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Summer of sequels

’Tis the season of prequels, sequels, threequels, and beyond

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AN INCREDIBLE SUMMER: ‘The Incredibles 2’ hits theatres June 15

From the long, long, long, long-awaited The Incredibles 2 to a prequel look into the Star Wars universe with Solo: A Star Wars Story, to the sixth Mission: Impossible - Fallout — yes, it’s still going — this summer brings a season of sequels. Thanks to Georgia's expanding film industry, four of the following movies did some of their shooting right here, and ATL’s own Donald Glover stars in the Star Wars expansion.

To be fair, not all of this summer’s movies are prequels, sequels, threequels or yes-we’re-still-making-these-quels. There’s a few stand-alone movies as well, but the following were chosen to avoid sorting through the plethora of summer releases to figure out “what looks good” — these do. You’re welcome. (All release dates are subject to change).


Deadpool 2

RELEASE DATE: MAY 18


The unconventional, bad-mouthing superhero, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), is back again to save a boy’s life from the evil villain Cable (Josh Brolin) — who coincidentally also plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — guess he likes being bad? This time around, Deadpool recruits a crew he dubs the X-Force (purposefully unoriginally original) to help him on his mission.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

RELEASE DATE: May 25


Ever wondered how young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) met Chewbacca, his future co-pilot? How about the story behind his long-time friendship — SPOILER ALERT: he later betrays him — with gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover)? Star Wars fans can find out in this prequel expansion of the Star Wars franchise, directed by two-time Oscar-winning director Ron Howard. 

Ocean's 8

RELEASE DATE: June 8


The Ocean’s crew is back! Well, not exactly. This time, Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), fresh out of prison, is the one leading one hell of a heist. The goal? To steal a $150 million necklace off the neck of Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) during New York’s annual Met Gala. Joined by just six other badass female thieves (including Rihanna and Awkwafina) the film name leaves us wondering — why eight?

The Incredibles 2

RELEASE DATE: June 15


The Incredible family returns after nearly 14 years, but things are a little different this time. Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) takes on the role of stay-at-home-dad — dealing with sibling rivalry between Dash and Violet (coupled with teenage hormones) and terrible-two tantrums from Jack-Jack. Meanwhile, Helen (or Elastigirl) becomes the breadwinner, constantly out saving the world. The film will also bring back screen favorites like Edna Mode (Brad Bird) and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

RELEASE DATE: June 22


For the 25th-anniversary year of the original Jurassic Park, director Steven Spielberg brings us back to Jurassic World four years after its destruction. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) travel back to the park to help save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano’s imminent eruption (there’s some irony), but what they discover there — new breeds of dinosaurs and a planet-threatening conspiracy — throws a wrench in their plans.


Ant-Man and The Wasp

RELEASE DATE: July 6


No summer lineup would be complete without a Marvel movie — and yet another sequel to boot. While struggling to balance his duties to fatherhood and to Ant-Man, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) reunites with Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) and her father, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), to uncover secrets from their past surrounding Hope’s mother and Dr. Hank’s wife, the Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer). 

Skyscraper

RELEASE DATE: July 13


Dwayne Johnson stars in this action/adventure film about a former FBI agent who is framed for the crime of setting the tallest skyscraper in the world on fire. If that isn’t enough, his family is stuck inside above the fire line, and he must race against time to rescue them and clear his name. Because there’s a catch: He must do all of this on a prosthetic leg, but if anyone can do it, it’s The Rock. Am I right?

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

RELEASE DATE: July 20


“Here We Go Again” — the perfect name for a musical sequel taking place in the same, well, place. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) returns to the Greek islands to seek guidance on navigating pregnancy alone. While there, she learns of her mother’s (Meryl Streep) former experience with pregnancy. Coming 10 years after the original musical film, the plot acts as a prequel of sorts and brings back both old and new cast members and songs. 

Mission: Impossible — Fallout

RELEASE DATE: July 27


Welp, it comes as no surprise that there’s a sixth Mission: Impossible and that it still stars Tom Cruise. This time, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible MIssion Force amp up the suspense (yes, it’s possible) after a mission goes wrong, and every second counts as they race against the clock. While there's no doubt Fallout will deliver its usual badass action-thriller fix, fingers are crossed that with five previous installments there will be additional depth to the storyline.

The Darkest Minds

RELEASE DATE: Aug. 3


After a plague kills 98 percent of the world’s children, the remaining 2 percent develop superhuman powers and are subsequently sent to detainment camps by a government that fears them. Incredibly powerful 16-year-old Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) joins a group of runaways eager to live without fear through finding a safe haven. The teens combine forces and face-off with the adults (rebellious teens, smh) seeking to confine them. The film is based on the original novel by Alexandra Bracken.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

RELEASE DATE: Aug. 3


End your summer with a little action/comedy splice when Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get caught up in an international conspiracy after Audrey’s ex — a clean cut, yet stubbled CIA agent — (played by Justin Theroux, big shock there) shows up at her apartment followed by a team of assassins. Racing around Europe, the best friend duo partake in some sure-to-be hilarious hijinks. Side note: Who dumps Mila Kunis?



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In a macro sense, the the romantic comedy-drama’s message brings to light issues the LGBT community often face within their own families. On a deeper level, the film highlights the struggle any person might go through when learning to love and accept themselves for who they are instead of caving to familial pressures. It’s hard not to get on board with that kind of positive thinking, but the film suffers because of the predictability of the plot and the lack of grounding in characters and their relationships.

Boyfriend Allen (Brad James), and his other half, Gemma (Erica Hubbard), make a lovely but unconvincing couple, their relationship fast-tracked on screen and lacking chemistry. To be fair, it kind of made sense for their characters once Kiya (Altovise Lawrence), Gemma’s old college “friend” (wink, wink, nudge), comes for a visit with more than just friendship on her mind. Kiya’s visit causes Allen and Gemma to question their relationship, which raises the question of how valid it was in the first place. Lawrence’s performance was stellar, selling Kiya with passion and realism and seeming to have instant chemistry with actors across the set. For some actors in the film, the acting missed direction or fell flat, leaving earlier scenes feeling awkward, most of the actors performed with enough realism — for example, Gemma’s overly-religious sister, Diane (LaKeta Booker), never faltered in keeping her character believable — to keep the film on track as a whole so that the overarching message was not lost among some of the more awkward scenes.

Despite its focus on a prevalent and serious topic, The Other Side was hard to connect with at times — though the film managed to stay engaging with a top-notch supporting cast (including Miguel A. Núñez Jr. and Roger Guenveur Smith). Allen’s co-workers bring refreshing comedy to the film with lines that evoke laughter between some of the more serious scenes — although the two worlds (home and office) felt like they were from two different movies. Toward the finale, Hubbard and James’ performances pick up when they channel some passion and begin owning their roles.

While the writing and acting fall short in several places throughout the film, the acting and directing peak in a climactic scene near the end and the message Pemberton is seeking to share stands tall. The film debuted on STARZ Mon., Aug. 12 and is now available with STARZ OnDemand. ★★☆☆☆

★★★★★ This film will change your life | ★★★★☆ A truly great film | ★★★☆☆ A solid effort, worth a watch | ★★☆☆☆ No thanks | ★☆☆☆☆ Don't bother    Richard Martin SKILL OR BE SKILLED: Altovise Lawrence (Kiya in “The Other Side”) was winner of BET Africa’s first-ever production of “Top Actor.”                                   FIRST WATCH: 2018 film 'The Other Side' tackles serious issues, feels predictable "
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