Friday, April 29, 2016

2016 SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW

Summer is almost here once again and with that comes an onslaught of movies released to entertain us throughout the warm weather season. After wading through the countless titles coming to theaters soon, I am presenting the ten films that have seriously caught my attention and can't wait to see.

All dates are subject to change:

"A BIGGER SPLASH"

Release date; May 4, 2016

Tilda Swinton teams up again with director Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love") for "A Bigger Splash". This dazzlingly enigmatic actress stars as a famous pop star who needs to go on vocal rest and heads off to a Mediterranean island with her sexy lover (Matthias Schoenaerts). Ralph Fiennes plays her former manager (and lover) who arrives unexpectedly with his nubile daughter (Dakota Johnson) in tow. Emotional and sexual tension builds as these four engage in a game that could lead to explosive drama. The phenomenal cast could make this one of the more interesting indie films of the season.



"MONEY MONSTER"

Release date; May 13, 2016

For Jodie Foster's fourth feature as a director, "Money Monster", she has two major movie stars on board; George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Clooney plays a television stock market pundit who is held hostage live on air by a disgruntled viewer (Jack O'Connell) who lost his entire life savings to a bad investment while the show's producer (Roberts) tries to keep this bad situation from getting worse.



"DE PALMA"

Release date: June 10, 2016

"De Palma", the documentary directed by fellow feature film makers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow,  examines one of the more fascinating directors that came out of the New Hollywood era in the 1970's, Brian De Palma. While the director is responsible for such classic films like "Carrie", "Dressed To Kill", "The Untouchables" and "Scarface", he also brought us such stinkers as "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "Mission To Mars" and "The Black Dahlia". Mr. De Palma discusses the ups and downs of his career and the creation of many of his movies.



"THE LEGEND OF TARZAN"

Release date: July 1, 2016

A movie with Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd scantily clad? You don't have to ask me twice. He stars in the latest film revival of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic ape-man in "The Legend of Tarzan". This story takes place years after leaving the jungle behind and living a civilized life in London as Lord Greystoke with his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie). He's lured back to Africa by a shady Belgian businessman (Christoph Waltz) who is not who he appears to be.



"GHOSTBUSTERS"

Release date: July 15, 2016

"Ghostbusters", the 1984 supernatural hit comedy, has been remade and gender-flipped. Director Paul Feig and comedy star Melissa McCarthy have joined forces again to bring this hilarious story of paranormal investigators to a modern audience. Joining McCarthy on the hunt for evil ghosts are SNL vets, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones along with Chris Hemsworth as the team's lovely receptionist.



"EQUALS"

Release date: July 15, 2016

"Equals" is a sci-fi drama by director Drake Doremus set in a future society where expressing emotions is considered a crime. Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart play two young people who try to resist yet begin to experience the feelings of love and romance, knowing the price they will pay if they are caught. Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver also star.



"ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE"

Release date: July 22, 2016

If you were a fan of the cheeky British sitcom, "Absolutely Fabulous" (like I am) then you will be absolutely thrilled to learn that it's coming back as a feature film. Those wacky fashionistas, Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still up to their wild and drunken ways but now their antics have gotten them in to some serious trouble with the law. They go off to hide out and decide the best place to do that is, of course, the French Riviera. Edina's daughter, Saffron (Julia Sawalha), mother (June Whitfield) and daffy assistant, Bubble (Jane Horrocks) are also back on board. Mandie Fletcher directs from a script by Ms Saunders.



"SAUSAGE PARTY"

Release date: August 12, 2016

Seth Rogan came up with the idea for "Sausage Party", a sick and raunchy animated film that is definitely not for kids. This comedy tells the story of supermarket meats, buns and other products who are excited to be purchased until they discover the real purpose of their existence. The film features the voices of Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton and James Franco.



"FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS"

Release date: August 12, 2016

This summer's Meryl Streep movie is "Florence Foster Jenkins". Based on the true story of a New York socialite who envisions herself as a great singer with a glorious voice. However, the reality is she can't carry a tune but nobody wants to break the news to her. Particularly her husband (played by Hugh Grant) who encourages her to perform. Stephen Frears directs.



"SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU"

Release date: August 19, 2016

Many years before he would become President of The United States, Barack Obama worked as an associate at a law firm in Chicago. He invites Michelle Robinson, an adviser at the firm, to attend a work-related event with him. "Southside With You" takes us on that day in the summer of 1989 as the two get to know each other better. Parker Sawyers plays Barack and Tika Sumpter plays Michelle in this love story written and directed by Richard Tanne.