by Mac McRae

Summer time is always the best time of the year for movies.  Studios clamour to release the biggest pictures they can to get as much money as they can. This guide will help you make sure you are aware of the films that will be worth your $12 at the box office.

The way I will do this is to give you one movie to go see each weekend of the summer starting June 10th, just mere days away. Many of these films are the stories, not just the big budget 3D extravaganza’s Hollywood wants you to blow your pay checks on.

Watch every single movies trailerand pick out the ones that move you.  The ones that get your heart pacing. The ones you just might cherish for a lifetime.


June 10th – Super 8

Ok, so the first movie on my list is a big budget flick. I am sorry…Actually, I’m not. This movie will be amazing. It is a story movie while also being big budget. When I watch this trailer I feel the same magic that made the world fall in love with E.T. nearly 30 years ago.

The Plot: In a small Ohio town during the summer of 1979, a group of kids shooting a super 8 movie witness a train crash. Soon, they begin to suspect the crash was no accident, after disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town. As their local deputy searches for answers, a terrifying truth emerges. (credit IMDB)


June 17th – The Art of Getting By

While everyone else is watching Green Lantern, take your girlfriend to go see Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore in this coming of age flick. It looks to me like one of those great teenage romance films that will make everyone long for the days they were 17 and carefree.

The Plot: George (Highmore), a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done his schoolwork, is befriended by Sally (Roberts), a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit. (credit IMDB)


June 24th – A Better Life

This is a movie I have been anticipating for many months. Just watch the trailer. I guarantee it will move you. It is the story of a gardener in East LA trying to do whatever he can to make a better life for his son.

That is all I will say on this one, just go watch it. It won’t get recognized at the Oscars and it won’t be talked about at parties but it is a movie that will make you choke with emotion.


July 1st – The Perfect Host

I know, I know, Transformers comes out this weekend. Everyone will go see the newest Michael Bay film about Alien Robots from space. I will be right there in line as well. But, I will also be lining up to see The Perfect Host.  In what could be David Hyde Pierce’s greatest role and a role I have always wanted to see him do, this movie will keep you on your toes and grimacing. Unsure who is the villain and who is the victim.

The Plot: Injured and on the run after what was supposed to be a foolproof bank robbery, John (Clayne Crawford) cons his way into the home of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) as he prepares for a dinner party. Over the course of the evening, the true nature of both men is revealed, but who has the darker intentions? (credit IMDB)


July 8th – Free Weekend

Horrible Bosses comes out this weekend but it you’d be better to look back over the past few week’s releases and go watch something great that you haven’t been able to see yet.

Personally I would choose Beautiful Boy:

This movie is a very, very powerful film about the parents of a boy that walks into his school with a gun and kills multiple students then himself.  It is a rare and brutally honest look at what parents go through when they find out their child did something unspeakable.


July 15th – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

It is a big budget film but it is also the biggest movie of the summer. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and absolutely cannot wait for this film. The trailer gives me goose bumps and I cannot stop playing it over and over. The sad thing is this is the final Harry Potter movie. After this we will all have to go back into our DVD collections or bookcases to get our fix for magic and adventure.

Not going to display the plot for this one, if you don’t know what it is about you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years.

Can you believe it’s been 10 years?


July 22nd – Captain America: The First Avenger

Don’t even say it, I know. But it’s Captain American people. Yes I am posting back to back studio films back it’s the final Marvel Comics movie leading into the much anticipated The Avengers.

If you absolutely are not a superhero movie fan then…

Another Earth

This movie looks spectacular. It’s another one where I have to say just click the link and watch the trailer folks. You will not be disappointed. Even if you already spent money on Captain America dig up another $12 for this one.


July 29th – Crazy, Stupid, Love

If you have seen Dan in Real Life you will be anticipating this as much as me. If you haven’t seen Dan in Real Life shame on you.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is another romantic, drama, comedy film for Steve Carell. Also starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, it looks to be just brilliant. I am a big fan of everyone in this movie and it will be the quintessential date movie of the summer.



I am lumping all of August together because honestly there are a couple weekends where you would be better off ignoring the movie theatre all together. As a cinephile it pains me to announce this.

There are a number of comedies that look to be funny but probably not worth theatre prices.

The Change-Up

30 Minutes or Less

Neither of these are likely to become classics in the genre.

There are also a few more Big Budget action films:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This film does look promising with James Franco and Frieda Pinto but I am not willing to call it a must see movie.

Conan the Barbarian

As a diehard fan and follower since childhood of the world of Hyboria and its most famous inhabitant, I am not sure this will live up to its name. I like Jason Momoa, he is doing an amazing job in Game of Thrones, but I just don’t believe this movie will replace the Arnold version for me or many other long time fans.

Really the only movie to likely be declared great from the month of August 2011 is….


Our Idiot Brother

This I think will be the best comedy of the summer and it will arrive at the tail end of August.

It stars Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks and looks to be the same type of brilliant that made us all love The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.


So on those rainy days or nights where you just got a bit too much sun grab your wallet, buy some popcorn and enjoy a movie or two over the summer. Whether you want drama, comedy or senseless violence and action there is something for everyone on the way.

We have some huge, absolutely massive studio films coming out that I mention either briefly or with a smidgen of detail. The real movies though, the ones you will stay with you are the stories.

Have a great summer folks.