Coming Soon Trailers: Baby Driver, Despicable Me 3, Okja.
Baby Driver wheels into theaters while Netflix tries to keep their streak alive with Okja.
The summer season keeps getting longer, thanks in part to movies bumping their premiers up from Fridays to Wednesdays. Transformers tried it last week, to little avail. This week stunt car thriller, Baby Driver floors the gas pedal before the green light is lit. While the film looks fun, I’m deducting time off from the lap for a premature start.
Other wide release fare this week includes Despicable Me 3, or as the franchise seems to be trending, Minions a Million. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler roll the dice on a comedy about parents forced to open an illegal casino to pay for college.
On the home market Netflix looks to build upon the success of recent in-house films such as Shimmer Lake and The Girl with All the Gifts, releasing a star studded fantasy film, Okja. Documentaries and horror flicks also abound this week, but you kind of expect that with VOD by now. Let’s get cracking.
A getaway car driver with a hot reputation tries to escape his life of crime, but of course there’s always just “one more gig” when you work for a vicious crime boss like Kevin Spacey.
See It?: Yes.
This film has a great soundtrack woven neatly into the film, some excellent dialogue, big action car chase sequences, and a strong cast. You don’t have to check the rear view to see that the coast is clear to catch this heist film.
Despicable Me 3.
Reformed super-villains Gru and Lucy are drummed out of a top secret organization, and Gru decides to get back into the life of crime. Complicating matters is the sudden appearance of his long lost twin brother and a former child star turned super villain who has it out for Gru and his minions.
See It?: Rent it.
Early reviews are pretty luke-warm. There may be enough here for long time fans of the series, but Despicable Me 3 is unlikely to be the entry to introduce new viewers to Gru and his little yellow
Faced with outrageous bills to send their daughter to a prestigious university, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler concoct a hair-brained scheme to convert their house into a swanky club/casino. All manner of things go wrong, predictably.
See It?: Rent it.
Will Ferrell is getting to be past his prime, and Amy Poehler has had trouble carrying a comedy in a starring role. The trailer looks alright, but doesn’t have enough hooks to make this a film you need to pay the premium theater ticket price for.
Video On Demand.
Deconstructing Dani Garcia.
A documentary about Michelin star Chef Dani Garcia, and his struggle to retain his reputation when his restaurant suddenly goes out of business.
See It?: Nope.
Apparently there’s a market for documentaries about vineyards and upscale restaurants, but I can’t be bothered to care. Of all of the drama in the world, haut cuisine is not exactly on the top of my list of things to be concerned about.
A young girl must take on a powerful corporation and its maniacal CEO (Tilda Swinton) in order to rescue her best friend, a genetically modified animal named Okja.
See It?: Netflix it.
This is an easy call…since it’s free on Netflix today. It has a great cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, and is directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer.) The visuals make this film appear to be very kid friendly, the but the overall message and plot seem to be a bit mature for young audiences. Maybe watch it first before calling the little ones in for family night.
A near fatal mid-air collision at 2:22 pm costs air-traffic control hot-shot Dylan his job. As his life spirals into despair, he notices that sounds and events begin to repeat themselves at 2:22 every day. Can he solve the super-natural mystery plaguing his life before another tragedy strikes?
See It?: Rent it.
The supernatural elements may turn out to be over boiled, but the film has a great visual aesthetic, some strong performances, and an intriguing look at someone spiraling into paranoia.
A young woman is haunted by a childhood trauma, where her mother went insane. As an adult, she discovers that the home where tragedy struck is scheduled to be demolished, and she returns home one last time in an attempt to bury her past. Unfortunately, the past is very much alive and waiting to terrifying her once more.
See It?: Skip it.
This movie looks a decade old. The visuals, barely creepy effects, situations and reveals all feel like a retread of horror movies that went out of style more than ten years ago. A trailer light on horror and filled with the protagonist just looking terrified at the camera is not selling me anything special here.