Opening June 1
Yet another big-budget movie about underdog kids who are whipped into competitive shape by an outsider coach, who has plenty of faith in them. But don’t worry. There are no sports involved in this one. It’s about the “underground dance competition circuit.” OK, maybe you should worry.
The title of the first Lawrence Kasdan film since his 2003 adaptation of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher is after a great Lovin’ Spoonful song. The movie is a dysfunctional family drama about an unhappy wife (Diane Keaton) who finds a friend in a dog. Things don’t go too well when her husband (Kevin Kline), a source of some of that unhappiness, accidentally loses the dog. Rumor is that there’s a strong Keaton performance.
For Greater Glory
It’s a based-on-fact story, set in the 1920s, of Enrique Gorostieta Velarde (Andy Garcia), a military hero who got out, went, against his will, into private business, and was called back to lead rebel troops against the government in a battle over religious freedom. It’s an epic film, with a Western flair (there are horses and guns!), and some terrific acting from Garcia, Ruben Blades, and Oscar Isaac.
Snow White and the Huntsman
The folks who made this one might be a little on edge, since Mirror Mirror, another Snow White story, released just a couple of months ago, flopped like a fish. True, this take on the Grimm fairytale goes in a rather different direction: When the wicked queen (Charlize Theron) orders the assassination of Snow White (Kristen Stewart), her would-be killer (Chris Hemsworth) instead trains her to take revenge on the queen.
Opening June 8
A documentary for those who love dance, and want to know where future stars will come from. The film goes into the lives of six dancers, between the ages of 9 and 19, from all over the world, who enter an international competition called the Youth America Grand Prix.
A major success in its native France, this based-on-facter is about wealthy, carefree Philippe (Francois Cluzet), whose life is drastically changed after a paragliding accident. He’s to be cared for by Driss (Omar Sy), a young man with, you know, a “troubled past.” You want uplifting? Here’s your film.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The quartet of accidental travelers – Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman (voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer – continue the long trek back to their home in a New York zoo, but stop off in Europe for a while to hide out in a traveling circus.
Director Ridley Scott made a huge name for himself in 1979 with the release of Alien, which freaked the bejeebers out of audiences. Though most info on the (supposed) prequel is under wraps, some sources hint that the film focuses on the big skeletal figure seen near the beginning of Alien, and tells the story of what happened to him (her, it).