When you’ve almost passed out from a heat stroke on the beach and you need some solace from the scorching temperature, check in to a nice, cold movie theatre for some rest, relaxation and air conditioning. Here’s a list of summer flicks that you’ll inevitably see because everyone else is doing it, and some that hopefully make their way to local theatres.
Limited Release Hopefuls
Cross your fingers that these indie flicks make their way to a theatre near you.
Wes Anderson fans are STILL waiting patiently for this indie mega-hit to open locally. It’s got an all-star ensemble cast—Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman—but it’s the young newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward who are really stealing most of the buzz.
The Woman in the Fifth
Having already made some buzz since its debut in the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011, “The Woman in the Fifth,” will make its US debut this summer. Ethan Hawke plays a college lecturer who meets a mysterious widow (Kristin Scott Thomas) who may or may not be a murderer. Suspenseful and sexy—the Paris backdrop doesn’t hurt either.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Steve Carell plays a man who leaves his wife in search of his high school sweetheart, before the world ends. Carell quit “The Office,” to have more time for his movie roles. Not that “Hope Springs” doesn’t look funny, but if you’re going to choose between the two, choose this movie.
To Rome with Love
Woody Allen (along with a star-filled cast including Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin) and Europe. Enough said.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
If you feel like taking in a movie mid-week (that is, if it’s released in Pensacola yet) look no further than the Sundance 2012 Grand Jury Prize winner.
Take This Waltz
Only in the movies would a pair like Seth Rogan and Michelle Williams look as happy and cute as they do in the trailer. All is swell until Williams’ character falls for the cute neighbor.
Based on Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” Freida Pinto plays the daughter of a rickshaw owner who falls for the son of a wealthy property owner. The film was shown in the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011.
Mira Sorvino and Tammy Blanchard play estranged sisters who are forced to connect again when one of them (Sorvino) shows up unexpectedly and crashes on the couch. And for theatre buffs, Patti Lupone is in it, too.
Paul Dano plays a young novelist whose dream girl comes to life after he’s written her. Zoe Kazan acts as a double threat writing the screenplay and playing Ruby Sparks.
Buzzed about Blockbusters
Check out these summer movies to see if they live up to their hype.
6.15 Rock of Ages
1980s music, big hair and Tom Cruise put this movie on the “must-see” list. The story follows a small town girl and a city boy while they pursue their Hollywood dreams. Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin add to the star-packed cast.
6.15 That’s My Boy
Take you dad to see this bromance movie for Father’s Day and watch as Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg learn to live as father and son. Vanilla Ice makes an appearance for an added bonus.
If you get stuck babysitting, or you really did love “Up,” then go see “Brave,” where a young, fiery redhead becomes an unlikely hero.
6.22 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Adapted from the novel of the same name, America’s sixteenth president discovers that vampires are planning to take over the United States. As POTUS, Lincoln makes it his mission to rid the country of the bloodthirsty enemies.
6.29 Magic Mike
Maybe you’ve had your fill of shirtless Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, but you definitely haven’t seen them like this. Channeling his real-life past as a male dancer, Tatum dances through all the male stripper clichés until, of course, he falls for a girl.
7.03 The Amazing Spider Man
What makes this Spider Man so amazing? Will real-life couple Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield kiss upside down? You’ll have to watch and see.
7.13 Red Lights
You have to throw a paranormal movie in the mix. Unlike “Paranormal Activity,” this movie has stars such as Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen.
7.20 The Dark Knight Rises
If you plan to see one of the most highly anticipated films of the year opening day, get your tickets early. This is Christian Bale’s final round as Batman and he’ll be joined by Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman and new terrorist leader, Bane.
7.27 Step Up Revolution
Yes, those movies are still being made. And it’s because you watch them. In a world of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” it can be hard to avoid the guilty pleasure.
8.3 The Bourne Legacy
Bourne fans unite. Jeremy Renner plays the new CIA operative on the run. The tagline says, “There was never just one.” How many are there?
End your summer movie madness on a high note. The last of the late Whitney Houston was captured in this high-energy story of a sister singing group set in the 1960s. With Whitney, Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo, you know that the soundtrack has to be good.
And don’t forget…
“The Avengers,” “Men in Black 3,” “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” are in theatres now. You’ve already read the rave reviews, just go and see them already!
RAVE MOVIE THEATRES
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WHERE: 6595 N. W St.
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SILVER SCREEN THEATRE
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