Screen Rant’s 2011 Summer Movie Preview

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The summer movie season is upon us yet again, and despite the somewhat lackluster theater going experiences of the last few years (with some notable exceptions, of course) 2011 promises to kick off a bright and promising future for fans of the superhero and sci-fi genres in particular.

Flicks like Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America will keep our weekends full of excitement as we try to determine of the winner of this summer’s Superhero showdown. However, even with that whirlwind competition going on, the summer’s greatest event may in fact be the culmination of a decade-long cinematic journey with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. If you haven’t seen the first trailer for that film yet… prepare to get goosebumps. Sci-fi fans will be kept busy as well, thanks to films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Jon Favreau’s genre mashup Cowboys & Aliens.

In fact, the more I think about it the more I realize that there is a lot to get goose fleshed about this year in terms of movies – whether they’re the good kind of goose bumps or the bad kind will depend on the viewer.

What I do know is that even if you’re not a comic book, sci-fi or fantasy movie fan, summer 2011 still offers plenty of promising looking films. Action fans will get their motors running with films like Fast Five or Conan The Barbarian; comedy fans of both genders will get two ways to laugh at the idea of matrimony thanks to The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids, respectively.

You can check out the list of summer films month by month by clicking any of the links below, or click “View All” at the bottom of the page to get a picture of the 2011 Summer Movie Season in its entirety. Being that we are an editorial site, we’ve included our impression about each film along with each movie’s synopsis. Feel free to debate our opinions in the comment section below.

The 2011 Summer Movie Preview

Also if you want a good look at what these movies are going to be like, be sure to check out our Ultimate 2011 Summer Movie Trailer, which combines trailers for at least two dozen of the movies listed below!

NOTE: Click on any movie title in the preview for more information on that film.




Fast Five

Fast Five Review Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

April 29th

Synopsis: Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent (Dwayne Johnson). Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris co-star.

Our Take: Summer officially beings in April this year, and Fast Five looks to certainly kick things off in high gear (our review of Fast Five). By now you should know if you’re a fan of the franchise or not – but even if Fast and the Furious hasn’t been your cup of tea until now, you should know that the franchise is officially making the jump from street racing to general action. Take that how you will.


May 2011


Chris Hemsworth as Thor Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 6th

Synopsis: The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Rene Russo, Jamie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, and Colm Feore all co-star.

Our Take: From what we’ve seen, Thor looks to be another solid (maybe great) release from Marvel Studios. Early reviews claim the movie is close to Iron Man in terms of its balance of action and humor, featuring some standout performances by lead actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston (as Thor and Loki, respectively).


Something Borrowed

May 6th

Synopsis: Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) falls for Dex (Colin Egglesfield), her best friend Darcy’s (Kate Hudson) fiancé. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book.

Our Take: The book has a lot of fans, but as far as the movie goes, Something Borrowed looks like your standard Kate Hudson rom-com to us.



Bridesmaids movie Cast Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 13th

Synopsis: Two women (Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne) compete to plan their friend’s wedding party.  Jon Hamm, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey  and Maya Rudolph co-star.

Out Take: Comparisons to The Hangover are inevitable, but we have a sneaking suspicion that Bridesmaids could end up being the sleeper comedy hit of Summer 2011.



Priest trailer 3 with Paul Bettany Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 13th

Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a warrior priest (Paul Bettany) disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. Karl Urban, Maggie Q and Christopher Plummer co-star.

Our Take: This movie has been sitting on the shelf for over a year, which means that the finished product is likely not all that great. The fact that the film was directed by the guy who did Legion doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence either.


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 featurette Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 20th

Synopsis: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his daughter (Penélope Cruz) are after it too.

Our Take: Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) is said to have done a good job taking the Pirates of the Caribbean back to what originally made it great: a focused standalone story mixing action and adventure, with comedic hijinks provided by Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. If that assessment is true, than On Stranger Tides will be a welcome addition to the summer movie season.


The Hangover Part II

The Hangover 2 tv spots Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 26th

Synopsis: Through a series of fantastic (and funny) events, the boys from The Hangover find themselves once again waking up from a blackout night of partying – this time in exotic locale of Thailand. Hilarity once again ensues.

Our Take: The first trailer painted The Hangover 2 as a basic rehash of its predecessor, only with slightly tweaked jokes and a new setting for the raunchy humor. Only question is: is there enough water left in this well to make audiences laugh out loud again?


Kung Fu Panda 2

kung fu panda 2 furious five Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 27th

Synopsis: Po (voice of Jack Black) joins forces with a group of new Kung Fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, David Cross, James Woods, Jean-Cluade Van Damme, Victor Garber, James Hong, and Michelle Yeoh all lend their voices.

Our Take: The original Kung Fu Panda was an unexpected (and very pleasant) surprise from DreamWorks Animation. The sequel is facing the same challenge as The Hangover 2 (being a rehash of the original), but factors like Charlie Kaufman working on the script and some truly epic action featured in the trailer, make KFP2 one of the more intriguing releases of the summer.


Tree of Life

tree of life still 2 Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

May 27th (Limited Release)

Synopsis: Terrence Malick’s latest film centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence. Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain star.

Our Take: Malick is the sort of artistic director who tends to split audiences right down the love/hate divide. There’s a good chance that Tree of Life will continue that trend, though the imagery in the trailer is truly gorgeous for the most part.


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  1. Green Lantern, Captain America, Transformers 3, Thor, Harry Potter, and Super 8 are my most anticipated.

    • i think you should het your release dates in order.sitter was moved to december and one for the money to january.also penguins are opening agains green lantern now,horrible bosses are also much earlier.
      all i have to say is seeing how great this summer started(fast five and thor)-we arein for a hell of a summer

      • Thanks Kure. Updates have been made.

        • harry potter 7 pt 2 is making a big mistake releasing it after 1 week of transformers 3!!!

          • its 2 weeks after and no worries hp7.2 will be the highest grossing this year. :)

        • Also update it with the new Anne Hathaway romance flick One day, which just got a new release date on August 19. A lot of people here are probably not into romance flicks, but I recommend reading the book. If the film is half as good as that then the movie could be one of the surprise hits of the summer. And it stars Anne Hathaway so there’s nothing wrong with that.

  2. u diss’d final destination 3 , wow

  3. THOR,THOR,THOR ALL THE WAY. HP 7 will b a must c. Stil on the fence about Green L. Still have not gotten over Revenge of the Fallen.Captin looks solid. X-men too cause i want to c Bacon in action. Smufs and Cars had no chance with Winnie the Pooh and KFP 2 in my booK. Lastly, Super 8 and Hangover 2 will do it for me. U have to admit though, all together this will b a good summer

  4. To all those who use Rotten Tomatoes as a gauge……Thor is now up to 48 critic reviews and is still sitting with a 94% approval rating (45 good 3 bad). So it is looking pretty solid.

    • I’ll be seeing Thor in the morning. W00t. :-P


      • It really is worth seeing. A good/great flick. I would say excellent but the theater I saw it in was awful which kind of ruined it. Everything was blurry and colorless – but that was just that one theater. On the one side I just wish it was longer (because it was great) but on the other side, if it were any longer I would have walked out with a wet crotch (extra large Coke + small bladder = trouble). – And no, there was no way I was gonna walk out in the middle of this epic film to go relieve myself.

        • You know they make adult diapers.

          • I’m sure you know all about that Nostelg-O. ;)

  5. THE movie of the summer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.

    • You said it all 8-)

      • More like “The movie I WON’T see of the summer.”

        I’d see Bridesmaids before I see Potter trash.

        • Andy S,

          You’re being an obvious troll, so can it.


          • I’m just being honest, Vic. I never understood the hype about Harry Potter.

  6. I agree that Jim Carrey as a rule should veer away from drama… but his performance in the Truman Show? Incredible. He has the acting chops.

    • He is actually a great actor for drama and more “serious” roles. I love his comedies, but you cannot deny how good some of his serious roles are. Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Truman Show are all amazing movies.

  7. Out of all the Fast & Furious movies, this is the fifth one….

    • But I’m most excited for the comic films (Cap!), Super8, Cowboys & Aliens. Also, TF3 will probably draw me in against my better judgement. Should be a fun summer

  8. Potter, Cowboys & Aliens, Super 8, Captin America, and X-Men in this order are my top 5 and I will see them in the cinema. But if I was forced to choose just 1 Potter would be it. I still can’t believe how excited I got during the trailor. As a matter of fact I think I shall go watch it again…

    • Thor, Green Lantern Transformers, 30 MINS OR LESS, Fright Night

  9. hi screen rant, i saw the thor movie and i give it a “B” its not that great, the ending is a little i don’t know. not boring but you know doesn’t connect to any movies from iron man or captain america although someone mentions about a certain gamma radiation expert

  10. I’m most excited for Super 8 and Cowboys & Aliens. I’m also definitely going to see Thor and Captain America and perhaps Green Lantern depending on the reviews. Harry Potter is also a must because I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies.

    Honestly, as fun as this summer seems I cannot wait for NEXT summer with the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.

    • Not to mention Avengers. If this summer is going to be typical of how summers will be like from now on with BOTH DC/Warner Bros. and Marvel/Disney doing all they can do to keep us entertained with a steady stream of well-done superhero movies, I am going to have a very happy life.

  11. Thor of course is my most eagerly anticipated movie. However, am looking forward to Green Lantern and Captain America as well, and The Rise of the Planet of Apes looks good, too.

  12. I think I’m the only one excited for x-men:first class lol :).

  13. bridesmaids and green lantern are going to be hits? seriously, you meant to say flops right?

    • No, he meant hits.

      Granted, I care nothing about “Bridesmaids”, but “Green Lantern” will do quite well.

  14. All of them duh.

  15. 1.Harry Potter
    2.Tree of Life
    3.Kung Fu Panda 2
    5.The Hangover
    6.Captain America


    • Add Super 8 to my list lol

      • No Conan?? Ricky… i’m deeply saddened.

    • Why is Captain America so low on the list? And come on, Thor should be in front of Kung Fu Panda!

      • oh it wasnt in any specific order i guess lol just because hp7 is #1 doesnt mean its the order its around that though.

        And benji ill see conan just for you lol :)

        • Oh, sorry I guess. It’s just that the movies were numbered 1,2,3, etc. And from reading the comments (and looking at your avatar/icon I can see that HP7.2 will be your number one. Assumptions were made… sorry. But just for interest’s sake… how would you arrange those films?
          My favorites would be:
          1. Captain America (extremely exited – looks cool – little dark like batman – also worried about lack of action seen so far though)
          2. Thor (seen it – awesome)
          3. Kung Fu Panda 2 (trailers look hilarious)
          4. Green Lantern (still not convinced about the special effects which looks stupid – might be inclined to put it in front of Kung Fu Panda)
          5. Pirates Of the Caribbean (also looks like a worthy advisary)
          6. Harry Potter (the only reason it’s down here is because I lost steam for this franchise after I read the books)
          7. Transformers (also running out of steam – the second one was terrible – will see this one only because the action and special effects look amazing.)
          8. X-Men (not a big fan of the X-men – I will go see it if someone invites me but won’t go on my own accord.)

          Anyway… that’s my personal opinion. I am sure Thor will be among the top 3 movies of its genre along with Cap and Green Lantern.

          • Changed my mind… X-men should be in front of Transformers and Green Lantern in front of Kung Fu Panda:

            1. Cap
            2. Thor
            3. Green Lantern
            4. Fung Fu Panda
            5. Pirates
            6. Harry
            7. X-men
            8. Transformers

            • In order:

              1. Hp7
              2. Thor
              3. Kun fu panda
              4. Captain America
              5. Hangover
              6. Tree of life
              7. Super 8
              8. Transformers

  16. This article feels incomplete. Why no links to the much-written-about trailers in the article?

    • @Michael – Click any of the movie titles and you can find trailers, news, and more.

      I’ll add in the links for you shortly ;-)

      • You’re on the ball, Kofi – I was just about to leave a comment saying that’s a good idea. :)


  17. With all of the doom and gloom about the home entertainment business, this could be the spring & summer that audiences and studios buzz about. Lets hope Hollywood keeps the momentum going.

  18. in order of release

    POTC 4
    super 8
    Green Lantern
    Captain America

    in order of anticipation

    1. DH2

    12,283. the rest

    • Umm… everybody already knows the order of release dude… and it’s kind of obvious that Harry Potter will be the most anticipated movie (although some people – me included – will argue differently.)

      • lol no i meant all the movies IM SEEING in order of release

        • That makes no sense. What other order is there to see the movies in (other than the order of release)? If it’s released you see the movie… you can’t see the movie before it’s released.

          Now i’m just making it even more complicated… but still… what you say makes no sense.

  19. You should make a poll asking us which is our most anticipated movie of the summer… should be interesting.

    • They already did that.

  20. I’ve seen Thor twice now (once in 3D and once in 2D), i’d recommend seeing it in 2D as the 3D doesn’t really look right and makes some of the fight scenes confusing. It wasn’t filmed in 3D but made into 3D in post, so it kinda looks like 2D images in layers like a pop up book.

    The movie is awesome though. Hemsworth is totally great (so is everyone), and Brannagh’s directing is top notch. If you haven’t seen it yet then don’t read the “Ain’t it cool news” review! That isn’t a review at all! They just tell you what happens for the first half of the movie. A really schocking, bad spoiler ridden excuse for an article!

    • Yup.

    • Thor will definitely join my DVD/Blu-Ray collection. Seen the movie in 3D and I agree with you about the action sequences. I also found it a bit colorless (I read that 3D reduces the color quality by 30%!). So I will definitely get this on Blu-Ray.

      I just wish that us, here in South Africa, could get those awesome packs where you get the Blu-Ray copy, DVD copy and a digital copy… because I have an HD TV and PS3 at home… but when I go on holiday (watch on portable DVD player)or visit a friend (who doesn’t have Blu-Ray) I want to bring the DVD with … and a digital copy is also nice to have. Paying for all these things separately cost an insane amount of money (in South Africa) – R500 (which is about 75$ USD) Although… for the standard Blu-Ray copy you already pay R300 (about 46$ USD) and it’s my understanding that in the US you get it for much cheaper.

  21. to many movies to see lol

    • Agreed I remember last summer when I was only interested in maybe 7 movies throughthou the three months, but now there’s a whole lot more.

  22. This summer is going to be awesome, the best in recent memory.

  23. Thor is my most anticipated but I think Harry Potter will be the money winner. Parents will bring their kids and Rickster will see it about 100 times. :-)

    • Yes Kahless Ill make sure HP7.2 gets what it deserves ;)

  24. Thor hit 93 million already just in the International markets. Yikes…..

  25. Great Site!Really enjoyed your breakdown on all the summer flix this year seems a little more promising then the last few

  26. Now the post is updated with links to all trailers mentioned! Hope this helps! Sorry for the delay!

  27. Hey, what happened to Spielberg’s Tintin? Still happening this year?

  28. Um, when does “The Three Musketeers” come out??

    • TinTin and 3 Musketeers are both Fall movies.

  29. i won’t be watching thor. the trailer put me off.

    • Just curious-what is it about the ‘Thor’ trailer that put you off?

      • 1. having been a life-long comic book fan, comparing the actual thor and the one cast in this movie, i see no resemblance except the blonde hair(even that doesn’t convince me). there is something different about casting for, lets say, batman or superman, and casting for thor. thor, for one, is no puny, 5 foot-something-or-there-abouts type of guy. i know that guys who can act and have anything close to the comic-book physique are few and far between, if any, but this is too far off the mark. and judging from the trailer, the acting isn’t that impressive either. the actual thor has presence, and isn’t the boy-next-door type. and since when did thor start fighting like an s.a.s. man? i mean, there is so much i can pick out.

        2.there is also the clear sign of the usual old hollywood-style plot. then you get thor walking around shirtless, the ladies drooling because he’s ”pretty cut”, typical quickfire love story, etc. etc. the only thing they missed out(if i didn’t miss anything) is the usual punchline,”the world is in your hands”, or,”only you can save the world”, and all that. for me, its just plain wrong: from a comic book perspective, that is. however, the movie has to sell, so from that point of view, i can’t argue with them. they might as well do what they’ve done. most of the people who will watch this movie probably aren’t avid comic-book nutters. its hard to transfer, per se, a comic-book concept into a film, but at least stay true to character.