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.
Tom Cruise looks to reverse his declining ticket sale trends with another sci fi action flick called The Edge of Tomorrow, also starring Emily Blunt. Looks like a cross between Halo and Ground Hog Day to us, and a good friend of Great Stories who had the privilege of seeing it at a special showing said it was a great flick. The Fault in Our Stars has Shailene Woodley and Angel Elgort as cancer survivors who strike up an unlikely and challenging romance after meeting in a support group. The Moment stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Martin Henderson star in a psychological thriller or a photographer who becomes convinced she is guilty of the murder or her lover. Jenny Slate is a stand-up comedian who goes through personal crisis (no, not losing the person who writes all her funny lines) in the movie Obvious Child. In The Sacrament, the menace of a Jonestown-like cult is brought to life as a documentary team goes in search of one of the team’s family members. Supermensch is an expose on legendary Hollywood manager Shep Gordon who has made stars in many musicians and actors. Mike Myers directs and shows his search for happiness amidst a sea of celebrity. And finally, Trust Me boasts Agent Coulson, er Clark Gregg, as a Hollywood agent struggling to make a name for himself and may have found his ticket with the next big thing. The movie co-stars Amanda Peet and Sam Rockwell. Our pick for the first week is with the horror thriller, The Sacrament. Check out the trailer below.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street headlining the second week of June. A bit “meh” if you ask us since the first was not all that entertaining. Come on Hollywood…stop remaking or rehashing old properties and give us more original material! How to Train Your Dragon 2 will drive the kiddies and their parents to the theaters with the voice talents of Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, and Jonah Hill (that’s right….two films in one weekend for him!). Ivory Tower is a documentary on the astronomical rise in the cost of education and mounting student loan debts. Hellion stars Aaron Paul as a single dad whose family is spinning out of control. I Am I is a drama finding a woman who attempts to re-connect with her ailing father, only to have him believe that she is his departed wife. Lullaby stars Amy Adams and Garett Hedlund in a film about an estranged son who comes back to the family after his long-dying father decides to take himself off of life support…..OK, can we get off the downer already? It’s summer for crying eye! The Rover is a post-apocalyptic revenge flick starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattison. And finally, Laurence Fishburn stars in a sci-fi thriller, The Signal, about two MIT hackers who cross paths with a rival and uncover a sinister plot in the middle of the New Mexican desert. OK, we are seriously at a loss this week folks. If you have a kid, grab him/her and go see a nice family film even though we admit to not having seen the first movie. BAD GREAT STORIES BLOGGERS ….BAD! Guess we will be renting that one from Netflix before the 13th!
Back on track this week with the release of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons biopic, Jersey Boys (also a pretty popular broadway musical) with Clint Eastwood at the helm. Think Like A Man Too has Kevin Hart drumming up laughs again with a pretty solid supporting cast as he and his cohorts hit Vegas to party it up and exchange nuptials. In Third Person, Liam Neeson takes a break from kicking some butt to work through some psychological baggage as a writer who leaves his wife and re-connects with a lover in Paris while two other separate yet inter-connected plot lines weave themselves through (Crash-style). James Franco, Mila Kunis, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, and Adrian Brody all star alongside in this drama. A light week for sure, but we are looking forward to taking a trip back in time to see the rise of a pop sensation……take a look at the Jersey Boys trailer!
We finish out the month of June strong with another huge blockbuster, as only Michael Bay can provide, in Transformers: Age of Extinction. This time, Shia LaBeouf gets traded for Mark Wahlberg, and the results look to be promising. We say this after having absolutely despised part two of this series, but we’ll let bygones be bygones after part three put the Transformers series back in good standing. Snowpiercer has Chris Evans fighting for his right of survival in a brave new world…..on a train housing the survivors of an ice age brought on by natural disaster flavor of the decade Global Warming. It is based on a French graphic novel, which is something we always support…..yes, so many good stories to be had in the world of comics. Keep ’em coming! And nothing else to report for the last week of June, as these two potential blockbusters will be battling for supremacy. And for this reason, we will give you both trailers and let you decide which is the best movie to see before we set foot over the mid-year point of 2014!