June was an interesting month. Man of Steel did better than Superman Returns, which will help launch DC comic series, but the film was more Michael Bay than quality series reboot.
The most successful films of June have been This is the End, Monster's University, and I predict The Heat will fall into this group. End is a success because of its cost and percentage drop off each week. Monster's is outdoing other Pixar films. Heat is an R rated film which out did a major Rolan Emmerich film (White House Down).
How does July look, pretty boring, beyond a few films that could be plain fun!
The Long Ranger (July 2nd) which cost a lot of money, and is from the brain of Verbinski and Bay looks like it could top White House Down as a massive flop. I have not heard anyone clamoring to see this film, and it just looks plain awful.
Despicable Me (July 2nd) is not going to re-invent the wheel, the story is going to be cute and hilarious I expect nothing less, and the minions are just great.
The Way Way Back (Limited) is a film I have already seen (Review here: http://eternalthoughtsofkevinsmind.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-way-way-back-is-heartfelt-coming-of.html). Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have constructed something beautiful, funny, and entertaining, go see it!
Pacific Rim comes from the brilliant mind of Guillermo Del Torro, and looks like it's massive visual effects could make other films look like child's play. I am excited, but cautiously, as to to not build up the high too much.
Grown Ups 2 is missing Rob Schneider, which my friend John and I noticed while at the movies last evening. This will not drastically alter the quality of the movie, but this movie could be in a lot of trouble these stars are losing steam, and I am shocked this got a sequel.
Fruitvale Station was a smash at Sundance, look out for writer/director Coogler to make a big splash, and Michael B. Jordan to impress many. This could be a major competitor for the Oscars.
Red 2, was a surprising sequel, the first was well like by critics, but did not make a lot of money. I thought the first was a bit boring, and did not laugh as much as I should have, Mirren was the star, not surprising.
R.I.P.D. looks like it could be fun, but is Ryan Reynolds a jinx for films like this? This film looks like it could be a lot of fun, the premise is kind of cool. Reynolds and Bridges look to be a great team, and this graphic novel turned film could be a success.
Turbo also stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of a snail turned motor racer? I am not going to waste time on this cheap premise. Animated films have been lazy this year, and this film is proof.
The Conjuring is another attempt at horror films trying to be a landmark, or the next Exorcist, or Amityville Horror. This has a great cast, and comes from director James Wan (Saw), it could be good, but I am holding out that this is going to be too novelty.
Girl Most Likely stars Kristin Wiig, and looks like it could be fun, but the Icona Pop song over the trailer is just lame. I think this is going to be a big miss, it looks too quirky for its own good. I love Wiig, the cast, and the directors Sherri Springer Berman and Robert Pulcinni directed American Splendor, but they also did The Nanny Diaries, conundrum.
Only God Forgives bring Nicolas Winding Refn back together with Ryan Gosling for another go around, their first being Drive. This was shown at Cannes and the film received a lot less love than Drive, in fact it got pretty awful reviews. Refn style as a director is interesting, this could be one the critics are too harsh on, or they could be giving a "danger Will Robinson."
The Wolverine has the worst marketing, and a lot to live up to, in a bad way. Origins was seen as a one of the worst Marvel films, even worse than Last Stand, this could smell trouble for Old Man Logan. Back to the marketing, people are not even aware the film is being released, this is one of those films that just may be a failure without even getting a fighting chance.
The To Do List is this year's Easy A/Pitch Perfect. This film looks hilarious, and stars the indie star on the rise, Aubrey Plaza. Plaza is great on Parks and Recreation, and i have no doubt after Safety not Guaranteed she can carry this film.
Blue Jasmine, is Woody Allen's latest flick, and after his disastrous adventure in Rome Jasmine shows the darker humor, and could hearken back to more old school Woody. Blanchett, and Hawkins are two great actresses, and I am excited to see what they can do within this film.