It’s going to be a full summer so to cut the wheat from the chaff, I’ve made a list of the most promising flicks! So pop some corn, gather round, and dim the lights!
The attention to detail looks jaw dropping in Duncan Jones’ (SOURCE CODE, MOON) adaptation of the beloved game series. I’m thinking some of these battles will leave us as breathless as those in Middle-Earth did!
THE CONJURING 2: THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST
If THE CONJURING wasn’t terrifying enough, it was followed up by the underrated and unnerving ANNABELLE. Well, now the original Ghostbusters, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are back with another spooky thrill ride, this time in Jolly Olde London with one of the most famous true-life ghost stories ever. Just to keep us on our toes on this side of the pond, they also visit our own most-famous ghost story: Amityville.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Twenty years after we first fought off an Independence Day alien invasion, we’re under attack again. Luckily, some of the same people (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox) who saved Earth are back to help out (experience can’t hurt, right?) and they’re joined by newcomers like Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and William Fichtner. And no one does disaster porn like director Roland Emmerich, who handled the original ID, 2012, and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW.
Steven Spielberg jumps back into fantasy material with this family film based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT. The titular giant is an outcast among his own because he refuses to eat children. Spielberg is an ace at treating kids sensitively and without condescension, so this should be a highlight of the summer.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
The third in the lawless thriller series bodes well considering Part 2 was better than Part 1. (How often does THAT happen?) First focusing on an upper-class white suburb, then on the inner city, the third PURGE heads toward Washington and a former policeman hired to protect a presidential candidate who wants to do away with the annual Purge. With director James DeMonaco at the helm for every single installment, this bodes well as another sleeper thriller!
Paul Feig has made us laugh with BRIDESMAIDS, THE HEAT, and SPY, so I see no reason to doubt that track record with this reboot of the ’80s classic comedy. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the stars — Melisssa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — are four of the funniest people of their generation!
STAR TREK BEYOND
Despite STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS not quite living up to the promise of the original in this rebooted series, BEYOND looks to be back on the right track, and with FAST & FURIOUS director Justin Lin in the driver’s seat and costar Simon Pegg cowriting, we know the action will be fantastic and the story will have emotional impact.
The highly anticipated comic-book thriller about supervillains fighting crime to receive leniency for their sins has a sterling pedigree with director-writer David Ayer having helmed END OF WATCH and FURY and penned TRAINING DAY and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS; Oscar winners like Jared Leto and Ben Affleck; nominees like Will Smith and Viola Davis; and hot newcomers like Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Cara Delevingne. There’s something for everyone, though, really it could just be Robbie’s Harley Quinn and it would still be worth the price of admission!
Despite star power like Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Wes Bentley, and Hollywood legend Robert Redford, the real heavy hitter in this remake of Disney’s Oscar-nominated ’70s musical is the big green dragon, Elliott. And that should be enough to keep the kiddies (and the young at heart) happy!