Tomorrow's Theater ... Today

Greg Dean Schmitz

FML's newest column continues this week with upcoming movies associated with this week's 'Shazam!,' 'Pet Sematary,' and 'The Best of Enemies.'


UglyDolls (5/3/2019)
It might seem like forever-ago in movie years, but 'Trolls' came out in November, 2016 and was a big hit, fueled by its pop songs sung by Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel and the rest of the cast. The thing is, just over two and a half years is actually a pretty short time to produce a computer animated movie like Trolls. So that's why it took "this long" for another franchise of monstrous dolls to get its own animated movie with a pop star voice cast. UglyDolls will feature the singing voices of such musical luminaries as Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton (all three of whom are current judges on NBC's The Voice), Nick Jonas, and Pitbull.

Poms (5/10/2019)
'The Best of Enemies' might not be one of this week's top two box office hits, but it's exactly the sort of film that is STXFilms' bread and butter. The next live action movie from STXFilms is the comedy 'Poms,' starring Pam Grier, Diane Keaton, Rhea Perlman, and Jacki Weaver. As you might guess from the ages of those actresses, 'Poms' is set in a retirement community, and as you might guess from its title, their characters are in a cheerleading squad. Poms might be a surprise hit (relative to its budget) because it just happens to be released on Mother's Day weekend.

The Tomorrow Man (5/22/2019)
Sometimes, Ed is better. That's because "Ed" is the name of the title character played by John Cleese who gets to say probably the most famous line from this week's remake of Pet Sematary. As for why he's called The Tomorrow Man, John Cleese will be playing an older gentleman obsessed with stocking up for the apocalypse who falls in love with a woman (Blythe Danner) who's just obsessed with shopping because she likes shopping. No apocalypse required.

IT Chapter Two (9/6/2019) (Jack Dylan Grazer, Pet Sematary)
The 2017 remake of Stephen King's 'IT' (the first half of it, at least) was a huge box office, with over $700 million worldwide to make it the No. 13 film of that year (on a budget of just $35 million). So, obviously New Line Cinema was going to greenlight 'IT: Chapter Two' to adapt the other half of the novel, which is where the kids return as their adult selves (Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, etc.) 'IT' was also probably what helped get this week's 'Pet Sematary' a greenlight.

Joker (10/4/2019)
Marvel Studios and their Marvel Cinematic Universe were obviously the big guns in 2018 box office ('Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Black Panther' were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively). Warner Bros and their DC Comics adaptations had a huge hit with 'Aquaman,' however, which took in over $1.146 billion globally for the No. 5 spot of the year. Their next movie after this week's 'Shazam!' is going to be another film that applies a different approach to a familiar character, 'Joker,' as played by Joaquin Phoenix. Some pundits are already saying 'Joker' might actually have a chance in next year's Academy Awards (based just on this trailer, basically). 2020 is going to give us 'Birds of Prey' (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2/7/2020) and 'Wonder Woman 1984' (6/5/2020). And then in 2021, if their plans hold up, Warner Bros is going to give us 'DC Super Pets' (5/21/2021), the reboot of 'The Batman' (6/25/2021), and 'The Suicide Squad' (8/6/2021).