The (Big Ass) June Movie Preview
Every movie you're thinking about spending money on this month
Summer and movies go together like dinner and dessert. The two compliment each other in a way that cannot be overstated. Whatever your taste are there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From action to comedy I know there’s at least one movie below that you’ll be sneaking food into.
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
Could this be the movie that rescues the DC Extended Universe? Early reviews say yes as Wonder Woman has garnered praise from both critics and casual moviegoers. If this film performs well, it would not only give DC’s films a shot in the arm, but it could lead us finally seeing more feature films starring female superheroes (-cough- Black Widow). This movie is a landmark moment in its own right when you consider that theaters have seen nineteen titles headlined by Batman and Superman since 1950. To put that in perspective, Wonder Woman is just the third DC film in that same time period featurING a female lead (1984’s Supergirl and 2004’s Catwoman).
This movie traces Woman Woman’s origins as a hero as Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) crash landing on her Amazon island leads to her involvement in World War II and ultimately sets the stage for her involvement in November’s Justice League.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch
If you’re anything like me, you grew buying Captain Underpants books every time the Scholastic Book Fair rolled through. Seeing Captain Underpants make it to the big screen backed by an all-star cast of voice actors is something that elementary school BDJ could have only dreamed of. Captain Underpants follows best friends George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (voiced by Thomas Middeditch) as they hypnotize their mark ass principle (Ed Helms) into believing he is their created superhero Captain Underpants.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe
If you looked at everything that Hollywood has produced over the past couple summers and went “Hmm, there just haven’t been enough reboots of The Mummy franchise (1999-2008),” then this is for you. This film is also expected to kick-off a new cinematic universe comprised of classic Universal movie monsters. That’s right, expect to see The Mummy, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Invisible Man fight in movie theaters for the next decade if this movie performs well.
Tom Cruise plays the main character Nick Morton (aka the same action movie star he’s been playing for years). Morton and company discover an evil mummy’s crypt and proceed to release her and doom all of humanity.
It Comes At Night
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo, Kevin Harrison Jr.
This joint looks exciting. If you’re looking for the horror movie that your lady is going to drag you to this summer look no further than It Comes At Night. This flick currently has a 100 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes so it isn’t your run of the mill thoughtless thriller. The plot goes like this: there’s an unknown threat out there causing people to post up in their homes. Paul (Joel Edgerton) thinks that his family is safe and sound until another family shows up at their doorstep seeking protection. Now everyone is at risk…
Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy
We’ve reached the point in the Cars franchise while Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the veteran trying to hold on while a younger generation of cars lead by Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) attempt to build their own legacies. This is an interesting direction for the Cars franchise as it parallels a story that we see time and time again in sports as our heroes reach their respective twilights. Can Lighting McQueen still win the big one?
All Eyez on Me
Starring: A dude who looks kinda like Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. from Notorious
As we all know by now, biopics can be very good or terrible. For every Straight Outta Compton, there’s an Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B out there. Tupac is difficult to portray because you have to find the perfect balance between thug and activist. If this movie leans too far one way or another it runs the risk of turning off a whole section of Pac’s fanbase. I’m hoping for the best here.
47 Meters Down
Starring: Mandy Moore, Clair Holt
While on vacation in Mexico, two sisters get trapped in a shark cage deep in the ocean with only an hour of oxygen and hungry sharks everywhere. That’s the plot of the whole movie right there. It’s like Gravity, but with water and sharks.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon
Best friends reunite a decade after college for a bachelorette party in Miami. Scarlett Johansson plays the bride to be in this comedy that centers around the death of a male stripper. Nothing brings a group of friends together like murder!
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June 21st (Wednesday)
Transformers: The Last Knight
Starring: Luara Haddock, Marky Mark from the Funky Bunch, Stanly Tucci, Gemma Chan, Anthony Hopkins
Damn, I cannot believe that there are already five Transformers films. Seems like just yesterday I was watching Tyrese deliver this iconic line in the first film. This film places us in the middle of a war between Transformers and humanity. Optimus Prime is removed searching for a way to revive his planet, Cybertron. This film is reportedly the last one that Michael Bay will direct so expect End of Days level explosions.
Starring: Ansel Egort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx
Ansel Egort plays Baby in this action flick. Baby is, wait for it, a getaway driver that falls in love and seeks to leave his life of crime behind. Critics love the film so far with 22 reviewers giving it a favorable score. I think Baby Driver will be a nice change of pace from the big budget blockbusters we usually see dominate.
Despicable Me 3
Starring: Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove
Gru, his adorable kids, and the Minions are back! In this installment Gru (Steve Carrell) finds out that he was a more successful better-looking twin brother named Dru. Dru coaxes Gru out of retirement to perform a heist on the villainous Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker). I have yet to disappointed in a Despicable Me film so you’ll definitely catch me in the cinemas for this one.
Amityville: The Awakening
Starring: Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann
Amityville is the OG haunted house franchise. Beginning in 1979 with The Amityville Horror, these films have been going on for almost 40 years and have spawned 19 titles during that period. It’s hard to keep up with how all of these films are connected, but this chapter sees Belle (played by Bella Thorne) along with her mother and two younger siblings move into the haunted house. Strange stuff begins to happen around the house (duh), and Belle attempts to get to the bottom of things.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler
Speaking of houses, The House sees two parents turn their home into a casino to send their daughter to college. Those parents though are Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, so I have some pretty high expectations for this one. The trailer only solidified those expectations.