Hustlers: The ageless Jennifer Lopez stars along with Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Cardi B and others in this story torn from the pages of a New York Magazine article. While the story might be true, the trailers pitch this as a kind of “Ocean’s Eight” heist film set in the world of strippers.
Rambo: Last Blood: When I saw the poster to this sequel, I tweeted out that it looked like a Rambo parody or fan made poster. But, no, this film is for real, and given the use of the word “last” in the title, it finally looks like Sly Stallone might put this character down once and for all. Directed by Adrian Grunberg, who gave use the entertaining Mel Gibson film “Get the Gringo” back in 2012, this final Rambo adventure involves a rescue mission in Mexico where a cartel is holding a friend’s daughter.
Downton Abbey: The popular television series returns, but this time in a feature length theatrical motion picture. The show’s cast reprises their famous roles as the King and Queen visit Downton. The Crawley family and their servants must work together to prepare for the blessed event. Expect upstair/downstairs drama.
Ad Astra: Coming on the heels of his entertaining turn in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” Brad Pitt steps into another starring role, this time as an astronaut who has to save the world. From director James Gray (“The Lost City of Z”), “Ad Astra” is highly anticipated, and the trailers tease a space travel story reminiscent of “Interstellar.” Brad plays Roy McBride sent on a mission to find his father (played by Tommy Lee Jones) in space. The goal is to unravel a mystery that endangers the future of mankind.
Judy: Renée Zellweger plays the legendary Judy Garland at the end of her life when she performs in London. If the film is good, look for Zellweger to factor in for possible awards consideration.
21 Bridges: “Black Panther’s” Chadwick Boseman stars a police detective hot on the heels of criminals who killed some fellow officers. In order to catch the killers, the entire city is temporarily closed (all 21 bridges) trapping them. This one is produced by Anthony and Joe Russo (“Avengers: End Game”) and co-written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”). The cast is quite large including Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons, and others.