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The Geek’s 2013 Summer Movie Guide
Now that it’s officially May, we find ourselves facing the rapidly-approaching holiday season that is the summer blockbuster movie schedule. And although there are a host of great chick flicks and artsy dramas headed to the big screen in the dog days this year, being that we’re among fellow geeks here, we thought we’d give you a glimpse into the upcoming movies that will appeal to your nerd side. Check out the trailers below!
Star Trek Into Darkness
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto return as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock in the follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot. The crew of the USS Enterprise face a new threat in the renegade John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). Sci-Fi awesomeness abounds in the film releasing on May 17th in both the US and the UK.
Iron Man 3
The intrepid Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) makes his long-awaited return in Iron Man 3. While dealing with the traumatic aftereffects of the events that took place in The Avengers, Stark faces an even greater threat in The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a terrorist who has set out to take down Stark by any means necessary. See Iron Man take to the skies once again on April 26th in the UK and May 3rd in the US.
Fast & Furious 6
Because no summer is complete without fast cars and big ‘splosions, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and the rest of the crew return once again to wreak havoc and bring a rival gang to justice in Fast & Furious 6. Expect your adrenaline levels to spike starting on May 24th in both the US and the UK.
Will and Jaden Smith team up in After Earth as Kitai and Cypher Raige, who end up stranded on Earth 1,000 years after humanity has fled the planet. With Cypher injured, Kitai (Jaden Smith) is tasked with traveling across the forlorn planet and taking on all manner of hazards that appear only after humanity’s end. Post-apocalyptic goodness strikes on May 31st in the US and on June 7th in the UK.
Tom Cruise stars as Jack, a man sent to clean up and extract Earth’s remaining resources after humanity has long abandoned the planet. In true sci-fi form, he encounters people and events that make him question the nature of his job. Check it out in theaters now.
The Hangover Part III
The infamous Wolfpack hits the road once again in the third part of the Hangover comedy series. Directed by Todd Phillips, the film stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galafianakis, Melissa McCarthy, John Goodman, and many other comedy standouts in what promises to hold up the franchise’s legacy as an irreverent and hilarious collection of films. Get hungover on the 24th of May in both the US and the UK.
Man of Steel
Superman makes his triumphant return in the Zach Snyder-directed and Christopher Nolan-produced Man of Steel. Starring Henry Cavill as the immortal Clark Kent and Russel Crowe as Jor-El, Man of Steel tells the origin story of one of the most beloved superheroes of all time.
Because I can guarantee about 80% of the people reading this list have fond memories of at least one Disney/Pixar film, Monsters University is definitely a film worth watching this summer. The movie follows the exploits of Sulley and Mike in their college years. Billy Crystal and John Goodman return to voice the lovable monsters. Look for the film in theaters on June 21st in the US and July 12th in the UK.
World War Z
The film adaptation of Max Brook’s apocalypse novel, World War Z follows Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) as he travels the world to fight the raging pandemic threatening the very existence of humanity. The adaptation is directed by Marc Forster of Quantum of Solace. Check it out on June 21st in the US and UK.
White House Down
When the White House is taken over by a paramilitary group, it’s up to John Cale (Channing Tatum) to save the day by kicking ass and not bothering to take names. Also starring Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal, look for the film in theaters on June 28th in the US and September 6th in the UK.
Despicable Me 2
The original Despicable Me turned out to be a great film with all-ages humor and enough heart to leave you with the warm fuzzies at the end. Steve Carell returns as the lovable Gru as the villain is accepted into the Anti-Villain League to try and take down a new criminal mastermind. Check out Despicable Me 2 on the 3rd of July in the US and the 28th of June in the UK.
The Lone Ranger
The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced epic reunites the Pirates of the Caribbean creative team to take on The Lone Ranger, a new imagining of the old western classic. Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp unite as John Reid and Tonto as they try to take down a brutal outlaw and his gang of cohorts. Saddle up for adventure on July 3rd in the US and August 9th in the UK.
From the mind of Guillermo Del Toro comes Pacific Rim, a film of epic proportions that sees humanity battling alien invaders using the might of human-controlled robots. Prepare to battle for human kind on July 12th in both the US and the UK.
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds team up in the comic adaptation following the exploits of the Rest in Peace Department made up of undead cops. Kevin Bacon also stars in the film, releasing in theaters on July 30th in the US and August 30th in the UK.
300: Rise of an Empire
Sullivan Stapleton stars as Greek general Themistocles in the latest entry in the epic 300 saga. Based on the works of Frank Miller, Rise of an Empire sees the Greeks pit against the Persians and their mortal-turned-God leader Xerxes. Prepare for war on August 2nd in both the US and the UK.
Although mankind has been separated into two distinctly different wealth classes in the year 2154, one man’s mission may bring unity to the two different worlds of both the wealthy space-bound and the poor who reside on a ruined Earth. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in the film, releasing on August 9th in the US and September 20th in the UK.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
In the adaptation of the Rick Riordan novel, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his demigod cohorts take to the Sea of Monsters to find the golden fleece and save Camp Half-Blood from an ancient evil.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl, and Red Mist return in the follow up to the 2010 film Kick-Ass in this sequel. After Kick-Ass proves his success the first time around, a new wave of homegrown superheroes (led by the infamous Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes) begin to emerge in the fight on crime. But when Red Mist takes on a new name and hunts them down, it’s up to Kick-Ass and Hit Girl to put a stop to it all.
James Mangold directs the adaptation of the 1980’s storyline that sees Wolverine traveling to modern-day Japan to tangle with enemies and find out information that will play a major role in his future. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in the film releasing in theaters on July 26th in both the US and the UK.
The World’s End
Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame team up once again in The World’s End, a film detailing the sci-fi misadventures of a group of friends who set out on a seemingly normal pub crawl. The World’s End releases in theaters on August 23 in the US and August 14th in the UK.
Much Ado About Nothing
An adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing follows the story of lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a film shot in 12 days using the original script. So, why should you care? Because the director is none other than Joss Whedon and stars Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg along with other notable actors. Check it out on June 7th in the US.
Any other movies coming out this summer you’re looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments below!