The City of Films SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE 2012


The 2012 Summer Movie Season is on and The City of Films has put together your guide of the must-see movies including each superhero extravaganza, highly anticipated blockbusters and the lesser known movies getting a limited release.

So sit back and grab a cold one as we take a look at this summer’s releases.





Release: May 4
Directed By
: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
Synopsis: Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

Analysis: If the reviews are any indication, it’s at least going to be fun. With so many characters to make use of respectively for the fans this was no small task, Joss Whedon and company pulled it off and good for them, my summer lovin’ still belongs to the Dark Knight though.

Also Opening: LOL, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Release: May 11
Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green
Synopsis: An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Analysis: I don’t think there will be many surprises here; Depp will be great, Burton will be Burton and of course Danny Elfman’s soundtrack will be awesome. I never watched the TV show it’s based on but hear a lot of good things. Do Burton and Depp have another classic together? Someone will let me know.

Also Opening: Hick, Girl in Progress, God Bless America


Release: May 16
Directed By
: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly
Synopsis: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Analysis: The difference here for Cohen as compared to his work on say Borat and Bruno is that he is surrounded by actors with scripts, I don’t see me being as entertained as I was with his unsuspecting routines.


Release: May 18
Directed By: Peter Berg
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson
Synopsis: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Analysis: Here’s a comic to express how I feel about this. B3…you suck.

Also Opening: What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Hysteria


Release: May 25
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee JoneS, Josh Brolin
Synopsis: Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Analysis: The first MIB film was great, I didn’t see the sequel and now there is a good looking third entry to deal with. Time travel and Josh Brolin, what’s not to like? There were some pretty interesting production issues (shooting without a finished script) that could make for a better movie if this one sucks. Hearts of Darkness: Will Smith’s Apocalypse.

Also Opening: Moonrise Kingdom, Chernobyl Diaries


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