A week late, oops.
Bro this movie is terrible, bro.
Insidious: Chapter 3
I’m starting to get these horror franchises confused. This is the one with the demon kids, right? Or is it the one with the possessed photographs? Everything looks the same.
Love & Mercy
Paul Dano and John Cusack both portray Beach Boys’ frontman Brian Wilson at different points in his life as he struggles with fame and mental illness. I don’t really care about the Beach Boys, but this is an interesting approach to the biopic, and I’ll see Dano in just about anything.
FANTASTIC. Full review here.
I still don’t understand how the tagline for this movie isn’t: Jurassic Park, Never not a bad idea.
Mia Wasikowska stars as Emma Bovary, the country doctor’s wife who longs for more and ultimately is destroyed by her excesses.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The first of two Sundance breakouts, Me and Earl and Holy Shit This Title is about a high school student who, along with his friend Earl, makes movie parodies and is generally socially awkward. Then he meets a classmate recently diagnosed with cancer, and Life Lessons ensue. No but seriously, this looks really good.
The other Sundance breakout coming out this month, Dope is about another geeky kid, but this time instead of cancer his Life Lessons come via a party in Los Angeles. I’m not sure anyone ever learned anything good at a party in LA, but once again, this looks really good.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana star in this movie about a manic-depressive man trying to keep his family together. This is the directorial debut of screenwriter Maya Forbes (Monsters vs. Aliens, The Larry Sanders Show), and early reviews are generally positive. It looks fine, I’m just more taken with Dope this month.
New York/Los Angeles
Pixar returns this summer with what many are calling their best movie yet, which is kind of saying something. Featuring the emotions that “live” inside a young girl’s mind, Inside Out looks incredible.
David Gordon Green’s latest stars Al Pacino as a loner weirdo still stuck on his long lost love. Pacino seems to be trying to reengage as an actor—as opposed to being a person who shouts on film for money—which is welcome, but early reviews for Manglehorn have not been great.
Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling star in this comedy about a couple who accidentally stumble into a swingers’ situation. It played well at Sundance, and the trailer is solid, but it’s going to get buried by higher-profile comedies like Spy and Trainwreck. Still, might be worth seeking out at some point.
I’m too cynical for this.
Seth MacFarlane attempts to bounce back from the disastrous A Million Ways to Die in the West by revisiting the profitable Ted well. Kind of looks like a case of diminishing returns, but we’ll see.