The Summer Issue
Summer Movie Preview 2013
Published: June 26, 2013
Summer is a grim reminder of San Antonio’s arbitrary — and unfair — status as a “secondary market:” some of these films won’t open here on their official release date. In case we get lucky, here’s my quick, personal, subjective take on the films to watch in the summer.
A Band Called Death, a documentary about Death, the forgotten 1971 Detroit garage/proto-punk band that experienced a 2009 renaissance a la Rodriguez.
The only confirmed confirmed SA opening on this day:
The Heat, with FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and tough and crazy partner Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy).
THE LONE RANGER
One of the most awaited movies of the year will open in SA. Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp (!) as Tonto in this (we hope) updated, politically correct version of the Old West characters. Disney announced proceeds from ticket sales of the June 22 special world premiere in Anaheim, Ca., would go to the American Indian College Fund. About freaking time.
Dirty Wars, a doc on the U.S. covert and not-so-covert drone attacks in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
This Sundance and Cannes winner is a nerve-wracking thriller about the real Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland man involved in a well-publicized shooting on New Year’s Eve 2009. But the biggest and baddest movie opening on this day may be Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth).
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Ryan Gosling reunites with his Drive team for the story of Julian, an American drug smuggler living the life in Thailand until his mother pays him a visit and demands revenge after his brother is murdered. Nominated for a Palm D’Or at Cannes.
The yearly Woody Allen film is always cause for celebration, at least for us Woody maniacs. This time, the setting is San Francisco, where Cate Blanchett goes to recover after losing everything by marrying the wrong guy (Alec Baldwin). Any movie that has Allen directing Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay is definitely worth a look.
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