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Summer Movies – Fun Times out of the Sun

May 10, 2010

By John C.

Iron Man 2 kicked off the summer movie season with a bang, grossing over 130 million dollars, over this past weekend.  It was also a genuinely good movie, which is always a plus.  But there are at least two or three new movies opening every week, each one vying for your time and money.  Here is just a preview of some of the ones that I think are going to be talked about.

At the end of this week Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is opening, and in a few weeks, there’ll be a new Shrek movie.  Shrek Forever After (May 21st), is likely to be panned by critics, but having quite enjoyed the previous three films, I’m looking forward to it none the less.

Also opening in May are Sex and the City 2 (May 27th), and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (May 28th).  Although they’re both opening on the same weekend, SatC 2 is guaranteed to be a smash-hit.

On June 4th there will be a new, raunchy comedy for adults, Get Him to the Greek, as well as one for the kids – Marmaduke.  And after months of being bombarded by trailers, Killers is also opening that weekend.  Which I suppose would fall into the romantic-action-comedy sub-genre.

On June 11th, there’s the remake of The Karate Kid.  Although it might seem needless, (why remake such a classic?), I’m still anxious to see it.  June 11th also sees the big screen adaptation of The A-Team, another film I’m quite looking forward to.  Also opening in June is Knight & Day (June 25th), starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  For me, the trailers advertise a movie that could go either way.

We’ll see the third installment in the Twilight series, Eclipse (June 30th).  Which, judging by the trailers, I’m expecting it to be about as good as the first two – a movie on the higher end of average that services it’s target audience just fine.

In July there’ll be M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender (July 2nd), the animated Despicable Me (July 9th), the sci-fi/horror film Predators (July 9th), Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (July 16th), the Paul Rudd/Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks (July 23rd), and Angelina Jolie’s Salt (July 23rd).

Not to mention the many release coming in August – Rob Reiner’s book adaptation Flipped (Aug. 6th), Will Ferrall’s cop-comedy The Other Guys (Aug. 6th), Julia Roberts’ Eat Pray Love (Aug. 13th), Michael Cera’s Scott Pilgirm vs. The World (Aug. 13th), and, like I said, at least one new movie a week.  I’m running out of space to reference them all here, so please check local listings.

But despite the whirlwind of blockbusters, no two films opening this summer have me more interested or excited than Toy Story 3 and Inception.  The first, of course, is Pixar’s much anticipated threequel, and the second being Christopher Nolan’s film of which little is known – but looks and sounds absolutely stunning.

Here’s to a great summer movie season of few disappointments, and many overall fun times at the movies.

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