Summer Movies Just Heating Up

When summer heats up, the box office typically does too. With more than $460 million in ticket sales so far, “The Avengers” has set the bar high for upcoming films. But critics say there are still some blockbusters that could give the avengers a run for its money.

It’s been ten years since movie-goers last saw Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones save the world from aliens. Special agents J and K have returned to the big screen for “Men in Black 3,” now traveling back in time.

“I can see them having a lot of fun in going back to the 60s,” said Mark Mazrimas, Marketing Manager for Classic Cinemas. “I think it’ll be a big hit and word is out that it’ll be even better than the last Men in Black.”

Christian Bale is back as the vigilante hero alongside Ann Hathaway as Cat Woman in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

In Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to the series, Batman tries to protect Gotham City from the terrorist leader, Bane.

“I think he’s going to deliver and if there’s a movie this summer to knock off ‘The Avengers’, my money would be on the ‘Dark Knight Rises,’” Mazrimas said.

Another comic book favorite, “The Amazing Spiderman” swings into action on July 3rd with a new cast and director. Andrew Garfield plays the web-slinging man in tights, with Emma Stone as his love interest.

“From what I’ve seen, the special effects look great and we’ll see how Andrew Garfield does,” said Mazrimas. “There’s a lot of fans of ‘Spiderman’ so I think another comic book hero will do very well this summer.”

A fairytale favorite resurfaces with a few twists in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Kristin Stewart stars as Snow White, opposite Charlese Theron as the Wicked Witch.

For younger audiences, Disney and Pixar’s “Brave.” Skilled archerer Merida must save her kingdom from chaos and undo a curse placed upon her family.

“I never bet against Pixar, especially during the summer. They do the best animated movies,” said Mazrimas.

Then there are a couple sleeper movies that may or may not be huge hits but should be entertaining nonetheless.

“Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlin’s first film “Ted” is a rather raunchy comedy about a Teddy Bear magically brought to life. John, played by Mark Wahlburg must choose between his girlfriend or his crude best friend Ted.

And “Rock of Ages” follows aspiring musicians searching for fame and fortune in 1987 Hollywood. Featuring an all-star cast and classic 80s soundtrack, the movie is sure to get fans rocking in their seats.

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