It may be hard to believe, but the summer movie season is only days away. Where did the time go? Sadly, it wasn’t spent watching too many good movies because the pickings have been slim since 2013 started. The summer lineup in south Florida is looking hotter than the weather. No matter what genre you enjoy, there is a big movie coming out that you are going to want to see. Without further ado, here is part 1 of your summer movie preview.
“Iron Man 3” – The first big movie of the summer, opening May 3, may turn out to be the most successful. The movie is already outpacing “Marvel’s The Avengers” overseas and the positive word of mouth should spell out a huge opening here this weekend. This tale of Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) seems to be taking a darker turn than the previous two installments, as he goes up against a new villain, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). This is looking to be an epic movie.
“Man of Steel” – Now that the Dark Knight trilogy has wrapped up, Warner Brothers is looking to revitalize their other big superhero franchise, Superman (This time played by Henry Cavill). Like, “Batman Begins”, “Man of Steel” is a reboot as the movie retells the story of Superman/Clark Kent’s origin. He’ll be facing off against General Zod (Michael Shannon) who threatens the Earth. They should turn Superman over to him or face his wrath. Zach Snyder, who directed “300” and “Watchmen”, directs this movie. Like “Iron Man 3”, this take on Superman appears to be much darker than any of the previous installments.
“The Lone Ranger” – From the people who brought you the original “Pirates of the Caribbean”, director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Johnny Depp, comes “The Lone Ranger”. Depp plays Tonto, and he is no sidekick in this movie. Armie Hammer plays our masked hero who shoots with silver bullets and rides a horse named Silver. A lot of fun action seems to be in store and perhaps the beginning of a new franchise.
Iron Man is not the only Marvel superhero returning this summer. “The Wolverine” brings everyone’s favorite mutant (Hugh Jackman) back to the silver screen. This tale take place in Japan after the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand”. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is under full attack in “White House Down”. They may be old, but that doesn’t mean Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren can’t still kick major ass, which they try to do in “Red 2”. Oscar winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins join the cast. Speaking of kicking ass, “Kick-Ass 2” reunites Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and a whole gang of other superheroes to take on a team of super villains. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return for more high speed action in “Fast & Furious 6” and it appears Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) did not die in the 4th movie. In fact, she’s teamed up with the bad guys in this installment. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two undercover agents who discover they have been set up by the mob in “2 Guns”. They’re probably going to need more than two to get out of the mess they are in. Finally, ex-CIA agent Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) better think quickly before he finds himself “Erased”.
“The Arrested Development’ Documentary Project” – The title of this documentary sounds like only at temporary one, but that is not the case. When “Arrested Development” was cancelled by FOX after three seasons, despite winning multiple Emmy Awards and even a Golden Globe, fans have been up in arms. Two of those fans made a documentary about it and got interviews with all the cast members as well as the creators of the show, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The show is finally returning on Netflix, but if you are a fan of the show, you will want to catch this documentary film as well.
“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” – This film was a popular hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and why not? Everyone has heard of WikiLeaks, but do you know the whole story? How did Julian Assange happen across all those government secrets and videos? This fascinating documentary should clear those questions up.
The opening night film at this year’s Miami International Film Festival is getting some distribution this summer. Hear from some of the backup singers associated with some of the biggest stars of all time in “Twenty Feet from Stardom”. The closing night film of MIFF XXX is also coming out and it’s about tennis superstars, “Venus & Serena”. If you are really big into fashion then the documentary “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” is the documentary for you. Actress and documentary filmmaker Sarah Polley’s newest film follows the stories of her own family in “Stories We Tell”. The WikiLeaks documentary is not the only film dealing with espionage. “Dirty Wars” follows investigative journalist, Jeremy Scahil as he hunts down the truth about America’s growing covert operations.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for part 2 of the South Florida Summer Movie Preview, as we will be checking out all the big Science Fiction/Fantasy movies, Drama/Romances and Horror/Thrillers too. You can also subscribe to this column by clicking HERE to keep up with these preview articles and reviews of the summer movies as they hit theaters across the state.
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