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F9 in theaters June 25th (starring Vin Diesel)

F9 The Fast Saga

  • By Paige Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Fasten your seatbelts! F9, the ninth installment of The Fast Saga, is speeding into theatres this month! Brought to us by Universal Pictures with returning cast members galore, the series doesn’t slow down a bit. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris, are like family at this point. These characters are really connected after nine films, and you can feel the comradery between them. The addition of new characters played by John Cena as a highly skilled assassin who just happens to be Dom’s brother (Diesel) and talented Charlize Theron (Bombshell, Atomic Blonde) as a bad-ass cyberterrorist serves to liven this franchise up even further! Also look for surprising cameos by Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Overboard), Helen Mirren (The Queen, Red), and the seriously fabulous Cardi B (Hustlers), rounding out the furious fun.
 
The stunts are insanely over the top in the best ways — with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and yes, there are even people literally swinging from the sky. Look for an amazing “Tarzan swing” type of stunt that will surely impress audiences, not to mention cars landing onto moving planes and launching off space rockets. F9 doesn’t slow down for a second! So … if you’re ready to once again see movies the way they are meant to be seen, grab your friends and family and race back to the theatre!

F9” releases in theaters everywhere June 25th.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard hits theaters June 15th (Starring Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson)

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate

Summer 2021 is rapidly becoming the season of long-awaited delayed sequels – and we couldn’t be happier about it! If you somehow missed The Hitman’s Bodyguard back in 2017, you have time to catch up on the fun action romp ahead of part 2’s release over Father’s Day weekend. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Richard E. Grant return to the main cast for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, with the addition of Frank Grillo, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. This time around, the plot is clearly focused on the triangle of Jackson (as incarcerated hitman Darius Kincaid), Hayek (as his wife, Sonia), and Reynolds (as the titular bodyguard, Michael Bryce). Set four years after the original, Bryce is on a company-mandated sabbatical when Sonia rescues him from an assassination attempt to rescue Darius. Due to his sabbatical, Bryce is not allowed to use firearms or lethal weapons of any kind and must use his wits and intelligence — and no doubt also lots of hilarious banter — to save Darius. However, the threesome trio get embroiled in a global plot helmed by a powerful madman (Banderas) that causes chaos — and a killer speedboat chase — across Europe. The Lionsgate film is directed by Patrick Hughes, and written by Tom O’Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” opens on June 16th. 

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hits theaters June 18th

Peter Rabbit 2

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo Courtesy of Sony

Peter Rabbit fans have waited a long time for the highly anticipated sequel to the Sony Pictures’ 2018 live-action/computer-animated comedy film based the beloved books by Beatrix Potter. The follow-up film was originally due for release Easter 2020 … but we call know what happened. Thankfully it is finally hitting theaters on June 11 — and it couldn’t be cuter! Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway sees the return of James Corden as the titular mischievous bunny following the marriage of human characters Bea and Thomas (gleefully played by Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson). While Peter tries to behave himself and play happy families with the rest of his gang of marauding rabbits, he just can’t seem to shake his trouble-making nature. When he leads the fluffy-tailed bandits on a raid of the farmers’ market, things go terribly wrong and Peter finds himself in a whole world of trouble. Instead of facing the consequences, he opts to take matters into his own paws and hits the road to become a runaway rabbit. Elizabeth Debicki, Lennie James and Margot Robbie voice Peter’s animal sidekicks, while Selma star David Oyelowo also joins the live-action cast as Percy McGregor. The film is directed by Will Gluck and written by Patrick Burleigh and Gluck.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” opens Friday, June 11th.

Rita Moreno Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It in theaters June 18

Rita Moreno

  • By AC Remler
  • Photo Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

I’ve been a fan of show business legend Rita Moreno since I was a kid. Watching her on Electric Company in the early 70s, she helped me learn to read every week with humor, ingenuity and song.  Moreno, who began performing professionally at age 13, grew to be one of the most celebrated performers in America and is one of the elite few to be an EGOT winner—having earned an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. It’s no wonder that her star-studded life and iconic career is the subject of a new buzzy documentary, “Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” coming to theaters June 18.  The film follows Moreno’s journey from her native Puerto Rico, and difficult childhood in New York City, to her fascinating career—including her tumultuous eight-year affair with actor Marlon Brando, her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in “West Side Story,” and her most recent roles that showcase her versatility as an actress in the comedy series “One Day at A Time” and edgy prison drama “Oz.” Directed by Puerto Rican filmmaker Mariem Pérez Riera, and featuring fan-girl commentary from Eva Longoria, Whoopi Goldberg, and Gloria Estefan, the documentary captures Moreno’s honest assessment of her mistakes and triumphs, and her long-fought climb to stardom as a Latina woman in Hollywood wrestling with racism and abuse. Still sassy at 89, Moreno has audiences eagerly awaiting what her unstoppable talent will bring them next.

Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It” releases June 18th.