18 Summer Movies Coming Out in 2011

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Now that the Oscars have come and gone, moviegoers' next big cinema-related event (other than the next big celebrity sex tape) is the blockbuster summer movie season that actually begins during spring. Regardless, the summer movies usually bring about sequels to favorite movies, special effects-laden fare, and blue humanoid beings. Blue is the new black, don't you know! In any case, below is a list of this summer's top movies to mark your calendar for.



MAY

Thor - May 6

Kenneth Branagh directs this Marvel Comics superhero installment, which seems like an odd match considering all of the Shakespearean movies he did a couple of decades ago, but that may actually be a good thing here. Thor, the god of thunder who is banished from Asgard to earth, is played by relative unknown Chris Hemsworth and joined by the very excellent and famous actors Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. Thor kicks off the summer blockbusters, which include some other highly-anticipated comic book-based movies.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - May 20

Johnny Depp dons the hat of Captain Jack Sparrow once again in this fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Sparrow and Captain Hector Barbosa, played by recent Best Supporting Actor nominee for "The King's Speech" Geoffrey Rush are on the pirate prowl for the Fountain of Youth, but find Blackbeard and his daughter looking for the fountain as well. Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom skip the high seas adventure but Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane jump right in.

Kung Fu Panda 2 - May 26

It's hard not to get "Kung Fu Fighting" stuck in your head at the mere mention of the movie. In this Dreamworks sequel, Po the lovable panda bear and the Furious Five try to stop a villain that will use a secret weapon to both conquer China and stop kung fu. The key will be Po traveling into his past and putting the skadoosh on the villain's plans. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, and Seth Rogen are amongst many that return to lend their voices to the film.

The Hangover Part II - May 26

Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and Stu (Ed Helms) are at it once again. This time, they're in Bangkok to celebrate Stu's impending wedding vows, wolf pack style. The trailers seem to focus on the trio with no mention of Doug... maybe he's stuck on a roof of some dilapidated building of Bangkok? In any case, scanning through the IMDB page, there seems like there will be a good amount of cameos once again. There were rumors of Bill Clinton making an appearance, which would be interesting to say the least. We'll find out on Memorial Day weekend.

The Tree of Life - May 27

Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. That's all you really need to know about this movie, but add in the writing and directing of Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) and this is a must-see, particularly if you're looking for more deeper fare in your cinematic experience this particular weekend. The story centers around a family in the 1950s and seems like it goes back and forth between the past and the present. Not too much has been given away, but from the looks of the trailer, there will lots of symbolism going on.

JUNE

X-Men: First Class - June 3

When the first X-Men movie came out in 2000, it was a pioneer that started this trend of comic book movies flooding your local cinema. "X-Men: First Class" is about the founders of the superhero team, Charles Xavier (played by James McEvoy), Emma Frost (January Jones), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

Super 8 - June 10

If there was any movie deserving of the term "summer movie blockbuster," it would be this one. Why? It's produced by Steven Spielberg and written and directed by J.J. Abrams. Really, enough said. From the trailer, it looks like this movie will involve aliens, and the involvement of Area 51 pretty much cements this assumption. It's good that not too much has been given away about this movie -- this is part of the intrigue and anticipation that is usually missing from other big-time movies that give it all up in numerous and/or extended trailers.

Green Lantern - June 17

This is DC Comics' entrant into the comic book movie genre this summer and there's been a lot of anticipation for it. Part of it is the relative star power of Ryan Reynolds, as well as an "Iron Man" type of feeling that surrounds it. The Green Lantern, like Iron Man, is a character that isn't as well-known as the iconic Spider-Man or Superman, but has a special place in the hearts of fan boys everywhere. Also, like Robert Downey, Jr., Reynolds has that good looks/comedic ability combination. Oh, and special effects doesn't hurt.

Mr. Popper's Penguins - June 17

Jim Carrey stars in this movie about a businessman that inherits six penguins and no, it's not an Ace Ventura sequel in any way. The movie is based on a children's book from the 1930s and will be Carrey's fourth foray into making a movie based on a popular kid's book (with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," and "Horton Hears a Who!" in previous films).

Cars 2 - June 24

Lightning McQueen and friends take to the big screen once again after the first movie's huge success in 2006. Is racing involved? Of course. However, there is a bit of a twist as Mater, the lovable towing truck, gets involved in the world of espionage. The usual hijinks ensue, as well as the droves of money from merchandising. If you're a parent, prepare to spend lots of dough.

JULY

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - July 1

Michael Bay brings back the bots and booms in this third (final?) installment in the Transformers series. In this movie, the Autobots and Decepticons get word of a Cybertronian ship on the moon and both battle to claim it. Shia Lebeouf is back as Sam Witwicky, but Megan Fox closed the door on starring in another sequel. How do you replace the hotness? Hire a Victoria's Secret model (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) in her first ever movie role, of course! (Like there would be a difference in acting ability, anyway.)

Larry Crowne - July 1

Ah, something for the more mature crowd. Tom Hanks plays a man who loses his job and decides to go back to college. Julia Roberts co-stars, so you know that this movie with two heavyweight A-list stars has to be good. The supporting cast is solid with Taraji P. Henson, Bryan Cranston, Nia Vardolos, Pam Grier, and even comedians Cedric the Entertainer and Rob Riggle. My only confusion with casting choice is Wilmer Valderrama because there aren't any on-the-cusp of 18-years-old teen actress in this movie.

Zookeeper - July 8

Yes, this is going to be a "no brain cells required" type of movie starring Kevin James, but it will be a hit amongst the kids and earn the studio a ton of buckage. The story centers around the various animals at the zoo that help James' character woo the woman of his dreams, so the romantic slant should keep a degree of attention for all of the parents who take their kid(s) to see the cute talking animals.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - July 15

This is the final movie in the Harry Potter series and it will be Awesome with a capital A, and I'm not saying this because I've read all of the books and have seen the movies multiple times. Strictly objective here. Needless to say, if you are not camping outside of the theater a couple of months before this comes out, you don't deserve to see this movie about the boy wizard that transforms into a man, however involuntarily, with the constant threat of death to him and his friends.

Captain America: The First Avenger - July 22

Just from knowing a ton of fan boys, this movie is probably the one they can't wait to see between the other three big summer comic book movies ("Thor," "X-Men: First Class," and "Green Lantern"). There have been prior attempts of making a successful (to both the money people and fans of the character) Captain America movie, but nothing has come close to doing the iconic hero justice. However, things should change with this version that stars Chris Evans (The Human Torch from the recent "Fantastic Four" movies) and is part of the movie mythos that will lead to the much anticipated Avengers movie. Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, and Tommy Lee Jones co-star.

Cowboys & Aliens
- July 29

I remember when I first heard about this movie on the internet, there were a lot of "huh?"s about it. But then after seeing the trailer that features Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Harrison Ford, how can this not be cool? It helps that Olivia Wilde is in it, as well as the underrated Sam Rockwell. The movie about aliens invading earth in the Wild West of 1873 is directed by Jon Favreau (director of the "Iron Man" movies).

AUGUST

The Smurfs - August 3

Well, here are the blue humanoids. If you're an 80s kid like me, you'll know who the Smurfs are, and there is some sort of nostalgic feeling in the gut that will make you want to see this movie with or without your kid. It stars the computer generated Smurfs, of course, but in regards to live people, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays are the leads. Hank Azaria plays Gargamel, who banishes the Smurfs from the village and into the heart of Manhattan, Central Park. The Smurfs need to get back, but how will they do it?

30 Minutes or Less - August 12

This movie unites Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg and "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer for a comedy about two thieves (Danny McBride and Nick Swarsdon) who kidnap a pizza delivery driver (Eisenberg) to help them rob a bank...in 30 minutes or less. Aziz Ansari also stars, which just adds to the funny quotient.

Who makes better comic book movies?

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DC sucks balls

Posted By Musicy_14,

DC sucks balls [2]

Posted By psyspears,

DC because they have Batman. ^_^

Posted By valence-poison,

DC comics created the greatest superhero trilogy of all time. Dark Knight Trilogy

Posted By jln,

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