In addition to making your mornings suck less on Go 96.3’s Morning Show, Dana Wessel is our station’s resident cinephile. Think of him like Ebert, Roper and Siskel combined, but way cooler. Check out his weekly movie preview below.
The summer rolls on with Pixar looking to get into some of that sweet, sweet summer cash with a sequel 14-years in the making. Onto the movies!
The Incredibles 2 – Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger and Brad Bird.
What’s the deal?
The Incredibles are back! To do more…incredible stuff! The original came out in 2004 and was a beloved both by fans and the bank accounts of Pixar. It was only a matter of time this one got a sequel. This is the third straight summer Pixar have put out a sequel (with Toy Story 4 set for next June). They even managed to make TWO Cars sequels before finally getting around to making a sequel to The Incredibles, which unlike Cars, was a good movie.
For those of you have may have forgotten, The Incredibles is about a family of superheroes all with unique powers. The sequel picks up a few months after the events of the original thanks to the magic of animation. This one sees Mr Incredible (shoutout Craig T. Nelson!!!) as a stay-at-home dad while his wife, Elastigirl, goes out and has the spotlight to herself. Something tells me the family is all going to have to team up at the end to defeat some evil!!!!
Should you go?
Oh, of course. Pixar rarely misses and the early reviews of this one have been fantastic. It has been 14-years since we last checked in with the ol’ friends the Parr family. This will be a perfect Pixar appetizer before Toy Story 4 next summer
Tag – Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Hannibal Buress, Isla FIsher, Rashida Jones, and Leslie Bibb.
What’s the deal?
This looks like one of the more intriguing comedies in a while. It is based on the true story of a group of friends who have kept the same game of tag going for 23 years. Seriously, they were profiled in the Wall Street Journal and sold the movie rights shortly thereafter. These guys apparently go to great lengths to tag each other, including bombarding delivery rooms and hiding in cars.
The cast here is solid with the five friends involved the game played by Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress. The cast is rounded out with Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher and Rashida Jones, who hopefully have more than just token roles, but I am not holding my breath.
Should you go?
This definitely looks like a lot of fun and a good alternative if Incredibles doesn’t do much for you or you’re bored of the typical summer franchise fare. I have been wanting a good hard-R comedy for a while, Action Point starring Johnny Knoxville was a big letdown, hoping this one delivers the goods.
Current box office champ: Ocean’s 8 pulled in $41+ million dollars at the box office, the highest opening ever for an Ocean’s movie. Take that DANNY.
This week’s predicted champ: Nobody is going to eff with The Incredibles this weekend. The tracking has this thing raking between $120-$150 million dollars.
What opens next week? A sequel to that one dinosaur franchise. I can’t remember the name. Oh, wait, yeah I do. Billy and the Cloneasaurus V. If you get that reference you are somebody I’d drink beers with.