Here are some quick impressions for some movies this summer (and beyond) that’ll try to convince you to go outside and into an air-conditioned theater.
Jurassic World – June 12, 2015
Even raptors aren’t immune to Chris Pratt’s charm. Also look at Jake Johnson’s (New Girl) weird mustache. Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the events of the first film (1995) and will either recapture your childhood or completely shatter it. No pressure!
Dope – June 19, 2015
The Sundance hit from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa looks like a lot of fun and it’s nice to see some nerds of color get major screentime. The film stars relative newcomers Shameik Moore and Kiersey Clemons, alongside some familiar faces like Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Blake Anderson (Workaholics), and Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class).
Ted 2 – June 26, 2015
The sequel to 2012’s stoner teddybear comedy is all about civil rights! So, that should be interesting. Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson join Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane for another round of sex jokes.
Trainwreck – July 17, 2015
Amy Schumer is one of the funniest comedians around (everyone watch Inside Amy Schumer), so Judd Apatow produced and directed this R rated comedy she wrote and stars in. The eclectic cast include Bill Hader (SNL), John Cena (WWE), and Lebron James (NBA).
Fantastic Four – August 7, 2015
This looks like none of the other comic book franchises out right now. It does kinda look like Interstellar though and that could be a good thing. The sci-fi approach looks sharp and that cast (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell) is pretty… great (you thought I was gonna say fantastic).
The Visit – September 11, 2015
Writer/director M. Night Shymalan returns to horror in this tale of creepy grandparents. Could this also be his return to surprise twist endings? Did you know he wrote 90’s classic She’s All That? The man’s full of surprises.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
This trailer is not for everyone and they went heavy on the “dark and brooding.” Hopefully this is just a piece of the film and not indicative of it as a whole. However, this trailer did grow on me after a few views and I’m optimistic DC can build something interesting. This looks it could be the most ideologically complex superhero movie ever, so I am in. If nothing else, Wonder Woman has been confirmed to appear alongside Batman, Superman, and Aquaman; hopefully to beat them all up.