Summer is generally my favorite movie season.
Not this year, though.
While I'm excited for the new X-Men flick at the beginning of summer and the third Expendables flick at the end of summer -- there's not a lot in the middle that's calling to me.
Sure, I'm mildly interested in A Million Ways to Die in the West -- but I'm completely uninspired by this summer's science fiction offerings and big summer blockbusters (I was over the Transformers franchise after the first movie).
Still, there are a few gems out there.
X-Men: Days of Future Past:
This is probably the flick I’m
most looking forward to this summer. Mixing the old cast of the X-Men movies
with the new cast and bringing Singer back to right the ship has “win” written
all over it.
Cold in July:
This thriller about a man (Michael C. Hall)
that kills a burglar and then checks out the funeral looks like it has a lot of
promise. Don Johnson returns to some serious acting roots in this one –
although it’s probably one of those flicks that I’ll wait to see On Demand.
This Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler comedy about two
families on vacation together proves that – as likeable as both stars are --
their schtick is really old.
A Million Ways to Die in the West:
This Seth MacFarlane
comedy western boasts a fun cast (Charlize
Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda
Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris) and just enough laughs to promise an insulting
and hilariously fun time.
This update of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty has
Angelina Jolie as the title witch and Elle Fanning as her “arch enemy.” The
trailers are appropriately creepy, but Jolie has turned off a lot of viewers. I
guess we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out.
The Fault in Our Stars:
This is a sad sack teen movie
(reminiscent of that Mandy Moore “I’m dying and different” flick from about a
decade ago). This is another sick teenagers in love storyline, this time
starring Ansel Elgort and Shaileen Woodley (who I can’t quite seem to like).
Edge of Tomorrow:
Tom Cruise tries to prove he’s still an
action hero in this time-bending flick that sees Cruise’s character stuck in a
How to Train Your Dragon 2: Looks cute and well animated.
Nice kid flick.
22 Jump Street:
The first movie was terrible, so I’m not
expecting much from this Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill follow-up.
Everyone’s favorite sparkling vampire, Robert
Pattinson, tries to dirty up his image in this movie about murderous carnies
and a gang of bandits.
Think Like a Man Too:
Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy
and Taraji P. Henson return for this follow-up to 2012’s sleep hit. It’s pretty
much just laughs and hijinks – but I’m a big Ealy fan so I’ll check it out on
video at some point.
Transformers: Age of Extinction:
You really only watch these
movies for the special effects (because the stories are pretty weak).
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Mark Wahlberg’s “acting” – but I know
people out there love him. I’ll probably pass on this one.
Susan Sarandon dons a wig to play Melissa McCarthy’s
grandmother and the two go on a road
trip. You had me at Melissa McCarthy.
Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo join together
for this musical movie that looks fairly interesting – if a bit confusing. It
might be worth a look.
And So It Goes:
Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton show that
love isn’t only for the young in this Rob
Reiner film. Both leads are likeable –
so I’ll probably see it at some point.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:
Keri Russell and Gary Oldman
anchor this follow-up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I didn’t like
the first one, so I’m guessing I won’t like this one either.
In this science fiction dud – which looks
more like a science fiction soap opera than
anything else – Channing Tatum and
Mila Kunis are trying to accomplish something mystical. I can’t muster the
energy to care.
Anarchy: Last summer a claustrophobic little
flick about people having one night to commit any kind of murder they want was
a surprise hit. So, of course, the filmmakers decided to give it a bigger
budget and make the action (read: violence) as widespread as possible. The
first flick was a hidden gem. This one looks like it’s completely missed the
Several couples try to spice up their sex life
with sex tapes and hijinks ensue. As much as I like Jason Segel, I’m pretty
much over Cameron Diaz.
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) plays the mythical hero
in what looks to be possibly the worst movie of the summer. The good news is,
there’s always a chance it will be so bad it’s good.
A Most Wanted Man:
In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour
Hoffman plays a calculating German intelligence operative who’s stalking a
potential Islamic terror suspect. It’s an interesting premise and an
Guardians of the Galaxy:
Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley
Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista take
on the Marvel super hero group in
what could be a big hit – or a really big miss. I’m going to at least check it
Child of God:
Some deep material for James Franco here –
which I will probably check out On Demand in a few months.
The Hundred-Foot Journey:
Helen Mirren stars in this
culture-clash tale that looks a little dry for my taste.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
The heroes on the half shell
are back – but casting Megan Fox in anything makes me leery about checking out
The Expendables 3:
Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Wesley
Snipes join the action-packed guilty pleasure
that I can’t help but be giddy
for. These movies make me laugh. I’m a child of the 1980s – sue me.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:
Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin,
Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson join Robert Rodriguez for another stylized
outing in noir fun.
What do you think? What movie are you looking forward to?