Welcome to part two of my annual movie preview.
July kicks off with the reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield as the webslinger and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacey; Manny, Diego, Sid and Scrat return in Ice Age: Continental Drift; Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane goes big screen with the live action/CG animated comedy Ted starring Mark Wahlberg; and Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn star in the comedy Neighborhood Watch, about a neighbourhood watch group who uncover a plot to destroy the world. However, the most anticipated movie of July (and possibly the biggest of the year) will be The Dark Knight Rises.
August sees the release of The Bourne Legacy, without Matt Damon or even Jason Bourne, but rather a new hero played by Jeremy Renner; Dog Fight stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival politicians; Total Recall is a re-imagining of the Schwarzenegger classic with Colin Farrell starring; Arnie joins Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren plus Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Expendables 2; The Odd Life of Timothy Green could be this year’s The Help; and ParaNorman is an animated tale about a boy who can speak to the dead.
In September, Ben Affleck directs and stars in Argo; Disney’s Finding Nemo gets re-released in 3D; Paul W.S. Anderson returns to direct Milla Jovovich in the fifth instalment of the Resident Evil franchise; Dredd is the second adaptation of the comic book character Judge Dredd, with Karl Urban taking over the Sylvester Stallone role; Hotel Transylvania is an animated tale about the place where monsters vacation; and Savages is a crime thriller directed by Oliver Stone featuring an all-star cast.
October sees Tim Burton’s animated Frankenweenie; Liam Neeson returns in Taken 2; the comedy Here Comes the Boom stars Kevin James and Salma Hayek; and it would not be October without releases like Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and Halloween 3D.
November has Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen teaming up for My Mother’s Curse; Red Dawn is a remake of the 1980s classic; Wreck-It Ralph is a new animated comedy from Disney; Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Skyfall; and the Twilight Saga comes to an end with Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Next December is a little too far away to see all that will be released, but you can be sure that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be one of the most anticipated movies of the year. But there is also the musical Les Miserables; Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell in Great Hope Springs; Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann starring in This is Forty; Brad Pitt starring in Worldv War Z; Leonardo DiCaprio starring in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Quentin Tarantino returning with Django Unchained.
And that is far from all. It looks to be a great movie year and there could be many surprises that I have not mentioned here and some that have yet to appear on anyone’s radar.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.