This summer features the usual slate of sequels but also offers some intriguing new films, making it even harder than usual to figure out which titles are a must see. Don’t miss out on the strongest contenders in the race to be the biggest blockbuster. Check out the top 10 movies of summer of 2013.
1. Star Trek Into Darkness – May 17
Star Trek Into Darkness – a remake of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – manages to simultaneously pay homage to the original, honor longtime fans of the franchise and engage new audiences. Bringing on Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Khan adds an extra dose of star power.
2. Elysium- August 9
Science fiction fans have a wide variety of new releases to choose from this summer, including Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodi Foster. The film is set in the year 2154, when the wealthy live on a luxurious space station and the poor are trapped on a violent and disease-ridden Earth. The themes of healthcare, socioeconomic disparity and immigration laws resonate strongly with modern day issues.
3. Before Midnight – May 24
Before Sunrise launched an emotional journey back in 1995, and audiences continue to follow the two stars of the series – Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy – through various stages of their relationship. Before Midnight is the 3rd film in the franchise (following Before Sunset) and catches up with the lovers on vacation as they discuss the many concerns on their plate, from careers to family. The film received highly-positive reviews from critics.
4. Iron Man 3 – May 3
Explosions, expensive battle scenes, and dramatic 3D effects are everywhere in Iron Man 3 – viewers can be sure to get their money’s worth in this high-budget, action-packed film. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow resume their lead roles and Ben Kingsley joins them in the role of a villain named Mandarin.
5. Fast & Furious 6 – May 24
The Fast and Furious franchise has lasted longer than most of us would have predicted, but the thrilling chases and high-powered vehicles continue to please crowds the world over and Fast & Furious 6 is no exception. This is the fourth and last Fast and Furious film to be directed by Justin Lin, who will hand over the reins to James Wan for the seventh installment.
6. World War Z – June 21
This zombie film is based on the book World War Z by Max Brooks, and stars Brad Pitt as a retired UN employee attempting to stop a worldwide zombie crisis. With accomplished director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Monster’s Ball) behind the camera, the screen adaptation is both thrilling and refined.
7. The Wolverine – July 26
Studios view superhero movies as a fairly safe bet. Certain characters continue to attract attention, and Wolverine is among the pack. Hugh Jackman returns, with metallic claws and a scruffy beard, in The Wolverine – a sequel to the first solo film for the X-Men member. Audiences will get to see the Wolverine battling ninjas in Japan – need I say more?
8. The Hangover Part III – May 23
The Hangover Part III is a fitting conclusion to the series, which launched the careers of several cast members, including Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong. The Hangover trilogy will go down as some of the funniest movies of this generation – all of which scored big at the box office.
9. Despicable Me 2 – July 3
This winning family film features the voice talents of Steve Carrell as the lovable former-villain Gru. Despicable Me 2 is poised to hold its own as a sequel and bring even more laughs and adorable moments. Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams created the score for this film as well as the original.
10. The Great Gatsby – May 10
The Great Gatsby is one of the most-read stories in the country and is regularly found on high school reading lists. This tragic tale of love, extravagance and loss is brought to a modern context with the acting talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan as well as a hit-soundtrack featuring Jay Z, Beyonce and Kanye West. A must-see!
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