Summer 2013 to-see movies


With the recent string of winter-like weather and snow blan­ket­ing the Twin Ports it’s hard to imag­ine sum­mer being right around the cor­ner. With sum­mer comes a slate of block­buster super­hero films, sequels, sci-fi and many other promis­ing films that are sure to draw big money at the box office.

The sum­mer movie sea­son unof­fi­cially kicks off with the much antic­i­pated release of the Mar­vel super­hero sequel Iron Man 3 on May 3. It is Mar­vel Stu­dios first the­atri­cal release since last year’s smash hit The Avengers.  The film brings back star Robert Downey Jr. as the eccen­tric, bril­liant bil­lion­aire Tony Stark. Iron Man 3 also brings back Gwyneth Pal­trow and Don Chea­dle.  The vil­lain of the film, The Man­darin, will be por­trayed by Acad­emy Award win­ner Ben Kings­ley. Iron Man 3 is directed by Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black

May 10 brings direc­tors Baz Luhrman’s (Moulin Rouge, Romeo+ Juliet) adap­ta­tion of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s clas­sic novel The Great Gatsby. The film stars Leonardo diCaprio as the title char­ac­ter. The film also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mul­li­gan, Joel Edger­ton and Jason Clarke. Gatsby was orig­i­nal sched­uled for a Christ­mas 2012 release but was pushed back to its cur­rent release date. This is the sec­ond the­atri­cal adap­ta­tion of the St. Paul, Minn. native Fitzgerald’s novel.

After a few years of doubt and secrecy sur­round­ing the film, on May 15, direc­tor J.J. Abram’s much antic­i­pated fol­low up to the 2009 hit Star Trek will hit the­aters. Star Trek Into Dark­ness will bring back the cast of the first film that includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Salanda. The film is rumored to fea­ture leg­endary Star Trek vil­lain Khan.

Three major releases will debut in the­aters on May 24. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return for the sixth install­ment in the Fast and Furi­ous series titled Fast and Furi­ous 6. Also releas­ing on May 24 is sum­mers first block­buster com­edy The Hang­over Part III. The film returns the orig­i­nal “wolf­pack” of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis.  Also open­ing that week­end is Dreamwork’s ani­mated fea­ture Epic. Epic fea­tures the voices of Bey­once Knowles, Colin Far­rell and a host of other notable names.

M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi, post-apocalyptic film After Earth will hit the­aters on May 31. The film brings together father-son act­ing duo of Will and Jaden Smith appear­ing in their sec­ond film together. They were pre­vi­ously together in the film The Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness.

Com­edy duo Seth Rogen and Evan Gold­berg, the writ­ers of films such as Super­bad and Pineap­ple Express will make their direc­to­r­ial debut This Is the End. The film fea­tures an ensem­ble cast of com­edy vet­er­ans such as James Franco, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and oth­ers, all play­ing them­selves. The films plot is cen­tered on the cast of char­ac­ters fac­ing the apoc­a­lypse. This is the End is sched­uled for a mid­week release on June 12.

One of the most antic­i­pated films of 2013 hits the­aters on June 14. Direc­tor Zach Sny­der (300, Watch­men) brings us Man of Steel an ori­gin story about the leg­endary super­hero Super­man. The film stars Henry Cav­ill as Clark Kent/Superman and also stars four time Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee Adams, Acad­emy Award win­ners Rus­sell Crowe and Kevin Cost­ner. Man of Steel is also being pro­duced by Christo­pher Nolan, direc­tor of the Dark Knight Tril­ogy and other block­busters like the Acad­emy Award Nom­i­nated Incep­tion. This is the first Super­man film pro­duced since 2006’s Super­man Returns which received poorly by crit­ics and fans alike.

Disney-Pixar will release their lat­est ani­mated fea­ture on June 21. Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity will be a pre­quel to their 2001 smash hit Mon­sters, Inc. Billy Crys­tal and John Good­man return to voice their char­ac­ters Mike and Sul­ley once again. The film fol­lows Mike and Sul­ley through their col­lege years at Mon­sters University.

Also on June 21 Brad Pitt will star in the zom­bie film World War Z. The film also stars Break­ing Bad star Bryan Cranston.

The min­ions are back on July 3 as Despi­ca­ble Me 2 hits the­aters. The film returns the voice tal­ent of Steve Carell and adds notable actors such as Sat­ur­day Night Live vet and the star of Brides­maids Kris­ten Wiig and leg­endary actor Al Pacino.

Also on July 3, Dis­ney brings the leg­end of The Lone Ranger to the big screen. The film stars Armie Ham­mer (The Social Net­work) as the title char­ac­ter and Johnny Depp as Tonto. Helena Bon­ham Carter also stars in this film which is directed by Gore Verbin­ski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango).

Guillermo del Toro directs Pacific Rim, a sci-fi and fan­tasy film which is set to hit the­aters on July 12. del Toro also co-wrote the screen­play for the film.

The super­hero theme of this sum­mer con­tin­ues as Hugh Jack­man stars in The Wolver­ine which hits the­aters on July 26. Wolver­ine is a sequel the 2009 film X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine which also starred the Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee Jackman

The last two major sum­mer block­busters of the year will arrive on the big screen in early August. 300: Rise of an Empire will hit the­aters August 2. The direc­tor of the Acad­emy Award nom­i­nated 2009 film Dis­trict 9, Neill Blomkamp returns to direct the sci-fi adven­ture film Ely­sium star­ring Matt Damon and Jodie Fos­ter. Blomkamp also wrote the screen­play for the film which makes its way to the big screen on August 9.

The sequel to the 2010 sur­prise hit Kick-Ass appro­pri­ately titled Kick-Ass 2 is set for an August 16 release. The film brings back the major cast of Nicholas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron John­son, and adds com­edy leg­end Jim Carrey.

Other notable sum­mer releases:

May 31 Now You See Me
June 7 The Intern­ship
June 28 The Heat
White House Down
July 12 Grown Ups 2
July 17 Turbo
July 19 Red 2 
The Con­jur­ing
July 31 The Smurfs 2
August 16 Percy Jack­son: Sea of Mon­sters
2 Guns
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