Monday, May 30, 2016

Top 20 Movies to Look Out For In June (2016)

According to: Cat

20 – Fender Bender (6/3)

Tag Line: A Crash Course in Terror.
Production Companies:  Brainstorm Media, EchoWolf Productions, Shout! Factory
Director:  Mark Pavia
Writer:  Mark Pavia
Actors:  Makenzie Vega, Cassidy Freeman, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Bill Sage, Dre Davis, Steven Michael Quezada, Kelsey Leos Montoya
Genre:  Horror, Thriller
Rated:  NR

This looks like a movie that fans of classic slasher horror will really appreciate. It seems to hearken back to the days when Jason Voorhees ruled the screen. The story seems to take a new twist on the horror/thriller recipe (at the very least in victim selection). I’m looking forward to seeing how it stands up to other films in the genre.

19 – Wiener-dog (6/24)

Tag Line: Experience four different stories and the one dog that connects them all.
Production Company: Annapurna Pictures, Killer Films
Director: Todd Solondz
Writers: Todd Solondz
Actors: Charlie Tahan, Greta Gerwig, Zosia Mamet, Ellen  Burstyn, Danny DeVito, Kieran Culkin, Clara Mamet, Julie Delpy, Tracy Lets, Michael James Shaw
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R

This movie looks fun and quirky. Four different takes on the different owners and lives of the same dog. It looks both hilarious and endearing and worth a watch.

18 – Careful What You Wish For (6/10)

Tag Line: This summer, temptation, seduction, obsession has its price.
Production Companies: Troika Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Merced Media Partners, Amasia Entertainment, Roberi Media
Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Writer: Chris Frisina
Actors: Dermot Mulroney, Isabel Lucas, Nick Jonas, Graham Rogers, Kandyse McClure, Paul Sorvino, Alex ter Avest
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rated: R

The trailer of this movie had me thinking a bit about Sleeping With the Enemy (1991) – though with a bit of a twist. I’m interested in seeing what Nick Jonas (Hawaii 5-O, Scream Queens, Goat) does with a dramatic role on the big screen. I’ve enjoyed his work in television, since his departure from his boy band member persona. The movie looks steamy and is Jonas’ character the hero or a villain? 

17 – No Stranger Than Love (6/17)

Tag Line: Looking for love in all the wrong places.
Production Companies: Innis Lake Entertainment, Pangaea Pictures
Director: Nick Wernham
Writer: Steve Adams
Actors: Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin, Colin Hanks, Mark Forward, Christopher Cordell, Lisa Berry
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: R

I love the whimsy in the concept of a cartoonesque hole opening up in the main character’s living room floor. I’m looking forward to seeing what else might be laced into the plot to add to the romance or comedic elements. 

16 – The Neon Demon (6/24)

Tag Line: The wicked die young
Production Company: Space Rocket Nation, Vendian Entertainment, Bold Films
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writers: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham
Actors: Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Jamie Clayton
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: R

This movie intrigued me with its trailer. It seems to be a movie exploring the predatory nature of the modeling world in a literal horror-movie sense. If nothing else, this film looks like it will be visually stunning. Visuals like that are even better on the big screen.

15 – Electra Woman & Dyna Girl (6/7)

Tag Line: Meet Hollywood's newest super stars.
Production Company: Legendary Digital Media
Director: Chris Marrs Piliero
Writer: Chris Marrs Piliero
Actors: Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, Christopher Coutts, Trevor Lerner, Matreya Fedor, Aaron Paul Stewart, Andy Buckley, Clayton Chitty
Genre: Comedy
Rated: NR

This is an unusual add to our list, considering that signs are pointing to this property as an 8-part TV mini-series. Though, other sources show this being released across digital platforms this month as an 81 minute film with a July DVD release date. If the series is set to launch, this might be a film-length pilot. Either way, we love a good super hero movie – even if it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are plenty of big budget movies around at the moment that do that so let’s walk on the lighter side!

14 – Clown (6/17)

Tag Line: The kids aren't alright.
Production Companies: Cross Creek Pictures, PS 260, Vertebra Films, Zed Filmworks
Director: Jon Watts
Writer: Christopher Ford, Jon Watts
Actors: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare, Christian Distefano, Chuck Shamata, Elizabeth Whitmere, Matthew Stefiuk, Eli Roth
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Rated: R

Just the title alone might strike fear into some that have an aversion to these characters that are supposed to spread comedy and light into our lives. Sometimes they can be a bit creepy. There have been some costumes I’ve seen around lately that have been dowrnright terrifying. I think it’s an interesting and quite scary concept harkening to The Mask (1994) – except this clown suit doesn’t seem to turn its wearer into a gregarious goofball lothario; but rather a monster. 

13 – The Duel (6/24)

Tag Line: Vengeance cannot be denied.
Production Companies: Lionsgate Premiere, Atomic Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Mississippix Studios, 26 Films, Bron Capital Partners, Crystal Wealth, Media House Capital
Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Writers: Matt Cook
Actors: Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Emory Cohen, Alice Braga, William Sadler, Benedict Samuel. Raphael Sbarge, José Zúñiga, Sue-Lynn Ansari, Christopher Berry
Genre: Drama, Western
Rated: R

 I love a good western now and again – especially if it has a combination of good talent and an interesting premise. Most westerns are tales of either survival or revenge – sometimes a bit of both. This does seem to fall squarely in that category. Though, while it seems to be reminiscent of the old shoot-em-up films of yester year, there seems to be a new twist with this one, as it explores the grip of a religious leader on a ‘wild west’ community.

12 – Intruder (6/24)

Tag Lines: Not Available
Production Companies: Stormchaser Films
Director: Travis Zariwny
Writer: Travis Zariwny
Actors: Justin Ament, Steven Beckingham, Teresa Decher, Louise Linton, Susannah Mars., Mary McDonald-Lewis, Moby, Zach Myers, John Robinson, Aaron Trainor
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: NR

The trailer for this movie gave me the creeps. The concept of an intruder lurking somewhere in the darkness has always been nightmare fuel for me. If you’ve ever been freaked out by the scary story of the babysitter getting calls from inside the house – this movie looks like it might be right up your alley. While it’s not following the premise of When A Stranger Calls (2006), it does seem to have captured the concept of danger invading personal space that’s supposed to be safe. I’m going to be leaving the lights on and checking behind doors and under things for a while after watching this one.

11 – The Shallows (6/29)

Tag Line: What was once in the deep is now in the shallows.
Production Company: Columbia Pictures, Ombra Films, Weimaraner Republic Pictures
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Anthony Jaswinski
Actors: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Bret Cullen, Sedona Legge
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Rated: NR

I love a good shark movie. I’ve had a morbid fascination with the creatures since I was little. They’re also a good box office draw. Anyone who’s afraid of going into the ocean isn’t going to feel any better after watching this film. Though, I think waders are probably still safe since this movie seems to take place about 200 yards out, give or take. That’s what the blurbs say, at least. Blake Lively (The Town, Savages, The Age of Adeline) will be getting the primary focus in this small-cast film. I think she’ll be able to carry it well. The trailer looked intense.

10 – Sausage Party (6/2)

Tag Line: A hero will rise.
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Nitrogen Studios Canada, Point Grey Pictures
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Writers: Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Seth Rogen, Ariel Shaffir, Jonah Hill
Actors: Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, David Krumholtz, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, Sugar Lyn Beard, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll, Craig Robinson
Genre: NR
Rated: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

This animated movie is definitely not for children. It’s a hilarious look at what it would be like if food was actually sentient. (I hope this doesn’t start any strange food movements.) It’s a comedic take on the plight of the things you eat – from the supermarket to your kitchen. What if the food were to decide that it didn’t want to be eaten? This looks like a hilarious romp of a comedy. It’s not kid friendly due to frequent cursing and sexual innuendo. 

9 – The Conjuring 2 (6/10)

Tag Line: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Production Companies: Evergreen Media Group, Atomic Monster, Dune Entertainment (as RatPac-Dune Entertainment), New Line Cinema, The Safran Company, Soho VFX (visual effects)
Director: James Wan
Writers: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, David Leslie Johnson
Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Franka Potente, Maria Doyle Kennedy, David Thewlis, Frances O'Connor, Robin Atkin Downes, Simon McBurney, Sterling Jerins, Javier Botet, Madison Wolfe
Genre: Horror
Rated: R

I find that horror movies are always scarier when they’re based on true stories, even in part. The trailer gave me the impression that this movie is one wild ride, and it looks like they certainly amped up the scare factor from the first film. 

8 – The Last Heist (6/17)

Tag Line: Not Available
Production Companies: Benattar/Thomas Productions, Parkside Pictures, Tadross Media Group, DH Films
Director: Mike Mendez
Writers: Guy Stevenson
Actors: Henry Rollins, Torrance Coombs, Victoria Pratt, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Nick Principe, Mark Kelly, Ken Lyle, Kristina Klebe, Zo Zosak
Genre: Action
Rated: NR

I’m pretty sure I’ve said before that Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy, He Never Died, Gutterdammerung) is a badass. He’s perfect for the role of the serial killer in this movie. Some bank robbers have bitten off more than they can chew. This man can be seriously disturbing, even when he smiles. I think the premise of this one is a good twist on the crime-action movie and I can’t wait to see it.

7 – Central Intelligence (6/17)

Tag Line: Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson
Production Companies: New Line Cinema, Bluegrass Films, Principato-Young Entertainment, Universal Pictures
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writers: Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Rawson Marshall Thurber
Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Aaron Paul, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Ryan Hansen., Megan Park, Brett Azar, Danielle Nicolet, Kristen Annese, Chaunty Spillane,
Genre: Action, Comedy
Rated: PG-13

This movie has the potential of being absolutely hilarious. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Snitch, Pain & Gain, San Andreas) has proven to be a bit of a jack of all trades. Sure movies tend to play to his strengths a lot of the time, but he has had some gritty roles that show off his acting chops beyond being able to suplex his co-stars and show off his physique. His comedic timing is actually really good. Put him together with Kevin Hart (Ride Along, About Last Night, The Wedding Ringer) and it’s a movie I just don’t want to miss.

6 – Me Before You (6/3)

Tag Line:  Based on the New York Times Bestseller.
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema
Director: Thea Sharrock
Writer: Jojo Moyes
Actors: Sam Claflin, Vanessa Kirby, Emilia Clarke, Eileen Dunwoodie, Pablo Raybould, Henri Charles, Samantha Spiro, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis, Muzz Kahn, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rated: PG-13

I’m surprised that this movie is competing for summer box office rather than Valentine’s Day. I fully expect this film to be both heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time. Bring your tissues to this one if you’re prone to crying at movies. It’s a touching tale showing life doesn’t, and shouldn’t, stop when you have disabilities (though being as rich as this guy seems to be in the movie definitely helps). 

5 – Now You See Me 2 (6/10)

Tag Line: Reappearing June 10
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment
Director: Jon M. Chu
Writers: Ed Solomon, Pete Chiarelli, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Actors: Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Sanaa Lathan, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jay Chou, Justine Wachsberger
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Rated: PG-13

Magicians and modern day ‘Illusionists’ are capable of putting on shows that bend the mind and our perceptions of reality. Masters of misdirection, you never know what they’re doing when they have you looking somewhere else. I loved the premise of the first movie and I am very glad to see that they made a sequel. I can’t wait to see what mystical shenanigans that this group is up to next. 

4 – Finding Dory (6/17)

Tag Line: Have you seen her?
Production Companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse, Bob Peterson
Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Dominic West, Diane Keaton, Kaitlin Olson, Andrew Stanton, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Hayden Rolence, Bennett Dammann, Torbin Zan Bullock
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rated: PG

If you haven’t already seen Finding Nemo (2003), I would recommend doing that before watching this movie, since this occurs after that, and likely references points from that plot. That being said, this looks like an adorable continuance of the tale of friendship between Dory and her new friends, Marlin and Nemo (among others). The forgetful fish remembers that she has a family – and, in a flip from the other tale, instead of her family looking for her; she goes out to look for them. I think Disney/Pixar has another hit on their hands with this one. 

3 – Warcraft (6/10)

Tag Line: Two worlds. One destiny.
Production Companies: Atlas Entertainment, Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, Universal Pictures
Director: Duncan Jones
Writers: Duncan Jones, Charles Leavitt, Chris Metzen
Actors: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Callum Keith Rennie
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rated: PG-13

This movie will introduce people to the world that millions of online gamers enjoy on a regular basis. This is a rather brilliant strategy by Blizzard Entertainment to get a big movie out there to boost their game. More than that, though; this movie appears to have heart and substance. It doesn’t appear to be a mad grab for more subscribers to the mass multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). I’ve enjoyed the trailers and am excited to get a glimpse into this world. (Alas, I do not play the game, but I have many friends whom do.)

2 – Independence Day: Resurgence (6/24)

Tag Lines: We had twenty years to prepare. So did they.
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, James Vanderbilt
Actors: Maika Monroe, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum. William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Sela Ward, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rated: NR

I remember when I saw this trailer before a movie I’d seen in the theater – I was fairly giddy and bouncing in my seat. I loved the first movie and had wondered if they would ever revisit this property to make a sequel. From what I’ve seen, it looks fairly awesome. I hope that this doesn’t fall into the sequel pitfalls that plague some franchises. I am optimistic, however, and this looks like a fun summer movie, either way.

1 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (6/3)

Tag Line: Raise some shell.
Production Companies: Gama Entertainment Partners, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, Platinum Dunes
Director: Dave Green
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman
Actors: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Alan Ritchson, Laura Linney, Will Arnett, Noel Fisher, Stephen Farrelly, Alessandra Ambrosio, Brad Garrett, Tyler Perry, Pete Ploszek, Gary Anthony Williams, Brian Tee, Judith, Hoag, Jeremy Howard, Tony Shalhoub, Danny Woodburn
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Rated: PG-13

I have been super excited about this movie. Sure, I’m an original Turtles fan. However, I don’t think they did so bad with the first one. Who cares if they look a little different if the movie is good and doesn’t deviate too far from the original material?! In fact, it looks like this movie brings it back even closer to the Turtles story that we all know and love with the introduction of Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang this time around. I’m also super super excited that Stephen Amell (When Calls The Heart, Code 8, Arrow) is playing Casey Jones. I can’t wait to see what he does on the big screen. (I believe his other movie credit was a made-for-tv-movie.) He’s just about my favorite actor, so this movie has me fairly giddy.

Movies to Look out For
According to: Selina

 Now You See Me 2 - 20
 Free State of Jones - 19
 Internet Famous - 18
 Careful What You Wish For - 17
 The Neon Demon - 16
 Weiner-Dog - 15
No Stranger Than Love - 14
Clown - 13
 The Last Heist - 12
Septembers of Shiraz - 11
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl - 10
Me Before You - 9
The Shallows - 8
The Duel - 7
Sausage Party - 6
Finding Dory - 5
Central Intelligence - 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - 3
Warcraft - 2
Independence Day: Resurgence - 1

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