Correction: For the rest of this summer.
Anyways, it is pretty clear that summer is well under way, but there is still roughly a month and a half left (2 months officially, as Fall commences on September 23 this year), which means that there are plenty of movies to see still.
However, seeing as I am still a broke college kid and tend to pick what movies I am going to see oh-so-carefully, here are 6 movies that I am looking forward to this summer:
6: Get On Up
Biopics are all the rage as of late, seeing as they usually cover worthy subject matter (as in every important historical figure ever, including Lincoln, TLC, Liberace, Walt Disney, Tupac, etc) and are usually a sure-fire way of scoring an Oscar.
Except if you are Leonardo DiCaprio. The poor sucker has starred in at least 7 biopics and still no Oscar.
I'm beginning to wonder who that guy pissed off.
Moving on, Get On Up is an upcoming biopic that is based on the life of James Brown. Overall, it looks pretty straightforward and formulaic, meaning that it will probably cover Brown’s and his early grinding as well as his rise to fame.
Here is the official synopsis:
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century (ComingSoon.Net)
Anyways, what interests me, however, is the phenomenal cast that the movie has at its disposal.
Don’t believe me? Well, please stand by as I name just a few people who will be appearing in this film: Chadwick Boseman (aka The People’s Choice for Black Panther), Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, and Dan Aykroyd.
And believe me when I say that there’s more where that came from.
Bonus: I am digging Chadwick’s hair.
‘Get On Up’ hits theaters on August 1, 2014.
5. Begin Again (Formerly known as Can a Song Save Your Life?)
I am not sure if I ever stated this in any of my other articles, but if you are an actress or actor and you have appeared in a MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) film at least once, I make it a goal of mine to look out for whatever movie (and subsequent movies) that you appear in next.
That being said, when I was made aware that Mark Ruffalo (give the man a Hulk movie already!) was starring in the film alongside Keira Knightley, I immediately became interested. Upon further investigation, I uncovered the film’s musically-driven plot, which features Ruffalo as a disgruntled and disgraced record-label executive (and can you say grumpy? Sheesh) as well as Knightley as a driven and charming artist.
Here is the official synopsis:
Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City (ComingSoon.Net).
In addition to its compelling plot, the film also boasts an interesting and quirky cast that not only includes Knightley and Ruffalo, but also includes people like Hailee Steinfield, Adam Levine, Mos Def, and Cee Lo Green.
Bonus: There is really no bonus here. I am just looking forward to Ruffalo re-visiting his grumpy acting schtick from films like Just Like Heaven and 13 Going on 30.
‘Begin Again’ was release on June 27, 2014 to a limited audience in NY and LA and expanded its release on July 11, 2014.
Seeing as Scarlett Johansson is another fellow MCU thespian, there was no way I was NOT going to include her upcoming movie Lucy on this list. Lately, the actress has been on a hot streak, going on to appear in films like Hitchcock, Don Jon, Her, Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Chef in a post-The Avengers world. Granted, some of these films have been slightly questionable (Don Jon and Under The Skin, I am looking at you), but the streak still stands.
Anyways, I am interested in Lucy a number of reasons. First of all, not only does Johansson get to play a badass once again, but this time she’ll be getting superpowers in the process (who doesn’t like superpowers!?). Additionally, director Luc Besson has a fantastic track record when it comes to badass, multidimensional characters—that happen to be female (please see The Fifth Element, Nikita, and related films for proof).
Here’s the synopsis:
In a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan who is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman, due to accessing much more than the normal 10% of her brain capacity. She can absorb information instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and chooses not to feel pain or other discomforts (The Hollywood Reporter).
There’s also the fact that Morgan Freeman also appears in this film, which makes me want to see it even more.
Bonus: I’m literally here to see Scarlett kick ass. That’s it.
‘Lucy’ hits theaters on July 25, 2014.
3. If I Stay
I gotta be honest with you: I am sick of YA (Young Adult) Fiction as of late. I mean, what’s come out of it recently other than dystopian futures (I am looking at you, The Hunger Games and Divergent), vampire bullsh*t (the most infamous example being Twilight), and supernatural creature overload (Why, oh why, The Mortal Instruments)?
I’ll tell you what’s come out of it: The Fault in Our Stars…which ended up being a critical as well as commercial smash hit. Not bad for a movie made on a 12 million dollar budget (it has grossed over 220 million dollars at the box office).
You may be wondering why I’m bringing this up. Well, if you have side-eyed Hollywood and its’ weird ways as long as I have, you know that Hollywood likes to immediately replicate any success it has until it quite literally beats the sh*t to death, bringing whatever trend it is capitalizing on to a screeching halt.
And this is where If I Stay comes in. I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be one of–what I assume will be–the many sentimental YA-based movies that will come at us in the near future. Not that there is anything wrong with that, as long as they are as good or even HALF as good as The Fault in Our Stars.
Continuing on, I have slightly high hopes for the film, as it seeks to utilize the talents of the amazing Chloë Grace Moretz and a plot that features Moretz floating through limbo.
Here’s the synopsis:
Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. “If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name (ComingSoon.Net).
Bonus: Bring on the tears? Eh, nevermind.
‘If I Stay’ hits theaters on August 22, 2014.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of summer movies, I usually think about great laughs in addition to an obscene amount of explosions (I am looking at you, Michael Bay). And if you’re lucky, you’ll get both in the same movie.
Enter from stage left, Let’s Be Cops.
Anyways, after seeing 22 Jump Street and seeing this trailer right before the aforementioned movie commenced, I can honestly say that I am mildly excited for this movie. On top of the candid, but bound-to-be-hilarious plot about two idiots pretending to be cops, it also features funny guys Damon Wayans Jr (of Happy Endings and New Girl fame; RIP Happy Endings) and Jake Johnson (of New Girl fame) in the titular roles. Add Rob Riggle into the mix and this film is bound to be a damn good time.
Here’s the synopsis:
It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line (20th Century Fox).
Not gonna lie. I got a 21 Jump Street-ish vibe from the film initially, but I’m not even mad.
Bonus: Again, Rob Riggle. Who doesn’t love Rob Ribble?
‘Let’s Be Cops’ hits theaters on August 13, 2014.
And here is the moment you have all been waiting for…
Okay, this is clearly the moment that I have been waiting for, but I digress. Being completely serious, I actually cannot properly articulate how excited I am for this movie. But…I will try.
Moving on, it is no secret that I am huge Marvel fan and therefore I am very committed to seeing any and every movie the studio decides to put out…though I must admit that I am still on the fence about Antman considering everything that has happened.
With all that aside, I am truly excited for this film because it marks Marvel’s first official venture into its expansive cosmic realm (yes, I am ignoring Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. You can go away now). If they get this right—which, it is looking like they are going to smash this sh*t out of the park—the sky will be the limit for them.
Other than that, I admit that I am not too familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I am excited to get to know them through the film. I know the whole “misfits get together to save the day” thing is a little overdone, but I am sure the Guardians will be putting their own unique spin on it. And with an expansive cast like the one movie possesses (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, and a cameo by Nathon Fillion. Jesus Christ, this cast is huge), the movie is mostly on its way.
It just has to be good.
And by good, I mean f*cking amazing.
Here’s the synopsis:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance (Marvel).
I have nothing else to say about this. August 1 cannot get here fast enough.
Bonus: I get to see a talking raccoon and a talking tree in action. I am not all that sure it gets better than that.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hits theaters on August 1, 2014.
Now that I’ve rambled on and on about what I’m excited to see, I want to hear from you guys. What can’t you wait to see in theaters? Let me know in the comments below!
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Source: Marvel, ComingSoon.Net, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Rant
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