June 7th

Wedding Crashers duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson re-team for this comedy about two out-of-work, middle-aged men who are forced to compete against a bunch of geniuses half their age for an intership at Google.

Our TakeThe Wedding Crashers chemistry certainly seems to be there, but the question is whether or not the story is as relatable (and/or funny). One thing’s for sure, though: this is one of the longest Google ads you’re likely to see all summer.


Much Ado About Nothing

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June 7th

In this Joss Whedon take on the Shakespeare classic, two pairs of lovers trade witty quips concerning their views on romance.

Our Take: Normally we don’t go for Shakespeare in our summer blockbuster buffet, but Whedon’s post-Avengers clout is strong. Will the geek idol now attract a more mainstream crowd? We’ll soon find out.


 This is the End

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June 12th

In this comedy, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride play versions of themselves who get locked in a hilarious fight for survival after an apocalyptic event occurs during a party at Franco’s house. Celebrity cameos ensue.

Our Take: Looks pretty hilarious to us (think Pineapple Express meets The Watch) – but it really depends on how you feel about the ensemble of comedic actors.


The Bling Ring

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June 14th

Soffia Coppola’s (Lost In Translation) new film tells the true story of Nicki (Emma Watson) and her crew of friends, who ran a racket of robbing celebrity homes while the famous people were away.

Our Take: Aside from offering certain people the “bad girl” role they’ve wanted from Emma Watson, this film looks like yet another Sofia Coppola rumination on the world of celebrity and all its hollow trappings (see also: every film she makes). That’s not to say it won’t be a good time – but be prepared for something more artful and indie rather than mainstream crime-drama.


Man of Steel

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June 14th

In this re-imagining of Superman’s origin, Kal-El, a very special son of Krypton, is sent to Earth where he is raised by human parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan (Kevin Costner) Kent. When he comes of age, Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) must decide what to do with his fantastic secret powers – even as a relentless reporter (Amy Adams) gets closer to exposing him to the world, and a threat from his homeworld (General Zod) threatens his adoptive one.

Our Take: It’s been a big question long waiting to be answered, but recent marketing has us feeling that Man of Steel is going to be epic enough to do its titular character justice. Hopefully it is the perfect blend of story (from Dark Knight Trilogy writers Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer) and action (from 300 director Zack Snyder).



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June 21st

In this remake of the 1980 William Lustig cult film, a psychologically-troubled mannequin shop owner named Frank (Elijah Wood) stalks young women around the city and murders them to collect their scalps. When Frank meets mannequin photographer Anna (Nora Arnezeder), he thinks he’s finally found the answer to his mania. But how long can he keep the killer caged inside?

Our Take: You need look no further than Alexandre Aja’s (The Hills Have Eyes) name in the credits (as writer and producer) to know that this film is going to be sick with a capital “S.” By going with a first-person POV format, director Franck Khalfoun is forcing viewers right into the driver’s seat of this psycho-sexual rampage. This one is surely NOT for the feint of heart.


Monsters University

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June 21st

In this Pixar prequel, we learn how Sully and Mike first met while attending the titular university – and their initial rivalry, which would eventually blossom into a life-long friendship.

Our Take: Generally we prefer our Pixar films to be new and original – and that’s certainly true in this case. In a summer with so many promising movies, Pixar has strangely left us feeling cold. Still, if you like the first one… or just enjoy college-set humor…


World War Z

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June 21st

A  U.N. employee (Brad Pitt) spans the globe in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, trying to find a cure for the pandemic that threatens mankind with extinction.

Our Take: This film bears little resemblance to the acclaimed source novel by Max Brooks, and the marketing campaign hasn’t even bothered to explain that those questionable-looking CGI human tsunamis are actually hordes of zombies. Basically what we’ve seen is a generic “Brad Pitt in a race against time” thriller – and given the release date delays and other troubles behind the scenes, we wouldn’t be surprised if World War Z had difficulty accomplishing anymore than that.



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June 28th

Two vampires masquerading as a mother (Gemma Arterton) and daughter (Saoirse Ronan) come to a small coastal town resort, seeking shelter. When the “younger” of the two falls for a local boy (Caleb Landry Jones), the revelation of their inhumanity brings up a dark past and dire consequences.

Our Take: Considering that it’s coming from Neil Jordan (In Dreams, Interview with the Vampire) the results could be very hit or miss. With two hot actresses (in terms of both talent and appearance) headlining, and a story involving non-sparkling vampires, it will get some notice. However, with a script by Jane Eyre screenwriter Moira Buffini, expect more drama than horror.


The Heat

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June 28th

Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend, for that matter.

Our Take: “From the director of ‘Bridesmaids'” is a tagline that should clue you in on what sort of femme-raunch, buddy-cop comedy you’re in for. If you don’t like the loose, skit-like approach to movie comedy that Bridesmaids displayed, then perhaps the star power of Bullock and the red-hot McCarthy will be enough of a sell.


White House Down

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June 28th

Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House – just as the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Our Take: Well, we’ve already seen this premise once this year with the surprisingly entertaining Olympus Has Fallen, but this ‘Die Hard in The White House’ movie has big names like Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx attached to it. Not to mention, this film is sort of what director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) specializes in – so WHD could ultimately end up being the more popular of the 2013 copycat movies.


Other June Movies

  • Violet & Daisy (6/7) – Two teenage hit-girls (Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan) are hired by a lonely, dying cancer patient (James Gandolfini) for an act of mercy – which inspires them to engage in some much-needed self-reflection.
  • Wish You Were Here (6/7) – Four Friends go on a Cambodian holiday but only three return. As guilt and suspicion mount, the truth about what occurred on that horrific trip starts to come to light.
  • Stuck in Love (6/14) – Three intertwining stories about a divorced novelist and his two children who are (respectively) struggling with the pains and mysteries of love.
  • I’m So Excited! (6/28) – The new film by Pedro Almodóvar, about an airline flight in peril and the zany lengths the flight crew goes to in order to entertain the doomed passengers and make the most of their final moments.


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