Movies: Summer 2024

Monarch Movie Recommendations

BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE
Director: Adil El Arbi &Amp; Bilall Fallah Starring: Will Smith And Martin Lawrence

Bad Boys: Ride or Die delivers a high-octane thrill ride that fans of the franchise have been craving. With Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, the film packs the same explosive action and buddy cop chemistry that made the previous installments so beloved. The movie kicks off with a bang as the duo finds themselves embroiled in a dangerous case involving a ruthless drug cartel. From there, it’s non-stop adrenaline as Mike and Marcus race against the clock to take down the criminals and save the day. While the plot may feel familiar to fans of the series, Bad Boys: Ride or Die injects enough new twists and turns to keep things fresh. The action sequences are bigger and more explosive than ever, with the directors pulling out all the stops to deliver jaw-dropping set pieces that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

Of course, the heart of the film lies in the dynamic between Smith and Lawrence. Their banter is as sharp as ever, providing plenty of laughs amid the chaos. But Bad Boys: Ride or Die also allows the characters to evolve, delving deeper into their personal lives and relationships in a way that adds emotional depth to the story. Overall, Bad Boys: Ride or Die is a worthy addition to the franchise that delivers everything fans could ask for and more. With its explosive action, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartfelt moments, it’s a must-see for anyone who loves a good buddy cop movie.

A QUIET PLACE: DAY ONE
Director: Michael Sarnoski Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Djimon Hounsou, And Alex Wolff

A Quiet Place: Day One dives back into the terrifying world of silent survival, delivering a gripping prequel that explores the origins of the deadly creatures and the early days of the apocalypse. Written by John Krasinski, who reprises his role as Lee Abbott in flashback sequences, the film delivers a fresh perspective while maintaining the tension and atmosphere that made the original a hit.

Set before the events of the first film, A Quiet Place: Day One follows the Abbott family as they navigate the early days of the alien invasion. Krasinski and Emily Blunt, returning as Evelyn Abbott, anchor the story with their compelling performances, portraying a family struggling to survive in a world where even the slightest noise could mean death. The film introduces new characters, including Djimon Hounsou as a hardened survivor, who add depth and complexity to the narrative. The suspense is palpable as the characters face off against the relentless creatures, with each encounter ratcheting up the tension to heart-pounding levels.

Sarnoski’s direction is masterful, building tension through expertly crafted suspense sequences and breathtaking visuals. The sound design is once again a standout, with every creak and rustle serving as a reminder of the constant danger lurking just out of sight. But what sets A Quiet Place: Day One apart is its emotional depth. Amid the scares and thrills, the film explores themes of family, sacrifice, and resilience, grounding the story in a relatable and humanistic core.

Overall, A Quiet Place: Day One is a worthy addition to the franchise that expands the mythology while delivering plenty of scares and emotional resonance. It’s a must-see for fans of the original and anyone who loves a good thriller.

SING SING
Director: Greg Kwedar Starring: Colman Domingo And Clarence Maclin

Sing Sing offers a delightful escape into the vibrant world of music and dreams, delivering a heartwarming story that will leave audiences singing along and tapping their toes. Directed by a newcomer to the scene, the film boasts an ensemble cast of talented performers who bring their characters to life with infectious energy and charm. Set in a bustling city where animals and humans coexist, Sing Sing follows the journey of a young koala named Joey, who dreams of becoming a singing sensation. When he discovers a singing competition with a life-changing prize, Joey teams up with a motley crew of fellow contestants, each with their own hopes and dreams, to compete for the chance of a lifetime.

The film is a visual feast, with stunning animation that brings the colorful world of Sing Sing to life in all its glory. From the bustling streets to the glittering stage of the singing competition, every frame is bursting with detail and imagination. But what truly sets Sing Sing apart is its infectious soundtrack featuring a mix of original songs and beloved classics that will have audiences singing along from start to finish. Whether it’s a toe-tapping pop number or a soulful ballad, each song is expertly crafted and performed with passion and flair.

At its core, Sing Sing is a celebration of the power of music to inspire, unite, and uplift. It’s a feel-good film that reminds us to chase our dreams, embrace our talents, and never give up hope, no matter the odds. Sing Sing is a joyful and uplifting cinematic experience that will leave audiences of all ages smiling and tapping their feet. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves music, animation, and the magic of storytelling.

SOUND OF HOPE: THE STORY OF POSSUM TROT
Director: Joshua Weigel Starring: Nika King, Demetrius Grosse

Inspired by the powerful true story, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot follows Donna and Reverend Martin as they ignite a fire in the hearts of their rural church to embrace kids in the foster system that nobody else would take. By doing the impossible—adopting 77 children—this East Texas community proved that with real, determined love, the battle for America’s most vulnerable can be won. The film is directed by Joshua Weigel, known for his work on The Butterfly Circus, and written and produced by Joshua and Rebekah Weigel, the creative minds behind the same project.

Through Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot, the filmmakers aim to shed light on the foster care crisis and inspire others to take action and make a difference in the lives of children everywhere. Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot not only raises awareness about the challenges within the foster care system but also serves as a call to action, encouraging viewers to get involved and make a positive impact in their communities. With its powerful message and compelling storytelling, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot is a film that will touch hearts and inspire change.

MY OLD ASS
Director: Megan Park Starring: Maisy Stella, Aubrey Plaza, And Percy Hynes White

My Old Ass has received glowing reviews thanks to stellar performances from its lead as well as the whip-smart script. The film follows bright-yet-irreverent Elliott (Stella) the summer before college as she comes face to face with her older self (Plaza) during a mushroom trip. The encounter spurs a funny and heartfelt journey of self-discovery and first love as Elliott prepares to leave her childhood home. While Elliot dips her toe in the waters of first love throughout the movie, her relationships with family members and friends are equally as significant to her journey. Stella’s real-life friends, Kerrice Brooks and Maddie Ziegler, join her on screen, and the trio are a delight to watch in every scene. But the secret sauce of the movie is, of course, the strange chemistry between Stella and Plaza and younger and older Elliot.