|Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars|
Many of our friends have already been infected with summeritis—so that means it’s time for summer movies to begin. We saw a few blockbusters hit theaters in May (Godzilla, X-Men, and Maleficent) but June is coming in with unique brew of its own to get us into theaters: cancer, ping pong, dragons, bigfoot, alien robot cars, and a musical—to name a few.
So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
—Myrna E. Duarte
Edge of Tomorrow (IMAX/3D)
|Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort rejoin – this time as lovers – for The Fault In Our Stars|
The Fault in Our Stars is directed by Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) and written by 500 Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, based on John Green’s 2012 bestseller of the same name. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. This looks like it’s going to be a punch to the gut and heart in more ways than one. It’s one of those movies we can’t wait to see, but dread the tears.
Ping Pong Summer (Limited)
The year is 1985. Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) is a shy 13-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets. Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris also star in the film written and directed by Michael Tully. This summers’ The Way Way Back?
The Sacrament (Limited)
Eli Roth hasn’t been behind the camera to direct a film in seven years (his latest film The Green Inferno arrives this fall), he’s certainly been busy producing some interesting horror films like The Last Exorcism. The latest producing effort is The Sacrament, directed by indie horror director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil). Patrick (Kentucker Audley) is a fashion photographer. When his colleagues Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg), correspondents for Vice magazine, catch wind of a letter from his estranged sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) living in a “sober” commune at an unnamed location outside the US, they decide her story would be a great subject for a documentary. While Patrick reunites with his sister, Sam and Jake investigate why members of the isolated community have followed a mysterious leader they call Father off American soil.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Limited)
Discover the man who saw everything and went looking for more. That’s an epic line – but perhaps fitting for the documentary directed by Mike Myers—yes sir, the comedian/actor, that one, in his directorial debut—about a man named Shep Gordon, also known as the “Supermensch”, a talent manager and “the consummate Hollywood insider”. Myers has lots of footage and inside access to quite a few big names who tell many fun stories about the manager and his unique influence on fame. Though he isn’t a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Gordon’s unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril & others.
Trust Me (Limited)
22 Jump Street
|Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street|
22 Jump Street is directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The LEGO Movie) and written by Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Oren Uziel (Kitchen Sink). This time friends Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) find themselves undercover at a local college, to stop more drugs from being spread. Ice Cube also returns as the undercover unit’s captain, it’s the same case, do the same thing!
The second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless five years later. While Astrid (America Ferrera), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. The animation looks absolutely incredible, especially the flight sequences
The Rover (Limited)
|Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover|
10 years following the collapse of society, a loner tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft. Australian filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) writes and directs The Rover, an Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, with a story credited to Joel Edgerton & Michôd. The film is described as an existential western following people from all corners of the world who have come out to the desert to scrape out an existence. Petty criminals, miscreants and hustlers thrive in the Australian Outback, a haven for felons once more.
The Signal (Limited)
The Sundance selected sci-fi film The Signal is directed by William Eubank (Love), who also co-wrote the script with newcomers Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. Nick (Brenton Thwaites) and Jonah (Beau Knapp) are MIT freshmen and serious hackers. While driving through Nevada with Nick’s girlfriend, Hailey (Olivia Cooke), they follow rival hacker Nomad’s clues to a location 180 miles away. After a terrifying confrontation with Nomad in the desert, the trio regain consciousness in captivity, are forced to confinement and discover they are part of something unbelievable.
Hellion is written and directed by Kat Candler. Hard-drinking Texas single dad Hollis (Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious teenager Jacob (first-time actor Josh Wiggins). The motocross-obsessed teenager’s delinquent behavior pushes his family to the brink of collapse. All hell breaks loose when Jacob enlists his younger brother, Wes, as a partner in crime.
In the sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. How many more wacky weekends, full of high jinx in Las Vegas movies do we need?
Yves Saint Laurent (Limited) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
Paris, 1957. 21 year old Yves is catapulted to international stardom as the successor to Christian Dior who has recently died. At his first catwalk show he meets Pierre Bergé, who will become his lover and business partner, and begins a relationship that will change his life forever. Just a few years later however he’s subjected to the public humiliation of being fired. Refusing to succumb to his critics and self-doubt, he creates the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house and presents the first-ever ‘ready to wear’ collection, shocking the world of couture.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (IMAX/3D)
Michael Bay is again directing Transformers 4, or Transformers: Age of Extinction, from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, as his last film in the blockbuster series before handing the franchise off to another director. As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his cross-hairs. The new cast this time around includes Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles,
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Limited)
As a teenager, Aaron Swartz was a computer-programming prodigy with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, but sadly, he was pushed to suicide after some federal lawsuits tore his life apart. From help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, Aaron Swartz’s fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was his groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity, and The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (directed by Brian Knappenberger of We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists), looks like a must-see documentary telling a tale that didn’t need to end so tragically.
Snowpiercer (Limited) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
|Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer|
The cast for Joon-ho Bong’s incredible new sci-fi masterpiece Snowpiercer includes Chris Evans with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell,Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton & Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Kang-ho Song and Luke Pasqualino as passengers on the train. Joon-ho describes Snowpiercer as a post-apocalyptic movie about a few survivors who end up on a massive train that is divided by economic classes. “With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.”