By ROB W. ANDERSON
With the approach of summer comes another round of Hollywood’s highly anticipated big screen productions and DVD releases.
Fans of superhero tales, stories of the supernatural, science fiction and children adventures will be satisfied with this year’s offerings, as the likes of “Iron Man 3,” “Penguins 3D,” and “After Earth” are premiering this month.
Some anticipated DVD releases for May include the crime thriller “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise, May 7; Tom Hanks’ sci-fi mystery, “Cloud Atlas,” May 14; the action comedy, “The Last Stand,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville, May 21; and the sci-fi horror “Dark Skies,” starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton, will be released May 28.
Another crime thriller just released on DVD is “Parker,” which stars Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, said Reasor’s Video Department Manager Shane Perry.
“‘Parker’ has a lot of action,” he said. “And we just now got in copies of ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘The Guilt Trip,’ and ‘Broken City’.”
“Silver Linings Playbook,” which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Academy Award for her performance in the dramatic romance. “The Guilt Trip,” is a comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, while “Broken City” is a crime drama pairing Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg.
“In June, so far, we’ve got ‘Snitch’ set to come out and that has The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] in it. It has crazy action, and then we’ve got ‘Oz [the Great and Powerful’] coming out,” said Perry. “I was shocked ‘Oz’ is already coming out on DVD. Most of the new movies that come out in theaters - they’re turning them around a lot quicker than they used to. It used to be four to six months before they came out, depending on how well the movie is doing.”
A 2013 summer movie preview supplement is included in today’s edition of the Daily Press, and readers will find information on expected theater blockbusters like “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Hangover Part 3,” “Man of Steel,” “World War Z,” “The Lone Ranger” and several others.
Green Country Cinema, 1100 N. Heritage Lane, is hosting a special showing of “Iron Man 3” tonight at 9:15, said GCC General Manager Logan Fullerton.
“Tickets prices are $10.50 for 3-D and $8.50 for 2-D,” said Fullerton. “They will have the option of what they want to see. With the ‘Man of Steel’ we’re doing a midnight showing, but if they buy their tickets at Walmart, they can see it at 7 p.m.”
The regular showing schedule of “Iron Man 3” begins on Friday, while “Man of Steel” is scheduled to be released June 14. One of the current trends of seeing movies in a theater has been viewing the feature film in a three-dimensional version, and the option tends to be a favorite among younger moviegoers, Fullerton said.
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