Schlock rules: Summer 2013 movies to help you beat the heat

From left to right on stage: Hugh Jackman, Rya...

From left to right on stage: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Liev Schreiber, Lynn Collins, and at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere in Tempe, Arizona.

Summer is traditionally the time for schlock movies to abound. Whether it’s horror, action or high tech effects, summer 2013 movies are sure to fill the bill for everyone. Most viewers are looking for harmless fun and entertainment. Some are merely looking to beat the heat with industrial strength air conditioning. Here are a few of the movies that are coming your way.


The plot of this 3D supernatural action-adventure film sounds a lot like Men in Black. In this case, instead of chasing down the criminal aliens hiding among us, the heroes hunt for dead criminals who refuse to go quietly into the afterlife. Though the premise seems familiar, the cast promises to breathe new life into the storyline with the likes of Jeff Bridges as the crusty sheriff Roy Pulsifer and Ryan Reynolds as his hot-shot cop side-kick, Nick Walker. Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louse Parker are also on board in supporting roles.

Jordan DeSaulnier offered readers a movie clip in his July 8, 2013 post for titled, “R.I.P.D. featurette: behind the scenes of the afterlife.” In describing the clip, DeSaulnier said, “Mixing new stuff and footage familiar from previous trailers, this little three-minute ditty has stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, and Marisa Miller walking us through the relevant R.I.P.D. information.”

R.I.P.D. starts “defending our world one soul at a time” in theaters July 19.

The Conjuring

Dubbed, “the most anticipated horror movie of 2013,” by, The Conjuring owes its horror quotient to its roots in real events. The story is based on the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren who have been investigating paranormal activities for decades.

Viewers will recognize veteran stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies). James Wan, who directed the first Saw movie, is at the helm of what could very well be the scariest movie you’ve ever seen. At least that’s the opinion of D.J. Kirkbridge in his July 12, 2013 post for titled, “The Conjuring: can a movie be too scary?

According to Kirkbridge, “With very little gore, no nudity, and nary a swear word, this movie completely and utterly earns its R rating. This is an INTENSE movie. . . . The Conjuring hit all the horror movie buttons I didn’t even know I had.”

The Conjuring will be released in all its quiet horror July 19.

Pacific Rim

If you like giant robots, giant transforming monsters and ridiculous dialogue delivered in all seriousness, then be sure to check out Pacific Rim. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Blade II and Hellboy), this film jumps the logic shark more than once, but fans of this genre won’t care. The over-the-top special effects will overwhelm you to the point where the plot becomes secondary and the acting, forgivable.

Pacific Rim hit theaters July 12.


One hundred and fifty years from now the privileged class will live on Elysium, a space station located above the earth. Unlike the idyllic atmosphere on the space station, earth-dwellers scratch out a meager living amid over-population, pollution and poverty. Directed and written by Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Elysium stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

The plot emphasizes the disparity between the haves and the have-nots and even has its own take on anti-immigration policy. Try to escape the earth for the luxurious lifestyle of Elysium and you’ll likely get blown out of the sky. The movie’s hero, Max, played by Matt Damon, takes on the challenge of changing the balance of power because of his personal quest to gain access to Elysium.

Joey Paur explained the storyline, complete with movie clips in his July 11, 2013 post for titled, “Elysium – international tv spot and featurette.” According to Paur, “ With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.”

Elysium opens August 9.

The Wolverine

If you like the X-Men franchise, then be sure to check out The Wolverine. If the previews are any indication, viewers are in for a wild ride. Neil Marshall revealed a few tidbits in his July 11, 2013 post for titled, “New footage from ‘The Wolverine’ reveals one angry superhero.

Without giving away the plot, Marshall introduced the clips saying, “The studio released more than 4 minutes of brand new footage today, revealing a nightmarish Jean Grey, some tatted up Yakuza baddies, and one very smart femme fatale.”

Anyway, it’s always nice to see Hugh Jackman without his shirt on. The Wolverine will open July 26.

What do you look for in a good summer movie? What do you plan to see this summer?

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