Growing up, summertime always meant movie time in my house. Whether it’s a family affair, girls night or date night, going to the movie theater is a great way to beat the heat, escape for a few hours and spend some quality time together. And who can resist movie popcorn? It’s terrible for you, but oh, so good!!
Here are some movies hitting theaters soon that I’m looking forward to seeing!
What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is sure to be a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.
Director, Kirk Jones says the movie will incorporate the book’s lessons into the stories of the five women, and he believes it will make a great date movie, at least for those already in a committed relationship. “There’s a pretty strong chance that some couples will be inspired to go make a baby,” he says. “Maybe there’ll even be a mini baby boom.”
Snow White and the Huntsman
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins
MPAA Rating: PG-13
In this epic action-adventure, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, “Thor”) who was dispatched to kill her.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to see Kristen Stewart doing something beyond the lip-biting awkward mere human Belle character she plays in the Twilight saga.
Says director, Rupert Sanders, “Other fairy tales are a bit pink and fluffy and princessy, but Snow White has a hard gothic edge to it. My approach was a big epic, sweeping medieval film with the visual decisiveness of a graphic novel.”
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Release Date: June 8, 2012 (2D and 3D theaters)
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Bryan Cranston
MPAA Rating: PG
Seven years after the original, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple, and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent â€“ Madagascar style.
All four of the main vocal stars are also parents, making it easy to understand the appeal of being part of a hit kiddie franchise.
Release Date: June 22, 2012 (3D/2D theaters)
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane
MPAA Rating: Not available at time of publication
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
For all of Pixar’s success, a dozen straight hits earning a total of $7.2 billion worldwide and 40 Oscar nominations, there remains one thing the animation giant has yet to produce: a feature with a female lead! That finally changes with Brave!
What are you looking forward to seeing this summer?