Ok, everyone, here we go! The second half of the Summer slate for 2013! There’s plenty of big movies in store, and of course, a handful of DOAs.
Click through to check out the second half of this Summer!
Directed by: Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin
Starring (the voices of): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Al Pacino, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong
More Gru, more minions, more cute little kids, what’s not to look forward to? This time, Gru gets coerced into consulting for the good guys… let’s see how long that lasts! I’m looking forward to this, I really loved the first one, and I hope this one is just as good!
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson, James Frain
There’s a lot of strange here, to me. It’s a little strange to launch such an old property with such a high-profile film, it’s a little strange to cast Johnny Depp as a native American, and the trailer itself is a little strange. Still, Disney + Verbinski + Depp could = a huge hit.
Directed by: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry
Not a wide release, but this is one that looks really solid. Directed by the Academy Award winning screenwriters of “The Descendants”, this looks like a coming of age tale with heart and wit. Plus, Sam Rockwell, so….
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Taylor Lautner, Nick Swardson, Cheri Oteri, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi
As I said on TPMP, this movie is the answer to the question “Is there a God?”
Unfortunately, the answer is “No.”
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Willem Dafoe, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Diego Klattenhoff, Ron Perlman, Robert Maillet, Burn Gorman
“It’s giant robots fighting giant monsters, what else do you need to know?” – Guillermo Del Toro
“Nothing, where do I sign?” – Fogs
Directed by: David Soren
Starring (the voices of): Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson
Not entirely sold, but I AM a fan of Dreamworks Animation, so I hope they have a winner here.
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
The reunion of the “Drive” pairing of Refn and Gosling. “Only God Forgives” looks to be bad-ass, stylish and intense. With Refn at the helm, you know you’ll get a gorgeously directed film. Hopefully the pedigree involved is supported by a worthy story. Early lock for the blogosphere darling of 2013.
Directed by: Dean Parisot
Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Karl Urban, Neal McDonough, Anthony Hopkins
I found the first “RED” to be a decently entertaining, if forgettable film. Of course, in today’s Hollywood, that’s all it takes to warrant a second installment. The cast is great, hopefully they can elevate the mediocre premise and provide a fun movie.
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary-Louise Parker, Marissa Miller, Mike O’Malley, James Hong, Robert Knepper
“Men in Black: The Undead Division”. My knee jerk reaction to this is “Can’t Jeff Bridges find better projects?” I’m sure he has to play the game just like everyone else, and that lands you in some dumb movies now and then. This just looks flat-out bad to me, though.
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shannon Kook, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Steve Coulter, John Brotherton
Scary stuff! True story: this movie was given an R rating for no other reason than it was too frightening to be released as PG13. How’s THAT for a selling point! Let’s hope it lives up to its press!
Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee
Hugh Jackman returns to the role that made him a star. We’re due for a good Wolverine solo movie, so I have high hopes. The trailer looks good, but there’s still reason to be skeptical, too.
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Starring (the voices of): Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofía Vergara, Hank Azaria, Tim Gunn, Brendan Gleeson, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, Christina Ricci, J. B. Smoove, Frank Welker
If I thought the first “Smurfs” was shit, does that make this “Shit, too”?
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, James Marsden, Allie DeBerry
Bank robbery, CIA, DEA, that poster with them back to back with all the money flying around? Ok, you’ve got me… I’m in. LOL Denzel and Marky Mark team up to play cops and robbers, how can that not at least wind up interesting, right?
Directed by: Noam Murro
Starring: Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton, David Wenham, Lena Headey, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Callan Mulvey, Ygal Naor, Ashraf Barhom, Andrew Pleavin, Hans Matheson
Ohhh, boy. “300” was decent, but that was a long time ago now it seems. Not that I was ever clamoring for a
sequel prequel anyways… I guess we’re in store for more slow mo battle scenes, with lots of roaring. Only no Gerard Butler!
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Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwaitkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Robert Maillet
I’m not this movie’s target audience. But doesn’t this look dumb, even if you’re 12? If I have any 12-year-old readers, could you answer that for me? Dumb, right?
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner
Iron Man meets the caste themes of HG Wells’ “The Time Machine”. Big fan of Blomkamp’s first film, “District 9”, and of course, Damon and Foster are excellent. I have high hopes that this will be this year’s late summer surprise!
Directed by: Klay Hall
Starring: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Teri Hatcher, David Croft, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabriel Iglesias, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Brent Musburger
Please just tell me there’s no Mater. I can handle anything else except seeing that bucktoothed, redneck, dumb-ass tow truck again.
Directed by: Rawson Thurber
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Nick Offerman
I guess it’s too early for anything on this one, but it’s scheduled to open wide in mid August, so. From IMDb: “A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.”
So there you go.
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Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lindy Booth, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke
Sweeeeeeeeeet. The sequel that everybody wanted, but nobody thought could happen. Kick Ass and Hit Girl are back for more! This time they’re joined by a nearly unrecognizable Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. One of my most eagerly anticipated movies of the Summer!
Directed by: Robert Luketic
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Josh Holloway, Domenick Lombardozzi, Amber Heard, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss
Worth watching just for the pairing of Oldman and Ford, alone. Apparently too early for any marketing materials, though. From IMDb: “An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.”
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Directed by: Maggie Carey
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover
Aubrey Plaza stars in what seems to be a sex comedy, revolving around some kind of sexual “To Do List”. It’s not a good sign that this movie got bumped from Valentine’s Day. Maybe they thought the competition from “Safe Haven” would be too much!
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Godfrey Gao, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner
The latest entry in the battle to be Twilight’s successor, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is the first adaptation to come out of “The Mortal Instruments” series of Young Adult novels. Judging by the trailers, it has a certain Twilight quality to it, alright.
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Barbara Crampton
As if “The Purge” weren’t enough home invasion for one summer, here comes “You’re Next”! I give the edge to “You’re Next” though, because they have the scarier masks. And we all know that scary masks are the key to a good home invasion movie!
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
The acclaimed team of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite. In “The World’s End”, a group of friends gets together to relive an epic night of drinking they had decades ago, only to find themselves as humanity’s last hope. Given the track record of this trio, I’ll be eagerly awaiting this one.
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Well, there you have it folks! The second half of the 2013 Summer slate! There’s one other week left in August, but they’re not very high-profile releases. It’s always been my contention that the Summer Season stops mid August, so this is where I’m wrapping it up. We’ll cover that last leftover week when we get to the fall.
So what did you think of these? Any here that you can’t wait for? Any that look like total dreck? What do you think of the second half of this Summer as a whole? Loaded? Barren?
Let’s hear it! What do YOU think?