Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Reel Preview: The Year in Film 2016 - Episode VI

The Summer Movie Season kicks it into a higher gear this month; for as the temperature rises, as does the fun and excitement of light-hearted cinema. Here are the notable films for the month of June.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2: OUT OF THE SHADOWS – The sequel to the 2014 comic-book adaptation of kung-fu fighting turtles, this time with even more mutated creatures. Stars Megan Fox, Stephen Arnell (TV’s ARROW), Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney, and William Fichtner. Directed by Dave Green (EARTH TO ECHO).

ME BEFORE YOU – Adapted from the 2012 young-romance novel of the same name. Stars Emilia Clarke (TV’S GAME OF THRONES), and Sam Claflin.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 – The sequel to the 2013 heist-film which made things up as it went along. The over-qualified cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Jon M. Chu; the man behind the last G.I. JOE turd of a movie.  

WARCRAFT – The long awaited film adaptation of the culture-smashing video game finally arrives in which humans and orcs clash in battles of swords, axes, and giant mystical creatures. Stars Dominic Cooper (TV’S AGENT CARTER), and Ben Foster (3:10 to YUMA). Directed by Duncan Jones (MOON).

THE CONJURING 2 – Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as based-on-real-life ghost hunters, who this time travel to battle a pesky poltergeist in England. Directed by James Wan (SAW).

FINDING DORY – Pixar Animation Studios is back with a follow-up to their 2003 smash, FINDING NEMO. Taking place six months after the events of the first film, Dory, the forgetful fish, sets out to find her family. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks reprise their roles. Directed by Pixar pillar  Andrew Stanton…whose past directing credits include WALL-E, FINDING NEMO, and A BUG’S LIFE.

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE – Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson stars as a former overweight geek who grows up to be a CIA agent, and returns home to take his old friend (played by Kevin Hart) on a mission to save the world.

CLOWN – Eli Roth, creator of the horror films HOSTEL and HOSTEL II, produces this horror-flick involving very scary clowns.

TICKLED – In what may be the most bizarre, yet documentary-event of the year…a journalist sets out to film a documentary on an international tickling competition, but winds up facing serious death threats.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE – The sequel to the 1996 smash-hit, pop-culture altering alien-invasion film arrives just before the 4th of July here in 2016. Roland Emmerich returns to direct, as does former cast-members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, and Vivica A. Fox. Newcomers include Liam Hemsworth (brother of Chris), and Jessie Usher.

FREE STATE OF JONES – A Civil War film telling the story of a man who led an armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Matthew McConaughey stars as that man. Directed by Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT, PLEASANTVILLE).

SWISS ARMY MAN – In this bizarre yet heartfelt story of friendship, Paul Dano plays a man stranded on a remote island, who comes across a washed-up farting corpse, played by Daniel Radcliffe.


Next month, Reel Speak previews the month of July.

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