[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
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
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
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
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
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
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.