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Man of Steel

Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe
14 June
Man of Steel

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Superman is back, and he has an even bigger enemy to face off against than before. No, he’s not dealing with some devious DC villain whose ready to make the humanoid from Krypton pay. No, as Clark Kent’s alter ego lay dormant, Christopher Nolan (and to some extent, the entire Marvel Universe) has come in and co-opted the superhero genre for their own. Now the question becomes if there is a place in the cinematic pantheon for an old school champion who doesn’t have a real post-modern manner. The choice of director - Zack Snyder - was genius. Here’s hoping the rest of this resurrection is just as savvy.


 

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This is The End

Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
14 June
This is the End


As we mentioned before, the World is going to end in a lot of different ways this Summer, and this one has to be the most meta of them all. Seth Rogen and his collaborator Evan Goldberg (Superbad) have come up with an unique take on their previous short film - Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse - turning it into a comedy A-list compendium. From the trailer alone we see Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Emma Watson - and that’s just for beginnings. A look at the IMDb page promises even more insane cameos. And here’s the most surreal part: everyone is playing themselves.


 

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The Bling Ring

Director: Sophia Coppola
Cast: Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Erin Daniels, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang
14 June
The Bling Ring


After winning critical acclaim for her first two films - The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation (for which she also earned an Oscar for screenplay) - Sophia Coppola’s career has hit a kind of snag. Her contemporized take on Marie Antoinette was a flop, and her awards season entry for 2010, Somewhere, went nowhere. Now she’s returned with a film that could put her back on top. Following the true life adventures of the fame whoring burglars who tracked celebrities via the web so they could rob their homes, the material here seems ripe for Coppola’s cynical if creative eye. She’s got the goods. Let’s hope this one delivers.


 

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Vehicle 19

Director: Mukunda Michael Dewil
Cast: Paul Walker, Naima McLean, Gys de Villiers, Leyla Haidarian, Welile Nzuza
14 June
Vehicle 19


After being touted as the next big thing circa the original Fast and Furious film’s release, Paul Walker went through a kind of professional purgatory before reconnecting with the manic muscle car franchise. Now he’s part of a huge action series that many see going on for years to come. Of course, this doesn’t mean Walker walks away from those projects that promise a paycheck. In this case, a tourist rents a car which ends up having connections to some local criminals. Sounds like perfect post-F&F fodder, right? Well, with rumors of this title going direct to DVD, this isn’t the blockbuster follow-up envisioned for the actor.


 

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Hatchet III

Director: BJ McDonnell
Cast: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan Caroline Williams, Derek Mears
14 June
Hatchet III


Enough, already. Enough with the Jason Voorhees wannabe known as Victor Crowley and Adam Green’s slapstick splatter ideas. Sure, it’s always fun to see genre icons like Daniel Harris, Caroline Williams, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, and Derek Mears up on the big screen. But if past installments in this slight scare franchise are any indication, we’ll get 20 minutes of introductory exposition followed by several excessive examples of bloodletting. On the plus side, Green is no longer behind the lens. He’s turned those duties over to his cameraman/cinematographer BJ McDonnell. As for the negative, well, Green still scripted.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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