The Dark Fairy Tale: Snow White and the Huntsman June 1Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, sold. Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. I'll take two. And the girl from Twilight as Snow White-meh. But, not just Snow White--badass forest-dwelling Snow White who hunts and battles huge, scary creatures--all right, you got me. This movie just looks amazing in every way, the visuals, the plot, the villain, the action. For everyone who is looking for a kick in the face to Disney happily ever afters, I think this is right up your alley.
The Ultimate Prequel: The Amazing Spiderman July 3I saw three Spiderman movies and I fully intend on seeing a fourth one. Amazingly enough, the catch was the girl. As much as I like Kirsten Dunst, I really hated her in the Spiderman movies. She was just a completely unsympathetic character for me until the third one. Now, with a new female lead, played by Emma Stone, no less, I am ready for another installment. I can't say I didn't love Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker--the guy was born to be Peter Parker--but Andrew Garfield is a new kind of Peter Parker. One with a past, one with secrets, and in spite of the hair (which is way too coifed to be a nerdy photographer), I think it'll be good.
The Heavyweight Champion: BATMAN (aka The Dark Knight Rises) July 26I've been waiting. I've been patient. But good God, this one is gonna be good. Aside from all the flack Anne Hathaway took for the Catwoman outfit, I never doubted the movie for a second. The poster has been my screensaver and Facebook profile photo for like a year now. New trailers with Joseph Gordon Levitt mean this is not just going to be good, this is going to be stunning. This one I may have to stand in line in the rain for. Seriously, I don't know anyone would bother releasing their movie the same weekend. This one is going to kill it. (I would have made this take up the whole screen if I could. Watch it in full screen view!)
The Guilty Pleasure: The Expendables 2 August 17I did a double feature the day I saw the Expendables, and it was by far the favorite. I know I'm nostalgic. I love the all-star cast put together with old guys from the eighties, and I am a sucker for anything that recalls my beloved Die Hard movies, but adding Van Damme and Chuck Norris means I am looking forward to another real action movie. One that isn't trying to win any awards, but just wants to clobber you with explosions, guns and awesome hand-to-hand combat stunts. What can I say? I love my action movies and when Jason Statham and Bruce Willis are in them, there's just no way to say no.
PS: Thanks, IMDB. I couldn't do it without you.