Based in the near future, famous Marvel hero Logan (Hugh Jackman) is in hiding, caring for his ageing mentor and friend Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). However with the introduction of a young girl being closely followed by dark forces, Logan must once again embrace his alter-ego – The Wolverine. After the success of 2016’s Deadpool, Logan takes a more adult approach to the comic-book genre, so prepare for a ton of cursing and lots of gore. This will likely be Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine after playing the part for the past 17 years. So expect an action-packed, emotional roller coaster, full of stunning visuals, to give this iconic character the sign off he deserves.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND Fri 10 March
Experience the origin story of one of the most famous movie monsters. Plunge into the unknown with a team of explorers and soldiers as they travel to an uncharted island, unaware of the creatures that already possess the land – especially their King. The movie is in the same ‘monsterverse’ as 2014’s Godzilla and is a reboot of the King Kong movie franchise. This big cinematic event hosts an all-star cast, led by Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise, Avengers Assemble) and Samuel L Jackson (The Hateful Eight, Pulp Fiction). The film unites this stellar cast with acclaimed director Jordan Vogt-Roberts taking the big step from independent film to Hollywood blockbuster. This monstrous spectacle is not to be missed!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Fri 17 March
Disney’s obsession of live-action rebooting continues with the story of a monstrous looking prince and innocent young lady. Following the success of 2015’s Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast takes a dark turn, swapping comedy for more emotional depth. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) team up as Belle and Prince (turned Beast) Adam. They combine with director Bill Condon, who is no stranger to the dark romantic scene with his work on Twilight: Breaking Dawn. The stars and director mixed with an incredible soundtrack – including the work of Alan Menken, who worked on the 1991 animated original – suggest this movie is going to balance everything that made the original great, with new breathtaking special effects.
GHOST IN THE SHELL Fri 31 March
Scarlett Johansson finally leads her own comic-book movie – but not the way we’re used to seeing her. Johansson swaps her iconic Black Widow persona for a character whose fighting style and personality is… almost exactly the same. Take a trip to 2029 and follow Major (a one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid), in her battle against criminals and extremists, whilst trying to find out about her past. This live action remake of the 1980s comic book series, and 1995 animated movie, brings in director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman). A self-confessed fan of the original material, he’s created brilliant, alternative futuristic visuals as well as breathtaking choreography. It is a sci-fi adventure like nothing seen in Hollywood before, and may be a dark horse in this year’s box office.
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