13 items from 2015
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Following the trailer that debuted in March, Open Road Films has released a new trailer for Dope, a breakthrough hit at the Sundance Film Festival which hits theaters on June 19. Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm, a teenager who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
While juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the Sat, Malcolm has a coming-of-age experience in Inglewood, California. Forest Whitaker both narrates the movie and serves as a producer, with a supporting cast that includes Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Keith Stanfield, Tony Revolori, Rick Fox, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise and Quincy Brown. Musicians Pharrell Williams and Sean Combs also serve as executive producers.
Get ready to drop a beat this summer.
The new trailer gives more information of what will be happening in the plot compared to the teaser that came right out of Sundance. Dope follows self-proclaimed 90s hip-hop geeks Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), and Jib (Tony Revolori) who get caught up in a drug deal and must figure out how to recoup the money and stay alive.
It seems to focus more of the story and music in this latest trailer, which shows off how much fun the final product could be. Our own Dylan Griffin caught the film at Sundance and said that “the film dabbles in clichés and forced drama, but the overall effort is well-meaning enough to look past the pitfalls. »
- Zach Dennis
Open Road Films has released a new, full-length Dope trailer for writer/director Rick Famuyiwa’s upcoming film. The movie follows self-proclaimed 90s hip-hop geeks Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), and Jib (Tony Revolori) who get caught up in a drug deal and must figure out how to recoup the money and stay alive. After a few imaginative teaser trailers, this full-length trailer finally gets into the nitty gritty of the plot while also further illuminating the characters. I caught the film at Sundance and while it starts off as a very strong slice-of-life picture, I found myself a bit disappointed when the plot took center stage and left the more fascinating character eccentricities behind. The movie was also quite a bit overlong, but I’m happy to hear that it’s been re-edited since Sundance, so I look forward to seeing if any significant improvements have been made. »
- Adam Chitwood
Open Road has released a Dope teaser trailer that will tell you nothing about the film. The movie follow self-proclaimed 90s nerds Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori) who get caught up in a drug deal and must figure out how to recoup the money and stay alive. Although Dope has a promisining first act with unique characters, it eventually falls into being a Risky Business clone. However, the pacing of the film may have been fixed. The reported runtime [via The Film Stage] has been cut down from 115 minutes to 104 minutes, so perhaps that will help with the unwieldy story, although I don’t see how it can solve certain elements that are engrained in the plot and setup. However, Dope’s not a bad film, and hopefully these cuts will make it a better one. Check out the Dope trailer below and click over to »
- Matt Goldberg
Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") and Gina Carano ("Fast and Furious 6") are set to star alongside Bruce Willis in the Steven C. Miller-directed "Extraction" at Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Umair Aleem and Max Adams penned the script about a CIA rookie (Lutz) who sets out to find his kidnapped father (Willis) against the agency’s wishes.
Isabelle Fuhrman ("The Hunger Games") and Martin Henderson ("Everest") will join Max Martini, Kimberly Elise and Johnathon Schaech in the independent drama "Hellbent" which begins filming this week in New Mexico.
Tjardus Greidanus is directing from his own script. Fuhrman portrays a ten runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known. [Source: Variety]
Singer Demi Lovato is set »
- Garth Franklin
Fuhrman portrays a teenage runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known.
Henderson and Fuhrman are represented by CAA and Management 360. Elise is repped by Apa and Untitled Entertainment, Martini by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content and Schaech by Apa and Mgmt Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
The $7 million deal calls for Open Road to handle domestic distribution and Spwa to handle international.
There’s also a minimum $15 million P&A commitment.
Wme negotiated the deal.
Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s urban comedy “Dope” is shaping up to be the dopest film at Sundance as bidding for the film has soared to $7 million and climbing, with studios such as Fox Searchlight and »
- Jeff Sneider
Sure to be one of the buzzier commercial prospects coming out of Sundance this year, “Dope” is a buoyant teenage caper that has at least as much in common with John Hughes-style high-school comedies as it does with most ‘hood narratives involving drugs, gangs and crime. That mix risks silliness at times, but there’s so much playful energy and wit to Rick Famuyiwa’s indie-est project since “The Wood” (1999) that few viewers will mind. A soundtrack featuring new songs by Pharrell Williams will be a big plus in promoting a film that might conceivably fall between arthouse and mainstream camps theatrically, but should play well to any wider audiences it reaches.
High-school senior Malcolm (Shameik Moore) embodies one cliche demographically: He’s a poor black Los Angeleno supported by a single working mom (Kimberly Elise), his father long gone (back to Africa, in fact). But in other ways, »
- Dennis Harvey
Kimberly Elise stars in the upcoming movie "Back to School Mom," which Lifetime has set a premiere date of Saturday, February 14, at 8pm Et/Pt. Directed by Christopher Erskine, and produced by Milan Selassie, tells the story of a 41-year-old woman who goes back to college to finish her last year of school. While there, she becomes good friends with a classmate, who turns out to be the son she gave up 20 years earlier. Joining Kimberly Elise in front of the camera are Loretta Devine, Rick Fox, Garcelle Beauvais, Harry Lennix and Denzel Whitaker. No trailer yet; stay tuned. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Revenge of the Nerds meets Boyz N the Hood in the first trailer for Dope. This comedic hood thriller mash-up is set to make it's World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Giving it a leg above the competition are appearances by rapper A$AP Rocky and Workaholics star Blake Anderson.
In Dope, Malcolm is an anomaly, a "geek living in the Bottoms," the drug-infested, gang-run ghetto part of Inglewood. A victim of circumstance, but with admirable ambition, Malcolm gets caught in the crossfires of a drug buy gone bad. Using his wits and considerable smarts, he manages to take a dicey situation and make it work in his favor.
Dope features an amazing ensemble of stars including Shameik Moore (Cartoon Network's Incredible Crew), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Amazon's Transparent, MTV's Eye Candy), Kimberly Elise (VH1's Hit the Floor, »
Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga all appear in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, the film follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Further, from the official synopsis: "Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga all appear in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, the film follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Fruitvale Station") are producing the film, which will feature original music »
- Tambay A. Obenson
13 items from 2015
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