This summer is one busy moviegoing season. 2013's top popcorn movie season offering is packed with a large range in diversity. There's a large-scale Western, an original sci-fi picture, a space adventure, to even a massive zombie movie with a hippie looking . Those tentpole releases aren't the only movies to checkout this summer, as there is a slew of films to run and jump to go see.
Maybe not run and jump to go see, but at least to see on a Friday night with the right kind of audience. We're here to tell you which 10 of those movies -- and the very fun Iron Man 3 isn't one of them because it's already in theaters -- this sweaty and hot season you need to see, and here they are:
These two movies are tied for the 10th spot. Not only because I didn't want to exclude one of them from of this list, but because they haven't been gaining the level of anticipation that the other titles on this list have, and that's a shame. Both movies are made by filmmakers who know how to make popcorn entertainment, (3:10 to Yuma) and (Rango), respectively. Their shaky production histories aside, these tentpole releases should be on your list because of those two men behind the camera. They've proven themselves capable of making movie that make a trip to the theater worth it.
If this is last Star Trek movie, that's a real shame. Soon he'll be off in the world of Luke Skywalker for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, but, before he arrives there, he has another adventure with Kirk and Spock up his sleeves for us. His 2009 Trek picture opened the door for many future adventures to be had, and it appears as if Abrams picked the correct one to focus on: The one featuring . Who's he playing? Who cares, it's Cumberbatch! A director can't find a more eloquent name for the credits than that.
8. Frances Ha
Writer/director has one of the freshest, most uncomfortably funny voices working today. Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding, all three are excellent movies following characters with their share of problems. He's now teamed up and written a movie with , and their collaboration has led to a fairly joyous result. Frances Ha is delightful in so many ways, and because of that natural charm, expect it to win over critics and audiences.
Nothing sounds more promising than and teaming up after the rousing success of Drive. While not a box-office smash, that movie ushered in a new era of hipsters believing jackets with scorpions on them couldn't be cooler. They're wrong, but they were right on the money about how wonderful Drive is. Only God Forgives removes Gosling and Refn from poppy Los Angeles to the streets of Bangkok. Knowing Refn, expect plenty of highly-stylized, comedic, entertaining blood to stain those streets.
This marks only 's fourth movie, and the guy is already known as a bit of a superstar in the online world, as he should be. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? All three movies are showcases in how to craft pure frenetic movie delight. Wright's movie about five old friends who attempt to recreate their once legendary bar crawl but then get sucked into acting as humanity's lost hope is ripe with comedic and cinematic promise, and it's doubtful Wright won't deliver on that said promise.
Prepare to meet one of your favorite movies of this year, 's Prince Avalanche. If you were disappointed with his last two films, Your Highness and The Sitter, don't worry about leaving Prince Avalanche with a sullen look on your mug. Prince Avalanche is a fantastic movie about friendship, as seen through eyes played by and . Don't miss this movie.
4. Pacific Rim
's shot at the big leagues. His monsters vs. robots picture looks like a sophisticated 12-year-old boy's dream of a summer movie. The two giants facing off could make for a whole bunch of loud noises more than an actual movie, but del Toro is too smart to make that kind of movie. He's said before he hadn't had a better movie-making experience than he had with Pacific Rim, and let's hope that enthusiasm shows on screen in the way it does for his past movies.
3. The Great Gatsby
In what world is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby summer movie material, you ask? This one, apparently. Warner Bros. delayed the film from last Christmas to sandwhich it between Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness, a bold and risky movie on their part. But bold and risky is what this 3D picture represents. Director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) brought his energetic voice, along with a surprisingly calm one, making this story pop in the way the Robert Redford version failed to do all those years ago. Whether it'll be a hit remains a looming question mark, but it's fair to say Lurhmann's thrilling piece of dramatic spectacle will standout in this packed season. It's a beautiful film.
2. Man of Steel
Bryan Singer (Jack the Giant Slayer) didn't make a true summer blockbuster with Superman Returns. It was daring of Singer to show Superman at his lowest and most hurt yet, but, at 2 1/2 hours long, there needed to be more spectacle than Superman lifting a rock and trying to catch a plane. Audiences have a need to see Superman punch someone. Even when Singer had the opportunity to show that, he didn't deliver. Director Zack Snyder, on the other hand, looks to have made the Superman film fans wanted to see all those years ago, with Superman (Henry Cavill) facing off with a real physical threat, Zod (Michael Shannon).
couldn't have made a bigger splash than he did with District 9. That original piece of science-fiction was a technical marvel that had the heart and story to back up all of Blomkap's eye-candy. His new film, Elysium, is apparently a step forward from District 9. Not only do we finally get to see another movie from Blomkamp after a four year gap, we get another film with kicking ass. Not many actors do it better than him.