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Blockbusters & block-busts

BY ALEC GLUESING | JUNE 25, 2015 5:00 AM

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The blockbuster season has proven to be a mixed bag so far, as spiffed-up sequels and reboots of established franchises continue to reign. Avengers 2 burst onto the scene only to fade into the shadow of its predecessor, Mad Max: Fury Road reminded us that the action film can be art, and Jurassic World gave the world Chris Pratt leading a pack of velociraptors on a motorcycle. These four upcoming tent-pole attractions appear just as unpredictable, other than that lots of money will change hands.

Ted 2

Rating: R
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Opening: June 26

Seth MacFarlane’s comedy about a talking teddy bear with the voice of Peter Griffin gets a second go-round. Ted gets married and wants to have kids, but guess what? He’s a teddy bear. Doofy Mark Wahlberg-thunder-buddy-artificial-insemination shenanigans ensue.

Prediction: Miss

Like the original, your enjoyment of Ted 2 will undoubtedly be directly proportional to how much Wahlberg and MacFarlane you can stomach in the same film. Mileage may vary, extremely.

Terminator: Genisys

Rating: PG13
Directed by Alan Taylor
Opening: July 1

This franchise sequel/reboot looks to be by far the messiest of this summer’s sequel/reboots — but hey, Arnie’s back. Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones”  takes over as the iconic action-hero Sarah Conner in a likely incomprehensible killer robot-time-travel mixup that tries to incorporate aspects from all four preceding films. 

Prediction: Miss

This should have been titled Terminator: Greatest Hits.

Minions

Rating: PG
Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
Opens: July 10

This Despicable Me prequel’s trailers have shown off some surprisingly dark humor, with the titular yellow creatures bumbling their way through history and inadvertently killing off numerous would-be evil masters. Sandra Bullock stars as 1960s New York villain Scarlet Overkill, the latest in line. 

Prediction: Hit

A darkly shaded comedy starring casually murderous munchkin Kids ate up Gremlins in the ’80s.

Ant-Man

Not yet rated
Directed by Peyton Reed
Opening: July 17

The last film in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a long time coming. Originally slated to be directed by geek-favorite Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), the final version of Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a thief with the ability to change size and retain his strength. Oh, and he can communicate with ants. It should be … interesting. 

Prediction: Near-miss

Rudd’s lackadaisical approach to the square-jawed Marvel hero could be refreshing, and Lang’s size-changing antics have much more physical and comedic potential than the Avengers’ typical punch-fests. But the production’s patchy history may produce a similarly slapped-together film.


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