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Summer Cinema that Really Sings

 

By Todd Camp

We’ve had some unseasonably cool days so far this summer, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been heating up at the box office. Summer’s onscreen offerings have run the gamut from big-budget, giant monster/robot films like Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction to goofy comedies like Tammy and 22 Jump Street. Recent tent pole films like Marvel’s comic book space-opera Guardians of the Galaxy or Scarlett Johansson’s mind-bending actioner Lucy are continuing to earn audience buzz, but some of the Turtle Creek Chorale members we talked to have their own picture picks in mind.

“Maleficent has been my favorite movie so far,” Tri Truong admits. “I’m a little partial to Angelina Jolie, but really it’s because it’s interesting to see Maleficent’s side of the story, like how Wicked is to the Wizard of Oz. The movie was just beautifully done. I wouldn’t mind living in a world like that.”

Andre Cruz was taken with Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater’s quiet, yet engrossing Boyhood, a 12-years-in-the-making drama which allows audiences to literally grow up with young newcomer Ellar Coltrane. “I think the acting can lose some consistency when you use different actors at different ages, especially children,” Andre says. “I think being male, it also stirred up memories of my own boyhood.”

For Brian Carey, he was all about the DVD release of Spike Jonze’s Her: “Great acting, great visuals and topics. There were themes that made me think, with no judgment on whether those topics or themes were good or bad, right or wrong,” he says. “I like exploring gray areas.”

Marcus Overton was excited about another DVD offering, Easy A. “I loved that movie with a passion, “ he says. The film centers on Emma Stone’s average high school student whose life is overturned thanks to a few well-placed sexual rumors within the school grapevine. “I related really, really heavily to it,” Overton says.

Eric Ramsey was all about Pompeii on DVD right now, saying he loved “epic settings and historical dramas.” But he was also looking forward to Hercules and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

See you at the concession stand.