May. The official unofficial start of summer and the summer movie season. We’re inching back toward theatrical normalcy and with some big movies hitting theatres this month, we’ll hit there soon enough. Let’s see what we’ve got this week.
Wrath of Man
Directed by Guy Ritchie, written by Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, starring Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, and Scott Eastwood. Honestly, this looks like a weird mix between the usual Statham style action flick and and the usual Guy Ritchie gangster style flick. It’s a blending of styles that may or may not work, but I’m erring on the side of working as I’ve quite enjoyed the collaborations between Ritchie and Statham over the years. This looks like a fun popcorn film.
Directed by Chad Hartigan, written by Mattson Tomlin, starring Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Raúl Castillo and Soko. This one was supposed to hit the festival circuit mid-last year, but then it bounced around until IFC picked it up and gave it a limited theatrical release back in February, but this week marks its first wide availability. It’s a little to prescient, having obviously been made pre-pandemic, but… I mean we can’t not release it just because of that. I like these smaller, ambitious sci-fi flicks so I’ll definitely have this on my radar.
Directed by Anthony Mandler, written by Radha Blank, Cole Wiley and Janece Shaffer, starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, Nasir “Nas” Jones, Rakim “A$AP Rocky” Mayers, Paul Ben-Victor, John David Washington, Jennifer Hudson, and Jeffrey Wright. I feel like we’ve been waiting forever for this, because we have, it had its world premiere way back in 2018, but has sat shelved for whatever reason until Netflix stepped in last fall to put it on streaming. It’s sad that it’s still so timely.