Summer is well underway and with it comes a host of exciting and promising new films which are worth a watch. Here is a list of what I’m looking out for in the coming months:
(UK release dates)
Ted 2 – Out Now
Everyone’s favourite potty-mouthed teddy bear returns alongside his new wife Tami-Lynn. The newlyweds want to have kids, but in order to do so; Ted must prove that he is a legitimate person in a court of law. Seth MacFarlane is back to direct and voice the grotesque teddy, while Mark Wahlberg also returns as Ted’s thunder buddy. No doubt we’re in for plenty more offensive laughs if it is anything on the first movie.
Ant-Man – 17th July
Marvel’s latest creation sees Paul Rudd take on the role of Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man. The production process has been anything but steady with several rewrites following the departure of Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright from the project. Marvel’s vision for the movie has seen Peyton Reed takeover as director, with Anchorman director Adam McKay also has offered a hand in the writing department. With funny men such as these, alongside Paul Rudd, expect Marvel to churn out a Guardians of the Galaxy esque show.
True Story – 24th July
Based on true events, former New York Times reporter Michael Finkel is brought to the attention of accused murderer Christian Longo who uses Finkel’s identity when he is apprehended. Jonah Hill and James Franco both star in this mystery drama, which made the official selection at Sundance. Written and directed by Brit Rupert Goold.
Southpaw – 24th July
Antoine Fuqua has had a stuttering career directing. Whilst Training Day was brilliant, he is also responsible for the monstrosity that was Olympus Has Fallen. Nevertheless, Southpaw looks like the kind of dark, edgy film that Fuqua can do wonders with. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer on his way to the top but who struggles to balance his life outside the ring when his wife is murdered.
Inside Out – 24th July
Pixar’s latest creation already looks like an instant hit. Inside Out literally explores the emotions of young Riley and her mother and father as they up sticks to San Francisco. The trailer is enough to have you chuckling away with Inside Out surely a must see for all the family this summer.
Pixels – 12th August
Any Adam Sandler post 2006 probably isn’t worth watching. The same could be said for anything Kevin James has featured in. Remarkably, Pixels, which features both of them, genuinely looks like a fun watch. When aliens receive a time capsule sent from NASA including examples of life and culture on Earth, they interpret the greeting as a declaration of war. As a result, the aliens descend onto our planet in the form of various video game characters from the 80s. Chris Columbus, responsible for Mrs Doubtfire and Home Alone directs.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E – 14th August
Guy Ritchie’s latest production sees him recreate the television show from the sixties about a CIA agent and a KGB Russian operative who are forced to work together when a mysterious organisation begin the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play both agents, with Hugh Grant and Jared Harris also featuring. The trailer looks fun and exciting, with the typical Ritchie touch of class.
Vacation – 21st August
Admittedly, this does just look like a carbon copy of We’re the Millers but hey, we all had a good laugh at that didn’t we? Ed Helms and Cristina Applegate play two parents who take their kids across country to “Wally World” in order to reconnect as a family. Naturally, it’s not quite so straightforward and hilarity is sure to ensue. Chris Hemsworth and Leslie Mann also feature.
Straight Outta Compton – 28th August
When group NWA emerged from the streets of Compton, they revolutionised pop culture with music about growing up in the hood. This biography explores the group’s difficulties with life, with cops and their path to major success. Surely a must see for any hip-hop fan or any music fan for that matter.
Trainwreck – 28th August
Amy Schumer is one of America’s hottest comedy properties at the moment and she stars in Judd Apatow’s (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin) latest product, Trainwreck. Schumer plays Amy, a commitaphobe more concerned about her career than her love life. That is until she meets Aaron, a good guy who throws a spanner into the works.
Legend – 11th September
Tom Hardy is an actor who will always push the limits of acting, and his latest role is no different. In Legend, he plays both Ronald and Reginald Kray, twin gangsters from London during the 1950s. The film explores the twin’s rise to power as well as their downfall and ultimately their imprisonment.
Everest – 25th September
Baltasar Kormakur’s latest creation sees a group of climbers embark upon the famous mountain but our struck by a severe snowstorm that devastates the party. Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Robin Wright star in what looks like a gripping true story. The trailer is enough to produce the white-knuckle experience.
What films are you most looking forward to this summer?