Monthly Movie Preview: June 2015

May kicked off the summer with some solid flicks, but June seems to be a lull in the action, sticking a couple good action films together with a variety of other genres. With the exception of a few good films, it looks like this month might be a good time to go outside.

June 3 – Entourage

Starring: Kevin Connelly, Adrian Grenier, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven, Kid CuDi, Bow Wow, bunch of cameos

The gang is back for one more hurrah. Vince, Eric, Turtle, Drama and most importantly Ari are doing everything they can to make sure Vince’s directorial debut goes off without a hitch, or a bad review. I was a fan of the show for seven of the eight seasons, never did finish that last season. This seems like the logical end to the Ballad of Vince. His character went from being basically a nobody, to the biggest star in Hollywood, then to rehab. Him becoming a director is the next most logical step. The movie looks like it could be fun, as fun as the show ever was. It’s guaranteed that there will be lots of Ari yelling, Eric whining, and of course boobs. The show was never very deep and the movie probably won’t be either but if anything it’s the perfect guys night out movie. – Scott

June 5 – Insidious: Chapter 3

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Stafanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye

The Insidious series has been one of the more successful horror franchises over the last few years. The original chapter is one of the best scary movies I’ve seen, possibly ever. The second chapter was a little lacking but still a lot better than most of the found footage crap that gets put out these days. The Insidious trilogy stands out because of its writing. It does not solely rely on gore or jump out scares, it is more reminiscent of Poltergeist and other supernatural thrillers that are story driven. Insidious: Chapter 3 is the prequel to the first two films (I know, 3 comes after 1 and 2; the titles irritates me, too) and chances are it will lack the true fear of the first movie, but still be pretty darn good. This movie is more of an origin story for Elise Rainier, the medium from the first two films, so the usual family and boogeymen will not be around. Instead, a new family is introduced, a widower and his teenage daughter who attempts to contact her deceased mother but reaches a demon instead. If I had a nickel for every time that happened to me… Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell) return for this one, ensuring we will get some goofy comic relief amongst all the scares. The biggest factor this movie has going for it is the director, Leigh Whannell. He is a brilliant horror writer and is responsible for the entire Insidious series, Dead Silence, and the Saw movies – back when they were still good. Whannell has written before, but this will be his first time directing. I’m excited to see how he executes his vision now that he is the one behind the camera and the script, he’s really talented and I would bet Insidious: Chapter 3 will prove that. – Keriann

June 5 – Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy,  Jason Statham, Lude Law, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, 50 Cent, Morena Baccarin,

When I first saw ads for this, I thought “Oh great. Another cheap humor spy movie,” but watching the trailer got me really excited for it. There’s no denying that this is a film made specifically to highlight Melissa McCarthy as an actress, but it’s definitely more than that. The humor is witty. The characters are strong, female leads. It doesn’t perpetuate the idea that only thin women are desirable or strong. I couldn’t be more excited to see this on the big screen. I’ll definitely be seeing this the day it comes out. – Charlotte

June 5 – Testament of Youth

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Taron Egerton (Eggsy from Secret Service) Dominic West (McNulty), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter)

There is absolutely no way that this movie will be able to live up to the past roles it’s comprised of. If only the actors in this movie played the roles we know them for and not the roles of a crappy British love story, I’d be all in. Kit Harrington does not look like a badass Crow any longer, and his 5’8″ frame is apparent for the first time. Anyway, Jon Snow falls in love with some girl, and then is sent to war. It’s all very sad and dramatic, and VERY British. Sappy romantics (especially those in love with Kit Harrington) may be suckered into seeing this one, but don’t expect your boyfriend to go with you. – Sherif

June 5 – Love and Mercy

Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

The Beach Boys’ music has been a part of my life ever since my mom played me the Muppets version of “Kokomo,” but I know very little about their real life. In this biopic of Brian Wilson, we get an in-depth look at Wilson’s troubled life after the success of Beach Boys. The real life Wilson, who was not involved with the film, calls it “very factual.” Love and Mercy debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but is making rounds in theaters this month. Dano and Cusack play a young and old Brian Wilson, respectively, showing his regression over the years. Ultimately, though, it’s about how his second wife (played by Banks) saved him from the grasp of his over-medicating and manipulative therapist (played by Giamatti). I feel like I’d rather watch a documentary. – Sherif


June 12 – Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Chris Pratt’s manliness, Bryce Dallas Howard (supposed to be MJ Watson in Amazing Spider-Man 3), Vincent D’Onofrio (Kingpin from Daredevil series), Omar Sy (Bishop in Days of Future Past), Judy Greer

Oh. My. GOD. I never thought this day would come; I really didn’t. I remember my best friend telling me in my senior year in high school that there would be a Jurassic Park 4 and this time it was about the underwater dinosaurs. I believed him, and I held onto that belief for years, telling anyone who would listen. After a while it was hard to tell if I was sharing news or just trying to convince myself, but I held on to hope and now here it is. The park is open. After all John Hammond tried to do, and all the fallout that came from his whimsy-driven mistake, Jurassic Park, the amusement destination is open and people come from all over to enjoy it. In fact, the park has become so popular that some people are bored, and in order to increase tourist traffic the bioengineers have created a hybrid dinosaur made up of DNA from the most terrifying carnivores. Needless to say, chaos ensues. Let’s get one thing out of the way: this film will not capture all the magic of the original; that would be impossible. But that does not mean this movie won’t be great, that doesn’t even mean it won’t be one of the best all year. It simply means that there so few movies in our history that have such magic, such impact, that nothing – no matter how great – will ever properly compare. Jurassic Park has been one of my obsessions all my life, don’t even get me started on what a dinosaur nerd I was and still am because of this film series. I am so completely and utterly excited for this movie. It has a lot going for it – a great cast (Chris Pratt FTf’nW), amazing visual effects, and more important than anything, a unique and new story we haven’t seen in the series before. While I loved all three previous movies, I’m aware that it was the same story over and over. People go to an island with dinosaurs, dinos remind humans how tasty they are. This time we get to see Hammond’s dream brought to life, and how the arrogance of man knows no bounds. I will be waiting in line to see Jurassic World on June 12, I suggest you do the same. – Keriann

June 12 – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Starring: Thomas Mann (Project X), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Jon Bernthal (Shane from The Walking Dead), Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec), Molly Shannon (SNL), RJ Cyler, Connie Britton

As a huge fan of both film adaptations of books and honest stories about pain, I’m super excited for this. Of course, the comparison to The Fault in Our Stars can’t be ignored, but I think this will have a different feel than that film – similar, but different. TFIOS called out a lot of the bullshit people say and do when confronted with illness. It seems to me that this film will go into overdrive when it comes to that, and that’s great. Illness isn’t something mysterious and romantic. It hurts. People make it into something it’s not and that hurts even more. I’m glad Hollywood is finally starting to see that. – Charlotte


June 19 – Inside Out

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kating, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

I’ve been looking forward to this movie coming out for a while now. I think the premise is an intriguing concept and I’m interested in seeing how they tackle it. The emotions that are inside the character all have personality and play a role at the control center. Then we get to see how it’s reflected on the outside. I like the idea and I think there is a lot of potential for it to be the feel-good family movie of the summer.  Pixar does have a tendency to throw a curve ball and I’m looking forward to what they will do. On the other hand, the stereotypical gender roles already playing out in the preview is annoying. I hope the movie won’t be riff with them. Looking forward to sitting down with some popcorn and watching it. – Jené

June 19 – Dope

Starring: Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony  Revolori, A$AP Rocky, Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson (Workaholics), Rick Fox, Tyga, Forrest Whitaker

I am so excited for this movie for so many reasons. One of the main reasons being how it’s nice to see a well-educated young black man who embodies so many different parts of black culture. Growing up with what Malcolm refers to as a “cliché life;” living in a poor neighborhood, in a single parent household, and no father around, Malcolm seeks to not let this life define him. Being in a punk band, being a 90’s hip-hop geek, and wanting to attend Harvard, he is taking steps to make his life better. So, although all the odds are against Malcolm, he still is smarter than yo ass. Oh, and did I mention this movie is a comedy. Malcolm, played by Shameike Moore, is a genius who has nearly perfect SAT scores and seeks to escape this cliché life. After Malcolm attends a local drug dealer’s birthday party for the sake of getting to known his crush a little better, he gets more than he bargains for after being set up and leaving with a backpack full of drugs. If Malcolm doesn’t get rid of these drugs it could mean his life. Do you know what happens after a drug dealer tells you to sell drugs and you refuse? Well, rumor has it that more times than not, the drug dealer wants to kill you, and that is exactly the situation. Just a typical weekend in the hood. – Evan

June 19 – Infinitely Polar Bear

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana,

If you’ve seen Mark Ruffalo act in anything other than The Avengers, then you know he’s pretty much a genius when it comes to playing deep, flawed characters. In Infinitely Polar Bear, he plays a father of two, Cam Stuart, with manic-depression trying to make it work with his wife (Saldana) and keep the family together. The story is narrated by Cam’s eldest daughter, Amelia, and is played by Imogene Wolodarsky, director of the film’s daughter. This works well because it’s essentially writer/director Maya Forbes’ auto-biography.

June 19 – The Overnight

Starring: Taylor Schilling (Piper from Orange is the New Black), Adam Scott (Parks & Rec), Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death), Judith Godrèche

If being an adult means putting the kids to bed and engaging in wife-swapping with another couple late at night, then I’m going to Peter Pan this shit til I’m 90. First of all, “sex comedy” is a genre now. Second of all, I don’t see the comedy. I am usually the first one to jump at watching something that I know will make everyone else in the room really uncomfortable, then laughing my ass off to just accelerate the uncomfy feelings they all have, but The Overnight preview made me feel uncomfy. Anyway, Piper from OITNB is in it, as is Jason Schwartzman… so I guess those are plusses? – Adrian


June 21 – Jaws: 40th Anniversary

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary,

For those of you who have not seen the movie, Jaws originally came out in 1975 and tells the heartwarming story of a marine biologist who journeys to find the shark he assisted in raising at the first aquarium he worked at, which has now been released into the wild. If any of you readers believed that because you actually haven’t seen or heard of the movie I would likely to kindly ask that you vacate the planet and go back to whatever rock you’ve been living under. In reality, Jaws is THE monster movie. When it premiered in 1975, it changed the world – it changed everyone who saw it. Jaws struck such fear into audiences that most who saw it have never really recovered. Don’t believe me? I was raised watching this movie, as a little girl down in Florida I was afraid that Jaws could come through the floor of my house because I was close to the ocean and he could swim under the land just to get me. I have never been night swimming in any natural body of water, and I’m even afraid that Jaws will find his way into a swimming pool if I dare go there at night. Not only is this one of the scariest movies ever, but it boasts amazing performances from the entire cast – especially Robert Shaw, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Quint in the film. Jaws will be re-released into theaters this month for the 40th Anniversary and the best advice I can give any of you ever is to take advantage of that and go see it. This movie holds up so well, even after 40 years. It is still absolutely terrifying and the fact that I now have a chance to see it in theaters for the first time ever (considering it came out well before I was even born) is an incredible and humbling thing. This movie is an extremely significant part of cinematic history and  that we are all lucky enough to experience it on the big screen again is amazing. I don’t think there is a person in the world who shouldn’t take advantage of this opportunity. – Keriann


June 26 – Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World

Starring: Batkid and friends

Talk about tugging at your heart strings! Batkid Begins is the feel-good documentary about Miles Scott, a child cancer survivor who asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make him Batman for a day. With the help of the City of San Francisco, Miles Scott transformed into the savior of the city. His story is pretty well known, but it would be interesting to see how the Make-A-Wish Foundation pulled off the feat. – Adrian

June 26 – Ted 2

Starring: Seth McFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Barth, John Slattery

I absolutely adore Ted. It’s brilliantly written humor that really understands the characters and their dynamic within the world being written in. However, I’m a little shaky on Ted 2. It could go one of two ways. It could either be a hilarious film with a resonant metaphor for human rights campaigns or it could fall into the “terrible sequel of an awesome movie” category. I hope the former. This film has potential. We’ll just have to see whether or not it lives up to it or not. – Charlotte

June 26 – Big Game

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber

Oh god. Alright, I’m just going to say what we are all thinking about this movie. This looks extremely stupid, but don’t let that make you think I’m not going to go see it. With Samuel L. Jackson as President, Air Force One is shot out of the sky and he is ejected in what appears to be a NASA escape pod for his own safety. Once landed, he is found by a young boy, for some reason or another, is set on keeping him safe. Yeah, I know, I don’t get it either. As it turns out, this entire situation is a set up by one of Jackson’s personal men. Simply, I know, and we all saw it coming. If you are feeling somewhat blah about this movie, make a game out of it. What will occur more, the amount of times Jackson lives through something that should have killed him? Or how many times he says mother f*cker? As of right now, I’m taking all bets, because you know it’s not a Jackson movie if he doesn’t say mother f*cker. – Evan

Monthly Movie Preview: May 2015

April showers bring Mayflowers and smallpox! Or something like that… Last month had a few good films, but I challenge you to find time for all the amazing new movies released in May. Aside from the upper echelon movies like Avengers 2 and Mad Max, there are a handful of rom-com, action and thriller/horror titles to keep you indoors ALL. MONTH. LONG.

May 1 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Oh, like you don’t know…

I’m really on the fence with this one. I want to like it, I’m rooting for it, but chances are that it will be horrible. PSYCH! SERIOUSLY GUYS, HAVE YOU SEEN THE TRAILERS? THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! This time around the Avengers have to fight the villain Ultron, who was inadvertently created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Ultron is insanely powerful and recruits the extremely angst ridden siblings Pietro (Quicksilver) and Wanda (Scarlet Witch) Maximoff to work with him. It doesn’t matter how you look at it, this movie is going to be great. Joss Whedon is a freaking genius and he is working with an insanely talented group of people, this one can’t miss! There will be mind-blowing fight scenes and special effects, but there will be a strong and emotional story driving behind it all. I am giving you my own personal guarantee right now that you will love this movie. And you can take that to the bank. (I’ve always wanted to say that). – Keriann

May 1 – She’s Funny That Way

Starring: Owen Wilson, Imogen Potts, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte, Jennifer Aniston

Owen Wilson plays a director married to the star of the show, but accidentally calls his prostitute in for a stage call. In a Dreamworks cartoon, this is the moment a cartoon marmoset looks at the camera and says, “Awkwaaaaaaarrrrrrrrd.” Also Jennifer Aniston does stuff. A mechanic? Or psychiatrist? I don’t know. Phlebotomist? It could just as easily be the editing of the trailer to try to cash in on the There’s Something About Mary vibe, but I just can’t muster up any energy in my entire body to care about Jennifer Aniston or that other guy. You know the one. With the nose? Yeah. That’s the one. I am glad that Will Forte’s getting some biz. But, if you want truly satisfying Will Forte action, check you out some Clone High or Last Man on Earth. or the last few seasons of 30 Rock. – Montgomery

May 1 – Welcome to Me

Starring: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack

Welcome to Me is the story of a woman who wins the lottery, immediately quits taking her psychiatric meds and buys a talk show for herself so she can talk about herself. I am so in love with the idea of this movie. It looks quirky and funny, but with a very real driving story about mental illness behind the comedy. The cast is an unbelievable mix of indie darlings, all of whom are pretty great at what they do. It really seems genuine and heartfelt, and like at a few times it will be hard to watch. Alice (Kristin Wiig) suffers from mental illness and Welcome to Me is her journey towards understanding herself and others. I’m calling it now, this will be one of the best and most underrated movies of 2015. – Keriann


 May 8 – Hot Pursuit

Starring: Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon

What’s hotter and more hilarious than a toaster going 6 rounds with Mike Tyson?  It might be the new Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara flick hitting theaters this May.  Then again it might not be.  Witherspoon portrays a police officer while Vergara is the trophy wife of a top tier Cartel leader.  Witherspoon’s character is charged with protecting the pretty, Hispanic drama-queen for witness testifying purposes.  The previews put a smile on my face, but not once did I find a laugh out loud moment.  And I’m EASILY brought to laughter, so this doesn’t bode well from my perspective.  Still… there are probably worse movies you could watch this month.  Then again… there are probably better ones too.  At the very least Hot Pursuit will give us an opportunity to see two pretty ladies getting into trouble!  That sounds fun!! – Taylor

May 8 – Skin Trade

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Michael Kai White, Ron Perlman

As proud of Tony Jaa as I am for having mainstream exposure with last month’s Furious 7, it makes me a little sad that he’s getting more love by being in this trashy movie, where the entire time I watched the trailer, I was saying to myself, “when is Steven Segal going to pop up?” Sadly, he never showed, which means I don’t have the luxury of judging Skin Trade by the shitty standards you lower yourself to in a Segal film (but, I mean… is Dolph Lundgren any better?). Still, there’s hope for Skin Trade that resides with the nearly 40 year old’s Muy Thai machine, Tony Jaa. Michael Jai White could also prove a valuable asset when the fight scenes go down, but let’s face it – if there is anywhere near the amount of story and dialogue as there is murder and mayhem, then this will be a sad waste of time. – Sherif

May 8 – The D Train

Starring: Jack Black, James Marsden, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White

Jack Black is usually guaranteed fun for me in whatever role he plays, but in recent years he has really shown some acting chops on top of his great scatting abilities, which I am sure we will see at least once in this film. This film focuses on Black trying to form a high school reunion, but no one will come until he finds out an old classmate is famous (James Marsden) and works on getting solely him to come because everyone else will follow. Ultimately, this looks like a film that you will either love or completely ignore, but in my case, seeing the chemistry between Black and Marsden  is enough for me to already be planning on seeing this one in theaters. – Jacob

May 8 – 5 Flights Up

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon (Miranda from Sex and the City), Alysia Reiner (“Fig” from OITNB)

I’m usually not one for romantic movies, but 5 Flights Up doesn’t look like your typical romantic mushy film. Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play a couple who are trying to move out of Brooklyn, and realize that maybe they should stay put. When I write that down, it doesn’t sound that great, but there are some hilarious moments, some cutesy moments, and clearly a lot of love into making this movie. This one for date night for sure. – Adrian

May 8 – Hunting Elephants

Starring: Sasson Gabai, Moni Moshonov, Patrick Stewart

I hadn’t heard of this movie until very recently, but oh my Glob u gais, have you seen this trailer? Old bastards deciding it’s time they got what’s theirs by knocking over banks? I’m already in, because few things in life bring me joy like old people deciding to let their natural misanthropy shine through and do what they want. Happy birthday to the ground. Oh, and then it ALSO has Patrick Stewart? I think only holocaust denying 911 pedophiles wouldn’t see this movie. – Montgomery

May 8 – Maggie

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin from Ender’s Game), Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette

Arnold in a zombie movie seems like a no-brainer to me and it isn’t just because zombies ate them. This film looks like an attempt to not only show us that Arnold is more than a gun-toting robot, that Abigail Breslin is an absolutely amazing young actress, and continues to improve on top of reinventing the zombie genre for film. The story revolves around Wade (Schwarzenegger) traversing through a world where the zombie virus has taken hold. To add on to that, his daughter Maggie (Breslin) was infected earlier, so Wade is trying to spend his last moment with his daughter or find a cure. This could end up being a very powerful film and one that may bring a reward or two to Arnold before he goes all T-800 on us again. – Jacob


May 15 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult (Beast in X-Men: First Class), Zoe Kravitz

Mad Max: Fury Road is essentially a remake of the Mel Gibson classic, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. I can’t figure out why they decided to remake just the second movie in a trilogy though. Fury Road stars another handsome man from an island nation, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises). Along with Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and that model that replaced Megan Fox in the Transformers series, we’ll get to see possibly the longest car chase in any movie. This Mad Max looks like it will have a little more substance than the original, which is probably for the better. Filled with explosions, insane post-apocalyptic vehicles, and more Australian desert then you’ll ever need, Mad Max is sure to be a very thrilling two hours. The original trilogy’s director, George Miller, actually came back to write and direct this remake. I think the best thing about George Miller is he created one of the most over-the-top and violent and strange trilogies of all time and he also happened to write and direct Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City. How awesome is that? Go see Mad Max, I’m sure it will be lots of fun and maybe there will be a singing dancing animal. – Scott

May 15 – Pitch Perfect 2

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine (Workaholics), Anna Camp, Katey Sagal (Married… With Children)

Pitch Perfect 2 follows up with the Barden Bellas, but now they have fallen from grace and must enter an international singing competition to redeem themselves. Did I mention that this is a singing contest that no American group has ever won? Pitch Perfect 2 is one of the movies coming out this month that is most likely to please audiences. Not because it’s going to be fantastic, but because it follows likeable people in an underdog story, sprinkled with comedy and topped off with catchy songs. It’s not my cup of tea personally, but I’m sure this one will be fun and cute in its own way. This is one for the families and the feel good times, and if you loved Glee it should be right up your ally. I hated Glee, personally. – Keriann

May 15 – Good Kill

Starring: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood

Yes! Now this is a war movie that needs to be made. With the amount of drone-induced casualties all over the world, I wonder how that must affect the psyche of the men doing it. These former pilots commute from regular life at home to kill targets oversees. That transition must be unbearable. Good Kill will give us a look at Thomas Egan (Hawke) and how he deals with the fallout. It’s not the same type of thrill as a Saving Private Ryan or Hurt Locker, but it’s a unique perspective for a war movie, and REAL enough of a situation that it begs audiences’ attention. – Sherif

May 15 – I’ll See You in My Dreams

Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II), Rhea Perlman (Cheers)

I never realized what a beauty Blythe Danner was at 72 years old. The previous Mrs. Focker plays a widowed Carol Peterson, looking for love, companionship and self-realization in this Sundance film. The movie also co-stars Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks) and Sam Elliott (Thunderbolt Ross in Hulk), who help Carol find meaning to life after retirement. It’s a nice film to drop your parents off at while you watch Mad Max, but I think would be best suited for a Netflix night. Still, it’ll be a fun film that multiple generations can relate to, so if your widowed parent or grandparent want to take you, you go see it. – Sherif

May 15 – Area 51

Starring: Sandra Staggs, Suzie Lanier-Bramlett, Roy Abramsohn, Jelena Nik, Glenn Campbell

Area 51 is yet another found footage horror movie. It’s directed by the man who single handedly re-launched the found footage genre, Orin Peli (Paranormal Activity) but instead of being about ghosts (again) this one is about aliens. I like that this is finally not about ghosts, or poltergeists, or witches, or demons but I hate that it is found footage. Seriously, horror writers and directors of the world, can we PLEASE find a new medium? Anyhow, Area 51 is about a few young conspiracy theorists who come up with some ingenious ways to get past all of the security measures at the top secret base so they can break in and try to discover the truth behind the stories. Shortly after breaking in they encounter angry government officials, alien technology, and seemingly some actual extraterrestrials. And wouldn’t you know it, the aliens are mad and may or may not break free and start killing and abducting people. Personally, I think aliens are terrifying so I am drawn to this movie on that account alone. However, while aliens can be scary, there is a very thin line between horror and hokey with them as your monster. I like that this could end up being a sci-fi horror movie, but I realize the chances of this being a bust are higher than I’m comfortable with. This one is a crap shoot, it could be Dark Skies or it could be Slumber Party Alien Abduction. – Keriann

May 15 – Every Secret Thing

Starring: Diane Turner, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Nate Parker, Common

Two white girls kidnap a black baby. It seems like an odd concept, but this movie is bound to be an amazing psychological thriller. The two girls are sent to prison, and when they get it out, another baby is kidnapped. Elizabeth Banks plays the detective on the case, and she spends her time investigating the girls and their connection to the crime. The entire cast does a stellar job of acting. Common is barely recognizable, which is one reason I love him as an actor. The possibility of this movie touching on modern race relations is likely, and something America needs to be talking about. – Adrian

May 15 – Slow West

Starring: Kodi-Smit McPhee (Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse), Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Rory McCann (The Hound from GoT)

Think of this as Django without the racism. Or Tarantino… But there is a love story! Okay, so I guess it’s not that special. This Western adventure joins McPhee as he heads… West…slowly… and recover his lost love, Rose. Much like the Disney special Oliver & Company, he quickly finds out that he is not about that life. Michael Fassbender rescues him for seemingly no reason other than that he’s a good guy. Meanwhile, his lovely Rose and her father, The Hound, are running away from the $2,000 bounty on their head. I seem to have talked myself out of this movie by thinking about its plot. Don’t make the same mistake; if you like cowboys, love, and America, then this is for you. – Sherif


May 22 – Tomorrowland

Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer,

It’s nice to see Disney isn’t left to just rehashing old material or stealing parts of my childhood. Tomorrowland is a teen sci-fi adventure film starring Britt Robinson (Under the Dome) and George Clooney (you know who George Clooney is). Robertson’s character, Casey Newman has a strange connection with Frank Walker, Clooney’s character. After recovering her belongings, when she is let out of jail, Casey seems to have a small item in her possession that she’s never seen before. When she touches it she is instantly transported to another world. Think of port keys from Harry Potter. Tomorrowland is a world where science conquers all other things and it is, seemingly, a utopia created by the smartest minds on the planet. This looks really good. If I had older children this would be a must see for me. Being a huge sci-fi fan it’s high enough on my list of things to see anyway. With Brad Bird (The Incredibles) directing there is a good chance Tomorrowland will be outstanding. – Scott

May 22 – Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne (Neighbors), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), 50 Cent, Morena Baccarin (Firefly), Nia Long

If I ever lead a spy agency it would be deep in the belly of the earth where my agents would train with radioactive aardvarks while wearing shorty-shorts and singing my favorite Taylor Swift songs.  And my first recruit would definitely be Melissa McCarthy.  Paul Feig (writer/director for Spy) are on the same page.  Minus the aardvarks and T-Swizzle tunes.  That’s why I’ll definitely be checking out Spy this month.  The plot of this film puts McCarthy, a “pencil-pusher/desk jockey” CIA analyst in the field for a high priority covert mission that only she can pull off.  This is especially funny knowing that Jason Statham is providing mission backup.  I love McCarthy (have you seen The Heat?!?!) and the previews made me laugh.  This one is definitely on my list this month.  Look out Daniel Craig… McCarthy’s looking petty good in her spy gear! – Taylor

May 22 – Poltergeist

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jane Adams, Nicholas Braun,

In a world where everything is a damn remake, one of the scariest movies to come out in our lifetime (or before mine actually) is being remade for modern audiences. But don’t worry! The things that terrified us as children will be overblown and exploited just the way you like it. Full disclosure, when I found out this movie was being made I was outraged. The original Poltergeist is one of my favorite movies of all time. That being said, I must acknowledge that my inner nerd rage may just want me to hate this movie out of respect for the original. The thing is, the trailer for Poltergeist makes it look pretty good. And Sam Rockwell is amazing and can save just about anything. This movie has some positive points in its corner, and it’s likely that it might just invigorate the old story instead of ruin a classic. I will be seeing this one, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I don’t regret it. – Keriann

May 22 – Aloft

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Oona Chaplin, Mélanie Laurent (Shoshanna in Inglorious Basterds)

Honestly, I had no idea what this movie was about after watching the trailer. Then I went to the Wikipedia page, which you are also welcome to do. Jennifer Connelly’s character abandons her son, played by Cillian Murphy, and becomes a successful artist. 20 years after he is abandoned, a journalist, Melanie Laurent, sets up a meeting between the mother and son. While I didn’t get that at all from the preview, I did think it was very pretty. Also, I am really interested in a movie with Sarah from Labryinth, Scarecrow from Batman Begins, and Shoshanna from Inglorious Basterds.


May 29 – San Andreas

Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carlo Gugino, Colton Haynes (Roy Harper in Arrow), Kylie Minogue, Paul Giamatti

The Rock, in a movie about… rocks. Similar to 2012, this is a disaster movie showing how screwed we are. Well, how screwed the West Coast is, anyway. Named for the San Andreas fault (and sadly NOT for the Grand Theft Auto video game), Ray (Johnson) and his ex-wife Blake (Daddario) head to San Francisco, where all hell has broke loose, to rescue their daughter. Nothing at all about this sounds original or even fun to watch. There really isn’t much you can hate about a film starring the Rock, but that doesn’t mean you have to fork over $10-15 to see this crap in 3D, either. The only way I would go see this is if, when the ground split open, The Hellmouth was underneath San Francisco. Chances are, I’ll still be catching up on other good movies that came out throughout the month. – Sherif

May 29 – Aloha

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski (The Office), Danny McBride, Edi Gathegi (Darwin from X-Men: First Class), Bill Murray, Alex Baldwin, Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon)

If I had a scale of 1-10 on how interested I am in seeing a movie, then the Emma Stone offset is worth about 5 points, taking my interest in Aloha from a 2 to a 7. Bradley Cooper stars as Brian Gilcrest, a military defense contractor who falls in love with Allison Ng (Stone). BUT, he used to love Tracy (McAdams). Through coming home, Gilcrest will somehow find himself and connect with his heart, or some dumb crap. I don’t know if that’s how this movie really goes, but it’s how every stupid movie with a cheesy trailer like this one has goes. The only thing remotely interesting aside from Stone is the humor that Cooper will surely bring to the role (and a guest spot by BFM can’t hurt, either). – Sherif

May 29 – Results

Starring: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders (HIMYM), Kevin Corrigan (Grounded for Life), Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall

This movie looks pretty unremarkable. I think. It’s hard to tell. It looks like Kevin Corrigan plays a rich (white) guy who falls in love with a personal trainer, and her boss takes issue. Watching the trailer, there don’t seem to be too many standout moments. I feel like a comedy needs to have a few moments in the trailer that make me laugh for me to be on board. Plus, it’s hard to really feel interested in a sad rich guy being sadder because he’s not getting what he wants. But then it does have Professor Professorson (I think his family’s Dutch), or Kevin Corrigan as he’s actually named. I love that guys weird delivery and weird mannerisms, as if he’s someone practicing at what being human is like. Plus it has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, so maybe they know something I don’t. – Montgomery