There are a bunch of new releases hitting theaters in June, and not a moment too soon.
This past weekend was the worst Memorial Day Weekend for movies since 1999. The top 5 barely grossed a TOTAL of $100 million. Which sounds like a TON of money, until you realize that Memorial Weekend 2016 was around double that.
So the summer is off to a slow start, but it’s not all bad news. Because there are some great options this month. Including the movie that will probably end up being one of the biggest of the year.
(Obviously “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will win in a walk.)
And so, here are the movies that just might save the summer. Hopefully they are worth the ticket prices.
Can you tell which movies I’m most looking forward to?
I know, I know. My bias is showing.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
DreamWorks Animation is back with this movie based on a crazy popular book. Or maybe a book series? I’m guessing there are more than one of them since this is the “First” movie. Anyway, two pranksters trick their super mean principal into thinking he’s the superhero Captain Underpants. Ed Helms and Kevin Hart are the main voices.
Demetri Martin wrote, directed, and stars in this film about a guy who runs away from home to deal with his grief after the sudden death of his mother. Kevin Kline plays his father who wants to hold onto his son while also trying to let go of things and move forward himself. I haven’t seen it, but it looks like it shares some similarities with films like “Garden State” and “Elizabethtown.” Except with more functional family relationships.
I predict “Wonder Woman” will be the biggest film of the summer. I predict it will earn a billion dollars worldwide, and will earn most of that in the month of June. I can’t freaking wait. I wrote a piece for Awards Circuit about “Why Wonder Woman Matters.” Read it? Pretty please?
My Cousin Rachel
Another film based on a book. This time Rachel Weisz plays the cousin, Rachel. Sam Claflin (Finnick from” The Hunger Games,” y’all!) plots revenge against Rachel, his cousin, because he thinks she murdered his guardian. But while he’s trying to get revenge, he sort of kind of falls for her. By the way, she’s his cousin.
It Comes at Night
I’m not sure what it is or why it only comes at night. But apparently it does. If you couldn’t tell, this is a horror film. Joel Edgerton alone should probably be enough of a reason to watch it because he’s really good.
My boyfriend Tom Cruise is back, y’all!! I know, this looks like it might possibly not be amazing. Maybe. But I will see it. Probably more than once. I love him. It’s kind of fitting that it will be the last movie I see in theaters before I leave the country for three whole weeks.
All Eyez on Me
A biopic about Tupac Shakur, whose murder rattled the music industry. I’ve never been a fan of rap, but Tupac’s legacy is unquestionable.
Can we be done with these now? The first one was great. Couldn’t we have left it at that? And am I the only one wondering why the heck they are marketing a clearly grown up-themed movie to kids?
47 Meters Down
You know how we can’t quite decide if we like Rebecca from “This Is Us” or not? Well, forget about that and let’s watch her maybe get eaten by sharks! Although I feel like this movie would just be 90 minutes of me going, “WHY would they do THAT??”
The Book of Henry
I’m hearing this film is marketed all wrong and that it is nothing like the trailer shows. The story is supposed to be about a 12-year-old boy named Henry who is helping the neighbor girl with something dangerous. And somehow his mother gets involved. And he also has a cute little brother that just so happens to be the ridiculously adorable Jacob Tremblay from “Room.”
You know how much I love my girl Kate McKinnon. But…um…No, thank you. Here’s the Red Band trailer so you can make an informed decision.
Once Upon a Time in Venice
You had me at Bruce Willis. But you kept me at John Goodman. And also, not gonna lie, Jason Momoa too. Essentially, Bruce Willis plays a PI in Venice, California whose dog gets stolen. In order to get the dog back, he makes some sort of deal with the leader of a local drug gang (
Khal Drogo uh Aquaman uh Jason Momoa) and then teams up with his friend, played by John Goodman. It’s flying under the radar, but could be silly enough to work.
Transformers: The Last Knight
I’m not even sharing the trailer because…just…no.
The Bad Batch
Hey, lookie! It’s Jason Momoa again! I don’t think this is going to make a big theatrical run, but it’s from Ana Lilly Amanpour, who directed “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” which ended up being really popular on streaming services. Anyway, a girl (Suki Waterhouse) ends up stranded in the Texas desert and runs afoul of cannibals. So that sounds not awesome. Keanu Reeves and Giovani Ribisi also star.
I listed this as one of my most anticipated films of the year. Sofia Coppola just became the second woman EVER to win Best Director at Cannes for this. It’s a remake of a Clint Eastwood movie from 1971. This version stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Ferrell. An injured Union soldier finds himself at a girls’ boarding school in the south during the Civil War. Bad things start to happen. It looks great. I can’t wait to see it.
The Big Sick
Oh my gosh I hate this title so much, I can’t even tell you. But I’m hearing great things about the film. It stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano. It’s apparently based on a true story. Kumail and Zoe play Kumail and Emily, who fall in love but have cultural issues when their parents aren’t happy about it. And then Emily gets very sick and Kumail has to figure out how to work through the crisis with her parents. It looks really good. I just hate the title. A lot.
Speaking of hating titles…This is about a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who makes a bad deal with a bad guy and puts his life at risk. And also the life of the girl he loves, who happens to be Lily James from “Downton Abbey” and “Cinderella.” Standard good guy/bad guy type movie, it looks like.
Amityville: The Awakening
I feel bad for the real-life Lutz kids because this story will never die. Even though it has been dead for a long time.
Despicable Me 3
I feel bad for me because these movies won’t die. I hate the minions even more than I hate that previous movie title.
Oh, hey, look. They remade “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.” Pass.
A comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler? Yes please…maybe? This has potential. Will and Amy play parents whose daughter just got into a fancy schmancy college they can’t pay for because of the economy killing their 401(k). So they open a casino in their house because the IRS is totally not going to notice that. I guess we’ll see… The House always wins, but will this movie win? Again with the red band trailer because, well, knowledge is power.