Davis: It’s still summer movie season

Superstars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up for the action comedy 2 Guns.

Even though back to school sales have started and ET Canada is showing fall movie previews, the summer movie season is far from over, with many new openings coming up.

Superstars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up for the action comedy 2 Guns in which they play corrupt law enforcement officers who are, unknowingly, lead investigators on each other.  Washington is a DEA agent and Wahlberg is an NCIS officer who both believe that they are each stealing money from the mob, but when they realize they were set up by the CIA, they must work together to return the money and stay alive.

Also starring Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos and Fred Ward, it is directed by award-winning Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, who previously worked with Wahlberg on last year’s sleeper hit Contraband. Like Contraband, 2 Guns has a good chance of coming in under the radar and surprise everybody.

There is no surprise that there is a sequel to 2011’s The Smurfs after grossing over $500 million worldwide. In fact, The Smurfs 2 was announced only one week after its predecessor was released.

Returning is director Raja Gosnell (Never Been Kissed, Scooby-Doo), live actors Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria and the voices of Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Katy Perry (Smurfette), Fred Armison (Brainy), George Lopez (Grouchy) and newcomers Christina Ricci (Vexy) and J.B.Smooth (Hackus).

In this sequel, Gargamel (Azaria), the creator of Smurfette, has made two new Smurf-like creatures called The Naughties in the hopes of harnessing magical Smurf essence. With his new creations, he kidnaps Smurfette and takes her to Paris. The other Smurfs must transport back to the real world and enlist their friends to help rescue her.

Sony Pictures Animation is not waiting for opening weekend as they are already in development of a third movie. Sadly, Jonathan Winters will not be returning as Papa Smurf (he also voiced Grandpa Smurf in the 1980s TV series) as he died soon after he finished his work on this movie.

A little more surprising is the sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Its predecessor, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, was only a minor hit and barely recouped its budget, but 20th Century Fox may want to continue building the series now that Harry Potter is finished.

Opening next Wednesday, it continues the story of Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, who embarks on a journey to retrieve the mythical Golden Fleece with his fellow demi-god friends.

Also opening next Wednesday is the comedy We’re the Millers in which drug dealer Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) hires stripper Jennifer Aniston, daughter Emma Roberts and son Will Poulter to pretend to be his family on vacation while trying to smuggle drugs across the U.S. border from Mexico.

On top of the two movies opening on Wednesday, there are two more big movies opening next weekend—but more on them next week.

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