The summer movie season so far has been quite big and entertaining. With Captain America Civil War and Finding Dory making money at the box office, the blockbuster mayhem doesn’t seem to be letting up this week. The releases this week are:
Let’s start with the big one. 20 years have passed since Independence Day blew up the box office. Only a few members of the first film’s cast make a return. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Brent Spiner (who’s character is NOT dead) are all back, while Will Smith decided not to return. This might be a draw for some, but if the trailers are any indication, Independence Day Resurgence will be a blast.
The story picks up 20 years after the first film. Earth prepares for another attack, but they think it unlikely one will occur. Yet, it wasn’t enough. The aliens are back, bigger and more vicious than ever. There are hints that this movie will lead into a sequel.
Independence Day Resurgence is PG-13.
The Shallows is looking to make a splash, despite it being a movie that has been done before. Think Open Water meets Jaws and you get an idea of what to expect.
A shark is hunting a young surfer, played by Blake Lively, who’s stranded in the middle of the bay. There is no help so she needs to find every way to survive and get off the rock. The Shallows looks to be taking a slower paced, less action filled approach compared to other films with killer sharks.
The Shallows is rated PG-13.
Based on a true story about a rebellion within a rebellion during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight and Kerri Russell has his wife. Knight and a few other poor farmers, who deserted the Confederate Army decide to make their own state, free of slavery and wealthy plantation owners. The movie was ripe for limited release, but that doesn’t seem to be the case now.
The Free State of Jones is rated R.
The Neon Demon is from the director Nicolas Winding Refn, who brought us Drive. It is a thriller about the dark of the fashion world and will be Amazon Studio’s first film to hit theaters. The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, and Christina Hendricks. For those who enjoyed 2011’s Black Swan and Drive, this might be for you.
The Neon Demon is rated R.
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