It’s officially summer and that means it must be time for another Transformers movie. Well, this is the weekend when that movie opens. These films have had a remarkable run, racking up millions upon millions of dollars despite being reviled by critics. Critics say that each of these movies, barring the first one, perhaps, are loud and incomprehensible with ridiculous dialog and battle scenes that make little to no sense. That seems to have only fueled fans and made them come out in greater numbers.
For those of you who are not into big robots smashing each other, there are some smaller, more critically acclaimed, movies out this weekends, as well. Here are the movies coming out June 27, 2014:
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction – Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor. The toys turned into movie stars are back. In the prior movie the robots battled each other in the city of Chicago, leaving most of the city completely destroyed. Now the world has turned against Transformers. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and the rest of his crew become aware that yet another great and epic evil is on its way and threatens Earth. More battles, mayhem and lots and lots of ‘splosions happen. Critics hate this film, saying it’s horrible, incomprehensible and should be avoided like every plague that has ever attacked humanity. Of course it will likely set box office records. Rated PG-13.
Snowpiercer – Alison Pill, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell. A sci-fi adventure set in the future after an experiment to try and stop global warming goes horribly awry. The entire world is now covered in snow and ice and killed off most of humanity. The only survivors are the people on Snowpiercer, a train that uses a perpetual energy machine to keep going and going and going all around the world, constantly traveling. Society has managed to continue on this train and a class system begins to develop, but a revolution is brewing. This one is getting high praise from critics as something original and interesting and a perfect cure for those numb to bombastic movies featuring explosions and special effects. Rated R.
Begin Again – Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine. A story from the people who brought the moving film Once to the big screen a few years ago. This one is about two people who meet by chance and both of them are experiencing relationship problems. Knightly is a woman dating a man who has suddenly found success as a singer. This ends up ruining their relationship. Ruffalo plays a record company executive who has been disgraced in the industry. When they two of them meet, an unlikely collaboration begins. The movie is getting very mixed reviews, but more positive than negative. Rated R.