These three days of me covering the upcoming movies have gone by fast. Then again, the summer of 2014 will probably go by just as quickly. Luckily, there are plenty of different movies we all can go see. No need for a long introduction this time, let's just get right to it.
A Most Wanted Man - It may be a little bit of a stretch to state that the world is still mourning the passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. However, after they get a load of "A Most Wanted Man" that mourning period may begin anew. Early previews and those who saw the movie play the film festival circuit are giving the late actor such high praise he may be in line for a posthumorous Oscar. The movie is based on the novel by John le Carré so be prepared for an intense dramatic thrill ride.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn - Robin Williams has always been able to balance out a performance that can be both comedic and dramatic. He's set up to deliver such a performance again in "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" as he play a man who is told by his doctor (Mila Kunis) that he has only 90-minutes to live. That doesn't give him a lot of time to put his affairs in order and to do right to all those he felt he did wrong.
Chef - Jon Favreau is now known as a big time director having helmed the first two Iron Man movies, but people forget he comes from an indie background. Now he is returning to those roots with "Chef" a film he both stars, writes and directs. It tells the story of a chef who loses his restaurant job and decides to open a food truck with the help of his ex wife and young son. Favreau does not mind using the connections he now has as Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson both co-star.
If you missed the opening night film of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, "Belle" you will be able to catch it this summer. It tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), a mixed raced woman who was part of an English aristocrat family. I thought it was going to be pretty boring, but ended up liking it. James Franco finds himself in hot water as a soccer couch accused of being inappropriate with one of his high school students in "Palo Alto." Young actress Shailene Woodley has been on a great acting tear lately and "The Fault of Our Stars" should really cement that playing a cancer patient. It is based on a best selling book. "Boyhood" should be fascinating to watch as the movie took 12 years to film. The reason is the filmmakers started shooting the film was newcomer Ellar Coltrane when he was just 7-years old and just popped back in his life as he got older until he was a young man of 19. Michael Douglas must take care of the granddaughter he never knew he had when his son goes to jail in "And So It Goes." He reunites with director Rob Reiner. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are anything but "Very Good Girls." A story about two young girl who make a pact to lose their virginity, but "American Pie" this is not. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) are two best friends, but one can't help to wonder "What If" their relationship became something more. You may not know this, but James Franco is a director and he is bringing fourth a brutal offering with "Child of God." The story is so disturbing, that I can't even tell you what it's about. Finally, Mia Wasikowska goes on the ultimate Australian walkabout as she tries to cross the desert plains in "Tracks."
The Purge: Anarchy - One thing abut the horror genre is when a film has a success, they can crank out a sequel in no time flat. "The Purge" was not a huge hit with critics, but made enough money to warrant a second film. The story takes place the same night as the original, but Anarchy takes place in the city instead of the suburbs as we witness how some people just try to survive the night while others go out to Purge.
The Sacrament - This was one of my favorite films at the Miami International Film Festival this year and is by one of my newest favorite filmmakers, Ti West. This may be his best offering yet as the story is loosely based on the Jonestown Massacre. The movie has a modern setting. The movie is not that bloody, but so disturbing that some people left during the screening because they could not take the images they were seeing on screen. It is certainly not for the faint of heart.
The haunted sub-genre of horror is still very popular right now and "Deliver us from Evil" cashes in on it. The movie stars Eric Bana and the first trailer is certainly pretty creepy (check out the trailer above and tell me if the owl doll does not give you the willies). Speaking of movie trailers, have you seen the one for "The Signal" starring Laurence Fishburne? If almost feels like it is for "The Matrix" because you are ready for him to say, "No one can be told what the Signal is, you have to see it for yourself." You can see "The Signal" in June. Another film that played well at MIFF as "The Double" starring Jesse Eisenberg. He must face off with his doppelganger who is living his life better than he ever could. It is never wise to cheat on your spouse as five friends learn when a dead body shows up in "The Loft." Two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris get more than they bargained for in "As Above, So Below." Didn't they see what happened to Indiana Jones when he went down there? In "Cold in July" Michael C. Hall shoots and kills a burglar in his house. Justice is served, right? Wrong, as the daddy of that burglar has just gotten out of jail in the gripping thriller. You may not be too keen to take any baths after you see "Jessabelle" this summer.
I can't believe another summer movie preview is all done. I think I got about 60 movies in this year. It's a lot of work, but you, my fans, are worth it. Have a great summer!