Rocket-powered super suits! Jolly green giants! Living toys! Gun-totting Mercenaries! Talking animals of all shapes and sizes! A pint-sized Karate expert! Civil War zombies! Water slides! Weather-shifting tykes! Flesh-eating fish! Bumbling cops! One ugly mother f'er! And the worst movie ever made! If that collective spasm of genre defying monoliths doesn't scream "Summer Movie Season" loud and clear, nothing else ever will. The temperature is about to rise, and so is the palpable excitement found inside your local multiplex. It's about to get very hot in here, and there are more than a handful of huge blockbusters aiming to burn down that big screen in a blaze of glory.
You've waited eight long months for the Summer Movie Season to kick back into high gear, and things are going to start revving up very quickly. It all starts May 7th with the highly anticipated, long awaited return of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2. That's not the only sequel Hollywood has in store for us this year. We'll also be getting the eleven years in the making Toy Story 3. As well as the fourth outing for our favorite Far, Far Away Ogre in Shrek Forever After. If its giant spectacle that you want Robin Hood, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and The A-Team all have you covered. Looking for some cool laughs in this stingy heat? The Other Guys and Dinner for Schmucks are both arriving packed with intense hilarity. Looking for a little romance amidst all the explosions and flying body parts? Sex and the City 2 will provide the exact type of emotional nourishment you and your fellow girlfriends are craving in this impending scorcher. Yes, this year certainly promises to be better than the last! 2010 is truly debuting this new decade in style with four searing months of movies you'll definitely not want to miss. Here's what you can expect in May and June:
Iron Man 2 - May 7th
What's the Fuss: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero Iron Man, reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr.. In Iron Man 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Justin Theroux brings a smart and explosive script that fully fleshes out the world of Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. Is back and better than ever playing one of his most beloved characters. State of the art special effects promise all-new technology and rocket powered super suits from Stark Industries. Scarlett Johansson looks quite nice in black leather. And Mickey Rourke brings one of the most exciting, complex villains this summer has to offer. Iron Man 2 promises to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
Mother and Child - May 7th
What's the Fuss: Three women's lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. Karen (Annette Bening) had a baby at 14, gave her up at birth, and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) grew up as an adopted child; she's a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. Lucy (Kerry Washington) is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, looking for a baby to become her own. Directed by Rodrigo García.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Our three leading ladies deliver a powerhouse ensemble that proves to be the perfect antidote to Iron Man 2's ear-defining explosions. Samuel L. Jackson gives a rare and exciting performance as a soft-spoken boss who has an affair with (Naomi Watts' character. Rodrigo García's sturdy directorial hand promises not to squeeze contrived emotions out of your chest while at the same time ripping apart your soul. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be glad you spend your hard earned money on this worthwhile ticket. And you might even see Samuel L. Jackson's exposed buttocks.
Robin Hood - May 14th
What's the Fuss: Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Whether considered thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people. Directed by Ridley Scott.
Why you shouldn't miss it: This is Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe's fifth film together, and the duo never fails to surprise and engage us with each new outing. Theirs is a completely new take on the Robin Hood mythos, and thus promises to be something we've never seen before. While it may be a more serious take on the man in green tights, Scott and Crowe know their way around an action scene, and this arrow drenched tale is packed with quite a few jaw-dropping moments. Throw in the fetching Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion and the truly brilliant Matthew Macfadyen as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and you have one of the best renditions of Robin Hood ever created for the silver screen.
Best Worst Movie - May 14th
What's the Fuss: Michael Stephenson makes his directorial debut by exploring one of the worst and most critically panned movies ever made, Troll 2, which he starred in twenty years ago as a child. In 1989, Italian director, Claudio Fragasso cast small-town dentist Dr. George Hardy and a group of unwitting Utah actors in his ultra-low budget horror film. Soon after its disastrous release, Dr. Hardy retired from his short-lived acting career and returned to dentistry in his hometown of Alabama, unaware of the legions of fans that would one day recognize him as a cult movie luminary.
Why you shouldn't miss it: An unabashed love letter to trash cinema, Best Worst Movie reveals the improbable heartfelt story of an Alabama dentist-turned-cult-movie icon and an Italian filmmaker as they come to terms with their internationally revered cinematic failure. Its both hilarious and heartbreaking, and a must-see for anyone that has endured the painful stretch of dumpster magic that is Troll 2.
Letters to Juliet - May 14th
What's the Fuss: When a young American (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1951, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined. Directed by Gary Winick.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Amanda Seyfried has been on a real roll lately, and this sweet little romance has a lot more to offer its audience than some banal love story between two mismatched teenagers. Vanessa Redgrave gives us a powerhouse performance. Italy serves as a character all its own, so if you can't afford a real vacation this year, Gary Winick does his best to make up for it. There's nothing better than a little sauce-slathered slice of love on a hot summer day, and Letters to Juliet has got both the seniors and the twenty-somethings in its line of sight. Its not going to let you leave until you've laughed, cried, and crushed. It's the one movie out there this summer for the true romantic in all of us.
Just Wright - May 14th
What's the Fuss: Just Wright revolves around a sports trainer (Queen Latifah) who finds herself falling in love with a professional basketball player (Common) while rehabilitating him from a career threatening injury. Things are further complicated because her closest friend (Paula Patton) is also pursuing him. Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Why you shouldn't miss it: Queen Latifah is one of our national treasures, and when it comes to heartfelt romantic comedies, her attributes are always in the right place. The beautiful Paula Patton is set to play Queen's advisory in this hilarious romp. And Common is bringing his A game. For those bored males in the audience, director Sanaa Hamri has made sure to pack the film with plenty of NBA action. This is one hot night out on the town you and your lady friend will be sure to enjoy. Well, she'll enjoy it at the very least. You can always go and get yourself a relish-slathered hot dog if you're in that much pain (sheesh, you cry baby!).
MacGruber - May 21st
What's the Fuss: In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts, Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig), MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber! Directed by Jorma Taccone.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Great word of mouth from the South-by-South West Festival has turned this into a must-see comedy. Plus it has the biggest explosions any film has to offer this year. We also get Powers Boothe in a skimpy outfit. If The A-Team and The Expendables are a little too serious or your tastes, yet you still want to see some balls out action, MacGruber is the movie or you! Kristen Wiig gets to pummel our funny bone in her biggest screen role yet. And Val Kilmer is finally living up to his potential as a villain. If the word Cunth makes you laugh, then you've found your favorite summer film right here! Don't sweat the Pepsi commercials or the skits that this cruel beast spawned from. Director Jorma Taccone, who starred as Chaka in last year's Land of the Lost, has made some of the most awe-inspiring and memorable Saturday Night Live digital shorts ever produced. He knows a thing or two about knocking the socks off his audience. This tight laugher is sure to be another midnight cult classic.
Shrek Forever After - May 21st
What's the Fuss: After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitchforks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love. Directed by Mike Mitchell.
Why you shouldn't miss it: After a quite dismal third outing, Shrek is back and looking slimmer and funnier than ever. This time out, we actually get a pretty good storyline, even if DreamWorks is dipping into the old Jimmy Stewart well. The animation looks phenomenal. Every single one of our favorite characters is back, even if they do look a little strange. And we're getting some exciting new fairy tale icons as well. The most exciting of which is the evil appearance of Rumpelstiltskin. Director Mike Mitchell, the man responsible for DreamWorks excellent Monsters Vs. Aliens, has fully rejuvenated this waning franchise, and the results are a guaranteed blast of joy for audience members of all ages. This is the last Shrek adventure, so this will be the last time you'll get to visit these Far Far Away denizens on the big screen. Well, until the Puss in Boots spin-off hits next year. But that's a long ways away. Enjoy them all now, while you still can!
Solitary Man - May 21st
What's the Fuss: Solitary Man tells the dryly funny yet all too relatable story of Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas), a fifty-something New Yorker and former successful car dealer, who through his own bad choices lost his entire business. He's also divorced from Nancy (Susan Sarandon), his college sweetheart and the one person who knows him better than anyone. Although he still finds the time for his daughter Susan (Jenna Fischer) and her adoring grandson, his role as more of a friend than father or grandfather is starting to wear thin on the family. His girlfriend Jordan (Mary-Louise Parker) is the daughter of a very influential businessman who's on the board of a major auto manufacturer. If Ben can just keep his hubris in check for a little while longer, he will be back as big as ever, but some of the same motivations that lead to his demise are threatening to take him down again, and for good. Directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Solitary Man reunites one of the greatest on-screen duos of the 80s. Yes, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito are back together for the first time since 1989's The War of the Roses. Do you need any other reason to see this funny mix of pathos and true-life drama? No? I didn't think so.
Sex and the City 2 - May 27th
What's the Fuss: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) take another bite out of the Big Apple in this sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster and continuation of the hit HBO series. This time out, our girls head to Abu Dhabi for an exotic vacation in the Middle East thanks to a potential client of Sam's, who invites each of them on an all-expenses paid adventure of a lifetime. The rest of the plot details are being kept a secret until opening day. The film was directed by Michael Patrick King.
Why you shouldn't miss it: It's the biggest girls' night out and the cheapest vacation you'll take all year. Guys? Listen up! The theater lobby will be swarming with sexy single ladies. This and a Cosmo will certainly put them in the mood. Poon now or forever hold your piece. There won't be a bigger, better cougar breeding ground found anywhere else on the planet. So you better buy that advanced ticket today.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - May 28th
What's the Fuss: From the team that brought the Pirates of The Caribbean trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time: A gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Directed by Mike Newell.
Why you shouldn't miss it: A greased-up Jake Gyllenhaal! The sexy Gemma Arterton in a skimpy outfit! An award-winning back-story that has already won-over and wowed video game fans worldwide. It'll be tough to screw this juncture up. Harkening back to the glory days of sand and sandals epics, director Mike Newell has created a daring and bold tale that is sure to rekindle your love for bedtime stories. It's a movie for all ages, and it is sure to offer one thrilling moment after the next. Did I mention that Jake Gyllenhaal spends more than half of the movie without his shirt on? That's the sound of a billion tickets being sold right there, folks!
George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead - May 28th
What's the Fuss: Like its predecessors, George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead takes place in a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. It is the story of Plum Island: A beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie holocaust. But as the inhabitants slowly die off, the two clans become sharply divided. The O'Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept "alive" until a cure is found. The result is an escalating showdown with echoes of a classic Western standoff that erupts in brutality and violence.
Why you shouldn't miss it: This is George A. Romero's sixth zombie flick. If he doesn't know what he's doing by now, there is no hope for the man. If you enjoyed his Diary of the Dead, this is a continuation of that story. It's coming stacked with all the gore, dismemberment, and social commentary one might expect from a Romero outing. It also has quite a few surprises for the most ardent horror fans. And guess what? If you don't feel like heading down to the Cineplex to see this one, you can stay inside your air-conditioned house and watch it on VOD. Bonus!
Get Him to the Greek - June 4th
What's the Fuss: Get Him to the Greek reunites Jonah Hill and Russell Brand with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in the story of a record company intern with two days to drag an uncooperative rock legend to Hollywood for a comeback concert. The comedy is the latest film from producer Judd Apatow.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Drugs! Booze! P-Diddy! Glitter on your dick! Jonah Hill and Russell Brand were the best thing about Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and now they get to share their own adventure on the big screen together. This is one of the most original films of the year, and promises to be a laugh riot. The brand new, original soundtrack is rocking, and the pace is lightening quick. This is the type of outing you'll want to jump back in line for a second time as soon as it's done, because you're bound to miss half the jokes that first time around. There are plenty of big comedies out there this summer, but nothing is going to race the heart and punch you in the lungs as repeatedly as this kicker. This is one banging time for the surely hipster in all of us.
Killers - June 4th
What's the Fuss: Trying to recover from a sudden break-up, Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) believes she'll never fall in love again. But when she reluctantly joins her parents on a trip to the French Riviera, Jen happens to meet the man of her dreams, the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher). Three years later, her seemingly impossible wish has come true: She and Spencer are newlyweds living the ideal suburban life. That is, until the morning after Spencer's 30th birthday when bullets start flying. Literally. It turns out Spencer never bothered to tell Jen he's also an international super-spy, and now Jen's perfect world has been turned upside down. Faced with the fact that her husband is a hit man, Jen is determined to discover what other secrets Spencer might be keeping. All the while trying to dodge bullets, keep up neighborly appearances, and manage the in-laws. Plus she has to out some major trust issues...And you thought suburban life was easy. Directed by Robert Luketic.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Eh, it looks kind of dumb and neither of its big name stars are very likable. Just kidding! Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher share earth-shattering chemistry together on-screen, and this looks nothing at all like Mr. and Mrs. Smith. "It'll be a lot of fun!" She said as she drug him off to his own personal Hell, screaming and clawing at the doorknob. Look on the bright side, fellow. This off-sort of torture can only last 90 minutes at the most. Right? Oh, wait. It clocks in at two hours and ten minutes. I'm sorry. Here's a Valium and a flask of whiskey disguised as a water bottle. Have fun!
Splice - June 4th
What's the Fuss: Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are superstars of the genetic engineering world. They specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create fantastical new hybrids. The charismatic couple wants to use human DNA in a new hybrid. Something that could yield astronomical medical benefits. The pharmaceutical company that funds their research, however, is more interested in exploiting their earlier triumphs for easier, short-term profit. Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiment. The result is Dren: an amazing creature who exhibits an array of unexpected developments, both physical and intellectual. Dren exceeds their wildest dreams and, ultimately, their most terrifying nightmare. Directed by Vincenzo Natali.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Splice has one of the coolest critters on display in recent memory. Director Vincenzo Natali has created a truly scary thriller unlike anything you've ever seen before. If you're dying to be both electrified and horrified this summer, no other monster movie is going to provide the shocking wallop that this grungy little mutation dissertation has to offer. It's wowed festival audiences worldwide. And its certainly gearing up to be this year's District 9. Don't be the last one to know how awesome this quiet little spook house offering actually is. Get in line and see it first. A summer is nothing without these kinds of bragging rights.
Marmaduke - June 4th
What's the Fuss: For Phil (Lee Pace) and Debbie (Judy Greer) Winslow, moving their family from Kansas to the O.C. is a big deal. For their enormous Great Dane Marmaduke (Owen Wilson), however, the move means a whole new way of life. It's chaos at home and awkward at work as the Winslows struggle to control their angsty teenage canine. Directed by Tom Dey.
Why you shouldn't miss it: A giant talking dog! Talking cats! Teenage angst from a canine point-of-view! Judy Greer! If you like any of these things, like I do, you'll certainly dig this hilarious caper. What with Marmaduke and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore arriving soon, this certainly is a great summer for little Davey Burkowitz. He's going to have a ball. A real "killer" time. Har Har.
The A-Team - June 11th
What's the Fuss: 1980s TV action gets a reboot with this new version of The A-Team, which shifts the Vietnam vet back story to a group of Iraq War vets who become mercenaries for hire. Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) directs from a script by G.I. Joe's Skip Woods. Liam Neeson heads up the crew as Hannibal, the brains of the operation, with Bradley Cooper as Face, UFC star Quinton Jackson filling in for Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, and District 9's breakout star, Sharlto Copley, inheriting the unhinged role of "Howling Mad" Murdock. Jessica Biel also co-stars.
Why you shouldn't miss it: It's the The A-Team! Did you see that tank scene in the trailer? That's really all you had to say to get us through that constantly revolving theater door. No other film this year is going to offer this much action on such a grand scale. Quinton Jackson is the perfect B.A. Barracus, and the rest of the cast has nailed their respective roles to a T. Smokin' Joe Carnahan certainly knows his way around a spent bullet casing. There really is no one else on the market today that could have captured the look and feel of the classic TV show while making it seem like a contemporary kick in the face. The A-Team is shaping up to be one glorious ride, and there simply isn't another action film out there as exciting and electricity-charged as this bad black baby! Oh, wait...Sylvester Stallone may just have them beat. But you'll have to buy both tickets to find out who has the bigger gun. God, 80s action fans simply have to love this particular summer season. It's a rare treat for them. And a welcome one at that.
The Karate Kid - June 11th
What's the Fuss: In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying. And the feeling is mutual. But cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts The Karate Kid on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. Directed by Harald Zwart.
Why you shouldn't miss it: It's shaping up to be one of the best remakes of the last few years, especially considering that it doesn't eviscerate the original. Rather, it pays loving tribute to it in delightfully playful ways. Jaden Smith is quickly growing into his own, outshining even his dad in the charisma department. Jackie Chan gets to reenact The Mighty Boosh's "Jacket on! Jacket off!" four-way crimp in glorious fashion. This is the perfect family movie for Jackie to ease his way into. It's got a puppy love crush for the youngsters and a couple of kung fu moves strong enough to appease the older folks in the crowd. Its old fashioned, yet fresh and exciting. It has everything a soccer mom could want in a Saturday afternoon matinee. Including the fact that she might not mind sitting through it herself. The Karate Kid looks like a sure fire winner.
Jonah Hex - June 18th
What's the Fuss: 1970s-era DC antihero Jonah Hex makes his way to the big screen as Crank co-writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor team to follow the disfigured gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter on his biggest adventure yet. Supernatural elements combine with Western aesthetics to take viewers on a wild and bloody ride, with Josh Brolin leading the way as Hex and John Malkovich stepping into the villainous role of Turnbull. Directed by Jimmy Hayward.
Why you shouldn't miss it: A classic DC comic book comes to life! A scarred cowboy! Civil War zombies! John Malkovich and Will Arnett as villains! A flaming cannon battle on an ancient war ship! This just might be the strangest Western ever concocted for the silver screen. Is it this year's Howard the Duck? Let's hope so, as it's been far too long since we've encountered a turkey that is both downright awful and scrumptiously delicious all at the same time. No matter how this dusty supernatural adventure plays out on the big screen, it has cult classic written all over its charred husk. Be one of the few and the proud to say, "I saw it during its initial theatrical run!" Heck, I didn't even get to the part about Megan Fox as a whore.
The Killer Inside Me - June 18th
What's the Fuss: Based on the legendary novel by pulp writer Jim Thompson, Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me tells the story of a handsome, charming, unassuming small town sheriff's deputy named Lou Ford (Casey Affleck). The film takes place in an idyllic West Texas town in the early 1950's. As a lifelong resident, Ford has difficulty juggling his long-term girlfriend Amy (Kate Hudson), the prostitute named Joyce (Jessica Alba) that he mistakenly falls for, and the sociopathic tendencies inside him. In Thompson's savage, bleak, blacker than noir universe nothing is ever what it seems.
Why you shouldn't miss it: A surprise hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, The Killer Inside Me promises one killer performance from its leading man Casey Affleck. Cooler than a cold mountain stream, this raw thriller is sure to stun, astonish, and titillate you to the very core. While all the other summer movies will have great fun with their big toys and their fancy special effects, this rocking pitch-black thriller is sure to reignite your passion for true cinematic art. This will be the one you let get away if you're not careful. Let the kids enjoy their Buzz and Woody, while you relish in this mean bastard. Speaking of Buzz and Woody...
Toy Story 3 - June 18th
What's the Fuss: The creators of the beloved Toy Story films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in Toy Story 3. Woody and Buzz had accepted that Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In this third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. Toy Story 3 will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Pixar has yet to let us down since debuting Toy Story more than fifteen years ago, and this latest CGI animated adventure is bringing them right back to their beloved roots. We'll be getting plenty of new toys, all of our old favorites, and quite a few unexpected surprises. Fans will finally get to see this unique series tie up all its loose ends, and it serves as a love letter to all the things Pixar has stood for over the years. It's going to be funny as heck and family friendly to boot. It doesn't take a magic eight ball to tell us that this is going to be a mega-behemoth giant on the box office charts. But it might take a talking magic eight ball to help secure the future of Andy's toys.
Grown Ups - June 25th
What's the Fuss: Thirty years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their biggest victory to mourn the passing of their late coach. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the five friends realize that just because they've all grown up and started families doesn't mean that they've lost that old spark. Adulthood is what you make of it, and no one at the lake house is eager to be the grown-up of the gang. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider star in a film written by Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf, and directed by Dennis Dugan. Maria Bello, Salma Hayek, and Maya Rudolph co-star.
Why you shouldn't miss it: It's a Mid-90s Saturday Night Live reunion, with Kevin James standing in for Chris Farley. The cast had a great time shooting this project together, and a lot of it consists of them riffing off each other in glorious fashion. Dennis Dugan has worked with Adam Sandler many times in the past, and knows how to turn a maudlin idea into box office gold. He really is a magician, and it really doesn't matter what the plot is about with this gang. Here's an easy excuse for our comedic hive to have fun and get nostalgic. Which is what summer is all about. Who needs a family reunion when you've Grown Ups to look forward too? Anyone?
Knight and Day - June 25th
What's the Fuss: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this sexy action comedy, in which a chance encounter thrusts a woman and a charming but lethal operative into a series of adventures across the globe. As if dodging assassins and uncovering world-changing secrets weren't enough, our heroine must now figure out if her new man is a good guy, a traitor...Or just plain crazy. James Mangold directs this madness.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Tom Cruise is back! And this action adventure romance, which lands in the same vein as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, offers the icon a chance to be funny and a hero. There's plenty of gun ballet unlike anything we've yet seen on the action scene. And we get an eye-popping motorcycle chase to end all motorcycle chases. Cameron Diaz gets to do what she does best: Be funny and sexy at the same time. And we might even get to see one of her famous booty dances if we're lucky. James Mangold has proven that he knows how to evoke powerful emotions and a weighty story, which will elevate this action extravaganza above some of the dumber fare out there this year. And, again, we're finally getting Tom Cruise back where we want him most! This could be great. Let's hope all involved put their best efforts into it.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - June 30th
What's the Fuss: The third chapter in the Twilight franchise finds Seattle ravaged by a string of mysterious killings. While a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella (Kristen Stewart) once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward (Robert Pattinson) and her friendship with Jacob (Taylor Lautner), knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: Life or death. But which is which? Directed by David Slade.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Don't you want to know what all the hype is about? Three films in, and nearly every hardened soul on the planet has seen at least one of these sexy vampire movies. Guess what? Even the cynics are hooked at this point. Loathe or hate the Bella-Edward-Jacob ménage a trios, there is an undeniable urge resting inside you, demanding that you see this. You know you want it. You just have to have it. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, at this point in the game, has enough firepower pushing it forward to make it the top grossing film of 2010, beating more male-centric powerhouses like Iron Man 2 and The Expendables at their own game. Because the guys are just as invested in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse love triangle as us ladies.
Check out Part 2 of our 2010 Summer Movie Preview!