Guide: A Summer Full of Diverse Films
Whether you like fast-paced action films, comedies, dramas, science fiction flicks, family-friendly fare, animated motion pictures or romantic comedies, the summer of 2009 should provide plenty of options for even the most stubborn of moviegoers. The following are some of the more anticipated films of the summer season and their release dates. As always, the dates are subject to change. May 1: âX-Men Origins: Wolverineâ â How did Hugh Jackmanâs Wolverine become the c... (continued)
Whether you like fast-paced action films, comedies, dramas, science fiction flicks, family-friendly fare, animated motion pictures or romantic comedies, the summer of 2009 should provide plenty of options for even the most stubborn of moviegoers. The following are some of the more anticipated films of the summer season and their release dates. As always, the dates are subject to change. May 1: âX-Men Origins: Wolverineâ â How did Hugh Jackmanâs Wolverine become the clawed and temperamental fighting machine that he is today? Youâll find out the answer to that question in this origin story that comes from director Gavin Hood (âRenditionâ). May 8: âStar Trekâ â The popular science fiction franchise that boldly went where no man had gone before gets a face lift in director J.J. Abramsâ reboot that focuses on the early careers of James Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew. May 15: âAngels & Demonsâ â Tom Hanks reprises his role as symbologist Robert Langdon in the follow-up to Ron Howardâs âThe Da Vinci Code.â This time around the Harvard religious expert is given the task of stopping the Illuminati before they follow through on plans to blow up the Vatican. May 21: âTerminator Salvationâ â This latest film installment in the âTerminatorâ franchise stars Christian Bale as an adult John Connor who in 2018 must put an end to Skynet and its army of deadly cyborgs before the entire human race is wiped off the face of the Earth. May 22: âNight at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonianâ â Friends old and new join Ben Stillerâs Larry Daley as he confronts exhibits in the Smithsonian Institution that are very much alive and breathing. Also includes performances from Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria. May 29: âUpâ â Pixar Animation Studioâs 10th feature film follows 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson (voice by Edward Asner) as he ties thousands of balloons to his house and fulfills his lifelong dream by flying to South America. June 5: âLand of the Lostâ â Based on the 1974 television series, Will Ferrell plays a washed up scientist who is sucked into a vortex and thrown into an alternate universe where dinosaurs are king. June 12: âImagine Thatâ â Onetime bad boy Eddie Murphy continues his streak of family material in this movie about a financial executive who forms a closer relationship with his daughter when she starts to give him successful stock market advice through her imaginary friends. June 19: âThe Proposalâ â This romantic comedy has Sandra Bullock playing a bitter and demanding book editor who pretends to be engaged to her unsuspecting assistant (Ryan Reynolds) when she faces being deported to her home country of Canada. âYear Oneâ â Jack Black and Michael Cera star in director Harold Ramisâ Stone Age comedy about two clumsy hunters who embark on an incredible expedition when they are banished by their tribe. June 24: âTransformers: Revenge of the Fallenâ â Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox return to help the Autobots battle the evil Decepticons in this sequel to director Michael Bayâs 2007 âTransformers.â July 1: âIce Age: Dawn of the Dinosaursâ â Manny the woolly mammoth (voice by Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and the rest of the gang are back for a third adventure that involves a rescue mission in an underground world where dinosaurs have been hiding for centuries. âPublic Enemiesâ â Director Michael Mann tells the story of John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), a highly intelligent bank robber who became the top target of J. Edgar Hooverâs FBI and its top agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). July 10: âBrunoâ â British comedian Sacha Baron Cohenâs third movie about a character from his HBO television series. First it was Ali G. Then it was Borat. Now itâs Bruno, a flamboyant Austrian fashion reporter who doesnât shy away from offending anyone who gets in his path of sight. July 15: âHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Princeâ â As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he obtains a potions book that used to belong to the mysterious Half-Blood Prince and learns more about Lord Voldemortâs dark past. July 31: âFunny Peopleâ â Adam Sandler plays a successful standup comedian who is diagnosed with a terminal blood disorder and given less than a year to live in this comedy written and directed by Judd Apatow. Also stars Seth Rogen, Eric Bana and Jonah Hill. Aug. 7: âG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobraâ â The popular 1980s Hasbro action figures are brought to life in this live action movie that pits the patriotic G.I. Joe team against the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the powerful Cobra organization. The cast includes Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid and Sienna Miller. Aug. 21: âInglourious Basterdsâ â Quentin Tarantino pays homage to spaghetti westerns in this converging World War II tale about a young woman who narrowly escapes a Nazi attack and a vengeful group of Jewish-American soldiers led by Brad Pitt.
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