Yes, yes, I know I’m a week late. However, the month of June is just underway with another wave of hotly anticipated summer blockbusters set for release this month. There’s a bunch of notable films including the likes of Snow White and the Huntsman, which opened up last Friday, along with films like Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Pixar’s Brave set for release later this month. There are also a couple of interesting smaller films out so be sure to check them out when they’re released.
Weekend of June 1st-3rd:
Snow White and the Huntsman
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost
Plot Summary: The second re-imagining of Snow White sees the Huntsman employed by the evil queen to track down and retrieve the lost princess in the dark forest so that she may consume her heart and live forever.
For Greater Glory
Directed by: Dean Wright
Stars: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole
Plot Summary: Chronicling the Christeros War between the atheist goverment and the Mexican people.
Directed by: John Gulager
Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd, Gary Busey, Ving Rhames
Plot Summary: The pre-historic piranhas are back after the events of Lake Victoria. Now they’ve found their way into a newly opened water park and are ready to unleash a new wave of terror upon humanity.
Weekend of June 8th-10th
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Patrick Wilson
Plot Summary: A team of explorers sets out on an expedition to find the origins of mankind, but find that they may cause the end to humanity and must fight to save the future of the human race.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath & Conrad Vernon
Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinket Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston
Plot Summary: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to find their way home, but in the meantime they’ve tracked the penguins to penguin where they now find themselves on the run once again.
Safety Not Guaranteed
Directed by: Colin Teverrow
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni
Plot Summary: Three magazine employees set out to investigate a peculiar ad which seeks out a companion to go time travelling.
Weekend of June 15th-17th
Rock of Ages
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bryan Cranston, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Will Forte
Plot Summary: A musical about a small town girl and city boy who pursue their dreams in Hollywood.
That’s My Boy
Directed by: Sean Anders
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, James Caan
Plot Summary: As a teen, Donny fathered a son with his teacher and raised him as a single parent until he was 18. Years later they’ve been out of touch until Donny is faced with tax problems and must turn to his son for help.
Weekend of June 22nd-24th
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Stars: Kelly McDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrain, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters
Plot Summary: A young princess struggles against the customs of her people to make a life for herself and is granted a wish that puts her kingdom in danger. Now she must take up the courage and her bow to undo the curse she has unleashed upon her land.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie
Plot Summary: Chronicling the secret adventures of the 16th President of the United States of America as he sets out on a personal quest to rid his country of the undead menace once and for all.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightly, Patton Oswalt, Adam Brody, William Petersen, Derek Luke, Rob Corddry
Plot Summary: As world destroying asteroid approaches the Earth a man and his neighbour set out to accomplish their last dying wish of being re-united with their first love and family.
Weekend of June 29th-July 1st
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Channing Tatum, Cody Horn, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey
Plot Summary: Chronicling the real life experiences of Channing Tatum’s past life as a male stripper.
Directed by: Seth McFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Joel McHale
Plot Summary: The story of a man and his teddy bear who he brought to life as a child with a wish.
People Like Us
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Stars: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Favreau, Mark Duplass
Plot Summary: A man must deliver $150,000 of his deceased father’s fortune to a sister he’s never met.
Tyler Perry’s Witness Protection
Directed by: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tom Arnold, Romeo
Plot Summary: A Wall Street banker is set up as the linchpin of his bank’s Mob backed Ponzi-scheme and is forced into the Witness protection program with his family and sent to Madea’s southern home.
Pick of the Month: Prometheus
It’s an easy choice for me to pick Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, though Pixar’s Brave comes in as a close second. This looks like classic Ridley Scott from his Alien and Blade Runner days. The film is loaded with a great cast that includes many well-known actors. From the trailers I’ve seen in theatres, the 3D does look really impressive, although I feel the trailers have revealed too much. Hopefully I’m proven wrong when I check out this movie next Tuesday.