As you can tell, there are more films coming out in the next two months than we have space to preview. Here’s a list of some under the radar picks that might just be sleeper hits of the season.
The Visit — Director M. Night Shyamalan returns to the horror genre in this found-footage scare-fest. Buzz factor: 3 (out of 10), because it’s been 15 years since Shyamalan made a good film.
Everest — Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and every other modern actor team up to climb the mountain in this adventure drama. Buzz factor: 6 (out of 10), because this cast is amazing.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials — The sequel to the young adult adaptation that was partially shot in Baton Rouge could be cool, if you’re a young adult. Buzz factor: 2 (out of 10), because I’m not a young adult, but “dope” (out of 10) for that crowd.
Sicario — Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) directs this crime drama about the escalating war on drugs. Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro star. Buzz factor: 10 (out of 10), because Villeneuve is seriously underrated, and this looks like another home run.
Hotel Transylvania — Adam Sandler doesn’t even try in Halloween-tinged cartoon sequels, either. Buzz factor: Only for the kids and masochists.
The Intern — Robert De Niro stars in a comedy that makes you weep at the realization that he once starred in classics like “Raging Bull.” Buzz factor: 1 (out of 10), because there will probably be a “You talkin’ to me” joke.
Victor Frankenstein — Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in yet another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s book. Buzz factor: 5 (out of 10), because the trailer does show some promise.
London Has Fallen — A sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, this will probably be a loud, overlong actioner. Buzz factor: 2 (out of 10), because the first one was real bad, y’all.
The Last Witch Hunter — The Vin Diesel renaissance continues as the bald-headed brute stars in a fantasy movie that’s been sitting on the shelves for a decade. Buzz factor: LOL, what is this? How do I even? (out of 10)
The Peanuts Movie — Charlie Brown and the gang come to the big screen in a computer-animated tale from director Steve Martino (“Horton Hears a Who!”). Buzz factor: 6 (out of 10), because this could go either way, but I want it to be better than cute.