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As summer movie season draws near, excitment grows

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March 24, 2010

I’m no Pete Travers, Roger Ebert, or the lovely movie critics we have at the Voice.

However, I am an avid movie goer who recently has done less going. In the past seven months, the only movies that I have gone to see in theatres are “Sherlock Holmes,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Paranormal Activity,” and recently “Alice in Wonderland.” 

Starting with “Clash in the Titans” in April, I fully intend to get back into the swing of things by going to see every epic movie that will come out all the way through August. 

Let me tell you, my good friends, about some of the flicks that I’m rather jacked about.

Let’s start with the lovely month of May.

For everyone that saw the awesome original in 2008, you, like me, are beyond excited for the next installment in the “Iron Man” series. 

“Iron Man 2,” coming out May 7th, should be absolutely incredible. Perhaps I’m just saying this because I’ll watch and appreciate pretty much anything Robert Downey Jr. does. 

With the acquisition of Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson (purr), “Iron Man 2” should rock audiences with some great storyline, explosive special effects, and great superhero/villain showdowns that Marvel has given us in recent years. 

Next on my list to see for the summer is “Gladiator 2!”  Ok, not really, but that’s pretty much what the new “Robin Hood” trailer looks like.  Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe teaming up again?

Count me in. 

Just a week after “Iron Man 2” comes out, “Robin Hood” looks to give movie goers plenty of action.

I’m sorry Kevin Costner, I think Mr. Crowe will make a much more badass Robin Hood, and I’m sure the box office numbers will prove that.

Now, if any of you nerds, like me, have ever played the game growing up, you are excited to see Mr. Donnie Darko, Jake Gyllenhaal, tear it up in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” 

This movie brings up the rear in the month of May coming out on the 28th. The trailer for this movie looks so incredibly stylized, and that’s not to say it’s a good or bad thing. 

I swear that everything was crumbling and in slow motion, but I still have some hope for the movie being true to the video games.

Let’s head right into the month of June.  There are plenty of movies that I will probably go and see on a summer night, but there that I’m really excited about.

On June 18th comes the movie that will give Pixar their first trilogy. “Toy Story 3.”  I’m excited because I genuinely love the first two movies, and I feel like going to see this movie will bring me back a good decade or so.

There are few movies that captivated me like the first “Toy Story” did.

There are plenty of great flicks that I’m excited about for July.  First, “Despicable Me” looks to be very entertaining with one of my favorites, Steve Carell. This movie should definitely carry itself with its originality.

I can’t vouch for it until July, but I’m pretty excited about this animated feature.

Next on the list is Christopher Nolan’s potential masterpiece “Inception.”  The trailer itself makes me a little nauseous, but that’s what’s so intriguing about it.

I don’t doubt that this movie will have any trouble beating out it’s competition that week, in which Nicolas Cage plays a sorcerer…give me a break. 

Lastly in July, is a movie you probably haven’t even heard about yet.

“Dinner for Schmucks” reunites Steve Carell and Paul Rudd for what should be an absolutely fantastic comedy flick. 

Now, I say “absolutely fantastic” because I’m a bit of a slut for “The Office,” and will gladly go see anything Mr. Carell is in, although I’ll call him out for abominations like “Evan Almighty.”

Lastly, let me wrap it up with August.  One movie I’ve been following for a while that I expect to be pretty decent is “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”  Michael Cera, and the director of “Shaun of the Dead” team up for this movie, and that’s a combination that I’ll gladly pay eight bucks to see. 

Lastly, and this is probably rather hypocritical of me since I refuse to see “Cop Out,” I’m actually excited about Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teaming up “The Other Guys.”  I have faith because “Step Brothers,” and “Anchorman” director Adam McKay is heading up the movie.  Let’s see if he can make it happen.

So, if you weren’t already excited for summer, now you have a little guide of but a few movies that you should go and check out during the months of May-August. 

After spending the day frolicking in the summer weather, spend the night time checking out the latest gold Hollywood has to offer.