So far Side Effects is the only film that stands out in 2013, though there are plenty to come and more I have yet to see. May and June mark the start of the summer season. Here’s a taste.
May 10th: “The Great Gatsby”
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher
Despite clocking in at a magnificently efficient ~185 pages, GATSBY has so far proven unfilmable. Baz Luhrmann’s questionable direction (as evident by the trailer) looks to be the latest victim. The film looks to be a visual feast, however, and Fitzgerald fans will find themselves turning out, however low their expectations may be.
May 24: The Hangover: Part III
Starring Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifinakis, Mike Tyson
Who would have guessed THE HANGOVER would have been such a sleeper smash? The most successful R-rated comedy franchise of all time will surely inflate that total big time as Zach Galifinakis has cemented himself as a comedic film star, Bradley Cooper is fresh off a Best Actor nod and Ed Helms continues to…stay relevant. The second outing left a lot to be desired, but in retrospect seems a quirky (yet exceedingly grim) parody of its predecessor. The third promises to be even darker, completely different and the final installment.
June 7: The Internship
Starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn
The WEDDING CRASHER pals team up once more as adult interns competing for limited employment. All signs point to this being a modest offering from the pair, though I will gladly continue to pay $10 to hang out with Owen Wilson for 90 minutes no matter what the circumstances.
June 14: This is the End
Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Danny McBridge, Jonah Hill
In maybe the most unique mainstream film of the summer, the Apatow Mafia play comical versions of themselves in the face of the impending apocalypse. The trailer alone is funnier than The Guilt Trip.
June 21: Monster’s University
Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Pixar went 11 years with only one sequel, and is now pumping out their third since 2010. TOY STORY 3 and CARS 2 were met with high praise and lukewarm golf claps respectively, so the origin story of Mike Wazowski and Sulley is a toss of the coin. One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of fun creature designs and gorgeously animated set pieces. This one might even be worth the uncomfortable 3D glasses.