We are midway through the month of April, and we’re starting to get bombarded with trailers and TV spots from some of the hottest upcoming films. This means only one thing: the Summer movie season is almost upon us. With the wealth of films (both big and not so big), it’s easy for moviegoers to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing, thus, as we have in years past, we present our Summer Movie Guide. We’re bringing all the details on the upcoming films (trailers, synopsis’, and more) so you know what’s hitting, when, and decide for yourself if it’s worth your time.
Hard to believe that we’re on the cusp of yet another Summer movie season, one of the most active and exciting times of movie buffs. There’s no shortage of blockbuster style films this year, along with several that some have been looking forward to for years. Let’s kick this guide off with the month of May!
Iron Man 3
Directed By: Shane Black
Written By: Drew Pearce and Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ben Kingsley
Official Synopsis: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Our Thoughts: Iron Man 3 kicks off the Summer Season, and we’re all waiting to see how it does. Not only is it a sequel to a good franchise, it’s the first film in Marvel’s Phase 2 of films, and we’ll get to see how our heroes do in a post-Avengers setting. Things look good so far, and it’s tracking for a massive release. While we’re sure it’ll be highly entertaining we can’t say it’ll be much beyond that. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Directed By: Ariel Vromen
Written By: Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen
Cast: Michael Shannon, Ray Liota, and James Franco
Official Synopsis: Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. Co-starring Academy Award® nominee Winona Ryder (Black Swan) and Chris Evans (Avengers, Captain America), The Iceman is directed by Ariel Vromen (Danika) from a script he wrote with Morgan Land (Rx). Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), David Schwimmer ("Friends"), Robert Davi ("Profiler") and Danny Abeckaser (Alpha Dog) round out the cast. The film features cameo appearances by Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) and James Franco (127 Hours).
Our Thoughts: While it hasn’t received the same amount of publicity as Iron Man 3, everyone should be really excited for this one. The trailer blew us all away here at Cinelinx, and it looks like a chilling/riveting take on this horrifyingly true story. Even if you catch something else on this day, don’t neglect this film over the weekend.
Here are some smaller ones also releasing on this day, though be sure to check your local theaters as these aren’t necessarily wide releases:
Caroline and Jackie
Dead Man's Burden
Desperate Acts of Magic
Greetings From Tim Buckley
Kiss of the Damned
Love Is All You Need
The Great Gatsby
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Written By: Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Official Synopsis: "The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Our Thoughts: Even Jordan, who has made his disdain for the source material well known, is interested in checking out this film. The trailers have been stunning visually, the acting looks incredible, and while it’s not what one would normally think of as a Summer film (seems more like a Holiday awards buzz film), we think this will make quite a splash. We’re not sure about the 3D though...
Tyler Perry Presents Peeples
Directed By: Tina Gordon Chism
Written By: Tina Gordon Chism
Cast: Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier
Official Synopsis: Wade Walker is eager to propose to his girlfriend, Grace Peeples. But after a year of living together, the beautiful, successful Grace is still cagey about introducing average guy Wade to her ambitious, upper crust family. So when Grace leaves for an annual reunion at her parents’ swanky Sag Harbor compound, Wade decides to crash the gathering, charm his soon-to-be in-laws and slip a ring on Grace’s finger.However Wade's plans go hilariously awry when he meets the high-powered, seemingly picture-perfect family who’ll do whatever it takes to keep up appearances. Wade soon finds himself caught in a web of white lies and comic dysfunction, and realizes that his only hope of ever marrying Grace means a take-no-prisoners face-off with Judge Peeples, Grace’s disapproving dad who won’t accept anything less than the very best for his favorite daughter.
Our Thoughts: Not entirely sure on this one. Tyler Perry hasn’t been hitting them out of the park lately, and frankly our patience is starting to wear out for them. Since this is written and directed by someone else, it might be worth a shot. It looks more like your average romantic comedy movie, that may be more worth a rental.
Here are some of the smaller films coming out on the 10th as well (again, check your local theaters for screenings on these):
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Assault on Wall Street
Desperate Acts of Magic
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Star Trek Into Darkness
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Written By: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto
Official Synopsis: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Our Thoughts: There’s a reason that Into Darkness is the ONLY major release for this weekend. Seriously, no one wanted to stand against it, and it looks like there will be a good reason for that. Despite all the secrecy, everything we’ve seen from this film looks amazing. Doesn’t look like one you should miss out on.
No other major releases today, but these smaller ones are hitting:
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Directed By: Chris Wedge
Written By: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and James V. Hart
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Beyoncé Knowles, Josh Hutcherson
Official Synopsis: From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world...and ours.
Our Thoughts: This is a tough one. The company has some solid films behind it (and some that were so-so) but the generic Ferngully story has us worried. It’s got some serious talent behind it though, so consider us cautiously optimistic.
Fast & Furious 6
Directed By: Justin Lin
Written By: Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johson
Official Synopsis: Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
Our thoughts: Not many franchises are able to go into their sixth iteration and still maintain so much interest from the fanbase. Fast & Furious still manages to look like a fun adventure, to the point where we’re already discussing the seventh film. While we aren’t expecting great high-art cinema from this movie, it will undoubtedly be a lot of fun and the quintessential Summer movie.
The Hangover: Part III
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Craig Mazin and Todd Phillips
Cast: Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis
Official Synopsis: The Hangover Part III' is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips' record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there's no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
Our Thoughts: We weren’t very thrilled with the second film, because it was a simple retread of the first one. Based on what we’ve seen with the third film, however, the filmmakers have learned that lesson and have gone to great lengths to show how different the third outing is going to be. The trailers have been funny so far, and we’re crossing our fingers for the first major comedy of the Summer.
On top of those three big releases, we’ve also got some notable indie films coming, most notably Before Midnight and Only God Forgives:
Fill the Void
Only God Forgives
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Now You See Me
Directed By: Louis Leterrier
Written By: Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, and Morgan Freeman
Official Synopsis: Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen," a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.
Our Thoughts: Using magic to steal stuff isn’t exactly a new idea in movies, but this modern take has brought together a fun cast that has some serious chemistry behind it. Leterrier has a decent track record, but it’ll be interesting to see how he does on a non-action based film. Hopefully it’ll be a breakout hit for him.
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Written By: Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Will Smith and Jaden Smith
Official Synopsis: One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
Our Thoughts: After Earth is the second of three films this Summer featuring a post-apocalyptic Earth that our future bound heroes must survive. This one is a tad different though, in that it's presented as more of a partner/survival tale. While M. Night has had a recent string of badly received films, we're hoping this one pulls him out of the rut.
Here are the smaller films that wrap up the month of May:
The Kings of Summer
May, which traditionally opens up the Summer movie season is definitely packed full of releases many fans have been waiting for. Several big sequels finally hit, but there’s also original titles in there that might be worth your attention as well.
We’re just getting started with all our Summer 2013 Movie coverage, so stay tuned for our other movie guides, as well as our own predictions on what’s going to be the best and worst of the year! Don’t forget to share your own thoughts with us in our Frames (your own personal blogs on the site) and you’ll automatically be entered to win the massive Marvel Cinematic Phase 1 blu-ray collection.