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Summer movie preview: The skinny on 99 films
99 films » Whatever your age or interests, there’s something coming for you.
First Published Apr 26 2012 11:59 am • Last Updated Apr 25 2013 11:56 am

Hollywood has plenty to offer moviegoers this summer.

Blockbusters promise conclaves of superheroes (Batman and Spider-Man and the Avengers, oh my!) and alien invasions ("Men in Black 3," "Battleship"), the animals of "Ice Age" and "Madagascar" return to entertain the kids, and Tom Cruise rocks out.

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Here’s more on 99 new movies:

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"The Avengers" » The mega-mashup of fanboy dreams, "The Avengers" (May 4), teams up Marvel’s heavy-hitters: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, when he’s not green), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and their boss, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). But the real superhero here may be director Joss Whedon ("Buffy, the Vampire Slayer"), who speaks geek better than anyone.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" » Marvel also brings out its other big hero, "The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3), in a reboot of the franchise that casts Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") as young Peter Parker, Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May, and Emma Stone as potential love interest Gwen Stacy.

"The Dark Knight Rises" » Meanwhile, on the other side of the great comic-book divide, "The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20) finishes Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy about DC Comics’ legendary hero, Batman (Christian Bale). This time, the Caped Crusader faces the monstrous Bane (Tom Hardy), and comes in contact with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

"Battleship" » The U.S. Navy — in the form of Taylor Kitsch ("John Carter"), Liam Neeson, Rihanna and a whole lot of hardware — goes up against an alien invasion in "Battleship" (May 18), an action movie inspired by the board game.

"GI Joe: Retaliation" » Elsewhere in the land of Hasbro, "GI Joe: Retaliation" (June 29) brings the freedom-fighting action figures (led by Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis) back to the big screen.

"Men in Black 3" » Will Smith is back in black, trying to save the world as alien-immigration enforcer J in (May 25) — this time, discovering history has been altered, forcing J to go back to 1969 to find his partner K (Josh Brolin in the role of young Tommy Lee Jones).


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"Snow White and the Huntsman" » "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1) rewrites the classic fairytale with a "Game of Thrones"-style grittiness, with Kristen Stewart as the not-so-helpless princess, Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") as the ax-swinging huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the evil queen.

"Prometheus" » Explorers search for humanity’s origins, and find a threat in outer space, in Ridley Scott’s "Prometheus" (June 8), which may or may not be a prequel to Scott’s classic "Alien" — but it does boast a super-cool cast including Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the original), Michael Fassbender ("Shame") and Charlize Theron (again).

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "The Raven" » The history/horror genre blender works overtime in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (June 22), which suggests the Great Emancipator (Benjamin Walker) was also chopping up the undead. Meanwhile, a bit north of Washington, D.C., Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) becomes detective to track a Poe-inspired serial killer in 19th century Baltimore in "The Raven" (April 27).

"Premium Rush" » Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who also appears in "The Dark Knight Rises") plays a bike messenger who picks up a very important — and sought-after —package in "Premium Rush" (August 24).

"Lawless" » In Depression-era Virginia, bootleggers run afoul of the law — who want their cut — in "Lawless" (Aug. 31).

"Safe" and "The Expendables 2" » Jason Statham has double duty: He guards a little girl in "Safe" (April 27), and reteams with Sylvester Stallone in "The Expendables 2" (August 17), which also gets action out of old-timers Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

"The Bourne Legacy" and "Total Recall" » "The Bourne Legacy" (August 3) reboots Robert Ludlum’s spy series, with Jeremy Renner in the middle of amnesia-induced action. Colin Farrell finds his memories aren’t his own in "Total Recall" (August 3), a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action classic based on a Philip K. Dick story.

"Chernobyl Diaries" » Adventure tourists find something nasty in the found-footage horror thriller "Chernobyl Diaries" (May 25).

"The Apparition" » A college experiment unleashes a supernatural horror on a couple (Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan) in "The Apparition" (August 24).

"Piranha 3DD" » The tiny biters return in "Piranha 3DD" (June 1).

"The Possession" » An antique box takes control of a little girl in "The Possession" (August 31), starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick.

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