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Some Movies to See this Weekend, June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015 Rob Samuelson

This weekend has something of a "the hope of youth" theme running through it. Stuff looks pretty snazzy, let me tell you. Let's take a look at what's in store for us at the movies, with summer officially upon us.

Inside Out
Directors: Pete Docter, Ronaldo De Carmen
Writers: Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias

If ever Pixar was going to shut down the, "Is Pixar over the hill?" discussion, this would be the time. The concept is fascinating, taking place inside a young girl's mind and starring a stellar voice cast as her emotions. The studio seems right in its wheelhouse.

I can't even tell you the conflict of the film, because I haven't felt the need to look it up. The setup is enough. It's psychological and silly in equal parts and the Emotions so perfectly cast that I'm already sold. The critical reception doesn't hurt, either. But mainly, this is Pixar. For all the flack they've caught for sticking to sequels in recent years, plus the critically lukewarm Brave, but that perceived downswing only came on the heels of one of the finest 15-year periods in filmmaking history where everything was, at worst, a notch below greatness.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Writer: Rick Famuyiwa
Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

Three high school friends in a rough area of Los Angeles struggle to fit in. It doesn't help they're academic nerds in a punk band and dress like they're on the set of some In Living Color-Saved By The Bell hybrid sitcom. This doesn't seem to be a movie out for "cool," but instead one about embracing one's outcast nature. These three get roped into a drug deal through apparently farcical means and spend the runtime making sure it happens so they don't get in trouble -- either with the dealers who expect it or with the authority figures they ostensibly need to move on with their lives, hopefully to the Ivy Leagues.

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