Synopsis: Blending our favorite childhood memories with an alien disaster, Super 8 centers on a group of young kids who witness a mysterious train crash while making a super 8 film and catch the whole thing on camera. In typical J.J. Abrams style, the ensuing inexplicable events lead the local deputy to seek the terrifying truth.
Our Take: J.J. Abrams marries two of our favorite genres, the “buncha’ kids” films like The Goonies or E.T. and Spielberg’s alien movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and, well, E.T. The result is a film that’s typically J.J. with nostalgic nods and a mystery we can’t wait to unravel.
Whose Summer Movie Stock Is Rising?
Summertime is the right time for actors and directors to essentially audition for a major raise – be it in stature, money or rung on the Hollywood “list.” Whether due to a blockbuster that has already occurred, a surefire blockbuster forthcoming, or simple omnipresence (i.e., Ryan Reynolds … for all three), the so-called stocks of the industry mainstays below have been, or will be, changed by summer 2011.
Is Summer 2012 Already Becoming Summer 2011?
Summer 2011 has been solid, if unspectacular – both for us moviegoers and for “them,” the studios. We've had enjoyable, quality-leaning popcorn fare like X-Men, Thor and Super 8 – and there's still hope for Cowboys & Aliens and Harry Potter, among others.
A Cynic’s Guide to Summer 2011
Let’s be honest: January, February, March and April were rough. I went through probably my longest moviegoing drought ever, because, well, Take Me Home Tonight, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son and the like are not even worthy of being a background distraction on TV, let alone a relative hassle of going to the multiplex.
• Comic Book Superheroes For Dummies I’m sure you’ve seen the trailers for all the big summer movies by now, which means you’ve definitely seen the trailers for the comic book-inspired superhero flicks too and if you’re anything like me, you may be a little confused. .
• What We Demand of Our Summer Heroes Break out the sun block and banish the fur-lined parka because summer is upon us! For movie geeks, this is our Christmas, as it is routinely the best time to while away hours inside a multiplex…actual Christmas placing a distant, but formidable second.
• Five Filmmakers Ready For A Summer Blockbuster Getting a crack at directing a big summer movie is many a filmmaker’s dream -- but it’s not for everyone. Pressures, both creative and financial, are placed squarely on a director’s shoulders, specifically when it comes to the typical, widely released summer fare.
• Summer Movie Guide: The Indies What do the following movies have in common: Crash, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hurt Locker, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone? Not only were all of them hit indie movies that were nominated for (and in some cases won) the Oscar for Best Picture, but they were all summer releases.