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:: Summer Movie Preview, Part 2 ::

Welcome to Part 2 of my Summer Blockbuster Preview.

Last week, I began to peel away the layers of hype surrounding this year's batch of soon-to-be-released summer blockbusters. Bringing us up to the 4th of July Weekend will be a varied mix of superhero flicks, paranormal thrillers, and the return of Indiana Jones. From July onward, the offerings will be predominantly sci-fi in nature. With titles like The Dark Knight, The X-Files, and Star Wars, it's certain to be a busy couple of months for all you fanboys out there.

Read on as I sort the rockage from the suckage for the remainder of the summer blockbusters...

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Release Date: July 11

Why it might rock: Coming off the success of Pan's Labyrinth, director Guillermo del Toro has decided to helm the sequel to his 2004 comic book adaptation, Hellboy. From what has been revealed so far, del Toro intends to outdo himself in terms of creature design; Hellboy 2's bestiary is an imaginative group of nightmarish monsters. Also, this sequel will keep star Ron Perlman in the titular role that he fits perfectly.

Why it might suck: The heavy emphasis on monster making could leave the story of this creature feature lacking.

The Dark Knight

Release Date: July 18

Why it might rock: If ever there was a sure bet, it's that The Dark Knight is going to be a hit. From director Christopher Nolan comes this followup to the Batman restart staring Christian Bale as the caped crusader. Joining him this time will be Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the late Heath Ledger as The Joker. Heath's final performance is sure to steal the show.

Why it might suck: Batman Begins certainly set the bar high for this sequel. Coupled with the tragedy of Heath Ledger's untimely demise, many fans may be expecting far too much from this comic book movie. But really...there's very little chance of suck here.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe

Release Date: July 25

Why it might rock: It has been far too long since everyone's favorite FBI duo have shared the screen. An icon of 90's television, The X-Files is nothing short of a modern classic. Is it still relevant with current audiences? Maybe not. But at its heart this one is for the fans.

Why it might suck: With so many stories already told, I'm skeptical as to where writer/director Chris Carter will take us with I Want to Believe.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Release Date: August 1

Why it might rock: The Mummy trilogy is mostly a mediocre franchise, but reliable in its mindless entertainment capacity. This time, Brendan Fraser and team make their way to China to do battle with the undead forces of some reanimated emperor. Jet Li also joins the cast, so, if nothing else, you can expect some cool stunts.

Why it might suck: Iffy CGI, an aging Brendan Fraser, and no actual mummies does not a good mummy movie make.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Release Date: August 15

Why it might rock: With the Star Wars prequels more computer generated than not, it makes sense that they finally went all the way and made an animated film. Filling in the gap between episodes II and III, The Clone Wars looks to be an action-packed tale of Jedi on Sith action.

Why it might suck: The animation style may be a turn-off to some. Also, most of the film's cast will not voice their animated characters. Lame.

Babylon A.D.

Release Date: August 29

Why it might rock: Vin Diesel can still be a bad-ass, right? Right?

Why it might suck: Chances are slim. Also, it's troubled production and late August release date are just the start of its problems.

Thus concludes my Summer Blockbuster Preview for 2008. Now get out there and watch some damn movies.

:: Dead End ::

Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2007.


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