Summer 2013 – At the Movies

Before Midnight

Believe or not, there are 160 new films that will be released between May and August of this year.

The summer is the busiest and most profitable time of the year for the film business, as the studios pull out all of the stops to make sure tickets are sold and bums are put into seats. High profile sequels, well-known characters, and more adventure films are what is in store this summer.

Superman returns in The Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman. Armie Hammer plays the title role in The Lone Ranger, with a cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp as Tonto. Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine, the most famous and popular characters from the X-Men films. One of the most highly anticipated films of the summer is JJ Abrams' Star Trek Into the Darkness.

Baz Luhurmann is back in the cinemas with his remake of The Great Gatsby, staring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan. Other directors back on the big screen include Robert Redford in The Company You Keep, Sofia Coppola for The Bling Ring, Neil Jordan directing Byzantium, and M Night Shyamalan (Director of The Sixth Sense) returning with After Earth.

Sequels? There are lots of sequels. The Hangover Part III is starring the same actors from the first two, and this one will include Melissa McCarthy of Bridesmaids. There will also be Red 2, 300: Rise of an Empire (the sequel to 2009's classic film, 300), Kiss Ass 2, Fast and Furious 6, Grown-up 2 and Before Midnight (following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset).

Animated films for the summer, that will appeal to both children and adults, include Despicable Me 2, with the voices of Steve Carrell and and Al Pacino. Monsters University, a prequel to 2009's Monster's Inc, has the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, and The Smurfs 2, which does not.

Other eagerly awaited films that are sure to clean up at the box office include Brad Pitt in World War Z, Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, the $200M monsters versus robots film Pacific Rim, and After Earth, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and starring Will Smith and his son Jaden.

So as you can see, there is truly something for everyone at the cinema this summer.