Three anticipated movies received R ratings today. We’ll kick things off with Lionsgate’s Hellboy, which received an R rating for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language. That’s good news for fans looking forward to the April 12 release!
In the Neil Marshall-directed film, based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
The Hellboy cast includes David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the title character, Ian McShane (American Gods, Deadwood) as Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich (upcoming Monster Hunter, Resident Evil films) as villain Nimue, aka the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane (American Honey) as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) as the elder witch Ganeida, and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, Lost) as Major Ben Daimio.
Next up is New Line’s The Kitchen, which the MPAA has given an R rating for violence, language throughout and some sexual content.
The gritty, female-driven mob drama was written and directed by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) and opens on August 9. Berloff’s screenplay was based on the comic book series created for DC Vertigo by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle.
The Kitchen stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Bridesmaids), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition… literally.
The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, with Margo Martindale, Oscar winner Common, and Bill Camp; as well as Jeremy Bobb, E.J. Bonilla, Wayne Duvall, Annabella Sciorra, and Myk Watford.
And New Line Cinema‘s Shaft has received and R rating for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity.
The action comedy, opening in theaters on June 14, 2019, is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block.
Tim Story (the Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises) directs this all-new take on a legend, starring Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Kong: Skull Island), Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse, Almost Christmas), Regina Hall (Girls Trip, Barbershop: The Next Cut), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men: Apocalypse), Matt Lauria (Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), Titus Welliver (Argo, Bosch), Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Keanu, Train Wreck), and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.