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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AUG. 2

"300: Rise of an Empire" (not yet rated): More CGI bloodshed and rippling abs in this prequel featuring none of the people who made the original so overrated.


"2 Guns" (not yet rated): Denzel Washington stars in his annual action flick that's slightly beneath him as one of a mismatched pair of cops on the run from the mob, etc.


"The Smurfs 2" (not yet rated): Nope.


AUG. 9

"Elysium" (not yet rated): Director Neill Blomkamp's long-awaited, super-secret follow-up to "District 9" features Matt Damon in crazy space armor, sci-fi class warfare and maybe some aliens. It really is super-secret, and super-exciting.


AUG. 16

"Kick-Ass 2" (not yet rated): In this sequel to the gleefully profane and violent sort-of superhero flick, regular kid-turned-crimefighter Kick-Ass recruits an army of similarly inclined, spandex-clad ordinary folks to fight evil. Luckily for him, the lethal teen heroine Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is back to save his bacon alongside an insane Jim Carrey. The lead actor's still a drip, but any superhero movie where we can't print the name of the lead villain must have something going for it.


AUG. 23

"The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" (not yet rated): If you think this supernatural young-adult adventure about a girl forced to confront her mysterious bloodline to save the day sounds like "Twilight" and/or "Harry Potter," then you've made a studio marketing department very happy.

#thenextbigthing? #please?

"The World's End" (not yet rated): If you didn't think "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" were two of the best comedies in a decade, then stop reading (and examine your life choices). For the rest of us, this third outing from director Edgar Wright and co-stars/pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, about a champion pub quiz team whose reunion pub crawl is disrupted by the seeming end of the world, is simply the most anticipated film of the summer.


Dennis Perkins is a Portland freelance writer.

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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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