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Some Movies to See this Weekend, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 Rob Samuelson

This weekend, we're looking down the barrel of a decades later sequel to a beloved movie that already has a couple rough sequels. There's also a new indie release with the same pedigree my favorite movie from last year had. Let's see what's in store for us at the cinema, folks.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Writer: Jesse Andrews
Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

This movie won both the audience and jury prizes at Sundance this year. That's the same path Whiplash took to becoming one of my favorite movies of the decade. That's not to say this will give me the same reaction, because Whiplash is a very special, personal movie to me, but it's certainly an encouraging sign.

On a story level, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl concerns two teen friends who come together – with some cajoling from their parents – to help make a dying classmate's remaining days better. The only way they know how is through making bad amateur films. It could end up a tonal mess, but there appears to be a playful melancholy to the trailer that's intriguing.

Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio

There is no reason to believe this will be good. The Lost World is one of Steven Spielberg's worst movies, and while it has some fun B-movie thrills, Jurassic Park III – that's three claw slashes, not Roman numerals, thank you very much – is minor. But the original Jurassic Park remains one of the finest pieces of adventure filmmaking in history, which goes a long, long way in the goodwill department. The angle chosen for this fourth entry, with an operational park consistently packed with customers before something goes wrong thanks to people playing God, is interesting, too.

But of course, the main draw is Parks and Recreation's Andy Dwyer (you may know him by his real person name, Chris Pratt) hanging out with his velociraptor friends and going to fight the genetically engineered new bad dinosaur. After last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt has carved out a niche for himself as the modern Kurt Russell, now looking like a tough but playful – and extremely charming – good guy.

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