Summer Movie Preview: August 2014

August 1

Calvary

Irish writer/director John Michael McDonagh follows up his stellar feature-film debut, The Guard, with Calvary, the story of a priest (Brendan Gleeson) who must deal with the assholes in his parish after one of them threatens him during confession. Because The Guard was ostensibly a comedy and because Calvary co-stars Chris O’Dowd, a lot of people assumed this would be a comedy, but it’s actually a pretty dark, thoughtful exploration of Irish history and the awful ways people treat each other. I’ve been super into Irish cinema the last few years—they’re cranking out some genuinely good films and it’s worth your while to check them out.

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Summer Movie Preview: July 2014

Totally forgot to do one of these for June. Oops.

July 2

Deliver Us from Evil

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) made one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen: The Exorcism of Emily Rose. That movie legit gave me screaming night terrors. Thus Derrickson has earned my loyalty through fear and terror, and I will see whatever he makes (stoked for Dr. Strange). It helps that he’s a good director with a great sense of atmosphere, and this movie features a strong cast with Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris (Prometheus) in what is said to be a real scene-stealing performance.

If you can’t make it to Snowpiercer over the holiday weekend, this is your best shot for actual quality at the mainstream cineplex.

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