Prepare to run to the box-office this summer as the monstrous summer blockbusters roll into theaters once again.
The three most outlandish comedies of the summer all seem to be coming out this month, the first being Ted 2, the sequel to Ted in which Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. The sequel has a strangely similar premise to the sequel to Short Circuit, if you can remember that 1988 Kenneth Johnson film, which you probably wondered into watching in your childhood. Short Circuit similarly to Ted followed an inanimate character brought to life in the case of Short Circuit 2 that was the robot Johnny Five and if you dont want to pull yourself out the door and want to delve into summer movies past that could be the family one for you.
Returning to the present that second wacky comedy is ‘Big Game’ following a young teenager camping in the woods as he is pulled into an action packed rescue mission to save the President of the United States after Air Force One is shot down near his campsite and yes, this is the most outlandish film possibly of the year and is one of the most hilarious films from last years fall film festivals. The third comedy of the month is Melissa McCarthy’s Spy, which screened at CinemaCon in March and follows a deskbound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
If comedy is not what your seeking then there are also two outstanding films coming off the festival circuit from last years Toronto Film Festival and set for release this month. The first being Bill Pohlad’s ‘Love & Mercy’, which is one that every admirer and fan of the Beach Boys should see — it will hit US theaters on June 5th 2015 and the UK on July 10th following a screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 20th. ‘Love & Mercy’ features two sensational opposing performances from Paul Dano and John Cusack, both portraying Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson in different times. Dano plays with the role of a younger Brian Wilson in the 1960s as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. Cusack on the other hand pulls together one of his best performances as an older distraught version of Wilson in the 1980s, when he has become a confused man under the 24-hour watch of a shady therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy.
The second film coming to theaters this month from Toronto is Roy Andersson’s Swedish comedy drama ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’, which follows a story centered on a pair of traveling salesmen who peddle novelty items. Prior to screening in Toronto Roy Andersson’s comedic masterclass was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and will be presented by Darren Aronofsky and Alejandro González Iñárritu when it opens in New York cinemas on June 3rd 2015 and it has already been released in the UK.
Another Film Festival screener passing in the night is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which after gathering much acclaim and awards during the Sundance Film Festival in January is set for US release on June 12th. The film follows
If you’re a patient viewer and are looking for something that takes more of a cinephiles attention to love then you will want to head down to your local theater and get a couple bags of popcorn for David Gorden Green’s Manglehorn and the Mark Ruffalo starring Sundance indie Infinitely Polar Bear
On the other end of the spectrum those cinemagoers that love franchise movies will want to get tickets to Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World on June 12th, that is while the park is still open. Expanding on Steven Spielberg’s original trilogy with leading actor Chris Pratt, Jurassic follows events twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park on the island of Isla Nublar, which is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park called Jurassic World, as was originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
Also on the franchise radar and rolling over from last month despite the reviews, if you are simply in love with Disney, then Tomorrowland is one not to be missed while you can still see it in IMAX.
Saving the best for last, the film which nobody no matter their age should miss this month is Pixar’s Inside Out the studios first film in two years and it was worth the wait — at least until its US release on June 19th and its UK release on July 24th following it premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 21st. You can click here to read Tastic Film Magazine’s review by Pete Turner from the Cannes Film Festival.
Remember to check back July 1st for part two of this three part series previewing each month of the summer box-office and which movies you should trek out to see.
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Editor-in-Chief of Tastic Film Magazine James Rush.