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Summer Movie Preview 2008
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 19 June 2008 00:00

The summer movie season is shaping up to be an interesting one, without any of the major trends we’ve seen in the past few years. 2008 offers an eclectic mixture of comic and TV adaptations, comedies, action flicks and even a drama or two to mellow things out. Sounds like a great way to unwind that doesn’t involve alcohol and a BBQ! Or at least a great way to cool off AFTER alcohol and a BBQ!

June 20

Get Smart
The previews for this make me laugh out loud. Every time. I’m just hoping they aren’t showing all of the funny parts. ‘Nuff said.

The Love Guru
Mike Myers, one of our favorite Canadian exports, hasn’t been around much lately. It seems that his Austin Powers days are over, at least for now, so it’s time to come up with a new shtick. Sadly I don’t think The Love Guru is it since the previews left me without so much as a smile on my face.

June 27

Animated films about cars, robots or other inanimate objects often leave me cold but I think that might change with Wall•E. Leave it to Pixar to bring lots of character appeal and pay just as much attention to story as to animation. Definitely one of the must sees of the season.

James McAvoy’s career is hot and about to get even hotter with a little help from Angelina Jolie. He plays an average Joe who gets recruited into a team of assassins who, judging from the preview, defy the laws of nature with crazy stunts.

July 2

I’m a little tired of being barraged by this preview every time I go to the movies, but I have to admit Will Smith playing an alcoholic, irresponsible superhero sounds like it might be fun.

July 11

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
I thought the original Hellboy was okay, but the first few scenes of this preview had me saying “WOW”! Guillermo Del Toro’s signature style and visual opulence are in full force. Looking forward to this one!

Meet Dave
Hadn’t we already decided that Eddie Murphy was washed up? We’ve seen him play astronauts, overweight women, and now an alien – but I think he should be relegated to playing his most successful role yet – a pompous ass. (Shrek)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Another adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, but this time in Imax 3D! Looks like it might be a fun and silly thrill ride for kids, especially if they get the full effect with 3D glasses.

July 18

The Dark Knight
The last movie Heath Ledger ever made is bound to get all sorts of media buzz, but hopefully this won’t be the only reason to talk about The Dark Knight. Let’s hope for a great follow up to Batman Begins.

Mamma Mia
The award winning musical based on the songs of Abba gets big screen treatment with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth! My platform healed toes are a-tappin!

July 25

Step Brothers
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilley play grown men who still live at home – trouble is they just became step-brothers and are being forced to share a room or move out. A great cast, but with Ferrell’s last few comedies being pretty bad, this could go either way.

X-Files: I Want to Believe
MULDER AND SCULLY ARE BACK! I AM SO EXCITED! Oh the intrigue, the mystery, the sexual tension! Yes, I am a total geek.

August 1

The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
That’s the thing about mummies – they never know when to wrap things up. (Cue groaning laughter.) That was a pretty lame joke, but then so were the sequels to the 1999 blockbuster. That won’t stop me from seeing the latest installment however.

The Rocker
Rainn Wilson – best known as Dwight Schrute of The Office – will show us whether he’s got what it takes to carry a feature film. He stars as a former drummer for an 80’s metal band who starts reliving the glory days by playing in his nephew’s garage band.

Midnight Meat Train
Author Clive Barker wrote the short story about a subway serial killer. I’m a fan of Barker’s and he’s well known for having a hands-on approach to films based on his material. Looks creepy and discusting, but hopefully Barker infuses it with a touch of class.

August 8

Pineapple Express
The latest in a lineup of stoner flicks to hit theatres this year, this one involves a couple of potheads who witness a murder and go on the run. With the golden boys of comedy, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) involved it’s hard to imagine anything going wrong.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Four young girls, one pair of magical pants – not rated XXX. Hard to believe, I know.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Time once again to dawn those robes, ready your lightsabers and spend hundreds on action figures. This animated film is meant to kick off a new television series on the Cartoon Network.

Tropic Thunder

The cast includes Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. as a group of actors starring in a war movie who don’t even realize that their situation is all too real. This looks hilarious, and if Downey Jr. is involved it will probably pay off.

August 22

The Accidental Husband
This movie stars Uma Thurman and Colin Firth, both veterans of the romantic-comedy. Filling out the cast is Jeffrey Dean Morgan (aka the other really hot Irish guy from P.S. I Love You). It’s got to be better than My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

The House Bunny

Anna Faris plays a Playboy Bunny who gets tossed out of the mansion for getting too old (she’s all of 27). She finds a home as a sorority housemother, teaching a bunch of nerdy girls to get sexy. Looks like a cross between Legally Blonde and Sydney White.

August 29

Babylon A.D.
Vin Diesel makes a much-needed comeback to action flicks after disappointingly crappy family films. Smart decision since he was quickly working his way off the radar. This sci-fi thriller involves plenty of guns and explosives, and manages to work in a storyline about the second coming of Jesus. Intriguing!

I'll be posting new content every week throughout the summer, so keep checking back for the latest revues!