Must See Summer Movies of 2013

Earlier this week I watched eleventy billion trailers before Man of Steel began. With each new green screen announcing the start of a new trailer I got more and more excited: the 2013 Summer Movie Season is here. Hollywood is serving us some great movies this summer. Our kids are in for a real treat as there are a bounty of animated features being released – a new one every month!

I will say there are two genres that are missing out for our summer enjoyment: romance movies (also called date movies) and chick flicks (also called smart/ funny, character driven female-centric films). If you are into end of the world, smash ’em up, OMG ROBOTS kind of films you will be thrilled. To be honest I love mega action movies in the summer. I do not mind if they are cheesy or have lines that make me roll my eyes. I go for the special effects that make me gasp, the visceral feeling of watching a movie in a theatre with a packed audience, and the silliness.

I like my cerebral films in the Autumn when I am one with my turtleneck.

Let’s go to the movies!

  • Summer Movies 1 of 16

    These are my choices for the 15 best summer movies of 2013 . I'm presenting them to you in order of release date. 


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  • Monsters University 2 of 16

    Monsters University tells the story of how Mike and Sulley, our beloved furry friends from Monsters Inc. met. 

    Rated G


    Watch Monsters University trailer.


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  • World War Z 3 of 16

    Based on a series of books by the same name, World War Z is an "apocalyptic horror film." It stars Brad Pitt as a retired UN employee who must find a cure for a zombie pandemic. 


    Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.


    Watch the World War Z trailer.


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  • The Heat 4 of 16

    In the first female buddy cop movie ever, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are paired up in The Heat to take down the Russian mob.


    Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.


    Watch The Heat trailer.


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  • White House Down 5 of 16

    Here is what you ned to know about White House Down: Jamie Foxx plays the president and Channing Tatum plays the guy who has to save him. 


    Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image.


    Watch the trailer for White House Down.


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  • The Lone Ranger 6 of 16

    Johnny Depp plays Tonto in The Lone Ranger, an "adventure western" from Disney. 


    Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material.


    Watch the trailer for The Lone Ranger.


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  • Despicable Me 2 7 of 16

    The sequel to Despicable Me is aptly named Despicable Me 2. Is Gru still a good guy? Is he still a dad? (yes, and yes) And now he has to save the world again!


    Rated PG for rude humor and mild action.


    Watch the trailer for Despicable Me 2.


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  • Pacific Rim 8 of 16

    Directed by Guillermo del Toro, who made the visually stunning Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim is being called a "science fiction monster" film. A massive Godzilla-esque creature has emerged from the ocean and the only way to stop it is to create a giant robot.


    Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.


    Watch the trailer for Pacific Rim.


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  • Turbo 9 of 16

    I imagine the pitch meeting for this film went something like this, "it's Bug's Life meets Cars." Turbo is the story of a snail who wants to be the fastest snail in the world and race in the Indianapolis 500. Bonus news: Netflix will begin airing a series based on this film in December of 2013.


    Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements. .


    Watch the trailer for Turbo.


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  • RIPD 10 of 16

    I saw the trailer for RIPD and could not stop laughing. There will definitely be comparisons to Men in Black, as the plot for RIPD involves Ryan Reynolds in a very much Will Smith role and Jeff Bridges in a very much Tommy Lee Jones role. However, Men in Black is/was a great franchise and has always done well in the summer. No complaints.


    No rating information as of this writing.


    Watch the trailer for RIPD.


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  • The Wolverine 11 of 16

    This movie is about Hugh Jackman's abs in 3D. Oh, did you need to know more? If you are an X-Men film buff you will be going to this film. Plus The Wolverine fights samurais. 


    No rating information as of this writing.


    Watch the trailer for The Wolverine


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  • Elysium 12 of 16

    The trailer for Elysium was very well received with the packed movie theatre I was in last week. On the surface it is a science fiction, end of the world, action film with Matt Damon as the good guy and Jodie Foster as the bad guy. However the filmmakers are stressing that it also explores themes like immigration, health care, and class issues.


    No rating information as of this writing.


    Watch the trailer for Elysium.


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  • Planes 13 of 16

    It is KILLING my son that this film doesn't open until August! He loves airplanes. He loves the characters from Cars. Disney's Planes is about a small plane who dreams of being a racer. But first he must overcome his fear of heights.


    No rating information as of this writing.


    Watch the trailer for Planes.


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  • Paranoia 14 of 16

    There are two reasons why Paranoia is a must see summer movie: Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. These two star as, essentially, dueling bad guys. Liam Hemsworth, from The Hunger Games, stars as the pawn character (in the hi-tech world) caught between the two. (The female lead is his love interest.) Also expect some major scene stealing from Richard Dreyfuss.


    No rating information as of this writing.


    Watch the trailer for Paranoia.


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  • The World’s End 15 of 16

    Simon Pegg. SIMON PEGG!!!! 

    How is this for a summer movie plot: in The World's End five friends get together to finish a pub crawl. When they return to their hometown they realize everyone has become killer robots.

    Like I said...SIMON PEGG!!


    Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references.


    Watch the trailer for The World's End.


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  • This Is Us 16 of 16

    I will confess to adoring One Direction. Watching the trailer to This Is Us, about how the band was formed and became the massive forces that we know today, was a thrill. What struck me the most was how charming and honest they all seemed. If you are being dragged to this film by your kids surrender, I think you will enjoy it!


    No rating information as of this writing.


    Watch the trailer for This Is Us.


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Information from the official Film Ratings site of the MPAA.

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