Taestful Reactions: Kevin’s 2016 Summer Guide to Movies

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Want a preview of some of summer’s most anticipated releases? Here’s some of the ones I’m most excited for!

1. Finding Dory (June 17th)

Finding Dory made some noise recently by depicting Pixar’s first lesbian couple on screen in their newest trailer for the film. While I’d be lying if I said the trailer shown in the article looks amazing–this trailer is far more appealing–I have been wrong about Pixar films in the past if I were to judge them on the basis of their previews. Plus, it’s Pixar.


2. Suicide Squad (August 5th)

I don’t think I would be wrong if I said this will be the first time Harley Quinn will be represented in a big blockbuster film. I’ve always been interested in the character–someone who falls in love with a psychopathic killer–and I like how she’s being translated into the screen without her ridiculous red and black checkered tights. In a film that features Ben Affleck’s Batman and a new Joker, Quinn seems to be gradually making it to the front of the film’s marketing and audience’s preoccupations which makes me think it’ll be more than just a stupid cash grab.


 3. Bad Moms (July 29th)

Mila Kunis stars as the main mom in this comedy that co-stars Kristen Bell and… eh, who cares. This is an attractive group of actresses who are presumably going to have a chance to let loose and get wild in a movie written by the people of Hangover. While I can’t guarantee that this production will turn out well, I will say that I will be checking this out when it hits theaters in July. A noticeably male-empty trailer and jokes about motherhood in the contemporary age gives this movie a chance to be more than just a string of one-liners and above else, NOT a rom com.


4. Warcraft (June 10th)

I never thought I’d see one of my childhood video games make it unto the screen in such a big way but here we are, Warcraft is finally here. Although it’s not out in American theaters yet, the movie has opened to fairly sour results on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s doing more favorably with its informal fan base on IMDb so only time will tell whether I end up liking this translation to cinema. I’ll be watching Warcraft with a matinee price tag on its ticket most likely.


Movies that we can see right now…

5. Captain America: Civil War (May 6th)

Arguably THE movie event of the 2016 summer, Captain America: Civil War was released to overwhelming success. Passing the billion mark quite comfortably in box office receipts, this is a film that will surely continue Marvel Studio’s cinematic Universe for that much longer. With Taestful Review slowly progressing through the superhero genre, it was no surprise that I went to see out in theaters. Did I like it? I’m going to save my thoughts for  a spoiler review later.


6. Nice Guys (May 20th)

This film came out on the same day as my sister’s birthday (Happy birthday Kathy!). It’s production is led by Shane Black as director who has some big films under his belt. For people who like Ryan Gosling, the Rotten Tomato score of 91% will only be used as an excuse to watch the film. Personally, I’m more of a fan of Russell Crowe and I hope I can catch this one before it’s out of theaters.


Under-the-radar movies that could be great…

7. Swiss Army Man (June 24th)

An indie film that features a fairly big name actor in Daniel Radcliffe. It’s directors are also named Daniel–what are the odds?–and it won the Sundance Film Festival for best directing. The story looks interesting where it seems like Radcliffe’s character might be used as a metaphor for that someone you’ve always needed to lean on, though it seems like they’re also going to balance a romance in there with a brief 95 minute running time. Radcliffe most recently impressed me in his performance in Kill Your Darlings. On a side note, doesn’t the other guy kind of remind you of Ron from Harry Potter?


9. Free State of Jones (June 24th)

Fans of Mathew McConaughey and history buffs will surely rush to see this one when it comes out on opening weekend. Based on a true story of an outlaw soldier who became a leader in the Civil War I have, in the past, taken to liking these biographical type of dramatizations.


Movies that look the most interesting…

10. Sausage Party (August 12th)

Have you guys seen the trailer for this thing? A horror film about… food… this one looks to give kids nightmare about eating their vegetables by personifying common grocery products as they are decapitated inside of our mouths. Did I mention that this is a rated R animated film?


Movies that I’m indifferent to…

11. The Secret Life of Pets (July 8th)

The latest movie from Illumination Entertainment–most well-known for their Despicable Me franchise–is The Secret Life of Pets which will be followed up with another movie about animals in December with Sing. Because I like singing, I’m probably more interested in Sing but both of these films look rather stupid. It is true that Zootopia didn’t really give any of their societal commentary away in their trailers but Illumination Entertainment has done little to indicate that this will be any better than their previous films or as insightful as Disney’s latest hit in Zootopia.


Movies I implore you not to see…

12. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)

You guys really want to see more X-Men movies, don’t ya? This is the 8th movie in a series that started back in 2000 and I’m going to be honest, I don’t care much for this franchise anymore. I’d rather see some new original stuff, wouldn’t you?


13. Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22nd)

Can we all agree that 20th Century Fox has to stop milking out what is left from this franchise? Blue Sky Studios, go back to making more Charlie Brown movies.


14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (June 3rd)

I want to see Michael Bay out of the industry. He is a disgrace to American cinema and should be shunned by casual viewers, movie critics, and filmmakers alike. A misogynistic teenage-minded fanboy who is addicted to explosions, ugly CGI, racial slurs, and unnecessarily slow slow-motion.







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