Summer film preview

Posted by Sean van der Heijden

This summer is full of high-profile movies: Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby, Man of Steel, and World War Z included. But if I were to make a list of the top three films I'm most looking forward to this summer, none of those would be on there.

Here are the top three movies I'm most looking forward to over the summer-as obscure as they may be:

3. Elysium: dir. Neill Blomkamp, staring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Elysium is definitely the most action-centered movie on this list. Nevertheless, I've heard it's even more riddled with political ideology than Blomkamp's breakout hit, District 9. You can check out the trailer online, but the concept looks intriguing: it is the year 2154, and the poor are left on earth to starve and fight, while the rich live on the eponymous space station. Elysium hits theaters on August 9.

2. Blue Jasmine: dir. Woody Allen, staring Cate Blanchett and just about everyone else ever.

Woody Allen is known for putting together high-profile casts, but this one-which, along with Blanchett, includes Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., and a bunch more-is just ridiculous. I've additionally heard rumors that it's one of Allen's best films in years, which means a lot considering how great Midnight in Paris was. Sony Pictures Classics has only released a short statement as to the film's synopsis, which is as follows: it is "the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife." Blue Jasmine comes out on July 26.

1. The Bling Ring: dir. Sofia Coppola, staring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, and Taissa Farmiga.

Sofia Coppola arguably hasn't had a great film since her Oscar-Winning Lost in Translation back in 2003, but this looks even better than that. Inspired by true events, it follows a group of teenagers who use social networking sites in order to find out where celebrities live and rob their homes. If that doesn't sound amazing, I don't know what does, and it's made even better by the fact that I remember hearing about this in the news. The Bling Ring comes out officially on June 14.

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