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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.

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Another Pirates Sequel?

Source: Variety

Variety reports that “Chicago” director Rob Marshall, may be directing the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. If Marshalll is a lock [to direct], production will begin in 2010. This would be the fourth film in the Disney franchise. I really like Rob Marshall’s work, but I don’t know how I feel about another Pirates sequel. I think they should’ve just left it at the first film, but considering how well the first film did, of course Disney would want to cash in on the sequel train. According to the numbers, numbers most certainly speak louder than words. The Pirates trilogy has grossed $2.6 billion dollars (no that is not a typo) worldwide with Gore Verbinski directing all three films.

Perhaps a new director can be a good thing for the franchise. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the last two Pirates sequels. A new director can bring a new and fresh vision. The good news is that Johnny Depp will be back to play Captain Jack Sparrow, the role that garnered him an Academy Award nomination.

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