Summer movie preview

April 27, 2010|By BOB GARVER / Special to The Herald-Mail

"Iron Man 2" (May 7)

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke

Director: Jon Favreau

Plot: Tony Stark continues to fight evil, even though his identity is now known to the world

Get Excited: The first one was not only exciting, it was smart and it turned out surprisingly good performances for a popcorn flick.

But Not TOO Excited: It's first out of the summer blockbuster gate, and expectations are maybe too high.

"Robin Hood" (May 14)

Stars: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen

Director: Ridley Scott

Plot: A skilled archer fights corruption in 13th-century England.

Get Excited: Scott and Crowe are best known for teaming up for 2000's Best Picture-winning "Gladiator".

But Not TOO Excited: The story has been told many, many times before.


"Shrek Forever After" (May 21)

Stars: (the voices of) Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphey

Director: Mike Mitchell

Plot: The ogre is tired of domestic life and tries to get things back to the way they were in his bachelor days.

Get Excited: The first two "Shrek" films are beloved modern classics.

But Not TOO Excited: Critics (rightfully) complain that the franchise has grown stale and too full of modern pop-culture references.

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (May 28)

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Sir Ben Kingsley

Director: Plot: A prince and princess team up to prevent a devastating sandstorm.

Get Excited: Disney truly believes they have a franchise on their hands, pumping millions into marketing and blanketing Disney World in ads.

But Not TOO Excited: Has a movie adaptation of a video game ever turned out well?

"Sex and the City 2" (May 28)

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis

Director: Michael Patrick King

Plot: The girls go to Morocco, most likely lots of shopping will be involved.

Get Excited: Somehow, the last movie was actually pretty watchable.

But Not TOO Excited: Another movie six years after the HBO series went off the air seems unnecessary.

"Get Him to the Greek" (June 4)

Stars: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Emily Blunt

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Plot: A record company intern desperately tries to control an out-of-control rock star.

Get Excited: The film is a spinoff to 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" one of my personal favorites in a good year for R-rated comedies.

But Not TOO Excited: Are the Hill and Brand characters really people we want to see for two hours?

"The A-Team" (June 11)

Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

Director: Joe Carnahan

Plot: A team of veterans look to clear their names after being framed for a crime they didn't commit.

Get Excited: Judging from the trailer, the special effects team seems to have gone all out for this one.

But Not TOO Excited: Will this be yet another unnecessary update of a dated franchise?

"Toy Story 3" (June 18)

Stars: (the voices of) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

Director: Lee Unkrich

Plot: Everybody's favorite living toys move to a daycare center after their owner tires of them.

Get Excited: The first two films are the greatest one-two punch in animation history, frankly it's hard to think of a better one-two punch in cinematic history, period.

But Not TOO Excited: Expectations are through the roof, I'm going to make sure of it.

"Grown Ups" (June 25)

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock

Director: Dennis Dugan

Plot: A group of unhappy adults reunite to rekindle youthful memories

Get Excited: Lots of funny people in the cast.

But Not TOO Excited: They will all be competing against each other, they may cancel each other out.

"Knight and Day" (June 25)

Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: James Mangold

Plot: A couple goes on the lam for an action adventure

Get Excited: Cruise and Diaz have been seen a lot on the talk show circuit lately, and they seem to have excellent chemistry.

But Not TOO Excited: Action comedies with couples centered around couples are a dime a dozen these days.

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