Get Him To The Greek – June 4
Synopsis: In this spinoff of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Russell Brand reprises his role as vain rocker Aldous Snow. Jonah Hill plays Aaron Green, a music industry gopher who is dispatched to London by none other than P. Diddy to escort Snow to a concert appearance in NYC. Debauchery and hilarity ensue.
Our Take: Hey, if you liked Sarah Marshall and was a fan of Brand’s rockstar hijinks, then why not have a go at Greek? Personally, I’ll wait for the DVD.
Splice – June 4
Synopsis: Two young rebellious scientists (Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley) defy legal and ethical boundaries, splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops into something fantastic…and deadly.
Our Take: Vincenzo Natali (Cube) is a writer/director known for taking an interesting premise and adding deeper layers to it. We have a feeling Splice could be good…just not the creature-feature most people are expecting.
Killers – June 4
Synopsis: A vacationing woman (Katherine Heigl) meets her ideal man (Ashton Kutcher), leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple.
Our Take: Shouldn’t this film be titled Mr. & Mrs. Smith: The Reboot? More to the point, the names “Heigl and Kutcher” headlining a film automatically make me never want to see it. Pass.
The A-Team – June 11
Synopsis: In this re-imagining of the classic 80s TV series, a group of Iraq War veterans look to clear their names with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime they were framed for.
Our Take: The A-Team trailers have shown us some good, some bad and some definite ugly; but all in all, this looks like it could be a fun popcorn flick.
Karate Kid – June 11
Synopsis: Work pressures cause a single mother to move to China with her young son (Jaden Smith). Bullied in his new home, the boy embraces Kung Fu, taught to him by a master of the self-defense form (Jackie Chan).
Our Take: This movie has gotten a bad wrap – some of it undeserved. By the way: it’s called “The Karate Kid” for a reason, even though Smith’s character actually learns Kung Fu.
Toy Story 3 – June 18
Synopsis: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and the rest of the gang return, with new toys voiced by Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Whoopi Goldberg and others.
Our Take: It’s Pixar and Toy Story – need we say more? Unless you’re totally averse to animated movies (how heartless you are!) then you’ll be in the theater to catch this.
Jonah Hex – June 18
Synopsis: In the Wild West, a scarred bounty hunter (Josh Brolin) tracks a voodoo practitioner (John Malkovich) bent on liberating the South by raising an army of the undead.
Our Take: This film has been plagued with problems including re-shoots under a different director. We’re not expecting much at this point – so if you’re an optimist, there’s plenty of room for pleasant surprise.
Grown Ups – June 25
Synopsis: Thirty years after their high school graduation, five good friends reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. Kevin James, David Spade, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Chris Rock play the friends.
Our Take: A movie with some of the biggest names in comedy entertainment sharing the screen, yet the trailers have spent a lot of time focusing on Selma Hayek – that tell you anything? Let me know when this film hits HBO – I’ll set my DVR.
Knight & Day – June 25
Synopsis: An action-comedy centered on a fugitive couple (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) who embark on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one – even themselves – are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.
Our Take: It’s not that the film looks bad – it just looks like re-heated leftovers of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Still, there are plenty of people who will show up to see Cruise and Diaz trading sparks.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – June 30
Synopsis: In this third installment, lovestruck teenager Bella (Kristen Stewart) must choose between her vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Meanwhile, a conflict between vampires and werewolves reaches a head. Director David Slade (30 Days of Night) is at the helm this time.
Our Take: At this point you either love The Twilight Saga or you hate it. David Slade is an inspired directing choice, and the trailer makes Eclipse looks like it could be the best installment yet, relatively speaking.