Friday, May 6, 2011

Blockbuster Summer Flicks

Upcoming Summer Films

The wafting warm weather is nearly here and it is time for the thoughts of all to turn to... movies. Yes, the summer movie season is about to descend upon the film-going public in force over the next few months, with the release of the box-office blockbusters. The opening of the Vin Diesel/Paul Walker sequel, Fast Five, last week and the much anticipated Thor this week has the cycle already off to a good start, but there is much more to come.

Here is a sample of some of the more interesting flicks to watch out for.

Sequels or Prequels:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time Jack tangles with Blackbeard (Ian McShane) as he hunts for the Fountain of Youth. Add in some zombies and mermaids for some whacked out adventures. Opens in theatres May 20th.

The Hangover Part 2:
The boys are back to tear up a new town, and this time they’re going international. They are off to Bangkok for more escapades, memory loss and laughter. Opens in theatres May 26th.

Kung Fu Panda 2:
Po and the Furious Five face another crisis. They must save kung fu from being wiped out of existence by an evil peacock. Opens in theatres May 26th.

X-Men: First Class:
A prequel to the X-Men films, the movie explores the early years of Professor X (James McAvoy) and the beginnings of the X-men. Opens in theatres June 3rd.

Cars 2:
Lightning McQueen races in the World Grand Prix, while his pal Mater plays spy a la James Bond in this animated sequel to Cars. Opens in theatres June 24th.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2:
The last Harry Potter movie. It all ends with this one and we bid adieu to Harry, Hogwarts and all his friends. Opens in theatres July 15th.

Original Films and Remakes:

Green Lantern:
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) comes to life, with the origin story of the Green Lantern. If the trailers are anything to go by, this comic book flick is going to be fun. Opens in theatres June 17th.

Captain America: The First Avenger:
Another superhero origin story, this time of Steve Rogers, Captain America, as he goes head to head with the Red Skull. Opens in theatres July 22nd.

Cowboys and Aliens:
Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, it is an intriguing mix of the sci-fi and western genres. In 1875 Arizona, the town of Absolution gets a close encounter when aliens start abducting people. It is up to a gunslinger, a lady prospector and a military Colonel to save the day. Opens in theatres July 29th.

Fright Night:
A remake (in 3D no less) of the 1985 cult hit of the same name. This one stars Colin Farrell as a vampire who becomes the new neighbour of a nosy teenager who discovers his secret. Opens in theatres Aug 19th.

So there are just a few highlights in the mix of films coming soon to a theatre near you.

 Article first published as Upcoming Summer Films on Blogcritics.

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