Oh the summer time, hot weather, bbq’s, and great movies.  This summer is no exception from the others, and the movies look top notch.


1. Star Trek (May 8th)startrekposter

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Eric Bana

Directed by J.J. Abrams


I have never been into Star Trek (quite possibly due to my age) and in all honestly I am not a big J.J. Abrams fan.  I believe it has something to do with the fustration that comes with his hit show Lost.  However, this revival of Star Trek looks simply amazing.  The character’s look great, the costume’s look great and the story look’s great.  There is alot of hype surround this film and I hope it lives up to it.  I reviewing it and seeing it opening day.



2. Terminator Salvation (May 21st)

Starring :Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin

Directed by McG (Joseph McGinty Nichol)

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators.  After hearing Christian Bales crazy rant on the internet I feel as if that is a good enough reason to see Terminator Salvation.  Although it did not achieve an R rating through the MPAA the film still looks very promising.  It has been 6 years since the last Terminator film, could this be the one to start the series up again? 


3. Up (May 29th)up-pixar-poster

Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger

Directed by Pete Docter Bob Peterson

All you have to do for this one is look at the trailer.  From the studio that brought you Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Monster Inc, The Incrediles, Cars, and Wall-E.  78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America.  He doesn’t do it the normal way of flying though.  He tys thousands of ballons to his house and begins for lift off.  Soon after lift off he learns he isn’t alone on his journey.  Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.  Pixar has not disappointed yet and this one will be no different.  



4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 24th)trans2

Starring: Shia LaBeolf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel

Directed by Michael Bay

The follow up to the 2007 hit Transformers.  The Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers.  Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.  With Michael Bay behind the camera you can expect a big budget summer action flick with lot’s of explosions.  Which frankly sounds great to me.  


public_enemies_movie_image_johnny_depp5. Public Enemies (July 1st)

Starring: Johnny Depp, and Christian Bale

Directed by Michael Mann

Based on a true story FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Bale) sets his sights on American gangster John Dillinger (Depp) and others in an attempt to curb a rampant Chicago crime spree during the 1930s.  I am a sucker for Johnny Depp, slap his name on a poster or cast him in a movie and I am there.   The thing is I am never let down either, then you add in Christian Bale and legendary director Michael Mann and you could have yourself a masterpiece.


6. Brüno (July 10th)bruno-apr-02

Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

Directred by Larry Charles

Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the big screen this summer.  It’s not Borat, this time it’s Bruno, a flamboyant Austrian fashionista who takes his show to America.  If you liked Borat you will like this, plain and simple







harry-potter-6-poster7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 15th)

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Directed by David Yates

As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.  The long awaited Harry Potter and The Half  Blood Prince comes out July 15th after being pushed back from the Fall 08.  I have been looking forward to this since last summer and I cannot wait.  The Half Blood Prince was one of Rowlings strongest books in the series and the movie should be no different.  


8. Funny People funny_people(July 31st)

Starring Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, and Leslie Mann
Directed By Judd Apatow

When seasoned comedian George Simmons (Sandler) learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his life changes forever.  Seth Rogan is currently in his prime starring in movie after movie and never leaving fans empty.  This is Apatows 3rd film behind Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin, with the addition on Adam Sandler this movie should be better then the rest.  



g_i_joe_ver59. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (August 7th)

Starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans

Directed by Stephen Sommers

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.  All I can say is a live-action G.I. Joe film?  Yes Please.  Director Sommers (The Mummy Series) will take the classic cartoon and turn it into a very succesful and eventful action summer movie.  



10. Inglourious Basterds (August 21st)inglourious-basterds-poster

Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mike Meyers

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.  Orignally slated for 2004 and pushed back numerous times it is finally here.  All I can say is it’s a Tarantino film, that should sell it.  This is one of my most anticipated films of the summer and I am sure it will be good.  A great cast, and from what I have read/seen a great storyline.  It should be brutal, violent, dark, and fun.  Those four words can only be grouped together with Tarantino



Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

The trailer for X-Men Origins looked superb and I was really looking forward for the release of the film. I have never read any of the comics nor have I watched the animated series. However, I was a big fan of the films. Before I left to see Wolverine in action I decided to browse through a few reviews. Oh boy was I shocked, it seemed as if the reviews didn’t have what I had in mind. These reviews didn’t change anything though; I left and headed to the theater. I paid the low matinee price of $7.65 (it’s funny to think $7.65 is a low price) got some popcorn and entered the theater.


The film starts in the 1850s with a young James Logan sick in bed and with a young Victor Creed by his side. After a double murder the two boys run from their house and vow to always be by each other’s side. Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber’s are then both introduced (as the older Logan and Victor) fighting various American Wars.  They start in the Civil War and don’t stop until the Vietnam War.

It is obvious now that these two men are abnormal and they catch the eye of William Stryker, played by Danny Huston.   Stryker is in search for a precious metal and his team of mutant superheroes is going to be the ones who retrieve it.  One thing leads to another and Logan quits the team. He moves to the Canadian Rockies where he lives a normal life for six years.  One day Stryker returns and asked for his help. After a few more events Logan finally agrees and undergoes an operation to make him into “Wolverine”.

Throughout the film I found myself questioning a few scenes. James Logan was bedridden in the first scene due to the severity of his illness. However, he is able to run from his home in the middle of the night with just his pajamas on? I also found the quality of the CGI in the film to be somewhat poor. I could not pinpoint it but there was something about Wolverine’s metal claws that just looked bad. You would think after three movies they would get it right. Jackman gave his normal yet great performance as Wolverine.  I found myself looking at his body at some points rather than his performance. You could tell he hit the gym and I would love to see him vs. Robert Downy Jr. from Iron Man.  Schreiber was an incredible Sabertooth and both characters worked very well together.



From Left to Right. Deadpool (Reynolds), Gambit (Kitsch), Wolverine (Jackman), Sabertooth (Schreiber), and Kayla Silverfox (Collins)

The other members of Stryker’s team were given almost no back story which makes me believe Marval may be interested in more “Origin” films.    If this is true they should call up both Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Taylor Kitsch (Gambit), both who portrayed their characters very well.


Though the film had a few scenes that were dull and others that didn’t make sense it was still a good and entertaining movie.  I would recommend seeing it unless you are a comic junkie, in which case you may find the film a little less appealing.  The story works well with explaining Logan’s past and it t answers any questions you may have had from the previous X-Men films.