Big Blockbuster Summer: 10 Hot Movies for the Hot Season

As a movie buff, I have to say the summer of 2011 is shaping up to be one of the best in a long time. With a number of great dramas, comedies, and family films, there’s quite a bit to choose from, and with some of the best blockbuster action flicks in years, I’ll be spending quite a few hours in the theater.

Following are the top ten blockbuster action flicks for the summer of 2011:

1. Thor

Having opened May 6, this PG-13 action-adventure film from Marvel Comics stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character and has plenty of other star power, including Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s father, Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Stellan Skarsgard as Professor Andrews.

Since I’ve seen this film, I can vouch it’s a perfect movie for the entire family, and blends great humor and action without becoming ridiculous.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

The epic final entry of the super-popular series that is not yet rated, Harry Potter is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 15 and will likely be one of the biggest blockbusters of the season. The conclusion is likely to shock many who haven’t read the book, but even those who have won’t miss this movie for the world.

Harry Potter is one of the most successful movie franchises in history, and this last sequel is sure to be just as good as any of the others.

3. Green Lantern

One of DC Comics most popular super-heroes is finally coming to the big screen as the PG-13 Green Lantern is scheduled to be released on June 17. Starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, with Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins in supporting roles, and looks to be a huge hit.

I’ve always been a Marvel Comics guy, preferring the more fully-fleshed characters of the universe created by Stan Lee and his buddies back in the ’60s, but I really do look forward to seeing this movie as I think Reynolds will infuse the character with the same depth Stan Lee did with their characters in the comics as well as films such as Spider-Man and the above-mentioned Thor. There looks to be a lot of great comedy blended in with the action, and the special effects look great too.

4. Captain America: The First Avenger

This is the one film I’m truly anticipating this summer more than any other. A PG-13 big screen production that takes the audience back to the origins of one of Marvel Comics patriotic character, it stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America), and is set in the 1940s during World War II and is set to be released July 22.

Other members of the star-studded cast include Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, and Stanley Tucci, and judging from the clips, this is a must-see.

5. X-Men: First Class

A prequel to the great X-Men series of films already put out by Marvel Comics, this great PG-13 super-hero action flick is set to be released on June 3 and stars James McAvoy as a young Professor Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as a young Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto).

Other cast members include Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggerte, January Jones as Emma Frost, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, and Oliver Platt as the Man in Black. Be the first in your class to see this film.

6. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The third entry in this series produced and directed by Michael Bay this PG-13 action-adventure flick looks to be just as good as the first two, and is sure to be a summer blockbuster hit. Starring Shia LaBeouf, it also is star-studded with Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, and Francis McDormand as part of the cast.

Head to the theater on June 29, grab some popcorn and a soda, and be prepared to fully enjoy a special-effects extravaganza.

7. Super 8

Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by J. J. Abrams, this mysterious action-adventure film looks to be one of the summers surprise hits. Starring Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning, this movie set in a fictional town of Lillian, Ohio will both shock and thrill movie-going audiences.

I, for one, can’t wait till it is released in theaters on June 10, and plan to purchase my ticket that night and head out for a good show to find out exactly what the mystery is all about. It seems like this could be the Sci-Fi action flick of the summer, and whether it breaks box-office records or not, will probably be one of the best.

8. Conan the Barbarian

From the looks of the trailers, this newest adaptation of the Robert E. Howard character will be a thrill-ride galore. As someone who grew up devouring everything Howard ever wrote, I was fairly happy with the adaptation starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones in 1982, but feel this may just be far more impressive.

Starring Jason Momoa as the title character, with Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, and Stephen Lang supporting, this not-yet-rated flick will be released on August 19. I am waiting anxiously.

9. Colombiana

This adult action-thriller starring Zoe Saldana looks like a female version of The Bourne Identity mixed with some classic crime-action flicks set in South America, and promises more action than most other summer blockbusters combined. Definitely not your standard family fare, this will give the average movie-goer quite a bit of fun.

With Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Cliff Curtis, Jordi Molia, and Lennie James in supporting roles, it doesn’t feature a star-studded cast, but will still be a hit if you ask me. Set to be released on August 26, I see this finishing out the summer nicely.

10. Cowboys & Aliens

This is the one blockbuster film of the summer I have mixed feelings about. Starring Daniel Craig (of James Bond, 007 Fame) as Jake Lonergan, with supporting roles for Harrison Ford as Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde, Olivia Wilde as Ella, and Sam Rockwell as Doc, this mixture of western and Sci-Fi themes could be a huge hit, or a huge flop.

The trailers for this not-yet-rated flick show promise, but also reveal it could be rather campy and cliched if the rest of the film doesn’t live up to the hype. Set for a July 29 release, we’ll just all have to find out, as I intend on seeing it.