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LAND-OF-LOST-CASTLAND OF THE LOST – June 5 – I’m already on record as saying I have mixed feelings about Will Ferrell turning the entertaining, but cheesy 1970’s Saturday morning Television show into this feature film comedy. While it’s almost guaranteed to have a sizeable opening weekend, I question whether this   film The Hangover1will be any good. Since there aren’t any advance reviews to be found, I can’t begin to answer that question! My guess – it won’t win any Oscars! Danny McBride and Anna Friel co-star. Chaka, sleestack and an angry T-Rex also appear. Will – Ferrell’s man-child routine ever get old?

THE HANGOVER – June 5 -This bachelor party gone wrong comedy directed by Todd Phillips (Old School) has tested through the roof in advance screenings. While many are calling the film a can’t miss sleeper hit, there is no guarantee this is a sure thing. my life in ruinsBradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis aren’t marquee names so you really never know till people show up on opening weekend. Still Warner Bros. is so confident that The Hangover will become a hit that they are already developing a sequel.

MY LIFE IN RUINS – June 5 – On the ABC gabfest The View, the film’s star Nia Vardalos said that “My Life in Ruins” is the highest scoring film during test screenings in Fox Searchlight’s history. As I write, this the movie taking_of_pelham_123_moviecurrently doesn’t have one single positive review on RottenTomatoes so  somebody’s wrong! I still think My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Vardalos claim to fame) is the worst film ever to gross over $200 million at the box-office, although Vardalos made so much coin from the success of that movie that she never really has to work again.

TAKING OF PELHAM 123 – June 12 – First let me say that I Love the original. It’s easily one of the best thrillers of the 70s. The film is perfectly cast (Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw), has great direction and captured the feeling of NYC as well as a film can. Things that played out in the imagine thatstory’s last act were not only original but the stuff of classics. While I fully expect a competent and fairly entertaining re-telling, there is NO way that this will be a great as Joseph Sargent’s original. Still, since Denzel Washington is one of the best leading men in the business so I am looking forward to seeing this.

IMAGINE THAT – June 12 – Eddie Murphy in a family comedy… AGAIN. I guess this will be Murphy’s “Bedtime Stories”. It’s stunning Proposal-1to see him take paycheck after paycheck for this type of fluff. One of the great comic talents of our time continues to play it safe! If only he took more chances.

THE PROPOSAL – June 19 – May/December romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Bullock’s had a really interesting career. One great action movie in “Speed”, a solid supporting turn in “A Time to Kill”, another interesting supporting turn in the Oscar winning film “Crash” and the star of a whole lot of mediocre movies. My guess is that this one will be added to the list of the year-onemediocre ones.

YEAR ONE – June 19 – Jack Black and Michael Cera star in this Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) directed comedy about the early days of man. While the trailer is amusing, there’s nothing compelling to make this a must-see. Of all the films that open this month, I believe this one is the hardest to gauge. Box-office Megan-fox-t2-Revengenumbers could go either way and reviews will be an important factor. 

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – June 24 -There’s little doubt in my mind that this is far and away summers most anticipated film. All the Michael Bay fanboy hate in the world won’t stop this sequel from becoming the season’s biggest hit. This thing will be as my_sisters_keeper(1)critic proof as a popcorn flick with the masses and I can easily see it grossing well over $300 million at the box-office domestically. Tracking on the film is reportedly through the roof and Hitfix is saying the film could challenge The Dark Knight’s 5-day $203 million opening record of last summer. I’m a big fan of the first one and look forward to this follow-up.  

MY SISTERS KEEPER – June 26 – Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin star in this tear jerker based on a best selling novel about illness and choices we make. This is should be an interesting film. Diaz just seems out of the loop over the last few years so hopefully this will put her back on track.

What are you looking forward to seeing this month?


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  1. We are fortunate to have a big screen HD TV with a good sound system so my criteria is two things – Is this big screen worthy and is it worth the money to see it at the theatre. Land of the Lost, The Hangover, Year One, The Proposal, My Sister’s Keeper and My Life in Ruins all fall into the “I would rather watch them from the comfort of my own home territory”. Eddie Murphy hasn’t done anything I’m interested in watching since Beverly Hills Cop so Imagine That will be imagining whether I even attempt to watch it on HBO a year from now. If they are done well, I love re-makes of past classics using modern film-making technology and updated characters. Although the The Taking of Pelham 123 doesn’t look all that visually exciting, I will go to the theatre for the suspence and action sequences. Besides, Denzel Washington and John Travolta never disappoint. Denzel’s performances are always riveting and nobody does crazy better than Travolta.

    As for Transformers, while I’m quite certain the sound effects will shatter my eardrums and am not a big fan of either Shia Labeouf or Megan Fox, if it’s worth seeing at all, it does need the big screen… so maybe. I thought the first one was pretty uninvolving – just mindless cartoon violence

    Comment by annetampabay | June 3, 2009 | Reply

    • I was never a Transformer fan, until I watched the first one on blue ray. Since then I have been anticipating this new one. I haven’t decided on whether I am going to see it on the big screen or if I am going to await its arrival on blue ray.

      Comment by myairygrace | June 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. To me, Year One looks dreadful. Simply awful, bad. But the studio’s confidence in Hangover has me interested in it. When I first heard of the film almost a year back, I thought there was no way that the film would be much of a success, but Cooper is gaining in notoriety and this is the film to possibly break him out. As for My Life In Ruins, I admit to never seeing MBFGW, just didnt have an interest, regardless of hoopla. Ruins has a similar sort of thought process for me, so I passed on an early free screening of it last week.
    The Rake

    Comment by thebsk | June 3, 2009 | Reply

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