Super 8: Set to be released June 10th, this science fiction film focuses on a circle of friends who are creating a movie. While filming a scene on their Super 8 mm film camera, the group witnesses a train wreck. After the accident, disappearances and other strange events begin to occur. The people of the community attempt to uncover the truth behind the unusual occurrences in their town. Super 8 is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. Critics are hesitant this film may have many similarities to Spielberg’s classic E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial. Any movie that will lead to a long discussion of the existence of life on another planet is my type of movie. I am looking forward to finding the truth behind the train accident.
Green Lantern: Comic book lovers will line up June 17th to see if director Martin Campbell adapted their childhood superhero accurately. Based off the DC Comics’ character, Green Lantern focuses on Hal Jordan’s (Ryan Reynolds) adventure of becoming part of the Green Lantern Corps. The Green Lantern Corps is a society of several races that aim to ensure peace throughout the Universe. Each member receives a ring that grants him powers. In movie, Hal must learn how to manage his powers and have confidence that he can bring peace to Earth. Gossip Girl star Blake Lively also stars in the film as character Carol Ferris. I am no comic book expert. However, I am an enormous Reynolds and Lively fan. I anticipate this movie will have great action scenes and hopefully believable chemistry between the two actors.
Bad Teacher: Actors Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake bring the laughs in this summer comedy. Diaz portrays Elizabeth Halsey, a teacher who could care less about her students and only strives to find a rich man to marry. She meets Scott (Timberlake) on the first day of school and realizes he is the man she has searching for. Elizabeth believes enhancing her looks with plastic surgery is the key to winning Scott’s heart. With a lack of funds, Elizabeth attempts to win the school bonus incentive by taking a sudden interest in her students’ education. I have awaited an N’SYNC comeback for years. Until that day comes, I will enjoy watching Timberlake on the big screen on June 24th.
Larry Crowne: Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks reunite for this comedic, inspiring and romantic film on July 1st. Hanks plays the role of Larry Crowne, a middle aged man who is recently laid off from his job. He decides to pursue a college education and enrolls in Ms. Mercedes Tainot’s (Roberts) speaking class. Mercedes is struggling with feeling as though she is not a motivation in the lives of her students. They both come together and tender sparks fly. Roberts and Hanks are classic actors. I have no doubt that they shine in their performances in this film written by Hanks.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: The final film of this decade long franchise is set to be released July 15th. This movie will tie together the complete tale of Harry Potter based off of the J.K. Rowling series. Following Part One, the movie continues as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermonie (Emma Watson) hunt for the remaining three Horcruxes in hopes of finally destroying Voldemort. Hogwarts is the final place the trio decides to search. When Voldemort and the Death Eaters learn the group is within the castle, the final battle begins. Potter fans will learn which of the two is the most powerful wizard. I have grown up loving the series and will be terribly sad to see it all come to an end. However, I am excited to witness the ultimate battle between good and evil in the wizarding world on the big screen. Alongside other Potter fans, I am counting down the days until the movie is released.
Winnie the Pooh: Produced by Walt Disney Animated Studios, the classic children’s book characters of Winnie the Pooh return for this film. On Winnie’s quest to find honey, Winnie discovers Eeyore has lost his tail. The clan chooses to hold a contest to see who can find Eeyore a new tail. Meanwhile, Winnie finds a note left by Christopher Robin. The group of friends decipher the note to say he has been kidnapped and set on an adventure to bring him home safely. Children and adults will be able to enjoy the simplicity of this animation on July 15th. I predict families of all ages will attend this lighthearted movie.
Friends with Benefits: On July 22nd, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis attempt to keep things casual in this romantic comedy. Timberlake acts as Dylan a man who has had his share of failed relationships. Jamie, played by Kunis, is an old friend of Dylan’s who agrees to sleep with him while leaving the emotional attachment out of their relationship. However, the friends end up having deeper feelings for one another and must overcome the fear of past relationships in order to build a new one. Critics foresee this film to be much like the recently released film No Strings Attached. I believe Timberlake and Kunis each have their own acting strengths that will stand out and make this movie unique.
Crazy, Stupid, Love: Comedy, romance and drama will be seen in this film on July 29th. This movie centers on Carl Weaver (Steve Carell) whose wife recently asked him for a divorce. Carl heads to the local bar to drown his pain with drinks when he meets the ultimate bachelor Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Jacob gives Carl tips on fashion and dating in order to help him move on from his failed marriage. After all the advice, Carl cannot stop thinking about his wife. Jacob battles with his own issues when he meets the girl of his dreams. While Carell brings the laughs, I look forward to seeing Gosling bring the good looks in this film.
The Help: Emma Stone portrays ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, a recent college graduate that returns to Mississippi with hopes of becoming a writer. Set in the 1960s , large racial boundaries exist in her hometown. Skeeter builds an unlikely friendship with two of her life long friend’s maids. She chooses to write an article from their perspective. This causes chaos in the town and primarily between Skeeter and her childhood friends. The Help is an adaptation from Kathryn Stockett’s novel. Set to be released on August 12th, this girl-power movie is sure to be a hit with the ladies. As a woman who loves to write, I am hopeful to find this film as encouragement to write pieces that will impact others.
One Day: Based off of David Nicholl’s popular novel, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) become friends on the night of their college graduation. Every year they visit each other to catch up on where they each are in their lives. The film traces 20 years of their lives both together and apart. Heartbreaks, laughs, marriages, tears, births and deaths will be witnessed by audiences in this film on August 19th. I personally believe Hathaway is a well rounded actress who has the ability to act out many different types of character. I predict this movie will be no different and expect to see great things from her as well as Sturgess.