2010 Summer movie preview

Summer may not officially begin until the end of June, but in Hollywood it starts in early May. This year it’s May 7, to be exact, when Iron Man 2 hits theaters and could well top the opening weekend record set by The Dark Knight a couple of years ago.

Following are the ten films I’m most looking forward to this summer. As always, this list is merely a snapshot of my thinking right now and could change as reviews roll in… though I’ll watch the films at the top of this list regardless of how well they’re received.

And I’ll no doubt see movies that aren’t on this list either because of the kids or because there’s just nothing else to see and we really want to go to a movie.

Those disclaimers aside, here are my most anticipated movies of the summer (and I’ll say up front that this looks to be a very lackluster season… I’m not very excited for anything beyond the top four):

1. Toy Story 3 (June 18): I’ve learned never to doubt Pixar and I’m certainly not going to start with the third installment of their most beloved franchise.


2. Inception (July 16): Christopher Nolan is one of the most talented and thought-provoking directors working today and this Matrix-esque thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio promises to be very intriguing.

3. Iron Man 2 (May 7): The first one was an unexpected delight and the return of Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau makes this a must-see. I admit I’m a little wary of the multiple villain/sidekick thing going on here, but I’m sure it will be a blast.

4. The Karate Kid (June 11): Advance word is very strong for this remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and the trailer hits all the right notes. The kids seem a little young for the romance to work but it’s hard to top the formula that made the original such a feel-good classic.

5. The Killer Inside Me (June 18): I really like Casey Affleck, following his wonderful turns in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And this hard-boiled noir based on the Jim Thompson novel promises to give him one of his meatiest (and scariest) roles yet.

6. The A-Team (June 11): When I saw the trailer for this movie, I overheard a guy behind me say “This is Charlie’s Angels for guys” and I think he got it exactly right. Cartoonish action, cornball jokes and throwbacks to an old favorite TV show sound like just the ticket for at least one weekend this summer.

7. Knight and Day (June 25): Despite his eccentricities, I remain a Tom Cruise fan. And I like the idea of him mixing comedy with his action… I consider him an underrated actor in general and underrated as a comic actor specifically.


8. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (August 13): Michael Cera has almost worn out his welcome in these intellectual dweeb roles, but the comic book elements of this genre mashup might make it worthwhile.

9. The Adjustment Bureau (July 30): Scraping the bottom of the barrel here, but I like the idea of Matt Damon in a thriller based on a Philip K. Dick novel. Could be the makings of a great movie.

10. Dinner for Schmucks (July 23): OK, this looks pretty stupid, but the Paul Rudd factor puts it on my radar by default. Steve Carrell doesn’t hurt, either.

6 thoughts on “2010 Summer movie preview

  1. Kerrie Rueda says:

    I’m totally with you on numbers 3 and 4. I haven’t even heard of number 2, but I like Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio, so I’ll likely be interested once I see a preview.

    I don’t know anything else about what’s on your list. I knew there was an A-Team remake in the works but didn’t know when it would be out. I also knew about the Tom Cruise flick, but didn’t know it would be out so soon. Weren’t they just filming it like 5 minutes ago??

    Anyway, I appreciate the look at what’s to come, but I still need reviews on the ones you’ve seen!!! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    I just can’t get over Iron Man 2 coming out on May 7th. What the hell is that about? The summer movie season starts over Memorial Day weekend. Period.

    I don’t want to have to teach for another month after watching Tony Stark take care of business.

    Of course, you’ve picked quite a few good/fun films here. The one I’m anticipating most, which I’m surprised you didn’t list here, is The Kids are All Right:

    For starters – Mark Ruffalo! I’m so glad to see his scruffy persona back; I’ve missed it. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore look great together, and the trailer makes me lol and tear up… so there’s plenty of promise.

    Other than that, I am very excited for Toy Story 3, Karate Kid 2, and the unexpected pleasures I am certain are awaiting us at the multiplex this summer 🙂

  3. Clay says:

    I hadn’t seen a trailer for that one… looks good.

  4. pegclifton says:

    First of all, everyone should go see the Ghost Writer, the best movie of the year for me (so far). The trailer for “The kids are all right” looks very promising, and I’ve been laughing at the new Tom Cruise movie ads for awhile so that’s on my list as well. I agree it hasn’t been a good year so far with the exception of Ghost and that’s hardly playing anywhere.

  5. Doug Clifton AKA Dad says:

    Why not stop at 7 and leave the bottom of the barrel to languish unnoticed?

  6. Clay says:

    There’s just something about a nice round number like 10.

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