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Summer movie preview: Heroes big and small

April 28, 2013

YellowBrix

April 28--Good guys past, present and future will elbow their way onto movie screens this spring and summer.

Among the bigger-than-life heroes due from May through August: Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Man of Steel, The Wolverine and -- of course -- Capt. Kirk and Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness.

For those who prefer anti-heroes, there will be The Great Gatsby, Despicable Me 2 and a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists in Now You See Me.

If all else fails, viewers might turn to one or more apocalyptic flicks, with After Earth, This Is the End and World War Z among the possibilities.

Highlights of new films opening from May through August (with release dates varying by city and subject to change):

MAY

3

--Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow return in Iron Man 3 , with Guy Pearce as a brilliant geneticist. Of course, a terrorist is involved.

10

--Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Toby Maguire pool their talents in the new incarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby .

--Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington star in the domestic comedy Peeples.

17

--Star Trek Into Darkness revives the franchise with a talent pool including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg, among others.

--At Any Price explores the strained relationship between a father (Dennis Quaid) and son (Zac Efron).

24

--Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifiankis and Ed Helms return for more headaches and crude jokes in The Hangover Part III , joined by Melissa McCarthy.

--Epic is an animated tale of good versus evil in a deep forest, with the voices of Josh Hutcherson and Beyonce Knowles.

--In Fast & Furious 6 , Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) returns in the latest installment of the crime thriller, also starring Vin Diesel.

31

--Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine are just a few of the stars in Now You See Me , a thriller about illusionists who pull off bank heists.

--Set 1,000 years in the future, the sci-fi film After Earth -- directed by M. Night Shyamalan -- is about a father and son (Will and Jaden Smith) stranded after crash-landing on the planet.

--Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm star in Love Is All You Need , a comedy- romance set in Italy.

--The horror/sci-fi film The Purge puts Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley in peril during the one night a year that citizens can commit any crime without punishment.

JUNE

7

--Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn wrangle internships at Google and meet a much younger, tech-savvy crew in the comedy The Internship .

--Sarah Polley directed the documentary Stories We Tell , about a family of storytellers.

12

--Celebrities play themselves at a party at James Franco's house that coincides with the apocalypse. A few of the attendees in This Is the End : Jonah Hill, Rihanna, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Emma Watson.

14

--Teens build a house in the woods and live off the land in the comedy The Kings of Summer .

--Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan and Watchman director Zach Snider team up to revisit Superman in Man of Steel , with Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams.

21

--Monsters University offers a prequel to Monsters, Inc., with the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi and others.

--Brad Pitt stars in World War Z , an action/horror flick complete with a zombie pandemic.

28

--Sandra Bullock (as an FBI agent) and Melissa McCarthy (a Boston cop) pair up as an odd couple in the comedy-thriller The Heat , directed by Paul Feig ( Bridesmaids).

--In the action movie White House Down , starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, paramilitary invaders threaten the president.

JULY

3

--Tonto (Johnny Depp) takes center stage in telling how John Reid (Armie Hammer) came to be The Lone Ranger , directed by Pirates of the Caribbean veteran Gore Verbinksi.

--Gru (Steve Carell) deals with a new super criminal in the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 , also starring Al Pacino.

12

--Guillermo del Toro directs Pacific Rim , the saga of an alien attack on Earth, which is defended by skyscraper-sized robots. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Ron Perlman star.

--Adam Sandler returns for more juvenile humor in Grown Ups 2 .

19

--Starring Kristen Wiig and Matt Dillon, the comedy Girl Most Likely involves a playwright, an attempted suicide and a gambling-addicted mother.

--The action-comedy sequel Red 2 revives a group of retired government assassins, including Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins.

--A dead cop joins the "Rest in Peace Department" to help solve his murder in R.I.P.D. , starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Bridges.

--Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as paranormal investigators in the thriller The Conjuring .

--Turbo is an animated film about snails and the Indy 500, featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti.

26

--The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) encounters an enemy from his past in Japan in an adaptation of the character's most famous comic-book story.

--Brothers find things to do during summer vacation in the animated Phineas and Ferb , featuring the voices of Vincent Martella and Ashley Tisdale.

31

--The little blue folks are back for more high jinks in the animated/live-action The Smurfs 2 , starring Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria.

AUGUST

2

--In a prequel to the 2007 film 300, the action-drama 300: Rise of an Empire is set in ancient Persia and stars Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro and Sullivan Stapleton.

--Two agents on opposite teams discover that each has been set up by the mob in 2 Guns , starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington.

7

--In Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters , the intrepid teen hero -- and Poseidon's son (Logan Lerman) -- leads a quest to find the Golden Fleece and combat an ancient evil.

9

--A crop-dusting plane dreams of competing in a race in the animated feature Planes , featuring the voices of Val Kilmer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

--In 2159, the haves live in space while the have-nots dwell on a ruined Earth in Elysium , starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

--A fake family is established to cover a pot shipment in We're the Millers , starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.

16

--The comic-book action-comedy Kick-Ass 2 stars Jim Carrey, Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

--Aubrey Plaza plays a sexually inexperienced teenager in The To Do List .

23

--Friends re-creating a pub crawl are unwittingly drawn into cataclysmic events in the comedy The World's End , starring Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.

--Lily Collins is a teenager thrust into a dangerous quest involving demons and her surprising bloodline in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones .

--The horror film You're Next stars Sharni Vinson.

28

--Closed Circuit is a horror-thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall.

30

--A man (Ethan Hawke) must save his kidnapped wife in Getaway .

--The British boy band performs in concert in One Direction: This Is Us 3D .

Sources: www.IMDb.com, movie-production websites

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