SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW

Funny People

Seth Rogan and Adam Sandler team up as a pair of standup comedians struggling with the reality of death. Sandler’s character, ironically, learns how to live through acceptance of his failing health, seeking to save the girl of his dreams from the not-so-perfect family life.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The Autobots and Decepticons return to Earth for a second big-screen faceoff this summer, featuring returns of the majority of the original cast. The film’s makers, using an increased budget, promised more screen time for the transforming robots and improved animations.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

For fans of the "X-Men" series, this should definitely be a treat. Giving the back-story on human-turned-mutant Wolverine, the film looks like it continues the level of action-packed awesomeness that the three previous "X-Men" movies provided. The film, starring Hugh Jackman, will no doubt be a summer movie hit.

Brüno

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest character, a supposed flamboyant Austrian reporter, was unleashed on the world without notice and documented in this summer’s comedy blockbuster. Like Cohen’s last character to receive a full-length film, Borat, "Brüno" parodies American culture through the perspective of a peculiar outsider.

Star Trek

Possibly one of the most anticipated films of this summer, the new "Star Trek" movie is directed by the great J.J. Abrams, who envisioned this prequel to be a good background story for established fans, and a nice entry point for those new to the franchise. The trailer is captivating, the casting is ingenious, and Spock’s ears look pointy. Yes, everyone is waiting for May 8 to become a Trekkie.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The epic tale of "Harry Potter" continues in the film adaptation of the sixth installment in the series. As Harry is trying to figure out the mystery of the Half Blood Prince, he continues to battle Voldermort and the Deatheaters. This film looks darker and more action-filled than the previous films and will keep people on the edge of their seats.

Angels and Demons

Tom Hanks is back as Dr. Robert Langdon in the sequel to 2006’s "The DaVinci Code." Once again, Langdon is uncovering deep secrets of the Catholic church, but this time, it’s in regard to their long feud with a secret society, the Illuminati. Based on its trailer, it should be as fast-paced and mentally stimulating as its predecessor.

Inglorious Basterds

"Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France," Brad Pitt demanded of his eight chosen Jewish American soldiers to collect 100 Nazi scalps each as retribution, leaving behind only their mangled remains as a glorious token from "The Basterds." Directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglorious Basterds" is poised to grace the screens on Aug. 21.

Public Enemies

The United States of America may have declared their first war on crime in "Public Enemies," but no one watching the trailer can feel anything but adoration and admiration for main man Johny Depp. Paired with Christian Bale and Marrion Cotillard, "Public Enemies" exudes more than enough style and charm on July 1 to last the whole summer.

Up

Pixar will continue it’s long line of excellent family films with "Up." The story follows an old curmudgeon and a young, enthusiastic wilderness explorer as they go on an adventure with a house that can fly via the use of balloons. If this film is anything like Pixar’s previous films, it is sure to have memorable characters and a touching story.