Ah summertime! A time when a young Hollywood producer’s dreams turns to cold hard cash. It is also time when they let loose a torrent of big blockbuster movies to help us while away our summer vacation. As usual, there is no shortage of action, sci-fi and super hero movies, including a reboot of Spiderman with Andrew Garfield and my new favorite chick flick girl, Emma Stone.
Even with so many action movies, there are still several good chicks flicks coming to theaters this summer. And if you like a little action in your chick flick [and I know you do], you will enjoy Scarlett Johanson’s Black Widow in Marvel’s The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman. It is no coincidence that both movie feature the buffed arms of Chris Hemsworth.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron star in this dark version of the Grimm Brother’s fairy tale. Charlize plays Ravana, the Evil Queen who is unhappy because the magic mirror tell her that she is not the most beautiful lady in the kingdom. Not the evil queen is MAD! She sends, Erik. the Huntman and his muscular arms in to the dark forest to kill Snow White.
Maybe it’s just my opinion, but I don’t think Charlize has anything to worry about. I mean really, did you see Kristen Stewart on the MTV Awards? She looked like she hadn’t slept for a week.
June Chick Flicks
Dark Horse: Jordan Gelber and Selma Blair star as two awkward, thirty-somethings who find love. He is an avid toy collector who still lives with his parents and she is the dark horse of her family. Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow also star.
Lola Versus: Greta Gerwig, stars as Lola, a young woman who was suddenly dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her friends, Lola embarks on a series of misadventures that she hopes will help her come to terms with being a thirty-year old single woman.
In Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Australian director, Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Mao’s Last Dancer) brings together Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen in this comedy about mothers and daughters. Keener plays a conservative, NYC lawyer who takes her two teenagers to visit her hippie mother’s farmhouse upstate for a family vacation. Jane Fonda plays the pot smoking grandmother.
This is the first Pixar movie in which the lead character is female. It’s not a big deal, because they have had so many wonderful female characters in their movies. With Brave, Pixar enters into the world of princesses and fairy tales.
Princess Merida is not your typical Disney-style princess. She is determined to make her own path in life. Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills (like Katniss) to take charge of her life.
The Woman in the Fifth: Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas get involved in a May-December [or is it December-May?] relationship. I can’t remember. Either way, Kristin has a younger man. Good for her. But maybe not so good for Ethan. He plays a college lecturer who runs away to Paris after a scandal causes him to lose his job. He meets Margit, a widow who might be involved in a series of murders.
Your Sister’s Sister: Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt experience a bit of sibling rivalry in Lynn Shelton comedy. Iris, played by Emily Blunt invites her friend Jack (Mark Duplass, who also stars in Safety Not Guaranteed) to stay at her family’s island getaway to get over the death of his brother. At the isolated cabin, Jack’s drunken encounter with Hannah’s sister, kicks off an uncomfortably funny situation.
Take This Waltz: Michelle Williams, who was so wonderful in My Week With Marilyn stars as a happily married woman falls for the artist (Luke Polley) who lives across the street. Sarah Polley directs and Seth Rogen stars as the unsuspecting husband.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival the magical film, Beast of the Southern Wild. Little Quvenzhané Wallis plays Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl who lives in a bayou community cut off from the rest of the world. With a child’s optimism and imagination, Hushpuppy’s belief that the natural world is in balance with the universe is shaken when a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny herorine must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
July Chick Flicks
The pickins’ are a little bit slimmer in July, unless you count The Amazing Spider-Man. And that would stretch even my loose definition of chick flicks. But Andrew and Emma make such a cute couple, I think I will still check it out. There is of course, the eye-candy of Magic Mike with Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer going shirtless!
Trishna: Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto stars in the story of the tragic love story. Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, ‘Trishna’ tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances
August Chick Flicks
This is a remake of a popular 1976 movie that starred Irene Cara in the title role, along with a pre-Miami Vice,Phillip Michael Thomas featured music by the great Curtis Mayfield. Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Directed by Salim Akil (TV’s Girlfriends, The Game), Sparkle stars Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in the title role. Release date: August 10, 2012
Prometheus is not a chick flick. In fact, I am still a little bit scared to see it. Let’s just say I had a very bad experience with the first Alien movie and I am not over it yet. Only the enticement of Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba could lure me back into a dark theater with that creature.
New Girl’s Jake M. Johnson and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) star in the quirky indie movie, Safety Not Guaranteed. They are part of a team of magazine employees who want interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. It looks funny.
Not Really My Taste, But You Might Like It
To Rome With Love: I don’t generally like Woody Allen movies (although I enjoyed Midnight in Paris). Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, and Jesse Eisenberg star in this story about a bunch of people in Italy, their romances and adventures.