Summer Movie Preview Part 1

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A Bigger Splash [May 4]: This British psychodrama has garnered early praise and features always reliable actors Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, along with Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts. While Swinton’s famous rock star is vacationing in Italy with her boyfriend [Schoenaerts], her ex-lover played by Fiennes shows up with his daughter [Johnson]. Early information seems pretty gripping.

Captain America: Civil War [May 6]: Early buzz has named this the best movie of the Marvelverse. It will also likely be the biggest movie of the summer. With appearances other Avengers and the new Spider-Man [the third in 10 years–too many?], this should give Marvel fans everything they like.

Money Monster [May 13]: George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in this Wall Street thriller as a TV stock advisor and producer, respectively. Rising star Jack O’Connell [of Skins UK fame] plays someone suffering from bad advice who breaks into the studio during a live show hellbent on revenge. This has the potential of a great plot, but the trailer previews a melodrama and scenery-chewing.

High Rise [May 13]: J. G. Ballard gets his classic novel adapted by Ben Wheatley, one of the truest visionaries of film working. This movie looks incredible and bonkers! Tom Hiddleston stars as an average man living in a British skyscraper who becomes involved in an munity resulting in the class inequality in the building. With retro design and vivid shots, this won’t be one you want to miss.

Love & Friendship [May 13]: Whit Stillman reunites Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny 18 years after his film The Last Days of Disco. This time they are the protagonists of a Jane Austen comedy that received acclaim at Sundance.

The Nice Guys [May 20]: Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are a dysfunctional team–a failing P.I. and his enforcer, respectively–that get tangled up in a violent war while searching for a missing child and investigating a porn star’s murder. That plot might sound grim, but the trailer is hysterical; a buddy cop film worth waiting for. Set in the ‘70s, look out for a killer soundtrack to accompany the laughs.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [May 20]: The sequel to 2014’s surprisingly delightful Neighbors probably wasn’t necessary and looks like nothing special. However, the original looked that way too, so this is nothing to write-off just yet.

Maggie’s Plan [May 20]: Indie queen Greta Gerwig stars as the titular mistress of an intellectual professor [Ethan Hawke] who leaves his wife [Julianne Moore] for her. However, once they are free to openly be together, Maggie realizes he’s arrogant and patronizing, so she concocts a plan with the ex-wife to get him to come back. The premise might seem a bit sexist, but the trailer shows a movie that might be smarter than that.

X-Men: Apocalypse [May 27]: The long-anticipated next chapter in the X-Men franchise will no doubt be a hit this summer. It looks like everyone is returning, so fans should be marking this on their calendar.

Alice Through The Looking Glass [May 27]: The sequel to Tim Burton’s poorly received Alice in Wonderland, brings Burton back to the director’s chair. Fans of his fantastic imagery and bizarre eye will certainly find something to love, but expect another round of mixed reviews for this one.

Finding Dory [June 17]: Pixar favorite Finding Nemo gets a sequel a decade after the first starring Ellen Degeneres’ Dory, the ridiculously forgetful fish. A favorite character from the original, this is just the latest installment of Pixar’s sequel juggernaut.

Free State of Jones [June 24]: Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell star as the Knights in this historical drama. The Knights lead a rebellion of farmers against the Confederacy in the Civil War. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali also star, in what should be a continuation of the “McConaissance,” provided it’s trill capacity and star power.