We’re averaging 94 degrees over the last week or so here in Texas, and that must mean it’s early May. Other signs include my watch and calendar both saying it’s early May.
Anyway, May is the start of the summer movie season, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the big upcoming releases. I’m only including the movies I’m interested in — that’s the kind of extremely biased coverage you’ll get here. Here’s part 1. I’ll post the second half early next week.
Iron Man 2
Release: May 7
The first Iron Man was one of the best comic book movies ever made, so the sequel has a lot to live up to. Thanks to the great cast and director Jon Favreau, I’m hopeful it will be pretty good, and the reviews back that up. By the way, the movie has already been released pretty much everywhere in the world. Uncool. Are we going to let a bunch of Euros watch our movies before us?!? U-S-A! U-S-A!
Release: May 14
I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. I’m pretty sure Russell Crowe will be able to keep a more consistent accent than a certain prince of thieves. Although I am unashamedly a fan of the Costner version.
Release: May 21
I didn’t have much desire to see this at first, mainly because I couldn’t see how they were going to make the SNL sketch into a feature. I still don’t know how they’re going to do that, but the initial reviews have been good. Plus, I’ve been seeing banner ads for it online that make a big, fiery explosion when you roll over them. I’m a simple man, gang.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Release: May 28
Will this be the world’s first decent video game movie? Oh, the suspense!
Get Him to the Greek
Release: June 11
I thought Forgetting Sarah Marshall was hilarious, so I’m excited about this spinoff featuring Russell Brand’s character Aldous Snow. Does anyone else find it weird that Jonah Hill is playing a different character in this, though? I need to work on my willing suspension of disbelief.
Release: June 11
I’m not going to lie — I’m really worried about this movie destroying the memory of one of my favorite childhood shows. That being said, the casting choices are interesting. Who am I kidding? There is no way I could pass up this one.
Toy Story 3
Release: June 18
I got a little tired of the massive press blitz every time a new character was announced, but I can’t wait to see this movie. I loved the first two.
Release: June 25
I’m a big fan of everyone in the cast. I’m actually even more interested to see the “lesser” former SNL actors in this movie like Tim Meadows and Norm MacDonald than I am to see the stars like Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James. Seriously — Norm MacDonald is one of the funniest dudes alive.