Recently we looked at the incredible array of potential blockbusters that are about to hit our movie theaters this summer. If only a few of them make the grade, we’ll still be in for one of the best years ever. While we sit here with 3D glasses poised and popcorn at the ready, let’s take a look at some of the releases from mid-summer onwards:
Magic Mike XXL (July 1)
It may not be at the top of everyone’s list but you can be sure that there’s at least a couple of demographics that will be trembling at the mere thought of watching all the pecs, biceps and Channing Tatum they can get.
Verdict: Could be more saggy beer belly than six pack.
Minions (July 10)
Whether you’re four or forty, the Minions cannot be ignored. They were such a hit in the Despicable Me films that they now have their own and fully deserved it is too. This is a blockbuster in every sense of the word – expect to take your kids, nephews, sisters, whatever… just take yourself!
Verdict: “Banana” will never sound right again. This summer’s biggest grossing hit?
Ant Man (July 17)
A stellar cast with Paul Rudd as a superhero? This has ‘money’ written all over it. Marvel’s second summer blockbuster could go either way but we have very high hopes. I mean, who doesn’t love Paul Rudd?
Verdict: Could be a comic book movie too far?
Trainwreck (July 17)
Judd Apatow’s latest comedy-fest was a big SXSW hit and has his usual all-star (or at least all-SNL) cast with the added attraction of LeBron James. Yes, you read that right.
Verdict: Mid-court Apatow 3 pointer.
Southpaw (July 24)
This could be the big one. The biggest grossing, highest praised, critically-aclaimed movie of them all this summer. Jake Gyllenhaal (they’re already talking about an Oscar performance) plays a boxer staging a comeback career in what we’re predicting to be the movie to see. Expect more drama in 30 seconds of this film that in the whole of Mayweather’s career.
Vacation (July 31)
Brilliant or cringingly painful to watch – this is going to be one or the other. The Griswolds are retired but son Rusty (Ed Helms) takes his family to Wallyworld one last time before it closes.
Verdict: Lampooning should never end.
Fantastic Four (Aug 7)
Miles Teller, fresh from his extraordinary performance in Whiplash teams up with Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan and Jamie Bell for a “more mature approach” to the franchise. This could sneak in as one of the surprise hits in what’s turning out to be a ‘Marvel Summer’.
Verdict: Superhero reboot with an edge?
Ricki and the Flash (Aug 7)
Coming in as late challenger, this could well be the summer hit to surpass them all, at least critically. Meryl Streep plays lead in a cover band with a supporting cast and crew that could combine to blow everyone away.
Verdict: A rockstar performance as usual from Streep.