I’ve had multiple friends reach out to me lately, asking what movies they should see. Some are looking to entertain kids who are out of school and some are finally getting out for a date-night, but none of them want to waste their time and cash.
So what should you be seeing right now, in the heat of Summer Movie Season?
Here is my Top 8 List but understand, this doesn’t mean these movies are GREAT. They’re just your best-bets right now, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
They didn’t screen Independence Day: Resurgence locally so I didn’t actually see it. It was shown in L.A. though and the reviews aren’t exactly glowing. Did anyone think that the follow up to Independence Day would actually be GREAT or SMART? No. Did we expect loud, stupid action? YES! Well, that’s exactly what we got. Good or bad, somebody out there will love Independence Day: Resurgence.
Yes, Captain America: Civil War has been in theaters for ages and yes, I’ve put it on every BEST OF list I’ve written since seeing it. That’s just how GREAT this Avengers flick is so stop picking on me and go see it. Do it sooner than later though because Captain America: Civil War might not be in theaters much longer.
Central Intelligence might not be the brightest bulb in the bunch right now, but it has a lovely and unexpected message that caught me totally by surprise. The bromance between Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also surprisingly sweet and fun to watch. There’s just enough comedy and action to keep this one moving along, and I will always appreciate a John Hughes reference, especially if it involves Jake Ryan.
You might think The Shallows is just a lame excuse to put Blake Lively in a skimpy bikini and it is, but there’s really much more to it. Some tense cinematography and excellent work by our star (Blake…not the shark) elevates this one and makes it worth the ticket price. Plus, it’s a movie about a man-eating Great White Shark and it’s just not summer without one of those.
Love & Friendship isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely for ANY Jane Austen fan. It’s based on Austen’s book Lady Susan, which might not be her deepest work but it has been called her funniest. Love & Friendship is bright, quick witted and it stars that sex-bomb Kate Beckinsale, which might be the only way you’ll get a dude in to see it.
Everything about The Nice Guys initially seemed like a bad idea to me. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around a paunchy Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a porn-stache. I don’t think I started warming up to the movie until about 30 minutes in, but once I did, I was in love. You know that movie that still makes you laugh out-loud when you think about certain scenes? Well, that’s The Nice Guys.
The Conjuring 2 is NOT as good as the first Conjuring, which, to be fair, is one of the greatest horror movies to be released in the 21st century. Just get that comparison out of your head now so you can enjoy another creepy tale straight from the files of Paranormal Investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Make sure you stay through the credits too, so you can see pictures and hear audio from the actual investigation. (Shiver!)
Finding Dory isn’t just a good movie. It’s also a safe bet. Is Finding Dory OK for kids? YES! Will you like it even if you don’t HAVE kids? YES! Will it upset that one relative who always gets offended by something? Probably…but honestly there’s just no pleasing that guy. Everyone else will love the sweet and sad but ultimately uplifting story of our favorite forgetful fish.
I hope I’ve eased your movie anxiety a bit, but remember to check back next week. Summer Movie Season IS still in full-swing, so there’s another cache of Blockbusters cuing up as we speak. I’m especially excited about The Legend of Tarzan, because it gives me an excuse to post this again.