Summer at the movies


David Waddington

WHILE hopes are high the warm weather continues into throughout the holiday season, this year's batch of sizzling summer blockbusters are sure to hot things up on cinema screens.

Wands will be flying on July 15 when the concluding part of the Harry Potter series sees the boy wizard face-off against Voldemort in The Deathly Hallows Part 2.
After last year's plodding character-centric first chapter, expect electric epic battles and plenty of dark twists and turns (all in optional 3D) in this franchise closer.

July 22 sees two very different releases: family-friendly Pixar fun with Cars 2, and chuckle-filled inappropriate behaviour with Horrible Bosses.

The former may not rev everyone's engine after the original failed to ignite the imagination like other films from the CG masters, but hopes are high the Pixar magic polishes this globe-trotting spy caper into a new machine as the gang hit the world Grand Prix circuit.

Horrible Bosses on the other hand opts for crudeness over cuteness.

Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell are just some of the big names in this 'does-what-it-says-on-the-tin' comedy following miserable workers plotting to kill their superiors. Brace yourself for a plethora of un-PC laughs.

Marvel continue their epic rise by following up comic-book hero Thor's big screen debut with one of their most iconic characters: Captain America: The First Avenger.
Set during the Second World War, Chris Evans' shield-throwing super-solider will be trying to crush the Red Skull and his henchmen on July 29 against a myriad of period set-pieces.

Being the final film before the anticipated comic mash-up The Avengers in 2012 (where the Cap' will be teaming up with Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Thor) all eyes are on director Joe Dante to continue the quality.

A smorgasbord of sequels, reimaginings and remakes are set for the season, but there will still be the occasional original film to keep things fresh.

Tipped to be one of Summer's highlights is JJ Abrams' Super 8, which captures the adventure spirit of Spielberg-esque story-telling when a group of small-town kids witness a devastating train crash which unleashes a deadly cargo.

And Daniel Craig will be teaming up with Harrison Ford on August 19 in Jon Favreau's sci-fi-western Cowboys & Aliens, which promises a gaggle of kinetic special effects and extra-terrestrial encounters.

With plenty more to enjoy over the holidays when the sun refuses to shine including live-action adventure with The Smurfs (August 10), prequel Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (August 12), sword-and-sandles fantasy remake Conan The Barbarian (August 26), and revamp of 80s horror flick Fright Night (September 2); there will be no shortage of celluloid fun to be had at the movies.

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