As the school year comes to a close, students and professors alike will rush to their nearest movie theaters in hopes of escaping the summer heat with the hottest blockbuster sensations.
Summer 2013 resurrects some familiar characters such as the one-eyed monster, Mike Wazowksi, and revives literature classics, including Jay Gatsby. “Saturday Night Live” veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are set to make an appearance, as well as award-winning actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel Washington. Here’s a closer look at the upcoming summer movie line-up:
“The Great Gatsby”
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
Attention literature fanatics: the wait will soon be over. The Roaring ‘20s are about to be reawakened as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s critically acclaimed novel is adapted to the screen for the sixth time. What’s so special about a sixth adaptation? This time, it’s in 3-D. Leonardo DiCaprio will seemingly be at arm’s length away.
“The Hangover: Part III”
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis
The third and final installment of the adventurous comedy series is soon to hit theaters. Alan, played by Galifianakis, embarks on another wild rendezvous after the death of his father. What else to expect? Trailers show a giraffe making a special appearance.
“Man of Steel”
Henry Cavill and Amy Adams
Feeling lost after the Dark Knight series ended? Another classic superhero is here to fill the void. Superman makes another appearance on the big screen just in time for his 75th anniversary. The classic comic book story remains: journalist and undercover hero, Clark Kent, battles evil villains with his supernatural powers.
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren
Ever wondered what life was like before “Monsters, Inc.”? This prequel proves even Pixar’s monsters went crazy in college. Before Sulley and Mike were best friends, they were college enemies. Sulley even pranks Mike, turning him into a disco ball. Intrigued? Check out the trailer.
“The Lone Ranger”
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer
This wild west action film recounts the tale of a Native American and a cowboy coming together to fight evil despite their differences. The story is told through the eyes of the Native American, Tonto (Depp).
“Girl Most Likely”
Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss and Annette Bening
Wiig is at it once again. This time, she’s playing a psychotic woman who goes off the deep end after her boyfriend breaks up with her. She then goes to live with her mother who rents her childhood room out to a Backstreet Boy impersonator played by Criss.
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg
A Naval Intelligence officer (Wahlberg) and a DEA agent (Washington) team up to dissolve a drug cartel. What do the alleged heroes do? They rob a bank. Soon enough, they’re the ones on the run.
“The To Do List”
Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson and Alia Shawkat
This comedy set in the 1990s switches up stereotypical gender roles. A high school valedictorian (Plaza) makes a list of all the things she wants to do before graduation. The list includes losing her virginity. The film revolves around her personal quest to check this off her list.
–Information used in this story was found in “Entertainment Weekly”