Summer Movie Season: May 2011


The Summer Movie Season is finally here! The films being released this month all aim to rule the box office while some hope to be box office blockbusters. The next Marvel Comic hero to hit the big screen is “Thor” which opens the month starring Chris Hemsworth (“Star Trek”) in the title role along with Academy Award winners Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and Sir Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs”). Looking for more of a rom com? Check out “Something Borrowed”, which is based on the best selling book by Emily Giffin,

The following week SNL alumi Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph lead an ensemble cast in “Bridesmaids”, which could be a big hilarious hit or a huge miss. Another SNL alum, Will Ferrell, stars in “Everything Must Go”. It’s a dramedy (drama/comedy) that looks like it can be funny but yet poignant sort of like Stranger Than Fiction.

Toward the end of the month are some movie sequels. Johnny Depp stars in the latest film in Disney’s Pirates of the Carribbean franchise titled “Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides”. This time around Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) stars as the female lead. The Hangover gang consisting of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) return for Stu’s wedding in “The Hangover Part II”, which is set in Thailand. Also part of the sequel train is DreamWorks’ big hit Kung Fu Panda returns to the big screen in its sequel “Kung Fu Panda 2”.

“Tree of Life” also opens this month and has a lot of buzz surrounding it. Brad Pitt and Academy Award winner Sean Penn (“Milk”) star in this drama/sci-fi picture which is directed by Terrence Malick (“The Think Red Line”)

My spotlight pick of the month is “Last Night” starring Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), Keira Knightley (“Atonement”), Eva Mendes, and Guillaume Canet. Reminiscent of “Closer” it explores relationships both past and present and resisting temptation.

Well that’s my May overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Summer Movie Season picks.

**NOTE: Theatrical Release Dates are subject to change.**

May 6
– An Invisible Sign (limited)
– The Beaver (limited; expands: May 20)
– Caterpillar (NY)
– Daydream Nation (NY, LA)
– Forks Over Knives (limited)
– Harvest (NY)
– Haunted 3D (limited)
– Hobo with a Shotgun (limited)
– I’m Not Jesus Mommy (limited)
– Jumping the Broom
Last Night (limited)
– Make Believe (limited)
– Octubre (October) (limited)
– Passion Play (limited)
– The Silent House – La Casa Muda (limited)
Something Borrowed
– There Be Dragons (limited)
Thor (3D/2D and IMAX 3D theaters)
– The Vintner’s Luck (limited)

May 11
– City of Life and Death (NY)

May 13
– The Big Bang (limited)
– The Bleeding House (limited)
– Brother’s Justice (limited)
– Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (NY; LA release: June 3)
Everything Must Go (limited)
– The First Grader (limited)
– Go For It! (limited)
– Hesher (limited)
– The High Cost of Living (limited)
– How to Live Forever (NY)
– L’Amour Fou (NY)
– Priest (3D/2D theaters)
– Skateland (limited)
– The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (NY)
– True Legend (limited)

May 18
– Louder Than a Bomb (limited)

May 20
– 35 and Ticking (limited)
– Bloodworth (limited)
– Cost of a Soul (limited)
– The Lion of Judah (3D/2D theaters)
– Midnight in Paris (limited)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

May 25
– Tuesday, After Christmas (NY)

May 26
The Hangover Part II
Kung Fu Panda 2 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

May 27
– Tied to a Chair (limited)
The Tree of Life (limited)
– United Red Army (NY)

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