Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Movie Monday: Underdogs

Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Opening Friday, August 16th
Directed by: David Lowery
Starring: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine, Kennadie Smith, Jacklynn Smith, Nate Parker, Robert Longstreet, Charles Baker, Augustine Frizzell, Kentucker Audley, David Zellner, Turner Ross, Rami Malek, Will Beinbrink
74% on Rotten Tomatoes

An outlaw on the run from the law in an attempt to reunite with his wife and the daughter he never met. I can't wait for this. Casey Affleck is just outstanding. Some might think of him as Ben's younger wiseass brother from Good Will Hunting which just means you haven't seen his knockout performances in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Combined with Rooney Mara's quiet power (she was positively lethal in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), this movie is bound to create some very powerful reactions.

Austenland and Kick-Ass 2 after the jump!

Opening Friday, August 16th
Directed by: Jerusha Hess
Starring: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Georgia King, James Callis, Jane Seymour, Ricky Whittle
34% on Rotten Tomatoes

I am fully aware that this has a large potential to be pretty horrible, but how can I resist the concept? A woman uses her life savings to go away to a Jane Austen camp (essentially) where she hopes to find love. What Darcy obsessed (guilty) girl hasn't fantasized about this? Now this could be hokey, but if I get a chance to see it I'm sure that it will become a guilty pleasure of mine. For now, I'll just pop in Pride & Prejudice.

Kick-Ass 2
Opening Friday, August 16th
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Morris Chestnut, Claudia Lee, Clark Duke, Augustus Prew, Donald Faison, Lyndsy Fonseca, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Yancy Butler, John Leguizamo, Jim Carrey, Lindy Booth
28% on Rotten Tomatoes

Sequels always make me nervous, but all drama with Jim Carrey aside, this one could be a lot of fun. If you haven't seen the first, Kick-Ass, do it now! It was riotously funny, dark, satirical, and very unexpected. This sequel doesn't, from the looks of trailers, seem to be following the exact same formula, which means it might be trying something new, which would be great. The trailers look great (most do, but still) and the cast is back, most of whom have brilliant timing and steal every scene they're in which is part of the reason the first was so good.

Also playing: 2 Guns (63%), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (38%)

Coming next week: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World's End

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