Posted: May 17, 2011 by ksteets in movies
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Okay I know some big movies have come out in the past few weeks (Thor, Priest, Bridesmaids) but the summer movie season really doesn’t start until late May, which brings us to this Friday May 20th and we run through August. They’ll be a few obvious ones to check out below and some that I’ll warn you against without having seen. You don’t have to listen to me, if you want to throw your money at Kevin James and talking animals go ahead, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Let’s begin.

May 20th

It all begins with the fourth installment of Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise titled On Stranger Tides. For this adventure we ditch Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly and are joined by Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane as Blackbeard as Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush’s Barbosa try to find the fountain of youth. This will do just fine especially if they keep the story straight and to the point. Even Depp has admitted he had no idea what was going on in the last two films. Oh and there are mermaids. BONUS!!

Other blockbuster’s are steering clear this first weekend but the small Jodie Foster directed flick, The Beaver staring everyone’s favorite nutty Aussie Mel Gibson opens up this weekend too. Gibson stars as Walter Black, a broken man who can only communicate with his family and the outside world through a beaver hand puppet. Foster also co-stars along with Jennifer Lawrence and Anton Yelchin. Despite all the negativity around Gibson this past year, he’s getting great reviews for this role.

May 26th

Trying to capitalize on the holiday weekend we have a few films opening on a Thursday. The first is the sequel to the hit comedy The Hangover. In The Hangover 2: Hanging Over Harder, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galafanakis end up repeating history in Thailand. Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha and Mike Tyson all return also. I’m guessing what worked in the first one will remain in tact in the sequel. No reason to think this won’t be huge.

Another sequel opening this weekend is Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2. Featuring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogan, Dustin Hoffman and Jean Claude Van Damme. The sequel has Black’s Po and his animal ninja brethren have to stop an evil peacock from ending Kung Fu forever.

The next day on May 27th is the opening of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, staring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Pitt plays the father of three boys in the 1950’s. The eldest that witnesses a loss of innocence and is played in the present by Penn. Malick directed the amazing films Days of Heaven and Badlands in the 70’s and didn’t make another film until 1998’s The Thin Red Line. I’m expecting beautiful cinematography, scenes without much dialogue and a great film.

June 3rd

Only one big film this weekend and Fox tries to make us forget about Brett Ratner’s X-Men 3 as they take us back to the beginning with X-Men: First Class. First Class gives the origin of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, better known as Professor X and Magneto. The previous X films showed us that at one point these two were firends and colleagues, here we get to see how they met and apparently stopped the Cuban Missile Crisis. James McAvoy is Charles and Michael Fassbender is Magento. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones and Rose Byrne.

Some smaller films open this weekend also. The first is The Beginners staring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. McGregor plays a man whose gay father tells him that he has terminal cancer.

Also this weekend is Love Wedding Marriage in which Mandy Moore plays a marriage counselor who has to deal with her parents divorce. I got nothing for this one. Just figure I’d throw it out there for your girl to go see while you have poker night.

June 10

This day is owned by the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg/J.J. Abrams team-up Super 8. The film takes place in a small Ohio town in 1979 where a train crash brings creepy phenomena and weirdness and group of kids capture frightening footage on their super 8 camera. Friday Night Light’s Kyle Chandler plays the town sherif and father to one of the boys. The trailer for this is nothing short of spectacular. Brings us back to classic Spielberg flicks like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. mixed with Abrams’ mystery and fantasy. This is a must see. I’m calling it now.

June 17th

My most anticipated popcorn flick. DC Comics’ brings Green Lantern to the big screen. Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, the first human chosen to be a Green Lantern, an intergalactic unit charged with keeping order throughout the galaxy. British badass Mark Strong plays Sinestro, the greatest of all the Green Lanterns. Blake Lively plays Jordan’s boss, Peter Sarsgaard is evil scientist Hector Hammond and Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan voice Tomar Re and Killowog, two of the senior members of the Green Lantern Corp.

Jim Carey returns in Mr. Popper’s Penguins based on the book that I never heard of. Here Carey plays a family man with no time for his family and obsessed with money that can’t stop telling the truth, can’t say no to anything inherits penguins and changes his life around. blechh. I guess if you have a kid that likes penguins this might be good. Otherwise you’re skipping this dreck.

June 24th

Can’t miss Disney sidearm Pixar brings us Cars 2. Lightning McQueen and Mater return as Owen Wilson’s McQueen races internationally and Larry the Cable Guy’s Mater is mistaken for a spy. Also lending their voices are Michael Caine, Joe Mantegna, Cheech Marin and NASCAR stars Jeff Gordan and Darrell Waltrip. It’s Pixar, the only company to never make a movie that kids and adults can’t enjoy. If I was a movie studio, I’d want to be Pixar.

If Pixar flicks are somehow not your thing, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timerlake and Jason Segal bring us Bad Teacher. Diaz stars as you guessed it, a bad teacher who tries to be a good teacher so she can win the financial bonus at the school so she can get breast implants and get Timberlake’s geeky substitute teacher with an inheritance to fall in love her. The awesome Jason Segal plays the school’s gym teacher who pines after Diaz. I’ve seen trailers that look worse. Segal is great and Timberlake has proven he can be funny. This would probably be better with someone other than Diaz in it.

July 1st

The Michael Bay hyperaction Transformers series returns with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky as he helps his Autobot friends fight off the latest Decepticon invasion. This time featuring bigger bad guys, bigger destruction and no Megan Fox. Wait..What? Yeah, apparently Fox had enough of Michael Bay and vice versa. Replacing her is newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whose long hyphenated name annoys me but I’ll never say a thing because he man Jason Staham would kick my ass. Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturo return and joining the ruckus is Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, Francis McDormand and John Malkovich. I rag on these movies but they are entertaining. In the hands of a good director they could be great but let’s be honest, giant robots beating the crap out of each other is fun. Also I heard you can sync the movie up with soundtrack to The Wiz starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. It’s trippy!

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts team up again for Larry Crowne. Hanks plays Crowne, recently fired from his job at a box company, he enrolls in community college where he connects with a disillusioned professor played by Roberts. Ehhh. I expect more out of Hanks though he does direct this one. It might be worth a shot. Bryan Cranston, Taraji P. Henson and Fez co-star.

That’s it for now. We’ll be back in a few days for a look at the rest of the summer including our final Hogwart’s adventure, a first avenger, cowboys and aliens and apes….oh my!!!


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