Summer filled with potential blockbusters

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By Andrea R. Solis

(Frank Freeman)

By Andrea R. Solis

It’s that special time of year again.

Time to beat the summer heat by heading to those air conditioned movie theaters and this year’s summer blockbusters.

Nine much anticipated flicks have made the list of this year’s summer movie preview.

Released May 19 is “The Da Vinci Code” based on the insanely popular novel by Dan Brown.

The controversial movie directed by Ron Howard, stars Tom Hanks and within its plot challenges some of the articles of faith of the Catholic Church. It has even inspired a boycott.

It’s doubtful that the protests will do anything but spark more interest in the already long awaited film. Makes for good press, but let’s remember it’s just fiction folks.

On May 26 the X-men take their last stand in the appropriately titled “X-men: The Last Stand.” The team battles with the decision to resist the coming cure for mutants or remain the way they are: lonely, misunderstood, mutant, superheroes.

It’s hard out there for a mutant. It also must be hard out there for Oscar winners and nominees.

Did Halle Berry and Sir Ian McKellan really have no other offers that were better than a third X-men movie?

Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn go to war over a condo on June 2 in the romantic comedy, “The Break-Up”. Guys if your girlfriend drags you to see this movie take heart-Jennifer Aniston has a nude scene.

Jack Black, and only Jack Black, could manage to play a priest posing as a “luchador” (a free-style Mexican wrestler who wears a costume usually involving a cape). Audiences can step into the ring with Black as “Nacho Libre” on June 16.

Black won’t be the only one donning a cape this summer.

On June 30, “Superman Returns” after a long visit to the lost remains of the planet of Krypton. Superman can probably expect a very warm reception at the box office.

Every one loves Superman. He is as American as apple pie and our favorite superhero has been gone too long. Besides we’ve got to know if he is ever going to get the girl.

Lois you fool he’s Superman. Why are you playing hard to get?

Warner Independent Pictures has placed “A Scanner Darkly” in suburban Orange County, California. In an effort to get a handle on the new drug epidemic called Substance D, the government has started to recruit citizens to spy on each other.

Actors Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, and Robert Downey Jr. are among the cast members. Hopefully starring in a movie about drug abuse isn’t too much of a stretch for them.

What’s really unique about this movie is that they shot the actors on film and then in a sense painted over them with animation courtesy of the talents of animator Bob Sabiston. July 7 will be the litmus test for this new type of film genre.

Johnny Depp fans and pirate enthusiasts can get their next fix on July 13 when “Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest” hits the big screen.

Will Captain Jack Sparrow squirm out of his blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones or will he be sentenced to an afterlife of eternal damnation?

If eye patches and parrots aren’t your thing, you can put on your sunscreen and head to the beaches of Florida to go undercover with Crockett and Tubbs in the dangerous world of drug trafficking.

Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell team up on July 28 in the remake of the movie version of “Miami Vice”. Good date movie-plenty of action for the guys and major eye candy for the ladies.

Finally, what movie season would be complete without a Will Ferrell offering?

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is the story of rebel NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, played by Ferrell, who is facing stiff new competition.

Cruise into theaters August 4th to find out how Ferrell fairs.

Seems like there is a little something for everyone at the movies this summer. So grab your popcorn and enjoy the show.

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