Who: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Will Yun Lee
What: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University, when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.
When: July 26th
Why: Hugh Jackman has been pretty vocal about making up for the disappointment of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” with a better film the second time around, but while “The Wolverine” definitely appears to be an improvement, it’s kind of like giving someone a less bruised piece of fruit and expecting them to be grateful for it. In other words, although James Mangold’s pseudo-sequel is giving fans what they want by adapting the popular Wolverine-in-Japan storyline by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, it just feels like more of the same. Maybe that’s because Jackman has been playing the role for so long, but I actually think that he’s the one of the only things that makes these movies watchable. Perhaps if Darren Aronofsky was still involved, I’d be a little more excited, because at least he would have brought something new to the table.
Who: Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter and Johnny Simmons
What: Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish by the end of summer.
When: July 26th
Why: Despite its awesome cast (which also includes Bill Hader, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Andy Samberg and Donald Glover), this ‘90s-set teen comedy just doesn’t look very funny. Writer/director Maggie Carey seems to be banking on the notion that seeing actors we love in ugly 90s fashion will garner laughs, but it’s only a reminder of just how lame that decade really was. Though Aubrey Plaza is great in small doses (see: “Parks and Recreation” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), her acerbic brand of humor doesn’t really mesh in such a broad comedy. She’s far better suited to more eccentric films like “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which actually allowed Plaza to showcase her depth as an actress. I’d love to be proven wrong by “The To Do List,” but based on the trailers, it doesn’t seem very likely.