This Weekend At The Movies (June 29 – July 4)

With the holiday weekend almost upon us, we have a few movies to choose from, but not too much, as most movies don’t want to go up against this weekend’s behemoth.


(MP’s Pick of the Week)

Directed by Michael Bay.  Starring Shia LeBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Alan Tudyk, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson.

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon.  They race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

The surefire box office winner that is Transformers (even despite the poor quality of the previous two) is going to annihilate its competition this weekend.  I had very little interest in seeing this third entry as I’ve not been a fan of the movies thus far.  Then I saw the trailer and it seemed to have the epic scope that I wanted from the other two movies and I’m a sucker for mass destruction and it seems they are going to tear down Chicago in the movie.  The word of mouth on the film is actually pretty positive and some have said that this is THE Transformers movie to see and see again.  The action is supposed to be top notch and a lot of the silly stuff apparently has been excised from this entry (not to say there won’t be any, but it seems there is less this time out).  This third chapter adds some new actors that I really like, Alan Tudyk being one of them.  Ken Jeong is another.  The film was natively shot in 3D (with a few scenes being post-converted) so definitely check it out on 3D screens if you can afford the few extra bucks.  I’m sure if anything, it will be a grand spectacle.


Co-written, starring and directed by Tom Hanks.  Also starring Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney, Roxanna Ortega and Randall Park.

Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he’s worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves…often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.

Wow, that’s quite a long premise (written by Universal).  Typically those are no more than one or two sentences.  Anyways, here is this weekend’s counter programming to those of you who don’t want to go see giant robots destroy things.  I saw the trailer for Larry Crowne and knew I wasn’t going to rush to see it but definitely want to check it out.  It’s been awhile it seems since Hanks has been in a (romantic) comedy and he’s been sorely missed.  I’ve always really enjoyed Hanks as a comedic actor and it’ll be nice to see him return to a genre he’s quite good at.


Directed by Thomas Bezucha.  Starring Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy and Andie MacDowell.

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

So then there’s this movie.  Fans of Selena Gomez and the CW might check this out.  But I don’t know that anybody has really heard of this movie.  Once again, a movie like this is not targeted towards me, so that may explain why I’ve never heard of it.  I don’t imagine this will make much money at the box office this weekend though.


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