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Movie Season Is Just Heating Up: 10 More Flicks To Watch This Summer

May 27th, 2008 9:58am EDT
WantedIron Man has already grossed over $400 million worlwide. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull became the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever. With both of these films already in the books, what are the top 10 remaining summer movies to see? This list picks 10 films out of all the remaining movies from now until the end of August. Judging by this list, July looks like it could be one of the biggest months in years.

10. The Incredible Hulk

Release Date: June 13th
Director: Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1 & 2)

It is never a good sign when a franchise needs a reboot after the first entry, but that it is what we have here. Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk" was met with critical and fanboy hostility, which probably is the main reason the studio decided to release a do-over. Leterrier has plenty of experience with action and visual flair and should bring some exciting sequences to the table.

But every great super-hero film has a great story, and let's hope the visual flair of Leterrier does not overpower the story of Bruce Banner. Also, the well-publicized feud between Edward Norton and the studio on the final cut of the film is never a good sign. This film, more than any other on this list, has the potential to go either way - a successfull and entertaining blockbuster or a massive bomb.


9. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Release Date: July 11
Director: Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Blade II)

The original "Hellboy" is a fantastic comic book movie that not enough people saw. This is quite evident when you take a look at its box office gross, where it failed to make back the budget domestically. However, Del Toro is a wonderfully gifted writer/director and considers this franchise to be his dream project. He also was recently handed the reigns to the upcoming "The Hobbit." He even passed on directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to direct the first installment of "Hellboy." Hopefully audiences will give this film a much better showing this time around, because this trailer looks bonadide bad ass.



8. Hancock

Release Date: July 2
Director: Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Rundown, The Kingdom)

If we know one thing about summer, is that a movie starring Will Smith is box office gold. This is especially true when paired near the 4th of July weekend. Men In Black, Independence Day, Wild Wild West - all massive blockbusters. This one should be no different. Even though early test screenings of "Hancock" have turned out to be very poor, the same thing happened with I am Legend, and that turned out to be a huge hit.

The movie is worth seeing for the special effects alone, just like Transformers was. Lets hope, however, that this film has a story that makes the millions of dollars worth of special effects well spent. You must admit though, this trailer sure looks fun.


7. Step Brothers

Release Date: July 25
Director: Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights)

The last time John C. Reilly, Will Ferell, and Adam McKay all teamed up, they created the hilarious comedy "Talladega Nights." Who knew that John C. Reilly, a dramatic actor, could be so damn funny? Reilly and Ferell had great such great chemistry that is was only a matter of time before we got another film pairing the two together again. "Step Brothers" has the potential to be more of the same. Will Ferell co-wrote this film, as well as "Talladega Nights" and "Anchorman." This has to be better than Ferell's last outing, Semi-Pro.


6. Tropic Thunder

Release Date: August 15
Director: Ben Stiller (Zoolander, The Cable Guy)

Just based off this trailer, this could be Ben Stiller's funniest film since There's Something About Mary and "Zoolander," which goes back a decade. This trailer is probably funnier than the film Dodgeball. The 40-Year-Old Virgin definitely has seemed to kick off the return of the R-rated comedy, and this one could join those ranks of the elite comedys released in the past few years. A cast that boasts Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey Jr. as an African American doesn't leave much to complain about. You have action, a great cast, and a fun story; the result should be great stuff.


5. The Pineapple Express

Release Date: August 8
Director: David Gordon Green (Undertow)

There aren't very many action stoner comedies these days (was there ever?), but after watching this trailer, you will wonder why. The relationship between director and cast is certainly a unique one, as David Gordon Green has only directed seriously dramatic material. Written by Evan Gordon and Seth Rogen, who both also wrote Superbad, this is a definitely an original pairing. With Rogen on such a roll both commercially and career wise, this film looks like it could be one of the true gems released this summer.


4. Wall-E

Release Date: June 27
Writer: Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 1 & 2)

It is the next film released by Pixar. 'Nuff said.


3. The Happening

Release Date: June 13
Director: M. Night. Shymalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable)

Unfortunately, M. Night's films have gotten worse since his masterpiece "The Sixth Sense." That may be unfair to say since "The Sixth Sense" was so damn good, but there is no excuse on how bad Lady in the Water was. This ususally does not happen with extremely talented directors, especially one that is close to Alfred Hitchcock's skill in thrilling the audience with suspense and intrigue. That aside, M. Night has created yet another original story full of mystery about why everyone seems to be dying for absolutely no reason. Except for his last debacle, every one of his films have had some type of twist ending, and it will be interesting to see if he can shock his audience yet again. There isn't a director out there like M. Night, and one can only hope this film deliver on such a great premise.


2. Wanted

Release Date: June 27
Director: Timur Bekmambetov (Day Watch)

Have you seen this trailer? Have you seen this trailer? Outrageously awesome action sequences + Angelina Jolie + a secret league of assassins = the lead candidate for action flick of the year. Timur Bekmambetov is sure to bring his flashy visual style to this film, one that screams from the trailer. You have all the ingredients for a really good action flick. The cast is solid with Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy, and Angelina Jolie. The premise is awesome, and who isn't geeked about a secret league of assassins that can make bullets curve? And if you have seen "Day Watch," you will know what Timur can bring to the table. This movie looks like it is made of awesome.



1. The Dark Knight

Release Date: July 18
Director: Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins)

This is THE movie to see not only this summer but of the year. Aside from Indiana Jones, it is the most highly anticipated film of the year. Fanboys are foaming at the mouth for this one. This film looks to be even better than "Batman Begins," arguably the greatest comic book film of all time. And what about Heath Ledger's maniacal take on the Joker, which looks insanely good?

Christopher Nolan is back in the director's seat, which is a very good thing. He has openly said that his biggest influence for "The Dark Knight" is the movie "H.E.A.T." You can definitely notice this in the trailer. He also gave Ledger the graphic novel "The Killing Joke" as a reference for what he felt the Joker should be like. The hype is monumentally high for this flick. This film will certainly deliver, even though "Iron Man" has set the bar for super hero films this year.


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Anthony Liccardello
Story by Anthony Liccardello
Starpulse contributing writer


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