May 2, 2013

Summer movies: Heat wave comin' on

Temps are rising at the box office, which is about, for better or worse, to loose the blockbusters of the season.


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Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man 3”

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"I'm So Excited" (R): When it looks like an airliner is going down, the passengers and crew get up to some weird, sexy shenanigans in the new dark comedy from Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar. Almodovar has never made a bad film. Ever.



"The Lone Ranger" (not yet rated): Apparently, Johnny Depp can do whatever he wants, so no one seems upset he's playing the Native American Tonto. Perhaps more are worried that, as usual, the Lone Ranger himself (Armie Hammer) looks like a stiff and Depp's "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski seems unable to edit his interminable films or tell a coherent story. Whatever -- the Depp brigade guarantees a big opening.


"Despicable Me 2" (PG): Steve Carell's back doing a funny voice and playing second fiddle to those gibbering little yellow Tylenols in this sequel your kids will not shut up about until you take them.



"Pacific Rim" (PG-13): Humongous robots fight off an alien invasion in this nerdgasmic sci-fi epic from visionary weirdo Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), which would cause Michael Bay to swear off his puerile "Transformers" franchise if he had a soul. Which he does not.

#GIANTROBOTS #'nuffsaid

"Grown Ups 2" (not yet rated): Adam Sandler continues to pass off home movies of him hanging out with his pals (Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider) as if they were actual movies that people should be asked to pay money to see.



"Red 2" (not yet rated): Who was asking for a sequel to this tired retired-assassin action flick starring Bruce Willis and some people (Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins) who should know better? Everyone? I quit.


"The Conjuring" (not yet rated): James Wan, responsible for the "Saw" franchise and the laughably silly "Insidious," tries another haunted-house tale, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga's paranormal investigators discovering more than they can handle when checking out the presence terrorizing a family. "Based on a true story" -- so you know it's good.

#spooky #ornot

"R.I.P.D." (PG-13): This action comedy follows deceased cop Ryan Reynolds as he's revived and recruited into the titular undead police force. Teaming up the effortlessly quick and likeable Reynolds with old pro Jeff Bridges isn't a terrible idea, but the whole enterprise looks a little similar to a certain franchise about men who dress in black.

#youknowtheone #pleasedon'tsue


"The Wolverine" (not yet rated): It has to be better than his first solo outing (the dreadful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), and Hugh Jackman's clearly been working out, but this Japan-set superhero flick looks hard-pressed to balance the slice-'n'-dice mutant action the fanboys expect with the heavy (melo)drama of the original comic, which finds Wolvie fighting ninjas and meeting the love of his life. Director James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "Girl, Interrupted") seems an odd choice.


"Blue Jasmine" (PG-13): It's the new Woody Allen movie, so everyone's sworn to super-double-secrecy. But he did have the good sense to hire the brilliant Louis C.K. as his leading man/avatar this time out, alongside a typically impressive cast including Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard and a dozen others.


"Fruitvale Station" (not yet rated): Talented young actor Michael B. Jordan ("The Wire," "Friday Night Lights") stars in this already acclaimed indie about a San Francisco slacker spending the last day of 2008 meeting friends, evading enemies and looking for a way out.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Paramount Pictures

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Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Great Gatsby”

Warner Bros.

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Henry Cavill in “Man of Steel”

Warner Bros.

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Bradley Cooper, left, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms in “The Hangover 3”

Warner Bros.

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Clockwise from front, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson in “Now You See Me,” like “Ocean’s Eleven,” only with magicians.

Summit Entertainment

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Armie Hammer, left, and Johnny Depp in “The Lone Ranger,” opening July 5.

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Greta Gerwig in “Frances Ha,” a comedy from director Noah Baumbach.

IFC Films


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