Thanks in large part to the success of Marvel movies, Hollywood studios have been scrambling to put up their own blockbuster tentpoles. Universal Studios recently announced their Dark Universe, hoping that Tom Cruise’s bankability as a star in the upcoming reboot of The Mummy will help launch the franchise. Warner Bros has the DC Universe, Sony and Fox have their own Marvel licenses. And of course, Disney owns everything else.
Which is all well and good, of course. But there are times when we can’t help but yearn for films where the cameras don’t zoom and pan around, and where green screens do not account for 90 percent of the movie. Sometimes we just want to take in the cinematography and let the dialogue and plot unfold quietly.
If you are tired of seeing the world being destroyed, here are some movies you may want to catch this year:
It Comes At Night
Trey Edward Shults impressed critics everywhere with his 2015 debut film Krisha. The trailer for his follow up, It Comes At Night, has us feeling uneasy, and in this age of The Walking Dead-shock shlock, that is quite impressive. We can’t wait to soil our pants with this one.
The Big Sick
Be honest now: When was the last time you saw a great romantic flick? Well, this Judd Apatow-produced movie is shaping up to be that romcom that will fill that Notting Hill-shaped hole in your heart.
By all accounts, Edgar Wright’s version of Antman was excellent. Why Marvel did not go with it, we might never know. But we get to see Wright’s genius in Baby Driver, which looks like what Drive and Scott Pilgrim would have if they had mated.
Speaking of cross-breeding, the latest from Bong Joon Ho is a surreal and downright weird parody of factory farming and the trappings of greedy capitalism. But hey, it can’t be weirder than what’s happening in the real world right now, can it?
A Ghost Story
Critics were all praises for this film. While not a horror movie, early reviews call it “haunting.” A haunting film that is not a horror movie? Color us curious.
Steven Soderbergh is back. It looks and feels like a redneck version of an Ocean’s series, and it is glorious.
I know, i know. But this is Seth MacFarlane. And we’re tired of waiting on that Galaxy Quest sequel.
Which of these are you planning on seeing? Share your thoughts with us below!