It is almost summertime and you know what that means... The Beach!
No? "That movie was released 13 years ago man", says Joe Q. Cinema, "Oh, the real beach?". Of course most cinephiles will be packed in theatres, NOT at the beach, and I'll be right there in line with you. Let's countdown the Top 5 Most Compelling Movies of the Summer.
HONORABLE MENTION: After Earth (Ok, did I get your attention?!)
5. Grown Ups 2
Why? I'll tell you why. Well, I'm not quite sure other than that I am curious to see if , , and can pull it off again. I'm anticipating snarky one-liners from Spade, Sandler's growling voice that he does in every movie now ("Ohhhhh Yeahhh"), loud noises from Chris Rock and a shirtless Kevin James. BOOM! 50 mil opening weekend. In Theatres July 12.
's Drive was one of my favorite films of 2011, and I was disappointed to hear of poor reviews from Cannes last month after Only God Forgives was screened. Sure, the trailer is not that exciting ("Wanna Fight?"). In fact, I think the promotional stills pack more punch but this is a film that I can't miss. If you haven't seen Refn's Pusher trilogy, check that out for sure and give Drive another viewing as well. If you didn't like that film then we can't be friends. In Theatres July 19.
Prolific South Korean director 's latest is about the man who trained . Foreign megastars and are in the lead roles and expect much, much more than your average martial arts film. There will be intense visuals and existential themes which will no doubt remain in your mind afterwards. See Fallen Angels to prepare yourself.
This could be the Spring Breakers of the summer (sans ). headlines the cast of 's film about young, rich kids who rob the homes of several Hollywood celebrities. I was living in Los Angeles while the actual events were taking place and it was incredibly bizarre. Emma Watson continues to evolve as an actress and expect another solid performance. In Theatres June 14.
I don't know who is, but expect everybody to be talking about the up-and-coming director once this film is released. The reviews from Cannes are phenomenal and I have heard only good about this drama starring , and . In Theatres August 16.
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