Summer is around the corner, and you know what that means? It’s almost time to shut your brain off! The “thinking person’s” movies of awards season will take a breather until fall while things on the big screen get big, loud, fast, and yes, probably pretty damn dumb for the most part.
A whole bunch of action trailers dropped this week, including one or two that look totally brainless. We also heard film news both intriguing and sad ― as we had to say goodbye to a Harry Potter star who left us.
Find the 5 hottest new trailers, a preview of this weekend’s new releases, and a few interesting tidbits out of Hollywood... below!
Obviously, a lot happens in Hollywood every day of the week. But here are the three bits of news we found most intriguing...
1. Arrested Development and The Descendants star Judy Greer (one of our faves!) has been cast as Cornelia, the ape love interest of Cesar in the next Planet of the Apes movie. Andy Serkis' portrayal of the chimpanzee is one of the most realistic and touching CGI creations to grace the screen thus far, so it'll be interesting to see how this is furthered in the sequel. Andy Serkis is known for his performance-capture work (particularly Gollum in Lord of the Rings), but Judy isn't, so we're quite curious to see how she handles the role.
2. Say what? Clint Eastwood is on deck to direct the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys... and can we be amongst the first to say that this seems like a truly terrible idea? Clint is known for his speedy approach to directing, preferring to sit back and let the actors do their thing in a minimal number of takes. That approach doesn't seem to fit a movie musical at all... even if the film is more like a music biopic than a "typical" movie musical, this just doesn't seem like his style. (We're willing to be proven wrong, though.)
3. Very sadly, British actor Richard Griffiths passed away following a heart surgery. The very memorable actor played Harry Potter's Muggle uncle in the series and also appeared in The History Boys, Sleepy Hollow, and the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean. He had habit of lighting up the screen with his unique features and delightfully over-the-top performances. Rest in peace, Uncle Vernon.
1. The Wolverine
A film in which Hugh Jackman will not burst into song as he takes an orphan into his care… or be nominated for an Oscar. Though X-Men Origins: Wolverine was sort of a letdown, expectations are still high that the character can still pull it together on the big screen, with Hugh reteaming with original X-Men co-star Famke Janssen as Jean Grey in a story that takes place in Japan, from the director of Walk The Line.
Our Take: We can’t really get too excited about the sixth (!) X-Men movie to feature Hugh as Wolverine, but if it has to exist, this seems like a good way to do it. A story set in Japan sets it apart from other X-Mens and it looks pretty cool to boot.
2. 2 Guns
Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington team up as a couple of criminals… or are they? It’s from the director of Mark’s similar Contraband, featuring the usual buddy cop cliché of two different guys forced to team up to take on the bad guys. Will mutual respect and friendship ensue? You can bet on it.
Our Take: Meh. Looks like all the usual cops-and-robbers stuff. If we want to see Mark Wahlberg in a movie like this, we’ll hold out for the much better-looking Pain And Gain.
3. You’re Next
If the creepy masks in 2 Guns didn’t get you, maybe these ones will? Animal masks are pretty much never not terrifying, as if this movie needed to be any more horrifying than it already looks. A group of people having a dinner party in a cabin in the woods (naturally) get attacked by a gang of killers. For what reason, we don’t know, but it doesn’t look like it ends too well for either group...
Our Take: If you like this sort of thing, this one might be a cut above the average slasher movie.
4. White House Down
Wait, haven’t we already seen this movie? Olympus Has Fallen just opened to pretty ho-hum reviews. Now, again, the White House is taken over by terrorists, and this time their only hope is… Magic Mike! (If only that were literally the plot of this movie.) Roland Emmerich, the man who has destroyed innumerable national monuments in Independence Day, 2012, and so on, knocks down a few more, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx running, jumping, driving, etc. for their lives.
Our Take: We have no expectations of quality, but Channing is on a hot streak and this does kind of look like a good time (as a guilty pleasure, at least).
5. Before Midnight
At last! The unlikely trilogy that concludes the storyline of lovers Jesse and Celeste from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset reveals that they did end up together after all, even though he was married to another woman. (Oopsie!) Now they have two young daughters and seem to be struggling to keep the magic of their romance alive on holiday in Greece. As with the last film, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke share screenwriting credit for developing their characters, and much of the dialogue is improvised.
Our Take: Buzz out of Sundance on this is stellar, with some talk of Oscar nominations in its future. Since the first two entries are some of the best screen romances ever, our expectations are sky-high and we don’t think this will disappoint. Can’t wait!
The Place Beyond The Pines ― If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the select cities this movie has opened in, it stars Ryan Gosling (re-teaming with his Blue Valentine director) and has received mostly positive reviews. You’re welcome.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation ― The sequel to the first G.I. Joe movie, which everyone has forgotten has nothing to do with the original G.I. Joe. As much as we love us some Channing Tatum, the film has been delayed and reshot ― not often a good sign ― and the reviews aren’t too pretty. It’s a little too early for a summer blockbuster that’s actually any good… (though it has done well at the box office in early screenings).
The Host ― Cry no more, Twilight fans ― the new forbidden cross-species romance is here! Saoirse Ronan brings her acting chops to Stephenie Meyer’s teen novel…but unfortunately, this one is getting savaged by critics the same way the Twilight movies were.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation ― Starring Brandy and Kim Kardashian (yikes!), this movie is getting absolutely terrible reviews and being called one of his worst. (And let us remind you, most of his other movies got bad reviews, too.) Steer clear!
Which movie are you going to check out this weekend?
And which of the ones you saw trailers for are you most looking forward to?