1. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (In Theaters June 22nd)
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper
Synopsis: Once Abraham Lincoln realizes that vampires intend to take over the United States, he’s forced to add “vampire eradicator” to his list of presidential duties.
Why We’re Excited: Vampires! Vampires! And Abe Lincoln is a badass, obviously.
2. “Brave” (In Theaters June 22nd)
Directed By: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell
Starring: Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly
Synopsis Princess Merida goes against her family’s wishes and their traditions, and mayhem soon disrupts the peace of the kingdom. As a result, she must use her unique talents to bring peace back to her community.
Why We’re Excited: Pixar is wonderful, bow and arrows are totally hot right now, and strong female characters rule!
3. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (In Theaters July 3rd)
Directed By: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans
Synopsis This reboot has Peter Parker on the quest to find out more about his parents and their disappearance, along with battling his father’s former colleague (and now evil Lizard), Dr. Connors.
Why We’re Excited: Superhero movies are always a blast, and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are great actors.
4. “Savages” (In Theaters July 6th)
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Starring: Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta
Synopsis: When their shared girlfriend is kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel, two marijuana growers will do whatever it takes to get her back.
Why We’re Excited: Looks like a great action-thriller that will keep you on your toes.
5. “The Dark Knight Rises” (In Theaters July 20th)
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Synopsis: Eight years after battling Two Face, Batman returns to Gotham’s aid and faces off against Bane, even though public has deemed him an enemy. This is Christian Nolan’s last film in the trilogy, and many suspect it is because the script has Bane killing (or permanently injuring) Batman.
Why We’re Excited: You must be insane if you’re not excited for this movie!
6. “The Bourne Legacy” (In Theaters August 3rd)
Directed By: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Synopsis: Completely separate from the other “Bourne” movies but still based on the same Robert Ludlum novels, this film shows the shut down of the CIA’s “Operation Outcome,” and how CIA Agent Aaron Cross is forced to go on the run to prevent his own assassination.
Why We’re Excited: Even without Matt Damon, it looks like it’s going to be a thrilling film.
7. “The Campaign” (In Theaters August 10th)
Directed By: Jay Roach
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd
Synopsis: Two politicians from the same district in North Carolina battle each other over a seat in the House of Representatives.
Why We’re Excited: It’s funny because it mimics real life a little too much….
8. “Sparkle” (In Theaters August 17th)
Directed By: Salim Akil
Starring: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps
Synopsis: Three sisters in the 1960s form a girl group and become Motown superstars, but then their worldwide fame begins to take a toll on their family. This movie was reportedly going to be Whitney Houston’s comeback.
Why We’re Excited: Whitney Houston. R.I.P.
9. “Lawless” (In Theaters August 22nd)
Directed By: John Hillcoat
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain
Synopsis: Set during Prohibition in Virginia, the Bondurant brothers find a way to make a decent lives for themselves as bootleggers…until other people get a whiff of their success and want to knock them off their pedestals.
Why We’re Excited: Original gangsters will be the next big thing in movies.
10. “Premium Rush” (In Theaters August 24th)
Directed By: David Koepp
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Aaron Tveit
Synopsis: Bike messenger Wilee thinks the “very important” envelope he’s supposed to deliver by the end of the day is just like any other envelope, until a dirty cop becomes interested in its contents and trails the messenger all over the city.
Why We’re Excited: Those first-person bike scenes will be crazy!
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I already hate Savages and the film hasn’t come out yet. Why? Youtube shows the :30 trailer non-stop with no option to skip. :30 seconds isn’t a long time, I know; but when the commercial is shown again, and again, and again, and freaking AGAIN!!! I somehow feel I’ve seen this film a hundred times too many already; girl in a possible love affair with two guys, she gets kidnapped for ransom by ruthless drug thug rivals that don’t bat an eye at a kill, the guys do anything to save her, people will die, yadda, yadda, yadda. I think Youtube expelled the :05 skip option at the beginning of their videos, because I don’t think I’ve seen it as of late.
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