Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
It is the week of the spider true believers, and you know that legions of like-minded folks will be flocking to their local cinema to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2, including us! For those non-Pater Parker fans there are precious few choices to be had as there is only one other wide release film going up against the Sony Picture juggernaut. But you may be able to catch one of the limited release films if you are lucky. Friended to Death is a comedy about an unlikeable fellow who tries to prove how much he is valued when he fakes his own death and monitors the response on social media. Mr. Jones is a thriller about a couple who are filmmakers looking for inspiration for a new creative work when the run afoul of a strange neighbor to deadly result. Whitewash stars Thomas Hayden Church as a snowplow operator who accidentally kills a man and attempts to bury his sin and run away from his guilt in a promising looking thriller. Walk of Shame stars the lovely Elizabeth Banks as a news anchor trying to break through to the big time and gets her chance before her choices and fate attempts to derail her in this comedy, which also happens to be the only other wide release film of the week. Decoding Annie Parker is a drama about a woman who pursues a research breakthrough on genetic code after being diagnosed with breast cancer. And finally, Belle, is a period film about a young mixed race girl in England who, along with her lover, attempt to break social stigmas and gain acceptance. Check out the trailers for Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Whitewash, which are our top selections!
A big release week follows with Seth Rogan’s next raunchy comedic entry in Neighbors, co-starring Zac Efron and Rose Byrne as a young couple with child deal with the young men from a fraternity who move in next door. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is an animated feature based on IDW’s iteration of the famous characters as they bring a whole new support cast to the Wizard of Oz world. The voice talents of Lea Michelle, Patrick Stewart, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Akroyd, and Martin Short are all featured. Mom’s Night Out stars Sean Astin, Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton and The Snake King himself (people who have seen Courageous know what I am taking about) in a family comedy about a woman who needs a break from the real world and attempts a night out with her friends with unexpected results. Chef is a Jon Favreau film about a daring culinary genius who won’t operate by the rules and decides to strike out on his own in a beaten down truck to pedal his creations. The movie also stars Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, and John Leguizamo…what a cast! God’s Pocket is Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last complete film-making effort as he stars as a man in a tough predicament after his stepson is killed in a construction “accident”. Mad Men’s Christina Hendrick’s stars as his very unhappy wife. Jesse Eisenberg is a desk clerk for a shadowy government organization whose life take a strange turn when he confronts a clone of himself in The Double. Devil’s Knot tells the true story of three horrific child murders in the deep south and the teens who are accused of the grisly act but are not necessarily guilt. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star. In Palo Alto, James Franco and Emma Roberts star in a drama about some angst-filled teens and the trouble they find. And finally, Stage Fright stars Minnie Driver in a whacky horror/comedy musical. The allure of Chef’s cast is making that selection tough to beat, but if you have the kids in tow, you could probably do worse than checking out Mom’s Night Out. Here are both trailers for your enjoyment!
Godzilla invades theaters nationwide this week, and we are completely fired up to see this movie rip that abomination starring Matthew Broderick in 1998 right from our minds! Disney unleashes a movie based on a reality show called Million Dollar Arm, featuring a talent scout who goes to India to find the next big thing. The movie stars Jon Hamm and Lake Bell. A Night in Old Mexico has Robert Duvall as an old cowboy who takes his grandson on a misguided adventure that has them run afoul of gangsters and vagrants of all types in an effort to not go quietly into twilight. A Short History of Decay features Brian Greenberg and Emmanuelle Chriqui as former lovers and writers who have taken different tracks of success and personal loss in a comedic drama. Don Peyote is a stoner’s psychedelic journey into conspiracy theory that just looks a bit too strange for our taste in spite of an interesting cast including Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel, Anne Hathaway, Wallace Shawn, and Toher Grace. Half of the Yellow Sun looks like a promising drama set in 1960’s Nigeria as a wealth family is fractured by a betrayal of sisters starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetal Eijofor. Joaquin Phoenix helps a young woman deemed too sick to enter the United States on Ellis Island in The Immigrant, co-starring Marion Cotillard. And almost a decade late, Wolf Creek 2 features Australia’s favorite psychotic villain wreaking more havoc and munching on more human trail mix in the form of unsuspecting backpackers (yawn). Here is the mean lizard for your viewing pleasure!
Marvel’s X-Men hit the big screen, once again, and marks the second big comic book splash of the month with X-Men: Days of Future Past. All the characters you loved from the last few movies in a giant ensemble featuring both the First Class cast alongside the long-running players. The storyline featured is one of the most popular in the entire X-Men comic run to date, so bet on a big showing! Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore re-unite on screen for Blended, a story of two families coming together even after an epic fail first date between two single parents. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn looks like the better comedy, however, as Robin Williams plays a dyspeptic man given 90 minutes to live by his doctor (played by Mila Kunis). How does such a man make right all his old scores. You’ll have to watch to find out. Cold in July looks like a great thriller with Dexter, er I mean Michael C Hall, being tormented by a very sinister Sam Shepard. Tracks is an Australian film that tells the true story of a woman who set out to traverse 2000 miles of the dangerous outback. And finally, Words and Pictures has Clive Owen struggling as a teacher to a generation whose educational values lay far afield from his own. Juliette Binoche co-stars. Our picks are X-Men and Cold in July. Enjoy the trailers!
Disney looks to top the charts again as Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent, a faerie who goes bad due to a betrayal that turns her heart to stone. The untold story of the villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty. Seth MacFarlane directs and stars in A Million Ways to Die in the West, facing off against outlaw Liam Neeson as a sheep farmer tries to find his courage in the brave new frontier. Looks like epic fun. In limited release, The Grand Seduction is a comedy starring Brendan Gleeson about an Irish town badly in need of finding a doctor to fill the town’s need of opening a factory to provide jobs. James MacEvoy stars as a morally-corrupt cop who relishes in the more seedy aspects of his profession in the appropriately named Filth. And Night Moves is a eco-terror thriller that centers around two young corrupted idealists played by Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. Lots of good choices this week, but our money is on the limited release Night Moves. Check it out here.
Thanks for checking out another edition of Fresh Popped Corn. What movies are you most looking forward to seeing this month? We would love to hear from you!
-The Great Stories Team