June is stepping up with plenty movies to be excited about. This month there is something for everyone, from the small independent dramas to the big summer blockbusters.
We have prepared a list of movies coming out this month in order of release date. Make your picks!
Our take: A prequel to X-Men directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) and starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as young Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr aka Magneto? We’re in!
Synopsis: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
Our take: A drama starring Maria Bello and Michael Sheen dealing with a really dark subject. If you like character study, this one might be worth a look.
Synopsis: Beautiful Boy is an unconventional love story that explores the journey of a married couple on the verge of separation, who must live with unimaginable heartbreak, and find healing through the darkest days of their lives.
Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) hopelessly try to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They struggle numbly through the funeral, the media onslaught, and the awkward pity from relatives and friends. Their already strained marriage is tested as they realize all they have left with each other is their shared grief and confusion-and the unfortunate legacy of their son. This life-altering event forces Bill and Kate to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery -and ultimately hope- so that they can finally see each other and their chance for happiness again with clear eyes.
Our take: A great cast including Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent; what sounds like a fun and original story… Yes, please.
Synopsis: From writer/director Mike Mills comes a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments. Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Golden Globe Award nominee Ewan McGregor).
Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent of “Inglourious Basterds”) only months after his father Hal (Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.
The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.
Our take: An unusual British coming of age movie, which received lots of praises. We think it would be wrong not to give it a chance.
Synopsis: Writer/director Richard Ayoade adapts author Joe Dunthorne’s acerbic coming-of-age novel to the big screen with this comedy centered on the efforts of precocious Welsh 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and prevent his mother (Sally Hawkins) from having an affair with a smooth- talking spiritual guru (Paddy Considine) after his morose father (Noah Taylor) loses will to fight for his marriage.
Our take: Let us just gather ourselves before we talk about Super 8 or as we like to call it one of the most anticipated movies of the summer (at least for us)…
Ok, well it is directed by J.J. Abrams, who also created a small show called Lost (you might have heard of it) and directed Star Trek, Steven Spielberg is producing, it’s about aliens and it sort of has an E.T. feel. Do Not Miss This One!
Synopsis: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
Our take: This one’s for the kids and also for fans of the Judy Moody series of books.
Synopsis: While her friends all head off to exotic summer camps, bummed-out third-grader Judy Moody is is stuck in town to face a boring summer with only her friend Frank and her little brother Stink for company. However, when her Aunt Opal comes to visit, the summer takes an unexpectedly adventurous turn.
Our take: Another Superhero movie! Well this one will either be really good or really bad. We’re operating under the assumption that it’s really good because 1) we’re Ryan Reynolds fans 2) we want to be entertained this summer.
Synopsis: In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Our take: It’s penguins!! oh and Jim Carrey of course. Another one for the kids! This movie is based on the book of the same name by Richard & Florence Atwater.
Synopsis: The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.
Our take: Liked Cars? Enjoy Pixar movies? This one’s for you!
Synopsis: Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2″ when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
Our take: A new comedy starring Cameron Diaz, which based on the trailer, looks like it has a lot of potential. We’re definitely in.
Synopsis: Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there’s Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.
Our take: Transformers was good, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen not so much, and so we’re torn about Transformers: Dark of the Moon… oh who are we kidding, of course we have to see it, we could always use an entertaining blockbuster movie that makes things go “boom”.
Synopsis: The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009′s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.