CAVE Movie Picks – July 26th, 2013

The to do list

July is almost over, but there’s still a blockbuster remaining.

If you made it through last week without The Conjuring related nightmares, you shouldn’t have much to worry about this weekend. After all, you’re looking at Japanese mutants, meth, a to-do list and 2,000 Bruce Springsteen fans.

Here are the CAVE movie picks for the July 26th weekend.

The Wolverine

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Jessica Biel and Hiroyuki Sanada.

Synopsis: The legendary mutant makes his way to modern Japan, freed of his immortality. But when he arrives, he encounters his ultimate nemesis, which will test the limits of his (now vulnerable) body and mind. 

What We Think: Wolverine: Origins was a bit of a disappointment, and I’m encouraged by this very different approach. The Japanese setting should help, too. 

Drug War

Starring: Louis Koo and Sun Honglei

Synopsis: In China, manufacturing fifty grams of meth is an automatic death sentence. After an accident, Timmy Choi has to work with police to avoid execution and shut down the drug trade within 72 hours.

What We Think: I’m a huge fan of Chinese action movies, especially the crime ones. This looks like a great action/drama that has tinges of  John Woo.

The To Do List 

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader and Donald Glover.

Synopsis: An overachieving straight-A student wants to get rid of her bookworm image by making a to-do list of “college themed activities.” But of course, she can’t do it on her own. With the help of her friends and burnt-out boss, it’s a race against time before freshman classes begin.

What We Think: At first glance, this looks like a chick-flick college comedy (which I would avoid with a ten-foot pole). But, after watching the trailer, I’m encouraged by the Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live and Community combination. If anything, it should be disturbingly hilarious.

Springsteen and I

Starring: Bruce Springsteen and miscellaneous contributors.

Synopsis: A crowd-sourced documentary where fans worldwide are asked what Bruce means to them. With over 2,000 submissions, it’s a movie by the fans, for the fans.

What We Think: It’s your standard “legends of music” documentary, but the crowd-sourced footage makes it interesting. Plus, Ridley Scott is at the helm, which piques my interest.

 

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