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Latter half of the summer movie schedule

Most of the big budget, blockbuster films coming this summer will be released in the first half of the season, but July and August have something to offer moviegoers that will be worth the price of admission.
Hancock (July 2) – Will Smith, king of the July 4 box office, returns to the holiday weekend with an original concept rarely seen with the superhero genre. Smith plays Hancock, a hard-living superhero, who has fallen out of favor with the public, enters into a questionable relationship with the wife (Charlize Theron) of the public relations professional (Jason Bateman) who’s trying to repair his image. Smith hasn’t seen a flop since 2000’s The Legend of Bagger Vance and that trend should continue with the combined draw of superhero action, Smith comedy, Theron beauty and the recent resurgence of Bateman’s career.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (July 11) – The title sounds like it may contradict itself in that few believe anything from Hell could be gold, but director Guillermo del Toro was able to successfully turn a profit exhibiting the comic book creature from Satan’s lair turned soldier of good fighting for America’s Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.
The Dark Knight (July 18) – I’m pretty sure I don’t have to promote this film too much, since any person paying the slightest attention to pop culture is aware that this film’s upcoming baddie, The Joker, has been in the media due to the death of Heath Ledger, playing the villainous role. This sequel to the Batman series reboot feature Batman Begins will retain the same suspense, darkness and action that longtime and new-found fans found so fascinating with the 2005 film. Christopher Nolan returns to direct, Christian Bale again plays the title hero and replacing Tom Cruise-domestic captive Katie Holmes is Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The X-Files 2 (July 25) – This is one of the most unnecessary and awkwardly timed sequels ever released in film history. An entire decade after the first film and six years following the ending of the series, the strange cases of paranormal activity studied by two FBI agents returns with another chance to answer the many questions circling this series. The movie lacks a title, a plot and any sort of reason for returning, but those who are still searching for answers will line up to see what sort of conspiracies Agents Mulder and Scully can uncover.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Aug. 1) – A lot of changes to the cast of the third mummy installment has taken place. This time around the action will take place in China with no signs of Imhotep as the supernatural Egyptian monster returning, but instead Jet Li will step into the role of a shape-shifting entity that has been cursed. Returning to their roles are Brendan Frasier as adventure-seeking Rick O’Connell and John Hannah as Jonathan Carnahan. Replacing Rachel Weisz in the role of Frasier’s wife Evelyn is Maria Bello.
Pineapple Express (Aug. 8) – Many of you are scratching your heads puzzled at what this movie could possibly be about. Likely you haven’t heard much about this film, but I assure you it has the most potential of any comedy this summer. The reason I stand by that statement is because it was penned by the genius minds of Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and Evan Goldberg. These are the same minds that were behind The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad. If you haven’t heard of any of those comedies or didn’t find them funny then I recommend not catching this tale of a stoner (Rogen) and his dealer (James Franco) on the run after seeing a cop commit murder.

Matt Cook is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at matt@ennisdailynews.com

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