Welcome to MovieWeb's Summer Preview: May - By Brian Gallagher

It’s coming up on that time of the year again. The sun is shining, adults are skipping work to play golf and students are skipping class to do, well, whatever it is they do when they’re not in class. It was a case of Budweiser and a porterhouse for me on days too nice to go to class, but I digress. The best part about spring time, is that summer time is just around the corner. And summer time brings us the most extravagant blockbuster movies of the year. Last summer, Johnny Depp gained mainstream popularity (finally!), Bennifer faltered, and we saw more sequels than I can remember seeing over a summer. What’s in store for this summer? Let’s take a look at what’s coming, as they say, to a theater near you, this summer. All release dates are subject to change.

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May 7th

Movie PictureVan Helsing: Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh.

Directed by Stephen Sommers

This movie gets the summer movie season kicked off with a bang…or should I say fang. Van Helsing is a flick about the title character (Jackman) doing battle with the vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein’s, late in the 19th century, with a gorgeous gothic chick (Beckinsale) helping out as well. This role should solidify Jackman as a top-notch leading man. I’m not a terribly huge fan of writer-director Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy series, but his directing is usually pretty slick, and from what I’ve seen so far, it looks like Sommers’ writing is a lot better here as well. This looks to be a pretty entertaining movie, and a nice one to get the summer movie season started.

Movie PictureNew York Minute: Starring Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Eugene Levy.

Directed by Dennie Gordon

As Vince Vaughn would say in Swingers, the Olsen Twins, “are all growns up.” After making hundreds of millions on straight-to-video flicks, the 17 year-olds have gained immense popularity…although mostly from males. Apparently, there is a countdown somewhere on the Internet to when the twins turn 18. The spare time some people have… Anyway, now they’re hitting the mainstream with New York Minute, a movie about a hectic day in New York City for two twins who don’t exactly see eye to eye. It could be interesting to see what they can do in an actual movie, but it will probably be just more fodder for their male admirers to drool over.

May 14th

Movie PictureTroy: Starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen

This movie looks like it will be one of the highlights of the whole summer season. I’m so psyched for it I’m searching high and low for my copy of Homer’s The Iliad, which this movie is based on, to brush up on the story. This 2-hour-45-minute epic features a remarkable cast of Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, along with gorgeous newcomer Diane Kruger as the infamous Helen of Troy. a.k.a. The Face That Launched 1,000 Ships. Even though this has a summer release date, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this were in the running for a few Oscars, because everything just looks wonderful here from what I’ve seen.

Movie PictureBreakin' All The Rules: Starring Jamie Foxx, Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union

Directed by Daniel Taplitz

I don’t know a whole lot about this movie, but it looks somewhat decent. A guy (Foxx) gets dumped by his fiancee, and gets inspired to be the next John Gray…of sorts, creating a guy’s guidebook to breaking up with women. I’ve always enjoyed all of these actors works, and we’ll see what this movie adds to the never-ending battle of the sexes.

May 19th

Movie PictureShrek 2: Starring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon

This sequel to the 2001 hit looks almost like an animated version of Meet the Fockers. The green couple of Shrek and Fiona have tied the knot, and now they go to meet Fiona’s parents, who happen to be unaware of their daughter’s sudden change in skin color. I would expect some huge box-office grosses from this flick when it opens, especially since there are no other new releases coming out this weekend in wide release. But even if it did have some competition that weekend, I’m sure that the sequel will be just as big a hit as the first movie.

May 28th

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The Day After Tomorrow: Starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhall, Sela Ward

Directed by Roland Emmerich

This movie is getting heaps of buzz, some of it from the refusal of government officials to discuss the movie with the media. This sort of thing is something we might as well get used to, since, I’m sure, the same sort of thing will happen when Michael Moore’s highly-anticipated Farenheit 9-11 comes out later this year. Anyway, The Day After Tomorrow looks like a solid geological action/thriller/drama/sci-fi hybrid. Yeah, it’s a genre in the making… Emmerich apparently has a thing for disasters befalling our national monuments (See: The White House exploding in Independence Day), and look for more of this here. The image of the Statue of Liberty covered in heaps of snow, from the trailer, is just chilling, pardon the pun. I don’t know how realistic this movie will be, but it certainly looks like it’s worth seeing.

Movie PictureSoul Plane: Starring Tom Arnold, Kevin Hart, Method Man, Snoop Dogg

Directed by Jessy Terrero

This movie looks like it could be pretty entertaining. I stress the words “could be.” This flick about a black-owned airline that gets a little wild in the air, looks like it has the talent to soar at the box office, but a story that might blow both engines and nosedive to the ground. I thought Method Man was hilarious in How High, Snoop Dogg has proven himself in many movies, and Tom Arnold always adds some quirky humor into the mix. But I just don’t know what will hold this movie together, really. But with all this talent, it might be worth checking out.