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The 411 Movies Top 5 01.25.12: Week 363 - Top 5 Anticipated Summer Movies
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 03.01.2013

Welcome to Week 363 of the Movie Zone Top 5. My name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.

The 411mania writers were given the following instructions: I know its early, but with the Oscars over with, I am ready for the summer movie season. Lets start with next week (the blockbuster movie season starts really early now), since Jack the Giant Slayer is a summer-styled movie (and Oz comes out right after that), and go to the end of August. What are your most anticipated movies coming out from March through August?


Bryan Kristopowitz

Honorable Mentions: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, White House Down, The Heat, R.I.P.D., Turbo, Elysium

5. (tied) Olympus Has Fallen / The Evil Dead

These movies really don't have anything in common except they're both coming out at the beginning of the summer movie season, with Olympus coming out in late March and Dead coming out mid-April. Olympus Has Fallen looks like a straight up, bad ass action flick about a big goddamn event, the terrorist takeover of the White House. The President's only hope is Gerard Butler. With Antoine Fuqua directing, action movie audiences could be in for a real treat on March 22nd.

As for The Evil Dead, after watching the red band trailer on the big screen, holy hooey this looks messed up. I mean, yeah, the movie has to be messed up as it's a remake of one of the most messed up movies of all time, but I wasn't expecting the remake to be that messed up. Hopefully the remake is able to deliver on the promise of its trailer and freak me the heck out in April.

4. The Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was awful and is still awful four years later. It was not the Wolverine movie the world necessarily wanted or needed. So the hope is with director James Mangold in charge this time, The Wolverine, a sequel to X-Men Origins (or is it a prequel? I'm too lazy to go find out for sure. I'll just call it a "follow up"), will kick ass and Hugh Jackman can take his rightful place towards the top of the comic book superhero movie pyramid. If this movie fails, I don't think even Bryan Singer can save the franchise with a third movie. Do we really want to have to endure a Wolverine reboot?

3. Pacific Rim

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim looks like a big monster movie. When was the last time the world had a good, big budget, American monster movie? The movie's trailer is insanely cool, even if I can't see what the heck is going on in some of those fight snippets. I just wonder if audiences are going to show up for this movie. Is it too weird for people to care about? And since it isn't a remake or an adaptation of a preexisting property, will it have the title recognition necessary to get people to care? Hopefully the "originality" of the premise will resonate with the movie going public and the movie will be a big hit.

2. The Hangover: Part III

This is allegedly the end of The Hangover series, at least with this cast. The first two movies are modern comedy classics, so I really want director Todd Phillips and company to go out on top. It would be great if we could tag along with this group of friends every few years, just to see what kind of ridiculous nonsense they're getting into "now," but it sounds like everyone involved wants to move on to other projects (I'm sure, if this movie opens gigantically, Warner Bros will want another one and everyone will think about making a part four). Part three is expected to be different than the previous two movies. I can't wait to find out how.

1. Iron Man 3

The big question going into the latest Marvel comic book movie/Iron Man flick is can writer-director Shane Black keep pace with previous director Jon Favreau, and can this movie move along the overall story before they get to The Avengers 2? From what I've seen from the movie's trailers, it looks like Black and everyone involved are going to do just fine. The special effects look spectacular, and Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin villain looks creepy as hell. Why does he consider himself a "teacher?"

Michael Weyer

5. The Heat

A straight-laced FBI agent teams up with a rough and tumble cop to crack a case, not getting along at first but bonding. Sound familar right? Well, how about the FBI agent is played by Sandra Bullock, the cop by Melissa McCarthy and the red band trailer has more cursing than any show on TV today? These two should be the perfect odd couple pairing and the mix of action and comedy looks quite promising. Bridesmaids proved women can do raunchy humor just as well as guys, now it's time to show they can get wild and violent with even more style.

4. Fast and Furious 6

I'm a sucker for this entire series and thought nothing could top the insanity of Fast Five. But revealing Michelle Rodriguez's character is still alive and pretty much every other person from the entire series reuniting makes this one of the better sequels out there. The action looks amazing, wild car chases, brutal fights (Vin Diesel and the Rock tag-teaming on guys) and who cares about the plot? This is a movie for action junkies and should be more than worthy of the franchise's wild roots.

3. The Wolverine

The first solo movie for the standout X-Man may have been a letdown but it looks like Marvel is making up for it with the sequel. The first good move is that it adapts one of the greatest Wolverine stories ever as he travels to Japan to learn more of his roots and tangles with a terrorist group with Jessica Biel no doubt sexing it up as Viper. Jackman is still amazing in bringing the role to life and should be in his element with hopefully us able to see the man really cut loose and prove how he's the best there is at what he does.

2. Iron Man 3

I have issues with the Mandarian being played by Ben Kingsley and that the second film was a bit disapointing. But the anticipation is high as this kicks off the second half of Marvel's big movie plan and with the entire cast returning, it should be great. Yeah, easy to say Dark Knight Rises influence in the trailers but the idea of Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark pushed to the limit and beyond is good and the new suits look amazing. So five years after the first movie kick-started the movie Marvel universe, look for this one to set it into a new direction.

1. Star Trek: Into Darkness

After working a miracle of ressurecting the property as a slam-bam action fest in 2009, I can't wait to see what JJ Abrams does with the sequel. Every Trek fan knows the even-numbered ones are better and so this has a lot going for it. The mystery of who Cumberbatch's villain is adds to the major buzz and the action pieces shown in the trailers are eye-popping. Throw in the possibility of a major character death and you've got a movie that draws fans and newbies alike and proves again the wonder Abrams can work when given the right material.

Jeremy Wilson

5. Oblivion (April 19th wide release) & Elysium (August 9th)

Of the two "last humans on Earth" trailers that came out back-to-back late last year Oblivion and After Earth it was the Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle that caught my eye. It looks unbelievably beautiful (well, as beautiful as a post-apocalyptic Earth can look) and with Cruise involved it is reminiscent of Minority Report. If it's anywhere near as good as that film, Oblivion will be a must-see. I know many were disappointed in Kosinski's Tron: Legacy, but that film definitely had a unique look and Oblivion appears to have the right mix of a decent story, compelling setting, stunning effects and a really strong cast (Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Melissa Leo) that could help him move on from the mistakes of his directorial debut. I'm intrigued to see it and it doesn't hurt that Cruise has been making some better career choices of late.

And while we're on the subject of this summer's science fiction films, Neil Blomkamp's Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, has to be on the radar of any sci-fi and/or movie lover. Blomkamp's first film since his Oscar-nominated breakout hit District 9, we don't know and haven't seen a lot from the project yet. However, the footage shown at last year's Comic-Con was evidently spectacular and since Damon and Foster are on board, you know it has to be interesting at the very least. Those two don't just work with anybody and the film's basic premise sounds quite compelling, something that could definitely speak to the financial and class concerns the United States and the world have seen spotlighted the past few years.

4. Spring Breakers (March 22nd wide release)

What can only be described as a trashy, artistic indie, Harmony Korine's film has been making waves across the Internet with a marketing campaign that has almost exclusively relied on its bikini-clad quartet of stars (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson), a slew of red band trailers and what can only be described as James Franco's most skeevy, coked-out performance to date. I've already counted about half a dozen insta-classic lines already (most of which include the word "bitches") and I don't think I've ever been so excited for a Franco performance. I think people who dismiss this out of hand as something not worth seeing will be missing out, especially given Korine's previous films and the types of filmmaker-driven movies Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures have released in the past year (The Master, Killing Them Softly, Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty). I think this is more than garbage teen party flicks like Project X and 21 & Over (those films don't premiere at the Venice Film Festival) and more than just former Disney stars-in-bikinis for 90 minutes. It looks crazy, trashy, artistic, exploitative, surreal...and unlike anything else coming out this summer. It should be seen for that alone.

3. Iron Man 3 (May 3rd)

Iron Man 3 will be interesting for any number of reasons. It's our first look at a post=Avengers Marvel and the beginning of Phase 2 for their Cinematic Universe. They've promised that the events in New York won't be forgotten and will have real, tangible effects on Tony Stark. That's definitely interesting and I hope they deliver on that promise. It is also the first Iron Man film without Jon Favreau at the helm as Shane Black takes over the gig. Even though we know Kevin Feige continues to be Marvel Overlord, I like the fit of Black and Iron Man. While Black doesn't exactly have a lengthy resume in the director's chair, his screenwriting credits give confidence to those who don't want Iron Man 3 to go too dark. The trailers and clips have been good so far and it appears as if they are trying to atone for the somewhat disappointing Iron Man 2. It will probably be the biggest film of the summer and should be another good entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

2. Pacific Rim (July 12th)

Guillermo del Toro + Giant Robots + Giant Monsters x Not a Sequel / What Else is Coming Out in July = My $$$

1. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 15th)

One of my favorite blockbusters of the past several years was J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Full of action, humor and lens flares, Abrams' reboot of one of science fiction's most successful and influential franchises just hit so many right notes and took many quite a few of whom were openly skeptical by surprise. Star Trek Into Darkness looks like it will only build on what Abrams and company achieved with the first film. Featuring an outstanding returning cast and adding a number of inspired additions particularly Benedict Cumberbatch as the primary villain I've loved almost everything I've seen from the film. Even the orchestrated swerves and misdirection regarding almost every element of the film from Abrams and company haven't reduced my enthusiasm. In fact, it's probably done what they wanted, since I honestly don't care if Cumberbatch or anyone else is Khan or not. We've already seen that we'll be getting a pretty heavy story with lots of destruction, and knowing Abrams, the most creative use of lens flares imaginable. In a summer full of science fiction and sequels, it's Star Trek Into Darkness that leads the way.


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