Summertime is blockbuster time at the movie theaters. And that time is right around the corner.
Here’s a list of the 10 hottest Hollywood movies this summer:
The Avengers (May 4, 2012)
We’ve been getting teased for at least the last four years at the end of each Marvel movie, that Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D is putting the team together. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) band together in the epic fight to save earth from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army. The Avengers was written and directed by Joss Whedon. Now can this please be the comic book movie to end all comic book movies?? That would be swell!
Dark Shadows (May 11, 2012)
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton re-unite (for their eighth collaboration) in this adaptation of the cult TV show, Dark Shadows. Barnabas (Johnny Depp) broke the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) and is turned into a vampire and buried alive. 200 years later he is freed from his tomb and emerges into the world of 1972. He returns to his ancestral home, Collinwood Manor and it is inhabited by his dysfunctional descendants. This looks like it will be a good, quirky gothic comedy, circa 1970s.
Men In Black III (May 25, 2012)
After 10 years, the Men In Black are back for the third installment in the hugely successful franchise. Agent J (Will Smith) time travels to 1969 after he hears that Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) has been dead for over 40 years. That’s when he meets the younger version of K (Josh Brolin) and tries to save his life as well as discover the secrets of the universe that older Agent K didn’t tell him. Will the new MIB be funny? Undoubtedly. Does it need to join the seemingly endless parade of other cash-grabbing 3D movies? Not so much.
Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1, 2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman is a new take on a classic fairy tale. Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns that although she is the fairest one of all, there is one that is poised to surpass her. She must consume Snow White’s (Kristen Stewart) heart and achieve immortality. One little obstacle is that Snow White has actually been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Good casting with Charlize Theron, and the second blockbuster summer movie for Chris Hemsworth. It will also be an opportunity to see if Kristen Stewart can actually act, when she doesn’t have painful drivel for dialogue.
Prometheus (June 8, 2012)
The crew of the spaceship Prometheus sets out to explore an advanced alien civilization in search of the origins of humanity in the late 21st century. What they find however, is a nasty bit of business that may in fact end humanity. Brought to us by director Ridley Scott, Prometheus isn’t directly connected to Alien, but it is set in the Alien universe. Seeing a filmmaker return to a genre he helped define (Alien, Bladerunner), makes us a little giddy to learn where he will take us. The cast looks nice as well with, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba.
Brave (June 22, 2012)
10th century Scottish princess (of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson)), Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is determined to carve her own path. She defies an age-old custom and inadvertently unleashes chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric old witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. Merida is forced to discover the true meaning of bravery before it’s too late. Developed by Pixar, this movie uses 3D where it is most effective – animation.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22, 2012)
Adapted from the Seth Grahame-Smith novel by the same name, the 16th President of the United States is driven by his mother’s death to secretly become a vampire hunter. As it is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov, we’re hoping for much better results than Wanted! This is the first feature movie role for Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln).
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20, 2012)
The Dark Knight Rises is the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy. Batman (Christian Bale) returns to Gotham eight years after the events in The Dark Knight, where he took the fall for Harvey Dent in order to protect Dent’s reputation. Still considered a villian, Batman wants to defend Gotham City against the evil Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) and Michael Caine (Alfred) return to reprise their roles.
The Bourne Legacy (August 3, 2012)
The Bourne Legacy is the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise based on the Robert Ludlum books. Still in the Bourne universe, Bourne Legacy focuses on new CIA operative, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). His mission has been triggered by the events of the first three Bourne films. That means the movie isn’t a prequel, nor is it a reboot. It’s more like a side-story, continuation or expansion of the Bourne verse.
Total Recall (August 3, 2012)
This remake of the 1990 film looks slick and has a mostly awesome cast with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, John Cho and Bill Nighy. Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) buys an implanted memory so he can have a virtual experience that takes him to Mars. What he gets instead is a reality check that he appears to have undergone a previous memory replacement and may be a spy.
Overall, it looks like it will be a pretty entertaining summer of Hollywood movies.