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NEW AND UPCOMING MOVIES

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My wife Tammy and I love to go the movies. The new Movie Pass app has made that much more affordable for frequent movie goers. Below are 12 new and upcoming movies that look interesting.   The plot summaries are courtesy of IMDb.

July 20 ~ The Equalizer 2, rated R

Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel Washington, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.

July 27 ~ Mission: Impossible – Fallout, rated PG-13

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill and Michelle Monaghan

August 3 ~ Christopher Robin, rated PG

An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh’s lost friends.
Directed by Marc Forster and stars Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Toby Jones and Jim Cummings.

August 17 ~ Mile 22, rated TBD

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.
Directed by Peter Berg. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich.

September 14 ~ Unbroken: Path to Redemption, rated TBD

When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, Unbroken: Path to Redemption begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.
Directed by Harold Cronk. Stars Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson and Will Graham.

September 21 ~ The House with a Clock in Its Walls, rated PG

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
Directed by Eli Roth. Stars Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Lorenzo Izzo.

October 5 ~ A Star is Born, rated R

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer – until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Directed by Bradley Cooper. Stars Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliot.

November 2 ~ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, rated TBD

All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Stars Keira Knightley, MacKenzie Foy and Matthew Macfadyen.

November 9 ~ The Grinch, rated TBD

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch …
Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

November 16 ~ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, rated TBD

The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Directed by David Yates. Stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

November 23 ~ Creed II, rated TBD

Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.

December 28 ~ Mary Poppins Returns, rated TBD

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives
Directed by Rob Marshall. Stars Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.

These are some movies that I think look interesting. Did I miss any that you are looking forward to?  

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Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 38 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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