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'Man of Steel,' 'The Wolverine' lead summer-movie must-see list

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Dave von Falkenstein
May 2, 2013

So, here we are in the month of May. The temperatures rise, the sun is shining more and grilling season has begun. In the entertainment world, this month signals the start of the summer movie season. From what I've seen and read so far, it looks like this summer is going to be a hell of a ride for movie fans.

The first summer blockbusters I remember going to see were movies such as "Superman III," "Return of the Jedi" and "Ghostbusters," all when I was probably about five years old. Since then, the summer movie season has only gotten bigger and generally better, with movies such as "Batman," "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day" and "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." I did say "generally" better, didn't I?

I don't remember a summer in recent memory where I've been this excited and willing to shell out for the insane ticket prices to go see some of these movies in the theater.

It all starts this weekend with the release of "Iron Man 3," which promises to be better than the lackluster sequel that came out in 2010. Love him or hate him, Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect Tony Stark. Judging from the previews, he knocks it out of the park in this one.

I'm still on the fence regarding "The Great Gatsby," in theaters May 10. It looks good, even though it has Tobey Maguire, of whom I am not a huge fan. It's intriguing that it's not an action movie, yet it's being released in 3-D. Maybe I'll just read the book and wait for this one to come out on Blu-Ray. We'll see.

"Star Trek into Darkness" hits theaters May 17, and while I've always been more of a "Star Wars" guy than "Star Trek," this second offering of the series from director J.J. Abrams looks incredible. With Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC's "Sherlock" TV show as the villain, this one looks to be a lot of fun.

I certainly will pass on "Fast & Furious 6" and the unnecessary "Hangover III" on May 24, but that's for the best. I need to save my pennies for "Man of Steel," which comes out June 14. This Superman series reboot is something I've been waiting for since the rather disappointing "Superman Returns" from 2006. While I didn't hate that attempt to restart the series as much as most people, this one looks to be a bit darker, which I think will fit the Superman back story quite well. It's only right, if you think about it, considering he's an alien from a far-off planet that no longer exists and has these amazing capabilities that would render any human an outcast. I can't wait.

The Disney movie-loving kid in me can't wait to check out "Monsters University," a prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc.," which comes out June 21. With John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles as Sulley and Mike, I don't see how this could go badly.

As a fan of zombie movies, "World War Z," which also comes out June 21, looks frighteningly exciting. The image of thousands of zombies climbing over each other like an army of ants is enough to get me to go. And I must say I have not seen many movies with Brad Pitt that I didn't like.

Johnny Depp seems prepared to reclaim his summer movie hero title when he plays Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," coming out July 3. After the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, Disney went back to Depp and director Gore Verbinski for what looks to be the beginning of a new franchise for the Mickey Mouse company.

While all of those are on my to-see list for the summer, there is only one on my "definitely can't miss" list: "The Wolverine," out July 26. Hugh Jackman returns as the biggest bad ass on the planet, in the role that made Marvel Comic fan boys and girls everywhere drool. My 10-year-old son (not to mention my wife) cannot wait to see this one. I concur.

I'm sure that I'll catch more trailers and reviews throughout the summer and find more movies I want to see. I reckon this is a good start.

Do you get excited for the summer movie season? Are there any movies coming out this summer that you can't wait to see?



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