The Gold Knight: Summer movies and saving moneyWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
There are almost 100 movies coming out this summer. Granted, this number includes documentaries and independent releases, which the Toledo area may never see in its theaters.
But there are 42 movies being released by the major studios, with anywhere from seven to 14 of them debuting each month, until Labor Day.
As an excited summer blockbuster fan, I’m sure I’ll want to see about half of the major releases, if not more, and maybe a few indies or docs. The problem becomes the money, a “cha-ching” sounding in my head for every movie I add to my must-see list.
We’re talking $10 on average to see each movie, not to mention concessions. For the 14 movies on my list, that’s about $140 (for one person). I enjoy snacks and ICEES just like everyone else so that will raise the price.
Luckily, to counter this unquenchable thirst to see all these blockbusters, there are some options:
- Our local Rave theaters offer discount nights, such as Bargain Tuesdays at Franklin Park and Levis Commons, making standard admission $5 (plus 3-D fees). So if I decide a movie is worth waiting a few days to see, this is definitely a great option.
- Going to see a double feature at the Sundance Kid Drive-In, 4550 Navarre Ave., Oregon, is also a great idea to save some money. And there are great concessions.
- Driving down to Bowling Green and seeing a movie at the Cinemark Woodland Mall Cinema 5, 1234 N. Main St., will get you less expensive tickets and great screen quality.
- Phoenix Theatres in The Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich., has tickets similarly priced to Toledo, but the company’s website offers free small popcorn coupons for each month. If you see a movie before noon, standard tickets are only $4.
While those last two options may not be the best for me, having to drive about 20 miles each way, those who live closer can take advantage of them.
Another way to cut down on movie spending is to not see as many movies. Based on trailers and/or basic information about the movie, here are my top eight movies to see this summer:
- “The Avengers” (May 4): The buildup for this superhero epic has been huge, along with all of the stand-alone movie characters (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, etc.). I plan on seeing this opening weekend, but if reviews come in negative, I may wait until Tuesday.
- “Men in Black 3” (May 25): The sequel may have been a dud, but I’m hoping this one brings back the style and flow from the first. The trailer tells us we’ll be going back in time to Agent K’s past in order to save the world. Can’t wait.
- “Prometheus” (June 8): In mythology, Prometheus is a demigod who stole fire and gave it to man. Zeus then punished him, until he was rescued by Hercules. This Ridley Scott movie definitely isn’t about gods, but when man goes exploring for aliens, what the cast encounters seems to be very “Alien.” This could be scary good.
- “Brave” (June 22): Disney/Pixar is back with an original. And we’ll see what happens. I hope the storytellers remember the heart this year. Set in an old kingdom, voices for this movie include Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters.
- “The Amazing Spider-Man” (July 3): Rebooting a series a decade after the original debuted is risky. But if it’s anything like the trailer, this reboot with Andrew Garfield amd Emma Stone will be a great way to spend the Fourth of July weekend.
- “Ted” (July 13): A movie about a talking bear, voiced by “Family Guy’s” Seth MacFarlane, looks like it could be a breakout hit. And it’s nothing near a kids’ movie. The bear is irreverent and has a potty mouth. I’m cautiously optimistic.
- “The Dark Knight Rises” (July 20): Blockbuster savant Christopher Nolan gives us his “epic conclusion” to his Batman trilogy. No new trailer yet, but word is it will be attached to “The Avengers.”
- “Sparkle” (Aug. 17): Whitney Houston’s role in this movie about the rise of a Supremes-like group set in 1960s Detroit could make for a very emotional performance and, if any good, an Oscar contender. “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks makes her film debut.
I am determined to get through this summer on a budget. Time to start counting my pennies.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com.