The 29 Must-See Movies of Summer 2011

By 05.13.11

Everything Must Go
Opening Date: May 13
In a departure from his usual fare, Will Ferrell goes a little more serious as a man who gets fired, then comes home to find his wife has left him — and thrown all of his stuff on their front lawn. Ferrell proceeds to live out on his yard, selling his belongings, and somehow through all of this, I'm guessing he grows as a person, meets a girl, and affects peoples lives. Personally, I prefer an “Anchorman” sequel but we'll see how Will handles a serous role.

Opening Date: May 13
Kristen Wiig of “SNL” fame stars as Annie, the maid of honor for her best friend's wedding who has to deal with an eclectic group of bridesmaids, including smoking-hot Rose Byrne. The movie might sound like a complete chick flick but considering Judd Apatow (“Superbad,” “40-Year-Old Virgin,” etc.) is behind it and from the looks of the trailer, this movie looks to be pretty funny, gnarly, and the anti-chick flick.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Opening Date: May 20
Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow as he leads an expedition to find the Fountain of Youth. With Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom gone, Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz join the cast as Blackbeard the pirate and some sort of pirate wench, judging by her outfit. 

Midnight in Paris
Opening Date: May 20
Woody Allen's “Midnight in Paris” was the opening-night hit of this week's Cannes Film Festival. It stars as a newly engaged couple Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson, as they travel to Paris with her parents. For the Woody and McAdams fans out there. 

The Hangover Part II
Opening Date: May 27
Following more or less the same plot as the first movie, except this time set in Thailand, the wolfpack get f*cked up and lose Stu's (Ed Helms) fiance's younger brother and have to backtrack through a night of debauchery in Bangkok to find him. It feels like there is a ton of similarity from this movie to the original but I'm sure this will still be funny as shit. Can't wait to see how they use the Bill Clinton cameo.

Kung Fu Panda 2
Opening Date: May 27
Jack Black and crew are back fighting the newest threat to kung fu. This may be a kids movie but if you've seen the first one (likely high at 3 in the morning), you are probably excited for the sequel.

The Tree of Life
Opening Date: May 27
Director/writer Terrence Malik (“Thin Red Line,” “Badlands,” “The New World”) brings us the story of a young boy, his upbringing in the 1950s Midwest, and his relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). The movie continues to track the boy as an adult (Sean Penn) as he seeks answers in the complicated modern world. The movie is definitely deep and should boast Malik's patented stellar cinematography.

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X-Men: First Class
Opening Date: June 3
Like a lot of the comic book/superhero movies released lately, “X-Men: First Class” covers the origins of the X-Men, specifically Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McEvoy). This was tried with “Wolverine” and failed miserably, however; hopefully with this one set against the Cold War and with a darker plot line, “First Class” will fare better. 

Super 8
Opening Date: June 10
Set in 1970s Ohio, the movie follows the suspicious events that occur after a train carrying U.S. Army property crashes mysteriously. With Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams involved, this movie should be an awesome combination of “Lost” and “E.T.” 

The Troll Hunter
Opening Date: June 10
In one of the weirder ideas ever, some Norwegian filmmakers have managed to make a movie that combines the “Blair Witch Project” and trolls. The film is shot doc*mentary-style and follows a bunch of Norwegian film students who set out to film trolls, whose existence has been covered up by a government conspiracy. Stupid plot? Definitely. Potentially awesome? I'll give it a definite maybe.

Green Lantern
Opening Date: June 17
Ryan Reynolds stars in the origin story behind the Green Lantern. Blake Lively also stars as his friend, co-pilot, or potential lover and makes flying F-22s looking even hotter, if that was possible.

Bad Teacher
Opening Date: June 24
Cameron Diaz stars as a cursing, drinking, pot-smoking teacher who is trying to find a rich husband so she never has to work again. When she meets a potential candidate (Justin Timberlake) she must fight one of her co-workers for his affection and turn away advances by the school gym teacher (Jason Segel). After seeing the carwash scene, I am definitely more likely to see this movie.

Cars 2
Opening Date: June 24
Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable guy are back as Lightning McQueen and Mater and are now racing on the World Grand Prix circuit. They are recruited by a British Spy Car (Michael Caine) to help on an international spy mission. Frankly, if Pixar makes it, it's worth seeing. Bring your little cousin or something. He f*cking loved “Cars.”

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Opening Date: July 1
“Transformers” is back minus Megan Fox, a big loss. However, Michael Bay pulled a fast one and put in a more than capably hot replacement: Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Expect many explosions and dramatic slow-motion sequences.

Horrible Bosses
Opening Date: July 8
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are all disgruntled workers who are abused by their bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell). After being driven too far, they plan to kill their bosses and seek the help of a random thug, played by Jamie Foxx. Oh, and Aniston has a scene where she strips down to some sexy underwear.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Opening Date: July 15
Finally, the last installment of the Harry Potter movie series comes to fruition. For those of you like me who didn't read all the viijs, we finally get to see if the kids at Hogwarts have figured out what sex is. 

Captain American: The First Avenger
Opening Date: July 22
In another comic book origin story, Chris Evans stars as a soldier deemed unfit for World War II. He is given a chance to fight when he volunteers for a top-secret experiment that turns him into the brawny superhero Captain America. His task is to stop the Nazi propaganda machine, led by the villain Red Skull.

Friends with Benefits
Opening Date: July 22
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are two friends who are fed up with relationships and decide to have casual sex with no strings attached but probably fall in love in the end. Essentially, this is the same movie as the one Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman starred in earlier this year, but this looks a little funnier. 

Cowboys and Aliens
Opening Date: July 29
Daniel Craig is a drifter in 1870s Arizona who awakes with no memory and a mysterious metal bracelet around his arm. He makes his way into a small town and finds out he is a wanted criminal. However, when Aliens show up and threaten the town, he must team up with the locals and the native tribe from the area to defeat them. Olivia Wilde also stars and has a nice semi-nekked scene.

Crazy, Stupid, Love
Opening Date: July 29
Steve Carrell is a family man whose wife just left him and is now trying to get back in the dating scene but has no game after being married. He teams up with a ladies man (Ryan Gosling) to try and get his mojo and life back. Emma Stone plays the hottie Gosling's going after.  

The Devil's Double
Opening Date: July 29
The film follows an Iraqi man who is forced against his will to be a body double for Saddam Hussein's son Uday. As Uday's double, he witness firsthand the lavish and sadistic life of the dictator's regime.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Opening Date: August 5
James Franco is a scientist who is searching for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease by experimenting on chimpanzees. However, the experiment goes awry and the chimps begin to mutate and gain intelligence, resulting in them revolting against humans.

The Change-Up
Opening Date: August 5
Jason Bateman, a man who is fed up with married life, and his slacker/ladies-man friend, played by Ryan Reynolds, switch bodies after they wish they had each other's lives.

30 Minutes or Less
Opening Date: August 12
Jessie Eisenberg is Nick, a pizza delivery guy who is kidnapped by two shitty criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who strap a bomb to his body and tell him he must rob a bank in the next few hours or the bomb will go off. Nick enlists the help of his roommate (Aziz Ansari) to pull off the robbery. Hilarity ensues.

Conan the Barbarian
Opening Date: August 19
This film follows the origins of the warrior as he seeks to avenge his father's death and the destruction of his village. We'll see if this 3D version can outdo Arnold's 1984 classic. 

Our Idiot Brother
Opening Date: August 26
Paul Rudd is a simple guy who means well but gets busted for selling pot to a cop. When he is released from jail, he has nowhere to go so he tries staying with each of his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer), subsequently f*cking their lives up along the way. 

Apollo 18
Opening Date: August 26
“Apollo 18” is the story of a secret final moon landing mission that is covered up by the government after life forms are found on the moon and attack the crew. The film is shot in found-footage style.

Opening Date: September 2
After witnessing her parents' execution as a young girl in Colombia, Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) is raised by her uncle in the U.S. and taught to be a deadly assassin so she can seek vengeance on the drug lords who killed her parents.

The Debt
Opening Date: September 2
This spy thriller follows the story of three Mossad agents 30 years after they undertook a dangerous mission to track down a Nazi war criminal in East Berlin. The story parallels the present, eventually revealing the truth about their mission.

Which movies are you most looking forward to seeing this summer? Sound Off in the Comments!

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