Summer Movie Preview: May

Summer movie season is upon us with the release of Iron Man 3 this Friday, so the Cinedraft staff felt now would be a good time to take a look at what is coming up this summer.  We start out with what’s coming out in May…

Iron Man 3

Release Date: May 3rd

Synopsis: Robert Downey Jr returns for another go-round as Tony Stark as he faces off against Ben Kingsley’s Manderin. Shane Black directs, and this will get Felix exceedingly excited. Also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, and either Don Cheadle or Terrence Howard, depending on how the coin flip turned out this time.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: This will be the real kick-off of the summer season. I’m not completely sold on Kingsley as the Mandarin, but I read that after seeing the Iron Man 3 finale Joss Whedon was upset because he didn’t know how he’d be able to top it for The Avengers 2, so expectations are pretty high.

Dave: I’m excited for Iron Man 3, I really am. I don’t doubt it will be a well made action film filled with funny Robert Downey Jr. one-liners. I suppose my only real worry about this film would apply to all Post-Avengers Marvel Universe movies… If the bad guy in Iron Man 3 is such bad news, why not just call in the rest of the Avengers to easily defeat him? Did they all have plans for the weekend that they couldn’t cancel? Seems like the conflict in this movie could be resolved by having the Hulk go in and slap Ben Kingsley around for a few minutes… problem solved.

Jennie: I am really looking forward to this movie. I think Robert Downey Jr is great and I generally have liked the Marvel movies over the last few years (not Ghost Rider of course). I like Ben Kingsly a lot and his voice sounds kind of awesome in the trailer, but I’m not sure how it will work with him as a action movie bad guy. I have no doubt that it’s going to be an entertaining movie.

The Great Gatsby

Release Date: May 10th

Synopsis: Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the mysterious Gatsby, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton play Daisy and Tom Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire is Nick Carraway, the newcomer to Long Island’s high society who unravels the truth behind the great Jay Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann directs and has musical assistance from the likes of Jay-Z, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, and Andre 3000.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: One way or another I expect this one to be incredible. Either incredibly good, or an incredible trainwreck. With the soundtrack he seems to be back in his Moulin Rouge wheelhouse at least.

Dave: I’m worried that this movie’s release delay has led me to have unreasonably high expectations. At this point I’m pretty pumped for this movie in all its “Rich Guy Existential Crisis” glory. I love Baz Luhrmann’s unique style (which is obvious from watching the trailers), Jay-Z is helping with the score, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire…what’s not to like? I’ve got my fingers crossed that it turns out to be more “Moulin Rouge” or “Romeo and Juliet” than “Australia.”

Jennie: I can’t wait for this movie. It could be the overly well-done trailers or the fact that I love pretty much everything Leonardo DiCaprio does. I hope my optimism is not unfounded. I really enjoyed Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, I liked Australia (although, it was way too long), but I did not like Moulin Rouge. It is also a bit concerning that the release date was pushed back but right now I’m still really excited to go see it.

Rob: Wait, you didn’t like Moulin Rouge?

Jennie: Nope

Rob: Really? Wow…

Tyler Perry Presents Peeples

Release Date: May 10th

Synopsis: Craig Robinson’s Wade, and Kerry Washington’s Grace are looking to get hitched, but first Wade will have to meet her family. Hijinks ensue as Wade meets the parents (David Alan Grier and S. Epatha Merkerson) and the rest of the clan. Tyler Perry neither directs, nor writes.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I was ready to lump this one in with every other Tyler Perry film as poorly written and wildly over-performing, then I saw that he didn’t actually write or direct it, so there’s at least some hope for it. The trailer actually looks halfway decent, even if it’s treading well trod ground.

Dave: It’s kind of like “Meet the Parents”…without all the white people…not that there is anything wrong with that. Just looks like a pretty tired plot. I’ll probably skip this one.

Nicki: I love everyone in this movie. I am hoping that there is more to the story than just what the trailer shows. There are too many solid comedic actors in it to not have some good comedy in it. And I am completely thrilled that TP is not on the screen!

Jennie: This movie looks funny but perhaps a bit generic. There are a lot of funny people in it, so I’m sure the jokes will be delivered well. This may be a good “Watch with a group of Friends” kind of movie.

Dave: “Watch with a group of friends” kind of movie??? I don’t have to be around when our group of friends watches this, do I?

Star Trek Into Darkness

Release Date: May 13th

Synopsis: Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious villan unleashes terror and destruction on Earth, from within the Federation itself, and Chris Pine’s Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock lead the manhunt to capture him. JJ Abrams directs, before moving on to Star Wars.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer! Ender’s Game Trailer!

Dave: It may shock you to learn that, in many ways, I am a bit of a nerd. (Try to at least pretend to be shocked, ok?) I’ve watched a lot of Star Trek in my days. I was a little apprehensive when I heard they were going to reboot and recast TOS. (That’s “The Original Series”, for those of you who have more of a life than me) It seemed like a risky move to use the same characters and recast roles played by actors loved by nerds everywhere, but somehow they pulled it off. The first (rebooted) movie was great unlike a lot of franchises that attempt a reboot (I’m looking at you “Planet of the Apes’). Everything about it was brilliant. Great acting/casting, cool modern yet still slightly retro style, intriguing story line, and most importantly it left me excited for the next installment. This movie has got a lot to live up to, but based on the trailer, it looks like it should succeed.

Jennie: I’m really excited for this movie to come out. The last one was great (aside from a few of Eric Bana’s lines) and it had a wonderful ensemble cast. This trailer looks great and I love a big-budget science fiction movie. Especially one that actually does all their special effects well.

Nicki: I loved the first film and am really looking forward to this one. I also really enjoy Chris Pine’s interpretation of Kirk. Hopefully this one exceeds my expectations like the last one did.

Rob: Oh, did I mention the Ender’s Game trailer is attached to it?

Fast & Furious 6

Release Date: May 24th

Synopsis: A team of drivers (featuring Jason Statham and Luke Evans) takes down a military convoy, and now Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs is pulling Vin Diesel’s team out of retirement. Expect lots of cars to go very fast and for stuff to blow up. Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez also return.

Our Thoughts: 

Rob: They’re really still making these, huh? Is there some way I can blame this on Michael Bay?

Dave: Sometimes after watching an exciting movie, reading a great book, or marveling at a beautiful work of art I am left with a sense of joy and wonder and I am in awe of humankind’s capacity to create something from nothing…this movie looks to be the exact opposite of that. After watching the trailer for this movie I want to hit a baby seal…in the face…with a kitten… a really cute kitten. Seriously, a guy named “The Rock” is the best actor in this movie…Think about that.

Jennie: I saw this trailer in the theater the other day and I literally laughed out loud at it. I’m not quite sure that was what they were going for. I have to give it to them though, they really go all out on this franchise. This movie is going to look great, have a fun soundtrack, and enough skin to have the teenage boys waiting in line for days. I on the other hand will more than likely skip this entirely.

Nicki: I don’t care, I am a sucker for these movies! I love the action, the humor, all the big scenes but more importantly the family dynamic. The series as a whole was not very strong but going from the 1st to number 5 and hopefully six, the story has gotten better, even if its more unbelievable. I’m a fan, and can’t wait for this one.

The Hangover Part III

Release Date: May 24th

Synopsis: The Wolf Pack are on their way to Vegas to get psychiatric treatment for Zach Galifianakis’ Alan when John Goodman kidnaps Doug, forcing the Wolf Pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) to get Doug back. With Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, and Ed Helms.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: It’s at least encouraging that they’re changing up the format some. The second one wasn’t that good and just more of the same so hopefully this will freshen things up some.

Dave: Yep, huge format change. Now crazy shit happens in Vegas instead of Vegas…oh wait… I guess it’s got to be better than The Hangover II right?…Right? I really want to like this movie. I just hope we didn’t see all the funny stuff in the trailer. Also, does Melissa McCarthy now have to be in every funny movie? Hope we don’t overdose on her. (I’m going to leave that last thought in there because it still somehow seems applicable, but I looked it up and she has been in exactly 3 movies, including this one, since “ Bridesmaids.” Shows what I know. How is that even possible? Seems like she has been everywhere. I blame TV… Stupid TV…)

Rob: It’s probably the 500 trailers for “The Heat” you’ve been forced to sit through, but we’ll get to that in a later preview…

Jennie: I didn’t see the second one because all I heard was “It’s the same story as the first one but not nearly as funny.” That being said, this one looks funny and also seems like they are really wrapping it up and not just going to keep making them. I may watch the second one within the next few weeks and see this one in the theater.

Nicki: I’m not sure if it is my addiction to the Hangover slot machine I discovered in Vegas or just that I am a sucker for these guys but I am looking forward to this. I am also looking forward to these movies being over. The second one was such a ridiculous stretch that I am hoping the move back to Vegas helps out the plot. I mean really, the one guy is a teacher, another a dentist?!



Release Date: May 24th

Synopsis: The latest animated feature from the makers of Ice Age andRobots. A girl meets a race of tiny leaf-men and is shrunk to their size, and together they must save the leaf-men’s forest. Features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Amanda Seyfried, Pitbull, Beyonce, Josh Hutcherson, Judah Friedlander, Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, Christoph Waltz, Chris O’Dowd, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: The first of this summer’s under-the-radar animated films that you probably haven’t heard of. It looks serviceable, but not expecting much from this one.

Dave: Admittedly, I (30 years old and no kids) am not the target audience for this movie but I’m not about to rush out and see this one. It looks alright for what it is. Big name voice actors, cool animation, lots of action, goofy comic relief slugs, damsel in distress, dashing hero. It will make money like nearly all kids movies do because it will get the kids to at least relatively shut up for 90-ish minutes.

Jennie: This will probably fall under the “it was cute” category for me. The voice actors seem great and the animation looks good, but in general, the story seems like it’s got too much going on.

Nicki: I’m fairly certain that I will have to see this opening weekend. The minute my kids see this trailer: a goofy dad, warriors fighting with bows and arrows, everyone flying on birds, a dreamy boy who, I’m sure, will fall for the shrunken girl, etc, etc. Thankfully there looks like some funny parts to fill out the hopefully worthwhile story. Most of the kid movies I see end up making me laugh so I’m going to guess that this will do the same thing.

Before Midnight

Release Date: May 24th

Synopsis: 9 years after Before Sunset, and almost 20 years after Before Sunrise, Ethan Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine are together and have twin daughters. The family spends the summer on a Greek isle, along with Jesse’s son by his previous marriage.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: The first two were nice little movies. Don’t know that I’ll see this in theaters, but probably once it comes out on video…

Dave: I literally don’t at all care about this movie. I haven’t ever been compelled to see the first two movies in the series and this trailer doesn’t make me want to rush out and see this one either. It seems (from the trailer) to be well made and well acted. It looks solid enough if you care about the previous two movies but I don’t at all. Director Richard Linklater has made some really good/original movies (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, The School of Rock, Me and Orson Welles,Bernie), but I just can’t get excited for this one. I give it a solid “meh”.

Nicki: I have not seen the previous two movies in this series but this trailer makes me a little bummed out. The first two, if I am correct, were about love lost, then found and the joy and heartache that can bring. This just looks like an old married couple having typical married couple issues. Wife wants husband to be more romantic and more like the man she fell in love with as well as grow up and be that man. Husband wants wife to relax and stop making life so difficult. This would only, maybe, be a rental for me.

After Earth

Release Date: May 31st

Synopsis: Father and son Cypher and Kitai (Will and Jaden Smith) crash land on Earth a millennium after humans were forced to abandon the planet and they must battle the evolved wildlife and the elements to signal for their rescue.  M. Night Shyamalan directs, but *shhhh*, I don’t think we’re supposed to know that.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: Seriously, is Shyamalan even doing press for this? His role as director may be the best kept secret in America right now. I was rather leery even before I knew he was involved, the trailers just seem dull to me.

Dave: Wait….really? This is an M. Night Shyamalan movie? I’m a giant movie nerd and I really had no clue. I assume the twist ending is to somehow make this movie not seem like a mutated version of Oblivion. Assuming the CGI is not as bad as it looks in the trailer, it could be a cool sci-fi action type movie. It’s hard not to love Will Smith (assuming he does more than just his “serious stare” acting that he seems to do exclusively in the trailer). If they could manage to work in some crumbled human-world landmarks (I’m a sucker for that stuff), I’d be standing in line on Opening Night.

Jennie: I’m not totally sold on this movie. First, M. Night Shyamalan is very hit or miss for me. Second, the effects in the trailer look a little rough to me, especially the uber-evolved animals. I do like Will Smith though and will probably give this movie a chance.

Now You See Me

Release Date: May 31st

Synopsis: The FBI tracks a team of illusionists who carry out bank robberies during their shows and reward the audience. With an exciting cast, including Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I’m actually kind of excited for this one. The trailer looks both fun and exciting, the cast looks great, and Morgan Freeman narrates the trailer.

Dave: I’m not quite sure what it is, but there is something about this movie that doesn’t have me super excited to see it. I’ve seen the previews in theaters for months now, but something just seems flat. I expect crazy plot twists, Jesse Eisenberg to do his Mark Zuckerberg impression, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain and Mark Ruffalo to act like themselves (Which I suppose isn’t all bad), and Isla Fisher to act like that chick from “Wedding Crashers.” I don’t know. Maybe it will be good. I’m going to have to wait and see on this one.

Jennie: I’m honestly really pumped for this movie. First, I could watch Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in just about anything. I really like Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and the other actors as well. From the trailer, the movie seems to be well executed and clever. With any luck, my hopes aren’t too high.

Nicki: I am super excited for this movie! It may be my ridiculously out of control crush on Mark Ruffalo, or just that I think the tricks are going to look slick but I can’t wait. Plus the fact that Morgan Freeman is in it immediately elevates its status for me.

The East

Release Date: May 31st

Synopsis: A group of anarchists attacks major corporations they deem guilty of crimes against humanity, and an operative of an elite private intelligence firm finds her loyalty divided after she infiltrates the anarchist collective. With Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Jason Ritter, and Patricia Clarkson.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: Don’t expect this one to do much box office, but I’m definitely intrigued by the trailer.

Dave: I’m not going to lie, I hadn’t heard of this movie before this little preview article we are putting together. The concept of it seems pretty cool. I’ve really liked Ellen Page in everything I’ve seen her in. Plus they are sticking it to the man, who doesn’t like that? I’m hoping that the PG-13 rating means that the horror movie style of the trailer isn’t actually representative of what to expect from the movie. I’ll keep an eye on this one. Side note: The director/writer is named Zal Batmanglij…that’s got to be a fake name right?

Rob: I think in his former life he went by “Zal Supermanglij”

Dave: I feel like there is an appropriate “Kneel before Zal” joke here, but i’m not sure I want to invest the time in formulating it.

Jennie: I think this trailer is having an identity crisis. It looks like some sort of occult horror film but the story line is more of a political thriller. It looks really interesting but I may wait a few weeks after release to hear some buzz before I run to the theater.

Nicki: This movie is admittedly not my normal go-to movie but it definitely looks interesting. I’m a big fan of the hackings and whatnot done by the “Anonymous” group, if for no other reason than watching the big-money people shake in their boots, so that aspect is appealing to me. It seems like a messier, more in your face version of all that.

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