R2R Summer Preview – June

Our summer preview continues today with a look at what June will have to offer.  Hit the jump to see what’s on tap for the first official month of summer.

X-Men: First Class

Release Date: June 3rd

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, Zoe Kravitz, Bill Bilner

Premise: This tells the story of how the X-Men saga began.  Before there was a rift in the mutant world between Professor X and his X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.  The two also worked with other mutants to prevent a nuclear apocalypse.  However, eventually a rift between the two occurs, setting the stage for the mutant war.

Expectations: Not sure how much necessity there is to see a movie that explains the origin of the X-Men.  Not sure if anyone cares either.  It will definitely bring in comic book fans who want to see the story unfold on screen.  Other than that this movie doesn’t seem to have much going for it but will probably do well at the box office.


Super 8

Release Date: June 10th

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills

Premise: While making a movie in the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a massive train crash.  Soon after it occurs, strange events start to talk place making the kids think that the train crash was no accident.  Then when the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth, it ends up being something more terrifying than anyone could have ever imagined.

Expectations: J.J. Abrahms (Cloverfield, Star Trek) is skillfully obnoxious at only giving the audience a little bit of information at a time.  This is evident in the trailers that have been released for this film in the past couple months.  The curiosity of movie-goers alone will help bring in a great opening weekend.  Let’s just hope it isn’t like Cloverfield and end up being a somewhat of a disappointment.


Green Lantern

Release Date: June 17th

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Clarke Duncan

Premise: Hal Jordan (Reynolds) is a cocky and very skilled test pilot whose life is turned upside down when he is visited by an alien who gives him a ring that grants him superpowers.  Hal soon finds out that he is the only hope for helping the Green Lantern Corps, a brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, destroy a new enemy named Parallax (Sarsgaard).  With the help of fellow pilot Carol Ferris (Lively) Hal must quickly learn how to use his powers and become the hero has been chosen to be.

Expectations: Expectations are already high for this film because not only is it a superhero film, but Ryan Reynolds is the main character.  Early trailers haven’t really teased at anything spectacular in the film and this may end up being another Daredevil.


Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Release Date: June 17th

Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Philip Baker Hall, Andrew Stewart-Jones, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz, Angela Lansbury

Premise: Mr. Popper (Carrey) is a house painter who has always dreamed of exploring the Arctic.  He even goes as far as to write letters to explorers who have actually been there.  One day, one of the explorer’s sends him a penguin which he keeps in an ice box.  He soon finds a litter of 12 penguins that begin eating him out of house and home.  He then forms Popper’s Performing Penguins a traveling stage show that causes havoc at every stop.

Expectations: There has been literally no buzz around this movie whatsoever.  Jim Carrey has really fallen in the past couple of years and it seems like he is just doing this movie for the paycheck.  Expect it to resonate with families in a summer filled with guy flicks, but don’t expect to be pleased once it’s over.


Bad Teacher

Release Date: June 24th

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins, Jason Segel

Premise: Elizabeth (Diaz) is an inappropriate and vulgar teacher who could care less about her teaching job and can’t wait to marry her ticket out of her awful job.  She soon finds this meal ticket in a handsome substitute (Timberlake).  This soon becomes troublesome as she finds her colleague (Punch) competing for the same man.  Elizabeth soon realizes that she will have to do whatever takes to win her man over, all the while fighting off the advances of the school’s gym teacher (Segel).

Expectations: The premise of this film looks like it could be very funny.  The cast might help it as well.  However this has Bad Santa except with teachers written all over it.  The final judgment is still out on this one.


Cars 2

Release Date: June 24th

Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Thomas Kretschmann, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Lloyd Sherr, Paul Dooley, John Ratzenberger, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Wallis, Katherine Helmond, John Turturro, Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard, Bruce Campbell, Michel Michelis, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Lewis Hamilton, David Hobbs

Premise: Lightning McQueen and Mater (Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy, respectively) are back for another adventure and this time they find themselves taking part in World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.  Things quickly become complicated as Mater becomes involved in international espionage taking place in Japan and Europe and becomes torn between that and helping his friend McQueen win the Grand Prix

Expectations: The original has become a marketing miracle for Disney and Pixar and that will only help this sequel.  The only hope is that it is better than it’s entertaining yet plain and average predecessor.  The premise looks like it will be very fun and it will more than likely bring in lots of dough like every other Pixar film has in the past summers.


Check back Thursday for July!


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