Summer cinema beckons us indoors

WE MAY have the perfect excuse for staying indoors this summer and dodging sunburn, windburn or insect bites — a clutch of cinema blockbusters is hitting the screen over the next few months.

Indiana Jones IV, Batman: the Dark Knight, Kung Fu Panda and a sequel to the Chronicles of Narnia are among the big films scheduled for release this summer to keep families entertained.

And for older teens and girly girls everywhere this summer’s obligatory chick-flick is the movie version of the hit TV serial, Sex and the City.

“Sex and the City is out on May 30 and we’ve already sold out the first week,” said Elaine Grange, of the Movies@ chain of cinemas.

“There’s been a huge amount of interest and it’s going to be this year’s Bridget Jones film. The men will have to watch soccer because their girlfriends won’t want them there. It’ll be one for women’s nights out so they can catch up on the film’s fashion, gossip and girlie lifestyle of New York.”

Summer for mainstream moviegoers begins next month when the eagerly awaited fourth film in the classic Indiana Jones series is released on May 22.

Starring the swashbuckling Harrison Ford and former Bond Sean Connery, the film is directed by Steven Spielberg and is called Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

“As well as children it’s going to attract parents who’ll remember the original films and characters from the first-time around,” said Ms Grange.

Slated for release on July 25 is the Dark Knight, the latest installment of the Batman films stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, alongside Michael Caine and the late Heath Ledger.

“Christian Bale has been a huge success as Batman and has developed a great following while the tragedy around Heath Ledger will see his fans coming to see the film as well.”

Ledger, who plays the Joker in the film, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in his apartment on January 22.

In late June the next installment in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe films hits the big screen with the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

“The first one did fantastically well and this one has the same cast and same director,” said Ms Grange.

July 4 sees the children’s animated treat Kung Fu Panda, voiced by Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman.

Two weeks later Disney’s summer offering for youngsters, Wall-E, opens and tells the story of a lonely robot in the year 2700.

From July 18 cinemas will be screening a 3D version of the sci-fi classic, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

“We’ve got a good run of strong feature films from very early on this summer,” said Ms Grange, who said a trip to the cinema still ranks highly as a treat for Irish families.

“People love the entertainment, the day out factor and the magical experience of going to the cinema.”

Other films with provisional release dates for July are sci-fi film X-Files II and a screen version of the Abba stage musical Mamma Mia.

The Incredible Hulk, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor are also slated for release.

And if that weren’t enough then children can also stay indoors during the October mid-term break — when High School Musical III is out.


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