Summer is almost here and that means the film studios will be unloading their blockbusters to try to make up for their lack of imagination during the winter and spring months. Now, the biggest and best movies coming to the multiplexes this summer. First and foremost are the big action movies that all of America has been waiting for. After flops like “Alexander,” “King Arthur” and “Troy,” who would want to watch a historical epic? Well thanks to Ridley Scott and Orlando Bloom, everyone will. “Kingdom of Heaven” comes out on May 6 and looks to be just as good as Scottʼs Oscarwinning “Gladiator.” Bloom plays alongside such great actors as Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons and newcomer Eva Green in this story of love and power during the Crusades.
Soon the most anticipated movie of the year, no wait, the past 30 years will be unveiled. “Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith” is the one summer movie that will create lines around the block and have fans camping out days in advance for tickets. Director George Lucas completes his masterpiece with a cast that includes Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen. “Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith” comes to theaters on May 19.
Another franchise that is contributing to the movie world this summer is “Batman Begins,” which flies into theaters on June 17. “Begins” is a prequel to the first four “Batman” movies. Also, there is a new actor filling the bat shoes. Christian Bale (“American Psycho”) rounds out an all-star cast of Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and many more. “Batman Begins” chronicles the life of Bruce Wayne before he becomes the winged hero.
Finally, the last big blockbuster is from the brilliant mind of Steven Spielberg. “War of the Worlds,” starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, is a remake of the 1953 classic. This film is not the typical Spielberg alien flick. The visitors do not respond to Reeses Pieces nor do they inspire people to sculpt monuments out of mashed potatoes. Tom Cruise must save his family from scary aliens when “War of the Worlds” invades theaters on June 29.
For those who do not enjoy loud explosions and over-the-top special effects, there is a plethora of sedate films coming out over the next few months. Funnyman Will Ferrell has two comedies out this summer. “Kicking and Screaming,” about a pee-wee soccer team, comes out on May 13. Ferrell is also starring with Nicole Kidman in a remake of the beloved television show “Bewitched.”
The updated version is a little different with Ferrell playing an actor who is doing a remake of the original show. Ferrellʼs character needs a costar to play his wife and stumbles upon Kidman who happens to be a real witch. “Bewitched” will have audiences laughing when it casts a spell on June 24.
Some other comedies debuting this summer are “The Longest Yard” with Adam Sandler coming out on May 27. “The Honeymooners,” which hits the cinemas on June 10, is a remake of the original show starring Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite for “The Wedding Crashers.” The pair plays commitment-phobic bachelors who go to weddings to meet desperate wedding guests. “The Wedding Crashers” hits theaters on June 15.
Finally, there are the jumbles of other movies that do not fit into any one genre. May 6 not only has “Kingdom of Heaven” but “Crash” and “House of Wax,” as well. “Crash” has an ensemble cast which includes Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Phillipe. “House of Wax” has Paris Hilton in her underwear – big surprise. These two films should attract a wide-range of viewers.
Another great box-office draw will be the remake of “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.” Director Tim Burton has teamed up yet again with the fabulous Johnny Depp to bring the childrenʼs classic to the screen. The remake is nothing like the original and parents might be a little surprised if they bring their kids. “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” will be a sweet reward for movie-goers when it comes out on July 15.
There are hundreds of other films to choose from this summer. Remember that release dates are subject to change, so make sure to check your local listings. In the end, why spend a beautiful, warm summer day outside when you could go to the movies and see one of these great flicks?