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
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