Experience laughs, action, thrills during summer movies

Nick Graziano

Incoming Managing Editor

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Earth’s mightiest heroes will come together for the first time in Marvel’s newest movie “The Avengers.” Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr., “Sherlock Holmes 2”), Captain America (Chris Evans, “What’s Your Number?”), Thor (Chris Hemsworth, “The Cabin in the Woods”) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, “Date Night”) are brought together when Earth is threatened by Thor’s evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleson, “War Horse”). Joining S.H.I.E.L.D. members Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, “Captain America”), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson, “We Bought a Zoo”) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal”) must find a way to mix their personalities and work as a team. “The Avengers” will lead the wave of summer superhero movies, when it hits theatres May 4 and it is sure to set a high standard for the genre.

 

Aaron Hammond

Chief Copy Editor

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Director Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) returns to the realm of science fiction with “Prometheus.” The film takes place in the distant future, and it follows the crew of the spaceship “Prometheus,” who are ordered to travel to an uncharted planet by a powerful corporation when signs of Aztec and Mesopotamian symbols appear on a star map. The crew consists of archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), an android named David (Michael Fassbender, “X-Men: First Class”), the ship’s captain Janek (Idris Elba, “Thor”), and corporate representative Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”). Things begin to go wrong when they land on the planet and find evidence of an ancient alien race and a threat to destroy all mankind. The film will be released on June 8.

 

Mike Kraft

Managing Editor

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Pixar returns with a brand-new story, taking its viewers to the Middle Ages in its latest film, “Brave.” Set in 10th century Scotland, Merida (Kelly Macdonald, TV’s ‘Boardwalk Empire”), a skillful archer, desperately seeks to prove that she has the ability to lead the kingdom as the next queen. As the daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly, “Gulliver’s Travels”) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II), she is expected to marry one of Scotland’s finest bachelor’s. But she refuses, which sparks widespread chaos amongst the kingdom. Merida seeks the aide of a witch (Julie Walters, “Gnomeo and Juliet) for help, but ends up being cursed. To undo the effects of the spell, Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save herself and the kingdom. “Brave” debuts in theatres on June 22.

 

Aimee Hirsch

Incoming Editor-in-Chief

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This summer “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane dives head first into the world of movies, directing his first feature-length film, “Ted.” The movie features MacFarlane voicing the title character Ted, a teddy bear that comes to life because of a childhood wish. When John (Mark Wahlberg, “Contraband”), the young boy who makes the wish, grows up, Ted remains his best friend, eventually causing tension in John’s adult life. Ted does not lead the average life of a teddy bear, living as an irresponsible slacker, which is the source of most of John’s problems. When John wants to get more serious in his relationship with girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis, “Friends With Benefits”) Ted’s presence begins to cause problems. Viewers can expect jokes similar to those in MacFarlane’s TV shows when the film is released July 13.

 

Moraima Capllen

Incoming Asst. A&E Editor

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The Batman trilogy comes to an end this summer as the Caped Crusader is forced to come to the rescue of Gotham as a new enemy terrorizes the city. With Two-Face dead and the resurfacing of Heath Leger’s iconic Joker unlikely, the movie takes place eight years later as the city faces two new adversaries, Bane and Catwoman. Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) returns as director for the much anticipated summer blockbuster. Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) returns as Bruce Wayne, along with Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman (“Red”) as Lucius Fox and Michael Caine (“The Prestige”) as Alfred. Anne Hathaway (“Alice in Wonderland”) will be taking the role of Catwoman and Tom Hardy (“Warrior”) as Bane. “The Dark Knight Rises” is schedule to be released July 20.