I have to say that the poster alone for "Proud Mary", with it giving off a blaxploitation vibe, has me ready to get in to a theater to see this movie. After making a splash in television with her sassy role as "Cookie" Lyon in "Empire' and co-starring in one of the biggest, critically acclaimed movie hits of 2016 with "Hidden Figures", Taraji P. Henson is about to start 2018 off with a major bang with a starring role in this action-thriller. Although this teaser-clip doesn't reveal too much of the plot, as it focuses on Taraj looking sexy and tough in black leather while firing off some serious weaponry, "Proud Mary" has Hanson playing a deadly assassin working for a Boston mob organization. When a job goes wrong, leaving a young boy an orphan, Mary's maternal instincts kick in and causing her some work-related problems. Billy Brown (from TV's "How To Get Away With Murder"), Margaret Avery and Danny Glover (who were last together on screen with "The Color Purple") co-star.
"Proud Mary" is due out in U.S. theaters on January 12, 2018
While I very disappointed with the all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters", I'm a little more optimistic about "Ocean's Eight". This spin-off from Steven Soderbergh's version of "Ocean's Eleven" and the sequels (who produces this film along with George Clooney) stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean's estranged sister and she wants to pull off a spectacular heist at the annual Met Ball gala. But she needs a team and assembles an impressive all-female one that includes Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mindy Kaling and musicians, Rihanna and Awkwafina. There are plenty of other glittering stars on-board and this looks like it could be a really fun ride.
"Ocean's Eight" is due out in U.S. theaters on June 8, 2018