Reeling in this summer’s top flicks

Anthony Lyons, Staff Writer

Everybody enjoys three things about summer: the weather, the lack of school and movies! Hollywood dishes out its best summer blockbusters for us to enjoy during our nice, long break.

This year hopes to be an interesting, yet enjoyable year for summer cinema, and being the generous (and ridiculously good looking) guy I am, I want to make sure my fellow Flyers know what to watch. Here is a calendar with some of the most anticipated movies of the summer!


“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”: Captain Jack Sparrow, played by the always brilliant Johnny Depp, embarks on a new, dangerous search for the Fountain of Youth. Although the fourth installment in the “Pirates” franchise will be without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, expect some new faces including Ian McShane as the terrible Blackbeard and Penélope Cruz as Blackbeard’s daughter and Sparrow’s love interest. “Pirates” hits theaters May 20.

“The Hangover: Part II”: The Wolf-Pack is back in Todd Phillip’s follow-up to the 2009 comedy. The gang (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis and Jason Bartha) head to Bangkok, Thailand for Stu’s (Helms) wedding. A bachelor party ensues, and the group, once again, loses somebody—the brother of Stu’s fiancée—after a night of partying and heavy drinking. Ken Jeong’s crazy criminal, Mr. Chow, is set to return in this sure to be hilarious sequel. “The Hangover: Part II” comes out May 26.


“Super 8”: J.J. Abrams, creator of hits like “Lost” and “Alias,” directs this supernatural thriller. The film follows a group of teenagers filming a homemade movie with a Super 8 camera (hence the title), when they suddenly witness a train derailment, but it’s what’s inside the train that is truly horrifying. The train is carrying something from Area 51, and whatever it is, it doesn’t look like it comes in peace. Expect tons of scares and thrills when “Super 8” is released June 10.

“Green Lantern”: The classic comic book hero comes to life in this action-packed, sci-fi adventure. Ryan Reynolds stars as the green suited hero who acts as a galactic space cop with the power of his powerful ring. Things get more interesting when he is pitted against the telekinetic villain, Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard). “Green Lantern” soars into theaters June 17.

“Cars 2”: Those who need their annual Disney/Pixar fix should enjoy this sequel to the 2006 original. Lightning McQueen and Mater, voiced by Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy, compete in the World Grand Prix, but things get crazy when a mix-up mistakes Mater as an American spy. Although the film is an animated children’s comedy, expect plenty of action with odes to the “James Bond” franchise. The race is on June 24.


“Cowboys & Aliens”: Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Lots of cowboys and lots of aliens. Enough said. Experience it for yourself July 29.

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”: Shia LaBeouf is back as Sam Witwicky in Michael Bay’s third installment of the Hasbro-toy-inspired
franchise. Sam is dealing with everything a college student usually faces: schoolwork, a new girlfriend and saving the world with his transforming robot friends from other, more dangerous transforming robots. “Dark of the Moon” promises to go deeper into the history of the Autobot/Decepticon war, so expect plenty of robot-on-robot carnage July 1 when “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” hits theaters everywhere.

“Captain America: The First Avenger”: Anybody who loved the Marvel comics should enjoy this big screen adaptation starring Chris Evans as Steve Rodgers, the scrawny GI who volunteers himself to become the famed superhero. Plenty of fighting will ensue, especially against Captain America’s nemesis, Red Skull, who is played by Hugo Weaving. Prepare for the fight July 22!

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