2009 Summer Movie Preview Part 1: Streep, Jackman, Depp & More

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The daffodils are blooming, the tulips are budding and you know what that means?  It's time for spring, er...summer movie previews!  You know, I don't have a problem writing about stars like Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, I just find it funny I'm writing about their summer movies in April.

No matter, movie lovers have their popcorn money in one hand and their multiplex tickets in the other and are dying to see the big blockbusters and small gems coming our way this summer. 

Blockbuster Wannabes 

X-Men Origins:  Wolverine:  starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, opening May 1st. 

Just because an unfinished version of the film was put on the internet a couple of weeks ago, doesn't mean fans won't flock to the box office to see this spin-off of the popular X-Men trilogy.  Wolverine tells the story of how our slice 'em and dice 'em superhero came to be.  No word yet on if Jackman will host the Oscars again, this time sporting his blades.

Star Trek:  starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, opening May 8th. 

Director J. J. Abrams is taking Trek back...to where no one has gone before.  We'll get a look at how Kirk, Spock and Bones met and came to form a friendship that's survived several TV shows, movies, novels and cartoons.  Beam me up for this one.

Angels and Demons:  starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, opening May 15th. 

Tom Hanks returns with better hair in this sequel to The DaVinci Code.  Based on the Dan Brown book, this time Harvard religion expert Robert Langdon is racing against time to save the Catholic Church from an evil, secret society.  Are there any other kind of secret societies?

Terminator Salvation: starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, opening May 21st. 

Shifting from Bruce Wayne to John Connor, Christian Bale may have been yelling at crew members on the Terminator set, but if the movie is good, who cares?  In this fourth Terminator installment, John Connor is all grown up and determined to save the world from the sinister Skynet.  And Ahhh-nold won't be back.

Night At The Museum:  Battle Of The Smithsonian: starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, opening May 22nd.  

Ben Stiller and his little "come to life" friends from the Museum of Natural History take their adventures to Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian.   While there, Ben runs into Abe Lincoln, Al Capone, Ivan The Terrible, and Amelia Earhart among others.   I'm not usually one to plunk down ten bucks for Ben Stiller, but this one I might just go for.


The Land Of The Lost:  starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, opening June 5th. 

Based on the old TV series Will Ferrell and company find themselves in a land of dinosaurs and other strange creatures.  Who will live?  Who will die?  Who will throw popcorn at the screen?

The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3:  starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, opening June 12th.

A remake of the gritty 70's subway thriller.  This time instead of Walter Matthau, we have Denzel Washington as the cop who's charged with bringing down a psycho (Travolta) holding the NYC transit system hostage.  Please...watch the closing doors.

Transformers:  Revenge Of The Fallen: starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, opening June 24th. 

Shia LaBeouf had to shoot part of this movie handicapped by a severe left hand injury from a car accident.  However he was able to finish the film and you can be sure many things will go boom in this Transformers sequel.

Public Enemies:  starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, opening July 1st. 

Depp plays 20's Chicago gangster John Dillinger, Bale plays his FBI nemesis Melvin Purvis; I don't know about you, but that's enough to get me to the ticket booth.

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince:  starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, opening July 15th.

Doesn't it feel like Harry was starting at Hogwarts just yesterday?  My, these magical kids grow up so fast.

The Time Traveler's Wife:  starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, opening August 14th.

Based on the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger, if this time traveling love story is even sorta good, the built-in audience from the book could turn it into a blockbuster.   It's about a man who has a time traveling gene and meets his true love during different times of both their lives. 


Meryl Mania

Julie and Julia:  starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, opening August 7th.

Hollywood's rediscovered Meryl Streep and aren't we happy about that?  This year's installment in the Streep film hall of fame, Julie and Julia has Streep playing Julia Child in a film directed by Nora Ephron.  It's bout a woman Julie Powell (Adams) who decides to cook over 500 of Child's recipes in one year.   As Julie cooks, she imagines Child's life and the film cuts back and forth between the stories of the two women.


This year's summer movies are so numerous, I can't possible cover even the highlights in one post so next week I'll have part 2 of my preview and I'll cover romantic comedies and smaller films.

Please...watch the closing doors. 


Related Links:

Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood:  Women Directors Talk Permeable Wall.  Melissa also has an interview with Nicole Beharie of "American Violet."

Check out Reel Sistas for coverage of...reel sistas!

Asianmommy.com has a review of "The Changeling" starring Angelina Jolie.  It's out now on DVD.

10 Hollywood Movies That Get Women Right by Sheerly Avni.  (It's an oldie post, but a goodie post.)

Sources:  Much of my information about release dates came from Entertainment Weekly's summer entertainment guide and you can watch previews of many of this summer's upcoming movies on their video site.


Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television and Online Video and she's looking forward to the "Julie and Julia" "Public Enemies," and "Terminator Salvation."  Her personal entertainment blog is Megan's Minute, Quirky Commentary Around The Clock.



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