Sunday, May 5, 2013

Top 10 Films to Catch This Summer

The summer of 2013 is finally almost here, and it's packed weekend after weekend with some of the most anticipated films of the year. Although the month of May isn't considered "summer" it still heralds the beginning of the major blockbuster flicks this season. Other than awards season, (Golden Globes, Oscars, SAGs, etc.) summer is the time where film fans can finally enjoy some of the best, fun, action packed movies made this year. The past few summers have been filled with superhero flicks, so why should this summer be any different? There are tons of sequels, superhero flicks and comedies thrown into the mix. So sit back, relax and check out my picks of what to watch this summer.

10. The Lone Ranger It wouldn't be a summer blockbuster without the brilliantly talented Johnny Depp. The jack of all trades portrays Tonto, a native American warrior that retells untold stories about a man, John Reid (portrayed by Armie Hammer) on how he became a legend of justice. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter. The film opens on July 3, 2013.

9. The Wolverine I hesitated to include this in my list since, the last Wolverine flick was awful, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but being that I'm a huge fan of the triple threat Hugh Jackman and a sucker for action packed superhero films, I simply couldn't resist. Jackman is back in the title role, this time he travels to Japan where he comes encounter with a villain from his past that has the potential to influence his future. Give it a chance July 26, 2013

8. This is the End Emma Watson, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Baruchel, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, and Rihanna need I say more? This star studded flick centers around a party held at James Franco's house and all these celebrities have to try and survive the apocalypse. Everyone is playing themselves which should be interesting and hysterical. The film is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The comedy opens June 12, 2013.

7. The Hangover Part III Although the sequel wasn't anywhere near the original, this film has no wedding, and no bachelor party so the circumstances are a bit different which makes the film intriguing to catch. Alan's father unfortunately passes away, and the "wolf-pack" decide to help him with his mental issues, but on the way to the hospital, of course Doug gets kidnapped and the boys have to save him before it's too late. The film has the original stars, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha also Ken Jeong and Heather Graham reprises their roles. Be sure to catch this outrageous comedy May 24, 2013.

6. Kick-Ass 2 Aaron Taylor Johnson, ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are back to reprise their role in the action packed sequel of Kick-Ass. Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) is conjuring up a revenge plan that will affect everyone close to Kick-Ass. The film also stars Jim Carrey. Opens in theaters August 16, 2013.

5. Iron Man III Who doesn't love RDJ as Tony Stark? Robert Downey Jr, is back as the witty, arrogant crime fighter Iron Man. This time Tony's world is destroyed by a villain that goes by the name the Mandarin (portrayed by Ben Kingsley) and Tony must strive to rebuild and fight back before it’s too late. Opens in theaters today.

4. Star Trek into Darkness Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldena are back in this action packed sequel. Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to seize a one man weapon of mass destruction, after his crew of the Enterprise found an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization. The sci-fi flick opens May 17, 2013.

3. Monsters University This list wouldn't be complete without this animated film. Who hasn't been dying to see this? Billy Crystal and John Goodman lend their voices to their iconic roles of Mike and Sully again for this sequel. The film is more of a prequel to the original, focusing on their days in college when the monsters weren't exactly the best of friends. Bring your children to see this in theaters June 21, 2013 just in time for when school is out!

2. The Great Gatsby Anyone who knows me, or reads my reviews or articles know that I'm a huge fan of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, which I guess is mainly the reason why I listed this as number 2. Could there be a better actor to fill the role of Jay Gatsby? Absolutely not. The film is based off the brilliant novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and centers on a Midwesterner, Nick Carraway (portrayed by Tobey Maguire) that is intrigued and enticed by the lavish, luxurious lifestyle of millionaire Jay Gatsby. The film also stars Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher and opens in theaters May 10, 2013.

1. Man of Steel Another attempt to create a Superman film, but this time, it looks awesome. Henry Cavill stars as the legendary man of steel. The film retells the beautiful tale of how a baby is sent to Earth with extreme powers and poses as alter ego Clark Kent a journalist with an exciting agenda to always be the one to save the world. The film is directed by Zack Snyder and also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. Opens June 14, 2013

Bonus Film: Only God Forgives This summer Ryan Gosling stars in a drama centered on drugs, sex, and violence. Julian (Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club that is really a drug operation in disguise. After Julian’s brother is brutally murdered, his mother begs him to seek revenge and ‘raise hell.’ The film opens on July 19, 2013.

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