Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn) Rated PG-13 – August 1 – In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Zoe Saldana
Marvel Studios continues its hot streak with its tenth cinematic release in just six years; and with one of the most risky choices of new heroes to unleash upon the masses. But I think it’s perfect timing. Marvel has built such an amazing trust circle with moviegoers that they’ll buy a ticket for any of their films just to keep in the loop before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits cinemas early next year. The cast and the wacky ragtag Guardians of the Galaxy team should make for one of the most entertaining moments of the summer. SEE IT!!!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Jonathan Liebesman) Unrated – August 8 – From their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan, four Ninjitsu-trained turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello and their sensei, Master Splinter, battle evil. Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, and Noel Fisher
For a Michael Bay produced TMNT reboot, I expected a lot less. The teaser trailer did a decent job at setting up the turtles for a big debut. They’re definitely on the same page like the Transformers when that property launched. It’s a bit too early to tell how TMNT will do because the tone isn’t established in the trailers and the story is not quite fleshed out in the marketing. It neither looks good nor bad, but I cautiously optimistic. MATINEE IT!
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Lasse Hallström) Unrated – August 8 – A story centered on an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Starring Helen Mirren, Rohan Chand, Charlotte Le Bon, and Manish Dayal
I don’t know much behind the story of this book, but I do know Oprah and Steven Spielberg are producing and that powerhouse team will put butts in seats. The novel has a lot of international praise, but I can’t see it drawing in a huge crowd for a summer film. RENT IT!
Into the Storm (Steven Quale) Rated PG-13 – August 8 – A group of high school students document the events and aftermath of a devastating tornado. Starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sumpter, and Nathan Kress
After the shock wears off that this isn’t directed by Roland Emmerich, the Final Destination 5 director, Steven Quale, is bringing Twister to the new century. The teaser trailer has a ton of intense snippets of the storm, but no characters or plot have been revealed enough to get a good feel for the film. I’m sure the tension will be high, but it could just end up being a silly disaster movie. WATCH IT ON NETFLIX?
The Expendables 3 (Patrick Hughes) Rated R – August 15 – Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, and Antonio Banderas
Am I the only one getting tired of these? I was tired of it after the first one. It’s like all of the actors from big blockbuster action movies of the 80s are coming together to form the AARP Avengers. By now you know if you’re in and out, and nothing is really presenting itself to make it worth your while for a third go around if you were on the fence before. MATINEE IT IF YOU HAVE TO SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN! BUT WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!
The Giver (Phillip Noyce) Unrated – August 15 – In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Brenton Thwaites
I never read the book, but I hear it’s a decent work of literature. From what I can tell by watching the trailer is that it looks like just another Hunger Games/Divergent young adult adaptation with a Matrix-esque aura about it. The Giver boasts a big cast and has a lot of weight on its shoulders going in, so may the odds be ever in its favor. MATINEE IT!
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez) Rated R – August 22 – The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Starring Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, and Jaime King
Turn The Right Corner wasn’t named in honor of Sin City for no particular reason. I love Sin City, both the graphic novel and the film, and I have been waiting for A Dame to Kill For for quite some time. The teaser trailer was a bit jarring with the strange, house/EDM music or whatever was going on there, but the visuals are sharp and clean. Whether that will negatively affect the grittiness of the franchise will have to be determined come this August. Regardless, this is almost ten years in the making and I’m happy to see Rodriguez and Miller team up again to bring these characters back to the big screen. SEE IT!
Jessabelle (Kevin Greutert) Rated PG-13 – August 29 – Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape. Starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, and David Andrews
The only true horror movie within the entire summer schedule. How can that be? The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 made a killing, so why are the studios leaving the playground this season? Maybe they want to give audiences a chance to breathe after we’ve seen so many this year already? I’m getting a little worn out by paranormal thrillers. I have it in my anticipated 2014 horrors list, so I hope Jessabelle eases my fatigue. MATINEE IT!
The Loft (Erik Van Looy) Rated R – August 29 – Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the murdered body of an unknown young woman is found in the property. Starring James Marsden, Rhona Mitra, Wentworth Miller, and Karl Urban
A decent cast with an interesting concept to work with closes out the summer movie season with The Loft. There hasn’t been any marketing for this title yet, but the story has me intrigued. That’s all I have to say about that. MATINEE IT!
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All plot synopses were found via IMDb.com.