Screen Rant’s 2010 Summer Movie Preview

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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 – forever  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 film  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. Sorry but aside from Iron Man 2, The A Team, Toy Story 3 and Inception, the rest are dull as dull can be. And even the films I am looking forward to,

    Iron Man – Sequel

    The A Team – Remake

    Toy Story 3 – Sequel

    Inception is the only original film on that list I want to actually see. What an unsurprising lack of originality.

    Also, Grown Ups looks like it might be the worst film of all time. I'd rather eat my own hands than see it.

  2. And in regards to Alexandre Aja, I liked Mirrors. Jack Bauer threatening a nun at gunpoint. Priceless

  3. Extremely LAME summer movie lineup. Other than Iron Man and maybe The Expendibles, I myself shrug and go, “Meh.”
    You know you're grasping when you include Sex and the City 2 in this preview….

  4. Truth be told, though, Hollywood isn't the big-budget, movie-making machine that it was. The recession put the vice grip on the executives' wallets. I'm inclined to say 2007 was the last year for true blockbuster extravaganzas when you had POTC 3, Spider-Man 3, and Transformers all having huge budgets and making tons of money. Summers may not be what they used to be, and there will probably be fewer blockbusters for who knows how long.

  5. Well we like to point out both movies that we like and movies that we, uh, don't. :)

  6. Macgroober is the movie I cant wait to see!!!!! OMG!!! I GOTTA SEE IT! THE MOVIE OF THE SUMMER!!!!! MACGROOBE–BOOOOOM!!!!-sarcasm~

  7. I gotta say Prince of Persia looks awful, even with the Disney magic touch I don't think it will be as great as it is trying to tout itself. Sorry but casting white actors as Persian characters automatically throws Prince of Persia into a DVD tryout at best.

  8. Yes, it's the royal Screen Rant “take” on these films. And regarding those video game films, you're joking, right?

  9. I like how you don't leave anybody out, and you mention movies for the shallow and movies for the mentally challenged.

  10. This year summer is very conversative compared to the summer onslaught of mega franchise blockbuster movies last year like the following:Star Trek, Harry Potter 6, Transformers 2, GI Joe, Terminator4 , and Wolverine.

  11. Please tell me your joking when you say that SF was a good movie. I hope your talking about the Animation and not the live action

  12. Quick questions – who is this “our” in “Our Take?” I thought you were just one guy. I guess it's the “royal we” (Lebowski).
    Also, what video game curse? Hitman, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat – all great!

  13. I'll give him Mortal Kombat (THE FIRST ONE) but there's honestly no other good video game movies (yet). WHEN I WAS YOUNGER (just have to point that out) I did enjoy watching Super Mario Bros. Lol

  14. These are the movies I'm looking forward to/will see: Iron Man 2 (!!!!), Robin Hood (Crowe), Prince of Persia (have to give it a chance), Get Him To The Greek (only because of Brand, I am so tired of Jonah Hill), Splice (been looking forward to this for awhile), The A-Team (I like the cast a lot), Karate Kid (Jackie Chan), Toy Story 3 (Can't Wait!! Bought the Toy Story 1 & 2 Blu-Rays and got 2 tickets!), Jonah Hex (got to give it a chance), Grown Ups (Spade, Sandler, Rock, Schneider? I'm in), Knight and Day (Cruise and Diaz), The Last Airbender (M. Night Shyamalan looks like he's done a good job), Predators, Inception (!!!!), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (I'm a Cage fan), The Expendables (!!!!), Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (I think it looks great), Priest (Bettany).

    So, $9/movie… About $150 this summer for movies lol.

    Salt I am not mainly because while I was watching the trailer I couldn't get my mind off the fact that Tom Cruise was suposed to be Salt! Lol. Dinner For Schmucks looks good mainly because of Rudd. I think the guy is hilarious.

    Oh yeah btw, what's wrong with Aston Kutcher? Lol.

    Screw: Twilight, Step Up 3D(?!?!?!?!), Shrek, SATC! Shrek should have stopped with the second one..

    And I'm hoping.. HOPING that Priest is good! I think Paul Bettany is a great actor and Legion was just awful.

    I thought that Mirrors was an actually good movie though.

  15. You got a real point there. I mean, how dare they not shoot it in Farsi? English? Please!

  16. Personally, after Iron Man my only really big movies this summer are A-Team for nostalgia with prayers it won't betray me yet again, and Despicable Me because it just looks so damned funny in that slapstick and somewhat tired sort of way. And yeah, not original but it's called escapism.

  17. Nope. Not joking. You're honestly telling me you didn't enjoy Street Fighter and the first Mortal Kombat? I'm not saying they're Oscar-worthy; I'm just saying they were good.

  18. MK1 – very underrated and one of the few truly great American marital arts films.

    SF – fun if you're a kid. I ate it up when I was little. Now it's cheesy but still very fun.

    Mario Bros – awful but damn enjoyable when I was a kid

    Nothing else really memorable as far as video game to movies. Resident Evil 1 was pretty cool and so was the 3rd one.

    I still have hope, though. Prince of Persia (might be good), Resident Evil (slight chance could be good) and many more coming.

  19. The only movies I'm looking forward to are Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3, Iron Man 2, The A-Team, Iron Man 2, The Expendables, Iron Man 2, and Knight and Day looks kind of funny, but it'll depend on if other people want to see it, otherwise it's not worth dragging others to see it, I'll just wait for the DVD release if anything. Oh, and did I mention Iron Man 2??? 😀

    I don't think I'm going to watch Inception unless it really intrigues me or people I know tell me it's good. Unlike 98% of you I'm not all googly-eyed for Chris Nolan…

  20. Again, I repeat. SF was awesome. I'm talking Raul Julia (RIP) and Van Damme (RIP Career). You're telling ME that you didn't love watching that as a kid? Look, if you watched it for the first time right now, you might not like it. But if you saw it back when it came out, it's in that pantheon of “awesome kid movies that I never stopped loving because I loved it first when I was a kid and am nostalgic when I see it” movies. Right up there with Waterworld. I know I might be the only one in the world, but I love Waterworld and watch it all the way through every time it's on TV.

  21. Must-see for me: IRON MAN 2, INCEPTION, TOY STORY 3.
    Films that I want to see (but not as much as the ones above): Robin Hood, Prince of Persia (just for fun I think), The A-Team (again, for fun), The Adjustment Bureau, The Expendables, Scott Pilgrim.
    MAYBE: Jonah Hex (if the trailer is good which I doubt), Predators (if reviews are not that bad, I'm not a fan of the franchise).
    Anything else is pure garbage. Ever since early last year, the lineup for this summer has been lacking a lot in terms of quality, or heck even interesting movies. 2009 was also pretty bad (of course the exceptions are Star Trek, Up, Harry Potter, and Star Trek and Up). Hopefull this will all change next year, which so far looks much better (except for that crap we call Transformers 3)

  22. I actually think Killers can give Grown Ups a run for its money in holding that title.

  23. Is it just me or does the Sex in the City 2 poster look like it should be a poster for a new “Species” movie.

  24. MK was good back in the day – SF and Hitman were not. Even when I was young I had cinematic standards – ones that films like SF and Waterworld fell WELL below.

    Sorry. Not joking at all. Doom, Far Cry, Bloodrayne, Legend of Chun Li, SMB, RE 2 & 3 — ALL TERRIBLE.

    Now if you said, say SILENT HILL. That I might agree with (to a point)…

  25. Hmmmm … come to think of it … i guess it is. :)

  26. I always find it interesting how people preface a negative statement with an apology, like they know they shouldn't say what they're about to and yet still do.

    If you're trying to say Hollywood hasn't changed how it handles marketing, budgeting, and the shift in trend of moviegoers being less willing to go to movies after a significant recession I'd be willing to hear it. The three movies I mentioned were examples of Summer films where there was a combination of big budgets and a willing movie-going audience helped well-exceed the costs of the films. While there have been other movies with big budgets since 2007, movie-goer habits have changed in recent years. Giving statements about 2011 and 2012 are non-statements anyway when some of those projects are either still in or yet to enter production.

    I still maintain what I said before. Movie-making remains a business, and movies are expensive products. They're going to be more careful in how they market things in the meantime.

  27. ugh!! the last airbender doesnt come out here until freakin september.. thats 2 months after the american release.. i mean what the ..

    well there is some movies here that i look forward to.. well a lot actually, some more than others, but my top 3 would be.. iron man 2, avatar last airbender, expendables/inception.. ok well my top 4 then! other than that i guess its mostly rental movies, and some that i never want to watch:)