A Summer of Movies: What's On Your List?

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As the weather warms up, so are this year’s summer flicks. It’s all about those comedy/dramas, with fresh indie plot lines, the family movies that parent’s look forward to just as much as the kids, the action packed sequels to the poetic documentaries. It can be really hard to pick through all the up and coming films, to decide what's worth seeing, so I’ve broken them down for you, category by category, with some definite must see pictures.

Comedy/Drama (Many films span these two genre’s within one title.):

Woody Allen’s newest venture, To Rome With Love, brings Roberto Benigni  together with new Hollywood, Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg, along with a slew of other Italian and American actors, to see what hijinks ensue a la Allen’s usual course. The film follows Americans and Italians intermingling, centered around Allen as Jerry visiting his daughter in Rome to meet her Italian boyfriend. Of course there are love triangles and escapades and figuring out how all these characters are related.  It wouldn’t be a Woody Allen film without these aspects.

Elizabeth Banks, who is coming off the notoriety of the recent film What To Expect When You’re Expecting, stars in People Like Us as Frankie, a struggling single mom, who can’t forget visions of her father leaving her in the dust. Her counterpart, Sam (Chris Pine), is tasked with delivering $50,000 to Frankie (Banks), who doesn’t know he’s her brother. Sam, who is aware the Frankie is his sister, can’t bring himself to tell her that he’s the family their dad left her for.   

The movie that I’m most looking forward to seeing is Take This Waltz, staring Michelle Williams as Margot and Seth Rowgan as Lou, as a happily married quirky couple. Complicating their relationship is neighbor Daniel (Luke Kirby). This film follows Margot spending more time with Daniel, stemming from a shared cab ride from the airport, questioning her own life’s path. The film just looks so beautifully filmed, capturing the essence of today’s 20-something crowd, on a journey of discovery, finding oneself along the way.     

Another film to take notice of is Seeking A Friend For The End of the World, starring Steve Carel l (Dodge) and Keira Knightley (Penny) who find themselves together on a road trip as an asteroid nears the Earth, which supposedly will end the world. These two unlikely protagonists find themselves needing each other as the end nears, as they find themselves alone amongst chaos.

I also can’t help but take notice of Your Sister’s Sister, Grassroots, Hope Springs and The Campaign. Check them out. Trust me on this.




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