The 2013 Summer Movie Preview – Part 1


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!

May 3rd

Iron Man 3“Iron Man 3”
Directed by: Shane Black

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.


May 10th

Great Gatsby“The Great Gatsby”
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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!


Peeples“Tyler Perry Presents Peeples”
Directed by: Tina Gordon Chism

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.


May 17th

Star Trek Into Darkness“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Directed by: J. J. Abrams

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.


May 24th 

Directed by: Chris Wedge

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.


fast_and_furious_six“Fast and Furious 6”
Directed by: Justin Lin

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Joe Taslim, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Gina Carano

Hell yeah!

Wahhhhh Wahnnnnnn Wahhrhrrrrr. REEEEE…. Pow, pow, pow! [Diesel voice] You don’t leave family behind [/Diesel voice] Wahhhhhh, wahnnnnn, wahrrrr…


hangover_part_iii“The Hangover Part III”
Directed by: Todd Phillips

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!


May 31st 

After_Earth“After Earth”
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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.


now_you_see_me“Now You See Me” 
Directed by: Louis Leterrier

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!


June 7th

internship“The Internship”
Directed by: Shawn Levy 

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.

purge“The Purge”
Directed by: James DeMonaco

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!


June 14th 

man_of_steel“Man of Steel”
Directed by: Zack Snyder

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?


bling_ring“The Bling Ring”
Directed by: Sofia Coppola

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.


this_is_the_end“This Is the End”
Directed by: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

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.


June 21st

monsters_university“Monsters University”
Directed by: Dan Scanlon 

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!


world_war_z“World War Z”
Directed by: Marc Forster 

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…


June 28th

heat“The Heat” 

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.


white_house_down“White House Down”
Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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?!

Daniel Fogarty


59 thoughts on “The 2013 Summer Movie Preview – Part 1

  1. Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Star Trek, Man of Steel…holy crap, May is going to be a freaking amazing month for movies! Going to have to go on a diet just to afford all these movie tickets! 😉

    • Well, technically Man of Steel isn’t til June, but I hear what you’re saying 😉

      On the other hand, you’ll have to eat a balanced diet and keep your energy up in order to make it through them all! LOL

  2. Something worth trying at least each week. I have low expectations for many of these (Epic, The Internship, After Earth) but something is bound to surprise. Unfortunately something is bound to disappoint as well, just please don’t let it be Star Trek or Superman, I want them to be great so much it hurts.

    • Especially Man of Steel. The bad taste of Superman Returns still lingers, for me. 😦 At least Star Trek has had a good movie recently.

      You’re right, bound to be surprises and disappointments. The fun part is finding out which is which!

  3. I am all about Great Gatsby Followed by World War Z and After Earth! Hate to say it but tired of the same old same cookie cutter comic book/superhero crap though.

    • I was tempted to have that be a Tossin’ It Out There topic, just to see where people were at with them (superhero movies) I know, personally, in spite of all my comic books, I’m nowhere near as excited as I used to be. They’re commonplace now, you know? *O

      I’m looking forward to Gatsby, too. WWZ not so much 😦

  4. Another summer of sequels and remakes. Oh well. A couple of things struck me, it looks like the summer Emma Watson comes out of Hogwarts, could be good. Gatsby, or as I call it “Can’t Buy Me Love”! Why bother. At least in the 70’s when Redford was Gatsby, a whole generation was alive that had read the book. Not so now I fear. If they start singing ala “Moulin Rouge” it’s all over. As for Iron Man, Star Trek and Superman—-same old, same old!

    • Well, then, sounds like this summer has nothing to offer you. LOL Emma Watson is definitely getting her share of roles, wouldnt be surprised at all if she’s the big winner out of the Potter kids.

      I think Gatsby still carries a name, I’m sure its still being taught in highschools across the country… I doubt they’ll be singing, but we might get suffocated with style anyways!

  5. My most waited film are probably The Great Gatsby, FF6 and Man of steel.
    Star Trek is out here next week, it should be pretty awesome too.

    • Huh. You’re getting Star Trek a week earlier? That’s not cool! 😮 I wanna go!

      I have hopes for all of those films in different measures. I really hope “Man of Steel” delivers, there’s a lot riding on it!!

  6. I have preset movie dates with either my boyfriend or my best friend to check out Ironman 3, Fast 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness. However, there are some potentially good ones that I’m anticipating: Bling Ring, Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, The Heat all seem amazing. I’m a bit not sure about how World War Z, Monster’s University, Man of Steel will go. I’m not totally big on sequels for Pixar..the only ones I’ve really liked are Toy Story. And Henry Cavill hasn’t really done that many great movies….

    The ones I won’t see: Hangover Part III and The Internship. I can’t do anymore Vince Vaughn…

    BTW, LOVE your summary of Fast 6! I’d say thats the perfect description 🙂

    • LOL I had a little fun there, Kim. I couldnt help it 😀

      I’m with you on WWZ. All the warning signs are there. I still hold faint hopes for Hangover III and the Internship, but mainly due to other previous movies, not from anything I’m seeing. Bling Ring, Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, and The Heat all have great upsides, let’s see if any of them can pay off!

  7. I wasn’t going to see Iron Man, since I haven’t even seen the second one, but all of my friends are going at midnight so I’m going too! It better be good because I am not a night person. So yeah, they are slowing converting me into a superhero fan. Watched x-men first class this weekend and Capt. America yesterday. It’s crazy! So along those lines, I’ll most likely be seeing Man of Steel too.
    The one I’m most excited for is STID, definitely. Love the first movie, I feel like it’s been so long since it came out! Can’t wait to see those characters again!
    I’m a bit wary of Gatsby. That’s one of my favorite books of all time, and I’m sort of inclined to be a purist when it comes to movie adaptations. Still, I think DiCaprio should be good at least, and I like Cary Mulligan too. I’ll probably also see The Bling Ring, and Now You See Me is a possibility too. Looks kind of cool.
    Also really excited for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing!!! I haven’t watched any Shakespeare in a while, and it’s just cool that it’s Whedon Shakespeare.I was so surprised when I first heard about it!

    • Pretty sure you’ll do fine with IM3 without having seen IM2. 😉

      Sounds like you’ve been on a real superhero kick, maybe you should have had it be Superhero month over at SotP!

      I’m hoping Gatsby is good… I trust the cast. The trailers look… ineteresting. So let’s see. It’s got a good chance.

      Whedon/Shakespeare does not appeal to me. LOL 🙄

      • Yeah tell me about it. That’s the downside with planning stuff so far in advance. 😦
        Yeah, it’s not for everyone. I’m hopping it’ll be good though! I actually have read the play and I thought it was pretty funny. To each his own 🙂

  8. Reading your capsule preview of F&F6 lowered my IQ by 6 points. That almost puts me in the target audience for that film.

    and yet… and yet…

    *vroom vroom vroom budda budda budda SCREEEEE! VROOM!*


    Looking forward to seeing a bunch of these, and looking forward to avoiding a bunch of these as well. Star Trek is probably my most highly anticipated film, and WWZ my least.

    • Hah!! You know you wanna watch F&F6 cmon now! Who doesnt? Wahhhnnn Wahhhhrrrr Wahnnnnnn…. 😀 LOL

      Yeah, I’m not looking forward to WWZ either. I like Pitt, he’s great. But if they violate the rules of zombies like this, then I do not forgive. 😦

  9. Yeah I won’t be seeing The Great Gatsby unless I’m heavily drugged, that trailer almost gave me a seizure. But I’m looking forward to The Bling Ring, it looks awesome.

    • LOL! That’s funny. Can I convince you to watch it and then mock it for us then? I bet that that would be great. 😀

      Bling Ring does look good. I bet Coppola delivers on its promise, too. 😉

  10. “Now You See Me” wasn’t on my radar but the trailer actually looked pretty good. Let’s hope it doesn’t suck! Looking forward to Gatsby & Star Trek 2 in the next couple of weeks!

  11. I think it’s pretty obvious which movies I’m looking forward to. 🙂 I don’t quite get the hate for Epic, and they got shrunk in Ferngully as well. Don’t forget about Arthur and the Invisibles… I don’t think I’m helping my case any. I’m with you on Now You See Me, it looks pretty slick.

    • Yeah, I hope “Now You See Me” pulls it off, that’s a great cast, I hope the film takes advantage.

      I think the deal with “Epic” is that the animation looks flat – to me at least. Just isn’t doing it for me. And however many movies we can reference, it just doesn’t feel original, or new. So, those things combined = bleh.

      And yeah, there’s a few superhero flicks out there for you. Another coming in the fall, too!

  12. Dang, his summer looks pretty stacked already, and this is only the first of two posts on upcoming summer movies, lol. 😄

    • It’s true. This is the stronger of the two halves, though, trust me. LOL 🙄 There’s a few in the second half, certainly, but the summer season is definitely front loaded!

    • Yeah, you’re definitely on the record as the number one fan of the first Star Trek, and I know you’re really looking forward to this one. I hope it turns out well for you Ash, I really do 😉

      Pacific Rim is one that I’m really stoked for, myself, I’ve seen Del Toro talking about it twice now, and that kind of creates a bond if you will. I really really hope that it kicks ass. 😀

      • If there’s somebody who loves the first J.J. Abrams Trek film more than me, I haven’t met them yet. 😉 My friends and I have already pre-bought our tickets for a fan sneak peek showing. Hopefully it will be as good as it looks!

  13. The slate of movies on hand should make it one of the biggest in years. There are a lot of potential blockbusters. As many as 20 movies could cross the $100 million mark in the U.S.

    • I hope it winds up delivering Mark. Box office success isnt always tied to quality, but its a good sign at least. And I’m up for a good summer season, especially seeing as the year got off to such a slow start. 😦

  14. Several good films in the pipeline here: Superman, FF6(turn off brain and have a blast; I’m down), IM3, STID leading the pack with Now You See Me as a possible surprise contender; others could be strong too like The Heat. Nice overview. 🙂
    [don’t know if I qualify for Tank’s “douchebag doublefeature”- maybe just1 ;-)]

    • LOL! The Douchebag Double Feature… Heh. That was so insulting to me! 😀 I was like wait a minute… I want to see BOTH of those!!

      Thanks, S, I’m looking forward to those movies, too. Let’s hope “Now You See Me” surprises us in a GOOD way! 😉

    • Yeah, “Slow Start” is right. More like a crawl LOL 🙄

      The summer does look pretty loaded though, I hope they all turn out to be good. I’m excited for the movies you list, as well!

  15. Your write-up of “Fast and Furious 6” was easily the highlight of this post. LOL. And also, how can you not be pumped for “White House Down?” It’s C-Tates! Come on!

    • LOL. I know, right? After 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike last year, I should be pumped up for whatever he’s in. LOL. I dunno, I’d be a lot more excited about it if I hadnt just seen a White House invasion movie 6 weeks ago. 🙄

      And thank you, I worked hard on that FF6 blurb. I wanted something that would capture the essence of the franchise and express my excitement for it. 😀

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