Summer is almost halfway over, if you can believe it. More important, we are through the Harry Potter madness. And in spite of the fact that we hit our super hero limit somewhere between Thor and X-Men First Class, there still are more to come:
Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)
At first glance, you may think this is just super hero movie, but it is not, my friend. This is the equivalent of a crack dealer giving you your first stash for free. The studio’s getting you hooked on ‘avengers’ starting with Chris Evans as the good guy, Super Soldier, and ultimately culminating in the super hero steroid spectacular, The Avengers, due out in 2012.
Friends with Benefits (July 22)
If you missed No Strings Attached, I have two things to say: First, lucky you, and second, you have another chance to see a pretend platonic sex comedy. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis pretend not to be in love while they dance the Serta samba. This one looks very funny and boasts a terrific supporting cast.
The Smurfs (July 29)
You read right: Those little blue creatures from our childhood have been rebooted, proving once again there is nothing Hollywood won’t reuse, reinvent or recycle.
The Change Up (Aug. 5)
The challenge here is how do you make the Freaky Friday/body swapping comedy fresh and new. They did it by casting Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles. Bateman is so funny, you forget that he’s good-looking, and Reynolds is so good-looking, you forget he’s funny.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Aug. 5)
This is the movie I have been waiting for all summer because even though it’s technically a prequel, it’s a fantastic idea for a film. Ever since Charleton Heston was enslaved by the uber-apes after his spaceship crashed in 1968, we’ve wondered, How did those apes manage to take over?
The Help (Aug.10)
Emma Stone stars as a woman in Mississippi who bonds with African- American housekeepers through a secret writing project.
Fright Night (Aug. 19)
Colin Farrell is making quite the comeback this summer. Here, he plays a vampire that had me sleeping with the lights on for a week. Think of Rear Window, only the killer is incredibly charming, oh, and undead.
Conan the Barbarian (Aug.19)
Why, God, why?