Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Apparently this is a popular children’s book series, and while Wonder Woman is set to dominate the weekend, this could pull in those too young for the superhero stuff.
Princess Diana of Themyscira finally gets her big screen due, and while it’s not a perfect film, it is fun and not a disaster, which for DC is a big improvement.
Full review here.
Sam Elliott stars as an actor famous for cowboy roles—so, himself?—who gets a bad diagnosis and decides to reconnect with his daughter. This looks like a solid “watch with parents” choice.
It Comes at Night
A Marine fights to be allowed to adopt her K9 companion from the war and I will probably cry all the way through this because animal friends are best friends.
God this looks so fucking stupid and I still can’t believe Universal is building their whole monster cinematic universe off of THIS.
My Cousin Rachel
Uptight British People In A Psychosexual Gothic Drama is one of my favorite subgenres, alongside Sassy Lady Sleuths Solving Murders With Uptight Detectives.
47 Meters Down
All Eyez On Me
The first of several Tupac Shakur projects coming down the pipe, this is the biopic one, as opposed to the murder investigation one.
Hey you goddamn Millennials with your computers and virtual reality, don’t you know the only way to succeed is to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and work hard the old-fashioned way? This movie looks like half Rocky IV With Cartoon Cars and half Baby Boomers Yell At Clouds.
I’ll watch anything with Jillian Bell, but it helps that this is actually a funny trailer. I just hope the movie itself can deliver.
Red Band, NSFW
Transformers: The Last Knight
*garbage disposal sounds*
The Bad Batch
Keanu Reeves is a cult leader in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, from the woman who made A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. SOLD.
Sofia Coppola’s latest—and her third collaboration with Kirsten Dunst—won her a Best Director prize at Cannes. I’m split on her movies—sometimes I just don’t care about her privileged protagonists—but this one looks more on the Marie Antoinette/Lost In Translation side of things, in that it’s about alienation and deception in a remote and lavish location. Also very curious to see what happens to result in Colin Farrell screaming, “You vengeful bitches!” That’s a good hook.
The Big Sick
Real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon co-wrote a romantic dramedy about their courtship, including Emily’s mysterious illness and coma. This won over audiences at Sundance, and looks like solid summer counter-programming.
Edgar Wright’s latest looks like one long car chase and I am into it.
Bong Joon-ho follows up Snowpiercer with this story about a girl and her…hippo monster?…and the evil corporation that wants to turn her animal friend into hamburgers. TERRIFIC cast, and despite Pedro Almodovar’s “Fuck Netflix” attitude at Cannes, I bet Bong appreciated knowing how and when his film would be released, instead of doing the Weinstein Shuffle like he went through with Snowpiercer.
Despicable Me 3
I mean…kids like them.
I’ll also watch anything with Jason Mantzoukas, but again, I hope the actual movie delivers.
Red Band, NSFW
The Little Hours
And I REALLY hope this one delivers.
Red Band, REALLY NSFW