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Summer Theater Preview

May 8, 2008

Originally Published in the Oxford Town

Summer is here, which can only mean one thing; we need to escape the heat wave and have fun. What better place than in the cool air conditioned movie theater? Hollywood has some dynamic blockbuster movies in store for us. The first of these, Ironman, was released last Friday. Here’s an overview of what to expect. Check back every Friday for trailers and more info on the films as they are released.

May releases

Starting tomorrow, the PG-rated action flick, Speed Racer, revs into theaters. I, for one, just hope that the theme song from the TV show makes it to the big screen. “Go, Speed Racer, Go!” Also opening tomorrow is What Happens in Vegas, the Ashton Kutcher-Cameron Diaz romantic comedy. They start off married after a drunken night in Vegas and hate each other. Whaddya bet they end up falling in love?

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian opens on May 16. The film (PG) is set one year after their return from the closet but 1300 years in Narnia time. A new evil ruler must be conquered with help from the heir to their throne.

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, our favorite archaeologist (reprised by Harrison Ford) is back 19 years later to solve the plot of a Soviet mystery. Shia LeBouf will be Jones’ sidekick with Cate Blanchett as the villainous Soviet agent. And no, Sean Connery will not have a cameo as Jones father. This PG-13 action adventure releases on May 22.

The final release of May (30) is the R-rated Sex and the City. Starring our four favorite girls, the movie takes place four years after the TV show ended. Rumors abound about the plot of the film, with speculation of a wedding and a funeral for two of the main characters.

June releases

There are two major releases on June 6: Kung Fu Panda and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. The PG-rated Panda is the new DreamWorks animated Jack Black comedy about a kung fu panda (hence the title). Zohan is the newest Adam Sandler comedy. Israeli commando (Sandler) escapes to New York to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a hairdresser. With Judd Apatow writing the script, it might be quite the quirky film.

On June 13, we move from the lighthearted fare to action and suspense with The Incredible Hulk and The Happening. Edward Norton takes over Eric Bana’s role of Bruce Banner. Supposedly it is “a new beginning” and will be more in line with the Marvel comics. Unlike the first flop, it might be good. If not up for a comic, then see what’s Happening with M. Night Shyamalan’s newest apocalyptic thriller. His last two films have not had quite the success as Sixth Sense or Signs, but it may be time for a turnaround.

We return to our lighter fare on June 20, with Get Smart and the Love Guru. Steve Carrell stars as Maxwell Smart, taking on the famous TV character with Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. The PG-13 spy comedy continues the TV story with Maxwell having to save the world. Mike Myers returns with his usual flair in Love Guru as an American raised in an Indian ashram who returns to the states to become a famous guru. From trailers, it appears that this is just more of the same from Myers even though he hasn’t brought a new comedy to the table for quite awhile. But, then, who knew “Austin Powers” would be such a hit?

On June 27, we meet, Wall-E, the adorable new robot from Pixar who has been alone on Earth for hundreds of years after humans abandon the planet. But then he meets Eve, a searcher robot and seeks new adventures.

July releases

Hancock, starring Will Smith as the anti-hero hero, opens July 2. Although he saves lives, he leaves the city in ruins each time. The public hates him. He could care less. It’s action-comedy, so expect something a little different from your typical summer Will Smith film.

Continuing the July action theme, releasing on July 11 is Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Ron Perlman reprises the title role. Also opening is the new Journey to the center of the earth 3-D. Starring Brendan Fraser, the story is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel. Get ready, this will be one of the first of the onslaught of 3-D films heading our way over the next two or three years. The film is rated PG.

The Dark Knight, the newest Batman adventure, opens July 18. Christian Bale reprises the title role but will likely be overshadowed by audiences reacting to the recently deceased Heath Ledger as The Joker. The film is rated PG-13. Also out on July 18 is Mamma Mia, which brings the success of the theater to screen with an all star cast including Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Inspired by the music of “Abba,” it’s the story of the bond between a single mother and her daughter on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.

On July 25 are two films on opposite ends of the spectrum. First is the sci-fi sequel, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. The film breaks from the TV series with a new story that takes Scully and Mulder’s relationship in new directions. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles. Second is the newest Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy, Step Brothers. Two 40-year-old losers are forced to become brothers when their parents marry. Still living at home, the two threaten the marriage of their parents and then have to help save it. We’ll see if they can equal the success of Talladega Nights.

August releases
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor takes Brendan Fraser’s character to Asia for another action-packed mystery. The film releases on Aug. 1, and will likely be one to see in the theater for big CGI-effects.

On Aug. 8, is the release of the much anticipated Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow production, Pineapple Express. Fans of last summer’s hit, Superbad, will enjoy this delightful comedy about two stoners who witness a murder. The film is rated R.

Robert Downey Jr. ends the big summer releases on Aug. 15, when he stars in Ben Stiller’s new R-rated comedy, Tropic Thunder. Five actors go on location to a boot camp and end up in a real-life war. Expect cameos, including Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte and Matthew McConaughey.

The final release before fall is the Aug. 29 limited release of Ballast, the Mississippi made film about a family surviving after the suicide of the patriarch. Oxford’s own Johnny McPhail stars, so we might get to see this.

Most of these films will be at Oxford’s Malco.


2 Comments leave one →
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