Hollywood’s summer blockbusters
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05
In May, “The Avengers” kicked off the 2012 summer movie season to successful praise and box office numbers, but there’s still plenty of that summer movie magic hitting theaters these coming months. Whether it’s the return of iconic superheroes, an animated princess story, an 80s style action film, or a scary science fiction film, there will be a movie to go and watch this summer.
With this said, we bring you Hollywood’s top summer movies: June started the lineup with, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Starring the girl with no expression, Kristen Stewart, that one guy who played Thor, Chris Hemsworth, and the incomparable Charlize Theron. Although many aren’t fans of Stewart the film is promising due to the bold and dark take on the classic Grimm Fairytale.The long awaited and buzzed about “Prometheus” opened in June as well. Directed by Sir Ridley Scott and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. The film is a return to science fiction for Scott who promised the film would share the same tone as his classic “Alien.” But be reminded, it is not a prequel to “Alien.” Dig Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey or Matt Bomer? “Magic Mike,” directed by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, has them three, in very little clothing.The movie is based on Tatum’s own experiences as a male stripper. The film opens June 29. “Brave” features Pixar’s first female protagonist character, Merida the princess. Although early reviews place “Brave” among Pixar’s lower accomplishments, audiences can expect Pixar’s classic combination of adventure and humor with a good story. The film opens June 22. Just in time to prepare for the end of the world in December, “Seeking a friend for the End of the World” with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley is expected to delight audiences with its blend of disaster movie tropes and a comedic edge. The film opens June 22. On July 20 the wait is over for the summer’s most awaited film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The third chapter in the successful franchise stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon Levitt, who also appears in “Premium Rush” as he does high-speed bicycle scenes with Michael Shannon as the villain. “Premium Rush” premiers Aug. 24. “Sparkle,” the musical drama set in the 1960s stars Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston. It opens Aug. 17 with a story about fame and family. Jeremy Renner picks up the action mantle from Matt Damon as “The Bourne Legacy.” Tony Gilroy, who wrote all three last Bourne films, now returns as writer/director. Expect to see Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton and Albert Finney. The film opens Aug. 3. Opening Aug. 17, “The Expendables 2” looks to deliver on even more 80s action and more stars than the previous installment. Stars include Jean Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the man who can slam a revolving door, Chuck Norris. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans star in Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider Man. “The Amazing Spiderman” swings into theaters on July 3, sporting a new look, a new story and hopefully a new franchise. The newest romantic comedy “To Rome With Love“ is a story about a number of people in Italy (a handful of A-list actors), and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. The film opens June 22.