With Iron Man 3 opening this weekend, we enter the Summer Movie zone. Ah, the smell of popcorn and industrial-strength air conditioning… Big budgets, big stars, big plot-holes… Summer movies have crept forward from the traditional Memorial Day weekend starting point, because why, again? Because if they open something big the first week of May, it will sell.
Even if we don’t make it to the cinema as much as we used to, we’re still big movie people in Beemsville. And summer movies, with their explosions, effects, and fantastic settings always provide grist for the escapist mill, not to mention fuel for the snark fire. So here are five movies we’re pretty excited about and will most likely see…
- Man of Steel (June 14) – Zach Snyder’s reboot of the Superman Mythos has been getting good buzz for months. Really looking forward to this, with the kids along also.
- Star Trek – Into Darkness (May 17) – J.J. Abrams returns us to Trek. Enjoyed the first one a lot, despite it’s loopy time-travel flaws, and with hints that we may see Kirk v. Khan… We’re there.
- Pacific Rim (July 12) – Guillermo Del Toro directs a movie about ancient giant aliens being faced down by giant human-piloted robots. It may seem thin to some, but not for this old-school Godzilla-fan.
- Elysium (Aug. 9) – More gritty futuristic sci-fi from Neil Blomcamp (District 9). This one features Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. You sometimes get a good under-the-radar film in August, and we’re hoping this is it.
- The Internship (June 7) – Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson reunite as Wedding Crasher-esque con-men attempting to get ahead in the tech world. This looks like our summer comedy pick.
Here are five more movies that just missed the cut. We may see some of them, based on timing, reviews, word-of-mouth, and schedules. It’s just a little harder and a lot more expensive (with AMC monopolizing the local theaters) these days to get to the cinema.
- The Great Gatsby (May 10) – Really wanted to re-read the book and then take in the film. Baz Luhrmann directs, Leo DiCaprio stars.
- This is the End (June 12) – Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson (yeah, those guys) face the apocalypse.
- World War Z (June 21) – Brad Pitt faces the zombie apocalypse. If this is laid out like the book – a novel in short stories – it may be really good. We do face zombie fatigue in this country right now, though…
- Despicable Me 2 (July 3) – As a dad, I’m bound to see an animated film at some point this summer. I liked Steve Carell’s Gru a lot in the first movie, so I’m hoping for the best.
- The Wolverine (July 26) – Hugh Jackman dons the claws again, this time set in Japan and (hopefully) fueled by the original 80’s Wolvie storylines. This should be the Wolverine movie we hardcore X-fans are hoping for.