May 19--The summer movie season is a young man's game. That's who Hollywood
targets once the weather heats up and school gets out.
Why does this rite of passage happen every May? Marketing has proven that teen boys and young men are (No. 1) the segment of the public that buys the most movie tickets during the summer months, and (No. 2) the most likely candidates to see a blockbuster multiple times.
That's why the Wolf Pack has another "Hangover," and the cool-car gang gets "Fast & Furious" for a sixth time. That's why apocalypse reigns in "After Earth," "World War Z" and even a comedy in "This is the End."
There's a reason that "White House Down" can be released while remarkably similar White-House-under-attack flick "Olympus Has Fallen" is still hanging around theaters: Stuff will be blown up and bad guys will be blown away. These are the two nutritional requirements of the summer-movie diet for the adolescent male, as well as men with no interest in ever outgrowing such explosive fare.
There are other offerings, including the Circle Cinema's arthouse fare. But between now and Independence Day, Pixar's prequel "Monsters University" and "Despicable Me 2" are guaranteed hits because they're virtually the only films made for children in the next two months.
And "The Heat," pairing Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as comedic law enforcement officers, is the only movie in that time that seems to say, "We're here for you, ladies!"
Rather than overwhelm with something like 100 movies arriving between now and Labor Day, consider this our Summer Movie Preview: Part 1. Look for the sequel to arrive around July 4.
The following films, and dates, are subject to change.
The Hangover, Part III
There's no bachelor party or wedding, but there is a friend to console when the Wolf Pack helps Alan get over his dad's death in their own unique way. The usual suspects return, and John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy join them for a round.
Fast & Furious 6
The last one was the best one in this series, revving up with a heist storyline and Dwayne Johnson. "The Rock" is back, and this time his federal agent is recruiting Dominic's team to take down a former Special Ops soldier and his hot-car team.
This animated 3-D action-adventure from the makers of the "Ice Age" movies features a teen (Amanda Seyfried) discovering a secret world in the forest, only to learn that its feuding inhabitants threaten her own world.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
From director Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding") and based on the international best-seller. Riz Ahmed stars with Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber in this story of a Pakistani man chasing Wall Street success in America, until events including a hostage crisis and the lingering pull of his homeland change his fortunes.
At Any Price
Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron star in this story set among modern agriculture, in which a father looks to continue the family business through his son, who's more interested in auto racing until a family crisis affects their livelihood.
Now You See Me
The concept and the cast make this movie sound magical: A team of Robin-Hooding illusionists pulls off bank robberies and redistributes the cash to their
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