Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso,
Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee & Zach Mills
Directed by J.J. Abrams for distribution by Paramount
The Plot: A group of friends filming a movie with a “Super 8” camera accidentally capture a train crash that unleashes a shocking evil on their small town.
The Final Word: J.J. Abrams is no doubt one of the most respected names in pop culture. Between his multiple TV series and feature films, Abrams knows how to keep audiences interested. The key (as we’ve learned) is to always keep them guessing. Although in this age of social media and the Internet, sometimes that is beyond impossible. Yet Abrams manages to keep his secrets under wraps and the end result is normally very satisfying. So it isn’t unexpected that to this point he’s revealed just enough to keep the buzz going, but not enough to give anybody solid details; that’s why his movies work and that’s why the line will be out the door when this debuts in theaters.
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham & Parris Mosteller
Directed by John Schultz for distribution by Relativity Media
The Plot: A elementary school student hits the road with brother and aunt for the most amazing summer vacation ever.
The Final Word: Every summer has one of these types of movies that come out of nowhere and did respectable business. While Relativity isn’t expected to take down “Super 8,” they are counting on business from families who are super-heroed out by this point and want a break from the blow-em-up styling’s famous during the summer movie season. The studio also has to be happy to have Heather Graham on board as she may be its biggest draw and best chance of success.
Previewed next week: Green Lantern & Mr. Popper's Penquins