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Lime Summer Movie Guide 2011
Superheroes, sequels, cowboys and a certain boy wizard that about sums up the summer ahead for film fans looking to venture into the multiplexes over the next few months.
Let's start with the big one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 looks to conclude the series, following on immediately from the previous instalment. This time you get to see it in full 3D, and whether you love or hate him, you have to admit the last adventure for Harry will be a momentous occasion.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another sequel opting for the 3D route. The story is bound to be a confused and confusing mess, but we've seen some of the footage and can honestly say it is jaw-droppingly good.
Earlier this year we were impressed by the Marvel comic-book movie Thor, so perhaps we should have some hope for Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans steps into the lead role, and aside from some weird looking special-effects that give him the appearance of a lollipop head, Evans does seem to be the right man for the job. Although we did think Ryan Reynolds was perfect for 'The Green Lantern' and we all saw how that turned out.
There's always one film that comes out of nowhere to surprise audiences, and this year it could just be Super 8. It's not exactly a 'small' film, but it does have a young cast, a nostalgic feel to the films from our youth and a clandestine marketing campaign that has managed to get people talking. It's already been a big hit in the US, so we'll see how it does here.
Kids should get a kick out of Cars 2. Although the first film is seen as the least successful Pixar film (in terms of the critics) it is the most commercially viable product the animation house have produced. We'd like to think the return to the world of talking vehicles is based solely on an artistic desire to right any wrongs that might have occurred previously. But let's wait and see...
Finally, two films that could go either way: Daniel Craig dons a Stetson and tackles intergalactic bad guys in Cowboys and Aliens. He's joined by Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford, and we think there might just be enough in the concept to get us hooked. Certainly everything looks cooler in an old West setting, and director Jon Favreau has proven he can handle the fun/action side of things with Iron Man.
And finally there is a reboot. Rise of the Planet of the Apes might be a mouthful, but the concept as we have gathered from the trailer is an innovative twist that might just be the right way to kick-start a franchise.