The Tangential Thinker

Summer is right around the corner, and while you may not know it from the advertising, there are other movies coming out besides The Hangover Part II. Here’s what looks interesting:

Bridesmaids (May 13)

Despite the fact that Kristin Wiig has a spotty reputation on the big screen (MacGruber) and despite the fact that this looks like the most sophomoric thing to come out of Hollywood since Baby Mama, I remain hopeful. Surely Maya Rudolph would not attach herself to a stinker.

Priest (May 13)

I am only excited to see this because maybe, just maybe, it will answer this burning question: Why is Paul Bettany attracted to these types of scripts? He’s a priest fighting vampires in a post-apocalyptic world. First Legion, now this?

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20)

The franchise finally had the good sense to get rid of that milk toast romance between Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom and bring the fire with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Now, this is a pirate ship I can get on board!

The Hangover Part II (May 26)

Oh, you hadn’t heard? Yes, they made a sequel to last summer’s unexpected hit. This time, the boys head to Bangkok for dentist Stu’s wedding and **spoiler alert** things don’t go as planned. It’s sort of like that episode of Gilligan’s Island where they almost make it off the island, but don’t.

The Tree of Life (May 27)

It’s odd timing for a run at an Oscar, but clearly Brad Pitt isn’t giving up on his dream. Here, he plays a Midwestern father in the ‘50s who has a complicated relationship with his son. Played by Sean Penn as an adult, the grown son explores the cause of his crisis of faith.

Love Wedding Marriage (June 3)

Mandy Moore plays a marriage counselor who is thrown for a loop when she learns her parents’ seemingly ideal marriage is coming to an end. The cast includes James Brolin, Jane Seymour and Kathy Bates. This could be a winner.

Super 8 (June 10)

Get ready for Spielberg’s glorious return. Here, we have E.T. meets Stand By Me when a group of kids filming with a super 8 camera inadvertently catches a creature escaping from a train full of material from Area 51.

The Green Lantern (June 17)

Not to be confused with the stinker, The Green Hornet, this one has a brotherhood of galactic crime fighters and they have just recruited their first human, pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Harnessing his strength and humanity, he could become just what the green lanterns need to fight the latest threat, the Parallax.

Bad Teacher (June 24)

Cameron Diaz plays an uninvolved party girl, trying to raise enough money for breast implants so she can land a rich husband. The good news: The trailer looks funny. The danger is that they may have put every funny bit in the trailer.

That should keep you up-to-date up to the holiday weekend. I will let you know if there are any other Fourth of July options besides Transformers. To be continued…  LN

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