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15 MOVIES YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS SUMMER


1 AFTER EARTH

Who’s in it? Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Furhman, Sophie Okonedo.

What’s it About? A crash landing leaves Katai Raige (Jaden) and his father Cypher (Will) stranded on Earth, 1000 years after events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Katai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

Who’s Directing? The unsinkable M. Night Shyamalan.

Why You Should See it: Well on a normal day, I really wouldn’t recommend any of these guy’s movies but I had to change my policy on this one. Why? Are you kidding? Is that a serious question? Like, Duh! The Smiths are in it; and the last time this father and son duo were together on the big screen, daddy got nominated for an Oscar and they made us cry. Need I say more? The man called ‘Night’ may have a winner in this one.

ETA: June 6

2 WORLD WAR Z

Who’s in it? Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse.

What’s it About? United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

Who’s directing it? Marc Foster.

Why should you see it: Well, to start with it looks super scary. I mean really the zombies here are super fast, super strong and well, super human. Think the zombies in RESIDENT EVIL EXTINCTION+28 DAYS LATER+DAWN OF THE DEAD. It looks exciting and with the boredom we feel with every RESIDENT EVIL film we see, we really need a great Zombie-ish movie.

ETA: June 20.

3 MAN OF STEEL

Who’s in it? Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Lawrence Fishbourne.

What’s it about? A young journalist is forced to confront his secret extra-terrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

Who’s directing it? Zack “The CGI Man” Snyder.

Why you should see it: It’s one of the most anticipated movies of 2013, it’s got Michael Shannon is General Zod, Chris Nolan is producing it…what else do you want me to say? This is going to prove to be much better than the soap opera that was SUPERMAN RETURNS. We’re very hopeful with Steel fingers crossed on this one.

ETA: June 27.

4 EPIC

Who’s in it? Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell.

What’s it about? A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world and ours.

Who’s directing? Chris Wedge.

Why you should see it: Animated features have had a great start to the year, with THE CROODS doing good, this one from the makers of ICE AGE looks like a good one. It has a plot that works and some great performers in it. Last year, WRECK-IT RALPH caught my heart, can EPIC do it this year, I don’t know yet, but its definitely worth seeing.

ETA: July 27.

5 THE LONE RANGER

Who’s in it? Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner.

What’s it about? Native American warrior Tonto (Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Who’s directing? Gore Verbinski.

Why you should see it: Granted in Nigeria particularly, a lot of people have never heard of The Lone Ranger and not everything Captain Sparrow touches turns to gold; still THE LONE RANGER looks like a good one. Hammer impressed in J. EDGAR and MIRROR MIRROR, so we’re expecting big things in this one. And oh, did I mention Depp is playing a Native American, complete with war paint, accent and all? Oh yeah, I just did.

ETA: July 3.

6 WHITE HOUSE DOWN

Who’s in it? Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhall.

What’s it about? While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

Who’s directing it? Roland Emmerich.

Why you should see it: Well, it’s open season on the White House; and if you have already seen OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, you might as well check this one out and compare notes. Looks pretty much the same save for small differences, like the Obama-ish Jamie Foxx.

ETA: July 4.

7 DESPICABLE ME 2

Who’s in it? Steve Carrell, Al Pacino, Kirsten Wiig.

What’s it about? Gru is recruited by the Anti-villain league to deal with a powerful new super-villain.

Who’s directing it? Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.

Why you should see it: Simply put Gru is back and I’ve never heard Pacino’s voice in an animated feature, ever. So it should definitely be a good one. Sure STAND UP GUYS was a horrible one, but the Pacino-meister can pack a punch; perhaps it will be interesting to hear what a Carrell-Wiig collabo will sound like.

ETA: July 4.

8 THE HEAT

Who’s in it? Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Tony Hale.

What’s it about? Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter.

Who’s directing it? Paul Feig.

Why you should see it: From the guys that made THE BRIDESMAIDS, you’d wanna watch this one. McCarthy is so funny and great on screen, plus we haven’t seen Sandra in a while. It will be a curious thing to see how much on screen chemistry they can muster.

ETA: July 4.

9 R.I.P.D

Who’s in it?  Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon.                                                  
What’s it about? A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the Man who murdered him.

Who’s directing it? Robert Schwentke.

Why you should see it: Granted, THE GREEN LANTERN bombed, but that doesn’t mean Ryan isn’t great. There’s much to be seen from him in this one. And pairing up with old timer, Bridges is a good thing. So, expect action and some laughs from this one. Its another comic adaptation though, but don’t be skeptical, I’m sure the can pull this one off.

ETA: July 18.

10 PACIFIC RIM

Who’s in it? Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day.

What’s it about? When an alien attack threatens Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.

Who’s directing? Guillermo Del Toro.

Why you should see it: Del Toro has a way of endearing us with visual spectacles and frightening beasts, but what you’d really be interested in seeing is the humungus Robots and how they do battle with these ‘Aliens’. And ladies, Idris Elba is in it yelling stuff like “We will end this apocalypse!” Yeah, you should like that.

ETA: July 18.

11 THE WOLVERINE

Who’s in it? Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Famke Janssen.

What’s it about? Wolverine makes a voyage to modern day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future.

Who’s directing? James Mangold.
Why you should see it: Wolvie’s adamantium blades vs Samurai swords! Why shouldn’t you see it? Really, both blades have been famed for their sharpness; I for one would like to see which one wins the “I am sharper than you” contest. It been a while since we saw the old wolf, but he’s in good company in Japan. It looks low-key, but be not deceived, nothing in the Marvel universe is ever low-key.

ETA: July 25.

12 RED 2

Who’s in it? Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker,Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins.

What’s it about? Retired Black-ops CIA operative Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

Who’s directing? Dean Parisot.

Why you should see it: The first RED was a good one. It’s not everyday a bunch of retirees keep you at the edge of seat. Will RED 2 do the same or even better? Who knows (Though I’m sure some of you would secretly wish Morgan Freeman would be mysteriously resurrected). One thing is sure, with the addition of Anthony Hopkins, they’re pulling out all the stops on this one, Action, comedy, guns, explosions, and oh, did I forget to mention that the elegant Catherine Zeta-Jones is in it?

ETA: August 1.

13 ELYSIUM

Who’s in it? Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga.

What’s it about? Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population reside on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Who’s directing? Neill Blomkamp.

Why you should see: Because its from the guy who gave us DISTRICT 9. It promises to be great. It may not have ‘Blockbuster’ written all over it but it still looks good. So, why should you watch it? It’s from the guy who gave us DISTRICT 9…didn’t I already say that?

ETA: August 8.

14 KICK ASS 2

Who’s in it? Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carey.

What’s it about? The costumed high school hero Kickass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, The Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kickass knows.

Who’s directing? Jeff Wadlow.

Why you should see it: If not for anything else, see it because Jim Carey is in the mix. He looks crazy…sorry, he looks extremely crazy in this flick. It’s still got the usual dark humor from the first one,its still got Moretz,well, kicking ass and its got more average Joe heroes to fill up the Senate.

ETA: August 15.

15 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

Who’s in It? Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T Jackson.

What’s it about? In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical golden fleece and to stop an ancient evil from rising.

Who’s directing? Thor Freudanthal.

Why you should watch it: Me? I’d like to watch it just out of sheer curiosity to see what a guy named Thor can do. But seriously, I liked PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, its made me forget the tragedy of CLASH OF THE TITANS that year. SEA OF MONSTERS promises to be better than the first. Did it deserve a sequel? I don’t know, but let’s give this one a chance, it could be one of the best things that happened to you this summer.

ETA: August 15.

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