Coming Soon to Theatres: A Few Flicks I'm Looking Forward To

A handful of promising movies are scheduled for release over the next several weeks. Here are a few I'm really looking forward to.

The Wall Climber Saga: Breaking Fire - The latest installment of this incredibly successful franchise (based on Susan Stratton's best-selling Wall Climber novels) reportedly builds on the events of the last film while setting up the two-part grand finale. As usual, young stars Braieleyen Herze and Dyllin Walton will be required to carry the film, but what a supporting cast: Susan Sarandon, Chris Pine, James Gandolfini (the filmmakers used unseen outtakes from Enough Said + some tasteful CGI), Samuel L. Jackson, Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Anne Hathaway and Steve Guttenberg.

American Triumph - Ryan Reynolds stars in a new drama based on the incredible true story of Joe Furnish, the young man who overcame his paralysis to become a decorated soldier, an Olympic athlete, a successful CEO and the governor of Ohio. While some have criticized the script for taking a number of historical liberties and others are perplexed by the movie's somewhat bizarre anti-immigration stance, word is that Reynold's winning performance overcomes most of those problems. Featuring the original song “Freedom: Love it or Lose It (Tacos in Miami)” by Toby Keith.

Aye, Frankenstein - Despite the fact that few people enjoyed the Aaron Eckhart sci-fi/fantasy vehicle I, Frankenstein, esteemed screenwriters Peter Morgan and Steve Zaillian convinced the powers-that-be to give them a shot at writing a sequel. The script quickly grabbed the attention of director Jim Jarmusch, who decided that making the central character a pirate would fix a lot of the first film's problems. We'll see if it lives up to the hype, but that parrot scene in the trailer gives me goosebumps every single time. Can't wait.

Flumblecrabs III: Jayron's Return – While there's no question that Flumblecrabs II was a disappointment in contrast to its predecessor, Ridley Scott is back in the director's chair for this installment. Hopefully he'll be able to recapture that fascinating blend of body horror and low-key comedy that he brought to the first film in the series. If nothing else, the long-awaited big-screen return of Gene Hackman (playing a mysterious character known only Sgt. Snapper) should make this one worth checking out.

Mortdecai: I mean, it's Mortdecai, so 'nuff said.