Movies in Theaters This Wednesday, June 3-5, 2013: Despicable Me 2, The Lone Ranger, The Way, Way Back, and More
With Independence Day being Thursday, people all around the U.S. will be celebrating with an extra-long weekend. In Hollywood, this is a perfect weekend to release some new blockbusters. While there isn’t a superhero movie like last year (The Amazing Spider-Man), there is a reboot of the iconic Lone Ranger. Also, a sequel to one of the best animated movies in quite some time also crowds the competition. Both films are more family friendly, so it’ll be interesting to see which one takes in the biggest box office ticket.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger reboot starring Johnny Depp (The Pirates of the Caribbean) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and directed by Gore Verbinski (The Pirates of the Caribbean) finally releases. It’s had some production issues for quite some time, so fans of the classic Western TV series are surely happy to see it finally premiere.
Illumination Entertainment’s sequel to Despicable Me, titled Despicable Me 2, also releases today. Returning voice actor Steve Carell (NBC’s The Office) as Gru, the sequel shows him on the good side of things trying to stop another supervillain (voiced acted by Benjamin Bratt). It’s directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud (Despicable Me).
In limited release, the most notable film also stars Steve Carell. The film, The Way, Way Back, is a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old (Liam James) that meets an interesting water park owner (Sam Rockwell). It’s made waves at film festivals and is written/directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. This one releases on the traditional Friday slot (July 5)
The rest of the limited ones release on July 5, with the exception of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. This best of the rest include Absence, Hammer of the Gods, Just Like a Woman, The Look of Love, and Stuck in Love.
Keep scrolling for trailers and synopsis for each release. Enjoy the 4th of July…Go America!
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star
Expectant mother Liz wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy has disappeared overnight. When doctors can find no medical explanation for the loss, police treat Liz and her husband Rick as prime suspects in what has now become a missing child case. Only Liz’s husband and brother trust her version of events.
An action epic set in an ancient world of ruthless violence. A dying Viking king (James Cosmo, Game of Thrones) sends his son on a quest to seek the clan’s last hope for stopping an approaching enemy horde.
Just Like a Woman tells the poignant tale of two women, barely more than casual acquaintances, who, upon escaping the prisons of their unhappy marriages, embark on a revealing journey of self discovery which leads them to the importance – and true meaning – of friendship.
The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain’s richest man.
An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
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