Thursday, July 11, 2013

Movies to see this summer

After Earth

Release date: May 31 / 1000 years after Earth has been abandoned, Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father (Will Smith) crash. With his father injured, Kitai must go signal for help alone. The special effects look great, and we know those Smith boys can act -- this might be a great family film.

I don't always love a Will Smith action flick (see "I am legend" and more) but I often do (see "Independence Day" aka. best movie ever). I enjoyed watching Will and Jaden together, and usually enjoy a dystopian movie, ala hunger games. This is one to see with Paul.

The Kings of Summer

Release date: May 31 / This Sundance crowd-pleaser follows three teenagers (Nick Robinson of "Melissa & Joey," Patrick Keenan of "The Big C" and Moises Arias of "Hannah Montana") who decide to escape their overbearing parents by building a house in the woods and living there for the summer. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub have supporting roles in this sweet coming-of-age story. 

First up I love Alison Brie, and usually enjoy Megan Mullaly, and more than that the cover shows three teenage boys cliff jumping in to water - since I'd like to be jumping in to water currently, it seems like a movie I'd be in to. On a more serious note though the line "sweet coming of age story" makes an impact for me. 

Now you see me

Release date: May31 /A heist movie that pits an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and famed magic debunker (Morgan Freeman) against "The Four Horsemen," a team of illusionists played by Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco. Sounds like "Ocean's Eleven" meets David Copperfield. Yes, please. 

I don't think I even need to say why I want to see this and I've already heard it's awesome. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and those are just the first two names? What up!

The Internship

Release date: June 7 / Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite to do what they do best. This time, they play two salesman competing with a bunch of college-age geniuses for a Google internship. Bonus points for "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien, who is about to be a pretty big deal, wearing glasses.

Vince Vaughn is one of my celebrity crushes. Obvioulsy I value humour over looks, though I definitely don't think he's ugly. Him and Owen Wilson can make me laugh (see. Wedding Crashers, despite how awkward that movie makes me feel) - looking forward to this one. 

This is the End

Release date: June 12 / For "This Is The End," Seth Rogen basically got all of his friends together to make a feature-length film based on the 2007 short film he and Jay Baruchel created, "Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse." Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed and wrote the movie, which stars Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson as variations of themselves. It also features cameos from everyone from Emma Watson and Rihanna to Michael Cera, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, so it is almost worth watching just to see how hilariously Hollywood's elite respond when the apocalypse hits Los Angeles. 

I'll admit I'm nervous about the content of this movie - I fear there will be a lot of swearing and crudeness, but that aside I LOVE the sort of story line here - a twist on reality - a what if situation, and famous people - this lets us feel like we're in on the joke in a new way. Also Emma Watson is in it and the part with her makes me giggle - she's great.  Definitely one to see with Paul

The Bling Ring

Release date: June 14 / Sofia Coppola puts her spin on the real-life story of a group of LA teens who target the young Hollywood "in crowd," making themselves at home in their mansions and making off with their property. Emma Watson plays a fictional version of real-life reality star turned jail bird, Alexis Neiers, who is already fuming over the film based on the trailer alone. The fact that Neiers spent time in jail alongside one of her victims, Lindsay Lohan, is just icing on this train wreck cake.

Again with Emma Watson - she's everywhere lately. This looks interesting and mildly amusing at least. One to see with a girlfriend - Paul would most likely hate it. He says if someone doesn't die in the movie it's a chick flick and therefore he's not interested. Broad minded that husband of mine is

The Heat

Release date: June 28 / "The Heat" finds Melissa McCarthy teaming up with Sandra Bullock and her "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig in a female buddy-cop story. McCarthy, who plays a foul-mouthed Boston street cop paired with Bullock's straight-laced FBI agent to take down a drug lord, seems poised to have audiences laughing all summer long. 

Oh my word. Are you kidding me? Melissa McCarthy (who I have loved since Gilmore Girls) AND Sandra Bullock (who I have loved since Speed, including The Net - yes I do remember that film) in the same movie together? It's "The Other Guys" meets "Miss Congeniality"

White House Down

Release date: June 28 / The White House is under attack, and Channing Tatum saves the country -- with his clothes on? OK, we'll bite. Though this looks like a cliche summer action flick, full of muscles and explosions, the presence of the "Sexiest Man Alive" makes us willing to overlook his less captivating companion, Jamie Foxx. Now why is that "Channing all over your Tatum" song suddenly stuck in our heads?

This looks a bit more action-ey than I normally like - but I enjoy Channing Tatum and feel like watching this movie is a gift to Paul. 

The way, way back

Release date: July 5

The first directorial effort from Oscar-winning screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon ("The Descendants"), this coming-of-age tale stars Liam James ("The Killing") as Duncan, an awkward teen who's dragged by his mom (Toni Collette) to her jerk-of-a-boyfriend's house for the summer. He finds refuge at a local water park, run by Sam Rockwell's Owen. An homage to the coming-of-age tales in the '80s, looks to be the perfect answer for those looking for an alternative to the big blockbusters on Fourth of July weekend.

This seems sweet and interesting - and again, coming of age, usually gets me. I love a good story line. 

Grown Ups 2

Release date: July 12 / Just what you've been waiting for -- a sequel to the 2010 comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Kevin James and Rob Schneider. More hijinks ensue, lessons about friendship are learned, etc. 

Aaaaaaaand I'll admit I like Grown Ups and am definitely looking forward to this sequel.

The Spectacular Now

Release date: Aug. 2 / We already called it one of the best movies from this year's Sundance Film Festival, and this unusually sensitive high school romance just might blossom into a late summer sleeper hit. Rising stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are excellent as the central couple, and the movie has the same authentic, naturalistic tone as TV's "Friday Night Lights." (Kyle Chandler is even in the cast, albeit in a role that's very different from Coach Taylor.)

I don't know what to expect but I'm feeling hopeful about this movie - probably one to see with some girlfriends.

We're the Millers

Release date: Aug. 9 / Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis star as a stripper and pot dealer, respectively, in this comedy that turns into a family roadtrip romp, of sorts. When Sudeikis' character finds himself in major debt to his marijuana supplier (Ed Helms), he goes on a drug smuggling run to Mexico and enlists stripper Rose (Aniston) and tattooed, streetwise Casey (Emma Roberts) to help him. What could go wrong?


Release date: Aug. 16 / This Sundance fave sees Keri Russell star as Jane Hayes, a New York girl who is secretly obsessed with Mr. Darcy -- the Colin Firth version from the BBC's "Pride & Prejudice," of course. This obsession is wreaking havoc on her love life because no one can possibly live up to Firth's Darcy (amen, sister). But when Jane is gifted a trip to a Jane Austen-themed resort in England, all of her wildest dreams start coming true. This under-the- radar comedy received great reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, plus it has an especially likable cast in Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, "The New Normal's" Georgia King and "Battlestar Galactica's James Callis. 

1. Keri Russell is in this movie. 2. Keri Russell is in this movie. 
Do you need more reasons while I like it?
3. Keri Russell is in this movie without Felicity's stupid short hair cut. Win.

Release date: Aug. 23 / A movie called "Drinking Buddies" that stars "Office Space's" Ron Livingston and "New Girl's" Jake Johnson (pictured)? Yes, please. Throw in Olivia Wilde (pictured) and Anna Kendrick and we are down. Johnson and Wilde star as Kate and Luke, friends who might be more -- except for their current involvements.

This looks totally silly and probably kinda gross and yet totally guilty pleasure like.

Release date: Aug. 23 / Did you love "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz"? Then this is the summer movie for you. Creators of the aforementioned comedies are back in a film that sees friends reunite after 20 years in an attempt to recreate an epic pub crawl they did in their youth. However, they quickly find that the future of all humankind rests on their shoulders. For some reason. We have no idea, but we bet it's going to be hilarious."

I did love "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" and I'm often saying to Paul that all I want in life is more movies like those and by those guys. Yes. I must watch it. Watch it, I will.

That Guy... Who Was in That Thing 

On Netflix now / Documentary about sixteen actors who detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in Hollywood. They've played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians and everything in between. Now you'll know who they are

My actor friend (how awesome does that sound - or how phoney?) recommended this and I'm looking forward to it!

Phew, for the first time in a while there's a lot I want to see! And with movies comes popcorn. This summer's going to rock!

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