Memorial Day kicks off the summer season and several movies are already out for movie fans like “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “The Green Hornet,” and “The Hangover 2.” However, these early summer movies are just teasing movie fans for what’s coming later in the summer.
X-Men: First Class, Jun 3
The fifth installment of X-Men brings the first big action packed movie to the summer theaters as Marvel Comics franchise explores the early life of Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. Set around the Cuban Missile Crisis, director Michael Vaughn intertwines history with the X-Men characters. With all the action scenes, movie goers will begin the summer on the right track. Rated PG-13
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, June 10
Based on Megan McDonald’s award-winning character Judy Moody, this movie will be a day trip for the younger kids with its PG rating. Heather Graham plays the teacher role and young actress Jordana Beatty takes the title role in a movie full of summer adventures for kids and parents to enjoy.
Green Lantern, Jun 17
DC Comics characters hit the screen for the first time and director Martin Campbell attempts to take the comic book movie race over X-Men. Ryan Renyolds takes on the lead role after his frat boy character in “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.” Since Renyolds has matured, Campbell hopes audiences can connect with him as a hero. If “The Green Lantern” proves to be as popular as other DC Comic characters like Batman and Superman, audiences will be satisfied. PG-13
Cars 2, Jun 24
Directors John Lasseter,and Brad Lewis take their original Route 66 epic “Cars” movie sensational real-life like character Lighting McQueen and company on a race around the world with stops in England, Italy, and Japan. The creative minds at Pixar will create a new batch of characters to supplement the American iconic cast audiences fell in love with during the original. “Cars 2” should take audiences for a ride well into July. Not rated as of May 30
Bad Teacher, Jun 24
Cameron Diaz reverses her role from “Something About Mary” since she is looking for her mate, Justin TImberlake. As one of the romantic comedies of the summer, “Bad Teacher” looks to be the top one with Diaz’s audience rapport and Timberlake’s upcoming star status. On the side, the movie shows how outside disturbances can keep teacher motivated to work or not work. Not rated as of May 30
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Jun 29
The third installment of the franchise looks to reign Independence Day weekend as it opens on Wed, June 29. Director Michael Bay makes a darker tone for the move and calls it “‘Black Hawk Down’ with giant alien robots.” As a fan, I’m ready for new Transformer characters like Shockwave and Sentinel Prime (voice by Leonard Nimoy); however, when directors start comparing their fictional movies to real life events, the entertainment value become lost in the political agenda of the director. Movies are for escape in the summer, not to reflect on the troubles of life. I hope the characters in this movie have more emotional connections to audiences like the first “Transformers” movie. PG-13.
Winnie the Pooh, Jul 15
Disney’s new version of the classic Pooh returns to theaters after four decades. The film has classic animations looks, unlike computer animated characters like Shrek and Pixars movie, which will reveal the classic art form to a new generation. Older generations will cherish with movie nostalgia they grew up on. Rated G
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Jul 15
The last part of the last book hit theaters nine months after part one. Potter fans have been waiting for over ten years to see J.K. Rowling’s vision come to the big screen. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, have grown up on the screen as the characters grew up in the book. Ralph Fiennes portrays Voldemort as he and Potter reach the final battle. Deathly Hallows 2, like the “Lord of the Rings:Return of the King” being the last movie of a series should not hold back anything and take Potter fans on a wild ride. Not rated as of May 30
Captain America, Jul 22
Marvel’s second comic book character movie of the summer opens a new frachise with Captain America, played by Chris Evans. Again, like X-Men, director Joe Johnston ties the movie characters around WWII. Samuel L. Jackson also stars in the movie, as any season movie fan knows, Jackson’s character will be larger than life. Rated PG-13
Cowboys and Aliens, Jul 29
The possible cult classic about an Arizona cowboy fighting aliens reminds me of “Tremors” with Kevin Bacon. The movie has all the possibilities of one-liners and filled with senseless B rate science fiction made only to entertain the audince. And, since July 29 begins the fifth weekend of Jul, what better way to see a rare event than to see a rare movie. Not rated as of May 30
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