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Quiet Summer for Movies

By Jean Teller, Sr. Assoc. Editor

Tags: Killers, The A Team, The Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex, Knight and Day, movies,

Jean TellerWhile May offered a number of fun films, June’s looking a little slim.

I managed to see Iron Man 2 (good, just not as good as the first one), Letters to Juliet (quiet charmer), Prince of Persia (more fun than I expected), and I hope to see Robin Hood this weekend.

So here are the few movies hitting theaters this month that I may go see:

Killers: Starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, Killers opened June 4. The trailers look good: A woman meets the man of her dreams, and he turns out to be a hired killer. I’m having a bit of a problem with Heigl and her attitude toward the world, so I may skip this one. Killers is rated PG-13.

The A-Team takes another look at the iconic 1980s television series.

The A-Team: Loosely based on the 1980s television series, the film stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharito Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Jessica Biel. If the movie has even half the fun and charm of the series, it should be good. I’m looking forward to this one, to tell you the truth. Partly because I adore Liam Neeson, and Bradley Cooper is a favorite since Alias. Rated PG-13, The A-Team opens June 11. Expect a lot of explosions!

The Karate Kid receives an updating with this version starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

The Karate Kid: Another “remake,” this re-imagined version stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith as Mr. Han and student Dre Parker. Again, definitely not the 1984 movie we all remember fondly. Reviewers, however, have given it generally favorable marks, particularly for young Jaden, the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and for Chan. Might be worth the trip to the theater. Rated PG, The Karate Kid opens June 11.

Toy Story 3 takes the toys on another adventure in 3D.

Toy Story 3: The toys are on the move. As Andy goes to college, they are shipped off to a daycare center where, of course, hilarity ensues. Returning voices include Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Joan Cusack, and new voices of Ned Beatty, Wallace Shawn and Michael Keaton. The third installment in the series is in 3D, so be forewarned, and its running time is only an hour and 20 minutes. Rated G, Toy Story 3 opens June 18.

Jonah Hex stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich.

Jonah Hex: Based on a popular graphic novel, the film stars Josh Brolin as the scarred gunman, Megan Fox as his love interest, and John Malkovich as his nemesis Quentin Turnbull. While many movies created from such source material have fallen flat, this one might be an exception. With Brolin in the lead and a supernatural twist, I might give this one a look. Rated PG-13, Jonah Hex opens June 18.

Knight and Day stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

Knight and Day: I like the trailers for this movie, starring Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise, but I haven’t seen any reviews yet. Cruise portrays a secret agent (or is he) who kidnaps Diaz as a woman caught between unknown forces. As they travel the globe, the pair soon learns that with the confusion surrounding their situation they can only rely on each other. So far unrated, Knight and Day opens June 25.

And that’s all I have for this month, folks. Kinda sad, isn’t it? Are there other movies I need to be seeing? Anything on your must-see list? Let me know: I’m going through movie withdrawal.

See ya at the movies!

jean teller
6/14/2010 8:25:56 AM

Hi, Dave - when my nephews were younger, I used to like taking them to the movies. It gave me a good excuse to go a children's movie! :) Nowadays, I just wait and rent them. LOL Toy Story 3 may be a rental - I'm not sure I'm going to keep putting out the extra money for the 3D offerings. Hi, Cindy, I too have heard that A-Team is good. I saw Robin Hood this weekend - enjoyed it, tho it's tad long - I'll put The A-Team on the agenda for next weekend. :) Tell your movie critic I like her taste!

cindy murphy
6/13/2010 10:25:42 PM

This just in from the movie addict/critic in the family - (the teenager; adult judgement still pending) - the A-Team is awesome. According to her, it's got something for the whole family (minus the little one) - plot and intrigue that I like, action for Hubs, and comedy for her. And bonus effects too - oh-so-smokin' hot scenery in the form of Bradley Cooper. A definitely "must-see" in her book. Of course, the last "must-see" movies she recommended were "Men Who Talk To Goats", (I think I fell asleep during that one), and "Zombie Land", which I hate to admit I liked enough to sit it through twice, but pay for only once (the video rental was for 5 nights).

nebraska dave
6/10/2010 3:03:02 PM

Jean, since I now have a five year old grandson in the house I have already been informed that we will be seeing Toy Story 3. My movie and TV viewing mentality has changed just a little since he moved in a couple months ago. I guess the reason that movies are down this month is that we are supposed to be gone on vacation. However, the only vacation affordable is to go to the movie and not actually go where the movie was filmed. It’s difficult to justify the California or Florida theme park when one of the parents just lost a job. I would think that movie attendance would be up in the difficult times and the vacationing would be down. Be as it may I think that my movie viewing will be in the PG and lower rating for quite a few years. Thanks for the always informative reviews on the box office viewing for the month.