Movies Opening in Theaters June 21st, 2013
Monsters vs. Zombies. No, that’s not the name of some new movie (although perhaps it should be), that is what the box office will be fighting out this weekend. What will be interesting to see is how audiences are divided between the latest Pixar film, “Monsters University” (2013), Brad Pitt’s zombie apocalypse film, “World War Z” (2013), and the hold over from last week’s mega success with Superman’s “Man of Steel” (2013). I am assuming we are going to see some astronomical numbers for this week’s box office totals, and I am excited about spending another weekend at the cinema. So, what are you going to watch?
Opening Friday, June 21st, 2013:
- “Monsters University” (2013) Rated-G, 110 minutes: If ever there was a movie that needed no introduction, it would probably be this highly anticipated sequel (or prequel) to Disney Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” (2001). For this film, we are transported back to when Mike and Sully meet as roommates at college. Of course word of mouth is good on this film; it’s a Pixar movie. The only real question is whether or not the same people who loved “Monsters Inc.” over a decade ago will still show up for another installment. My guess is they will. “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon, and stars the voice talents of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Alfred Molina, Bonnie Hunt, John Krasinski, Bill Hader, and of course, John Ratzenberger.
- “World War Z” (2013) Rated PG-13, 116 minutes: Zombies, zombies and even more zombies. That is what you will get in this apocalyptic film about a retired United Nations worker (Brad Pitt) who is forced to scour the earth for a way to stop an immense zombie attack. Much has been made of this film since the novel by Max Brooks was released in 2006. Brad Pitt not only serves as the film’s star, but also as the headlining producer. With a budget estimated anywhere from 125 million to 200 million, let’s hope lots of viewers are still as obsessed with zombies as they were a couple of years ago. “World War Z” is directed by Marc Forster, who has proven himself as an accomplished director with films such as “Monster’s Ball” (2001), “Finding Neverland” (2004), “The Kite Runner” (2007) and James Bond’s “Quantum of Solace” (2008). Here’s hoping his successful career continues with this action spectacular.