RECOMMENDED: Avengers: Infinity War
The moment has come and everything the Marvel movies have been building to is here. In Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers team up to combat their most powerful enemy- Thanos (Josh Brolin)- as he attempts to collect the six Infinity Stones. The possession of all six the stones, which each hold an inexplicable amount of power, bestows upon the holder a collective amount of power unknown and incomprehensible. Every bad guy fought and planet saved, every moral conundrum and ethical gray spot has been in preparation for this time. The only question is, will the Avengers be ready?
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27th.
ICYMI (In case you missed it): Ready Player One
Based on the novel by Ernie Cline, the futuristic film takes place in a virtual world known as OASIS. It’s 2045 and people of the world are able to escape to this virtual reality world to be and do whatever they choose. Teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of the many who chooses this escape, but after the wealthy and eccentric creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), of OASIS passes and leaves his fortune to whoever finds an easter egg he has hidden in the virtual world, it becomes a madhouse. What started off as a game becomes life or death and Wade Watts finds himself an unlikely hero in the most bizarre of circumstances.
Noted as Spielberg's best opening in a decade, Ready Player One hit theaters on March 29th.
Of consequence: isle of Dogs
From Wes Anderson comes his new stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs. The genuinely strange, could-have-only-come -from -Anderson’s -mind film follows the story of a young boy (voiced by Koyu Rankin) as he adventures to find his beloved dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). The backdrop is a futuristic Japan in which all of the canines have been exiled to Trash Island by a scheming Mayor (Kunichi Nomura) under the guise that “dog-flu” threatens the people of Megasaki. Atari, the young boy, and a rag-tag team of canines (voiced by Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Bill Murray) embark on the serious mission to recover Spots and bring the dogs back to the city. Amidst unbelievably artistically detailed scenes, Anderson brushes against issues such as scapegoating, deportation, bigotry, and cultural hysteria. But while he uses his platform to question and inform, many have voiced concern regarding Anderson’s cultural appropriation of Japan. Asian-American film critics and POC who have seen the film, suggest that while he has held the art and design of Japanese culture sensitively, it is his handling of the human factor, the residents of Megasaki, where his sensitivity slips. Isle of Dogs is tried and true a Wes Anderson classic, with its quirky and dry humor and visually stunning scenes. Let’s hope the conversations it has stirred don’t go unnoticed.