The summer blockbuster season has officially kicked off, and there’s a mindblowing amount of awesome about to hit the big screen! Here’s the complete list of flicks to keep an eye out for when you’re trying to escape the heat.
Iron Man 2
Release Date: May 7, 2010
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero "Iron Man," reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
CraveOnline’s Call: It’s cleaning up at the box office and paving the way for Marvel’s many tie-ins to come. You haven’t seen it yet?! Why???
Release Date: May 14, 2010
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Cate Blanchett
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
CraveOnline’s Call: Yawn. It looks like a reliable rental, but how many more times do we need to go through the Robin Hood story, much less with a Gladiator spin? For our money, Men In Tights will always be the best bet. Crowe does get points for having some kind of accent, however, unlike Kevin Costner, who was the only one who spoke like he was at a Nascar rally in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Release Date: May 21, 2010
Director: Jorma Taccone
Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.
CraveOnline’s Call: MacGruber thrives on the asinine and obsesses over ’80s pop culture (listening to Billy Ocean in his red Miata, carrying his old-school car stereo wherever he goes), while never too far from offering to fellate a man to get what he wants. Yes, this MacGruber feature film is for grown-ups only, and it’s exponentially better as a result of their ability to throw politically-correct caution to the wind rather than the sterile humor castration a PG-13 rating would bring. The result is something in the vein of a live-action Team America on acid. While the story is an intentional mix of every action-movie cliche you’ve ever seen, the original quirkiness and general committed weirdness of MacGruber is as authentically captivating as a spoof comedy can possibly allow. It doesn’t hurt that the movie’s got the very best opening title sequence of any film, possibly ever. Go see this movie.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Release Date: May 28, 2010
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley
From the team that brought the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
CraveOnline’s Call: It looks a little overwrought, but certainly a hell of a lot better than the Mummy franchise. As long as Brendan Fraser’s not in it, we’re on board.
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara
Directed By: Robert Luketic
Opening: Jun 4, 2010
Trying to recover from a sudden break-up, Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) believes she’ll never fall in love again. But when she reluctantly joins her parents on a trip to the French Riviera, Jen happens to meet the man of her dreams, the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher). Three years later, her seemingly impossible wish has come true: she and Spencer are newlyweds living the ideal suburban life – that is, until the morning after Spencer’s 30th birthday when bullets start flying. Literally.
It turns out Spencer never bothered to tell Jen he’s also an international super-spy, and now Jen’s perfect world has been turned upside down. Faced with the fact that her husband is a hit man, Jen is determined to discover what other secrets Spencer might be keeping – all the while trying to dodge bullets, keep up neighborly appearances, manage the in-laws…and work out some major trust issues.
CraveOnline’s Call: It’s hard to watch Katherine Heigl play up her most annoying tendencies, but as far as romantic comedies go you could do a whole hell of a lot worse than a hitman-husband plotline with these two.
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Opening: Jun 11, 2010
Aaron Green (Hill) gets things done. The ambitious 23-year-old has exaggerated his way into a dream job just in time for a career-making assignment. His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to L.A.’s Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a $100-million tour. His warning: Turn your back on him at your own peril.
British rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) is both a brilliant musician and walking sex. Weary of yes men and piles of money, the former front man is searching for the meaning of life. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have a few orgies while he finds it. When he learns his true love is in California, Aldous makes it his quest to win her back…right before kick-starting his world domination.
As the countdown to the concert begins, one intern must navigate a minefield of London drug smuggles, New York City brawls and Vegas lap dances to deliver his charge safe and, sort of, sound. He may have to coax, lie to, enable and party with Aldous, but Aaron will get him to the Greek.
CraveOnline’s Call: Be there. This one shouldn’t be missed.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel
Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Opening: Jun 11, 2010
Carnahan and the Scott brothers say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.
The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.
The original series, which ran from 1983-87 and starred George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, followed an unofficial team of Vietnam vets who will stop at nothing to get the bad guys. Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and now survive in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.
CraveOnline’s Call: This A-Team remake feels ten shades of wrong, but there’s promise in the trailer, and Liam Neeson can definitely pull off the ringleader. We’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Starring: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, John Malkovich
Directed By: Jimmy Hayward
Opening: Jun 18, 2010
Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone…and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His only human connection is with Lila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary character from the graphic novels, "Jonah Hex" is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.
CraveOnline’s Call: The hype around this film has been ludicrous, and rightfully so; the trailer looks five kinds of awesome. Can’t wait to see Brolin make a new name for himself – he’ll be remembered for this one. How can you go wrong with a supernatural Batman type from the Wild West?
TOY STORY 3
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles
Directed By: Lee Unkrich
Opening: Jun 18, 2010
The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3. Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. TOY STORY 3 will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
CraveOnline’s Call: The first two films are classics, and the third looks to be pulling out all the stops to not be the lame duck. Nobody’s too cool for Toy Story.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider
Directed By: Dennis Dugan
Opening: Jun 25, 2010
Sandler wrote the screenplay with Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star screenwriter Fred Wolf. The high-concept story is a comedy about five best friends from high school who reunite 30 years later on a Fourth of July weekend.
CraveOnline’s Call: I think this came out earlier this year, and it was way funnier. It was also called Hot Tub Time Machine.
Knight and Day
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano
Directed By: James Mangold
Opening: Jun 25, 2010
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this sexy action comedy, in which a chance encounter thrusts a woman and a charming but lethal operative into a series of adventures across the globe. As if dodging assassins and uncovering world-changing secrets weren’t enough, she must now figure out if he is a good guy, a traitor – or just plain crazy.
CraveOnline’s Call: The perfect comeback vehicle for Cruise – wisecracking secret agent/assassin saves and plays with idiot blonde whose every move may cost her her life. You don’t suppose they’ll fall in love at the end, do you?
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke
Directed By: David Slade
Opening: Jun 30, 2010
The third chapter in the Twilight franchise arrives, making the fastest damn sequel rollout in film history (and faster always equals better, right?). As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
CraveOnline’s Call: Sparkly 400 year-old vampires hang out in high schools and obsess over utterly average girls with zero charisma. We’re not quite past that part yet.
The Last Airbender
Starring: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Opening: Jul 2, 2010
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.
Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.
CraveOnline’s Call: We’re in – this looks mighty fine, despite Shyamalan’s disappointing track record. Hearing good things already, so there’s a glimmer of hope that this won’t suck.
Starring: Christopher John Grace, Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Larry Fishburne
Directed By: Nimrod Antal
Opening: Jul 9, 2010
A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, "Predators" was shot on location under Rodriguez’s creative auspices at the filmmaker’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal. The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
CraveOnline’s Call: The Predator franchise hasn’t had much luck since… well, since the first sequel, if we’re being honest. This looks to be the most promising sequel yet, with a solid cast and a fresh directorial approach. We’ll be there by default, but nobody’s taking the red pill just yet…
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Opening: Jul 16, 2010
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.
CraveOnline’s Call: Leo’s been batting a thousand for years now, and Nolan’s leaping off the crown jewel of The Dark Knight. No way is this going to do anything but kick ass. You did see the fight scene clip where the laws of gravity keep changing, didn’t you?
Dinner For Schmucks
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement
Directed By: Jay Roach
Opening: Jul 23, 2010
Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.
CraveOnline’s Call: With Carell acting like a retarded version of his Michael Scott character from "The Office," and Galifianakis being involved at all, our money’s on this one for funniest movie of the summer.
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chjwetel Ejiofor, Andre Braugher
Directed By: Phillip Noyce
Opening: Jul 23, 2010
Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world’s most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.
Liev Schreiber stars as Winter, Salt’s boss and friend on the Russian desk at the CIA, and Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Peabody, a CIA counter-intelligence officer.
CraveOnline’s Call: Look who took time off from adopting children from countries most of us can’t even pronounce! Salt looks far better than one might expect, given the rehashing of the tired story of government-operative-on-the-run we’ve seen time and time again. Benefit of the doubt? Sure, why not.
The Other Guys
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes
Directed By: Adam McKay
Opening: Aug 6, 2010
Set in New York City, "The Other Guys" follows Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant who’s more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an embarrassing public incident with his quick trigger finger. Allen and Terry idolize the city’s top cops, Danson and Manzetti (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for the Other Guys to step up, things don’t quite go as planned.
CraveOnline’s Call: An odd coupling of Wahlberg and Ferrell, but we’ve been hurting for a good Will Ferrell movie for a while now. It doesn’t seem like Anchorman 2′s coming around anytime soon, so we’ll take this one.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Opening: Aug 13, 2010
Expendable: capable of being sacrificed in order to accomplish a military objective.
The Expendables is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things arent quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.
CraveOnline’s Call: Starting to get a sneaking suspicion that this is going to be a disappointment. Let’s hope we’re wrong – the star power behind it is enough to fill a museum of big-budget action blockbusters.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Starring: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Opening: Aug 13, 2010
Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz," "Shaun of the Dead") tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."
Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass–and now is back in town–to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.
As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past–from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.
CraveOnline’s Call: Oh hell yes.