– Maze Runner, based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner (Utah author! Wooo!), centers on Thomas and a group of teens deposited in the middle of a changing maze, with no clear escape. To make matters worse, at night the maze is filled with deadly monsters called Grievers that threaten anyone stuck in the maze overnight. Check out our early review of the movie!
– Stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, and Ki Hong Lee. Directed by Wes Ball. Rated PG-13.
– Dolphin Tale 2 is continuing the story about “Winter” the tailless dolphin that they saved with the help of a prosthetic tail. After another female dolphin dies and Winter is the only dolphin left, the aquarium must search for a replacement female dolphin or risk losing Winter forever to another aquarium.
– Stars Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Morgan Freeman, Juliana Harkavy, Austin Stowell and Austin Highsmith. Directed by Charles Martin Smith. Rated PG.
– The Identical is the only movie coming out this weekend. It’s a secret Christian movie that honestly I wouldn’t have guessed considering both the cast and the subject matter at least from the trailer below. Identical twin brothers are separated at birth due to hard economic times and even apart both have great talents in music. Ryan Wade has always had a passion for music and discovers that the rocker Drexel Hemsley sounds and looks just like him. Going on tour as an impersonator. However, his family wants him to become a preacher and quit his music career so he has to battle between his love of music and becoming a preacher.
– Stars Erin Cottrell, Amanda Crew, Brian Geraghty, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta. Directed by Dustin Marcellino. Rated PG.
Notice: The November Man comes out on Wednesday, August 27.
– Strangely enough this is based off a novel titled “There are No Spies”, The November Man is about an ex-CIA agent (who appears to be a trainer of assassins according to the trailer) for a mission to protect a witness. But he is soon trailed by his friend and trainee to protect a conspiracy in the CIA. This really looks like a movie trying to go after Pierce Brosnan as an older James Bond type movie.
– Stars Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, and Will Patton. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Rated R.
– Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is based on the second Sin City book and is a sequel to the original Sin City movie from 2005. Includes stories from the original comic along with two new stories made specially for the film.
– Stars Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jamie Chung, Christopher Meloni, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, and Lady Gaga. Directed by Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez. Rated R.
– The Giver is based on the novel of the same name that many of us read in school by Lois Lowry. It’s the story of Jonas, who lives in a seemingly perfect and controlled society. Everyone in this society is given their respective occupation when they come of age, and Jonas is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. He then slowly starts to receive memories from The Giver, who also serves as his teacher. This has been a personal project for many years for Jeff Bridges (who stars as The Giver) and was finally able to get it made. Some of the movie was also filmed in our native state of Utah. The good news is, while we had some initial concerns that it would all be in color, it looks like it still starts off in black and white.
– Stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Jordan Nicholas Smal, and Saige Fernandes. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Rated PG-13.
– The rebooted live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that nobody really asked for and everyone thinks is done by Micheal Bay finally comes out in theaters. It’s actually directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay but marketers thought it was smarter to used Michael Bay’s name instead. Which will be great when the general public hates on him for the bad movie. In this update, April O’Neil wants to be taken seriously as a reporter and tracks down the Ninja Turtles. They are trying to protect the city from the Foot Clan and defeat Shredder. While that sounds like a decent Turtles movie, the details show that it’s only on the surface and completely change the origins of everyone involved and not for the better.
– Stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub, Whoopi Goldberg, and Will Arnett. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Rated PG-13.
– Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest Marvel movie and the movie we’ve been waiting all summer for. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord is originally from Earth but has lived in space for many years. After stealing a sought after object that Ronan the Accuser was after, Peter is forced to join up with a band of outlaws to save the galaxy and protect Earth. This features Groot, the one sentence repeating tree and Rocket Racoon, a talking gun-toting raccoon. It’s probably the strangest of the Marvel movies so far with most people having little knowledge of the characters. But this is meant to introduce the “cosmic” side of Marvel more than just Thor and already has amazing reviews. In fact, a sequel by the same writer and director has already been announced for 2017.
– Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. Directed by James Gunn. Rated PG-13.
– Hercules is the other Hercules based movie of the year, but apparently suffers from very bad marketing. Starring the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the trailers (and even some descriptions of the film) make it sound like it follows the more traditional story of Hercules being the son of Zeus and performing the 12 labors. However, the shots of him doing the 12 labors are in the first 5 minutes of the film and are tall tales told by a relative with nothing that the trailer says actually taking place. Instead he joins mercenaries to defeat a warlord in the aid of a seemingly nice King.
– Stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, and John Hurt. Directed by Brett Ratner. Rated PG-13.
– Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to last years Planes, which is a spin-off of the Pixar series Cars but is in fact made by Disney. This one starts off a little depressing considering the last movie. The star of the last movie, Dusty finds out that there is something wrong with his engine and is forced to quit racing. Instead he joins a fire & rescue team, where they have to bond together to battle a big wildfire in a national park.
– Stars Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, and Dale Dye. Directed by Roberts Gannaway. Rated PG.