WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR MAY 2013
Iron Man 3 (May 3) - The franchise that launched Marvel's super-successful shared cinematic universe reaches its third chapter and starts Phase II of aforementioned Marvel connected films. Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle are back as Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, and Colonel Rhodes respectively, and so is Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, although he passes the directing reins to Shane Black. Ben Kingsley plays the villainous Mandarin. The trailers have looked fantastic, so we shall soon see if the Marvel magic continues.
The Great Gatsby (May 10) - Love him or hate him, director Baz Luhrmann knows how to deliver an energetic motion picture. Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, and Tobey Maguire star in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's enduring novel. Like Luhrmann's version of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, expect this to be a high octane rendition and not exactly what you might recall from literature class.
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) - Finally, the wait is over and J.J. Abrams brings us his much hyped sequel to his popular yet controversial reboot of Gene Roddenberry's science fiction classic. The next stop for Abrams after this will be the continuation of the Star Wars saga, but first audiences will see the crew of the Starship Enterprise go on another action-packed adventure.
Epic (May 24) - This cartoon from the makers of Ice Age faces a lot of competition this week, but it's the only family-friendly flick opening so it should do well. It follows the journey of a teenaged girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who finds herself in a forest during an epic (hence the title) battle between good and evil. The fantasy characters are played by the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Judah Friedlander, Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, Blake Anderson, Christoph Waltz, and Chris O'Dowd -- whew, that's a lot.
After Earth (May 31) - I know this science fiction movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and I should know better than to get my hopes up, but it stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith, and the teasers looked interested, so despite my better judgment, I'm anticipating a good story. Feel free to slap some sense into me if Shyamalan disappoints me again.
WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR JUNE 2013
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) - Director Joss Whedon, whose given us Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Marvel's The Avengers, takes a stab at William Shakespeare's comedy with this modern retelling.
Man of Steel (June 14) - The long-awaited reboot of the Superman tale, directed by Zack Snyder, has British actor Henry Cavill in the red cape, surrounded by an all-star cast that includes Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. DC Entertainment is desperate for a big hit after their Batman franchise has run its course for now and as they place their hopes on an upcoming Justice League film.
Monsters University (June 21) - Pixar can do no wrong, at least not yet. Billy Crystal and John Goodman lend their voices again in this sequel to the beloved Monsters Inc. They're joined by Nathan Fillion, Steve Buscemi, Aubrey Plaza, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Bonnie Hunt, and others.
White House Down (June 28) - Antoine Fuqua's similarly themed movie Olympus Has Fallen earlier this year didn't do too poorly at the box office, with its cast of Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Dylan McDermott, Morgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett. Now Roland Emmerich helms a bigger budget production (translation = bigger explosions) with allegedly bigger stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and James Woods.
OTHER MOVIES IN MAY AND JUNE 2013
The Iceman - Michael Shannon stars alongside Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, and David Schwimmer in this crime drama/thriller based on the true story of contract killer and family man Richard Kuklinski.
Fast and Furious 6 - The car racing/chasing franchise continues as Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster cash some more paychecks.
The Hangover Part III - The Wolfpack trilogy comes to an apparent conclusion.
Before Midnight - Richard Linklater wraps up his own trilogy that began with Before Sunrise and continued with Before Sunset, as we follow the relationship of Ethan Hawke as Jesse and Julie Delpy as Celine once again.
Now You See Me - This looks interesting as a team of illusionists robs banks and shares the money with their audiences. It stars Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Michael Caine. It's directed by Louis Leterrier who was responsible for the first two Transporter movies, The Incredible Hulk, and Clash of the Titans.
The Purge - Here's another intriguing premise -- on one night every year, citizens are permitted to commit any crime without facing the consequences. It looks frightening.
The Internship - Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up again in a new comedy as two salesmen who start work as interns at Google and compete with younger, smarter interns looking for full-time jobs.
This Is the End - This sounds weird but it could prove to be a cult classic. Playing themselves, celebrities (Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, and others) attend a party at the house of James Franco when the apocalypse arrives.
World War Z - Are we tired of zombies yet? Brad Pitt hopes you still want to see a tale of a pandemic of undead, based on the bestselling book by Max Brooks.
The Heat - Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in a buddy movie as FBI agents hunting down a drug lord.
Let the summer movie marathon begin!