Sizzling sidewalks. Dripping ice cream cones. Stifling subway cars. Yep, we're heading into summer. And that means it's time to get excited for summer movies! Typically, the summer movie season kicks off Memorial Day weekend, but this year some movies are getting a head start out of the gate. Here's a 2013 Summer Movie Preview of those that I'm most looking forward to: "The Great Gatsby" - May 10
Baz Luhrman did wonders with "Romeo and Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" so at the least, I expect TGG to be a lush, visual spectacle. And based on the previews, it doesn't look like I'll be disappointed. Leonardo DiCaprio assumes the titular role and Tobey Maguire plays our dear narrator into this world of excess on Long Island in the Roaring 20s. Add to that the film was shot in 3-D and it demands to be seen on the big screen.
"Before Midnight" - May 24
A sequel to "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset", Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back as our most beloved globe-trotting couple, only this time they're married with kids. They've finally settled down but on a Grecian vacation they try to rekindle that spark that first drew them together. If you're a fan of the first two films, this film will likely not disappoint.
"Much Ado About Nothing" - June 7
I'm a sucker for Shakespeare and this update by Joss Whedon intrigues me. A small film (shot in 12 days), done in black and white and in the modern era, this promises to be interesting if not typical.
"The Lone Ranger" - July 3
I remember watching this as a kid, and even if you weren't even a glimmer in your parents' eyes back then, this update looks like it'll be unlike anything we've seen in recent memory. Part Western, part rock opera (sans singing), the film puts Tonto in the spotlight with Johnny Depp doing what he does best - losing himself in the role.
"Don Jon" - August TBD
Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his written and directorial debut, directing himself, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza in this modern update on Don Juan. The movie asks a lot of questions about dating and love in an era of online porn, online dating, open relationships and prevalent divorce.
"Lovelace" - August 9
Amanda Seyfried takes on the infamous 70s porn star ("Deep Throat") who was abused and forced to stay in the industry by her husband, played by Peter Sarsgaard. Not a family-friendly film, but sure to be an acting tour-de-force by both leads.
What summer movies are you most looking forward to?