29 May 2013

This Summer in Movies

I don't know about you, but my list of to-see movies has never been this long. Here are my Summer 2013 Silver Screen Picks:

Now You See Me, May 31
A team of illusionists perform bank heists during their performances and gift their audiences with the money they steal. This Ocean's Eleven-like blockbuster is sure to keep its audience on their toes with an abundance of illusions and good ol' magic. Also, Jesse Eisenberg. Click here to watch one of his interviews for the movie. Beware: it's really, really awkward.

Man of Steel, June 14
Superman AKA Clark Kent AKA Kal-El is back on the silver screen with this remake of the Superman series and portrays Superman's beginnings. Henry Cavill takes the lead as the beloved superhero and it would have been a crime not to include Man of Steel in the list. Fun Fact: Henry Cavill was first in the running to play Edward Cullen, being Stephanie Meyer's "perfect Edward." However, by the time production began, he was too old to play the 17-year old. Fun Fact Part 2: Cavill lost the role of Edward Cullen to Robert Pattinson who also stole the role of Cedric Diggory from him.

Bling Ring, June 14
Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring is the theatrical portrayal of The Bling Ring, a group of teenagers who robbed numerous homes in the Hollywood Hills, claiming at least $3 million in cash and belongings. I'm looking forward to this one because it features a group of thrill-seekers who outsmarted a lot of people despite only being in high school. Also: Emma Watson.

Monsters University, June 21
Pixar's prequel to their 2001 Monsters Inc. featuring Mike and Sully's university years before becoming scarers. I'm positive this film will garner as much love as Monsters Inc. did, especially because the children who laughed at Monsters Inc. in 2001 have grown up and can now relate to Mike and Sully's college years.

Already in theatres, we have:

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated American novel takes another spin on the silver screen in Baz Luhrmann's sparkly interpretation. This film is a must-see for all who have read the book (who hasn't?). and I encourage you to form your own opinions of the movie without regard to other's reviews. You can read my review of the movie here.

Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr. returns as Iron Man after The Avengers with Shane Black as Director. I haven't seen it yet and I'm not quite certain what it's about, but I can tell you that this is a superhero movie. There's a good guy, a bad guy, probably a chase scene, explosions, and tons of cool gadgets. And who doesn't love superheroes? Go see it!

Star Trek into Darkness
Kirk and Spock meet Khan, a quintessential bad guy despite his portrayal by the beloved Benedict Cumberbatch. Benny is just so great that it's hard to hate Khan, but Cumberbatch could play every enemy character and get away with it. After seeing Star Trek twice, I can say that it's definitely better the second time around. Go see it in IMAX if you can, because that's the only way to do this film any justice. Favorite characters include: Chekov, Sulu, and Scotty

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