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The 2018 Film Release Calendar: June

It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.

I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.

The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).

We’ve hit the summer, we’re in June.

June

Ocean’s 8

Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

So… is she related to Clooney’s character, or…?

Not that it matters, I’m just curious. Presumably, since Damon is in here as a cameo, this has a connection to the other ones, and the New York setting is deliberate.

I also like that this is Ocean’s 8, marking it as a clear trilogy of 8-9-10, to go along with 11-12-13. There’s also a ‘wage gap’ comment to be made in there somewhere.

Gary Ross co-wrote this and is directing. I love him as a director. Pleasantville is a near perfect movie, Seabiscuit is amazing, The Hunger Games is really solid, and Free State of Jones didn’t work, but it’s admirable that he tried. This… is going back to a not-so-safe well. This could end very badly.

The trailer actually looks charming. Bullock, Blanchett, Paulson, Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Kaling… and the Youtube star. That’s only seven, and the trailer says seven. Hathaway is supposed to be the antagonist. So either she ends up being eight, or something else is going on. I saw Corden in the trailer, I know Damon cameos. Carl Reiner supposedly cameos, I’m assuming in the same type of role he usually does. A lot of other famous people are in the IMDB credits, but I’m assuming it’s as themselves at the Met Gala.

I’m down for this. 4 stars. Let this be a disappointment. I love heist movies, and I love the Ocean’s movies. I’m so down for it to be all women, and I think they got a better writer and took a better angle for this than Ghostbusters did. I think this is gonna turn out great and is gonna be something I can champion. So bring it on.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

A feature documentary about the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.

I don’t think I’ve ever previewed a documentary in the history of the Film Release Calendar. But I’m previewing this. Because the fact that they’ve made this means it is one of the movies I want to see most this year. Of anything. Bar none.

4 stars. Which is basically a 5 star rating for a narrative feature for me.

The Incredibles 2

Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Couple of things we need to establish:

  1. I like the first Incredibles, I don’t love it. Which people think is sacrilege, but it is what it is. It’s fine. I like it. It’s middle of the pack Pixar for me.
  2. I prefer Pixar when they’re doing original stuff and not remakes.

All that said — this is just whatever for me. Sure, I’ll see it, I’ll enjoy it. But I don’t have any particular hopes for this.

The standard Pixar rating is 4 stars. I typically only go 3.5 stars for sequels and the Cars franchise. This feels like a sequel to me, so 3.5 stars. Maybe Toy Story 4 gets 4 stars, because it’s Toy Story, but I don’t see what they can really do to make this movie feel fresh and new. Let it be 4. I’m fine with that. I’ll give it the standard sequel drop and go from there.

Tag

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

What?

This was written by the guy who wrote Waiting… which I actually liked.

A lot of comedy people in this. No idea if it actually turns out good.

Let’s say 3 stars. I’m feeling optimistic this year.

Replicas

A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

Keanu was attached to this for a while before it actually got made. Based on everything about this 3 stars seems almost assured. It looks cheap, but I think we can get to 3.

On Chesil Beach

A drama set in the early 1960s and centered on a young couple on their honeymoon.

Stars Saoirse Ronan and is based on Ian McEwan. Really, that’s all I need.

3.5 stars.

Probably 3, but I love Saoirse, so I’m down.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Trailer wasn’t great, but then again the trailer for the last one wasn’t great either. The last one was a movie that I loved in the theater that I liked less and less as time went on. This one, I don’t particularly have any hopes for.

Why is Bayona directing this?

No hopes for this to be more than just ‘sure, I enjoyed it because I like this franchise’.

3.5 stars. Just because I don’t think it’s gonna be great doesn’t mean I don’t think that dinosaurs aren’t cool.

I Feel Pretty

A head injury causes a woman to develop an extraordinary amount of confidence and believes she’s drop-dead gorgeous.

Starring Amy Schumer.

And… Michelle… Williams? What?

Oh, she’s like, the evil boss. Makes sense. But is she funny?

Well… I guess that doesn’t even matter because, is the movie even gonna be funny?

It’s by the team who wrote Never Been Kissed. But also the team who wrote He’s Just Not That Into You, Valentine’s Day, The Vow and How to Be Single.

So yeah, it’s on watch.

2.5 stars.

Soldado

The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

It’s the Sicario sequel. Taylor Sheridan wrote it, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and Jeffrey Donovan are back, and this time they’re joined by Catherine Keener and Matthew Modine.

Look, sure. I’m down for this. No reason to think it’ll be anywhere near as good as the first one, but I’m sure it’ll be solid. Worst case it doesn’t work and we don’t finish the trilogy. But at this point, Taylor Sheridan has written three movies, and all three of them have been either very good or great. So I have no reason to think this won’t be anything less than 3.5 stars.

Uncle Drew

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.

It’s an interesting idea. Movie could be a complete piece of shit, but let’s say 3 stars. I’m guessing they try to do it Bad Grandpa style, putting these people in relatively real situations. Since that’s what the original Kyrie video did. Then again, the synopsis makes it sound very plotted. We’ll see. It’ll either be fine or I won’t give a shit. Movies like this are generally pretty easy to figure out.

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