Friday, May 25, 2012

Most Anticipated Movies of the Rest of the Year

Moonrise Kingdom opens today. Or rather, it opens in New York and Los Angeles today. The rest of us will have to wait a few weeks, or maybe even months for the blu-ray release. (When will they do away with the antiquated slow roll-out? When the ice caps melt?)

The reviews have been pretty good so far, and critics are saying it’s Wes Anderson’s best movie since Rushmore (which is probably my favorite movie of his). So I’m pretty excited to see it, the first movie in a string of promising releases lined up for the rest of the year. Here are my most anticipated:

1. The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson is probably my favorite living director these days. Considering he doesn’t make a ton of movies, a new one by him is a genuine event. His last movie was a jaw-dropping artistic leap forward for him, so I’m curious to see if he can plateau-hop again.

2. Django Unchained

A new Quentin Tarantino movie is always a cause for celebration. QT has intimated that he might retire soon so we’ve got to enjoy his unique and important vision while it lasts.

3. Moonrise Kingdom

 Looks like another winning blend of Anderson’s trademark themes: Innocence, familial dysfunction, irrepressible passion, endless creativity.

4. The Great Gatsby

The trailer is ruffling the feathers of some who claim this looks like a desecration of the source material. Those people must be totally unfamiliar with Baz Luhrmann’s work. His vision is intentionally theatrical, bombastic, and over-the-top. His version of Gatsby might not be the book, but it might be a really good movie.
5. Brave

I’ll always want to see the latest Pixar creation. They’ve all been good, even the unfairly criticized Cars 2. Hopefully this new original story will rank right up there with Pixar’s best and continue a dominance in the field of animation that is stretching into its third decade.


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