Screen Rant’s 2010 Summer Movie Preview

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:09 am,

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[Update: We now have our own mashup trailer for the 2010 Summer Movies!]

Congratulations! You have officially made it through the droll winter season and the spring weather tantrums and are now on the brink of that most wonderful time of the year: When the weather outside is so gorgeous we just have to flock to the dark indoors to catch some of the biggest spectacles that Hollywood can put up on the screen.

If you’re hopping up and down in anticipation of movies like Iron Man 2, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the animated showdown between Dreamworks’ Shrek Forever After and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 – and for the ladies, a second helping of Sex In The City or an obscure little film called The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – well, you’ve come to the right place.

Screen Rant’s 2010 Summer Preview will guide you through all of the biggest films at the theater this summer – and even the ones you may want to skip. We’ve got 30 summer movies listed below complete with release dates and our thoughts on each one – good or bad (bookmark this page so you’ll know when the big movies are opening this summer).

If you’re impatient and want to skip around, here’s where you can find:

Also if you want a good look at what these movies are going to be like, be sure to check out our Ultimate 2010 Summer Movie Trailer, which combines trailers for at least two dozen of the movies listed below!




Iron Man 2 – May 7

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Synopsis: Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, the wealthy playboy whose exploits as Iron Man are now public knowledge after his admission at the close of the first film. In the follow-up, Stark is pitted against his Russian arch nemesis, Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Also making their Marvel debuts are Scarlett Johansson as the sexy Russian spy Black Widow, and Don Cheadle, who takes over the role of Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine from Terrence Howard.

Our take: Our only regret is that the first film to kick off the summer 2010 season is also our most anticipated. Aside from a few choice exceptions (Toy Story 3, Inception), there really is nowhere to go but downhill after Iron Man 2 blasts through theaters.


Robin Hood – May 14

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Synopsis: In this Ridley Scott adaptation of the classic tale, an archer (Russell Crowe) in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion fights against the Norman invaders and becomes the legendary hero known as Robin Hood. Cate Blanchett, Danny Huston, Max von Sydow, Kevin Durand and Mark Strong co-star.

Our Take: This movie looked OK at first – that is, until we were blown out of our theater seats by the full trailer. Remember the days when epic story, great action and skilled acting trumped explosions, CGI and 3D gimmickry? Thankfully it looks as though Ridley Scott does.


MacGruber – May 21

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Synopsis: A comedy based on Will Forte’s bumbling secret agent whose lack of skill and abundance of personal problems serve as a detriment to him – and those around him. Ryan Phillipe, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Val Kilmer (yes, Val Kilmer) costar.

Our Take: There are moments in the MacGruber trailer which are very funny (the bomb wire bit slays me), but even with the “R” rating, at this points it seems unlikely that a mildly-amusing SNL sketch-turned-movie could be worth anything more than a DVD rental.


Shrek Forever After – May 21

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Synopsis: Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking deal-maker, Rumpelstiltskin and finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

Our Take: So long as this really and truly is the final Shrek movie – foreverĀ  and ever after – maybe we’ll be in attendance. Just for old times sake.


Sex and the City 2 – May 27

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Synopsis: Series runner Michael Patrick King returns to pen the sequel, re-teaming the vivacious stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis for another glitzy romp – except this time they’re going international.

Our Take: Can you even call it Sex and the City when a large portion of it doesn’t even take place in the city?


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – May 28

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Synopsis: Based on the video game, the filmĀ  follows an adventurous prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) who teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world.

Our Take: Will Prince of Persia finally break the video game movie curse by actually being good? We’re rooting for it, but statistically speaking, the odds are against it.

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  1. Looking forward to Iron Man 2 (but you knew that, right?), Inception and Toy Story 3 with great anticipation, but after that …

    Robin Hood is a “probably”; Jonah Hex and Predators are “maybes”.

    As for the rest… I may wait for them to appear on DVD or on my friendly neighborhood premium cable channel.

  2. I'm looking forward to “Iron Man 2.” Naturally that's a given… but even more so, I'm excited for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” I think that movie will just blow me away. I've been missing Edgar Wright lately.

    “Robin Hood” I'm seeing for the added bonus of lack of CGI. I can't wait to see a movie that relies on the acting chops and not the graphics cluttering the scenes. “The A-Team” will be good summer fun and I have this growing attraction for “Knight and Day.” Tom Cruise is just making me laugh in those previews.

    “Nanny McPhee” I could take my kid sister to and I will be seeing “Eclipse” because I am one of those fans. “The Adjustment Bureau” sounded interesting. I don't want to see Matt Damon turn into Jason Bourne but this could be good fun. “Sex and the City 2″ will probably be seen on a girls night out after many cosmos are consumed beforehand.

    I'm probably the only person who is not really interested in seeing “Toy Story 3.” I don't really remember the second one all that much and I really hate spending money on a movie ticket to see a cartoon. My movie theatre contact is moving back for the summer so hopefully I'll get to see the majority of these for free – - because who turns down a free movie.

  3. awsome

  4. I'm gonna go see nearly all of those. Sex and the City 2, Eclipse, Nanny, and Piranhas basically the only ones I wont be seeing.

  5. The only movie i want to see is inception,everything else looks terrible on this list.

  6. Even Iron Man?

  7. Honestly, all the “grown-up” movies don't appeal to me. I'm looking forward to Toy Story 3 and the final Shrek. I'm really glad that the last Twilight is coming out, because THEN WE'RE DONE WITH THEM!!!

  8. Robin Hood, Iron Man, Shrek, Toy Story……movies I'd rather see. SATC 2 + Twilight total chick flicks…..

  9. As far as games to movies go, I thought Hitman was pretty good…..

  10. Im still enjoying last years releases, especially LEGION- check this out

  11. Expendables!!!

  12. Most of the movies this summer seem like a dissapoinment; just bunch of remakes and sequels. The only remake that looks promising is the A-Team. McGruber looks good also it reminds me of the old SNL movies that were great.

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  13. I can't wait for the new Spider-Man re boot as long as they don't go back in to his origin maybe one flash back that tells it all in five minutes. Then get on with the new actor who palys Peter Parker and Mary Jane. Please make him as close as possible to Peter in school in the early Marvel tells of the Amazing Spider Man. In the early comics Peter was not dating Mary Jane. The new actor who is cast as Spider Man must be ture to the early high school Peter Parker. Lastly studios should look at scripts that we pen for the Marvel Super heros as well as DC comic heros. Like my Super Man 2014 script. So everyone start writing.

  14. Im realy looking forward to seeing prince of persia i hear its reall active :).

  15. i really want to see it but i don’t know if i’m old enough

  16. i cannot wait to see it! i really want to see Jackson Rathbone as Sokka.