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Most Anticipated Summer Movies

Summer Movies 2013 (From Screen Crush)

The Summer movie season has finally arrived! Iron Man 3 gave us a good start to the movie season but it only gets better from here. Here are my top 15 most anticipated summer movies. I’ve ranked them in different categories for their level of anticipation. The anticipation levels are based off how good the actual movie can be, general hype, and my own personal anticipation. My hope is that this list will give you an idea of what movies you should see this summer. I’ll start in May and end in August. As one of my favorite villains once said….LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Here are the different Anticipation Levels that i’ve given cheesy names to

Please Don’t Suck: No joke here. When you sit down in theater you will pray to the movie gods “please don’t suck.” These are the movies that could be really good or absolutely suck. Make sure you check out some reviews before considering seeing these movies.

Saturday Night Fever: These movies will probably be entertaining and you can surely get excited for and see them on a saturday night with friends.

Hidden Gem: These are some lesser known movies that are under the radar to the general audience. These are often the best of the year.

Threat Level Midnight: Yeah I stole this from the Office but it’s too funny to not use. These are the movies that movie fans as well as general audiences can’t wait to see. People have been waiting years to see these. Expect the theaters to be packed Thursday night.

MUST SURVIVE: A few movies a year you MUST survive to see. These movie will make you cautious of your decisions (buckle up, look both ways, take it easy on the booze etc.). If you died and arrived in the afterlife your first thought would be “SHIT! I never got to see (Insert awesome movie).”

The Great Gatsby (May 10th)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is making its return to the big screen. Music from Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey(YES) will surely bring a modern tone. Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge) has a unique visual flair in all of his movies but I hope he can balance it with telling a great story. The book is so deep that it could be interpreted thousands of different ways and I hope they do it justice.

Anticipation Level: Please Don’t Suck


Star Trek Into Darkness (May 15th)

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumber Batch and Zoe Saldana

JJ Abrams first “Star Trek” was a great movie that was one of the best movies in 2009. Captain Kirk is tested by a new villain in what looks like a more action packed movie than the first. Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain looks like he’s gonna steal the show. Expectations are high for what seems to be a much darker movie than the first. With JJ Abrams is directing Star Wars Episode: VII so expectations are high for this.

Anticipation Level: Threat Level Midnight

Fast and Furious 6 (May 24th)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, and Luke Evans

Most franchises are kicking a dead horse by the sixth movie but this franchise is coming off of its best entry. This is another heist team up movie with The Rock and Vin Diesel working together to stop Luke Evans, but no one’s going to see this movie for the plot…. Fast Five was a great action movie and this one looks like even more dumb adrenaline testosterone filled fun.

Anticipation Level: Saturday Night Fever

The Hangover Part III (May 24th)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, and John Goodman

The Wolfpack is back in Vegas! Many were disappointed that the sequel was almost an exact copy of the first. The story looks more interesting here and we get John Goodman as the villain. I’m expecting this to surprise a lot of people by getting back to what made the first one so fresh and funny.

Anticipation Level: Please Don’t Suck


After Earth (May 31st)

Starring: Will Smith and Jaden Smith

Thousands of years after humans left Earth to a new planet, a father and son crash-land on what was once home for humanity (Scientology?). M. Night. Shyamalan is back directing after going from “The next Spielbergh” to the guy that makes awful movies. For the record, I love his first three movies. If there’s not a plot twist in this movie then it will in fact be a plot twist.

Anticipation Level: Please Don’t Suck

The Kings of Summer (June 7th)

Starring: Nick Offerman, Moises Arias, Nick Robinson and Alison Brie

Three young teenage friends decide to run away from their parents and live in the woods for the summer. It’s got a host of funny comedic actors. Looks like a heartfelt coming of age story and the reactions from the Sundance Film Festival were very positive.

Anticipation Level: Hidden Gem

This Is The End (June 12th)

Stars: James Franco, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and every other celebrity….

The cast plays essentially the publics’ version of themselves. It’s from the writers of Pineapple Express and Superbad which should give you an idea of the humor. The movie is an end of the world spoof with these actors making fun of themselves. If this gets anywhere near the clever spoof that Tropic Thunder was then it will be a success. It looks self aware, clever, and hilarious. This has the potential to be comedy gold.

Anticipation Level: Threat Level Midnight

Man of Steel (June 14th)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy ended last summer and WB/DC now enter its’ next big franchise. Early reactions have been incredibly positive. Imagine a Christopher Nolan story with Zack Snyder visual effects. It seems like a recipe for the perfect comic book movie. Hopefully it kickstarts the DC universe and we get the Justice League on the big screen. Man of Steel will surely be the movie event of the year.

Anticipation Level: MUST Survive

World War Z (June 21st)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and David Morse

Zombies are getting a bit excessive in pop culture but I’m ready for a potentially good zombie movie. Pitt plays a United Nations worker who tries to figure out how to stop the outbreak. There has never been a true Zombie blockbuster and this on paper should be a huge hit. This movie has the most realistic version of Zombies for when they do inevitably take over the world. The production had a lot problems and I really hope they got it all figured out.

Anticipation Level: Saturday Night Fever

Monster’s University (June 21st)

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi

This is the prequel to Monsters Inc. which is one of Pixars best. It goes back to when Mike and Sulley were roommates in college. It looks like it is gonna be a really fun movie with plenty of jokes about the college lifetstyle. Early reactions claim it’s great and that its message is quite ambitious and surprising.

Anticipation Level: Saturday Night Fever

The Way, Way Back (July 5th)

Starring: Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette,  and

During summer vacation a young boy befriends the manager (Sam Rockwell) of a water park and escapes the problems in his life. It looks like a great coming of age movie with a lot of heart. Sam Rockwell is probably the most under appreciated actor working right now.

Anticipation LevelHidden Gem

Pacific Rim (July 12th)

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day

As massively huge monsters emerge from the ocean, humans counter them by building giant robots. Yep, a Giant Robots vs. Monsters movie. If you’re worried that it’s gonna be silly like transformers, don’t be. With Guillermo Del Toro directing we can expect a great story with not only great visuals but also a control of mood and tone. Idris Elba in the trailer looks like he gives an epic speech that Al Pacino would be proud of.

Anticipation Level: Threat Level Midnight

The Conjuring (July 19th)

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston

Horror movies rarely create this much excitement for me. James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs and he has a very good horror track record but this could be the best of the bunch. The trailer feels like it gives a bigger story than Insidious and looks damn scary. The most interesting bit is that this movie was given an R rating not because of blood or gore but beacuse it’s too scary…..that has never happened before.

Anticipation Level: Threat Level Midnight

Only God Forgives (July 19th)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm

Nicholas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) returns with his next directorial adventure. Drive was considered by many to be the best movie of 2011. Refn teams up with Ryan Gosling again as he plays Julian, a drug-smuggler living in Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Julian’s life gets even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s death. The movie promises incredible cinematography, beautiful imagery, an awesome soundtrack, and super intense/violent scenes.

Anticipation Level: Hidden Gem/MUST Survive

Elysium (August 9th)

Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley

In the futuristic sci-fi film, the wealthy live on a state-of-the-art space station. Matt Damon plays a man with the ability to bring the two groups together, but the path to get there is dangerous. Looks like it could be another great Science Fiction movie from Neil Blomkamp (District 9).

Anticipation Level: Saturday Night Fever


Other movies too look out for: Before Midnight (May 24th), Much Ado About Nothing (June 7th), White House Down (June 28th), V/H/S/2 (July 12th), The Wolverine (July 26th), The Spectacular Now (August 9th), Kick Ass 2 (Aug. 16th), The Worlds End (Aug. 23rd)


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