All you need to plan your next three months.
**** = I’ll see it opening weekend
*** = I’ll see it in the theatre—eventually
** = I’ll wait for Netflix
* = I’ll catch it on tv maybe….when I’m home sick
0 = You couldn’t pay me
The Hangover, Part II
See my review.
The Tree of Life
Word from Cannes says this cerebral, philosophical, meditative, contemplative and gorgeous film from director Terrence Malick is one for the ages. Starring Brad Pitt, this one is for those of us who like our movies really, REALLY deep.
The Tree of Life trailer
Part love story, part father-son story, this is about a man who’s elderly father comes out of the closet after 44 years of marriage. The main attraction about this film that’s getting good buzz is the stellar cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent (from Inglourious Basterds).
X-Men: First Class
Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as the original mutant superheroes? Yes, please.
X-Men: First Class trailer
A quirky little indie movie about a quirky teenager who falls in love with another quirky teenager. Sounds just quirky enough to be interesting.
Two of my favorite actors, Maria Bello and Michael Sheen, in an intense drama about parents who find out their son went on a killing rampage at his college. Nothing like a little light summer fluff.
Beautiful Boy trailer
The geeks are all a-twitter about this sci-fi thriller/coming-of-age tale from director/writer J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg. Me? I’m not quite sold on it yet.
Super 8 trailer
Judy Moody and the Not-Bummer Summer
Apparently, this is based on a popular series of childrens’ books, which is probably why I’ve never heard of it.
Judy Moody and the Not-Bummer Summer trailer
If the names Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan get you excited, then I don’t have to say any more. For the rest of you, let’s just say this road movie about two British comics talking, doing impressions and eating in restaurants will be an acquired taste. Yummy.
The Trip trailer
Ryan Reynolds in a skin-tight green superhero costume. There’s the marketing campaign.
Green Lantern trailer
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Normally, I totally wouldn’t go for a “family comedy” starring Jim Carrey, but this one has penguins! That automatically puts it worlds ahead of Horton Hears A Who.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins trailer
The Art of Getting By
Quirky movie about quirky teen #2. Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) stars in this coming-of-age indie drama.
The Art of Getting By trailer
Dangerous Minds meets Bad Santa. Cameron Diaz plays a mean-spirited, foul-mouthed junior high school teacher. Justin Timberlake plays the straight-laced yuppie that she tries to get to fall for her. Yeah, reminds me exactly of my junior high school.
Bad Teacher trailer
Cars was my least favorite Pixar movie, but the worst Pixar movie is still better than most other movies.
Cars 2 trailer
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
I’m looking forward to this documentary that follows Conan O’Brien behind the scenes of his comedy tour following the drama of his departure from The Tonight Show.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop trailer
I’m not sold on this Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts star vehicle. Hanks plays a loveable loser who tries to win Roberts over. I smell a dud.
Larry Crowne trailer
A perfect summer feel-good comedy—-if I were a 13-year old girl.
Monte Carlo trailer
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailer
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in a comedy that harkens back to the dream sequence in 9 to 5 where they all fantasize about killing their bosses. Looks hilarious. And not just for Colin Farrell’s combover.
Horrible Bosses trailer
Kevin James in a wacky family comedy with talking animals….oh, nevermind.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Say no more.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 trailer
Winnie the Pooh
It doesn’t matter how old you are, this one will find the kid in you.
Winnie the Pooh trailer
Captain America: The First Avenger
Totally not my cup of tea.
Captain America: The First Avenger trailer
Friends with Benefits
Didn’t we already see this?
Friends with Benefits trailer
Kristin Scott Thomas continues her run of independent European movies with this one about a journalist who, when researching the Nazi roundup of Jews in 1942, discovers the story of a 10-year old girl who hid in a cupboard to escape the SS. Worth checking out.
Sarah’s Key trailer
Life in a Day
A day in the life of planet Earth. No, really. A film made up of home movies shot by ordinary people all over the world, all on the same day. It looks like an Oprah show on steroids.
Life in a Day trailer
Cowboys and Aliens
Now we’re talking. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, a western with aliens. I’m SO there.
Cowboys and Aliens trailer
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Steve Carell doing what Steve Carell does best: playing a clueless but adorable schmuck. I can’t imagine not loving this one, about a depressed divorced man who tries to win his wife, Julianne Moore, back, with the help of studly Ryan Gosling.
Crazy, Stupid, Love trailer
These toys are very close to my heart—there, I said it—so I may actually cough up the dough to see this in the theatre, but I think I’ll skip the 3D.
The Smurfs trailer
A dark comedy with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle? How can I not be intrigued.
The ol’ switcheroo premise again, this time with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman switching bodies. Yeah, sounds stupid, but I’ll see anything Jason Bateman is in.
The Change-Up trailer
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer
An unearthed documentary by ‘60’s author and icon Ken Kesey about a psychedelic trip cross country in the famed Magic Bus. If the ‘60’s is your thing, this is your trip.
Magic Trip trailer
30 Minutes or Less
Oh boy. Looks like Jesse Eisenberg has made the first bad decision of his career. This comedy about a pizza delivery boy who gets trapped into having to rob a bank looks not only insipid, but I’m losing IQ points as I write about it.
30 Minutes or Less trailer
Looks like this movie about a writer in Mississippi in the ‘60s who writes about the divide between the white upper class and the black maids who serve them might be the sleeper of the summer.
The Help trailer
Final Destination 5
“Death makes a killing in the next installment in the horror series…” ‘Nuff said.
Final Destination 5 trailer
Conan the Barbarian
If muscles, swords and monsters are your thing, well, here ya go.
Conan the Barbarian trailer
Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Anton Yelchin and David Tennant in a remake of the classic vampire thriller/comedy? Looks promising.
Fright Night trailer
Anne Hathaway (with a British accent) and Jim Sturgess in a sappy romance about two people who meet one day a year and don’t realize they are the loves of each other’s lives. Yawn.
One Day trailer
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Wait, how did I miss parts 1, 2 and 3?
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The final nail in the coffin of Katie Holmes’ career. What the hell is Guy Pearce doing in this really cheesy-looking horror movie?
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark trailer
A horror movie set in space? Ignore this and watch Alien again instead.
Apollo 18 trailer
Zoe Saldana as a cold-blooded assassin? If this is closer to Hanna than Salt, it has real potential.
Our Idiot Brother
Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel? No matter how dumb this comedy looks, that’s one hell of a great cast.
Our Idiot Brother trailer