1) After audiences’ tepid response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures has a lot riding on the ensemble film Suicide Squad. If the DC Comics cinematic universe is to grow as much as Marvel’s, then more moviegoers have to start attending. Luckily for both DC and Warner Bros., even if the script turns out to be subpar, the cast and characters are sure to sell plenty of tickets. Will Smith plays Deadshot, a mercenary and father. Harley Quinn makes her cinematic debut, with Australian actress Margot Robbie playing the former psychiatrist turned Joker’s beau. As for the Crown Prince of Crime, Oscar-winner Jared Leto will be trying his hand at the character. Ben Affleck reprises his role as Batman. The movie itself is about a sort-of anti-Justice League, super villains recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to work undercover black ops for the United States government. Things get tricky when the Joker gets involved. David Ayer, who wrote 2001’s Training Day, wrote and directed Suicide Squad. For screens and times check Fandango. (CM)
2) Star Trek Beyond – Okay, here’s the facts according to Wikipedia: This is the 13th film in the Star Trek franchise and the third installment in the rebooted series after 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. And that doesn’t include the five television series. That’s a lot of “Beam me up, Scottys.” Several sources describe the plot as the USS Enterprise crew forced to abandon ship and becoming stranded on an unknown planet. The script for Beyond was written by Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty) and Doug Jung. Chris Pine and Pittsburgh born Zachary Quinto (Kirk and Spock) return, as do Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and the late Anton Yelchin. New to this venture are Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. All in all it’s turned out to be a pretty long five-year mission. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)
3) It’s Global Mondays at Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside with imported bottled beers for only $3. While there, team up an import with a bowl of their scrumptious chili. 5431 Walnut St.