Here’s a rundown on the hottest summer movies.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 – May 5
Uber-spy Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is called out of retirement to face uber-villain Owen Davian (Hoffman). Hunt assembles his team and pursues Davian across the globe.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
POSEIDON – May 12
In this remake of 1972’s POSEIDON ADVENTURE, a cruise ship capsizes in the North Atlantic Ocean and some survivors attempt to make their way from the hull to the surface.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Josh Lucas
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
THE DA VINCI CODE – May 19
After a curator at the Louvre is murdered, a plot to keep a centuries old secret is revealed. Robert Langdon (Hanks) and the victim’s granddaughter are the only ones who can piece the clues together and get to the truth. Based on the blockbuster novel by Dan Brown.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Jean Reno, Audrey Tautou, Alfred Molina
Directed by: Ron Howard
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND – May 26
A “cure” for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test — triggering the war to end all wars.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
Directed by: Brett Ratner
THE OMEN – June 6
Based on the 1976 film, “The Omen” centers on Damian, a young boy destined to become the Anti-Christ.
Starring: Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow and Liev Schreiber
Directed by: John Moore
CARS – June 9
On route across country to a championship race, the success-driven novice racecar Lightning McQueen takes an unexpected detour to a sleepy town whose offbeat inhabitants help him realize there’s more to life than fame, trophies, and the finish line. Animated.
Starring: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, George Carlin
Directed by: John Lasseter
NACHO LIBRE – June 16
Jack Black is a a Mexican priest by day and lucha libre wrestler by night.
Starring: Jack Black
Directed by: Jared Wess
SUPERMAN RETURNS – June 30
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth
Directed by: Bryan Singer
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST- July 7
Captain Jack Sparrow is back and learns that he owes a blood debt to Davey Jones. The good Captain must find a way out or face eternal damnation. And in the process the wedding of Will Turner (Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) is put in jeopardy.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
A SCANNER DARKLY – July 7 (limited)
Based on the Philip K. Dick novel, “A Scanner Darkly” is set in a future America where the war on drugs is lost. Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover cop named Fred who is addicted to Substance D, a popular drug that splits the user’s personality. Fred’s other personality, Bob, is a notorious drug dealer. Naturally, Fred plans to catch Bob and end his drug-peddling days.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson
Directed by: Richard Linklater
MY SUPER EX GIRLFRIEND – July 21
A man (Wilson) who dumps his girlfriend after he finds out she’s really a superhero (Thurman) must suffer her wrath when the scorned ex uses her powers to humilate him.
Starring: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
MONSTER HOUSE – July 21st
Three kids discover that a neighbor’s house is really a monster. But the adults don’t believe them.
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder, Kevin James
Directed by: Gil Kenan
MIAMI VICE – July 28
Based on the ’80s TV series about two vice detectives, the movie stars Jamie Foxx as Ricardo Tubbs and Colin Farrell as Sonny Crockett.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx
Directed by: Michael Mann
SNAKES ON A PLANE – August 18
Samuel L. Jackson is an FBI agent aboard a commercial airplane that is suddenly overrun by hundreds of deadly snakes that were set loose on the flight.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Benjamin McKenzie, Nathan Phillips
Directed by: David R. Ellis