Summer 2011 Movie Preview! Films I'm Dying to See This Summer!
Independent Films, Talk Shows, Movie Reviews, Film Profiles
Giant robots, superheroes, and adventurous pirates, it must be summer at the movies! Hollywood studios are unleashing their blockbuster films so here’s my quick guide to the movies I’m dying to see this summer.
May 6: “The Beaver” – Jodie Foster directs the embattled Mel Gibson in this dramedy about depression. Oh what fun!
May 6: “Something Borrowed” – Based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin, Kate Hudson returns to top form in this romantic comedy about love and friendships.
May 6: “Thor” – I love this comic book superhero and I can’t wait to see how director Kenneth Branagh will add his Shakespearean twist to the mythology.
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May 13: “Bridesmaids” – The early buzz surrounding this film is great! It’s being called “The Hangover” for the ladies. It’s about time!
May 13: “Everything Must Go” – Will Ferrell tries his hands at drama again in this film based on Raymond Carver’s short story “Why Don’t You Dance?”
May 13: “Priest” – Paul Bettany seems to be the go to guy when Hollywood needs a B-movie star. In “Legion,” he played the Angel Michael, in “Priest,” he’s a man of God battling vampires.
May 20: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in this fourth installment of the popular franchise. Sure, the trailer looks fun, but I will definitely miss Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom.
May 26: “The Hangover Part II” – The biggest R-rated comedy is back for the sequel. This time, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha find themselves in Bangkok for Stu’s (Helms) wedding.
May 26: “Kung Fu Panda 2” – Everybody will be Kung-Fu fighting for the second time as our lovable panda, Po (Jack Black), joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters.
May 27: “The Tree of Life” – Terence Malick directs Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in this meditative film about innocence. I love watching non-blockbuster movies in the middle of the summer!
June 3: “Beginners” – Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor team up for director Mike Mills’ (“Thumbsucker”) in this drama about the transformative power of life!
June 3: “X-Men: First Class” – The latest film in the “X-Men” franchise takes us back to the good, old days when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) were best friends!
June 10: “Super 8” – Writer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) transports us back to 1979 in this sci-fi mystery. I suspect this film will be the popcorn movie of the summer!
June 17: “Green Lantern” – More superheroes! This time, Ryan Reynolds wears the magical ring to bring order to the universe.
June 17: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” – Jim Carrey stars as a businessman who inherits six penguins. Are you laughing yet?
June 24: “Bad Teacher” – Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake reunite, at least on the big screen, for this comedy about a foul-mouthed teacher (Diaz).
June 24: “Cars 2” – Even though I enjoyed “Cars,” I don’t think it’s one of Pixar’s strongest films. So I am very curious why Disney ordered a sequel. This time, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) go on an international adventure to rev it up against the world’s fastest cars.
June 24: “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” – I already saw this documentary and it’s great! The film highlights the lowest point of Conan’s career as he comes to terms with losing the Tonight Show. Drama!
July 1: “Larry Crowne” – Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reteam for this yarn about an unemployed middle-aged man who returns to college to reinvent himself. Very timely?
July 1: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” – Optimus Prime and Megatron will rule our Fourth of July!
July 8: “Horrible Bosses” – The plot sounds funny – three friends decide to kill their horrible bosses because they think they’ll be happy without them. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman star in this comedy.
July 8: “One Day” – Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Em (Anne Hathaway) are recent college graduates who vow to meet each other on the same date each year to see where they are in their lives. Why don’t they just get married?
July 15: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2” – Finally, the part 2 we’ve all been waiting for!
July 22: “Captain America: The First Avenger” – Another superhero! This time, Chris Evans dons the red, white, and blue outfit for director Joe Johnston.
July 29: “Cowboys & Aliens” – The “Star Trek” writers (Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman) team up with the “Iron Man” films director (Jon Favreau) in this comic book-based film about aliens versus cowboys in Arizona circa 1973. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig star.
July 29: “The Smurfs” – Just for curiosity factor, I wonder how 20th Century Fox will transform our little, blue friends into movie stars! Neil Patrick Harris and yes, Katy Perry star!
August 5: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – James Franco star in this origin story about the genetic engineering of super-intelligent apes! So pretty much, we’ll find out how the planet of the apes was created.
August 19: “Conan the Barbarian” – Jason Momoa inherits Arnold Schwarzenegger’s loin cloth in this reboot that tells the adventures of Conan the Cimmerian (Momoa).
August 19: “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World” – Just in case you want to see the fourth installment of Robert Rodriguez’ popular kiddie franchise.
August 31: “The Debt” – Sam Worthington, after appearing in blockbusters such as “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans,” teams up with Helen Mirren in this remake of a 2007 Israeli thriller. The script is co-written by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”) and the film is directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”).
Year of Production: 2011
Country: United States