Saturday, May 29, 2010

Summer Movie Preview: June 2010

After some of the heavy hitters were unleashed in May, June’s movie release schedule is filled with a couple of sure-fire hits, along with several that have the potential to heat up at the box office. The competition for audience attention will likely be brutal.

Starring Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Mull, Rob Riggle
Directed by Robert Luketic

A suburban housewife (Heigl) learns that her husband (Kutcher) is an undercover assassin, who himself has been targeted for termination. He must then work to stay alive, with his incredulous wife in tow. The two stars have a spotty track record in films, and while the material is not the freshest, it still has hit potential. Then again, it could bomb big time. (June 4)
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“Get Him to the Greek”
Starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elizabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney and Sean Combs
Directed by Nicholas Stoller

From the makers of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” comes a tale of a lowly intern (Hill) at a record company tasked with transporting an egotistical, hard-partying British rock star (Brand) to a show in L.A. This is a spin-off of sorts from “Sarah Marshall,” with Brand portraying his same character for that film here. However, Hill, who was also in that movie, is not playing the same role. Go figure. (June 4)
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Starring Owen Wilson, Lee Pace, Judy Greer and William H. Macy
Directed by Tom Dey

The same studio that brought you the successful “Alvin and the Chipmunks” franchise is dipping into comic strips with a big screen version of the Winslow family and their large and loveable Great Dane, Marmaduke. Wilson provides the voice of the canine, who never spoke in the comic. Fans of the longtime newspaper staple might have trouble wrapping their heads around that decision. (June 4)
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“The A-Team”
Starring Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Patrick Wilson
Directed by Joe Carnahan

You can hardly have a summer movie season anymore without a big-budget film version of a popular TV show, and it’s the old 1980s-era NBC show that made Mr. T a star getting the treatment here. T’s nowhere to be seen, but the casting does look pretty good here. Still, will this be able to balance the action and comedy for which the TV show aimed? And how many fans of the show really were clamoring for a movie? (June 11)
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“Toy Story 3”
Starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg
Directed by Lee Unkrich

With everything that Pixar touching turning into a hit, there’s no doubt that the third edition of this very successful franchise will draw in large numbers. This time, Woody, Buzz and the gang are brought to become playthings in a daycare after their owner, Andy, heads off to college. (June 18)
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“Grown Ups”
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek
Directed by Dennis Dugan

In what looks like a 1990s-era “Saturday Night Live” reunion, Sandler (who is also serving as one of the writers and producers) has brought together some longtime friends for a movie about a reunion of ... well, longtime friends. One look at the trailer and you should know exactly what you’re getting here. The only thing that matters here is whether the movie makes you laugh. (June 25)
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“Knight and Day”
Starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Grace, Paul Dano
Directed by James Mangold

A superspy (Cruise) his employers are claiming has taken a serious mental break from reality enlists the help of woman (Diaz) he met on a blind date to help him. This film looks like it’s mixing in the action, comedy and romance much like the similarly-themed “Killers,” which will be released a mere three weeks before. If ever there’s an example of Hollywood recycling ideas, here it is. This could prove to be a real test of the star power of Cruise and Diaz, who previously appeared together in “Vanilla Sky.” (June 25)
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