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MOVIE CHEAT SHEET: Venom might have bite

Brian Gasparek is looking forward to Venom, the new stand-alone Spider-Man movie. SONY

Brian Gasparek is looking forward to Venom, the new stand-alone Spider-Man movie. SONY

BRIAN GASPAREK/ 24 HOURS

THE BIG STORY: Venom envy

I can't believe how interested I'm getting in Sony's upcoming Spidey-inspired stand-alone flick, Venom. When the movie was announced last year, I quickly wrote it off as just another redundant, cookie-cutter superhero spinoff, seeking to snatch some quick and easy cash from the reliable Marvel masses at the box office. But I'm starting to think I was way off the mark. With an oddly eclectic, shockingly solid cast that's slowly building up, mixing Oscar calibre talents like Tom Hardy (as Eddie Brock/Venom) and Michelle Williams, with Emmy winner Riz Ahmed and former SNL star Jenny Slate, Venom is shaping up to be like no other superhero flick we've ever seen before. And to throw in another curveball of awesomeness, Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is directing, saying he's going to take a David Cronenberg-meets-John Carpenter approach to the film. Say what? I never saw this coming, but Venom has to the potential to be one of the coolest, most unique superhero flicks ever made. I can't wait to follow its production.

FLICK HITS: Hef Leto

Poor Hugh Hefner. In addition to passing away last week, it was just announced that his upcoming biopic is going to star and be directed by two of Hollywood's most insufferable dudes. Jared Leto has tragically signed on to don the iconic red smoking jacket in the lead, and worse, Brett Ratner has committed to producing and directing the film. Ugh, what a bad combo. I can only imagine what Leto's gross method acting strategy is going to be for this one. Hef is already rolling over in his grave.

Kate's feeling blue

Kate Winslet is getting blue. And no, it's not because her new flick, The Mountain Between Us, is getting critically decimated this weekend. It's because she's the latest addition to James Cameron's four (sigh) upcoming Avatar sequels. Cameron announced that he is reuniting with Kate for the first time post-Titanic, and that she will play a character named Ronal. According to JC, "Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career. I can't wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life." Here's hoping this snoozer franchise doesn't blemish Kate's stellar career.

Not so fast or furious

I've got some terrible news, my fellow shameless Fast & Furious lovers. The ninth edition of our beloved lowbrow franchise has been delayed for an entire freaking year. We won't get to sit through another ridiculously awesome adventure with Dom and the rest of the familia until April 10th, 2020 now. I guess we can blame The Rock's schedule, right, Siri? Brutal. If anyone else wants to drown their sorrows with icy Coronas and backyard BBQ, hit me up.

Bob's Burgers: The Movie

You read that correctly. Fox has confirmed that a Bob's Burgers movie is set to hit theatres in 2020. According to creator Loren Bouchard, "We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who've never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colours and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob's - but most of all, it has to take our characters on an epic adventure." Great stuff. Let's just hope it's more Simpsons Movie and less Beavis and Butthead Do America.

Ansel for Decker

Since Ansel Elgort did such a fine job of playing an impressionable-kid-turned-baddie in Baby Driver, it only makes sense that he gets to do it again, right? It was announced this week that Hollywood's most popular manboy has landed the lead role of sweet child turned thief, Theodore Decker, in the upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch. I'm into it.

BEST AND WORST IN THEATRES:

Must See: Blade Runner 2049

Be excited. Denis Villeneuve has delivered big for us with his highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel. Critics have dubbed it the real deal. Apart from its stunning visuals, incredible special effects and killer narrative, Villeneuve's film is being praised for epically building upon the world that Ridley Scott created back in 1982. Denis' film is a sequel by nature, but truly an original. Oh, and Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford deliver a dream team-calibre performance. This is a must-see movie this weekend.

Mountainously mediocre: The Mountain Between Us

Although the film is set on a snowy mountain, critics are calling Hany Abu-Assad's survival romance drama corny and flat. Despite Kate Winslet and Idris Elba's best acting efforts (and they do elevate the film), their romantic chemistry is disappointingly frosty. The film's survival thrills and chills are painfully melodramatic. It's a resounding meh.

REEL TALK:

"It's one of my biggest challenges. I think that every mother who has a career can relate to it. You're always feeling guilty that you're not doing enough at home or you're not working enough on the treatment, script, whatever it is. At the end of the day, your kids join your life and you bring them here and they join your life. You're not supposed to change your life to accommodate the children." - Gal Gadot on the struggles of balancing mom-life and being a freshly in-demand movie star.