2017 Summer Movie Preview: August

This is it! It’s officially August, which means the summer movie season is about to come to a close. This also means this is the last time I’ll talk about what has yet to come out during the summer until next year. Unsurprisingly, this has been a pretty decent summer for movies. I might not have seen every single one of them, but there have been some fantastic ones (War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk), some bad ones (The Mummy, Okja), and ones I’m glad I skipped. Without further ado, let’s talk about the movies that are coming out in the slowest month of the summer.

August 4

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The Dark Tower – Based on a fantasy series by the marvelous Stephen King, this movie stars two talented actors—Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Elba’s Gunslinger must prevent McConaughey’s Man in Black from the Dark Tower, hoping to save mankind. This has been in the works for a while. J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard considered to direct the continuation of King’s series before Nikolaj Arcel (writer and director of The Royal Affair, and writer of the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) took over. This might be okay if it was much longer than 95 minutes, so—the audience can discover the world Stephen King created. I’m skeptical with this one.

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Detroit – Kathryn Bigelow has come a long way from directing the awesome 1990s action film Point Break. Now—she joins the likes of Paul Greengrass and Peter Berg with work on the gritty realism of the Iraq war in The Hurt Locker. She beat her ex-husband James Cameron for winning Best Picture and becoming the first woman to win Best Director. Bigelow continues her route with Zero Dark Thirty, the true story of the NAVY seals killing Osama bin Laden. With Detroit, she—along with writer Mark Boal—depict the miserable riots of the city that happened fifty years ago. From the looks of this, I see some powerful stuff. Will this be an Oscar contender? I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Kidnap – Halle Berry’s career has gone downhill after Oscar win for Monster’s Ball. Not to my surprise, this looks like a generic action thriller about a mother trying to save her son from getting kidnapped. I wouldn’t be surprised if this hardly makes any money at all. Moving right along.

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Wind River –Taylor Sheridan has crafted one of the best screenplays of last year with Hell or High Water. It features sheer intensity and characters with a razor-sharp wit. Wind River is his directorial debut; receiving positive reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star as two agents investigating a murder of a Native-American girl in the most remote area in the United States—Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation. Co-starring Gil Birmingham (who also starred in Hell or High Water and—yes—as Jacob’s father from the Twilight saga), I cannot wait for some end-of-summer thrills.

August 11

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Annabelle: Creation – The popular Conjuring franchise opened up with an eerie scene where two girls are being interviewed about their Annabelle doll being possessed by a spirit. Following a terrible prequel/spin-off featuring the ventriloquist doll and a fantastic sequel to The Conjuring, Lights Out director David F. Sandberg brings the audience back how Annabelle actually came to be. This is the Annabelle spinoff everyone might be asking for! None of that cheap crap! Just pure atmosphere!

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature – I haven’t seen the first film, and have no interest in seeing that or the sequel. Next!

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The Glass Castle – Brie Larson is becoming one of the best actresses working today. From winning an Oscar for the emotionally powerful Room, letting bullets fly in Free Fire, and about to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain Marvel, is there anything she can’t do? Star in another (seemingly) powerful indie drama, alongside Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson, based on the bestselling memoir of Jeannette Walls, growing up with three other siblings in and out of poverty.

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The Only Living Boy in New York – While this might have a great cast (Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Cynthia Nixon, and Pierce Brosnan) and a talented filmmaker (Marc Webb) attached to it, but I felt absolutely nothing watching the trailer. It might go the same route as this year’s Gifted. Pretentious and manipulative. I’m skipping this one.

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The Trip to Spain – Following The Trip and The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for yet another hilarious trek through Spain. While I haven’t seen the other two films, the trailer for this one made me laugh quite a bit. I might give these films a shot.

August 18

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – How can one not love Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson? Even if they star in an action-comedy together? Being in the middle of car chases and shootouts as they defeat a dictator, played by no other than Gary Oldman? I’m hoping this will be a good laugh-out-loud, shoot-‘em-up thrill ride.

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Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh is back in the director’s chair four years after Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra. He has brought back his roots of Ocean’s Eleven in this heist movie about two brothers pulling a heist during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has a talented cast including Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, and Daniel Craig. While he’s no 007, it looks like Craig is having a blast here, along with his cast-mates. Definitely looking forward to this one!

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Patti Cake$ – This…looks…like it would be pretty good. I’m not the biggest fan of rap music, but I do enjoy movies having to do with rap music, such as 8 Mile and Straight Outta Compton. I have vaguely heard of it when it premiered at Sundance. This seems to be another movie about chasing one’s dreams, a theme in which I have come to admire during the past year. So—I’m in for Patti Cake$.

August 25

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Tulip Fever – This movie been pushed back from July 15 of last year to the last week of August. I was interested in seeing it, due to the brilliant cast including Academy-Award winners Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. But now—I couldn’t care less. It just looks so dull and barely any flavor.

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Bushwick – Another film coming straight from Sundance. The awesome Dave Bautista stars in this futuristic tale as a war veteran joining sides with a Brooklyn resident (Brittany Snow, Hairspray and Pitch Perfect) to take down militia units. Why? Because Texas to secede from the Union and claim New York City as a negotiation tool. While the concept is intriguing enough and it looks intense, but it looks standard—more or less.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Annabelle: Creation, Detroit, The Glass Castle, Logan Lucky, Wind River

Least Anticipated: All Saints, Kidnap, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, The Only Living Boy in New York, Tulip Fever

I hope enjoyed reading my thoughts on what has yet to come out in the month of August. Please feel free to leave a comment on what your most anticipated movies for this month are. I appreciate each and every one of you reading my thoughts on the biggest summer blockbusters as well as some independent films. I’ll definitely do this next year. Stay tuned for that, as well as other content on this blog.

 

2017 Summer Movie Preview: July

Two months down, two months to go.

Sometimes, I forget to talk about movies that came out this past month. Case in point, The Hero, starring Sam Elliott. This is the role that he was born to play! An aging Western icon with a stellar voice who comes to terms with his life once he is diagnosed with cancer. Starring alongside Laura Prepon (That ‘70s Show, Orange is the New Black) and Nick Offerman, it might sound clichéd, but I have a feeling this is going to be delightful.

Without further ado, let’s talk about what has yet to come this July.

July 7

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Spider-Man Homecoming – Spider-Man made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War. He might have been added in at the last minute, but he certainly deserved to be in it. It was a joy to watch an actual teenager—given Tom Holland was 19 at the time—tackle the web-slinging superhero that everyone knew and loved. Holland gave a much better performance than both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Fresh from giving a powerful performance in The Lost City of Z, Holland returns to play the title character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s surprising to see Michael Keaton play the villain this time. I guess it takes a hero to become the villain. I’m pretty certain we’ll keep seeing different interpretations of Spider-Man for years to come. Bring it on!

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A Ghost Story – Believe it or not, this is perhaps my most anticipated movie of the entire summer. A Ghost Story is far from a horror movie. This is a drama about a man’s ghost (in a white sheet with two holes for eyes) exploring the afterlife after dying in a car crash. Director David Lowery—of the sluggish yet decent tribute to Terrence Malick, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and the surprisingly exceptional Pete’s Dragon—reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints to make another hit at this year’s Sundance. I’m hoping A Ghost Story will find an audience. Every shot is like a painting in motion. Totally looking forward to it!

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City of Ghosts – This is a documentary following a group of Syrian journalists risking their lives to stand up against ISIS. Documentaries and journalism are two of my biggest interests. Seeing a preview of City of Ghosts opened my eyes. Hearing about journalists and soldiers getting killed in the Middle East (particularly by ISIS) is downright devastating. It’s fascinating to hear about the lives of people living across the ocean.

July 14

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War for the Planet of the Apes – Hell yeah! The new Planet of the Apes trilogy is about to come to an end. While the 1968 film is a timeless sci-fi classic with one of the most iconic twists in film history (so iconic that it’s on the DVD cover), I actually prefer the new films. Rise was a marvelous build-up. And Matt Reeves brought the franchise to another level with Dawn, which is my personal favorite in the franchise. In War, the apes begin their civil war with a group of soldiers led by a vicious Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The reason why I prefer the new films over the original is not just because of the gorgeous visuals and motion capture being brought. But—rather the emotional appeal. The sequels of the original films are often dry and downright silly. It’s time for Reeves to end the trilogy on a high note.

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Wish Upon – *sigh* Another horror movie with a dumb premise? Next!

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Lady Macbeth – Whenever you see Lady Macbeth as the title of your movie, you might expect a prequel, of a sort, to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This is anything but. One review described Lady Macbeth as: “Wuthering Heights, as if it was directed by Alfred Hitchcock” (not the exact quote, but you get the idea). Seeing the preview before Manchester by the Sea (twice), I saw something that might be tense.

July 21

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Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan has directed some of the best films in existence—from The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. His last film, Interstellar, had the potential of being a wonderful space film, but faltered from a manipulative script and a syrupy final act. This time, Nolan goes back to the past to depict the Battle of Dunkirk, where 400,000 allied forces from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France are evacuated from the battle and are surrounded by the Germans. This movie doesn’t seem to follow the “war is hell” structure compared to most WWII films, which is a good thing. With a brilliant cast including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and One Direction’s Harry Styles (quite unususal, but hopefully, he’ll give a surprisingly good performance) This seems to be more of an intense war thriller than anything.  Please don’t disappoint me again, Christopher Nolan.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (try saying the title three times fast) – Known for directing Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, and Lucy, Luc Besson adapts a graphic novel, originally published in France (his home country). While I’m not familiar with comics, it doesn’t change my mind that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks horrible although visually stunning. I wouldn’t be surprised if it flops.

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Girls Trip – Yay…another black comedy. Moving on.

July 28

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The Emoji Movie – Another corporate sellout appealing to kids rather than adults? No, thank you.

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Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron continues her repertoire starring in action movies in which she plays a badass. Atomic Blonde is no exception. Teaming up with James McAvoy, this seems to be some brutal fun.

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Menashe – In the orthodox Jewish community of New York City, a widow is struggling to live his life after the passing of his wife. Mostly told in Yiddish, Menashe seems to be fascinating sociological outlook of a least-known culture. While this is the first PG-rated film by A24, this movie seems to be more for adults than children (I guarantee they will be bored to death). I don’t know if I’ll see it, but it might be pretty good.

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – The 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth brought forth some deep discussion about the climate change in our world. Al Gore is back to talk about how the Earth’s climate change has evolved since then. It might be okay, but I’m not entirely interested.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Atomic Blonde, City of Ghosts, Dunkirk, A Ghost Story, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes

Least Anticipated: The Emoji Movie, Girls Trip, Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, Wish Upon,

I hope you all enjoyed what my thoughts on upcoming movies for July are. Please feel free to leave comments on what you are looking forward to this July. Stay tuned at the end of this month as I give my thoughts on what has yet to come in the month of August. Take care.

2017 Summer Movie Preview: June

I hope every single one of you had a great Memorial Day. Going to a local parade, meeting up with your folks at a local barbecue or restaurant, and remembering those who gave their lives in combat. This past month has been something special. I just graduated from college after three years, and beginning my road to life. I’m still trying to see some movies in theaters. Let’s not waste any time, and talk about what has yet to come in June.

June 2

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Wonder Woman – The DC Extended Universe is off to a rocky start. Before Man of Steel, I was excited to see another rendition of Superman. It looked like a gorgeous retelling of how Clark Kent became the god-like superhero. It seems as if director Zack Snyder misunderstood the origins of one of the greatest superheroes ever. Batman vs. Superman had potential to make up the flaws of Man of Steel, but it ended up being a straight-up disaster.

As much as I hated Batman vs. Superman, I thought Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman was one of the only redeeming qualities. A movie featuring the origin story of Diana Prince, the Princess of Amazon, encountering World War I in front of her own eyes, might be good. Yet again, it might end up being like its predecessor. I’m surprised to hear this movie getting positive reception. I’ll keep an open mind.

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Captain Underpants – Any one of you remember reading the book in elementary school? I’ve never read any of the Captain Underpants books. Just because this movie features a gifted cast including Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Jordan Peele, and having similar animation to The Peanuts Movie, it doesn’t mean it sparks my interest. This movie is easily intended for kids only.

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The Exception – Lily James is one of the most charming actresses working today. From playing an aristocrat in Downton Abbey, to playing Cinderella, to kicking zombie ass as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, she has a pretty damn impressive resume. Here, she plays a Jewish Dutch woman who falls in love with a German soldier (Jai Courtney) on a mission to protect Kaiser Wilhelm II (legendary Christopher Plummer) from a spy. To be fair, this seems to be a very standard romance taken place in World War II.

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Churchill – One of two movies featuring the British prime minister (the other being the upcoming Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman, released during the holiday season), this movie follows Churchill, played by Brian Cox, during his rise to power during D-Day. This might be okay due to Cox’s portrayal of Winston Churchill, but I would rather wait to see what Gary Oldman can bring to the screen.

June 9

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The Mummy – This is the beginning of a new cinematic universe: the Universal Monster “Dark Universe”. It’s going to feature the Bride of Frankenstein (coming in 2019), the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, Van Helsing and Dracula, and the Wolf Man. The Mummy stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton who discovers an ancient tomb where an ancient princess lies. For someone who has never seen The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, I would rather see this (and the 1930s version) over the ones starring Fraser. On the verge of age 55, Tom Cruise proves he can do just about anything. With him having a showdown with Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll should be a sight to see.

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It Comes at Night – A24 has distributed one of the best horror films in recent memory with last year’s The Witch. It relies more on atmosphere and the supernatural as opposed to cheap scares. It Comes at Night seems as if this will forget about those terrible horror films that are always coming recently. Some people are claiming it as a “horror masterpiece”. So—let’s hope this delivers.

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Megan Leavey – This is the movie what Max should have been. The true story of marine corporal Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) whose trains a German shepherd named Rex, and accomplishes hundreds of missions together. After the devastating Fant4stic, Mara went on to do better movies including The Martian. This seems to be a very powerful movie, and something I would definitely like to see with my father (who used to be in the Army National Guard).

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My Cousin Rachel – When I saw Daphne du Maurier’s name watching the preview for this movie, I had no idea she wrote The Birds and Rebecca. Her stories have been adapted into movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. My Cousin Rachel seems to be an intense story of an Englishman’s plot for his revenge on his cousin for killing his guardian becoming complicated. I think Hitchcock would be pleased with this.

June 16

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Cars 3 – I never miss out on a movie by Disney/PIXAR. This animation company has created some of the greatest shorts and movies of all-time; appealing to both kids and adults. While I did enjoy the first Cars for having its heart and soul at the right place at the right time (while some of the comedy fell short), the sequel was the only PIXAR film I hated with a passion. Not only was it a little too violent for a G rating, but this colorful adventure sucked out all the fun. I hate to say this, but Cars 3 will be the only PIXAR movie I will most certainly skip.

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Rough Night – Oh boy—another raunchy comedy with a dead person involved. As much as I love Scarlett Johansson, it seems she doesn’t give much to it. I swear, Jillian Bell plays the same character in everything that she’s in. Skipping this one for sure.

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47 Meters Down – The shark-attack movie has always been familiar in the B-movie territory. With The Shallows, it was refreshing to see a good shark movie without any B.S. In my opinion, 47 Meters Down might be a tense survival flick, but it just looks so boring.

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The Book of Henry – With Colin Treverrow returning to his indie roots, this looks rather standard, by-the-numbers thriller. After his breakthrough roles in St. Vincent and Midnight Special, Jaeden Lieberher has a long career ahead of him (same goes to his co-star Jacob Tremblay). Who knows? Maybe The Book of Henry will become one big surprise. I don’t know.

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Maudie – After earning an Oscar for her supporting role in Blue Jasmine, Sally Hawkins went on to star in supporting roles in Godzilla and Paddington. Here, she plays a woman from Nova Scotia who gets attention in her small community when she becomes a painter, and admired by President Dick Nixon. This seems to be a delightful little film about following one’s dreams. I will see anything starring Ethan Hawke, even when he does his best attempt at a Canadian accent.

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All Eyez on Me – The first movie featuring the rapper Tupac Shakur (otherwise known as 2Pac), who became the best-selling rapper in the 1990s until he got shot in 1996. I’m not the biggest fan of rap/hip-hop, but Straight Outta Compton was one of the most powerful movies in recent memory having to do with rap. All Eyez on Me seems to be no exception.

June 23

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Transformers: The Last Knight (opens June 21) – Ah—back to the franchise that I didn’t care about after the disastrous Revenge of the Fallen. What the hell is Anthony Hopkins thinking to sign on a project like this?

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The Beguiled – Another remake coming out this summer. Yes, as a matter of fact, this is a remake of the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood as a Civil War veteran seeking shelter at a girl’s school in Virginia, run by Martha Farnsworth, played by Nicole Kidman. Sofia Coppola won the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (the second woman to win such an award). This seems to be one hell of a nail-biter!

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The Big Sick (expands nationwide July 14) – Today’s comedies have been nothing but tiresome and clichéd as all hell. After receiving unanimous praise at this year’s Sundance, I can say this seems to be a funny and adorable romance. Produced by Judd Apatow, the movie stars Pakistani comedian, played by Kumail Nanjiani, who falls in love with a grad student in Chicago. When a medical scare tears them apart, things get serious. Also starring Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, I’m prepared for a good laugh and tearjerker.

June 30

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Baby Driver (opens June 28) – OH MY GOD! Can June 28th come quicker!?

Director Edgar Wright, who also wrote the screenplay, always wanted to make a movie that can be carried through by music. He seems to be right at home here with Baby Driver. With a seemingly killer soundtrack, car chases, a marvelous cast including Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx, is there anything else not to get excited about?

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Okja (opens June 28) – After directing the Orwellian Snowpiercer, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho returns to his roots of his monster flick The Host with an all-star cast. All I can say is, Wow! This looks to be visually stunning! And certainly more than just your typical monster movie. I look forward to watching it on Netflix!

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Amityville: The Awakening – After having this being delayed so many times, can I just say that this might be a gigantic flop? And also, Bella Thorne needs a new acting agent, pronto! Moving on.

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Despicable Me 3 – Great. Another installment to one of the most overrated movies of the decade. In the words of Deputy Sam Gerard from The Fugitive: “I don’t care!”

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The House – Will Ferrell is bit of a mixed bag. Some people think he’s really funny, while others think he’s really obnoxious. I, for one, like Will Ferrell. Starring alongside Amy Poehler, The House might be okay for a laugh or two.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Baby Driver, The Beguiled, The Big Sick, It Comes at Night, Maudie, The Mummy, My Cousin Rachel, Okja

Least Anticipated: 47 Meters Down, Amityville: The Awakening, Captain Underpants, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Rough Night, Transformers: The Last Knight

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of June. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of July at the end of the month. Take care.

2017 Summer Movie Preview: May

Is it that time already!? You betcha!

After a rough winter in Maine, I can sit back, relax, and start thinking about what has yet to come out over the course of four months. 2017 has been quite a slow year for movies so far. Nevertheless, there have been more surprises released this year than I can imagine—from M. Night Shyamalan returning to top form to Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the Wolverine. Now—with the summer movie season officially here, there are a lot of massive blockbusters and small-budget pieces that I am looking forward to seeing and possibly skipping. Without further ado, let’s jump right into my thoughts on what is coming out in the month of May.

May 5

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Hell yeah! Time to see the guardians head back in action! Not only did I find the first film the best entry in the MCU, it’s also one of my favorite comic book movies. Seeing it three times in theaters, I love it with each viewing. With that being a surprise success among audiences and critics, it’s no surprise that director James Gunn is going to make a trilogy featuring these marvelous (no pun intended) and downright witty characters interact and kick some ass in the galaxy with Peter Quill’s awesome mixtapes. While Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is just as awesome as Awesome Mix Vol. 1, it bums me out that it doesn’t include David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” as Gunn intended. Oh well—maybe we will wait and see if he will put a David Bowie song on Awesome Mix Vol. 3 to pay tribute to his death. With that said, bring it on!

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The LoversA24 has come a long way since their first produced-film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III—anyone of you remember that movie? No? Okay. Moving on.

After a long list of marvelous and often overlooked films (not to mention Moonlight being the first—and supposedly not the last—film by A24 to win Best Picture), they have produced some of the most bizarre, the most unique, and the most compelling films in recent memory. I believe The Lovers seems to be a charming romantic dramedy about an old couple considering a divorce until they decide to fall in love all over again.

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Three GenerationsAfter its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, the nationwide release of Three Generations (originally called About Ray) has been kept under wraps until right now. There have been a lot of movies in which cisgender actors play transgender characters (e.g. Academy Award-winner Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl). This movie—starring Elle Fanning (who has a long career ahead of her) as a girl making the decision of becoming a transgender boy with the support of her mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon)—continues that trend, which will probably do so for a long time. But—come on! Transgender actors need to have the chance to play those characters! It seems like Three Generations tackles the subject in such a manipulative fashion. Very much so that it might end up being a massive flop.

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The DinnerRichard Gere has been a familiar face in Hollywood for a long time. After getting praise for his performance in NormanThe Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, he stars in another movie, directed by Oren Moverman (2009’s Oscar-nominated The Messenger), about a politician inviting people to a fancy restaurant where their polite conversation turns into something intense when they talk about two boys committing a crime. In my opinion, this looks rather standard. Even though I like movies that are mostly told through conversation.

May 12

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – It must be every little boy’s dream to become King Arthur. Charlie Hunnam seems to be the perfect actor to play him in this reimagining of the classic tale. From Sons of Anarchy to Pacific Rim to Crimson Peak to The Lost City of Z, he has a pretty damn impressive resume. Working alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana, and director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, the underrated The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), this might be a pretty decent time in the theater.

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Snatched – Goldie Hawn is back after fifteen years to star as a mother going on vacation with her daughter (the raunchy Amy Schumer) after her boyfriend dumps her, which leads them getting kidnapped. Snatched almost sounds like your standard sitcom. With a talented filmmaker like Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) behind the camera and a decent screenwriter like Katie Dippold, however, it might be okay for a few good laughs. It might be the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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Lowriders – I have a feeling this is a cross between 8 Mile and The Fast and the Furious. And not in a good way. It goes into the clichéd territory of an outsider being the best at his craft with the support of his friends and family. I’m skipping this one.

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The Wall – No—this movie is not about Donald Trump and his plans of building the wall on the Mexican border. This is a cat-and-mouse type of movie where two soldiers are trapped by an Iraqi sniper. Fresh from directing Edge of Tomorrow (also known as Live. Die. Repeat.), Doug Liman creates something with a much lower budget than his blockbusters. Known for playing Kick-Ass and Quicksilver, I find Aaron Taylor-Johnson to be a bland actor. But—it seems he might step his A-game here starring alongside John Cena. This looks like edge-of-your-seat fun.

May 19

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Alien: Covenant – Back in 2012, it was great to hear Ridley Scott has returned to the universe that made him such an all-star with Prometheus. After getting polarizing reception, Scott has made one gigantic flop (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and one gigantic success (The Martian) before returning for Alien: Covenant with an all-star cast, ranging from dramatic actors (Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup) to comedic actors (Danny McBride, James Franco). Alien is one of the best sci-fi films of all time, with the sequel Aliens (directed by James Cameron) being a slight improvement. This looks straight-up terrifying!

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Source: IMP Awards

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Great…another one of these movies. And not starring the same cast from the three previous films; given they are getting a little old (which is understandable). I have never seen a trailer so bad in a long time. Moving on.

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Source: IMP Awards

Everything, Everything – *sigh* Another sappy love story? I’m good, thanks.

May 26

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Source: IMP Awards

Baywatch (opens Thursday)Okay, this is somewhat more like it. The reboot of the popular television show looks pretty hysterical. Dwayne Johnson proves he has the right amount of comedic timing while being a straight-up badass. He seems to have great chemistry between his co-stars Zac Efron (who is just as ripped as Dwayne Johnson), Alexandria Deddario (San Andreas), Kelly Rohrbach, among others. That’s what matters most in comedies is the chemistry between the actors and having good timing with the jokes. I’m there for something funny, sexy, and full of testosterone.

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Source: IMP Awards

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Another one of these movies? I have only seen the first film, which I loved, and On Stranger Tides, which I find underwhelming and forgettable. Johnny Depp returns in his pirate outfit and mannerisms as Captain Jack Sparrow seeking the Trident of Poseidon while encountering some new and familiar faces including Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley). I have a feeling this might go into the path of being as forgettable as the last film. I just don’t give a damn about a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

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Brad Pitt in War Machine. (Source: Business Insider)

War Machine – I can’t do a summer movie preview without talking about some movies that are going to be on Netflix. Brad Pitt is more than just having good looks. He also knows what he can do to be a great actor, from Ocean’s Eleven to Moneyball. Here, he seems to be bringing back his mannerisms of Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds and Wardaddy in Fury in this political war satire leading an amazing cast including Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ben Kingsley. This is one film on Netflix I will definitely watch, no matter how good or bad it might be.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Alien: Covenant, Baywatch, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Lovers, The Wall

Least Anticipated: Everything, Everything, Lowriders, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Three Generations

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of May. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are for the month of May. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of June on Memorial Day. Take care.