CU&O Movie Insider Edition: Summer 2013
Summer is a much celebrated time of year; especially for Canadians. It is typically a fanfare that involves sandals, campfires, skirts, bare skin, wood chopping, flings, mixed alcohol and patio furniture. Essentially, a time to chill the F out.
The summer months are also a time ripe for blockbusters at your local theater. Your cinema during the summertime is basically a general breeding ground for sequels, remakes, and comic book adaptations.
With that being said, here is compiled overview of some upcoming films to watch out for during those summer nights when you and your crew need a night off from treating your livers to the “Cancun” experience.
*CU&O will be selectively seeing and reviewing these films as they come out.
In Movie Theaters: June 7th, 2013
Director: James DeMonaco
Stars: Ethan Hawk, Lena Hedley
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Rundown: A thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. The film takes place in an America that is suffocated by crime and overloaded prisons (essentially America today), the federal government has authorized an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes permissible. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend assistance. Its one night when the public regulates itself without thought of punishment.
Thoughts: I know what your thinking, the last 10 years have been full of these types of dystopian thrillers with similar doomy scenarios. But guess what? No trend lasts forever. Although, yoga pants as an unofficial college uniform for women seems to be sticking around; and has been for a decade. So, I could be wrong about the whole dystopian thriller trend. Bottom line, both trends are profitable. And where there is money, there is support. I tend to support both with great enthusiasm.
In Movie Theaters: June 7th, 2013
Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson
Rundown: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson start off the movie as salesmen whose careers have turned to shit by the ever expanding digital world. Trying to demonstrate they are not outdated old farts, they defy the odds by talking their way into a desirable internship at Google, along with a horde of genius college students. But gaining access to this utopia is only half the challenge. Now Vaughn and Wilson must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy nerds to prove that when people are pushed to do something, they will find a way to adapt and accomplish that goal.
Thought: This film looks like good clean family fun (depending on your definition- I am sure Vaughn and Wilson won’t disappoint with their usual bag of one-liners and sexual innuendos).
In Movie Theaters: June 14th, 2013
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
Rundown: It looks like a reboot of the Superman franchise. Various sources have mentioned many variations of the plot, but neither Warner Bros nor the director, Zack Snyder, have confirmed the story. Its Superman, you know the drill. Basically, the story follows a child sent to Earth from a dying planet and is adopted by a couple in rural Kansas. Posing as a journalist, he uses his extraordinary powers to protect his new home from an insidious evil.
Thoughts: If you know me well enough, I already know what you’re thinking. The answer is yes. Yes my friends, a big part of me will be seeing this film because the one, the only, Kevin Costner will be gracing us with his presence in Man of Steel. Although not the main character, I will still be looking to see how many records Mr. Costner’s ego will be breaking throughout the film (notably the amount of screen time he gets within the realm and appropriateness of his character). Nonetheless, it’s Superman, and a potential blockbuster. So, I will be sure to see you at the over-priced concession stands (Don’t bitch about it-expect it) and center-middle rows of the theatre (viewing sweet-spot).
In Movie Theaters: June 21st, 2013
Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Brad Pitt & Mireille Enos
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror
Rundown: A researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors of the flesh-eating zombie attack from all over the world in order to put together a post-mortem on a war that destroyed every country around the globe.
Thoughts: If you have played the video game World War Z, congratulations. The film will not follow the game, and has an entirely different set of characters. However, I have high expectations for this film as there is said to be planned sequels (trilogy), from the director himself that will resemble the vibe known from AMC’s: The Walking Dead.
In Movie Theaters: July 12th, 2013
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Rundown: Set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A team of scientists must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.
Thoughts: Prepare yourself for a CGI party. Honestly though, this film looks like it has the potential to make some good connections(They may be hidden In the movie- so put on your thinking caps) to our modern world, its practices, and impending path we are taking as a species.
In Movie Theaters: July 19th, 2013
Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren
Genre: Action,Comedy, Thriller
Rundown: In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon.
Thoughts: Sleeper hit indeed. To be honest, back when Red first came out I didn’t pay much attention to it; much like how the CIA and Pentagon doesn’t pay much attention to Kim Jung-un’s war drumming and little-man syndrome antics. However, Kim Jung-un is worth keeping an eye on due to his country being a proxy to that of Russia and China; plus he is insane. Red, conversely, was an insane movie. With that being said, I will be keeping my eye out for Red 2.
In Movie Theaters: July 19th, 2013
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rundown: Before Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Thoughts: If you have seen Vera Farmiga in the recent A&E series Bates Motel, then your expectations should be as high as mine. Her performance in the pilot season for that series was top notch (especially and surprisingly for A&E). The film is also based on a true story, so you can be sure I will be seeing this one and going over the history and facts like a lunatic (the review will probably be a long one). All in all, looks like it will be worth seeing and spending the cheddar on.
In Movie Theaters: July 26th, 2013
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rundown: Based on the renowned comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unforeseen and lethal opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.
Side note: In a recent interview with Empire magazine, The Wolverine director James Mangold said the film is actually a sequel to the last ensemble X-Men film. As Mangold said, “Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”
In Movie Theaters: August 9th, 2013
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Rundown: In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium.
Thoughts: As an avid movie goer you are probably no stranger to this type of plot line. However, if you have seen the recent film In Time starring Justine Timberlake and enjoyed it, and its messages about our societal structure, you probably won’t be disappointed with what this film is aiming to do also.
In Movie Theaters: August 16th, 2013
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Rundown: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.
Thoughts: The first film was unadulterated hilarity on its own and was a surprising hit for the amount of meat the plot has on its bones. Nonetheless, I expect the laughs to continue in Kick-ass 2. Kick-Ass=pure entertainment.