Those summer scenes

Those summer scenes

You may be feeling the heat right now, but there's lots to look forward to in the cinema this holiday

The weather is utterly unreliable; you're in the middle of exams ... it must be summer blockbuster season! Luckily, for all of you slaving away at your textbooks and practice papers (good luck!), there are some really exciting films coming. Just try to squeeze in some salads at some point, because we foresee a lot of popcorn and hot dogs in your future ...

The new Twilight

Based on Cassandra Clare's hit series of six young adult novels, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is set to become the first in the next addictive film franchise. Blending fantasy, demons and the ultra-urban setting of New York City, the film follows Clarissa "Clary" Fray as she learns of a parallel existence of demons, Shadowhunters and the Sight - and the fact she's far more involved than she could ever have imagined.

Opens August 22


The sequels

Everyone who saw it wanted more of the Minions - and the Despicable Me production team heard the cry. The sequel features more of Gru and his cute girls, as Gru is hired to lead the Anti-Villain League.

Opens July 4


Those helpful little blue people are back in The Smurfs 2 - this time, the evil wizard Gargamel is taking them on with a pair of creatures their own size, the Naughties.

Opens August 1


Hugh Jackman is back as the adamantium-clawed X-Man in The Wolverine. Set some time after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan heads to Japan to deal with the emotional effects of his immortality and a mysterious figure from his past.

Opens July 25


The prequel

Set about a decade before Monsters Inc, Monsters University tells of how Mike and Sully met, as frat boys. Before they turned out to be such great friends and amazing scarers, they were actually bitter rivals, and nearly didn't graduate...

Opens July 11


The remakes

There were some very famous Superman movies in the 1980s, and they're still classics. But for the discerning 2013 teen, some of the effects are perhaps a little suspect. Enter Man of Steel; co-written by Inception's Christopher Nolan, this reboot promises an excellent script, and with special effects overseen by four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri, a slightly more realistic look than its predecessors.

Opens June 27


The editor's pick for the summer, The Lone Ranger is based on an old TV series that started airing in the 1930s. It portrays the unlikely partnership between a Native American warrior, Tonto (Johnny Depp), and a masked ranger, John Reid, who doles out justice. Again: Johnny Depp. It's going to be epic.

Opens July 3


The best of the rest

With original animations Turbo (July 18) and Epic (June 27), apocalyptic extravaganzas After Earth (June 6) and Pacific Rim (July 18), and heist flick Now You See Me - not to mention the already released Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Fast and Furious 6, there's something for nearly every taste. So sit back, relax and enjoy the shows!

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