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10 Must-See Summer Movies You Won’t Want to Miss

By on May 29, 2012
Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. Photo: Alex Bailey © 2012 Universal Studios.

Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. Photo: Alex Bailey © 2012 Universal Studios.

Def Leppard, superheroes, an asteroid nearing Earth… we can only be talking about one thing. 2012’s summer movies offer a little something for everyone – or, if you’re a movie junkie like me, you’ll want to see all of them. In order of release date, here are some of the upcoming flicks we are excited to check out this summer.

1. Snow White and the Huntsman

You may think you’ve seen all there is to see with Snow White, but this movie is putting an edgy spin on the classic tale. Starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman and Sam Claflin as the Prince, this Universal Pictures film is directed by Rupert Sanders.

Just as in the original, the Evil Queen decides her ego cannot handle Snow White’s beauty. She mercilessly sends a huntsman, Eric, to kill Snow White. Instead of following through with the orders, Eric ends up training Snow to defend herself. While this may be a darker version of the fairy-tale, there is still of course a prince who must also prove himself.

It comes out June 1 and is written by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Hossein Amini (Drive).


2. Prometheus

Also starring Charlize Theron is Prometheus from director Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Robin Hood). Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender star alongside Theron in this frightening story about saving the human race. A team travels to a distant world in search of answers about the origin of the human race, but instead learn about a secret that could destroy everything.

The film, written by John Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) and Damon Lindelof (Cowboys & Aliens, Lost) will be released June 8.

Prometheus Trailer


3. Rock of Ages

Remember Tom Cruise singing to a certain woman who had lost that lovin’ feeling in Top Gun? Cruise is returning with his vocals in the Warner Brothers comical musical Rock of Ages, but with a little more attitude this time. Julianne Hough (Footloose) and Diego Boneta (90210) play a couple that fall in love when they meet in Hollywood. The impressive cast also includes Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Paul Giamatti. Directed by Adam Shankman, the film will be released June 15. It is written by Justin Theroux (Iron Man 2), Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb (Just Go With It).

Artists covered in the film include Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and more. If you’re a fan of that music and enjoy humorous musicals, you probably can’t go wrong with this one.


4. Seeking a Friend For the End of the World

What would you do if you discovered an asteroid was going to devastate Earth in merely three weeks time? In Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, Dodge (Steve Carell) and his neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley) decide to take a road trip for their own personal reasons. This sci-fi comedy also stars Gillian Jacobs (Community), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) and Adam Brody (The O.C.). Along the way the two travelers face a variety of obstacles and meet some very interesting new people. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the Focus Features film comes out June 22.

Seeking a Friend For the End of the World Trailer


5. The Amazing Spider-Man

Based on the comic book with the same name, The Amazing Spider-Man is another film adaptation of the iconic superhero’s story. In this version from Sony Pictures, Peter Parker/Spider-Man is played by Andrew Garfield (The Social Network). Parker’s parents disappeared when he was little. When he finds something he thinks might help him learn the truth about that disappearance, he begins a journey that leads him to his father’s former, mysterious partner. Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans star as Gwen Stacy and Dr. Curt Connors, respectively.

There are high-expectations for this story with a built-in fan base and the hype is only growing. The movie, directed by Marc Webb, will hit theatres July 3. The screenplay is written by James Vanderbilt (The Losers), Alvin Sargent (Anywhere But Here, What About Bob?) and Steven Kloves (Harry Potter series).

The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer


6. To Rome With Love

This quirky comedy is about a group of people in Rome and the antics they get up to. There’s romance, adventure and probably plenty of inspiration for a future trip to Italy. If you catch the travel bug easily, beware.

Fans of Woody Allen are sure to be entertained as it is written and directed by him. For the first time in years, he will also be acting. He is in good company as his co-stars include Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin.

If you’d like to be charmed by this film, it comes out July 6.


7. The Dark Knight Rises

Set eight years after the ending of The Dark Knight, this third and final installment in the series stars many familiar faces. Christian Bale continues his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Other returning characters are Alfred (Michael Caine), Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) also enter the mix. The most ominous villain joining the fray is Bane, played by Tom Hardy (Inception, Lawless).

Considering the incredible job that director Christopher Nolan accomplished with the The Dark Knight, it will be exciting to see the direction that this next film takes. Nolan also wrote the film, along with Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and David S. Goyer (Jumper). It comes out July 20.


8. The Bourne Legacy

While The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment of the Bourne series, it is intended to stand alone as a film and is not a sequel to previous movies. Jeremy Renner steps in as Aaron Cross, a trained assassin left to deal with Jason Bourne’s actions. Renner is no stranger to action films now as his impressive résumé includes Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Avengers. The knock-out cast also includes Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney.

Directed by Tony Gilroy, this Universal Pictures film comes out August 3. Gilroy also wrote the film, along with his brother Dan Gilroy (Real Steel).


9. Total Recall

Also scheduled for an August 3 release date is Total Recall, a sci-fi action remake of the 1990 film with the same name. Taking place in 2084, the story is about Euroamerica (North America and the European Union) and New Shanghai (China and South East Asia) battling for power. A factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) starts to suspect that he is actually a spy – though he’s not sure which side of the war he is on.

Kate Beckinsale (Contraband), Jessica Biel (New Year’s Eve), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), John Cho (FlashForward) and Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) also star. While the role is still something of a mystery right now, Ethan Hawke is also cast for a small cameo part.

Total Recall is directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard). It is written by Kurt Wimmer (Salt) and Mark Bomback (Unstoppable).

Total Recall Trailer


10. The Campaign

More of a light-hearted comedy fan? Look no further than The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. These two actors have proven themselves to be hilarious on their own, so seeing the two of them battle it out in an election will undoubtedly be very entertaining. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) and Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) also star.

Initially it seems that congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) has no reason to fear his opponent, Marty Huggins (Galifianakis). However, after the congressman makes a very public mistake and his rival gains support, the two enter a heated – and amusing – race to the finish.

The movie is released August 10 and is directed by Jay Roach. It is written by Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound & Down).