May and June flicks worth anticipating this season
Movies have generally been so lousy the past couple of months, the influx of spring/early summer films can’t come soon enough. Matter of fact, The Avengers is kicking off the season this week. Here are 10 movies that I’m looking forward to seeing in May and June. Part two, on summer films from July and August, will be in the May 24 issue.
The Avengers (May 4), the much anticipated Joss Whedon directed superhero extravaganza, features the crime fighting and somewhat dysfunctional combo of Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (May 4), is in the category of anti-blockbuster, about a rundown Indian hotel run by Slumdog Millionare’s Dev Patel that is home to an A-list of British senior citizens including Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy. Directed by John Madden, I can’t wait to check in.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (May 18), a comedy based on the hit pregnancy book with Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Chris Rock.
Battleship (May 18), based on the game and featuring a sci-fi invasion at sea plot and a cast toplined by Liam Neeson.
Dark Shadows (May 11), directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as comic vampire Barnabas Collins, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Snow White and The Huntsman (June 1) — Mirror Mirror, a Snow White comedy, sank without a trace. I suspect the more serious look at the Snow White legend with Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be better.
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Are you kidding me? It took Kiteman longer to get from the top of Veteran’s stadium to home plate to deliver the first pitch for the Phillies in 1972.
There is no movie review this week because, frankly, the choices went from re-releases (Titanic 3D) to unappetizing sequels (American Reunion) to recycled ideas (Mirror Mirror). Go ahead and tell me it is my job to go see crap movies so I can tell my readers they are crap movies. Point taken.
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