May is officially the start of the summer movie season, and this one starts off with a bang. Iron Man 3 (which actually opens two days early on May 1st) features the return of Robert Downey Jr to the role he was born to play. Keanu Reeves stars as an escort service driver for two dissimilar women and the friendship that they form amidst the destructive lifestyles they lead in Generation Um. Greetings from Tim Buckley is about the true life coming of age for a young Jeff Buckley who has to rise from his folk singer father's shadow. What Maisie Knew, with Julianne Moore, is about a little girl whose parents split under auspicious conditions and forge knew relationships with some unexpected results. And The Iceman depicts a family man whose secret life as a hitman is revealed after two decades of carnage, starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, and Ray Liotta. This movie looks outstnanding, and seems like a must see, but there is just no way we can miss Iron Man 3. The Marvel Comics studio machine is churning out great action and iconic character studies, and Robert Downey Jr is a personal favorite. Check out the trailer below!
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the big screen adaptation of the literary classic The Great Gatsby, with some help from Tobey Maguire. Bruce Greenwood plays a shell-shocked Advertising CEO who wakes up from a couch potato session only able to communicate in commercial catch phrases in And Now a Word from Our Sponsors. Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier do the Meet the Parents formula in Peeples. Eli Roth battles natural disasters and desperate people in the thriller Aftershock. Aaron Eckhart follows up his role in the entertaining Olympus Has Fallen with a starring role as an ex-CIA operative targeted for assasination, along with his daughter, in Erased. And finally Sightseers brings us two new lovers out for a drive where events lead them down a murderous path in this dark comedy. Truthfully, it looks like a weak offering. We wanted to like the trailer for The Great Gatsby but am just not feeling it. Erased and Peeples look underwhelming at best, and our recommendation is to catch The Iceman, in its second week of release! Check out the trailer below!
The third week of May brings us JJ Abrams follow up to his successful Star Trek relaunch. The second film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, brings back the previous film's cast as they deal with a terrorist in their midst that threatens to destroy everything they know. Black Rock pits Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Kathryn Aselton against a group of men when a chance meeting on a remote island leads to a misunderstanding leading to a horrific chain of events. The English Teacher features Julianne Moore in her second starring role of the month, as a teacher whose life of books and siamese cats gets far more complicated when she becomes involved with a former star pupil who returns home after trying to make it as a playright in New York City. The pick of the week has to be the JJ Abrams-helmed Star Trek sequel, especially after the great re-launch of the franchise. It very well could be that this man has the midas touch!
Fast and Furious 6 hits the big screen with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodrigues all returning to reprise their roles. The Hangover III staggers into theaters with not much interest from us. Before Midnight has Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy attempting to convince themselves of their love for one another. And finally, our pick, Epic features the vocal talents of Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Johnny Knoxville, and more. Here is a look at what looks to be a fun time for the whole family.
After Earth reunites Will Smith and his son in a sci fi actioner that sees the aforementioned stars return to Earth after the planet had been abandoned to find a world fraught with danger. Kings of Summer gives us three boys looking to escape from their parents and deciding to build a home in the middle of the woods where they attempt to survive and get some life lessons along the way (emoting a bit of Stand By Me). Now You See Me is our pick of the week, with an outstanding cast that features Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Isla Fisher in a film about street magicians who perform huge bank heists. Take a look at the great trailer below.
Thanks for checking our Great Stories May movie picks. Next up is a mystery blog by our friend Jim Cannizarro! Hope you all have an imaginative week. :)
Chris (for the Great Stories team)