July 3rd (Wednesday)
Despicable Me 2
Directed By: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Written By: Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, and Ken Jeong
Official Synopsis: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
Our Thoughts:Despicable Me was a surprise success and played well with the critics as well. We’re hoping this film can keep it up and give us another fun outing that’s enjoyable for both kids and parents alike. At the very least it looks a lot better than the other family/kids movie coming out this month…Looking at you Smurfs 2.
Directed By: Gore Verbinski
Written By: Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio
Cast: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, and William Fichtner
Official Synopsis: From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
Our Thoughts: This is a tough one. It’s got most of the same people from the original Pirates of the Caribbean films (which were the good ones) behind it, but at the same time, none of the trailers have really sparked our interest. Not to mention that many of Disney’s most recent live-action films haven’t been that great (looking at you John Carter!). We’re interested but very cautious at this point.