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Movies to See This Weekend: 6/24-6/26

Hi everyone and welcome to the first “Movies to See” article. Each week, I will post recommendations of what movies you should go see in theaters this weekend and which movies you should watch at home.

Definitely Go See:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is Taika Waititi’s followup to last year’s What We Do in the Shadows and early reviews look like this movie is just as good as Waititi’s vampire comedy mockumentary. Wilderpeople tells the story of a young boy in the foster care system who runs away with his uncle when society threatens to send him to a new foster home. That may not seem like a comedy premise, but the movie is hilarious and touching.

 

The Shallows:

The Shallows

I have been excited about this movie since the first preview, but I never thought it would actually be good. Yet, reviews for The Shallows so far have been great. It’s been a long time since there was a big shark movie (that didn’t involve tornadoes) and  the concept of someone being trapped in the ocean with a shark at a beach that no one else knows exists is a great idea. It isn’t Jaws, but it seems like The Shallows is a thrilling, fun time at the movies.

 

Maybe See:

Swiss Army Man:

Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man was one of the most polarizing films of the Sundance Film Festival this year. Some moviegoers left the movie in the middle of the screening and some critics loved the film. One thing that everyone agreed upon is that this movie is odd. However if the idea of a quirky movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as a reanimated dead body with superhuman abilities seems interesting to you, you should check out this film.

 

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon is getting middling reviews so far, but fans of Neon Demon director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) may still want to see the movie because it is supposed to be vividly beautiful to look at and it has Refn’s signature style of violence.

 

Skip These Ones:

Independence Day: Resurgence:

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Was anyone really asking for a new Independence Day movie? Maybe if the movie had Will Smith it would have a better shot, but Smith knew better than to sign up for this potential piece of garbage. Reviews for the movie have been middling so far and you should probably avoid it unless you are an absolutely huge fan of the first movie. And even if you love the first Independence Day movie you may want to skip this one so it does not tarnish your feelings for the original.

 

Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones

I had high hopes for Free State of Jones. Gary Ross (Big, The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) has directed some great movies and I am a big fan of the McConaissance, but the reviews are in and it looks like the movie is a big flop.

 

What to See on DVD and Digital:

Midnight Special:

Midnight Special

In a world where every movie is a sequel or adapted from a book, Midnight Special is a breath of fresh air. This science fiction original story by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) is a beautiful story reminiscent of a Spielberg in his prime and features a great ensemble cast of Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, and Adam Driver.

 

Tune in next week for my recommendations for what to see that weekend. And if you want movie recommendations based on a movie you like, send me a movie title on this wordpress or at nextflickmovies@gmail.com and I will send you a list of movie recommendations from the Next Flick engine!

Next Flick Movie Recommendations #1: Finding Dory, Central Intelligence, Clown

Hello everybody and welcome to the first weekly Next Flick movie recommendations! Every week, I will be using the Next Flick movie recommendation engine I created to recommend movies based on the movies that came out the previous weekend. This week I will be making recommendations for Finding Dory, Central Intelligence, and Clown.

Finding Dory:

Finding Dory

Seeing as Finding Dory had the biggest opening weekend of any animated movie ever earning $136.2 million this weekend, I bet a lot of you have seen the movie. If Finding Dory left you wanting more here are some movies you should watch!

 

A Bug’s Life:

A Bug's Life

Finding Dory was co-directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, both of whom have been making movies for Pixar since the beginning of the company. Andrew Stanton’s directorial debut was A Bug’s Life and the movie definitely has a type of outcast animal charm that is very similar to Finding Dory.

 

Wall-E:

Wall-E

Andrew Stanton’s second directing effort with Pixar, Wall-E, is also about a loveable outcast trying to find his place in the world. Andrew Stanton is a big part of the Pixar family and if you enjoyed Finding Dory, you should definitely revisit Stanton’s other Pixar movies!

 

Zootopia:

Zootopia

If you are looking for some great animal animation outside of the Pixar world, you should definitely check out Zootopia, which just came out on DVD and iTunes. Who needs humans when you can have a fully realized fantasy world full of talking animals? There is a reason why Zootopia is currently the 2nd highest grossing movie of the year with over $1 billion so far. You should definitely check it out.

 

Central Intelligence:

Central Intelligence

Coming in at 2nd place at the box office this weekend was Central Intelligence, an action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. If you enjoyed Central Intelligence, here are some movies you should watch next!:

 

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story:

Dodgeball

Dodgeball was the first movie of Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Central Intelligence, and is definitely his best work.

 

Spy:

Spy

If Central Intelligence left you wanting some more spy comedy action, you should definitely check out the magnificent Spy, which came out last year. Spy stars melissa McCarthy in the titular role and was directed by Paul Feig and you will leave you laughing from start to finish. The action and the comedy are much better here than in Central Intelligence.

 

The Other Guys:

The Other Guys

If Central Intelligence made you want to watch another action comedy featuring Dwayne Johnson you should check out The Other Guys. The Rock may not be a lead in this movie, but he has possibly the funniest scene in the whole film. And Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are just as entertaining as odd couple cops as Johnson and Kevin Hart are as odd couple buddy leads.

 

Clown:

Clown

And Finally, if you went the horror route this week and saw Clown in theaters or on demand instead of seeing the two bigger movies last weekend, here are some other movies you might enjoy:

 

Cop Car:

Cop Car

Cop Car is the second directorial effort from Jon Watts, who will be directing Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming. Watt’s first film was a thriller called Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon as a dirty cop whose cop car is stolen by two young boys. Trouble ensues for those boys and Cop Car is a really tense thriller that really captures youth in a poignant and realistic way.

 

Stitches:

Stitches

If you want to see some more clown horror, my favorite clown horror movie is an Irish movie called Stitches. In Stitches, a drunken birthday clown is accidentally killed by 10 year olds at a birthday party and he comes back to haunt and murder all of those kids 6 years later. Stitches is a hysterical bloody mess and is a must see for clown horror fans.

 

Body Horror Movies: Starry Eyes, Honeymoon

Starry Eyes

For those of you who have not seen Clown, the movie is about a man who puts on a clown costume that slowly and horrifically transforms his body into a clown demon. If you like body horror and are looking for some more body horror movies I suggest you watch Starry Eyes and Honeymoon. I don’t want to say what kind of body horror stuff happens because I don’t want to spoil the movies, but trust me, there is some crazy body transformation stuff in these movies that is creepy and awesome.  

Honeymoon

 

Anton Yelchin:

Anton Yelchin

Sadly this past weekend, young actor Anton Yelchin died. He was an incredible talent and I was a fan of his so I thought I would also suggest my two favorite movies of his. Here they are:

 

Green Room:

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Earlier this year in one of Yelchin’s final films, the young actor played a member of a punk band who accidentally stumbles upon a murder in a skinhead club in the middle of nowhere. After discovering the crime, Patrick Stewart and his gang of evil skinhead goons attempt to murder all of the members of the band. This movie is not for the faint of heart, but it is beautifully shot and is an extremely nail biting thriller.

 

Like Crazy:

Like Crazy

Anton Yelchin’s 2011 movie Like Crazy is one of my favorite romantic dramas of all time. The film tells the story of Jacob Helm (Yelchin) who falls in love with a British girl at college named Anna (Felicity Jones) and has to deal with the consequences when she loses her green card. The movie is poignant and sad and also features a small, but impactful role from Jennifer Lawrence.
Tune in next week for my recommendations for next weekend’s movies. And if you want movie recommendations based on a movie you like, send me a movie title on this wordpress or at nextflickmovies@gmail.com and I will send you a list of movie recommendations from the Next Flick engine!