Last year’s summer crop of flicks kept me satisfied. This year it’s been a little lean and disappointing. Here are ten movies which will be released before the end of August which may, may help turn the tide. But if they fail, you can always go see Up again.
10. Inglorious Basterds – Word from Cannes is Quentin Tarantino’s latest tale of an American kill squad during WWII is a mess of a film, but with a cast which includes Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, plus some trademark Tarantino touches I’m still hoping it’s worth the wait (originally scheduled for theaters way, way back in 2004). The film finally hits theaters everywhere on August 21st.
9. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra – Speaking of what appears to be a trainwreck: The early still and trailers haven’t done much to bolster my confidence for the film, but as a guy who keeps a Storm Shadow figure within easy reach of his computer, I’m still ready to take the plunge with this group of Joes which includes Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Ray Park, and Rachel Nichols. Cobra (Joseph Gordon Levitt, Christopher Eccleston, Byung-hun Lee, Arnold Vosloo, and Sienna Miller) gets their beatdown on August 7th.
8. The Hurt Locker – So far the films made concerning America’s involvement in Iraq have been less than stellar (remember Lions for Lambs?), but the buzz on this one’s been pretty solid and any movie with Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Evangeline Lily can’t be all bad, right? The movie opens in limited release on July 10th.
7. The Cove – This documentary about activists uncovering dark secrets in a hidden cove in Japan was a smash at Sundance. You’ll want to start to look for it on July 31st.
6. The Boat That Rocked – Writer/director Richard Curtis gives us this tale of a 60s pirate radio station. The cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, and Gemma Arterton. It hits theaters August 28th.
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I know there are some who have already thrown in the towel on the franchise, but I’m looking forward to how they handle the end of Harry Potter’s story with these last three films. The cast returns for part 6 with the additions of Jim Broadbent and Helen McCrory. Harry shows up to take on the forces of evil once again on July 15th.
4. Taking Woodstock – Demetri Martin stars in this behind-the-scenes look at creating Woodstock. Directed by Ang Lee, the film also stars Liev Schreiber, Emile Hirsch, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eugene Levy, Dan Fogler, Paul Dano, and Imelda Staunton. The film begins its run in limited release on August 14th.
3. Whatever Works – Woody Allen, Larry David, and Evan Rachel Wood. Oh, I’m so there! Allen’s latest hits theaters on June 19th.
2. Moon – Sam Rockwell stars as an astronaut who has a profound experience after being stationed for three years on the moon. Kaya Scodelario and Dominique McElligott also star. Kevin Spacey provides the voice of the computer. Moon will begin a limited release on June 12th.
1. Public Enemies – I’m usually not that big on gangster films, but do it as a period piece, let Michael Mann direct, and give me Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Billy Crudup, and you’ve got my attention. The film opens in theaters on July 1st.