Summer movie preview
The Karate Kid: In theaters June 11
Directed by: Herald Zwart
Actors: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith
Synopsis: A single mother moves to China with her young son. In his new home, the boy embraces kung fu taught to him by a master.
Pre-Review: This movie has been highly anticipated and I believe it will rule the box office. Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s son, has proven to be a good actor thus far, and Jackie Chan, although not as popular as he used to be, still has star power. This should be an exceptional film.
The A-Team: In theaters June 11
Directed by: Joe Carnaham
Actors: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlton Copley, Jessica Biel
Synopsis: Four Iraqi War veterans are framed for a crime they did not commit and look to clear their names.
Pre-Review: A movie I would enjoy watching for its action, comedic script, and all-star cast. Don’t think it will be enough to beat The Karate Kid in the box office though.
Toy Story 3: In theaters June 18
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
Synopsis: After Andy leaves for college the gang is donated to a day care center.
Pre-Review: Considering this is the third release in the Toy Story franchise I expect that it will be a mediocre film. However, both adults and kids will be happy to re-unite with the lovable characters that made this movie a success in the past.
Grownups: In theaters June 25
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Actors: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek
Synopsis: Four high school friends reunite for a Fourth of July weekend after their coach passes away.
Pre-Review: The cast is filled with comedians that were truly funny in their time, but that time has come and gone leaving us with nothing more than a mediocre film with the best scenes already shown in the trailers.
Eclipse: In theaters June 30
Directed by: David Slade
Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Synopsis: The Twilight saga continues with its third installment. Bella will have to choose between Edward and Jacob while facing both Victoria and The Volteri.
Pre-Review: Due to its popularity at the moment this movie will ensure a full theater wherever it plays. My expectation is that with a new director that seems to have added a darker touch, the movie will be too much.
Avatar The Last Air Bender: In theaters July 2
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Actors: Noah Ringer, Nicole Peltz, Jackson Rathbone
Synopsis: An academic researcher leads a group of people in a fight to counteract the apocalyptic events that were predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar
Pre-Review: The trailer to this film is impressive to say the least. I look forward to seeing it with very high expectations for the special effects and the storyline.
Inception: In theaters July 16
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard
Synopsis: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief in the art of extraction. He steals valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable.
Pre-Review: This will be a movie that will test your wits and play with your mind. Leonardo Dicaprio can do no wrong in selection of roles (let’s not count Romeo and Juliet. It looks like he has made the right pick with this one.
The Sorcerers Apprentice: In theaters July 14
Directed by: Jon Turteltaud
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Monica Bellucci
Synopsis: Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath
Pre-Review: Seems to me that Nicholas Cage is taking every role he can get, good thing he’s good at adapting into a number of characters. Personally I don’t believe this movie is going to be exceptional but the special effects are definitely worth watching.
Salt: In theaters July 23
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liev Schreiber
Synopsis: A CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when she is accused of being a Russian spy.
Pre-Review: Interesting storyline. The movie itself looks full of mystery allowing for twists and turns throughout.
Eat, Pray, Love: In theaters August 13
Directed by: Ryan Murphy
Actors: Julia Roberts, James Franco
Synopsis: While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey.
Pre-Review: This movie seems to meet all the requirements for a great chick flick; Romance, exotic locations, and Julia Roberts. Yup, this will be a hit with the girls leaving us wanting to go on a self seeking journey around the world.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: In theaters August 13
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Actors: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart.
Pre-Review: What a surprise, Michael Cera as a nerdy guy who has to overcome challenges to get the girl? I guess Cera just sticks with the role he does well, not matter how repetitive it is. The movie looks original and semi funny, but that’s as much credit as I’m going to give it.
The Expendables: In theaters August 13
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li
Synopsis: A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.
Pre-Review: The epitome of a guy movie. Action and Sylvester Stallone makes for something very similar to Rambo. Can’t say I’m excited about this one but I know a few guys that are counting the days for its release.