Summer Movie Guide: June 2012 – Week 5

Magic Mike

“A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.”

I think the strangest thing about this film is the fact that it’s a Steven Soderbergh movie, and it might just be good.  There’s no denying Channing Tatum‘s chest’s star power, so the women will be going out in droves to see this one, so my fiance has informed me.  The R-rating might hold it back, but then again, Soderbergh’s films are always unpredictable at the box office.

Ted

“A story centered on a man and his teddy bear, who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish.”

Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show fame, makes his feature debut with a film that looks like it’s basically some live action amalgamation of all his animated shows.  Not that that’s a bad thing, but everyone going into this should know exactly what they’re getting.  A raunchy comedy with a ridiculous concept.  If you couldn’t tell from the trailers.

People Like Us

“A man is tasked with delivering $150,000 of his deceased father’s fortune to the sister he has never met.”

Yes, you read that poster right.  The Alex Kurtzman of Kurtzman and Orci, writers of big time blockbusters.  Here, he tries his hand at a romantic comedy starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, who are both on the rise right now, so I suppose it will be good counter-programming to Ted, although I think it will lose out big to Magic Mike.  Just sayin’.

Madea’s Witness Protection

Tyler Perry continues to milk his cow, and so far it hasn’t dried up yet, so more power to him, I suppose.  He makes  movies quick and cheap, and more than makes his budget back on every single one, so kudos to a man that is self-sufficient like that, even if the majority of the white population is baffled by the character and Eugene Levy‘s surprising decisions to obtain a paycheck.

IN LIMITED RELEASE

Beasts of the Southern Wild

“Faced with her father’s fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.”

This Sundance hit opens in a few major cities this weekend, but if it’s as good as all the reviews say it is, expect it to expand to arthouse friendly outlets all across the US, this one could be a Whale Rider style dark horse come end of the year nominations.

Take This Waltz

“A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.”

Director/actress Sarah Polley steps behind the camera for her 3rd directorial effort, a drama with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as an improbable couple.  Polley has appeared in a number of movies in small character roles, often very well, but her directorial efforts seem to most often fall in the weepy drama category.

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