boll

Writers:

N/A

Stars:

Dominic Purcell, Eric Roberts & Edward Furlong

Synopsis:

Jim is an average New Yorker living a peaceful life with a well paying job and a loving family. Suddenly, everything changes when the economy crashes causing Jim to lose everything. Filled with anger and rage, Jim snaps and goes to extreme lengths to seek revenge for the life taken from him.

The Monolith Predicts:

The fact that this film doesn’t have a writer speaks volumes about the product. Another disasterpiece from “visionary” Uwe Boll, this film will be absolutely tasteless, horrific and just plain godawful. The only redeemable feature about any Uwe Boll film is the fact that you know they end. Poor Dominic Purcell.

 

Before Midnight

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Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy

Stars:

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy & Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

Synopsis:

We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

The Monolith Predicts:

Before Midnight is the third instalment of a film series masterminded by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) being its predecesors), designed to tell the ultimate love story between two people. The films have spanned twenty years in total, picking up with the two characters at the time that they’re made and exploring their relationship and developments as they happen. Now, on the third time round, their long term relationship is starting to run into some difficulties, as many long relationships are wont to do. Will they break out of it? These films are very delicate and powerful, though Before Midnight will likely have little effect on you if you haven’t seen the previous two films. If you have, then Before Midnight is likely right up your alley.

 

Black Rock

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Director:

Katie Aselton

Writer:

Mark Duplass

Stars:

Katie Aselton, Lake Bell & Kate Bosworth

Synopsis:

Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.

The Monolith Predicts:

Black Rock is a film that begins as a dramedy between three friends that quickly escalates into a dangerous horror/thriller that ends up with the three friends being stalked by hunters, before they decide to fight back and hunt them. It’s an interesting idea and a good female empowerment spin on a tired genre piece. In terms of the actual quality of the film though, it does look rather cheap and amateurish. What will make the difference in the final product is whether it can maintain a palpable level of tension, and sadly that isn’t entirely clear from the trailer. Wait and see with this one.

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