Summer movie preview

This summer is bound to be hot, and there’s no better place to cool down than the movie theater. Bundles of picture shows will be rolling onto the big screen over the next few months, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Smurfs , Final Destination 5 , Cars 2 , and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II . So, purchase some snacks (or sneak them in), kick back in a comfy theater chair, and let your anxious eyes feast on a variety of films at the cinema this summer. Any sci-fi nerd or action-lover should take a break from reality and drop into the futuristic world of Transformers: Dark of the Moon when it comes out on July 1. "Transformers 3" spotlights Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) as he matures into an adult while continuing to be the human ally of Optimus Prime. The plot of the movie revolves around the alleged role of Transformers in the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA. Surprisingly, Megan Fox chose not to return for the third Transformers movie, and therefore will not appear in the film. However, for those who appreciate the suspense and unique plot lines of the Transformers movies, it’s still a must-see. If you’re feeling blue, cheer up with The Smurfs as the teeny blue creatures bust into theaters on July 29. After the evil wizard Gargamel chases the itty bitty Smurfs out of their safe, secluded village and into New York City, chaos unravels as the Smurfs desperately try to find their way back home. This animated movie literally “sounds” awesome with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry playing the voice of Smurfette; George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf; and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen playing Brainy Smurf. Although this movie might seem somewhat childish, those who have a soft, blue place in their heart will surely appreciate it. On August 12 , Final Destination 5 will storm onto the screens. Crammed with both thrill and horror, this movie revolves around teenagers who escape a deadly suspension-bridge collapse accident. To their dismay, the teens discover death is hunting them down. Many audiences thought The Final Destination , released in 2009, would be the last movie in this spooky series. However, it was so successful in the box office that Warner Bros. felt it would be profitable to produce the spine-chilling Final Destination 5 . Just make sure to bring a hand to hold onto, for certain scenes will be undoubtedly horrid. For those who don’t already know, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will be released on July 15. This will be the final adventure for Harry as he struggles to defeat his enemy, Lord Voldermort. Many knowledgeable fans have a good idea of what will happen in the movie due to the popular book series. But, there are some muggles who have no clue what to expect as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest to destroy Voldermort’s remaining Horcruxes. Regardless of the vast differences in levels of Potter knowledge from person to person, this action movie is bound to be one of the most widely seen movies this summer. Anyone who loves an animated family movie with adventure should race into watch Cars 2 , which starts playing on June 24. Famous race car Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his strange tow truck pal, Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), travel overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. However, the plot takes an unexpected twist when Mater gets caught up in international espionage as a top-secret spy. Although Cars 2 may not sound very promising, Pixar only creates sequels if they can come up with a story as good as the predecessor(s), so perhaps it will be decent after all.