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Summer Movie Preview: The big list of films opening through August
First Published Apr 25 2013 12:02 pm • Last Updated Apr 26 2013 03:21 pm

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You'll see a lot of familiar faces and hear some familiar names at movie theaters this summer.

There's Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr.'s industrialist/superhero, in "Iron Man 3." Or another Marvel Comics character, Logan (Hugh Jackman), in "The Wolverine." And DC Comics' biggest star, Superman, flies again in "Man of Steel."

James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are back in "Star Trek Into Darkness."

In "The Lone Ranger," the masked man (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) ride into an action-packed adventure.

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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker hop into new cars for "Fast & Furious 6."

Younger versions of James P. Sullivan and one-eyed Mike Wazowski go to college in "Monsters University."

The Wolf Pack hit Vegas again in "The Hangover Part III," and amateur superheroes take to the streets in "Kick-Ass 2."

And one of literature's greatest characters, the self-made Jay Gatsby, will be given new life by Leonardo DiCaprio in director Baz Luhrmann's flashy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby.

But the 92 movies in The Tribune's Summer Movie Preview include a few change-ups and surprises along with the tried-and-true.

So get out your calendars and a pencils (because some release dates are likely to change), and start planning a movie-filled summer.


"The Company You Keep"

  • Robert Redford directed and stars in this political thriller, playing a former Weather Underground member who goes on the lam and tries to clear his name when he's exposed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf). Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte also star.

Also opening:

"The Big Wedding"

  • Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton play a divorced couple who must fake being married for their son's wedding. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Katherine Heigl.


  • Interlocking stories of connecting in a wired world, with a cast that includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard.

"From Up on Poppy Hill"

  • Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao Miyazaki) directs this animated tale, about Yokohama teens trying to save their clubhouse from destruction in the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.


  • A prison escapee (Matthew McConaughey) enlists boys to help him reunite with his woman (Reese Witherspoon) in this thriller, directed by Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter").

"Pain & Gain"

  • Michael Bay directs this action comedy, about Florida bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) who get entangled in extortion and kidnapping.

May 3

"Iron Man 3"

  • Robert Downey Jr. again dons the red-and-gold armor to play Tony Stark, industrialist-turned-superhero. This time, Stark must face his demons when a terrorist, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), goes after everything that matters to him. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle return; new cast members include Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall.

Also opening:

"Gimme the Loot"

  • Teen graffiti artists go after the ultimate target - the New York Mets' home run apple - in this low-budget crime comedy.

"Hava Nagila"

  • The history and meaning of the ultimate Jewish party song is explored in this documentary.

"To the Wonder"

  • Terence Malick's latest dream poem of a movie, about a couple (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) who fall in love in Europe, but see their relationship fall apart in Oklahoma. Also starring Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem.

May 10

"The Great Gatsby"

  • Director Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") brings flash and flair - and 3-D - to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale of Jazz Age excess. The casting seems perfect: Leonardo DiCaprio as the self-made Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the fragile Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as the observant Nick Carraway, and Joel Edgerton as Daisy's brutish husband Tom.

Also opening:

"Bidder 70"

  • Documentarians Beth and George Gage profile environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, the University of Utah student who became famous - and went to prison - for making fraudulent bids at a Bureau of Land Management auction of oil and gas leases.


  • This real-life drama, about explorer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 Pacific crossing on a balsa wood raft, was a foreign-language Oscar nominee this year.


  • Craig Robinson ("The Office") plays a working-class guy who aims to propose to his girlfriend (Kerry Washington), but first must pass muster with her imperious dad (David Alan Grier), in this comedy produced by Tyler Perry.


  • A Neapolitan fishmonger tries out for the Italian "Big Brother" in this comedy-drama.

May 17

"Star Trek Into Darkness"

  • The U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew - led by Chris Pine's James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Mr. Spock - faces a menace from a former Starfleet agent (played by the suddenly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch). Director J.J. Abrams returns for another movie sure to be filled with excitement and lens flare.

Also opening:

"In the House"

  • A teen student impresses his writing teacher (Fabrice Lucchini), as he insinuates himself in a classmate's house and becomes infatuated with his friend's mom (Emmanuelle Seigner) in Francois Ozon's latest sexually charged drama.

"The Source Family"

  • The rise and fall of a '70s Sunset Strip communal-living experiment are chronicled in this documentary.

May 24

"The Hangover Part III"

  • Director Todd Phillips promises this will be the finale of the trilogy of the "Wolfpack" - pals Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Dan (Justin Bartha). This time, they run into criminals (led by John Goodman) who kidnap Dan to force the others to find the coked-out Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). Wackiness, no doubt, ensues.

Also opening:

"At Any Price"

  • A farming empire is on the line in a dispute between father (Dennis Quaid) and son (Zac Efron) in this drama.


  • In this computer-animated tale (adapted from a William Joyce book), a teen (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) is shrunk down to the size of a leaf, and becomes embroiled in a battle between good and evil in the forest.

"Fast & Furious 6"

  • The car-racing franchise returns, with Dwayne Johnson's Agent Hobbs enlisting the gang (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, etc.) to bring a rival gang leader (Luke Evans) to justice.

May 31

"After Earth"

  • Will Smith and his son Jaden star in this science-fiction thriller, directed and co-written by M. Night Shyamalan. The story tells of a father and son stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. The son makes a dangerous journey to get help when the father is injured.

Also opening:

"Frances Ha"

  • An apartment-free New Yorker (Greta Gerwig) pursues her dreams at a dance company in writer-director Noah Baumbach's black-and-white comedy-drama.

"Now You See Me"

  • Illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) have a neat trick: Robbing a Paris bank and, within seconds, giving the money to their Las Vegas audience. Naturally, the cops (Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent) and a gangster (Michael Caine) want to know the secret, in this thriller.

May --dates to be determined

"The Angels' Share"

  • A Scottish loser (Paul Brannigan) vows to change his life for his newborn daughter in director Ken Loach's comedy-drama.


  • Spanish director Pablo Berger's take on "Snow White" centers on a female bullfighter (Maribel Verdu) in 1920s Seville.


  • A clumsy secretary (Deborah Francois) is groomed by her boss (Romain Duris) to compete in a speed-typing competition, circa 1958, in this French comedy.

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist"

  • Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding") directs this drama, about a Pakistani (Riz Ahmed) who climbs the ladder of success on Wall Street, until 9/11 changes his life and his colleagues' perceptions of him.


  • A French drama set in 1915, centering on the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) and his son Jean (Vincent Rottiers), before Jean became a legendary filmmaker - and on the woman (Christa Theret) who inspired them both.

"Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's"

  • Documentarian Matthew Miele tries to explain the strange aura of the fashion-centric department store Bergdorf Goodman - enlisting such names as Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, the Olsen twins and Joan Rivers for illustration.

"What Maisie Knew"

  • A modern adaptation of a Henry James novella, about a couple (Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan) and how their 7-year-old daughter (Onata Aprile) views their bitter divorce.

June 7

"The Internship"

  • "Wedding Crashers" duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite, playing down-and-out salesmen who land an internship at Google and must compete with younger, tech-savvy experts to land a permanent job. Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum" directs this comedy, which will have more uses of the Google logo than an informercial.

Also opening:

"Love Is All You Need"

  • In director Susanne Bier's romantic comedy, a wedding in Italy launches a prickly relationship between the couple's parents: the Danish bride's recently jilted mom (Trine Dyrholm) and the groom's long-absent father (Pierce Brosnan).

"The Purge"

  • Ethan Hawke stars in this drama, leading a family trying to survive in the near future when the land becomes lawless for one night.

June 12

"This Is the End"

  • Most of young Hollywood is partying at James Franco's house when the apocalypse strikes. With some A-listers killed early, it's up to six survivors - Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson - to hunker down and wait out the end of the world. Rogen and his "Superbad" writing partner Evan Goldberg co-directed this wild comedy, which features big stars playing variations of themselves.

June 14

"Man of Steel"

  • Superman is back, as director Zack Snyder ("Watchmen," "300") and producer Christopher Nolan bring a new take on the DC Comics character's origins. Henry Cavill ("Immortals") stars as Superman and his mild-mannered alter-ego Clark Kent. The supporting cast includes Russell Crowe as Superman's Kryptonian father Jor-El, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as his adoptive parents the Kents, Amy Adams as ace reporter Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as editor Perry White, and Michael Shannon as the Kryptonian criminal General Zod.

Also opening:

"The East"

  • Brit Marling reteams with her "Sound of My Voice" director/co-writer for this thriller, playing a corporate security expert who goes undercover with an eco-terror group. Alexander Skarsgaard, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson co-star.

"Much Ado About Nothing"

  • During the post-production break on "The Avengers," director Joss Whedon gathered some of his favorite actors to his house to shoot a modern-dress version of the Shakespearean comedy. "Angel" co-stars Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker play the bickering Benedick and Beatrice, with Whedon regulars Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg and others also take on roles.

"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks"

  • Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") examines the website that ferrets out information governments and corporations don't want people to know - and its controversial founder, Julian Assange.

June 21

"World War Z"

  • This adaptation of Max Brooks' apocalyptic novel is being called the most expensive zombie movie ever made. Brad Pitt stars as a United Nations expert criss-crossing the globe in a desperate attempt to stop a zombie epidemic. Directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace").

Also opening:

"Dirty Wars"

  • The work of investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, exposing bombings and drone strikes committed in secret by the United States, is examined in this documentary.

"The Kings of Summer"

  • Three Ohio teens abandon their families to build their own clubhouse one summer, in this thoughtful comedy-drama that debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (under the title "Toy's House").

"Monsters University"

  • In this prequel to Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.," we learn how furry James P. Sullivan (voice of John Goodman) and his one-eyed buddy Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) met in college.

June 28

"The Heat"

  • What makes this buddy-cop movie different? The cops are women: Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as a temperamental Boston cop. This is directed by Paul Feig, who made McCarthy a star in "Bridesmaids," so it could be fun.

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