Top 10 Movies You Need to See This Summer

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Summer is right around the corner and that means all those high-budget, high-action, and blockbuster comedy movies are coming to a theater near you.

We know your time (and money) is precious, so we at KENTON have narrowed down all of this summer’s new films to the ones you need to see, starting with this weekend’s Iron Man 3.  Opening May 3, 2013 Iron Man 3 picks up after the events in last summer Marvel’s The Avengers and stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, and new badie Ben Kingsley. Rated PG-13, tickets now on pre-sale at Fandango.com.

One of the films that has the biggest buzz right now is Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby.  This film was original scheduled for a holiday 2012 release before Warner Bros moved it to a summer release.  The film stars Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson. So far this film has the distinct look and feel of a Baz Luhrmann film, with an amazing soundtrack to match. Rated PG-13, The Great Gatsby opens nationwide on May 10th and at the Festival de Cannes on May 15th.

Calling all Trekkies! This next film is for you. On May 17th, J.J. Abrams and company will release the next installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise with Star Trek Into the Darkness.  This film features all the same characters as the 2009 film and features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock Holmes) as the baddie Khan. Rated PG-13.

Before 2009, the movie most synonymous to Las Vegas was Ocean’s 11, then a little film called The Hangover starring Bradley Cooper opened and a trip to Vegas would never be the same.  After a slightly funny sequel in 2011, the crew is back for the final film in this trilogy with The Hangover Part III.  The regular crew is back including the hilarious Mr. Chow and is headed back to Las Vegas with John Goodman as the film villain. Rated R for obvious reasons and opens nationwide May 24th.

In the mood for a double feature? Then book the weekend of June 14th for a weekend at the movies as both Man of Steel (the latest attempt at rebooting the Superman franchise) and The Bling Ring open up in theaters. Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Clark Kent and is directed by 300 and The Watchmen director Zack Snyder. Unlike the 2006 Superman Returns, Man of Steel will feature General Zod as the main villian.   The Bling Ring stars Emma Watson and several newcomers and tells the story of real-life Hollywood Hills robberies that happened back in 2008-2009.  The film was written and directed by Sofia Coppola and will open the  Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  Man of Steel is rated PG-13 while The Bling Ring is rated R.

Disney/Pixar has seen a lot of success with sequels to their early hits and on June 21st their latest film is more of a prequel.  Monsters University will take place before the events of 2001 Monsters, Inc and will see Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University. Monsters University is not yet rated but will most likely be PG .  Also opening in June is the new female led comedy The Heat staring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.  This is another film that was slated earlier on the release calendar but got moved to the summer to hopefully bring in more dollars.  The Heat features Bullock as an FBI special agent who is paired with a local Boston officer (McCarthy) to take down a drug load.  Rated R and opens June 28th.

As long as Hugh Jackman is alive there will be more films about his X-Men alter ego, Wolverine. July 26th’s The Wolverine is the latest film in the long running X-Men franchise and will see Logan go to a modern-day Japan where he finds people from his past.  As of press time The Wolverine is unrated but we expect the film to be rated PG-13.

Rounding out our summer movie list is the latest fantasy book-to-film adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones.  Now if  you haven’t heard of The Mortal Instruments this highly popular book series tells the story of Clary Fray who must deal with another world to help rescue her missing mother. The film stars Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) as Clary, Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter) as Jace Wayland, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine Morgenstern and is based off the novel by Cassandra Clare. Look for The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, which is not yet rated, to open nationwide on August 23rd.