Summer Of 2011 Movies — More Blockbusters Than Ever Before?
The summer heat is here, and everyone is looking for a way to keep cool. So, hit the movie theaters, stop by the concession stand for popcorn and cold refreshments, and enjoy some of the hot new movie releases in the area while you chill out.
“The Hangover Part II” (R) – The sequel to the raunchy, liquor-and-drug filled 2009 comedy, Hangover II features the same crude humor from Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and the lovable Zach Galifianakis. This film should be worth watching for some unforgettable scenes, but leave the kids at home.
“X-Men: First Class” (PG-13) – Since opening on June 3, this comic book action flick has received positive reviews from film critics worldwide and is definitely a hit at the box office, too. Rottentomatoes.com has rated this prequel to the X-Men chronicle 4.4 out of 5 stars. Directed by Mathew Vaughn, and starring an all-star cast of mutants and scientists, this movie promises answers to the questions from the previous X-Men films, while keeping up with plenty of super-hero violence and action.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (PG-13) – Johnny Depp wobbles around once more as Jack Sparrow in this installment of “Pirates,” available in 3D in some theaters. Sparrow joins female pirate Angelica (Penélope Cruz) on an epic journey for the search of the fountain of youth, along the way running into the infamous buccaneer, Blackbeard.
“Fast Five” (PG-13) – The fifth installment of the “Fast and Furious” series, starring once again Vin Diesel and Paul Walker as they blaze through the streets in muscle cars. This time the duo are hiding from authorities in Rio de Janeiro street races, and car theft. Car buffs and action junkies will get their engines revving from this movie.
“Kung Fu Panda 2” (PG) – Available in some theaters in 3D, this sequel to the original features the voices from Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Jackie Chan. This time Po (Black) joins other animal kung fu masters to stop an evil villain from taking over the world. The plot may sound tired, but critics confirm that the movie is wildly creative and fun to watch. The International Movie Database (IMDB) gave the film 8.1 out of 10 stars.
“Green Lantern” (PG-13) – DC Comics fans get a chance to see if comic actor Ryan Reynolds deserves to wear the green tights and power ring of Hal Jordan, a former Air Force pilot who leads a group of intergalactic freedom fighters against a brilliant super villain. “GL” was being released as this issue reaches you. Expect to be impressed by the film’s 3D effects.
“Super 8” (PG-13) – Produced by legendary Steven Spielberg (Jaws, E.T, Back to the Future), and directed by the up-and-coming director J.J. Adams (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III), “Super 8” is an action-packed thrilled that should not be missed. In the film, a group of teenagers are shooting their own horror movie when they witness a disastrous train wreck; which they will soon find out was no accident.