TMP’s Summer 2011 Movie Guide: June

X-Men: First Class

Release: June 3 (Wide)X-Men First Class

Genre: Superhero Action

Rated: N/A (Probably PG-13)

Synopsis: The formation of the X-Men, Xavier’s School for the Gifted, and the beginning of the rivalry between Professor X and Magneto are explained during the early years of the X-Men.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Sebastian Shaw, and Rose Byrne

Logline: Witness the moment that will change our world.

Writers: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, and Matthew Vaughn

Director: Matthew Vaughn


Antico-Meter: Cautiously Optimistic

Reasoning: The marketing has been a mess for First Class, but I have enough trust in Matthew Vaughn to believe he’ll deliver something great.  The rushed production, however, does make me a little worried.

Expect: X-Men, But Younger and in the 60’s.


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie GuideSubmarine

Release: June 3 (Limited)

Rated: R for language and some sexuality.

Synopsis: Oliver Tate ventures to not only lose his virginity before his 16th birthday, but also break up his mother and ex boyfriend that has resurfaced in her life.

Logline: N/A

Cast: Sally Hopkins, Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine, Yasmine Paige, and Noah Taylor

Writers: Richard Ayoade

Director: Richard Ayoade


Antico-Meter: Expecting Great Things

Reasoning: Sex comedies are awesome.  British comedies are even cooler.  Thus a british sex comedy must be amazing, right?

Expect: British raunchy humor.  A.K.A the best kind of British humor.


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie Guide

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

Release: June 10 (Wide)

Genre: Family Comedy

Rated: PG for mild rude humor and language.

Synopsis: Judy Moody tries to form the best summer she can after unexpected events leave her under tha car of her Aunt.

Logline: SuperMegaTotallyThrilladelic

Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Jaleel White, Preston Bailey, and Janet Varney

Writers: Kathy Waugh and Megan McDonald

Director: John Schultz


Antico-Meter: Oh Hell Nawh,

Reasoning: There is so many things work with this trailer, I can’t even explain them all in a logical fashion. WTF is this?

Expect: Bad Parents Who Leave Their Children Behind with the Reckless Aunt. And actually call their child “Stink.”  WTF?


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie GuideSuper 8

Release: June 10 (Wide)

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller

Rated: N/A (Probably PG-13)

Synopsis: After a hectic train crash, a group of Midwestern adolescence become witness to a powerful and mysterious beast shaking up their small time lives.

Logline: Next Summer, It Arrives.

Cast: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, and Joel Courtney

Writers: J.J Abrams

Director: J.J Abrams


Antico-Meter: Through the Roof

Reasoning: Instead of geeking out about the reasons I need to see this film (you’ll be hearing that from me all Summer), let me just keep things simple; if every movie in Summer 2011 died except this one, I would be happy.  I’m not being hyperbolic.

Expect: Awesomeness and Lens Flares.


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie GuideGreen Lantern

Release: June 17 (Wide)

Genre: Sci-Fi Adventure, Superhero

Rated: N/A (Probably PG-13)

Synopsis: Pilot Hal Jordan finds himself thrust into a world of aliens and galactic protection when he is recruited into the Green Lantern Core.

Logline: One of us…becomes one of them.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, and Temura Morrison

Writers: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, and Michael Goldenberg

Director: Martin Campbell


Antico-Meter: Don’t Get the Hype

Reasoning: After the recent trailers, more and more people are joining the Green Lantern camp. I, however, still don’t see it. The overabundance of CGI really takes it down for me. But if anyone could pull it off, it would be Martin Cambell.

Expect: Lots of CGI, Cosmic Elements, and Ryan Reynolds


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie GuideMr. Popper’s Penguins

Release: June 17 (Wide)

Genre: Family Comedy

Rated: PG for mild rude humor and some language

Synopsis: A successful businessman finds his life unraveling at its seams when he inherits six penguins, and transforms his posh apartment into a winter wonderland.

Logline: N/A

Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Angela Lansbury, and Phillip Baker Hall

Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris, and Jared Stern.

Director: Mark Waters


Antico-Meter: Sadened

Reasoning: I like Jim Carrey, but the fact that he’s doing this shows why he’ll never be taken seriously and get an Oscar.  Damn shame, because he easily deserves one.  Still, I guess if you needed a holdover until Cars 2, you’re kids might enjoy it.

Expect: Penguins ah Dancing, with Jim Carrey doing wacky things in the background.


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie GuideBad Teacher

Release: June 24

Genre: Comedy

Rated: R for sexual content, nudity, language, and some drug use.

Synopsis: A potty mouthed, drug using teacher tries to raise money via school fundraisers to get a breast enlargement in hopes of impressing a new, wealthy teacher.

Logline: She doesn’t give an F.

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segal, John Michael Higgins, and Phyllis Smith

Writers: Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg

Director: Jake Kasdan


Antico-Meter: Trying to Hard

Reasoning: Bad Teacher is trying so hard to be raunchy and cringe inducing, it forgot to make me laugh.

Expect: Cameron Diaz swearing like a sailor (because it’s funny).


TMP's Summer 2011 Movie GuideCars 2

Release: June 24

Genre: Animated Family Comedy

Rated: N/A (Probably PG)

Synopsis: Lightning McQueen and his country friend Mater travel the world to compete at the royal Grand Prix.  But things get complicated when Mater finds himself wrapped up in a tale of espionage.

Logline: The Mission Begins in Cinemas This Summer.

Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Jason Isaacs, and Bruce Cambell

Writer: Ben Queen

Director: John Lasseter


Antico-Meter: Really Don’t Care

Reasoning: I thought not having a Pixar movie to sink my teeth into this year would make the summer feel incomplete, but I’m quickly noticing that I keep forgeting that Cars 2 even exists.  Really speaks to how good this Summer looks to be.

Expect: Talking Cars, People Laughing at the Jokes of Larry the Cable Guy, and me dying a little in the inside.


Well that does it for June.  Check back later this week for the final two months of our Summer Movie Guide!

-Header image courtesy of April Stilwell.