Summer is finally upon us! With this Friday’s release of “Iron Man 3”, the 2013 Summer Movie season officially begins!
The summer season is defined by big budget, high-profile releases, and this summer is no exception. We’ll cover what’s coming out in May and June today, and then look at July and August tomorrow.
Click through to check out what the first half of Summer, 2013 has in store!
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale, Ashley Hamilton, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany
What better way to kick off the summer than with a kick ass superhero movie? It’s at 90% in the early going on Rotten Tomatoes, so hopes are high that this will be another great adventure of RDJ’s Iron Man.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke
I’m looking forward to this. Great cast, great book, looks as though it’s been directed with style to spare. Will it all come together, or will it just be a silly spectacle? We’ll see. Wont have to wait long now though!
Starring: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson
Good grief. Isn’t one Tyler Perry movie a year enough? I guess he’s just “Presenting”, but that doesn’t make this movie look any funnier. At least Robinson is in “This is the End”, too. I would hate to think he was just wasting his talent on stuff like this.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Benedict Cumberbatch
Flashy. Slick. Action packed. I hope this film adds a bit of soul to the rebooted franchise, though, I’d hate to think it’s just going to be big, glossy spectacles. Still, the first was a fun film, let’s hope JJ and co. pull off the encore.
Starring (the voices of): Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Chris O’Dowd, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson, Judah Friedlander
“Honey I Shrunk the Kids” meets “Ferngully”.
Looks pretty bland, to me.
Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Joe Taslim, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Gina Carano
Wahhhhh Wahnnnnnn Wahhrhrrrrr. REEEEE…. Pow, pow, pow! [Diesel voice] You don’t leave family behind [/Diesel voice] Wahhhhhh, wahnnnnn, wahrrrr…
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, Heather Graham, John Goodman
The concluding chapter of the comedic trilogy. Some say good riddance, others are crying in their beer. Can we hope for a movie as funny as the first? Let’s hope so. When this crew is on their game, they’re hysterical!
Starring: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz
Two things give me pause about this movie. 1) M. Night Shyamalan, although his career trajectory is overdue for an uptick) 2) What’s with the dumb accents? *Sigh* Oh well, never underestimate the power of Will Smith, this is bound to be a big hit.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine
I have high hopes for this one. Love the cast, and the idea of crossing magic with a bank heist is fantastic. Is it too much to hope for that this turns out to be a slick, smart, entertaining heist movie? Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Dylan O’Brien, Rose Byrne, Jessica Szohr, Max Minghella, Aasif Mandvi, John Goodman, Will Ferrell
As much as I’d love to see this comedic pairing score another huge success, my initial impressions of this aren’t favorable. Sure, it could still surprise, but I have a feeling that it’s due to be a dud.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield
New excuse for a home invasion movie! Just add high concept! LOL Gotta say, the premise sounds ridiculous, and then when you get down to the nitty-gritty, this is just another movie about home invaders wearing masks. Hopefully it’ll turn out to be more than that!
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne
The movie that everything is riding on for Warner/DC. Will Superman take flight? This most recent trailer suggests “Yes”. Superman deserves a kick ass movie. Will this be the one?
Starring: Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale, Paris Hilton
I anticipate Coppola giving us a great movie here. This is perfect for her. Glitzy high life wanna bes turned socialite burglars? It’s the perfect opportunity to give a flashy, fun story with an underlying social commentary.
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, David Krumholtz, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
If nothing else, we’ll get an entire movie’s worth of celebs poking fun of themselves and each other. There’s no downside to that.
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Charlie Day, Frank Oz, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, John Krasinski
My only issue is that Pixar seems to be making sequels quite a bit these days, and I’d love to see them do an original offering annually. That said, who wouldn’t love to get another adventure of Mike and Sully? C’mon!
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, David Morse
WWZ sets off my stinker alarm. 1) It’s had a troubled production 2) It was pushed back from last Dec 3) The zombies in the trailers look ridiculous. Does this virus turn everyone into sprinters and longjumpers? It’s the Zombie Olympics fer godssakes…
Directed by: Paul Feig
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Kaitlin Olson, Tony Hale, Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport
I liked Bridesmaids quite a bit. Seeing Paul Feig putting out another female-centric comedy is good news, in my book. The first time I saw the trailer for this in theatres, I literally laughed out loud. I have hopes that he can get a hysterical movie out of this duo.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jason Clarke
Just as soon as they get the White House rebuilt (“Olympus Has Fallen”), they go and blow it all up again. I don’t know if I can take two movies with that theme within months of each other. The first was preposterous enough.
Well, there you have it, folks! The first half of summer, 2013!
What do you think? Some winners there? Some that you can’t wait to check out? Which ones look like this year’s bombs to you?
You know the drill, let us hear it! What are your thoughts on this batch of Summer flicks?!