2012 summer movie releases: Our summer blockbusters round-up!

The Dark Knight Rises cast

The Dark Knight Rises cast (© Chris Pizzello/AP Images)

Summer is generally a time when we put our books away and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. But, summer is also when most of the much-anticipated movies are released as well! We’ve rounded up an exciting list of 2012 summer movie releases that are worth staying indoors for!

Magic Mike — June 29

Here’s one for the ladies — a movie staring both Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum who work at night as strippers. Rated R for obvious reasons, this one is sure to draw some controversy and a large audience with its numerous costume changes — Tatum dances as a police officer, construction worker, fireman, cowboy, fire breather — and professional dance moves. Though he has a strong clientele, Tatum longs to be a custom furniture maker. While this may not be a very realistic plot line, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The Dark Knight Rises — July 20

Tagged as “The Legend Ends,” this is the epic finale to the Dark Knight legend and is sure to draw in large numbers as previous movies in the series did. If advance ticket sales from January are any indication — midnight tickets went on sale in January and quickly sold out, according to the January 11, 2012, post for MovieFone, titled “‘Dark Knight Rises’ Midnight Tickets Sold Out Already” — this movie is sure to please fans of the comic series. The Dark Knight Rises features Christian Bale’s final performance as the Caped Crusader, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane. Rated PG-13 for its intense scenes of violence and action, you may want to be cautious of the guests you bring along with you to the theater.

The Watch — July 27

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade star in this Sci-Fi comedy about suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group that ends up being a main line of defense for the plane from an alien invasion. In what can only be described as a spoof on previous alien invasion movies (think: Men in Black, Alien, The War of the Worlds, etc.), this one is sure to leave you crying from laughter. How could it not with the all-star cast that is Stiller, Vaughn and Hill? Ayoade, who is raved about on The Watch’s Facebook page, is sure to be a welcome member of the cast. Be prepared for a bit of violence, strong sexual content and strong language as this one is rated R.

The Campaign — August 10

A very fitting move by the writers of this one, The Campaign is a politically-charged comedy starring Will Ferrell as Cam Brady and Zach Galifianakis as Marty Huggins. Brady is a four-time congressman who is now being challenged by Huggins. Full of off-the-wall quotes like these from Ferrell — “My hair is so strong it could lift a car off a baby if it had to,” and “Is anyone asking how my hand feels after punching that iron-like jaw of that baby?” — The Campaign is sure to provide some comic relief this election year. To vote for the “the best loser,” be sure to visit The Campaign’s official website.

The Expendables 2  August 17

If it’s action you’re after this summer, you’ll have to wait a couple of months for this one to come out, but it’s sure to be a hit (as the first one earned over $34 million and the #1 position on its opening weekend back in 2010). Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Chuck Norris and Jason Statham pack this sequel with plenty of action from start to finish. Deemed “the ultimate guy movie,” The Expendables 2 finds the cast being reunited with Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) and a quest for revenge that puts the cast “deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.”

Be sure to check up on other new releases this summer by visiting sites such as MovieFone, IMDb or Fandango, and don’t forget the popcorn!

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