Ok, ok, it doesn't feel like it. Many states have yet to break 80 degrees. But, as long the sun rises and sets, the coming of summer is inevitable. On the silver screen, big-budget blockbusters are also an indicator that summer is right around the corner.
This year, the summer kick-off film debuted in early May with Iron Man 3. The following week saw the release of epic and sweeping Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio in what may be his finest role yet. May 10 also brought the family-friendly, Peeples, to your local theater. But, there are still lots of great movies to look forward to this summer. Here are a few of our picks.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Starring: Chris Pine, Zoe Saladana
Directed by: JJ Abrams
The big budget, splashy second-installment of the Star Trek series is getting incredible reviews. Into Darkness has action and laughs, and it wouldn't be movie featuring James T. Kirk without some outer space lovin'. A battle with the Klingons and an enigmatic villan that makes you love to hate him. The second installment is even better than the first.
Fast & Furious 6
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson
The hard-to-kill franchise returns with a summer hit that is sure to feature fast cars and fast girls. The crew reunites to defeat a rogue driving crew and clear their names. We are willing to bet that there will definitely be at least one more FF movie, I mean, you gotta make a lucky 7, right?
The Hangover Pt. 3
May 24 (Moved to May 23)
Starring: Zach Galifinakis, Bradley Cooper, Mike Epps
What can you say about the Hangover series? The first film created breakout stars of Galifinakis, who is funny in any and everything he does, as well as Bradley Cooper. The finale of the films is full of gags, jokes, and a kidnapping, like usual. But, writer/director Todd Phillips states that the movie has a very clear ending to bring this hilarious trilogy to a close.
Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith
For years, the summer belonged to Will Smith who had hit after hit starting with Independence Day in 1996. This year, Smith reunites with his son for an exciting trip into the future where he plays Cypher Raige (dope name) father to Kitai whose bad behavior is a cry for his father's time and attention. Cypher takes his son on a trip to Earth which turns out to be anything but routine.
This is the End
Starring: Craig Robinson, Kevin Hart, James Franco
A stoner hit with an all-star cast, This is the End, is sure to be so full of jokes, they will barely fit on the screen. The film stars a dozen comedy actors all playing fictional versions of themselves. After a series of cataclysmic events, the friends are isolated in a bunker and their friendship is tested as the world ends around them.
The Lone Ranger
Starring: Johnny Depp
An adaptation of the popular television series, The Lone Ranger features Johnny Depp as Tonto and Arnie Hammer as the masked hero. The story is told from Tonto's point of view of two unlikely heroes fighting greed and corruption.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan
An amazing independent film, Fruitvale Station stars Michael B. Jordan in the based on a true story version of the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, and his experiences on the last day of his life before he was shot to death by police in 2009.
Starring: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg
By the time the leaves begin to fall, a crime drama rounds out the summer season. A DEA Agent (Washington) and Naval Intelligence Officer (Wahlberg) are set up and accused of stealing money from the mob. After realizing they were tricked by the CIA, they join forces to clear their names and stay alive.
And, there you have it folks! A few great films for you to check out this summer. Tell us about any other movies you're planning to see this summer or what you think about our list.