The Movie Junkie’s 2012 Summer Movie Preview Part 1 (Kirk Haviland)

I know, I know. The Avengers has already broke records everywhere, and you’re doing a summer preview now? I must confess that I’m a bit of a traditionalist in that I feel the real summer season starts on Victoria Day in Canada/Memorial Day in the US. And since we recently had Victoria Day in Canada, it seems like as good a time as any for this article (ed – apologies, posting this a bit late). I’ll try to give indie/smaller releases their due along with the blockbusters. Ultimately, everything on here will be stuff that intrigues me…in either a good or bad way.

Ed – Two of the Movie Junkie’s picks already have reviews by him, MIB3 and Chernobyl Diaries.


Piranha 3DD (June 1st)

The first Piranha (from 2010, not the James Cameron version I have yet to see) was a guilty pleasure. Will the next one have the same goofy campiness that made the first one, or will it “jump the piranha”?

Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1st)

The second re-envisioning of the Snow White story this year, Snowy and the Huntsman at least features Chalrize Theron camping it up as the wicked queen. The real question though is will we get the same emotionless performance out of Kristen Stewart as Snow White that she has become famous for in the Twilight series.

HIGH School (June 1st Limited)

This brilliantly overlooked comedy and Sundance sensation that has been sitting on the shelf for over two years will finally get a release, albeit a limited one. I saw this at Toronto After Dark in 2010 and loved it. Search this one out!

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (June 8th)

The gangs all back! *shudder*

Prometheus (June 8th)

Easily the most anticipated of the summer outside of The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus features a stellar cast and Ridley Scott’s eagerly awaited return to the Alien universe, although not a direct sequel/prequel. Consider this an opening weekend must see before it’s ruined by the proverbial “water cooler” on the following Monday.

Paul Williams: Still Alive (June 8th Limited)

The Tiff surprise hit comes to regular theaters, as Paul Williams proves he is still very much alive and struggling to keep the fame going.

That’s My Boy (June 15th)

Adam Sandler tries to destroy Andy Samberg’s career in this awful Happy Madison vehicle. *shudders again*

Rock of Ages (June 15th)

Tom Cruise doing Karaoke versions of classic 80’s hair metal tracks with Alec Baldwin running around in a very bad wig? This could be Hairspray “John Travolta in a drag fat suit” bad. The awful sounding soundtrack clips that have landed online aren’t helping.

Brave (June 22nd)

Pixar tries to atone for last year’s disappointing Cars 2 with this tale of a young princess in the highland times of movies like Braveheart. The animation looks crisp and every trailer makes me interested more and more. Merida could be the most adventuresome female Disney character since the underrated Mulan.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (June 22nd)

Based on the best-selling novel, Abraham Lincoln is revisionist history where his parents have been killed by vampires and Abe seeks revenge Dark Knight style with a big axe. If this embraces the goofiness of its premise it could be the most fun in a movie theater this summer, or it could be this year’s Jonah Hex. Fingers Crossed.

G.I. Joe : Retaliation (Pushed back to 2013)

With Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans out, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis in, G.I.  Joe looks like tons of fun and could be the surprise hit of the summer. The trailer scene with Cobra Banners emerging on the White House is still pretty badass.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (June 29th)

Love or hate him Tyler Perry’s films make money, and lots of it, especially the ones with Madea. Expect this to beat out G.I.Joe  for the opening weekend.

The Loved Ones (June ?)

This brilliant TIFF Midnight Madness selection appears to be finally getting a release. Read my thoughts on the film.

In the meantime, keep your eyes locked on Entertainment Maven; the July and August portion of the preview is still to come!

Till Next Time,

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ChickFlicking the Summer Away – Summer Movie Preview (Nadia Sandhu)

As I wade further into the world of ChickFlicking, it is becoming clear that “chick flick” is really a catchall term for several distinct but related genres. For the purposes of this preview a simple litmus test was employed – does the official synopsis mention a romantic relationship?  If the answer is yes, then that film is included here.

Ladies and Germs, these are the Chick Flicks of Summer 2012 (click links for trailers):

MAY 18





What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Alliance Films) – The Hangover with strollers and JLo?

MAY 25

Hysteria (Entertainment One) – This one’s all about the invention of the vibrator AND it’s a period piece.  I’m so there.

Jesus Henry Christ (Entertainment One) – A single mother, a sperm donor, a precocious 10-year-old boy and Toni Collette. Could this be another About a Boy?  Here’s hoping!


Moonrise Kingdom (Entertainment One) – Are Wes Anderson films really chick flicks at heart? Those are musings for another post, but this particular film involves young love, so it qualifies here.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures) – Snow White has resided under the “flicks for chicks” column since the time of Uncle Walt, and while this darker retelling turns our princess into a warrior, it also gives us Kirsten Stewart as Snow and Liam Hemsworth as the Huntsman.  Women are definitely still the key market for this tale.


Lola Versus (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Mumblecore darling Greta Gerwig stars in this tale of a jilted bride who decides to take charge and reinvent her life on the verge of her thirtieth birthday. Classic chick flick material.

Bel Ami (Magnolia Pictures) – Robert Pattinson and an all-star cast of actresses lead by Uma Thurman make this period piece seem reminiscent of Dangerous Liaisons. Sign us up!


Rock of Ages (Warner Bros. Pictures) – It’s a musical that features 80’s hair metal.  Incidentally, ladies in the 80’s were known to adore a certain Tom Cruise, who appears buff and shirtless here, and as an aging Rock God no less.


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Entertainment One) – Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightley face the end of the world together.  Do romantic sparks fly as the end draws nigh?

Your Sister’s Sister (Mongrel Media) – Sisters Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt square off over the heart of a man who is trying to come to terms with the death of his brother. Sounds melodramatic but this one is labelled a comedy on


Magic Mike (Warner Bros. Pictures) – This one is hitting its quadrants, no doubt about that, but with the promise of shirtless eye candy like Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello, and romantic complications against the back drop of a male strip club, this one will get its Chickflicking due.

Take This Waltz (Mongrel Media) – A steamy Toronto summer provides the backdrop for a love triangle between Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, and Luke Kirby.


To Rome with Love (Mongrel Media) – Woody Allen follows up Midnight in Paris with four intersecting stories set in Rome.


Trishna (Mongrel Media) – Tess of the d’Urbervilles gets an update and a change of location to modern-day India. Freida Pinto stars in this doomed romance.


Step Up Revolution (Entertainment One) – Professional dancers, flash mobs with a message, and young love.


Celeste and Jesse Forever (Mongrel Media) – Can a recently divorced couple remain friends while pursuing new relationships? Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones find out in this “anti-rom com”.


Hope Springs (Columbia Pictures) – Meryl Streep, the titular Hope, decides to shake things up in her 30 year marriage to Tommy Lee Jones with the help of a relationship guru played by Steve Carrell.


The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Walt Disney Pictures) – A happily married couple unexpectedly become parents when young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one night.  This one stars would be rom-com queen Jennifer Garner.


Sparkle (Columbia Pictures) – Jordin Sparks starts as a budding singer who must juggle romance, career and the disapproval of her mother in this coming of age story that also features Whitney Houston‘s last performance.

See you at the movies!

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