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2010 Summer Movie Preview


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The summer of 2010 kicks off with the return of Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in the appropriately titled sequel: Iron Man 2. However, once we’ve had our fill of Iron Man, the rest of the summer is nearly superhero-free. The summer’s serving up aliensvampires, werewolves, and well dressed women, but with the exception of Jonah Hex (whose title character, let’s face it, isn’t exactly a household name) Iron Man 2 is providing the only superhero excitement of the summer. Let’s just hope the rest of May, June, July and August’s releases can make up for the lack of unnaturally strong men in bizarre costumes.

1. ‘Iron Man 2’

Iron Man 2© Paramount Pictures
Starring: Robert Downey JrScarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke

What It’s About: Robert Downey Jr is back in peak form as the billionaire Tony Stark who, when he’s not partying and/or hitting on women, saves the world as Iron Man. But this time around the government wants to butt in on Iron Man’s action – and Stark isn’t willing to share his technology.

Release Date: May 7, 2010

2. ‘Robin Hood’

Robin Hood© Universal Pictures
Starring: Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett

What It’s About: Originally, this Robin Hood tale wasn’t even going to focus on Robin Hood. The first pitch of the story had the Sheriff of Nottingham as the central character, with the story told from his point of view. But ultimately that’s not what wound up being filmed. Instead, Robin Hood is once again the story of a man who steals from the rich to give to the poor, with Crowe playing the expert archer.

Release Date: May 14, 2010

3. ‘Shrek Forever After’

Shrek Forever After© DreamWorks Animation
Featuring the Voices Of: Mike MyersCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas

What It’s About: The merry gang of ogres and assorted animal sidekicks return for the fourth – and final? – film of the franchise. This one’s set in an alternate universe (following a curse by Rumpelstiltskin) in which Shrek and Fiona aren’t married and Puss in Boots is a giant orange fluffball who’d rather eat than fight.

Release Date: May 21, 2010

4. ‘MacGruber’

MacGruber© Rogue Pictures
Starring: Will Forte, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig and Val Kilmer

What’s It About: Inspired by the 1980’s TV series MacGyver,MacGruber follows the exploits of a man who can make a bomb out of a paper clip, sticky note, and empty tube of toothpaste. Okay, so those aren’t exactly what he’d use – but you get the point. In the film, MacGruber comes out of self-imposed retirement for one last job: to protect the world from a stolen nuclear warhead.

Release Date: May 21, 2010

5. ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time© Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton

What It’s About: Based on a popular video game series, Jake Gyllenhaal shows off his buff – and bronzed – body as a prince (of Persia) who teams up with a gorgeous princess (Gemma Arterton) to keep a dagger filled with the Sands of Time (special sand capable of reversing time) safe from the wrong hands.

Release Date: May 28, 2010

6. ‘Sex and the City 2’

Sex and the City 2© New Line Cinema
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, and Cynthia Nixon

What It’s About: The lovely ladies who first graced the small screen from 1998 to 2004, and then starred in one of the most successful female-driven films of all time, are back on the big screen in what’s sure to be the year’s most fashionable film. Marriage and children can’t keep Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte down, as the foursome heads off to Abu Dhabi for a little fun and relaxation (and sex).

Release Date: May 28, 2010

7. ‘Get Him to the Greek’

Get Him to the Greek© Universal Pictures
Starring: Russell Brand and Jonah Hill

What It’s About: Russell Brand returns as the leather-clad rocker Aldous Snow in this spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jonah Hill’s also back, but he’s not playing the same character he played inFSM so maybe it’s best to just pretend not to remember him being a part of the first film. In Greek, Hill is charged with escorting the unruly rock star from England to the Greek Theater in LA for a comeback concert. Hilarious R-rated hijinx are sure to ensue.

Release Date: June 4, 2010

8. ‘The A-Team’

The A-Team© 20th Century Fox
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Liam Neeson, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson

What It’s About: And here’s another film based on a once popular TV show. The series, which ran from 1983 to 1987 on NBC, featured four Vietnam veterans wrongly convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Together as ‘The A-Team’, they attempted to clear their names while helping out people in need. The film follows the same general premise but moves the action forward so that instead of being involved in Vietnam, the four soldiers did tours of duty in Iraq.

Release Date: June 11, 2010

9. ‘The Karate Kid’

The Karate Kid© Columbia Pictures
Starring: Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith

What It’s About: Ralph Macchio was the original Karate Kid in a series of films that made ‘wax on, wax off’ a popular saying. Pat Morita co-starred as the oh-so-wise Mr. Miyagi who not only taught the kid how to defend himself physically, but also served up important life lessons. This time around it’s Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s son Jaden who gets to learn how to fight and martial arts legend Jackie Chan who’s doing the teaching.

Release Date: June 11, 2010

10. ‘Jonah Hex’

Jonah Hex© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Josh Brolin, Michael Fassbender, and Megan Fox 

What It’s About: Who is Jonah Hex? That’s a question a lot of non-comic book fans will be asking when the gunslinger who survived death moseys into theaters for what’s likely to be the first film of a franchise (if it performs up to expectations at the box office). Josh Brolin takes on the lead role as the bounty hunter who must track down a dangerous villain out to unleash hell on earth.

Release Date: June 18, 2010


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