Movie Review - There’s more to summer than superheros

Movie Review - There’s more to summer than superheros

Summer is coming. The superhero and big action movies featuring the X Men, The Avengers, the Star Trek gang, and even the resurrection of the alien fighting force from “Independence Day,” based on a 20-year old summer hit, are the big tent poles the studios are counting on to bring in big box office. But what about the comedies, animated features and dramas that will fill out the rest of the cinemas this summer? Here’s a look at some of them:

In addition to the remake of “Ghostbusters” with and all female cast, there are more comedies in store. “Neighbors,” the raunchy college comedy, offers a sequel with the expected twist of a sorority moving in next door to the harried couple played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. Zac Efron (from the first movie) pops in the help them deal with the sassy coeds. (June 20)

Just the visual of former wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson juxtaposed against the tiny comic Kevin Hart is funny. The two co-star in “Central Intelligence.” (June 17)

First there was “Bad Teacher,” with Cameron Diaz as the jaded high school instructor. Now make way for “Bad Moms” with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as a trio of housewives that need to find their inner children by misbehaving — badly. (July 29)

Definitely in the “R” rated category is an animated feature called “Sausage Party” dreamed up and voiced by Seth Rogen, along with Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek and Edward Norton. The feature about talking food is rumored to be riotously funny and in extremely bad taste — a great combo plate for summer adult fun. (August 12)

Other tamer animated features include the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo” with Ellen Degeneres returning to voice little Dory, the forgetful blue tang fish. “Finding Dory” is sure to be a whale of a summer hit. (June 17)

“The Secret Life of Pets” features a great voiceover cast including Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart as an ensemble of dogs and cats living in the Big Apple. (July 8)

The summer weeper prize will probably go to “Me Before You” with Sam Claflin of the “Hunger Game” series and Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones” in a doomed romance story based on the Jojo Moyes bestseller. (June 3)

High on my list is the new “Jason Bourne” that reunites star Matt Damon with director Paul Greengrass. These two have made magic before, and with some former cast members such as Julia Stiles returning, it could happen again. Also joining in are recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones. (July 29) Two biopics have my attention. “The Founder” with Michael Keaton chronicles the rise of the fast food chain McDonald’s with Keaton playing Ray Kroc, who maneuvered the restaurant concept away from the McDonald brothers before making the Big Mac a national pastime. (Aug. 5)

Also, there’s “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep in the title role of a wealthy eccentric woman who, in the 1940s, longed to be an opera star and who, unfortunately, couldn’t carry a tune to save her life. She even went as far as to make her own recordings and if you’ve ever heard them you’ll understand that this one could be a lot of fun. (Aug. 12)

“The Legend of Tarzan” is so been there done that, yet I’m intrigued with Alexander Skarsgard as the Lord of Greystoke who has settled into the life of civilized man before being lured back to the jungle. (July 1)

In the fantasy category is a follow up to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The quirky director sits out the sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” but the cast is back including Johnny Depp as that rascally rabbit. (June 17)

This is just a small sampling of the summer fun ahead. See you at the movies.