Summer Movies Guide

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

 

Everyone loves a summer blockbuster.

Whether it’s great white sharks, Jurassic dinosaurs, swashbuckling pirates or galaxies far, far away, moviegoers march to the movies when the mercury rises. Out of the 25 all-time highest grossing films, 22 were released between May and August. That trend continues this summer, with more than 30 movies being released with $100 million budgets. While many of those films won’t be worth your time or money (Cough, “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” Cough, Cough), here’s 10 movies that might pique your interest (in order of release date):

1. “Star Trek” (May 8): Won’t have to be a Trekkie to enjoy this one. The makers of “Lost” re-imagining one of the greatest franchises ever. Check out the trailer below:

2. “Angels and Demons” (May 15): 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code” was just so-so. Here’s betting that Ron Howard and Tom Hanks get it right the second time. Check out the trailer below:

3. “Terminator Salvation” (May 21): Christian Bale joins the beloved franchise to kick some machine butt. The Governator even makes a guest appearance. Check out the trailer below:

4. “Up” (May 29): Pixar returns with its 10th film (”Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story” franchise). Not even Tiger Woods can dominate his sport like Pixar dominates the animation world. Check out the trailer below:

5. Away We Go (June 12): John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Maya Rudolph (”Saturday Night Live”) travel cross-country to find a place to raise their family. All-Star cast of comedians/actors includes Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhall and Jim Gaffigan. Check out the trailer below:

6. “Public Enemies” (July 1): A new film from director Michael Mann (“Collateral,” “Heat,” “The Insider,” “Ali”). Johnny Depp robs banks and has sex while Christian Bale tries to catch him. Based on the true-life story of bankrobber John Dillinger. Check out the trailer below:

7. “Bruno” (July 10): From Sacha Baron Cohen, the man who brought you “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” comes an even crazier film. “Bruno” follows an overtly gay, Austrian fashion journalist who conducts outlandish interviews with some of the most powerful and unsuspecting people in the fashion and political worlds. It’s got a NC-17 rating, so keep the kiddies away. Click here to watch the trailer.

8. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (July 25): I can’t express my excitement. The trailer speaks for itself. Check out the trailer below:

9. “Funny People” (July 31): The third movie from Judd Apatow (“The 40-year-old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”). Adam Sandler joins Apatow’s usual cast members. Check out the trailer below:

10. “Inglorious Basterds” (August 21): Quentin Tarantino’s first World War II movie involves Jews killing Nazis, aided by Brad Pitt. What could be more fun than that? Check out the trailer:

Comments

Kelly
Anything that doesn't involve Tarantino
Bryan Dubois

Jason, are you a fan of Michael Mann movies? 

I am - but I can't get over how he reuses certain phrases and subject matter....sometimes he even uses the same songs.

Just as an example:

In heat, during the bank heist scene, one of the coolest Deniro lines was:  "We're here for the bank's money, not your money.  Your money is insured by the federal government - you're not gonna lose a dime..."  Mann recycles the phrase in this new movie.  Depp says, "We're here for the banks money."  It's funny because I recognized the line and said, "Gee, I wonder if this is a Michael Mann movie."  Sure enough.

Also, the parallels between Collateral and Heat were a little too much to take.  In Heat the bad guy's name is "Neil" and the good guy's name is Vincent.  In Collateral the bad guy's name is Vincent and the good guy's name is Neil.  It goes on and on....Collateral bored me after the first 20 minutes and then when we got close to the end I almost couldn't finish it.