Watching movies has been one of America's favorite pastimes ever since the first feature film debuted back in 1911.
Movies have: (1) allowed people to escape their realities and forget their troubles for hours at a time, (2) provided immeasurable amounts of laughter and tears, (3) scared us to the point of leaving the lights on, (4) brought friends and families together, and (5) taught us all valuable life lessons.
They've (movies) also allowed us to experience so many of our favorite stories and characters from other mediums brought to life in front of us. From Lord of the Rings, to The Avengers, to The Hunt For Red October, to The Godfather, to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and so many others.
And that's why I'm so excited to be able to bring this new weekly feature column to the MyBayCity audience. Each and every week I'll be letting you know what movies are coming out during the upcoming weekend, and which ones you'll want to spend your hard-earned money on.
I'll also be including some facts (you may not know) about the movies, providing full length reviews, and other various segments from week to week . . . so keep your eyes peeled for that.
So without further ado, (FANFARE PLAYS), here are this weekend's new releases and when you can see them in a theater near you.
Friday June 29th releases:
Madea's Witness Protection:
Genre: Comedy Runtime: 1:54 Rating: PG-13 Director: Tyler Perry Writer: Tyler Perry (screenplay) Staring: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy and Denise Richards Synopsis: George Needleman, a high level CFO is at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City. He is being accused of spearheading the scheme involving the mob and has to enter his family into a witness protection program. The program's location is a place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea's house down south with her brother Joe and nephew Brian.
This will be the fourteenth film in the Tyler Perry film franchise, and the seventh in the Madea franchise.
When you can see it starting Friday June 29th: Midland NCG Cinemas: 11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:50pm, 9:25pm, 11:50pm* Bay City 8: 11:00am, 1:40pm, 4:10pm, 6:45pm, 9:15pm, 11:45pm*
Fashion Square 10: 11:00am, 1:35pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm, 11:40pm* Saginaw 12: 11:05am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 4:10pm, 4:35pm, 6:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:15pm, 9:55pm, 11:45pm*
Genre: Comedy Runtime: 1:50 Rating: R Director: Steven Soderbergh Writer: Reid Carolin Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn Synopsis: A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
This films is loosely based on Channing Tatum's actual background as a male stripper.
When you can see it starting Friday: Midland NCG Cinemas: 11:40am, 2:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:05pm, 9:30pm, 11:55pm* Bay City 8: 11:20am, 1:50pm, 4:25pm, 7:00pm, 9:25pm, 11:50pm* Fashion Square 10: 11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm*" Saginaw 12: 11:20am, 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:55pm, 9:30pm, 11:55pm*
Genre: Comedy Runtime: 1:46 Rating: R Director: Seth MacFarlane Writer: Seth MacFarlane Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane Synopsis: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish?and has refused to leave his side ever since.
When you can see it starting Friday: Midland NCG Cinemas: 12:10pm, 2:35pm, 5:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:45pm, 11:55pm* Bay City 8: 11:55am, 2:20pm, 4:50pm, 7:15pm, 9:40pm, 12:00am* Fashion Square 10: 11:35am, 2:10pm, 4:50pm, 7:30pm, 10:10pm,
11:50pm* Saginaw 12: 11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:40pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm, 11:40pm*
People Like Us:
Genre: Drama Runtime: 1:55 Rating: PG-13 Director: Alex Kurtzman Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jody Lambert Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer Synopsis: A man is tasked with delivering $150,000 of his deceased father's fortune to the sister he has never met.
When you can see it starting Friday: Midland NCG Cinemas: 10:55am, 1:25pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm, 11:30pm* Fashion Square 10: 12:40pm, 4:05pm, 6:50pm, 9:35pm
Tuesday July 3rd Releases:
The Amazing Spider-Man:
Genre: Action Runtime: 2:16 Rating: PG-13 Director: Mark Webb Writers: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans Synopsis: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.
This film is a reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise, taking Peter Parker back to high school and exploring the story of his true origins.
There will be a midnight release on the morning of July 3rd at 12:01am at all four theaters (Midland NCG Cinemas, Bay City 8, Fashion Square 10, and Saginaw 12) in both 2D and 3D.
Please note that * indicates that a time only applies to Friday and Saturday late shows. Times are subject to change, so please check your local theater to verify.
My personal recommendation for this weekend, if you can only see one movie, would be to see The Amazing Spider-Man on Tuesday July 3rd. It was honestly a tough choice, since I'm fairly certain that Ted is goingt to be absolutely hilarious, as I have complete faith in Seth MacFarlane. However, the trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man make it look like this is the movie that the original 2001 film should have been. Garfield looks to be both a fantastic Pete Parker and Spider-Man, and I love that they are including Pete's true love from the comics, Gwen Stacy, as his love interest for this set of movies.
I'm also excited to see them fleshing out the backstory of Peter's parents, and seeing how they have directly influenced Peter in becoming Spider-Man. Adding Sally Field (Aunt May), Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Conners), and Marin Sheen (Uncle Ben) to an already stellar cast was an incredible feat, and will only add to how good this movie will be.
But if super heroes aren't your thing, then definitely check out Ted opening on Friday June 29th!