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Summer Movies!

May 22nd, 2012

The Avengers has raised the bar VERY HIGH for this summer’s movies!  Here are some of the films I’m looking forward to this summer:

The Dark Knight Rises — Duh.  Christopher Nolan finishes his Batman trilogy and my expectations are sky-high.  I’m curious just how FINAL an ending Nolan is going to give to his Batman.

Prometheus – Ridley Scott returns to the Alien universe.  Double duh.

Moonrise Kingdom – A new Wes Anderson film always has my ticket.

Brave – Cars 2 was the first Pixar film in years that I didn’t see in theatres.  It just didn’t interest me.  (And I actually still haven’t seen it, though I do hope to watch it on DVD one of these days.)  Brave, though, looks like a far more interesting film, and I’m pleased to see Pixar returning to original stories rather than sequels.  (Though please feel free to hit me with The Incredibles 2 any time you’d like, Pixar!!)

To Rome With Love – I tend to miss Woody Allen’s films in theatres these days, more often catching up to them on DVD, but a new Woody Allen film is always something I’m interested in.  I like the idea of Jesse Eisenberg in a Woody Allen film, and I’m excited to see Woody back on-screen for the first time since 2006′s horrendous Scoop.

Safety Not Guaranteed – I am intrigued by what little I know about this indie film, that might or might-not involve time-travel, and that stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza.

Ted – The premise seems stupid, but the profane red-band trailer made me laugh. Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane makes his live-action feature film debut at the helm of this story of a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his Teddy bear who came to life and grew up with him.

Celeste and Jesse Forever – I don’t know much about this one, but I like the idea of pairing Rashida Jones (OK, it’s true, I will go see any film starring a member of the cast of Parks and Rec) and Andy Samberg.  Ms. Jones wrote the film with Will McCormack.  I’m curious to see what this one is all about.

The Campaign – Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play politicians battling one another in a North Carolina Republican primary.  Looks great.

Men in Black 3 — I’m really dubious this is going to be any good, but I’ll admit it, I’m curious.  I thought Josh Brolin’s Tommy Lee Jones impersonation killed in the trailer.  I’m hoping to be surprised by this one.  We’ll see.

The Amazing Spider-Man – This, for me, is the biggest question mark of the summer for me.  I really really want this to be good, but I have enormous doubts.  I think starting over with a re-telling of Spidey’s origin story was a BIG mistake.  I want to be wrong.

I’ll be weighing in with my thoughts on many of these flicks (however many I’m able to get to!) all summer long!  See you then!