One look at the slate of movies arriving in theaters this summer and you're like, holy crap I think I should look forward to all of these, but what the hell do I see and when?! With four months full of blockbusters sharing the big screen with smaller independent movies, it's often difficult to know exactly which weekends to look forward to the most. After all, you have summer vacations to plan and barbecues to host (and pool parties you pray you'll be invited to), so it'd be great if someone (ahem) would let you know ahead of time which weekend to completely block off for some good old-fashioned movie watching, am I right?
Of course I'm right! Sure, there are a lot of movies to look forward to this summer (I'd personally cancel plans the weekends Man of Steel and Pacific Rim hit theaters), but you'd be surprised to hear which weekend will actually provide the best quality entertainment for your dollar ...
Yup, you'd never think the very end of August would give us such great content, but in the case of 2013 that's changing. Here are the movies arriving that weekend, both in wide and limited release:
The World's End (wide)
This movie will arrive following a summer full of flicks about potential apocalyptic threats, but it'll be different in that Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) is at the helm, completing a trilogy of films (all of which have starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) that have been quick, sharp and ridiculously satisfying up until this point. You may be tired of watching the world end on the big screen, but you'll never tire of watching a new Edgar Wright movie. He's just that good.
You're Next (wide)
We've already sung the praises of this little gem, and we have no problem calling it one of the best horror movies of the year. Think Die Hard meets the home-invasion thriller and you'll be on the right track in terms of its vibe. From Peter Hall's review: "You’re Next is a wholly satisfying, distraction-free, thrilling horror movie that milks every red drop out of its premise, characters and presentation. To put it simply: miss it, and you’re missing the most entertaining American horror film in years."
More: 'You're Next' Is a Pitch-perfect Horror Movie
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (wide)
We can't vouch for the final product having not seen it yet, but on paper it's yet another popular teen-lit property being adapted into a summer giant. What we like about it, though, is the fact that a young girl (Lily Collins) is our hero, giving other girls out there a little something for them at the end of a summer full of loud, action-packed movies geared more toward loud, action-starved boys.
We've got the story about the martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee, and it comes from the great Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express). Expect a large bite to wash down its lush, gorgeous visuals.
Drinking Buddies (limited)
From writer-director Joe Swanberg comes this organic dramedy about where to draw the line between being a friend and being something more. It played like gangbusters at this year's SXSW Film Festival, where our own Peter Hall said: "Drinking Buddies knows its way around human intimacy better than most movies can ever dream of; it knows the value of personal space, what it means when one person invites another in, and what it means when it's violated. It's a deceptively insightful film about the sanctity of commitment, what constitutes a truly innocent relationship, and how people take emotional ownership over one another without consciously realizing it."
More: 'Drinking Buddies' Shows That Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson Are the Real Deal
Short Term 12 (limited, NY/L.A.)
This little movie about the goings-on inside a home for at-risk kids deserved all the big awards it won at this year's SXSW Film Festival, with a lot of it due to a great, star-making performance from Brie Larson. Short Term 12 is tremendous in the way it portrays the almost superhuman strengths and debilitating weaknesses born out of long-term abuse, and its emotional roller-coaster of a script is one of the year's best so far.
More: Watch 'Short Term 12,' the Short Film That Inspired This Year's SXSW Grand Jury Award Winner