Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Summer Movie Preview: June

Yesterday I discussed many of the major titles finding a theatrical release during the month of May. While Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a difficult film to top at any point of the summer, it appears as though June has its fair share of highly anticipated features as well.

Honorable Mention: A smattering of early reviews are in for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's newest comedy, Spy (June 5th), and they're all overwhelmingly positive. Feig once again looks to his favorite collaborative partner, Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, as a paperwork-pushing CIA analyst who volunteers to step into some real field work in order to bring down a dangerous arms dealer. Horror fans have clung to the Insidious franchise since James Wan's 2010 original installment. However, this time around the popular director hands the keys over to the franchise's scribe, Leigh Wannell, for Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5th). This time around we're given a prequel following physic Elise Rainier's first encounter with a dark entity that's terrorizing a teenage girl. The 2015 Sundance Grand Jury prize winner, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12th), received rave reviews and features Nick Offerman in a drama about a teenage filmmaker who befriends a cancer stricken classmate. As I've stated time and time again, I thoroughly enjoyed Maya Forbes indie comedy, Infinitely Polar Bear (June 19th), at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Mark Ruffalo arguably gives a career-best performance as a bipolar father who reluctantly agrees to take care of his two young daughters while his wife ventures back to graduate school to help provide for the family. Family films are typically money-printers and many expect Disney PIXAR's Inside Out (June 19th) to be no exception. After a girl is uprooted from mid-west living to San Francisco, each of the animated emotions living in her "headquarters" battle for control of her mind.

Entourage (June 5th)

Through eight roller coaster seasons that spanned from 2004 to 2011, the HBO hit series, Entourage, will make its long-awaited big-screen debut. Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his trio of best friends fearlessly take on Hollywood with the backing of their main confidant, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). While little has been revealed about the plot lines surrounding the Entourage film, all of the show's loyal fans have been clamoring for its release. And on June 5th, we're finally going to get ... Victory!

Jurassic World (June 12th)

Steven Spielberg dazzled audiences back in 1993 with the cinema classic, Jurassic Park. Appropriately set 22 years after the original, up-and-coming director Colin Trevorrow's highly anticipated return to the franchise, Jurassic World, is due for a colossal release this June. Guardians of the Galaxy star, Chris Pratt, headlines the film centered on a successfully fading dinosaur theme park at Isla Nubar that rushes a new attraction in order to bring back clientele. Needless to say, things go massively wrong. Trevorrow really impressed me with his 2012 indie sci-fi drama, Safety Not Guaranteed, leaving me extremely interested in this new installment.

Ted 2 (June 26th)

Seth MacFarlane transitioned flawlessly from an animation king (as the creator of Family Guy and American Dad) to a big-screen comedy director with the 2012 box-office smash, Ted. Grossing north of $500 million worldwide in ticket sales, a sequel was all but guaranteed. This summer Mark Wahlberg and the voice of Seth MacFarlane return in Ted 2. The film follows the foul-mouthed teddy bear after his wedding to Tami-Lynn, and the couple decides to have a child. However, the courts prohibit Ted from doing so unless he can prove he's a person. Within reason, Ted 2 could easily be a successful comedy sequel. Yet, the chance of it surpassing the original seems pretty unlikely. Either way, Ted 2 is sure to be one of the summer's biggest entries.

*** Check out the previews for July and August

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