Once per month, we provide an overview of movies released for the coming weeks, and recommend to our readers where to spend their movie dollars, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers are provided so you can see exactly what we are excited about! Movie release dates are subject to change.
It is officially the start of the summer blockbuster season with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It may not get any bigger than this film, from a Box Office view, this year (at least until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Christmas). In fact, is there anyone you know who is not at least mildly excited to see this one? We sure don’t. Believe it or not, some other studios were still brave enough to schedule release dates coinciding with this giant, most in limited release. Far from the Maddening World is a period piece in Victorian-era England featuring an independent and strong-willed young woman who finds herself with three decidedly different suitors who appeal to aspects of her own personality and desires. The comedy Welcome to Me stars Kristen Wiig as a chemically-dependent woman who hits the lottery and decides to go off of her meds and buy herself a talk show, to extremely off-beat results. Ride is about a wealthy woman who travels cross-country to find her son after she discovers he has dropped out of school to become a surfer. Helen Hunt directs and stars in the lead role. And the British import, Hyena, details the story of a cop with questionable morality who finds himself amidst a drug war between Turkish and Albanian gangs on the streets of London. We will be at the theater along with everyone else to see Marvel’s Phase Two Flagship movie…where else would we be? Enjoy the epic trailer below!
The second week of the summer season leads off with the Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit, about a cop (Witherspoon) who needs to protect a woman (Vergara) from her mobster husband. The D-Train, featuring Jack Black and James Marsden, will compete for the comedy fan audience with the aforementioned this week, with a twenty year high school reunion planner trying to land the attendance of a classmate turned celebrity to make the event a success. The dramatic comedy 5 Flights Up stars Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton as a married couple, whose life grows complicated when circumstances dictate that they sell their apartment in the city for a change of scenery. Maggie is a horror drama about a midwest farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who does his best to remain by the side of his daughter (Abigail Breslin) whose infection requires her quarantine as civilization teeters on the brink of a zombie apocalypse. In the drama Noble, a former orphaned child from Ireland finds her purpose as an adult on the streets of Thailand, helping other misplaced children. The Seven Five is a documentary detailing a cadre of corrupt cops in Brooklyn, NY who become glorified gangsters of the drug trade. And in Skin Trade, Dolph Lundgren plays a NYC detective who partners with a Thai cop (Tony Jaa) to take down a human trafficking ring. The action flick also co-stars Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman, and Peter Weller. Tough call this week, as advance word is that Maggie may be the sleeper pick of the summer with Ahnuld (sic) turning in the finest acting of his career. On top of that, while documentaries are not usually the type of entertainment summer audiences go for, the story is incredibly compelling. And Skin Trade is looking to be a fine pick for the male audience that just wants a man’s man movie. Check out all three trailers below.
A lighter release schedule is featured in the last three release weekends in May, as many of the movies from week one and two will undoubtedly receive wider releases. Mad Max; Fury Road will certainly be the movie competing with Avengers for the top slot, as the reigns Mel Gibson so made famous, get turned over to Tom Hardy with some help from Charlize Theron. Pitch Perfect 2 sees Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and company reunite for another competition on the big stage under the direction of Elizabeth Banks for a sequel to the hit musical comedy. I’ll See You in My Dreams sets out to prove that in life it is never too late to start over as a songstress (Blythe Danner) recently widowed embraces change. I Am Big Bird is a fantastic looking documentary that features the man who has played Big Bird (and Oscar the Grouch) since 1968 with no plans of relinquishing the role that has brought joy to millions anytime soon. Mad Max looks to be the winner here, and could be the start of a new old franchise. The action pieces look intense and beautifully apocalyptic as you can see in the trailer below. Please also check out the I Am Big Bird trailer as well.
George Clooney and Britt Robertson take on the lead roles in the newest live action Disney movie, Tomorrowland, which looks to be a fun action-oriented movie for the whole family. Spy features CIA desk jockey Melissa McCarthy taking over as a field agent to take down a global arms dealer in proper comedic form. Another found footage sci-fi horror flick, Area 51, also hits theaters in limited release. Feast your eyes on our pick, Tomorrowland, below.
The final week of the first month of summer introduces us to the Dwayne Johnson disaster flick, San Andreas, which follows a helicopter rescue pilot who searches for his daughter in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake. Insidious: Chapter 3 is actually a prequel which brings us the story of gifted psychic Elise Rainer’s first, albeit reluctant, assistance of helping a person plagued by a malevolent entity. Aloha stars Bradley Cooper as a miltary contractor whose epic professional blunder has him retracing his steps to the place of his greatest success and then finding himself in a love triangle with his old flame (Rachel McAdams) and the Air Force handler (Emma Stone) assigned to him. The great cast also includes Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray. And Barely Lethal has Hailee Steinfeld as a teen who escapes a life of being a trained assassin for a chance at high school normality when she goes AWOL. The comedy action movie also stars Samuel L Jackson, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King. Aloha could be the understated pick of the week. Here is the trailer below. But if you want some mindless big effects movie, go check out California falling into the ocean.
What will you be seeing in theaters this month? 🙂
-The Great Stories Team