The Summer Movies We’re Most Excited to See
From splashy blockbusters to on-the-low amazing indies, this summer is proving to be a big one for movie lovers of all stripes—these are the flicks team goop is looking forward to most.
The LobsterNow Playing
Sony purchased the distribution rights to The Lobster after it won the jury prize at Cannes last year, which is why Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ indie film (his first ever in English) made it to mainstream theaters. Set in alternate reality, the story follows recently-divorced Dan (Colin Farrell) as he checks into a hotel where singles are sent to meet their match—those who don’t couple off within 45 days are turned into an animal of their choice…for good. The Wes Anderson-style trailer captures the film’s arty tone, but doesn’t give away that the story takes several dark, violent turns in its exploration of relationships and intimacy. While the cast has a few big names in addition to Farrell—Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, and John C. Reilly—this is really about the big ideas (and you’ll want to see it with someone you can hash them out with after the fact).
Suicide SquadAugust 5th
Of all the superhero movies coming out this summer (and there are several) this one looks the most appealing. A lot of it has to do with the ensemble cast of antiheros who collectively make up the Suicide Squad—including Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, with Viola Davis as the fierce government official who corrals the villains to fight against an even greater evil. The film promises to blur the lines between good and bad guys in a fun Deadpool-fashion rather than the moody seriousness of recent Batman and Superman flicks.
The Secret Life of PetsJuly 8th
Animation studios are getting better and better at imbuing their movies with humor that’s meant to keep parents just as entertained as the kids. Illumination’s (they created Despicable Me) latest takes on a Toy Story-esque plot-line following the adventures of New York City house pets while their owners are out. The exceptional cast of comedians—Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress—is a big part of the appeal.
Café SocietyJuly 15th
Set against a glitzy backdrop of 1930’s Hollywood, the newest from Woody Allen is the kind of visually pleasing, thoughtful, easy-to-digest comedy we’ve come to expect from one of the most productive writer/directors in the biz. The storyline develops around the requisite dorky-but-cute male lead (Jesse Eisenberg) while he attempts to make his way in the movie industry via his big-time movie-agent uncle (Steve Carrell) and navigate two polar-opposites love interests, Vonnie and Veronica, played by Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively respectively.
A Bigger SplashNow Playing
Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) and loosely based on a 1969 Jacques Deray film, this self-professed “erotic thriller” is beautifully shot on a picture-perfect Sicilian island, so the setting alone makes it a great piece of summer eye candy. However, the twisted romantic mess revolving around a Bowie-esque rock-star with damaged vocal chords (Tilda Swinton, who spends the bulk of the film in silence…and dressed in Dior), her current lover (Matthias Schoenaerts), her ex-lover (Ralph Fiennes), and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) is as thrilling as it is sexy. The film has been out for a few months so you might have a hard time finding an indie theater still screening it, though your search will be well worth it.
There’s been a lot of drama over the all-female remake of this supernatural comedy classic, though if you ask us, the beloved, but somewhat dated plot—ghosts with the power to possess people trying to take over New York City—can only benefit from the comedic stylings of Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig (some much needed CGI also a plus). For the purists, there are several nods to the original, not the least of which are the Ecto-1, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and projectile green slime.
The InfiltratorJuly 13th
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who was nominated for an Oscar for his turn in Trumbo and can do no wrong in our book, is now Federal Agent Robert “Bob” Mazur in a story based on the real-life agent’s undercover work to get inside Pablo Escobar’s inner circle. John Leguizamo plays his street-smart partner, Diane Kruger is the young agent who poses as Mazur’s wife, and Benjamin Pratt is the main Escobar associate they befriend in this high-stakes drama.
The FounderAugust 5th
While its nutritional merits are debatable, McDonalds’ road to world domination—at the hands of Ray Kroc, NOT its originators, brothers Mac and Dick McDonald—is a fascinating story of ruthless business dealings. With Michael Keaton portraying Kroc, and Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch taking on the McDonald brothers, the power struggle between the two parties and Kroc’s eventual takeover of the storied golden arches should be a fun watch.
Southside with YouAugust 26th
This unapologetically romantic indie aims to capture the magic of the first date that literally changed the course of history—that of Michelle and Barack Obama. Though it’s a fictional reimagining and the real first couple were not involved in any part of production, director Richard Tanne studied every available book, interview, and public record to piece together an accurate timeline, which started with a visit to the art institute and ended with a shared ice cream cone at Baskin-Robbins.
Sausage PartyAugust 12th
Brought to you by the guys behind Pineapple Express and Neighbors, this adults-only animated film hilariously answers the question: What if food had feelings? Talking groceries sound kind of adorable, but things take a really dark, absolutely NOT-kid friendly turn when food witnesses the terror and carnage that goes down when it’s plucked from the shelves and taken home. With Seth Rogan as a brave sausage on a mission to warn his pals about the truth and Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Edward Norton, and more as fellow edibles, it’s a guaranteed good time.
The FitsNow Playing
It’s safe to say that this isn’t the last we’ll see of Anna Rose Holmer, who makes her directorial debut with The Fits. And same goes for eleven-year-old actress, Royalty Hightower, who stars as the film’s complex tomboy protagonist, who joins an Ohio dance team, the members of which begin suffering seizures for inexplicable reasons. An original meditation on adolescence and gender, this is one of those movies that refuses to be put into a box.
While it’s not the first big-screen adaptations of Philip Roth’s brilliant work, Indignation, based on his 29th novel of the same name, promises to be the most monumental. Roth is inarguably one of the most lauded American authors of our time, so we know good storytelling is a given, plus, an amazing cast helmed by Logan Lerman as fish-out-of-water Jersey boy, Marcus Messner, and beautiful cinematography explain why the film cleaned up at Sundance.
Diary of a ChambermaidNow Playing
Prolific French director and screenwriter, Benoît Jacquot (of Farewell My Queen, to name one), signed up for a tall task in adapting Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 novel, Diary of a Chambermaid, which has already been remade twice—and by big names (Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel). But here, Jacquot put his own spin on the upstairs-downstairs tale of a Parisian maid who is sent to work for an especially cruel, wealthy family—and Léa Seydoux, who plays the fiery maid, Celestine, is a mesmerizing presence on screen. The film is in French, so expect to put in some work reading subtitles.
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own WordsNow Playing
Setting words to the life of the eccentric and outspoken Frank Zappa is an impossible task, so it’s fitting that this attempt to capture his story is made exclusively with historic footage. The documentary follows Zappa’s career from his first album through to the end of his life, bringing his meaningful, but often fringe cultural commentary to a more mainstream audience.