The summer movie season is off to a fairly decent start. Even though there have been some complete failures (Aloha, Hot Pursuit), there have been some that either met (The Avengers: Age of Ultron; even though some people were disappointed with it) or exceeded everyone’s expectations (Mad Max: Fury Road). The month of June doesn’t have a lot that I’m excited for. Who knows? Maybe there would be some pleasant surprises throughout the month as well as the rest of the summer. Let’s talk about the movies that are coming out this month.
Entourage (in theaters today) – I have never watched the HBO show. Seeing so many celebrity cameos from the preview looks like it would be okay for a few chuckles. I understand fans of the show are going to like or hate this movie. For a non-fan like me, I think it would be best to watch the show. Despite the negative reception, I’m not going to skip this movie. I’ll eventually watch the show and make an opinion when I end up seeing the movie.
Spy – Melissa McCarthy returns with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) to give what the audience wants. It looks like this movie has it all: action, laughs, and of course, Melissa McCarthy. She is the master of improvising and making people laugh. Her performance in The Heat, alongside Sandra Bullock, had everyone in stitches. I don’t think she’s an awful actress, but it seems like she’s playing the same character over and over again. I wouldn’t be surprised if this would become a hit. I might see it for Jason Statham and Jude Law.
Insidious: Chapter 3 – Damn, how many movies are we going to get? What is this going to become? Paranormal Activity? I haven’t seen the Insidious movies, but I’ve heard the first one was pretty decent, and the second one sucked. This one doesn’t look scary at all.
Love and Mercy – Brian Wilson had a devastating life. He decided to stop touring and write music after having a panic attack. In the 1980s, he’s a confused middle-aged man. As a fan of The Beach Boys, I cannot wait for this! Paul Dano and John Cusack are the perfect choices to play Brian Wilson (not to mention Wilson being satisfied after seeing the movie). I love how Paul Dano gets physically tortured in every single movie (from There Will Be Blood to Prisoners to 12 Years a Slave). This time, in Love and Mercy, he’s getting mentally tortured. Time to get out the tissue box.
Jurassic World – Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite movies. It has the wonder, the suspense, and it became an early milestone of bringing dinosaurs to life by using state-of-the-art CGI. Since 1993, they still hold up to this day. 22 years later, we get a reboot of this wonderful movie. What can be more exciting than Chris Pratt riding on his motor-scooter with a group of velociraptors? My inner child cannot wait any longer for June 12th!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – This smash hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks like it’s reminiscent to the films of Wes Anderson. A quirky comedy-drama about a teenage filmmaker who befriends a girl with leukemia. Words cannot describe on how stoked I am for this!! It looks funny and sad. My most anticipated movie for the month.
Inside Out – PIXAR has made several imaginative animated films for kids and adults. They introduced a world of toys coming to life, showed the nice side of monsters, brought us under the sea, and even made a house fly. With Inside Out, PIXAR brings us inside the central nervous system and how our emotions are being controlled. After the solid but disappointing Monsters University, it looks like PIXAR is back to bring us the funny and emotional. If it stars two SNL alumni, Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, that gives two more good reasons to look forward to this.
Dope – Produced by Pharrell Williams, it follows an African-American high school senior living on the dangerous streets of Inglewood, California who dreams of going to Harvard. He goes on an adventure with his friends, one of them played by Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and they try not to get in trouble. This is another hit at Sundance that looks offbeat and moving.
Infinitely Polar Bear – It’s refreshing to see Mark Ruffalo getting mad without turning into a green monster. In Infinitely Polar Bear, he plays a father with bipolar disorder learning the responsibilities of taking care of his two daughters. This looks like a very funny and touching outlook how one guy tries to do what is best, despite his condition.
Manglehorn – Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors. I’m glad he came back this year! Directed by David Gordon Green, who gave us small independent films (George Washington, Snow Angels, Prince Avalanche, Joe) and mainstream comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter), he directs – what looks like – a deep character study about a lonely, sarcastic man working as a locksmith after losing the woman of his dreams. This is a very different role for Pacino (in a good way). Despite the mixed reception from last year’s Venice Film Festival, I’m quite looking forward to seeing how he holds up with Green in the director’s chair.
Ted 2 – Directed by Seth MacFarlane. Skipping this one for sure. Moving right along.
Max – From the director of Remember the Titans, this looks like a sentimental but heartwarming story of a dog who helped Marines in Afghanistan, and is adopted by a family in the States. This might be good, but I’m pretty sure my father, who was former soldier of the Army National Guard, would like to see it.
Batkid Begins – It’s rare to get excited for a documentary. Seeing the preview, I was hooked. Following a kid diagnosed with leukemia who wishes to be Batman. Everyone from all over the world has been passing the story like a virus, and they root for him. Please take my money!!
Most Anticipated: Batkid Begins, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Love and Mercy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Least Anticipated: Insdious: Chapter 3, Ted 2
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.