The Movie Junkie’s 2012 Summer Movie Preview Part 2 (Kirk Haviland)


The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3rd)

So we are already getting a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, a move Sony has made to ensure that the web slinger’s movie rights don’t revert back to Marvel’s control. But I must admit, with every new trailer that hits the web I actually become more interested in seeing this.

Savages (July 6th)

Oliver Stone directing a film about 2 drug dealers on a Mickey and Mallory sized killing spree to get back their mutual girlfriend? Sign me up!

The Queen of Versailles (July 6th Limited)

The Hot Docs 2012 hit, and one of our own Dave Voigt’s faves of the fest, makes it to theaters in a limited run. Seek it out.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (July 13th)

Well at least Scrat is fun.


Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy, makes his feature directorial debut with this comedy of a grown man and his living, breathing, smart-alec of teddy bear named Ted. Trailers look extremely funny as this could be the comedy of the summer.

The Imposter (July 13th Limited)

Another standout at Hot Docs this year gets a limited theatrical run. Most of my fellow critics had this one as the best of the fest, I unfortunately missed it. I’m looking forward to catching up with this one.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20th)

THE film of the summer. Christopher Nolan brings in Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy to add to the already stellar returning cast from the last entry of the Dark Knight trilogy. I have faith in Nolan as he has yet to let me down in anything he has done.

The Watch (July 27th)

Formerly titled Neighborhood Watch, this film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as alien fighting Neighborhood Watch/Guardian Angels types. With these three as leads this could be a fun romp in the cinema in the midst of the sweltering July sun.

Klown aka Klovn: The Movie (July 27th Limited)

Klovn has been tearing up the festival scene for a while. This irreverent and ruthlessly politically incorrect Danish road trip film has left a swath of laughter behind it. Check it out if you can.


The Bourne Legacy (Aug 3rd)

Can Jeremy Renner make us forget about Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne? I’ll be there to find out, that’s for sure.

Total Recall (Aug 3rd)

Colin Farrell stars in this remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger 80’s actioner where a man has his memory tampered with and does not know if he’s a spy or not – only that the answers lie on the planet Mars. With Brian Cranston and Kate Beckinsale in the cast I have high hopes, but Jessica Beil?

The Campaign (Aug 10th)

Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis as rival politicians in a race for a seat in the U.S. Congress? Well consider my vote as cast already.

The Expendables 2 (Aug 17th)

This time around Sylvester Stallone manages to round up more action stars from the 80’s and 90’s including Jean Claude Van Damme as the heavy, and perpetual good guy Chuck Norris. But where does Liam Hemsworth fit in?

ParaNorman (Aug 17th)

From the creators of the brilliant Coraline, that is all you should need to know.

Premium Rush (Aug 24th)

Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as a bike courier being chased by crooked cop Michael Shannon. In what appears to be a remake of the Kevin Bacon 80’s film Quicksilver, I’m relying on the excellent cast to uplift the material.

The Possession (Aug 31st)

Quite possibly the creepiest film of the summer will come right at the end of it with The Possession. In hoping for more Last Exorcism than the dreadful Devil Inside, The Possession could make you think twice about what you find at a garage sale.

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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