The Top 10 Movies You Need To See For Summer 2013
As summer 2013 heats up, Hollywood is once again ready to trot out its biggest blockbusters. From big-budget sequels and reboots to riskier fare, here are the 10 movies that should demand most of your attention this summer.
“Iron Man 3″:
This third movie in the hugely popular “Iron Man” series got the jump on the competition by opening in early May. It appears that the strategy is going to pay off, as the movie has already surpassed $1 billion worldwide.
“Fast & Furious 6″:
With the surprise success of 2011′s “Fast Five,” this franchise is reinvigorated. In fact, “Fast & Furious 6″ has earned some of the best critical reviews in the history of the series. This is the rare example of a film series that gets better with age.
If you want a change of pace from noisy blockbusters, check out the third film in Richard Linklater’s “Before” series. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star as a couple coping with life in their 40s.
“Man of Steel”:
After the success of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, Warner Bros. is trying to give the reboot treatment to Superman. “Man of Steel” is one of the most anticipated films of the summer, with “300″ director Zack Snyder heading the project. The studio failed to kick-start the franchise with “Superman Returns” in 2006, so it will be interesting to see if this film spawns sequels.
“World War Z”:
With the success of “Warm Bodies” earlier in 2013, zombies are hot at the box office right now. Brad Pitt is looking to cash in with this adaptation of the popular zombie novel by Max Brooks. Opening in late June, this movie has undergone extensive reshoots to be more audience-friendly. Advance word is surprisingly strong.
“The Lone Ranger”:
The star and director of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series team up again to tell the classic tale of the Masked Man. Interestingly, Depp is in a supporting role as Tonto in this film, with Armie Hammer starring in the title role. The movie opens on Fourth of July weekend in the U.S. This is one of the most expensive movies of the summer, as Disney is pulling out all the stops to make this a hit.
This futuristic thriller is directed by Guillermo del Toro, a master of the genre. Del Toro is known for creating visually stunning films with a fraction of the budget of “Pacific Rim,” so expectations are high that this movie is going to be a visual feast.
This is the second franchise reboot on this list. “The Wolverine” finds Hugh Jackson revising his role from the “X-Men” films with a script based on a popular 1980s comic book storyline. This film seems to be working hard to atone for 2009′s troubled “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Matt Damon and Jodie Foster headline this science fiction drama set in the year 2154. This is the first movie from director Neill Blomkamp since the Academy Award-nominated “District 9.”
The original “Kick-Ass” underperformed at the box office, but became a huge hit on video. This sequel is expected to build on that momentum. Expect the Internet chatter to build as this film’s release date approaches in August.
These 10 films represent the versatile mix of movies available all summer long. From big blockbusters to indie dramas, there is something for everyone.