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2008: Picture this

Warmer weather Monday made me start thinking about summer, which led me to think about this season’s upcoming blockbuster movie schedule. 2008’s list of popcorn flicks include highly anticipated sequels, television adaptations, comic book superheroes and more.
We’ll start with May and June and the latter half of the season will be dissected in another column.
Iron Man (May 2) – Jon Favreau (the most unlikely choice to direct a comic book movie) brings Marvel’s metal hero to the big screen. Robert Downy Jr. stars as industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man with Gwyneth Paltrow as long-time girlfriend Pepper Potts.
In the eyes of geek boys all around the world this film rivals The Dark Knight as most anticipated comic book movie of the year.
Speed Racer (May 9) – The film version of the popular 60s Anime TV show stars Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci. The film is adapted by Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers and they have attempted to stay very faithful to the origins of the show, which makes this film look utterly ridiculous unless you were really into the cartoon.
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16) – Based on the second of C. S. Lewis’s novels, this installment is much darker than the first film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The book is the largest of the series and reports have been stated Disney is splitting it into two films.
Being the only family film released in May Disney is going to more than likely cash in, despite pushing the release date back from last Christmas (which is usually not a good sign).
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22) – This is no doubt the most anticipated sequel of the summer simply because of the long wait between the third and fourth film.
The popular 80s adventure series brings Harrison Ford back to the role that kept him in the spotlight after leaving the Star Wars universe.
The film is set in 1956, 18 years after Last Crusade, and returning to the series is Karen Allen, reprising her role from the first movie.
Cate Blanchett stars as a Soviet Communist, replacing the evil Nazi regime as the antagonists, and Shia LaBeouf will come in as the trusty sidekick to Indy.
The Incredible Hulk (June 13) – Attempting to erase Ang Lee’s unpopular update of the green monster/misunderstood hero from 2003, Marvel lets pure action and CGI effects tell the story.
Edward Norton is Bruce Banner and Liv Tyler will play girlfriend Betty Ross.
The Happening (June 13) – From the guy who bases an entire film on a surprise ending, mystery director/writer M. Night Shyamalan offers a story about a family on the run trying to survive a natural disaster that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel play the couple.
Expect a twist ending that makes you feel either very stupid for not solving it earlier or very angry that you wasted two hours of your existence by letting Shyamalan get the best of you with such a meaningless bomb.
WALL-E (June 27) – This is most certainly my favorite upcoming film, and I don’t care that it’s a cartoon movie.
PIXAR can do no wrong in my eyes after releasing hit after hit after hit. These are the same guys that brought us Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and most recently Ratatouille.
This tale is about a robot trash compactor who sets out on an incredible space adventure and discovers he was built for so much more than what he has been doing for the past 700 years.
Despite the robot looking very similar to the machine in Short Circuit,
I am not at all worried that this movie won’t be as heartfelt, funny and entertaining as everything else released from PIXAR.
Matt Cook is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at matt@ennisdailynews.com

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