New summer movies are anticipated

May 29, 2009 — by Grishma Athavale

Summer marks the beginning of a long and well-earned vacation for students. For movie producers; however, it is one of the busiest times of year; busy with plenty of red carpet premieres, that is.

Students this summer can expect to see long-awaited movies such as “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the release of which was originally slated for November 2008 but has been postponed to later this month. Based on the sixth novel in the bestselling series, this penultimate installment shows Harry in a darker, deeper way and reveals a haunting secret.

Sophomore Taara Rangan, an avid fan, has awaited the sixth “Harry Potter” film since last year and is anticipating its release this summer.

“I’m curious to see how the new actor, Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn, the new Potions teacher at Hogwarts, [who have not been in the previous movies] will live up to his character role,” said Rangan.

In May and June, students will be able to see “Angels and Demons,” a prequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” starring Tom Hanks as professor Robert Langdon. Also premiering in June is “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen,” starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. A new conflict emerges in the sequel to the 2007 hit, as Decepticon (robot) forces return to Earth on a mission to capture Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) after he learns the truth about the prehistoric origins of the machines.

Many students are awaiting the release of “Transformers 2” and one such student is senior Lauren Christensen.

“I loved the first movie, so I can’t wait to see the second one,” said Christensen.

Also set to premiere in mid-July is “Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3” starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. This remaking of a ‘70s movie depicts a group of innocent civilians who encounter a subway heist and how the NYPD tries to outsmart the villains.

In July and August students can anticipate: “Land of the Lost,” “Year One” (a comedy starring Michael Cera and Jack Black), “My Sister’s Keeper,” “500 Days of Summer” (a romantic comedy which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan.), “Inglorious Basterds” (a new action/adventure film from director Quentin Tarantino) and “H2: Halloween 2.”

With the great variety of movies to choose from this summer, there will undoubtedly be something for everyone.

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