The 2013 Summer Movie Preview – Part 2

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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!

July 3rd

despicable_me_two_ver3“Despicable Me 2”

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!


lone_ranger_ver2“The Lone Ranger”

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.


July 5th

way_way_back“The Way, Way Back”

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….


July 12th

grown_ups_two_ver2“Grown Ups 2”

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.”


pacific_rim_ver3“Pacific Rim”

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


July 17th


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.


July 19th

only_god_forgives“Only God Forgives”

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.


red_two_ver2“RED 2”

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.


conjuring_ver2“The Conjuring”

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!


July 26th

wolverine_ver4“The Wolverine”

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.


July 31st

smurfs_two_ver3“The Smurfs 2”

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”?


August 2nd

two_guns“2 Guns”

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?


three_hundred_rise_of_an_empire“300: Rise of an Empire”

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!



August 7th

riordan-s6-c10“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (no official poster yet)

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?


August 9th


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.


We're the Millers“We’re the Millers” (no official poster yet)

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.



August 16th

kickass_two“Kick-Ass 2”

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!


PARANOIA“Paranoia” (no official poster yet)

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.”



to-do-list-movie-poster“The To Do List”

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!


August 23rd

mortal_instruments_city_of_bones“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

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.


youre_next“You’re Next”

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!


worlds_end_ver2“The World’s End”

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.



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?



84 thoughts on “The 2013 Summer Movie Preview – Part 2

  1. Dude I managed 4 to mention and I am all about Despicable Me 2, Pacific Rim, Elysium and Kickass 2! The amazing thing is that I am usually a sequel hater but two for two is impressive for me LOL

    • Yeah, those four are all on my “high hopes” list, too. I have no problem with sequels (I save my vitriol now for remakes), especially when the first movie was really good, like “Despicable Me” and “Kick-Ass: 😉

  2. Man of Steel is naturally a very exciting choice for me. Pacific rim peaked my interest sometime ago and the recent trailer footage completely blew me away. Should be a good summer.

  3. I’ll be aiming for the theatres for Despicable Me 2 and Pacific Rim. I’m really intrigued by The Conjuring although all I’ve done is watch the trailer on mute. Yay to 3 weeks of no sleep 😉
    Adam Sandler movie is a no.
    There are few I’d see when they get home release: The Way Way Back, The World’s End, Lone Ranger. The Wolverine and 300: The Rise of an Empire and Elysium are on the maybe list. If we had to choose, I know my boyfriend would want to see 300 in theatres since he likes this stuff.
    Smurfs 2 is not appealing to me but I was excited to see the scene where they had redecorated on my street where they filmed in the trailer. haha!
    And here I go rambling on yet again…

    • LOL! I guess all you need are the visuals with “The Conjuring”. I hope its as scary as they say! 😀

      Adam Sandler movie is a HELL No.

      I guess if they filmed Smurfs 2 on my street, I might have a half an interest in it. But they didn’t, so… :p

      Dont worry about rambling, rambling is encouraged here. 😉

  4. should some fine entertainment late summer.

    For me some will be fun, some as rental, some are a miss…

    Popcorn fun:
    Man of Steel – (from Summer 1) is a flick I will definitely see; big fan of character
    Despicable Me2 – not my genre but too unique to ignore
    The Worlds End – can’t get enough Frost/ Pegg combo/writing
    Kick Ass 2 – #1 was entertaining
    Paranoia – very interesting premise and a bit of realism with corporate espionage
    Wolverine – fan of Jackman and this character
    2 Guns – must see Walhberg (Marky Mark) & Denzel; great supporting cast too

    Rentals or maybe theater visit:
    Only God Forgives – enjoyed Drive too much to ignore but might be rental
    The Way Way Back – Carrell has good eye for indies; Descendants was strong

    pass on films I did not already list.

    Nice recap. Cheers. 😉

    • That’s a huge list of potential theatres visits! 😀 It’s a solid summer, if you have 8-10 movies you have interest in!

      The two you have down as rentals may wind up as rentals for me too, unfortunately, with the whole “limited release” thing happening. 🙄

  5. They all look promising (especially Only God Forgives) apart from The Lone Ranger. I have no interest in that. Looks like Depp is playing one of my most hated characters, Captain Sparrow, again in a different movie.

  6. I can’t tell if Depp is playing Tonto for laughs or not. But I see he’s got his patented “walking off the edge of descending objects” trick going. This film could cause an uproar in native American groups everywhere even if done right.
    The Conjuring is the one for me. My brother Phil knew the Warrens and was involved with them briefly when they delved into UFO investigations. He always said they were smart, convincing and told the best stories. I’m pretty sure there are other flix based on their work.

    • I’m not sure. If you find any, let me know, I’d check ’em out. I’m a sucker for paranormal investigation stuff. 😀

      Meanwhile, yeah, I dont know what Depp is up to either. He’s pretty talented though, so I can see him pulling a rabbit out of his hat. It could all blow up in his face though, too, obviously. 🙄

      • Warrens worked on Amityville. They’re supposedly the only ones with photos from inside the house. I guess they had the “street cred” to be allowed in. To me it’s all hoakum but that don’t mean its not scary shit at the movies!

    • Yeah, well, they all look good from three months out. LOL 😉

      I think the front half has the ones with the HUGE upside, but obviously there’s some winners sprinkled in here too. The Conjuring, Only God Forgives, Despicable 2, you’ve gotta be looking forward to those, they definitely look like theyre going to be good!

    • Thanks Chris! 😀 I appreciate that. I think they’re pretty cool… they draw enough love from people for me to continue them on each movie season, so….

      I wouldnt go so far as to say those were “all I need”, but I’m looking forward to them. I’d love to start seeing a trailer or two for “The World’s End”, it’s getting to be about that time!

  7. Ohhhhh man… you know there is ONE movie all summer I am super stoked for. Cue the electric guitars!

    Living here in Jersey
    Fighting villains from afar,
    You gotta find first gear
    In your giant robot car!

    You … dig… giant robots!
    I … dig… giant robots!
    We … dig … giant robots!
    Chicks… dig… giant robots!

    da da da da da DA DA DA DA


  8. Some assorted thoughts:

    Despicable Me was a surprise for me, because I liked it, when I didn’t think I would. DM2 is in the same category I guess. I’m heartily meh going in.

    Lone Ranger. Yeah, maybe, but probably not. The strangest part for me is that all they’de really need to get me juiced for it would be to include the William Tell theme in the trailer and I’d probably be giddy. Without it? whatev.

    Pacific Rim is my most highly anticipated film of the year. Massively jazzed for this one. pleasedontsuckpleasedontsuckpleasedontsuck.

    RED turned out to be one of my all time favorite films from 2010. Loved loved loved it. Couldn’t wait to buy it, own it, rewatch it. I have nothing but good will for RED 2.

    RIPD – MIB – Undead division. Yeah, unoriginal, yeah high cheese factor, but maybe fun? It sort of likes like it could be.

    Wolverine – its sort of a religious obligation to see this for any comic geek, but my hopes aren’t high. I’m on record as not being a huge Hugh Jackman as Wolverine fan.

    301 I loved 300, but am filled with nothing but trepidation about this. It seems to me that this is Spartacus – a made for cable movie.

    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – I actually quite enjoyed the first Perry Jackson movie, although it wasn’t great or anything. It was just good fun, cheap fantasy. If this is more of the same I’m fine with that.

    Elysium is gonna be AWESOME. Way jacked up for this one.

    Kick-Ass 2 – Loved the first one, I’m worried this one will suck massively. Red Band trailer looks great though.

    The rest are probable dvd/cable watches for me.

    • Dont know how you could have a “meh” expectation level for DM2 if you liked the first one… I’m looking forward to it.

      I echo your pleasedontsuckpleasedontsuckpleasedontsuck on Pacific Rim. I hope its awesome. Big Del Toro fan… I wanna see him hit it out of the park.

      You can have my seat for RED2.

      Wait, how can you not like Jackman as Wolverine? That’s not making sense to me. You might as well have typed gfitqw;gfr;’ KWJEOPQJRJ

      I wouldnt worry about Kick-Ass 2. I need an opposite for the “Stinker Alarm”. The Kick-Ass sensor? Whatever it is, its going off like mad. That movie’s gonna rock. 😉

      • Generally speaking I dont get very juiced for any animated films. I tend to like them well enough, especially the pixar, but I usually have to get dragged to them.

        Meanwhile, whats your beef with RED? I thought that was great. Fun, funny, sweet, smart, cleverly put together, and Helen Mirrim completely stole the show. Cant wait for more!

        Meanwhile, completely coincidentally, my keyboard fried itself last night and started typing gfitqw;gfr;’ KWJEOPQJRJ all by itself! rofl! I almost choked. Did you put the whammy on my keyboard?

      • LOL. Fear my power!! Muah ha ha ha!!! 😀

        I dont know if I have a beef with “RED”, I’m just not in that “cant wait for more” zone. It was fine, it was fun. Although I was more a fan of Malkovich than Mirren as I recall… I’ll give it a shot, it’s just not doing much for me right now. I seem to recall being in that same place with the first one, too, though.

  9. Fogs, if you like “Pacific Rim” then you will have to watch the anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” The Eva fans are all nuts about this upcoming movie since the writer is a big fan, and apparently the movie features a few nods to it.

    Also, with “The Wolverine” – please be good, please be good, please be good.

    • LOL. I admire your efforts to convert me to an anime fan, buddy, but I’m not seeing any “series” in my future. 😉 Who knows, maybe. Maybe. Definitely a couple more movies coming. The next two Readers Recommend are both anime (after tomorrow’s) So be on the lookout…

      Meanwhile, yeah, I echo that on “The Wolverine”. Such a classic mini-series. Such a great character. Let’s hope they give us a movie that’s worthy of both, right?

      • Dude, it’s only 26 episodes plus a movie. Even you could handle that. I’m kidding, I’m kidding… You know, this buddy of mine, a major filmfag who loves every Classically Shitty movie ever, and is super into film analysis, claims the Evangelion movie to be the greatest movie ever made. And he’s not even much of an anime fan. It’s crazy. Just sayin’…

      • I laughed out loud at the “Dude, it’s only 26 episodes plus a movie.”

        If you want, you can throw it back in for the Readers Rec again, otherwise, I dont see myself investigating it buddy, just being upfront about it.

    • You know, I seem to remember that there was a Neon Genesis Evangelion movie in the works some years back. I think Peter Jackson’s name may have been attached to it. I’m wondering… was Pacific Rim a retooling of that concept? Because robots vs. aliens… I mean, I know that Evangelion’s not the only one doing that concept, but I don’t think a live-action movie ever got release, so….

      • Yes, there was a Live Action Eva Movie in the works, but it did get shitcanned. I suppose this could be a retooling of that. Or just an homage. Either way, there should be some good old fashioned robot-kicking-alien-ass action.

  10. I’ll probably catch Only God Forgives, Elysium, and Wolverine. That is, if Only God Forgives turns out to be more than Ryan Gosling killing everyone. Is there a plot there? But it looks really cool and I like the music.

  11. Huge error here – “The sequel that everybody wanted” about Kick-Ass 2? I’d rather cut off my own arm with rusty scissors than see the sequel to this nightmare.

    Lots of stuff I’ll see for the people involved here – Farmiga in The Conjuring, Idris in Pacific Rim and Rockwell in The Way, Way Back. Only God Forgives looks badass.

    • Ok, ok. You do HAVE me there. I suppose I should have phrased that “the sequel that an overwhelming majority of people wanted ” 😀

      Only God forgives DOES seem badass. Lets hope it actually IS badass! 😀 Figured you’d be interested in Pacific Rim for Elba 😉

  12. I was kind of hoping that Kick-Ass 2 would have made a fifth round wildcard pick on someone’s summer movie draft. It’s not gonna be a megablockbuster, but it could be a surprise modest hit. And while RIPD does look like a rip off of MIB, but MIB was a good movie, at least it’s not a rip off of a bad movie. As for the animated movies, One plus for Planes is that it was originally slated for a straight-to-DVD release, but I guess the studio had enough faith in it that they’re giving it a theatrical release. Also, one of my superhero shorts interviews who did an amazing Superman animated short by himself Robb Pratt, was the storyboard artist on the movie.

    • I dont know that Kick-Ass is going to wind up top twenty this summer, box office wise. The first didnt do all that great $ wise. I hope it will do well, but I wasnt going to roll the dice on it.

      Planes isn’t… doing any thing for me. LOL. Its a spin off of my least favorite Pixar film, and I still have the bad taste of the sequel to contend with 😦

      Cool you got to talk to someone who worked on it though! The perks of blogging, eh?

  13. Only God Forgives is my most anticipated film of the summer. Pacific Rim looks great as well. I’m always looking forward to Guillermo del Toro’s movies.

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