Everyone loves the BIG summer blockbusters like X-Men: Days of Future Past and or even Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Sometimes, however you want a little romance and a movie with a good story; maybe a little mystery with a handsome and frightening villain.
This summer is not just for robots that transform into cars and genetically altered apes. There are also a few chick flicks in the mix. In no particular order here are a few movies that feature story women’s roles and tell stories that we want to see this summer.
Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff is back in the director’s chair ten years after making Garden State. In Wish I Was Here, Braff directs and stars as Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old man who is having trouble coming to terms with his career family. Also stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad. As well as Zach Braff’s fellow Scrubs buddy, Donald Faison.
A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and the sexy, Mr. Adam Levine.
Magic in the Moonlight
Woody Allen directs my girl, Emma Stone in a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Emma is the delightfully charming spiritualist and Colin Firth is the man who falls under her spell.
“She is a visionary and a vision.“
While I don’t generally enjoy Woody Allen films, I really enjoyed Midnight in Paris.
Let’s hope this movies is as good.
And So It Goes
Michael Douglas, plays Oren Little, an obnoxious realtor who enlists his neighbor’s help when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.
Rob Reiner directs this comedy, which also stars Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins and Annie Parisse. I will give Rob Reiner a chance with this one, but it looks a little like Something’s Got to Give. Another movie where poor Diane Keaton is matched up with an irritating old man.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Like Julie and Julia and Like Water for Chocolate, I think this is a movie that will make you want to out for dinner afterwards. Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Speilberg, The One Hundred Foot Journey tell the story of an Indian family who moves to France and opens an restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory, played by Helen Mirren.
Directed by Lasse Hallström who also brought us Chocolat and Salmon Fishing in the YemenAre You Here (2013)
In this science-fiction movie Robin Wright stars as an aging, out-of-work actress who accepts one last job. However this role has consequences that she didn’t consider. Made by Drafthouse Films (the people behind the Alamo Drafthouse) and starring Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, and Paul Giamatti, The Congress combines animation and live action to make an extraordinary looking film.
No Good Deed
Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest, Something New) stars with Mr. Hottie McHotterson, Idris Elba in this thriller. The trouble begins when a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta allows Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict claiming car trouble into her home. She offers to let him use her phone, but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished. She must now fight for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.
It just proves that you can’t be too nice to strangers, even if they look like Idris.
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre) plays young woman goes on a 1,700 mile journey across the desert of West Australia with four camels and her dog.
I am not by nature an adventurous person. At least not the kind of adventures that would cause me to sleep outside and be without electricity and unable to take a nice hot shower. So movies like Tracks and the upcoming Reese Witherspoon movie, Wild give me a chance to live vicariously through them (without seeing any creepy crawlies or slithering critters).
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
This is the story of ne couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew. Director Ned Benson tells the story from both sides to show what really happens in a relationship. and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Ryan Eggold and Bill Hader star. You had me at James McAvoy and Viola Davis.