Movies to Check Out during Summer 2012
The summer is the time when the big budget films are readily available at the theaters and it’s also when sequels are prevalent in the choices of films to go see. Along with these big budget action films there are some good independent and comedy films offered. Below is a list of some of the movies to check out this summer before returning to school on August 15, 2012.
1. Marvel’s The Avengers (May 04)
Description: Marvel’s The Avengers features iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout and a mild drug reference
Run Time: 142 Minutes (2 hours 22 minutes)
2. Men in Black III (May 25)
Description: Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him – secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content
Run Time: 106 Minutes (1 hour 46 minutes)
3. Snow White and the Huntsman (June 01)
Description: Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Toby Jones, Ian McShane
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and brief sensuality
Run Time: 127 Minutes (2 hours and 7 minutes)
4. Prometheus (June 08)
Description: Prometheus creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall
Rating: R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language
Run Time: 124 Minutes (2 hours and 4 minutes)
5. Rock of Ages (June 15)
Description: This film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical involves two love-struck dreamers who fall in love during the height of the hair-metal scene as they navigate the seedy world of drugs, mullets, and stripping while at a club on the Sunset Strip.
Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language
Run Time: 123 Minutes (2 hours and 3 Minutes)
6. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (June 22)
Description: Set in a too-near future where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, the writer/director explores what people will do and how they will feel when humanity’s end is near. A 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. Also failing is the marriage of soft-spoken insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell); the breaking news that the world will end in an estimated 21 days cues his wife to leave him on the spot. Dodge is a man who has always played by the rules of life, while his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) is an extroverted woman who hasn’t. From these opposite perspectives, both initially choose to navigate the impending end of the world with blinders on. Seizing the moment, Dodge promises to help Penny reach her family if she will provide transport for the two of them in her car immediately. She agrees, and they escape. On the road together, the unlikely traveling companions’ respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.
Cast: Kiera Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller
Rating: R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence
Run Time: 94 Minutes (1 hour and 34 Minutes)
7. People Like Us (June 29)
Description: People Like Us is a drama/comedy about family and is inspired by true events. The film follows Sam (Chris Pine), a twenty-something, fast talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family–and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
Cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall
Rating: PG-13 for language, some drug use and brief sexuality
Run Time: 115 Minutes (1 hour and 55 Minutes)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 03)
Description: Columbia Pictures reboots the Spider-Man franchise with this new entry focusing on a high school-era Peter Parker as he grapples with his newfound superpowers.
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence
Run Time: 136 Minutes (2 hours and 16 Minutes)
9. The Magic of Belle Isle (July 06)
Description: In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Kenan Thompson, Virginia Madsen, Emma Fuhrmann, Madeline Carroll
Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and language including some suggestive comments
Run Time: 109 Minutes (1 hour and 49 Minutes)
10. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
Description: The story will pick up after the events of The Dark Knight, with Christian Bale returning as the Caped Crusader — this time pitted against the deadly Bane (Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).
Cast: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
Run Time: 165 Minutes (2 hours and 45 Minutes)
11. The Bourne Legacy (August 03)
Description: The fourth installment of the highly successful Bourne series sees the return of the franchise’s screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, this time stepping into the director’s seat for an entry which sidelines main character Jason Bourne in order to focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner). Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz co-star, with Joan Allen and Albert Finney reprising their roles from the previous films.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Alien, Oscar Isaac
Rating: PG-13 for violence and action sequences
Run Time: 120 Minutes (2 hours)
12. Total Recall (August 3)
Description: The plot details the path of a man who wrestles with reality when he is called to Mars while under the control of virtual reality memory implants.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy
Rating: Not yet available
Run Time: 113 Minuets (1 hour 53 Minutes)
13. Hope Springs (August 10)
Description: Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough — the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.
Cast: Steve Carell, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Fernando Lara
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality
Run Time: 92 Minutes (1 hour 32 Minutes)
14. The Campaign (August 10)
Description: This comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival presidential candidates.
Cast: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach, Zach Galifianakis
Rating: Not yet available
Run Time: Not yet available
15. Sparkle (August 17)
Description: Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
Cast: Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Michael Beach
Rating: Not yet available
Run Time: Not yet available
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