Sunday, April 26, 2009

Summer Movie Season Preview

Summer starts on May 1 this year.  How do we know?  Well, that's when the first big ticket release opens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and that's usually what I go on.  To help you plan your summer moviegoing, here is a handy guide to the notable release dates (with the movies I'm most excited about in bold).  Where I've heard some advance reviews, I'll let you know.

May 1: 
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (leaked online two months ago; not good)
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

May 8:
Star Trek (J.J. Abrams and Co. knock it out of the park; good for both Trekkies and newbies)

May 15:
Angels & Demons (better than The Da Vinci Code)

May 21:
Terminator Salvation (rated PG-13 - what?)

May 22:
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Dance Flick

May 29:
Up (Pixar does it again)
Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi successfully goes back to Evil Dead roots)

June 5:
The Hangover (Warner Bros. already greenlit a sequel)
Land of the Lost 
Away We Go (Juno wannabe with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph)

June 12:
The Taking of Pelham 123 (meh)

June 19:
The Proposal
Year One (talented cast, lackluster laughs)
Whatever Works

June 24:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Spielberg called it Michael Bay's best movie yet)

June 26:
My Sister's Keeper
The Hurt Locker (first Iraq War movie that actually works)

July 1:
Public Enemies
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

July 10:
Bruno (better than Borat)
I Love You Beth Cooper

July 15:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 17:
500 Days of Summer (Sundance hit; romantic comedy that's poised to be a breakout hit)

July 24:
The Ugly Truth

July 31:
Funny People (Judd Apatow's third film - he's 3 for 3)

August 7: 
GI Joe: Rise of Cobra (cheesy and unspectacular)
Julie and Julia
Shorts (fun Robert Rodriguez film for kids)

August 14:
Taking Woodstock
The Time Traveler's Wife

August 21:
Inglourious Basterds

August 28:
Final Destination 4
The Boat That Rocked



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