The 23 Movies to Watch this Summer

No. 8. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

June 22, 2012 | Comedy

Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. As the respective journeys of Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.

Why see it?
A romantic comedy set against the end of the world… sounds like a match made in heaven.

No. 7. Savages

July 6, 2012 | Crime, Action

Two low-level drug dealers piss off a major drug cartel and are forced to go on the offensive when their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) is kidnapped. Directed by Oliver Stone, the movie also stars John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek.

Why see it?
After a decade of movies that range from lackluster to outright clusters, the frenetic, violent Savages looks like a return to old form for Mr. Stone.

No. 6. The Bourne Legacy

August 3, 2012 | Action

Neither director Paul Greengrass nor star Matt Damon are returning, so it only makes sense to make a Jason Bourne movie without Jason Bourne and introduce an entirely new character (played by Jeremy Renner) to take his place. It does make sense, right? Right?

Why see it?

It’s hard to imagine the Jason Bourne franchise continuing without Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass or Jason Bourne, but that doesn’t mean Tony Gilroy and Jeremy Renner can’t pull it off nonetheless.

No. 5. Snow White and the Huntsman

June 1, 2012 | Fantasy, Action

You know something is afoul when Charlize Theron is jealous of Kristen Stewart. Or anyone, for that matter. But in this action-oriented version of the classic tale, the evil queen (Theron) sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to kill Snow White (Stewart), an attractive rebel who threatens her reign.

Why see it?

The second Snow White tale of the year has an exciting trailer, cool visual effects and a strong cast. Kristen Stewart is in her element and Charlize Theron appears to have delivered a sizzling performance as the Evil Queen.

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By Erik Samdahl
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