With so many movies being released throughout the year, it can be hard to keep track. To help, check out our preview of the movies that are opening this weekend:
“Disney’s Planes”: Though “Planes” is a spinoff of the “Cars” franchise, Pixar’s name is nowhere near this one. The film, which was originally intended as a direct-to-DVD release, has a voice cast that includes Dane Cook, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more, but it can’t live up to the first “Cars” film’s legacy. Though the second installment had its missteps, we’re guessing this animated feature that centers on Dusty (Cook), a “fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the world air race in history,” is probably only for the kids.
“Elysium”: From the director of the surprise hit “District 9,” “Elysium” is another dystopian sci-fi thriller. This time, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster head to the year 2154, when the wealthy have left a ravaged Earth for a space station called Elysium. Max (Damon), an average guy, finds himself on “a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces.” “Elysium” also stars Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Alice Braga (“On the Road”).
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”: While the film was technically released on Wednesday, this sequel to 2010’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” is expected to ramp up this weekend. Logan Lerman (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) returns as the title character, along with Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) and more as various human and mythological pals of Percy’s. This time, the gang heads to sea, as they embark “on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters…”
“We’re the Millers”: Over the past few years, America’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston has made a major push into raunchier comedies like “Horrible Bosses” and “Wanderlust.” “We’re the Millers” is no exception. The former “Friends” star and Jason Sudeikis play neighbors who come together when David (Sudeikis) gets in a jam with his drug dealer boss. To bring a big shipment of illegal substances back from Mexico, David decides to put together a fake family to get across the border, including a wife (Aniston), a daughter (Emma Roberts) and a son (newcomer Will Poulter). Comedy stars Ed Helms (“The Office”), Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”) and Kathryn Hahn also star. Slighty NSFW Trailer: