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2015 Summer Movie Preview: June Release Edition
Here is part two of my four part summer movie preview. May featured several big titles such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max and San Andreas and June should feature some big titles of its own. The month should also be when the boxoffice and slate of movies return to normal after all of the disruptions caused by Age of Ultron. The first part of June will also allow some of the films that were effected by Age of Ultron to make up their losses. June will feature some very big and highly anticipated titles such as Entourage, Jurassic World and Ted 2.
Entourage, Insidious: Chapter 3, & Spy
One of the biggest and most anticipated films to come out this summer is the long awaited big screen dose of Entourage. A continuation of the HBO series of the same name, the producers and studio are looking to create the same magic that they had with the Sex and the City movies. The entire cast is back to reprise their roles which include Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon. Like the show the film will be full of the usual great names in various supporting roles and cameos, like Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Wahlberg (also serving as producer as he did with the series), Ronda Rousey, Dan Patrick and Richard Schiff. The film follows the crew as Vincent (Grenier) not only stars in but also gets to direct his first film which is bankrolled by Ari (Piven), but as the $100 million film goes way over budget, Ari begins to run into the issues with his financiers. The film is directed by Doug Ellin who also wrote the screenplay and he was a producer for the series and direct a few episodes too. The Entourage fan base has been waiting for this since 2011 for this film and should turn out to make this film a big success in its premier on June 5th.
Out the same day as Entourage is Insidious: Chapter 3 and as its title suggests it is the third addition to the Insidious franchise. Leigh Whannell, writer of the all three Insidious’ as well as the first three Saw films will be taking the directorial reigns for the first time with Chapter 3. This film will be a prequel to the first Insidious film that grossed nearly $54 million in 2010 and featured Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Wilson and Byrne will not be reprising their roles as they did in the very successful sequel, but does feature the underrated Dermot Mulroney as the father of the haunted child played by Stefanie Scott. The last installment made $83.5 million in the United States box office and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one surpasses it, usually these horror franchises don’t start getting stale till around number four.
Making this particular weekend unusually busy is the action/comedy Spy. Spy stars the Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Morena Buccarin and Allison Janney. McCarthy, plays a low level CIA employee who is thrusted into the job of full fledge spy when the identities of all other spies has been discovered by the villain, played by Byrne. The film looks to be exceptionally funny, but does have a lot of competition, more so in Entourage than Insidious. Both films are R rated comedies with Entourage having an established audience and Spy boasting big star power mainly in the incredibly funny Melissa McCarthy. Look for these two films to end up splitting the top spot at the box office and one getting the top spot by a thin margin.
Jurassic World & Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The release that I’ve been looking forward to for the last year is the new addition to the Jurassic Park franchise Jurassic World and it will bow at a theater near you on June 12th. I’ve been looking forward to this one because on June 11th, 1993 I saw the original and was amazed and thought a T-Rex was going to burst into my house at night and eat me. Unfortunately for this one, ther're no main character from the original reprising their role with the exception to one of the supporting players BD Wong, who played a scientist in the first film. Fortunately for this one, it stars Guardian of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt. In this film Jurassic Park has finally opened to the public, but the scientist of the park are not done playing God and have created a new genetically engineered dinosaur to chase after the park guest. Also starring is Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer and Vincent D’Onofrio. Jurassic World is written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow and directed by Trevorrow. This film looks poised to replicate the magic of the previous three films and find a fresh new audience 22 years after the original.
Also out on June 12th, is the much smaller drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which is about a teenaged filmmaker that becomes friends with a dying girl. It features Olivia Cooke, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Nick Offerman. It’s directed by the director of 12 American Horror Story episodes Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by first time screenwriter Jesse Andrews. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Andrews. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl looks to be a nice little treat in the middle of the summer and poised for some critical praise.
On June 19th, Pixar’s latest offering Inside Out will premier. Directed by the same director behind other Pixar hits Up and Monsters Inc., Pete Doctor. The story centers on the emotions in a girls mind fighting for control as she has moves to a new town. Lending their voices to Inside Out are Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Kyle MacLachlan, Richard Kind, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. Judging by the trailer the film looks like it’s a return to the outside the box story telling that’s been lacking from the last few of Pixar’s films. This film should also add a little bit more to Disney’s coffers for the year, which will be one of their biggest in quiet some time after Age of Ultron, Cinderella which is already out and making big money, and a few more release they have left for the year.
Big Game & Ted 2
Samuel L. Jackson will be at it once again on a plane, but this time instead of snakes Jackson will be channeling his inner Harrison Ford. In this guilty pleasure and so bad, its good offering, Jackson will be playing the President of the United States that is shot down on Air Force One. Jackson is paired up with a child (Onni Tommila) that helps him get away from his would be assassins. Once again, its one of those guilty pleasures and should be one of those just go with it and enjoy, much like the May release San Andreas. Big Game is out June 26th.
Also out on the 26th, is the much anticipated sequel to the 2012 hit Ted, Ted 2. I’m actually worried about this sequel and I don’t think it will live up to the $218 million gross of the original. Seth McFarlane’s most recent offering A Million Way’s to Die in the West flopped, mainly to do with the fact that a lot of people really did not like Ted, even though they flocked to go see it. But, McFarlane’s die hard fans did love it and A Million Way’s to Die in the West was (I felt) a much funnier and better film then Ted and do expect Ted 2 to be much better then its predecessor. Now, I loved Ted, but I first saw the extended version of the film, which is a lot better cut than the theatrical version. Unfortunately, the theatrical cut is the version most people had seen. My biggest beef with the film is that there is not a really good laugh till the thunder buddy song, which is twenty minutes in, that leaves most people with off feeling for the rest of the movie. In the end I do expect Ted 2 to be successful, but not as big as the first. Mark Wahlberg and Seth McFarlane both reprise their roles and are joined by Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and a cameo by Tom Brady.
Overall, June looks to be a good month, but not as big as May. Here is a full list off the releases for June.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (This is one of the best long titles for a film, right up there with The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford and Dr. Strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.)
Entourage, Hungry Hearts, Insidious: Chapter 3, Love & Marcy, Spy, and Testament of Youth
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jurassic World, and The Wolfpack
Dope, Infinitely Polar Bears, Inside Out, and Manglehorn
A Little Chaos, Big Game, Max, Nowitski: The Perfect, Ted 2, The Little Death, and The Outskirts