Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer 2010 Preview

Summer 2010


As in previous years, KRS recently held a gala lunch for journalists, critics and censors. The event also featured a lengthy trailer showcasing the main films to look forward to this summer. Over the next 3 months, KRS will be releasing 42 films in Malta, including 17 blockbusters, and covering all genres and target audiences.

Once the World Cup is over, here’s the menu for top-notch evening entertainment:

(the ones I’m looking forward to most are in orange)


  • The A-Team – big screen version of the classic TV action series, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley.
  • The Adjustment Bureau – Paranoia thriller starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as a potential couple kept apart by strange forces.
  • Brooklyn’s Finest – Police and crime drama starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke, from the director of Training Day.
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (3D) – Sequel to the family favourite, featuring lots of talking pets with high-tech gadgets.
  • Centurion – Period war drama starring Michael Fassbender.
  • The Collector – Somebody breaks into a house, not knowing that there’s already somebody much more dangerous inside. Thriller, of course.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Comedy about a smart but unimposing kid who documents his attempt at surviving secondary school.
  • Dinner for Schmucks – Steve Carell and Paul Rudd star in this offbeat comedy about an executive who invites losers to dinner for entertainment purposes.
  • Eat, Pray, Love – Based on the best-selling true story, this film stars Julia Roberts as a middle-aged woman who breaks free of the rat-race back home to spend a year travelling the world and marvelling at what she discovers.
  • The Expendables – Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not a chick flick.
  • Get Him To The Greek – Johan Hill stars as a young intern assigned the impossible task of ensuring that erratic British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) gets to a concert on schedule.
  • Grown Ups – Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin James star as a group of old friends who get together and realise not much has changed.
  • The Hole – Matinee-type horror film about two boys who discover a mysterious hole in their basement, from much-loved director Joe Dante.
  • I Am Love – A classy, tragic love story starring Tilda Swinton as a woman in a posh Italian household threatened by love and passion.
  • Inception – From the director of Memento and The Dark Knight comes a psychological thriller about the content of dreams, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine and Ellen Page.
  • The Karate Kid – a remake of the 80s classic, this time starring Jackie Chan as the mentor and Jaden Smith as the kid.
  • The Killer Inside Me – Casey Affleck stars in this chilling drama about a deputy sheriff with psychopathic tendencies, from director Michael Winterbottom.
  • Killers – Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher star in this crime comedy about a girl who finds the man of her dreams and then finds out what he really does for a living.
  • Knight and Day – Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this action-comedy about a globe-trotting and glamorous fugitive couple.
  • The Last Airbender – M. Night Shyamalan returns with his take on the fantasy TV series about those who have the power to control the elements.
  • Mark of an Angel (L’ Empreinte de L’Ange) – drama about a woman who becomes obsessed with the idea that a young girl might be the daughter she thought had died in a fire.
  • Marmaduke – Based on the popular comic strip, this film follows the antics of the lovable, but often uncontrollable Great Dane, voiced by Owen Wilson.
  • Mes Amis Mes Amours – Set inside a French expat community in London, this quirky romantic comedy follows of the adventures in life and love of two single fathers who decide to share a flat.
  • The Other Guys – Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell star as two bungling New York City detectives who try to make it amongst the elite.
  • Piranha (3D) – Prehistoric piranhas are unleashed in Lake Victoria after a tremor. Like many Jaws, but smaller.
  • Predators – Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne form part of a team of dangerous criminals who are hunted down by the merciless alien race from the previous Predator films.
  • The Rebound – Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in a light romantic comedy about a middle-aged woman having a rebound relationship with her young male nanny.
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (3D) – Milla Jovovich returns as the heroine of this dark and action-packed franchise, whose baddies just won’t stay dead.
  • The Runaways – Rising female starts Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in a coming-of-age biopic about a 70s teenage band.
  • Salt – Angelina Jolie is Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who claims she is being framed, and has to stay on the run while trying to prove her innocence.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Based on the popular comic, this original modern-day tale of chivalry pits the hapless Michael Cera, as the titular character, against the seven evil ex-boyfriends of his new-found love.
  • Shrek Forever After (3D) – The 4th and final chapter in this alternative fairytale.
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer joins forces to bring us the live-action adventure full of magic and marvel, stemming from the famous Fantasia sequences. Starring Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Monica Bellucci.
  • Step Up 3-D – Street and hip-hop dancers face off in a high-stakes showdown in the heart of New York.
  • Takers – Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen and Paul Walker star in this thriller about a group of bank robbers who see their 20-million-dollar heist interrupted.
  • The Tournament – Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, thirty of the world’s deadliest assassins’ battle to the death for the title of No. 1. Starring Robert Carlyle and Ving Rhames.
  • Toy Story 3 (3D) – The ground-breaking and heart-warming tale of toys resumes, with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprising the famous roles of Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Part 3 of 4 in the fable of vampires and werewolves that has set the teenage world alight.
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – Oliver Stone returns to direct, and Michael Douglas returns to star in the sequel to the 80s greed thriller that seems even more relevant now. Also starring Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan.
  • Warrior – Nick Nolte stars in the story of an alcoholic ex-boxer who tries to return to the top of his game, but knows he must fight his brother to do so.
  • When In Rome – Kristen Bell stars in this romantic comedy about an impulsive New Yorker who steals some coins from a fountain while on holiday in Rome, and see her love-life go to extremes as a result.
  • Wild Target – Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt star in a black comedy about a solitary assassin with a perfect reputation, who finds himself drawn to one of his victims.



Summer 2010 is looking very promising indeed...

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