Summer Movie Preview 2010: Sex, Super Heroes and Vamps
Summer movies! They're arriving as we speak, and to help you navigate blockbuster season, here's my preview of the summer movies I gotta see, the ones I'd see for a good friend or with a hot date, and the ones you couldn't pay me to watch.
Movies I Gotta See
Shrek Forever After: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy -- May 21
Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are all back for this final -- or so the producers say -- film in the franchise. Just listening to Eddie Murphy as Donkey is worth the price of a ticket.
Sex and the City 2: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrell, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon -- May 27
I wasn't very enthusiastic when the first Sex and the City movie came out, but it's hard to resist a cultural phenomenon. So I'll be there to see what Carrie and the gals are up to during their latest adventure.
The Karate Kid: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan -- June 11
Will and Jada's adorable son Jaden stars in this remake of the 1984 Ralph Maccio and Pat Morita classic. Will and Jada produced the film and packed up the entire family so they could shoot on location in China. Based on the trailer, the film looks beautiful and Jaden and Jackie Chan? A can't-miss combination.
The Kids Are All Right: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore -- July 7
A lesbian couple's teen children decide to find the sperm donor who represents their father and the resulting search incites all kinds of family drama. With these two fabulous actresses, maybe this one will be a keeper.
Inception: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard -- July 16
Directed by Christopher Nolan of Dark Knight and Memento fame, Inception's plot has been shrouded in secrecy. It's a sci-fi mindbender that involves dreams, and that's literally all anyone knows. Can't wait.
Eat Pray Love: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem -- August 13
I'm even more excited about seeing this movie after hearing Elizabeth Gilbert speak at Oprah's Live Your Best Life Weekend. Gilbert wrote the book the movie is based on about learning to break out of the ordinary and embrace life.
Movie I Would See For A Good Friend
The Twilight Saga, Eclipse: Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson -- June 30
Y'all may know I wasn't impressed with New Moon. So to subject myself to another round of Taylor Lautner's admittedly buff chest, Robert Pattinson's brooding stare and Kristen Stewart's drippy dramatics disguised as a movie, it would have to be for a very good friend. Very good.
Movies I Would See For A Hot Date
Salt: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber -- July 23
According to Entertainment Weekly, this spy thriller was originally supposed to star Tom Cruise, but Cruise thought the character was a little to close to Ethan Hunt in his Mission Impossible movies. So the producers changed the main character to a woman and cast Angelina Jolie. I'm not a big Jolie fan but for a hot date, I'd spend two hours watching her run from the law.
Piranha 3D: Jerry O'Connell, Elisabeth Shue -- August 27
See, this movie would usually fall into my next category, but like with Jolie, for a hot date, bring on the piranhas.
Movies You Couldn't Make Me See On Point of Death
Marmaduke: Owen Wilson, Judy Greer -- June 4
Love dogs, hate the cartoon.
The A Team: Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson -- June 11
Love Bradley Cooper, hate the idea of the movie.
Grown Ups: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock - June 25
Love Chris Rock, hate Adam Sandler.
Movies That Might Make Me Laugh, But Not In A Good Way
MacGruber: Will Forte, Ryan Phillippe -- May 21
All those SNL MacGruber sketches co-starring guest host Betty White were glorified promos for this movie. But they were funny, and Lorne Michaels can thank Betty for the fact that I'm even considering plunking down money for this one.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton -- May 28
This movie has all the makings of the second coming of Brad Pitt's Troy. It happens all the time: An otherwise excellent actor decides he has to do a summer blockbuster so he dons a bad wig, an even worse accent and suits up for action. The problem is, the movie's a mess. Let's hope in this case, the movie, based on a video game, comes off better than Jake's hair in the posters.
Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work: June 11
A documentary on the life of Joan Rivers. Long overdue or unnecessary? You decide.
Movies Already At Your Multiplex
Robin Hood: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett
Somehow I feel like Russell should have made this movie five years ago, when he was still in his physical prime. But he's paired back up with his Gladiator director, Ridley Scott and in spite of the lukewarm reviews, I'll take a chance on it.
Just Wright: Queen Latifah, Common
This is what Skinnamon Coast at Cocoa Popps thought of the romantic comedy:
Though the writer, Michael Elliott, tried to throw in a twist or two, you know exactly what's going to happen from just watching the commercials. Also the trite dialogue was coupled with stiff acting. Common may as well have been a cardboard cut-out. Latifah didn't really move me either and that was a surprise. Granted, it all starts with a good script, and sometimes the best actors can't compensate.
Letters to Juliet: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave
Danni Starr reviewed the love story Letters to Juliet at Bitten and Bound and had this to say:
It literally kept a smile on my face the entire time. I took the trip with the charismatic characters in the movie and I really felt the emotion within the film and was completely caught up in the story.
What movies are you looking forward to this summer?
At the Acts of Faith blog, there's Why There's No Reality from the Women of Sex and The City
You can read some of Entertainment Weekly's extensive coverage of this year's summer movies on their website.
Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television/Online Video.. Her other blogs are Megan's Minute, quirky commentary around the clock and Meg's Rad Review.