Tuesday, 4 June 2013

LIGHTS, CAMERA: The 8 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2013

FRUITVALE STATION (opening July 26)
Who's in it: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Chad Michael Murray
What's it about: The shocking true story of a young father, 22-year-old Bay Area resident Oscar Grant (Jordan), who was gunned down by police on New Year's Day 2009.
Why we're excited: Widely hailed as the best film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (it snagged the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award), it's an early Oscar hopeful with a possible nod for director Michael Coogler and breakout star Jordan (no relation to the b-ball legend). Spencer's performance is also worth looking forward to, and Forest Whitaker is producing.

* Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg trade barbs and bullets in the fast-paced action comedy 2 Guns, opening August 2.

MAN OF STEEL (opening June 14)
Who's in it: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Barry Pepper, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe
What's it about: Learning that he has superhuman powers, a young man journeys to discover his true roots, but the hero in him must emerge to save the world from annihilation and become a symbol of hope.
Why we're excited: Buoyed by a wallop of star power, this latest Superman incarnation has tremendous box-office appeal and could finally make a bonafide leading man out of Cavill.

* Brian de Palma's erotically charged Passion brings together two of Hollywood's most dynamic young leading ladies: Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. Heating up cinemas starting August 30.

THE LONE RANGER (opening July 3)
Who's in it: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham-Carter
What's it about: Native-American warrior Tonto (Depp) recounts the untold stories that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. What ultimately emerges are two unlikely heroes pitched against the forces of greed and corruption.
Why we're excited: The superb pair of director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is ideally matched to the inspired on-screen teaming of a post-Pirates Depp and the fast-rising Hammer (The Social Network).

* Already building buzz, Aint Them Bodies Saints (opening August 16) features central performances by Rooney Mara and a back-on-the-radar Casey Affleck.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN (opening June 28)
Who's in it: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Richard Jenkins
What's it about: The life of the US President (Foxx) is in grave danger and the fate of Washington hangs in the balance following a destructive attack on the White House. A dangerously armed Tatum comes to the rescue.
Why we're excited: This action thriller from director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and writer James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider Man) is already being hailed as the edge-of-your-seat blockbuster to see.

* In Lovelace, Amanda Seyfried takes on the role of a lifetime as legendary porn star Linda Lovelace, who escapes her strict religious family and finds freedom, the high life and heartache. This eagerly awaited biopic co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Chloe Sevigny and James Franco. In theatres August 9.

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