By the time you read this, “Avengers: End Game” will have made several billion dollars, yes billion, but none of those dollars will be courtesy of Amanda Glam. I am pretty confident the filmmakers will recover from this slight.
Yes, this summer we will see “Toy Story 4,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Men in Black: International,” “John Wick: Chapter 3” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” We’ll also get remakes of Disney classics “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”
I prefer to focus on the summer movies headed our way that you might miss in the Superhero/Sci-fi/Disney juggernaut. Not surprising in the wake of the #Metoo movement, we’re seeing more films starring, written and directed by women. Remember Amanda’s advice, while the X-Men, Spiderman, and anything Disney will take up residence at your local cineplex for months, some of these movies could be gone in a week or two.
Wine Country (5/10, Rated R) Starring and directed by Amy Poehler, this female-driven comedy, also stars “Saturday Night Live” alumni Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph as friends who go on a getaway to Napa Valley. Think of it as “Bridesmaids” with no bride and even more alcohol.
Poms (5/20, PG-13) Another female-centric comedy starring Diane Keaton and Pam Grier as women who start a cheerleading squad in their retirement community.
The Tomorrow Man (5/22, PG-13) This movie about a survivalist (John Lithgow) who finds love with a shopaholic (Blythe Danner), was screened at the Sarasota Film Festival to positive reviews and will likely stick around a while in our local cinemas.
Rocketman (5/31, R) Dexter Fletcher, the director of 2018’s Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is expanding his horizons with a movie about a flamboyant, gay British rock star from the 70s, wait…. Anyway, Taron Egerton who is most famous for his role in the “Kingsmen” movies, plays Elton John and does his own singing. From the trailer, this looks like a movie as unconventional as its subject.
Late Night (6/7, R) Have you seen the trailer to “Late Night?” If you have, then you know it stars the glorious Emma Thompson as an unlikable, demanding talk show host. Think Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but with a British accent and less fabulous hair. Mindy Kaling costars and wrote the screenplay, partly based on her experience as a writer on “The Office.”
Yesterday (6/28, PG-13) is the movie I’m most looking forward to this summer. Written by Richard Curtis (“Notting Hill,” “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”), directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), “Yesterday” is about a struggling musician (Himesh Patel), who finds himself in a world that never heard of The Beatles so he starts raiding their song library and passing it off his own.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (7/26, Not yet rated) is set in 1969 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a TV star and Brad Pitt as his stunt double, and that will be enough for most people. But there’s more. This is director Quentin Tarantino’s look at the Los Angeles of his childhood. Cross your fingers that DiCaprio and Pitt make it to the credits. This is the final film appearance of the late Burt Reynolds.
The Kitchen (8/9, R) If I was the Mafia, I think I’d be afraid of this movie’s powerhouse female trio of Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish, playing women who turn to crime in 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen, after their Mob husbands are thrown in jail. It’s the directorial debut of screenwriter Andrea Berloff.
Blinded by The Light (8/14, not yet rated) It’s been a while since director Gurinder Chadha’s terrific 2002 independent hit “Bend it Like Beckham.” She’s back in the director’s chair for another coming-of-age story set in London in 1987 and inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. Can you say “crowd-pleaser?”
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (8/16, PG-13) is based on the popular 2012 novel of the same name, about a woman who abandons her family and goes to Antarctica. (Replace Antarctica with Fiji and most of us can relate). It stars Cate Blanchett, who will of course get an Oscar nomination, because that’s what she does. It’s directed by Richard (“Boyhood”) Linklater.
Amanda Glam is a former B-movie queen who appeared in such movies as “Space Shark” and “Horror at Hoosier High” and the British mini-series “What’s All This Then?” She has retired to Englewood and is thrilled to share her Hollywood know-how and movie insight with Review readers.