Summer is officially here, like, for reals! Celebrate by escaping to an air-conditioned theater. (Hey, it's hot out there!) Here's the scoop on three flicks showing this Friday, June 22.
Pixar's latest offering tells the story of Merida, a spirited young woman with fiery red hair who rebels against her parents and tradition. When she ends up turning to a sketchy witch for help, she realizes one should be careful with what they wish for — and ends up on a journey to undo the curse. We know what you're thinking: This sounds exactly like The Little Mermaid, right? But, hello, The Little Mermaid took place underwater half the time... totally different.
Sexy: Independent young women
Not sexy: Evil witches
Verdict: Based on Pixar's track record — Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Finding Nemo, etc. — we're pretty sure this will be a surefire hit with both kids and adults. Take the little ones out for a fun night!
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
When the world learns that a fast-approaching asteroid named Matilda is on a path to destroy Earth, people take the news in stride, making every day casual Friday, for starters. Meanwhile, neighbors Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) team up for a quest to find Dodge's childhood sweetheart.
Sexy: Unexpected friendship
Not sexy: World-destroying asteroids
Verdict: Quirky, clever, and funny, this looks like a perfect match for popcorn, candy, and friends!
To Rome With Love
He's mastered New York City (Manhattan, Annie Hall) and proved himself worthy of the City of Light (Midnight in Paris) — now director/writer Woody Allen tackles Italy's capital, Rome. This dialogue-driven comedy consists of four vignettes following the complicated love lives of several characters. The all-star cast includes Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Allen himself.
Sexy: Falling in love in Europe
Not sexy: Cheating in Europe
Verdict: This rom-com, featuring Allen back on screen for the first time since 2006, promises to be witty and endearing — perfect for a first date with a new prospect or a hundredth date with your longtime honey.