This month’s movie releases offer something to satisfy any film taste. Romance and tears (THANKS JOHN GREEN). Laugh out loud comedy. Investigative, real-life drama. What will you be racing to the theaters to see this month?
For the inevitable tears: “The Fault In Our Stars”
Full disclosure: I read “The Fault In Our Stars” earlier this week. You will need at least a box of tissues on hand if you venture to the theater this weekend to see it, and you should. From what I gather of the trailer and recent reviews, the movie may be even better than the book. The story is about two teens with cancer who meet at a support group and fall in love. Hazel has been given a death sentence. Her pain and suffering can be delayed, but not likely cured. She’s so focused on her inevitable death that she forgets what it’s like to truly live, until she meets Augustus. He does everything in his power not to let Hazel distance herself. His persistence is almost as charming as his wit. If there’s one thing this love story will teach you, it’s this: “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have a say in who hurts you.” Let me reinforce this one more time: BRING TISSUES.
Release Date: June 6
For the hidden lesson: “22 Jump Street”
If “22 Jump Street” is half as funny as “21 Jump Street,” it’s worth seeing. There’s no doubt that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have great comedic chemistry, but the film isn’t getting buzz for its jokes this week. It’s a hot topic in the entertainment world due to Hill’s recent homophobic remarks. While Hill has since publicly apologized, Variety reports that “22 Jump Street” includes a scene eerily close to the real-life scenario. So what can this movie deliver in addition to guaranteed laughs? Perhaps an important lesson about hurtful words.
Release Date: June 13
For the truth-seeker: “Whitey: United States of America v. James J Bulger”
I grew up listening to my parents debate the whereabouts of Whitey Bulger. Is he alive? If so, where? How has he hidden for so long? His disgusting, evil legacy did not disappear during his 16 years on the run. Now that he’s on trial back in Boston, the city he terrorized for years, people are seeking answers. He murdered more than a dozen known victims, but was never previously charged for his crimes. This documentary explores Whitey’s corrupt past and the FBI and local law enforcement’s involvement in his grotesque crime spree. Will we get answers from former No. 2 on America’s Most Wanted list? We’ll see.
Release Date: June 27
So what’s your top pick? Tweet @litdarling with the movie you plan on checking out this month.
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