SUMMER MOVIE BONANZA!

The Summer Blockbuster Season is in full swing! Check out the previews of new movies still to come this summer!

There’s no shortage of films worth checking out this summer… the week of July 4th kicks off a bonanza of potential hits!Here are the ones we’re talking about right now… which ones we’ll see, which ones escape us, and the trailers to help you decide for yourself!

BLOCKBUSTERS
Are you a blockbuster movie kind of person? (I tend to think that more people are crying out for something a little less hyped than Hollywood would like you to believe, but perhaps I’m wrong, because these movies always seem to make huge money.) In any case, there are plenty of choices:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – July 3
Gone are Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst and in are Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as the web crawler and love interest.

The film pretends the earlier incarnations never happened.. it’s literally starting the story over again. (A somewhat surprising approach since we’ve seen ‘new’ Spiderman films as recently as five years ago.)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – July 20
The epic conclusion from to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy.
Batman is no longer loved by Gotham, framed for the crimes of another villain. But when a new terrorist leader assails the city, Batman returns to the public eye to make things right. (Don’t forget Anne Hathaway as Catwoman!)



SAY WHAT? (My category for ‘how else do I categorize these!)
MAGIC MIKE – June 29(Yeah, this just premiered but is in full force right now!) Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Mangianello and Matt Bomer star in this film about male strippers. Probably not a big date movie. Will this just be for the ladies and gay men? (Come to think of it, gay men don’t need to go to the movies to see in-shape guys…)

TED- June 29, (another one that has opened but is red hot right now!)  starring Mark Wahlberg and a Teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane. Despite the seemingly innocent plot line – a young man (who lives with an outspoken, talking teddy bear) is urged to end the roommate situation by his girlfriend (Mila Kunis) – don’t be fooled! This is an off beat, off color story that will have fans of Family Guy and American Dad rolling in the aisles from the irreverent, foul mouthed humor. But it won’t be for everyone! So be forewarned.


SEQUELS AND REMAKES:
TOTAL RECALL – (loose remake, out August 3) Colin Farrell back on the screen in the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1990.
The film is largely true to the original in many aspects, (although the settings change) – about a man who goes to a company that provides a unique service – turning your dreams and fantasies into real life memories and experiences in your brain. But during the procedure something goes wrong, and suddenly he’s on the run from police.

GREAT FOR KIDS
ParaNorman – August 17
a CGI film about an adorable young kid who has the ability to speak to the dead. He’s judged as an outcast – until zombies take over the town!
Funny and irreverent, adorable family fun.

JUST FOR LAUGHS – They might not be the biggest hits of the summer – but they’ll make you laugh!!
The Campaign – August 10th Rated R
This one isn’t getting nearly enough attention (Yet!) – Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in what may be just what the doctor ordered – a comedy about two North Carolina men with Presidential aspirations running against one another for Congress. It’s a satirical (but not so far fetched) look at what politicians will say and do to gain the favor of voters.
Ferrell’s character is seen telling every one he speaks to that they are the backbone of this country… from Factory workers, to farmers, to women, to tilt a whirl operators. He’s a riot – and well paired with Galifianakis!


HOPE SPRINGS – AUGUST 10
Okay, this isn’t going to be huge, compared to the big hits of the summer, but it will be a nice breath of fresh air from car crashes to see a movie with heart.
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a long married couple who seek counseling from a therapist played by Steve Carell. It’s hard to imagine with this cast this won’t be anything but funny and sweet.
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