2013 Summer Movie Preview!

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Is it really that time of year again already? It doesn’t seem long ago that The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises had one of the biggest box office battles in cinema history. After 2012’s historic summer at the movies, how could 2013 be any better? Well, we’ve got sequels, sci-fi extravaganzas, animated crowd pleasures, zombies, indies, two end of the world comedies, and of course…SUPERHEROES! As for all our season previews, we will pick the five movies you shouldn’t miss from each month. Here’s the movies you won’t want to miss this summer.

 

May:

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It doesn’t get more epic than this. When a teenage girl gets shrunken down to the size of a bug, she learns that there are armies fighting an age-old war. The animation in the trailers is beautiful, and coming from the creators of Ice Age, this film could deliver the same family entertainment that the prehistoric guys have for over a decade. (May 24)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/?ref_=sr_14. The Great Gatsby

Does it look like the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel? No. Are we going to see it anyway? Yes. But Leonardo DiCaprio has potential to be a great Gatsby. And the visual style is undeniably gorgeous, even if it isn’t very Great GatsbyWho knows? Maybe it’s just been marketed poorly and will be just like the novel. Maybe. (May 10)

 

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The first big indie release of the summer, this film follows the true story of Richard Kuklinski, one of the most ruthless mob hitmen in history. Who better to tackle this role than Michael Shannon? But the cast doesn’t stop there. Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, and James Franco also star in this dark tale. This isn’t a popcorn movie. (May 3)

 

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So how do you follow The Avengers? Well, when Joss Whedon saw an early cut of this film, he responded like this “Now what am I supposed to do now? What am I going to do in Avengers 2?”. The threequel sees Tony Stark finally facing off against his comic book nemesis, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. (May 3)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408101/?ref_=sr_11. Star Trek Into Darkness

This is my most anticipated movie of summer 2013. J.J. Abrams broke a ton of geeks’ brains when it was announced he was directing Star Wars Episode VII. But first he must finish up the sequel to 2009’s excellent Star Trek reboot, and boy does it look good. The brilliant cast of the reboot is joined by Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain. (IMAX: May 15; Everywhere: May 17)

 

 

June:

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Zombie movies aren’t usually summer fare, but so few of them are based on best-selling novels. Brad Pitt stars in this epic zombie apocalypse directed by Marc Forster. The trailers have effectively proved the scope of the film, showing hundreds of zombies clamoring over each other to get to the living. Definitely one to keep an eye out for. (June 21)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245492/?ref_=sr_14. This is the End

Here’s a film that shows a different side of the end of the world. When a bunch of celebrities go to James Franco’s house for a party, the world just happens to end, leaving Hollywood in shambles. You’ll get to see stars like Michael Cera and Rihanna hilariously killed off, while Emma Watson robs James Franco’s house. It’s that kind of movie. (June 12)

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1453405/?ref_=sr_23. Monsters University

Pixar’s summer release this year is a prequel to 2001’s Monsters Inc. that finds Mike and Sully in college. With Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprising their classic roles, this prequel is sure to have more than a few fun moments. Plus, I really want to see how Pixar handles college hijinks. (June 21)

 

Photo Credit: http://perezhilton.com/2013-04-11-bling-ring-teaser-poster-shades-sunglasses-emma-watson#.UWm33KsjqXQ2. The Bling Ring

Spring Breakers isn’t the only film 2013 is offering with child stars doing illegal things. Sofia Coppola directs Emma Watson in a film based on the true story of a group of Hollywood girls who rob the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom and others. Sorry, Hermione who? (June 14)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770828/?ref_=sr_11. Man of Steel

This is number two to Star Trek. I can’t wait to see what Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan do with the original superhero. Sporting the best cast in a superhero movie besides The Dark Knight Trilogy, a dark, realistic take on Superman may not be every fan’s cup of tea. But my god the trailer is freaking epic. (June 14)

 

 

July:

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Guillermo del Toro returns to the director’s chair with what may be his biggest movie yet. Giant, humungous aliens have surfaced from the bottom of the ocean and humanity fights them with giant, humungous rock-’em-sock-’em robots. Everything about this movie is big, and the special effects reflect that. It’ll be a hard one to miss. (July 12)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/?ref_=sr_14. The Lone Ranger

Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter together in a movie not directed by Tim Burton? This could be worth a shot as Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski adapts the classic TV series for the big screen. It should be one of the most action-y movies of the summer. As one of the July 4th tentpoles, we wouldn’t have it any other way. (July 3)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1690953/?ref_=sr_23. Despicable Me 2

Speaking of July 4th tentpoles, one of the most successful non-Pixar animated film of the last few years is getting a sequel just in time for the holiday. Steve Carell returns as Gru, while Kristen Wiig will play a new role. Al Pacino will voice a new villain for the sequel. (July 3)

 

Photo Credit: https://collider.com/the-way-way-back-trailer/2. The Way, Way Back

Sundance hits aren’t usually included with summer movies, but look at 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. That went on to get a Best Picture nomination. This film looks to be more in the line of Little Miss Sunshine, which also got Oscar recognition. Sporting an almost unbeatable cast, this little indie could be a great summer coming-of-age story. (July 5)

 

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Yes, the last stand-alone Wolverine movie totally sucked. But this isn’t a sequel to that, this is a sequel to the X-men Trilogy. Our clawed hero will deal with the choice to become mortal in what has been described as a Japanese-noir-superhero movie. Once Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel are out of the way, Wolverine may just surprise us all. (July 26)

 

 

August:

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I have a soft spot for the original, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. This sequel can only be better now that Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion have joined the fray. Plus the new director’s name is Thor. Doesn’t that just seem too appropriate? (August 7)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1253863/?ref_=sr_24. 300: Rise of an Empire

So we know very little at this point about the 300 “sequel but not really” besides that it will take place at the same time as the original. Rodrigo Santoro will return as Xerxes, and Lena Heady will also return. Eva Green has also signed on. We know that much of the action will take place at sea, but that’s about it. (August 2)

(Note: no trailer or poster yet)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650554/?ref_=sr_13. Kick-Ass 2-

Remember what a pleasant surprise the original Kick-Ass was? Director Matthew Vaughn moved on to other things, but this sequel as a lot more superheroes joining in on the fun. Including Jim Carrey and Donald Faison. But we know who you’re really here to see, Chloe Grace Moretz as the unforgettable Hit-Girl. (August 16)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213663/?ref_=sr_12. The World’s End

This is easily my most anticipated comedy of the summer. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite with Edgar Wright for the final chapter of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (the first two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). Martin Freeman is getting a larger role than he did in the last two films, meaning this end-of-the-world comedy could be the best of the three. (August 23)

(Note: no trailer yet)

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535108/?ref_=sr_11. Elysium

There are few names in Hollywood that generate as much excitement as Neill Blomkamp right now. His first feature film ever, District 9, was extremely well received by critics, and went on to be nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in this sci-fi adventure taking place in a future with class warfare hitting a new level of insanity. (August 9)

 

What films are you most excited about this summer? Let us know below!

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