Late Night - Friday, June 7
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in this comedy about a struggling talk show host who forms an unlikely friendship with a newly hired female writer who was brought on staff to help save the show. Late Night looks fun and has a very interesting premise. And it also got very good receptions coming out of Sundance Festival. It is not particularly groundbreaking but not every movie needs to be cutting-edge.
Sometimes you’re just looking for a nice comedy to relax.
The Dead Don’t Die - Friday, June 14
Adam Driver and Bill Murray headline a killer cast in Jim Jarmusch’s comedy about a couple of small-town cops who find themselves in over their heads when the dead begin coming back to life and shambling about town. Zombie comedies/parodies are kinda overdone. And to be honest, I’m a little bit tired of zombies in general. But Jim Jarmusch directing a zombie themed flick is enough to resurrect my curiosity.
The only Jarmusch films I’ve seen are Paterson, Only Lovers Left Alive and The Stooges documentary called Gimme Danger. But I really liked them all. He is such an original and interesting director. And he has been making awesome independent films since the 80s.
Also, the cast list is wild. I’m so watching this.
Men in Black International - Friday, June 14
The Men in Black are back, and this time, one of them is a woman. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson suit up as members of MiB’s London bureau, who are dispatched to investigate a series of otherworldly crimes happening on Earth.
I really like Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. I loved them in Thor Ragnarok. But, this looks so generic. And it has none of that old MIB charm and simplicity. I’m hoping this movie will be good enough to keep the franchise going. But, *Men in Black International *looks like just another attempt to target millennial nostalgia.
I will give it a chance though.
Toy Story 4 - Friday, June 21
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and the Toy Story cast are back in an all-new adventure that finds them trying to rescue a homemade toy named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) when he and Woody get separated from the group during a road trip.
This might be really unpopular thing to say but, I’m not a big fan of Pixar movies. And sorry, but I didn’t get a lot of excitement out of this Toy Story trailer.
I was perfectly fine with letting the series rest after the 3rd movie. And I can’t imagine a better ending. It’s gonna be hard for this movie to live up to it. I might be wrong but this feels like just a cynical cash-in and it will probably accomplished its mission and make a billion dollars at the box office.
With that all being said, I will still going to watch it. Because I’m a sucker for summer movies.
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Tuesday, July 2 Usa/Thursday July 4 Europe
In this follow-up to the 2017 character reboot, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) takes a trip to Europe with his classmates and meets Nick Fury, who wants him to team up with a new guy named Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to battle some unusual creatures.
I’m so intrigued and extremely impressed by this trailer and the direction of the film.
I'm not sure if Mysterio is really from a different universe. The whole Multiverse thing is probably made up by him so he can get away with something. But if it is true, this might be how we will get mutants (X-Men) and The Fantastic Four into the main MCU without ruining anything that has been done already.
Also, Tom Holland is an extremely amazing actor. And has a lot of charisma. Marvel hit the jackpot with him.
I bought my ticket already and cannot wait to watch this!
Midsommar - Wednesday, July 3
Director Ari Aster returns with a follow-up to his hit horror film Hereditary, this time setting the action in the broad daylight of a Swedish village, where a young couple on vacation clash with a local cult.
I am so excited for this movie. If this is as messed up as Hereditary was, it will be a wild ride. Ari Aster can do anything at this point and I’ll watch it.
The movie looks absolutely stunning as well. The camera work, visuals, atmosphere are all incredible. And I can’t have enough of movies about creepy cults.
I’m still traumatized from Heredity. But I’m ready to be traumatized again!
The Lion King - Friday, July 19
Jon Favreau takes the helm for Disney’s “live-action” retelling of the beloved 1994 animated film, hoping to do for it what he did with 2016’s The Jungle Book. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, and James Earl Jones.
I’m curious. This new The Lion King version looks basically like a super ultra remaster of the original. But I’m okay with that.
The CGI looks incredible. It is like an animation coming to life. The voice cast is absolutely amazing. I’m excited to hear Seth Rogen’s voice come out of Pumba
This new version might feel like it lacks some of the charms from the original. But I’ll definitely give it a shot out of curiosity
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Friday, July 26
Set in 1969, Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated ninth film centers on an actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt man (Brad Pitt), and, in some tangential way, Charles Manson. That and the movie’s stunning cast is about all we know so far.
After seeing the Once Upon a Time In Hollywood trailer I feel like this movie will be the most Tarantino thing ever. A movie about movies? So meta!
They’ve recreated 1969 Hollywood extremely well. And It also has an extremely talented and well-known cast. DiCaprio looks like he’s having an absolute blast in the trailer.
The movie will hopefully be an alternate history where Tate survives and maybe kills the Manson women. A historical rewrite, Inglourious Basterds style.
Anyway, I still have no idea what this movie is really about. But I’m stoked to find out.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Friday, August 2
Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba star in this spinoff of the Fast and Furious franchise, as federal agent Luke Hobbs teams up with former bad guy Deckard Shaw to take down an even badder guy with, apparently, superpowers.
Hobbs & Shaw looks absolutely ridiculous. And I’m totally in! Because this movie will be the right kind of over-the-top ridiculous.
The trailer basically gave away pretty much the whole movie. It spoils the entire plot-line. But, I don’t think spoilers are going to matter. I’m not watching those Fast and Furious movies for the story anyway.
Hobbs and Shaws is just a Fast & Furious spinoff. And who knows what they’re planning for the main franchise. I can’t wait. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
I will need the biggest popcorn bucket for this.
Good Boys - Friday, August 16
A trio of 12-year-olds set off on a wild adventure to replace a broken drone and help one of them learn how to kiss a girl in this R-rated coming-of-age comedy starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon.
Good Boys looks pretty entertaining. It feels like a live action of South Park. An exaggerated vision of what every middle schooler kid does while growing up: curse, look for porn and get into trouble when adults aren’t around.
I know, it sounds really wrong. But, having 12-year-old kids in this kind of raunchy comedy is actually a brilliant idea.