Thursday, April 29, 2010

Summer Movie Preview

Sorry for the long absence. I just went through a move which always makes me unable to do anything else for a few weeks, but I'm back now! And with May a couple days away, what better time to look ahead at what movies this summer has to offer.

Now, maybe I'm alone in this, but they seem pretty lackluster this year. Sure, there are a couple of movies I'm very excited about, but a lot of the biggies aren't getting me pumped. Prince of Persia, Sex and the City 2, Eat Pray Love....just not for me. Still, I've sifted through my Entertainment Weekly summer preview issue and picked out ten movies that, at least as of now, seem worthwhile.

Iron Man 2 (May 7th)
Summer movie season begins next week with one of its most highly anticipated offerings and most fun sounding sequels. Adding in Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke to the cast could make it overstuffed a la Spider-Man 3, but more likely this will be a straight-up good time.

Robin Hood (May 14th)
Despite word of a troubled shoot, all of the trailers seem to suggest a cool epic emerged in the end. Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe are definitely back in Gladiator mode, and that's something I want to see.

Get Him to the Greek (June 4th)
Usually this kind of comedy spin-off would go the direct-to-DVD route, but instead this is getting a high-profile summer launch. Since Russell Brand's Aldous Snow was arguably the best part of instaclassic Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I'll be seeing it.

Toy Story 3 (June 18th)
A great Pixar movie in the summer has become a given the past few years, and this year it will be Toy Story 3. I don't expect it to live up to Wall-E, Up, or Ratatouille, but it can fall below that high threshold and still be one of the most enjoyable movies this summer.

Knight and Day (June 25th)
I had pretty much written off Tom Cruise (and to a lesser extent Cameron Diaz), but after seeing the highly entertaining trailer for this spy comedy it looks like the comeback is in full swing.

Cyrus (July 9th)
With so many of the big blockbusters likely to disappoint, it's the lower-profile indies that will likely emerge as the best of the season. And early word says Cyrus will continue Fox Searchlight's streak of break-out summer hits.

Inception (July 16th)
Far and away my #1 must-see movie of the summer. Christopher Nolan's promised a Memento-like puzzler, but gets to do so with a post-Dark Knight budget and an awesomely eclectic cast. Can I buy my midnight tickets yet?

Dinner for Schmucks (July 23rd)
Between the Paul Rudd/Steve Carell collaboration and Jay Roach's first movie in what feels like awhile, this seems like one of the safer bets among this year's crop of comedies.

Salt (July 23rd)
I'm not much of an Angelina Jolie fan, but there's a reason this made Entertainment Weekly's cover. I figure this one will be too big to ignore.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (August 13th)
Michael Cera may be playing into his comfort zone again, but a guy fighting off his new girlfriend's seven evil exes makes for a pretty cool plot. Similar-in-my-mind Kick-Ass may not have exploded the way the buzz suggested, but I bet this one does.

So what am I leaving out? What are you most excited about seeing? Let me know in the comments.

No comments: